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A year ago, at the age of 28, Remi Ochlik was killed during the Syrian uprising. The French photojournalist left a legacy of photographs on view at “Revolutions: Photographs of the Arab Spring by Remi Ochlik” presented by the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and the Consulate General of France in Boston. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m. (through Feb. 22). Free. The Art Institute of Boston Main Gallery, 700 Beacon St., Boston. 617-585-6600.


Have a seat Names like metamorphic, invalid, and “straddle” library illustrate how a chair is about form and function. Check out 19th-century chairs at “The Best Seat in the House: A Selection of Unusual Chairs From the Gore Place Collection,” including one that looks ahead of its time. Mon-Sat noon-3 p.m. through April 19. Free (guided tours $12, $6 ages 5-12; check website for tour details). Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798.

Just ask You can tweet and text questions to Josh Groban before the broadcast of “Josh Groban Live: All That Echoes,” a performance of hits from the LA native’s 12-year career. Included at the New York event will be tracks from his new release, “All That Echoes” (“All That Echoes,” “All That Echoes”). 7 p.m. $16. Select movie theaters including Revere Showcase Cinema de Lux Revere, 565 Squire Road, Revere. 781-286-1660.

Dark shadows From 1919-24, Fritz Haarmann killed at least two dozen men in Germany and became known as “The Butcher of Hanover.” His heinous crimes are the subject of “The Deathmaker,” which will screen in German with English subtitles. Director Romuald Karmakar will talk with Harvard professor Eric Rentschler after the screening. 7 p.m. $12. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700.


Can’t take your eyes off them This musical shows how four guys from Jersey made it out of the ’hood and onto radio, TV, and concert stages with classics like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” “Jersey Boys” is the Tony-winning musical about Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi. Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. (through March 3). $34-$179. Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston. 800-447-7400.

Monster mash Why did Mary Shelley write “Frankenstein”? What was life like married to poet Percy Bysshe Shelley? What else did she write? Emerson professor Roseanne Montillo will talk about her book “The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley’s Masterpiece.” Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660.

Jimi jazz “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” “Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” These quotes are from Jimi Hendrix, who will be celebrated by Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra at “Manic Depression: JCA Orchestra Plays Hendrix.” Feb. 5 at 8:15 p.m. $8 in advance, $12 day of show. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-1400.