Boston-area to do list

Ryan Kelly Coil


Five days of funny

Headliners at the Boston Comedy Arts Festival include Laura Hall (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”), Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, mind reader Eric Dittleman, and Jonathan Katz (“Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist”). The yuks start at 7 p.m. with ImprovBoston’s “Harold Special” featuring Great Lakes, Maxitor, and Specter. Pictured: The ImprovBoston Family Show (left) and Josh Gondelman at last year’s festival. 7 p.m. (through Sept. 14). $14 (Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.). ImprovBoston Studio Theater, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge (see website for schedule, venues, and prices). 617-576-1253. www.bostoncomedyarts.com


The moral order Director Dan Krauss has said about “The Kill Team”: “With this film, I would like to introduce audiences to a new concept just starting to be discussed in psychiatric circles: ‘moral injury.’ It refers to a psychological wound that comes from having taken an action — or not prevented an action — that is a betrayal of one’s core moral values.” The award-winning documentary tells the story of a soldier in Afghanistan, Specialist Adam Winfield, who tried to tell the military about the heinous activities carried out by US soldiers. (Review, Page 4.) 5:30 p.m. (through Sept. 21). $11. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975. www.mfa.org/film

A lighted Rose There are lots of blooming petals at the Rose Art Museum. First is the opening of Chris Burden’s permanent art installation “Light of Reason,” accompanied by a dedication, lighting ceremony, and performances by the Antlers and the Lydian String Quartet. The other blooms belong to exhibits opening Sept. 11: “Mark Bradford: Sea Monsters,” “Rose Projects 1B | 1914: Magnus Plessen,” and “Rose Video 04 | Alex Hubbard.” Opening celebration from 5-9 p.m. (Tues-Sun noon-5 p.m. hours resume Sept. 11). Free. Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, 415 South St., Waltham. 781-736-3434. www.brandeis.edu/rose

Boston not so strong After World War II, Boston lost 25 percent of its tax base, and during the ’50s, residents left the city faster than folks left other big cities throughout the country. Jim Vrabel will lead a talk and read from his book “A People’s History of the New Boston.” 6:30 p.m. Free (online pre-registration required). West End Museum, 150 Staniford St., Boston. 617-723-2125. www.thewestendmuseum.org


Curtain opens If you can’t make it to the Martha’s Vineyard Songwriter’s Festival on Sept. 13, you can hear the same lineup at the “Behind the Curtain With Nashville Hit-Makers” kickoff event. Performers include Jim McCormick, Jason Blume, Jay Knowles, Marty Dodson, and Clay Mills. Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. $20. 21+. Hard Rock Cafe, 22-24 Clinton St., Boston. 617-424-7625. www.ticketweb.com

Reptile ruckus This Minnesota-formed band takes the traditional techniques of bluegrass and attacks them like “Wild Animals,” which happens to be the name of its new release. The punk/bluegrass group Trampled by Turtles is at the House of Blues. Sept. 11
at 8 p.m. $25, $45. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

Peter and Paul The modern African pop style created by Youssou N’Dour made quite an impression on Peter Gabriel and Paul Simon, and the former introduced the Senegal-born singer to American and British fans. The Grammy winner performs in Somerville with his band, the Super Étoile. Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. $39. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org

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