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    The week ahead: Theater, galleries, and museums


    Retracing their steps

    COMPAGNIE KÄFIG With its distinctive, often whimsical blend of contemporary dance, martial arts, and hip-hop, this exuberant all-male Brazilian troupe reprises one of the hits of the 2012 Jacob’s Pillow season, with an infectious, pulsating score of bossa nova and samba. Through June 30. $39-$69; age 17 and under $10 at some performances. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 358 George Carter Road, Becket. 413-243-0745,

    Karen Campbell


    RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Playwright Gina Gionfriddo (“Becky Shaw’’) ranges across the topography of the women’s movement — and the life choices shaped by that movement — in this shrewd and incisive comedy, directed by Gionfriddo’s longtime collaborator, Peter DuBois. Through June 30. Huntington Theatre Company. At Wimberly Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800,


    JIMMY TITANIC In this solo show directed by Carmel O’Reilly, Colin Hamell portrays some 20 characters. His main man is Jimmy Boylan, who helped build the Titanic and went down with the ship. A chain-smoking God and a very fey archangel Gabriel bring humor to this intermissionless 80-minute evening — yet we’re reminded that the vast majority who died on the Titanic were crew members and emigrants in third class looking for a better life. Through June 30. Tír Na Theatre. At Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487,



    IN THE HEIGHTS The title of this Tony Award-winning musical refers to an exhilarated state of mind as well as a vibrant New York City neighborhood. In this production, directed by Paul Daigneault and loaded with life and energy, a vivacious ensemble creates a community of absolutely irresistible characters. Through June 30. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,



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    LEO The laws of gravity get upended in this playful, family-friendly, one-man show from Berlin. It pairs live dance and acrobatics with video projection that makes the performer appear suspended in midair, spinning, flipping, and climbing the walls as he investigates his increasingly surrealistic world. Through June 30. $22-$38; age 17 and under $10 at some performances; age 18-35 $19 June 28. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 358 George Carter Road, Becket. 413-243-0745,

    KELLEY DONOVAN & DANCERS For “Polishing Stone,” a multigenerational program stemming from the company’s Boston Center for the Arts dance residency, Donovan and her crew collaborated with performers ranging from pre-teens to seniors to explore ideas of destruction, regeneration, and transformation. June 27-29. $15. Calderwood
    Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

    THE YARD The renowned Martha’s Vineyard artist colony opens its summer festival series with a provocative concert by Jodi Melnick, Vicky Shick, and Jon Kinzel, New York dancer-choreographers with experimental roots and a love of pure movement. June 28-29. $25; $15 seniors, students, and military. Patricia N. Nanon Theater, Middle Road, Chilmark. 508-645-9662,



    COVERING WALKER EVANS “Covering Photography” is an archive of non-art books with cover art by well-known photographers. This show offers up books with jackets by one of the great visual chroniclers of the American scene. Through Aug. 31. Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Harvard University, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-3251,


    GUY YANAI: LIVED & LAUGHED & LOVED & LEFT This Israeli artist paints just about anything — a potted plant, a gas station overhang, a soccer game — in regulated strokes. Will that struggle with banality set the stage for originality? Through Aug. 28. LaMontagne Gallery, 555 East 2nd St., South Boston. 617-464-4640,

    LOOKING BACK LOOKING FORWARD: THE SCULPTURE OF MICHIO IHARA A survey of work by the Japanese kinetic sculptor, now 85 and living in Concord, features images of his public art around the world and sculptures installed in the association’s gardens. Through Aug. 14. Concord Art Association, 37 Lexington Road, Concord. 978-369-2578,

    COLLISION:19 The art geeks at COLLISIONcollective organized this show, in which artists from eight countries explore the places where art, science, and technology intersect. Highlights include social experiments, interactive art, and pulsing LED lights mimicking stars. Through July 28. Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain. 617-522-6710,



    BARRY MCGEE A mid-career survey of the popular San Francisco-based artist who has made a dynamic shift from street art into galleries and museums. Through Sept. 2. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100,

    “Jason Middlebrook: My Landscape.”

    ACROSS THE GRAIN: TURNED AND CARVED WOOD Carved, turned, reassembled, and re-purposed pieces of art made from wood, some drawn from the permanent collection, the majority drawn from 15 lenders in eight states. Through Sept. 22. Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton. 508-588-6000,


    FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE: VISUAL CULTURE AND THE STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS Posters, photographs, books, magazines, newspapers — 250 objects in all — demonstrating the ways in which visual culture helped shape the fight for civil rights in America from the 1940s to the 1970s. Through July 31. Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover. 978-749-4000,


    ‘Landscape’ artist

    JASON MIDDLEBROOK: MY LANDSCAPE Tall slices of freshly milled timber painted with geometric patterns and large-scale panoramic drawings by this exciting young artist. The centerpiece of the gallery is a waterfall made from rehabilitated wedges of Styrofoam. Through April 7, 2014. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. 413-662-2111,