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Roz Chast


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We move through the humdrum of daily life, but Roz Chast interprets it through her New Yorker cartoons and editorial illustrations. Chast sold her first cartoon to The New Yorker in 1978, and her most recent collection, “Theories of Everything,” is a 25-year retrospective. In a talk, the cartoonist gives her own slant on a tilted world. 8 p.m. $30 and up. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-482-6661.


Double the demons The patient and therapist both wrestle with demons in Conor McPherson’s Dublin-set “Shining City.” After seeing a ghost of his dead wife, a man goes to a therapist who is haunted by demons of his own. 7:30 p.m. (through Feb. 16). $25, $20 seniors, $10 students (Jan. 25 preview is a name-your-own-price performance). Salem Theatre Company Theater, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. 978-790-8546.

English royalty Henry Purcell’s influence is far, wide, and diverse. Fans of the 17th-century English composer include Benjamin Britten and the Who’s Pete Townshend. The Handel and Haydn Society presents Purcell’s last major work, the semi-opera “The Indian Queen,” with the Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus. 8 p.m. (Jan. 27 at 3 p.m.; pre-concert talks one hour before curtain). $20-$78. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston (Jan. 27 at Sanders Theatre). 617-266-3605.


Sweet 16 The folks at the Nave Gallery Annex did our job for us with this description of “Picnic,” an exhibit by 16 regional artists: “A psalm to summer. A feast of heat. A babble of bright light. A fragrance of fruit. A sprint to the glistening sun. A place to have a picnic.” Opening reception 6-9 p.m. (through Feb. 8; the first 25 reception visitors receive a gift). Free. Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St., Davis Square, Somerville.

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Diverse dances If you have questions about what you see at the Shared Choreographers’ Concert “Beyond the Surface,” share them after the show at the Q&A. The program of solos, duets, and groups is also diverse in its music and dance styles. Jan. 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. $10. The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. 617-547-9363.


Eberso talented When this actress says “Oh, hi,” Broadway addicts go ga-ga because they know it’s the start of “The Revolutionary Costume for Today” from “Grey Gardens.” Christine Ebersole won the 2007 best actress Tony, and while we don’t know if this song is on her set list at An Evening With Christine Ebersole, you can bet she has many tunes up her revolutionary sleeve (the Broadway baby will be 60 next month). Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. $30 and up. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-482-6661.


Noir and naughty Former Disneyland performer Bremner Duthie changes things up when he performs “Jazz Noir” in Act 1 of “Lo-Fi Lowdown.’’ Songs from the film noir era will be followed in Act 2 by the “naughty” one-woman radio detective spoof “Radio Star,” performed by Boston native Tanya O’Debra. Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. $18. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300.