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Knight after knight

President Kennedy made people think of Washington as Camelot. On the 50th anniversary of JFK's death, New Repertory Theatre is reviving the Tony Award-winning musical "Camelot." New Rep artistic director Jim Petosa says, "For many, this musical telling of the Arthur legend conveys so much of the idealistic spirit of that president and that era." Ben Evett stars as Arthur, the young king personifying chivalry, presiding over the Knights of the Round Table, and mourning over his wife Guenevere's love for Sir Lancelot. Songs from the Lerner and Loewe score include "I Wonder What the King Is Doing Tonight," "The Lusty Month of May," and "If Ever I Would Leave You." Nov. 23, 8 p.m. Nov. 24, 2 p.m. Through Dec. 22. $33-$65. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org

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THURSDAY

Move it The art doesn’t just sit there in “5000 Moving Parts.” Four large-scale kinetic sculptures invite viewers to stop, look, listen, and interact. Curator Laura Knott says, “[W]hat makes kinetic art so compelling is the complete kinesthetic experience — seeing, walking, bending, straining to hear, and staying with the work for a long time.” Through Nov. 30, 2014. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-$10. MIT Museum, Building N51, 265 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-253-5927, web.mit.edu/museum

FRIDAY

Minding manners What happens when Oscar Wilde writes a comedy of manners? “The Importance of Being Earnest,” in which trivial matters such as names, marriage, and social conventions are transformed by wit and wordplay into marvelous entertainment. Moonbox Productions presents the play. Through Dec. 14. Wed-
Thurs 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. No show Thanksgiving. $30-$35. Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600, www.moonbox.org

Foul play From the moment the witches in “Macbeth” proclaim, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair,” they’ve got Macbeth’s number. Watch as the bloody business unfolds in F.U.D.G.E. Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s tragedy. Nov. 22-23, 8 p.m. Nov. 24, 2 p.m. Through Nov. 30. $26, $21 students and seniors. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-945-0773, www.fudgetheatre.com

Mighty Ochs He was an antiwar activist scrutinized by the FBI, a lover of John Wayne movies, and a beloved folk singer. Sister Sonny Ochs presents “Remembering Phil Ochs,” a song night featuring Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, David Roth, Sharon Katz, and Magpie. Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m. $25, $20 advance. Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St., Brookline. 617-522-6547, ext. 19; www.larzanderson.org

SATURDAY

Holiday glow Yes, it’s time again for the Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting. Santa arrives at noon, and Mayor Menino flips the switch on the 80-foot tree after dark. Highlights include singer-songwriter Paula Cole, Keith Lockhart and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and the launch of the 350,000 LED light and sound display BLINK!. Nov. 23, from noon, lighting 8 p.m. Free. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston. www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com

Brickbottom and Joy Check out the many artists in Somerville at Brickbottom Open Studios and the open Joy Street Studios. The event, with more than 100 artists, is full of surprises: pop-up performances, installations in stairways, video screenings in the hall. Nov. 23-24, noon-6 p.m. Free. Brickbottom Studios, 1 Fitchburg St., Somerville. Joy Street Studios, 86 Joy St., Somerville. www.brickbottom.org, www.joystreetstudios.com