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Gary Sloan

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Your pas de deux might not involve tights and tutus, but “Unbridled,” presented by José Mateo Ballet Theatre , is a trio of Mateo ballets about human relationships. “Schubert Adagio” is set to Franz Schubert’s Quintet in C; “Mozart Concerto” (pictured) is danced to Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20; “Still Waters” music is Debussy’s “Nocturne.”  8 p.m. (through March 2). $40. Sanctuary Theatre, 400 Harvard St., Cambridge. 617-354-7467. www.ballettheatre.org

FRIDAY

The grass is always bluer  Folk music with banjos and guitars from the South is called bluegrass, and there’s plenty of it in Framingham at the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival. Music starts with the Birdhive Boys, a New York band. Workshops,vendors, nonstop jamming, and more round out the festival. (Stories, Page 29.)  6 p.m. (through Feb. 16). $35-$60, $15-$30 students, $10-$25 ages 12-16, free under 12. The Sheraton Framingham, 1657 Worcester Road, Framingham. 508-879-7200. www.bbu.org/events/joe-val-festival

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Chaps  Filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier has said that the western is about so much more than cowboys and Indians. It is “an immense genre that addresses everything: the conquest of America, the founding of law, racism, anti-racism.” John Wayne and Gary Cooper saddle up first in “Fortunes of the Western”: Wayne in “Red River” (7 p.m.) and Cooper in “The Hanging Tree.”  7 and 9:30 p.m. (through March 9). $9, $7 students and seniors. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700. www.hcl.harvard.edu/hfa

Myrtil and a motet  After a rough patch, there’s a happy ending for young lovers Zélide and Myrtil in Rameau’s “La Guirlande,” one of two pieces in Boston Baroque’s “A French Baroque Valentine.” Charpentier’s “Te Deum” is a polyphonic motet for five soloists and choir.  8 p.m. (Feb. 16 at 3 p.m.; pre-concert lectures one hour prior). $25-$75. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-987-8600, ext. 113. www.bostonbaroque.org

The perils of parenting  “Home is where the horror is” is the Season 5 theme for Happy Medium Theatre. The fringe troupe’s latest offering is “Baby With the Bathwater,” Christopher Durang’s funny look at John, Helen, and their new baby, Daisy.  8 p.m. (through Feb. 22). $20, $22 at the door, $2 student and senior discount. Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St., Boston. 800-838-3006. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/529994

SATURDAY

The voices  You won’t see instruments on the stage, but you’ll hear them at the Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. The Northeast Quarterfinal 3 student groups and their clever names include Lesley University’s Harmogeddon, Berklee College of Music’s Pitch Slapped, Harvard’s Veritones, and Northeastern’s Pitch, Please! Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. $12, $17 day of show, $2 student discount. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2262. www.berkleebpc.com

SUNDAY

Colin calling  Former “Saturday Night Live” member Colin Quinn gives his take on the 227 years of our Constitution at “Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional.”  Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. $25, $35. The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444. www.berkshiretheatregroup.org

June Wulff can be reached at june.wulff@globe.com.
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