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    Creation and rebirth

    Two of Susan Sontag’s early journals are the intellectual jumping-off point for the Builders Association production “Sontag: Reborn,” a performance, text, video, and sound show starring Moe Angelos. Sontag, a writer, director, and human-rights activist who died almost 10 years ago, once said: “In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could in person.
    I create myself.” May 6 at 7:30 p.m. (through May 18). $25-$89. Emerson/Paramount Center Mainstage, 559 Washington St., Boston. 617-824-8400.


    Bump in the night More than 50 years ago, keyboardist and lead vocalist Larry Tamblyn formed the Standells. The band’s name comes from “standing” around trying to get gigs from booking agencies. Tamblyn and his punk-rock cohorts known for their 1966 hit “Dirty Water recently released “Bump.” 8 p.m. $20. 18+.
    Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Allston. 800-745-3000.

    This land is their land Using true acounts told by four women, Noa Baum tells the complicated story about the Israeli and Palestinian ties to Jerusalem. The Israeli storyteller and performer’s one-woman show, “A Land Twice Promised,” will be followed by a discussion. 7:30 p.m. Free (for adults and older children). Congregation Dorshei Tzedek, 60 Highland St., West Newton. 617-965-0330.


    Cary isn’t carrying Cary Grant plays a New York ad man who travels across the country to prove to the police (and a crime syndicate) that he doesn’t have a secret microfilm canister. Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” also stars James Mason, Martin Landau, and Eva Marie Saint. 7 p.m. $11, $8 seniors and kids.
    Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500.

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    Oxygen and hydrogen Our planet is made up of more than 75 percent water, so we should take care of it, right? Photographs by Susan Johnson at “Water Water everywhere” turn on the warning faucet about water conservation. Mon-Thurs 3-7 p.m. through June 30. Free. Harvard Allston Education Portal Art Galleries, 175 North Harvard St., Allston. 617-657-4278.

    Bearing artistic fruit Two exhibits at the 210-acre Fruitlands Museum cover landscape and baskets. “The Changing Landscape: Fruitlands’ Living Collection” includes maps, old farm implements, archeological materials from the property, plant samples, and more (through June 8). “The Ehrenkranz Basket Collection” is a collection of more than 80 antique baskets made by native people from Asia, Africa, and the Americas (through Aug. 10). Monday hours are
    10 a.m.-4 p.m. $12, $10 students and seniors, $5 ages 5-13. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. 978-456-3924,
    ext. 292.


    How the literary west was won In early 1860s San Francisco, young Mark Twain is looking for adventure. He and literary cohorts Bret Harte, Charles Warren Stoddard, and Ina Coolbrith are credited with creating a new American literature and are the subject of Ben Tarnoff’s book “The Bohemians.” May 6 at noon. Free. Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., Boston. 617-720-7604.

    June Wulff can be reached at