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Gary Sloan


‘Silent’ statements

Choreographer José Mateo uses Philip Glass’s minimalist Violin Concerto as the soundscape for “Risk of Repetition,” a 2012 work that’s one of three presented in José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s current production, “Silent Currents.” The 1992 “Isle of the Dead,” set to music of Rachmaninoff, is about finding hope in adversity. The 2010 “Circles,” with music of Alfred Schnittke, depicts the story of an isolated woman trapped in an obsessive relationship. Enjoy the ballets in a cabaret-style setting with cocktails and close-up views of the dancers. March 27-29 and April 4-5, 8 p.m. March 30 and April 6, 4 p.m. $40. Sanctuary Theatre, 400 Harvard St., Cambridge. 617-354-7467,


In a ‘Heartbeat’ The producers of “Riverdance” bring you “Heartbeat of Home,” infused with dance and music from Irish, Latin, and Afro-Cuban cultures. A 10-piece band and footwork by a cast of international performers are accompanied by high-definition screens and digitally projected imagery. The show’s music includes Jessica Sanchez’s song “Lead Me Home.” March 26, 7 p.m. Through April 6. $31.25-$105.25. Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 800-982-2787,

For the love of Cambridge “Girl, Interrupted” author Susanna Kaysen starts her new autobiographical novel like this: “It was probably because I was so often taken away from Cambridge when I was young that I loved it as much as I did. . . . ” Kaysen appears to promote her latest book about a 1950s girl who’s taken away from her Cambridge home far too often. March 26, 7 p.m. Free. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-661-1515,


Creative writing types This year’s Boston University Creative Writing Annual Faculty Reading features poet Dan Chiasson, program director and novelist Leslie Epstein, National Book Award winner Ha Jin, “A Feather on the Breath of God” author Sigrid Nunez, former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, and writers Caitlin Doyle and Nell Stevens. March 26, 7 p.m. Free. Boston University, Photonics Center Auditorium, 8 St. Mary’s St., Room 206, Boston.

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Songbook singing If we said, quick, name two male champions of the Great American Songbook, chances are you’d say Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Vocalist Brian DeLorenzo pays tribute to the two crooners in “Brian DeLorenzo Sings the Songs of Frank Sinatra & Tony Bennett.” March 26, 8 p.m. $22. Scullers Jazz Club, Doubletree Suites, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 866-777-8932,


‘Last’ not least Poor Krapp is turning 69, eating bananas, and taking stock of his life. Steven Barkhimer plays him in “Krapp’s Last Tape,” Samuel Beckett’s one-act play for one actor and a tape recorder. It’s part of the double bill “Reel to Reel,” which also features Skylar Fox’s “The Archives.” March 27-April 12. Thurs-Sat 8 p.m. Matinees 4 p.m. March 30, April 6 and 12. $20, $15 students and seniors. Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St., Boston. 617-750-8900,

Carved in music The British coastline helped inspire “Engravings,” the latest recording by Matthew Barnes of Forest Swords. He recorded it in his bedroom, but he (and his laptop) headed for the countryside to mix the tracks outdoors. March 27, 10:30 p.m. $10. T.T. the Bear’s, 10 Brookline St., Cambridge. 617-492-2327,