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    Guy Aroch


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    After Win Butler heard Régine Chassagne sing jazz standards at a Montreal art exhibit, Arcade Fire was formed and things heated up for the now-married couple. The Grammy-winning indie rockers are on the road pounding the pavement for “Reflektor.” Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. $23-$63. Xfinity Center, 885 S. Main St., Mansfield. 800-745-3000.


    Emerging and established More than 900 entries were submitted for the annual American Women Artists Show, and more than 100 made the cut. The nonprofit organization provides professional opportunities for emerging and established women in the visual fine arts. Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun until 5 p.m.) through Sept. 15. Free. Addison Art Gallery, 43 South Orleans Road, Orleans. 508-255-6200.

    An outpouring of emotions Johnny is a Korean war vet whose battle isn’t over when he returns home to New York City. In Michael V. Gazzo’s “A Hatful of Rain” we witness the battles Johnny fights with heroin, himself, and his family after being heavily medicated in the hospital. 8 p.m. (through Aug. 30). $42-$62, 20 percent veterans discount. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, 83 East Main St., Stockbridge. 413-997-4444. www.berkshire


    Screening and discussion You might be familiar with Sebastian Junger from his book “The Perfect Storm,” but the Truro resident’s latest project is a film that follows his Oscar-nominated documentary “Restrepo.” Junger will take part in an audience Q&A following the screening of “Korengal,” a continuation of his story about an American combat outpost in an Afghan valley. 7:30 p.m. $15. Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road, North Truro. 508-487-5400.

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    His abilities Looping, finger drumming, and scratching by DJ Abilities turn the tables on music styles including rock, rap, and the ’80s. Guests are rapper PremRock and MC/singer/musician Jake Spike. 8 p.m. doors. $10. 18+. Middle East Upstairs, 472-478 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-864-3278.

    In the spotlight Sadly, it’s the lights that are choreographed, not the performer, at “Laser Michael Jackson,” a 40-minute trip through the King of Pop’s catalog. Happily, the light show pays tribute to “Man in the Mirror,” “Thriller,” “Billie Jean,” and other Jackson hits.
    4:30 p.m. (throughout the fall; recommended for grades 5 and up; bright, flashing lights). $10, $9 seniors, $8 kids. Museum of Science Charles Hayden Planetarium, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500.


    Arts and his craft Perhaps one of those carved mantles you’ve rested a drink on at some Boston party was carved by the subject of Tuesday’s lecture “Kirchmayer and Community: An Artisan of Crescent Hill.” Historian Doreen Stevens will talk about Bavarian-born wood carver Johannes B. Kirchmayer, who worked for Boston and New York interior design firms. Kirchmayer founded the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston in 1897 when he lived on Crescent Hill in Arlington Heights. Aug. 19 at 6:15 p.m. (5:30 p.m. reception). $12 (registration recommended). Otis House, 141 Cambridge St., Boston. 617-994-5920.

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