An artful anniversary

CIRCA 1963 The yearlong 50th anniversary celebration of Le Corbusier’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts kicks off with a show of works from that era. Artists include Bridget Riley, Sol LeWitt, and Roy Lichtenstein. Pictured: George Sugarman’s “Three Forms on a Pole.” Through Oct. 7. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-3251, www.ves.fas.harvard.edu Cate McQuaid


STICKS AND BONES In a mesmerizing production by Lewis D. Wheeler, David Rabe’s drama does not feel the least bit dated, its roots in Vietnam War-era fury and disillusion notwithstanding. This fierce and unsettling work, which won the 1972 Tony for best play, resonates at a time when soldiers are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, trying to reacclimate to civilian life and explain things to their loved ones that might be hard to put into words. Through Sept. 8. At Harbor Stage Company, Wellfleet. 508-349-6800, www.harborstage.org
Don Aucoin

CAR TALK: THE MUSICAL!!! Based on NPR’s popular program, this show might seem an unlikely proposition. But with the help of Tom and Ray Magliozzi, who contributed their voices to the project, Wesley Savick has cobbled a wacky plot, clever song parodies, the brothers’ trademark puns, and a fine cast into a production that’s running like a top. Through Sept. 16. Presented by Underground Railway Theater and Suffolk University. At Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 866-811-4111, www.central
Jeffrey Gantz

SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF Terry Teachout’s impassioned portrait of jazz pioneer Louis (“Satchmo”) Armstrong goes deep. This is a true play. It’s shaped; it has forward motion. It also has the extraordinary John Douglas Thompson in a tour de force performance. Through Sept. 16. At Shakespeare & Company, Lenox. 413-637-3353, www.shakespeare
Sandy Macdonald


MYTHOS:PATHOS Luminarium Dance Company’s new work presents a contemporary take on themes and characters from Greek mythology. Prior to each show, the re-imagining begins with action on the stairs of the Arsenal Center for the Arts lobby, transformed by salvaged windows, broken umbrellas, and a tree made of clothing and the lenses of old glasses. Aug. 31-Sept. 2. $20, $17 seniors and students. Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-477-4494, www.luminariumdance.org

THE CIRCUS OF THE POSSIBILITARIANS You may not see balletic leaps and acrobatic spins, but the fanciful creations of Bread & Puppet Theater move with their own inimitable grace. The construct for this production is political satire: a circus boasting a wild dancing horse and a “saxophone ballet”: Use your imagination. Sept. 2, 3 p.m. Free. Cambridge Common, Massachusetts Avenue at Garden Street, Cambridge. 617-286-6694, www.breadandpuppet.org Karen Campbell


JOSHUA ENCK AND REENIE BARROW: CONTOUR: REFLECTIONS ON FORM Enck’s muscular, minimalist geometric sculptures make a counterpoint to Barrow’s velvety photographs of organic forms. Both explore structure, form, and line, but to wildly different ends. Through Sept. 16. Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners Lane, Westport. 508-636-4177, www.dedee


CREATE Art made by developmentally disabled artists from three California programs that foster a professional approach to studio practice and the business of art. This is the first installment of a two-part show. Through Oct. 6. Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester. 508-793-3356, www.holycross.edu/cantorartgallery

PEARL ANNIVERSARY BROADSIDE EXHIBITION This one’s for analog typography buffs: The Letterpress Guild of New England mounts a show of dozens of hand-set posters from the US and Great Britain — art and ads by professionals and amateurs. Through Sept. 30. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-0100, www.arsenalarts.org
Cate McQuaid


ORI GERSHT: HISTORY REPEATING An exhibition of large-scale photographs and film dealing with history and violence by the contemporary Israeli artist. Through Jan. 6. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

JOSIAH MCELHENY: SOME PICTURES OF THE INFINITE Cosmic questions addressed by this talented and internationally acclaimed Boston-born artist. Through Oct. 14. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100, www.ica

ROBERT ADAMS: THE PLACE WE LIVE, A RETROSPECTIVE SELECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS Four decades worth of photographs by this plainspoken but brilliantly subtle and heartfelt photographer. Through Oct. 28. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. 203-432-0600,

OH, CANADA An ambitious, large-scale survey of the best of contemporary art from Canada. Through April 1. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. 413-662-2111, www.massmoca.org Sebastian Smee