Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of May 13-19

The Boston Ballet stages a world premiere, an author discusses her modern take on Cinderella, singers celebrate heroes, and more.

The Boston Ballet wraps up its season with Rhapsody, a program comprising five works. Here, dancers perform Leonid Yakobson’s Pas de Quatre.
The Boston Ballet wraps up its season with Rhapsody, a program comprising five works. Here, dancers perform Leonid Yakobson’s Pas de Quatre.(Rosalie O’Connor/Boston Ballet)

Opening Thursday

On Their Toes

Boston Ballet wraps up its season with Rhapsody,a program comprising five works. Along with pieces choreographed by George Balanchine and Leonid Yakobson is a world premiere by principal dancer Paulo Arrais, ELA, Rhapsody in Blue. The native of Brazil took up choreography in 2012; his latest work is set to George Gershwin’s classic composition and inspired by his mother and other influential women in his life. Through June 9 at the Opera House. From $37. bostonballet.org


Beauty and Pain

Celebrated young-adult writer Jennifer Donnelly uses the gory old-school versions of Cinderella as the jumping-off point for her new novel, Stepsister. Told from the point of view of Isabelle, who has chopped off some toes to fit into the glass slipper, the novel explores notions of beauty and questions of destiny and self-determination. Donnelly discusses Stepsister at 7 p.m. at Wellesley Books. Free. wellesleybooks.com



Branch Out

A treehouse can be more than just fun — it can help make its tree healthier. At the Boston Society of Architects’ Family Design Day, children 5 to 13 and their adult caregivers build model trees using cardboard and wood and then learn how to make an environmentally friendly treehouse with help from professional architects. 10:30 a.m. at BSA Space at Atlantic Wharf. $10. architects.org


Youth in Harmony

All 13 choirs of the Boston Children’s Chorus take part in Lift Every Voice: Her Song, a concert celebrating heroes. Guest artist Melinda Doolittle sings solo and with the 7- to 18-year-old chorus members, and Cecilia McDowall’s Everyday Wonders: The Girl From Aleppo, sets the story of a teenage Syrian refugee with cerebral palsy to music. 7 p.m. at the Wang Theatre. From $17.75. bostonchildrenschorus.org

Starting Sunday


Academy Award-nominated director Jan Hřebejk takes the spotlight at the Czech That Film festival, which visits the Boston area for the first time. All three parts of his “Garden Store Trilogy,” set in the 1940s and ’50s, play the West Newton Cinema in separate screenings, each followed by a Q&A with Hřebejk. Sunday 2 and 7:30 p.m., Monday 7:30 p.m. $12/film, $11 in advance. belmontworldfilm.org