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Upcoming arts events around Boston

Karl Baden

In the driver’s seat

KARL BADEN: ROADSIDE ATTRACTION Like many drivers, Baden uses his car as a shell through which to perceive
the outside world. In this series of photographs, he captures that experience, offering oddball views framed by car windshields and windows. Pictured: “Brighton, MA 5/19/09.” Jan. 4-Feb. 5. Howard Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-262-0550, www.howardyezerskigallery.com Cate McQuaid


OUR TOWN “When the theatre pretends to give the real thing in canvas and wood and metal,” playwright Thornton Wilder wrote, “it loses something of the realer thing which is its true business.” Director David Cromer’s stark production aspires to Wilder’s “realer thing” and achieves it. Through Jan. 26. Huntington Theatre Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org
Jeffrey Gantz


OPEN STAGE Once a month, the Providence dance organization Everett creates a forum for young performers to hit the stage and strut their stuff in front of a live audience. The company's Sokeo Ros and Bianca Morris host the event, and house dance troupe Case Closed! and hip-hop rapper Nino Green help get the joint hoppin.' Suitable for all ages. Jan. 4, 8 p.m. $5. Everett Stage, 9 Duncan Ave., Providence. 401-831-9479, www.everettri.org

EVENING IN EGYPT Dancer-teacher Katrina Valenzuela (a.k.a. Khadija) and her Egyptian dance company, Troupe Isis, aim to evoke the colors, textures, and evocative moves of the Middle East in this evening showcase. Seating, which is up close and personal, is limited. Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m. Free. Cape Cod Chat House, 593 Route 6A, Dennis. 508-694-7187, www.capecodchathouse.com
Karen Campbell


JOE LOVASCO: RE-FORMS  For his sculptures, collages, and drawings, LoVasco takes his cue from the built environment, echoing architecture's crisp linearity and hard angles, and using building materials such as concrete and wood to create wry, abstracted but familiar forms. Through Jan. 26. HallSpace,
950 Dorchester Ave. (no phone), www.hallspace.org


BLUES  Several artists considers the sensory, emotional, and conceptual nuances of blue. Highlights include a Suara Welitoff video of a hummingbird kiss, a Frank Egloff painting inspired by a Eugene Atget photo, and prints by John Baldessari and Mel Bochner. Through Jan. 19. Barbara Krakow Gallery,
10 Newbury St. 617-262-4490, www.barbarakrakowgallery.com

REPEAT  We anchor our lives in a repetition of daily rituals, find repetitive rhythms in songs, and seek out visual patterns, all to give the world some sense. This group show spotlights artists who utilize repetition to explore the unknown. Through Jan. 12. Atlantic Wharf Gallery, 290 Congress St. 617-423-4299, www.fortpointarts.org
Cate McQuaid


YALE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY The university's superb collection, ranging from ancient art to Asian, Indo-Pacific, African, American, and modern and contemporary art, has been re-installed in a series of three connected and freshly renovated buildings. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. 203-432-0600, www.artgallery.yale.edu

THIS WILL HAVE BEEN: ART, LOVE, AND POLITICS IN THE 1980s An overview of some of the main currents of art in the 1980s. Through March 3. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org Sebastian Smee

ARRANGED BY CHOICE: THE ART OF RALPH COBURN Coburn came up with the Boston Expressionists but made crisp, minimalist work. This retrospective begins with bright abstractions of the 1950s, and includes Cape Ann seascapes that are lushly toned and formally spare. Through Jan. 31. Cape Ann Museum,
27 Pleasant St., Gloucester. 978-283-0455, www.capeannmuseum.org

TEACHING TRADITIONS: SELECTIONS FROM THE LILLIAN ORLOWSKY AND WILLIAM FREED MUSEUM SCHOOL AT PAAM  A show tracing the lineage of teachers to students includes works by greats such as Charles Hawthorne, Hans Hofmann, and Michael Mazur. Through Feb. 24. Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 460 Commercial St., Provincetown. 508-487-1750, www.paam.org
Cate McQuaid