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Arts Fuse critics select the best in theater, film, music, author events, and dance for the coming weeks.

By The Arts Fuse Staff

Film

The Russian Woodpecker
February 13 at 7 p.m.
Brattle Theater, Cambridge, MA

The DocYard Series presents the Winner of the Grand Jury Prize in World Cinema Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. The film is an investigation into the ghosts that haunt the history of the Soviet Union. It revolves around the mind of an irradiated Ukrainian artist, Fedor Alexandrovich, who is on a quest to discover the “criminal” behind the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. He begins his quest by revealing to the world an enormous secret Soviet weapon that stands in the shadow of Chernobyl, a machine Kremlinologists in the 1980s thought was a giant mind-control device. What Fedor discovers is much more sinister. One of the crew members is shot by a sniper and revolution, paranoia, and terror engulf the crew. Director Chad Gracia will attend in person for discussion.

Winter's Dream at the Sci-Fi Film Festival

“2307: Winter’s Dream” is one of many films featured at this year’s Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival.

Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival
through February 20
Somerville Theater, Somerville, MA

The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival screens features, shorts, webisodes, and hosts workshops and parties. It highlights work by emerging directors from around the globe. The 42nd year of this, America’s oldest genre festival, concludes with The Marathon, a 24-hour orgiastic motion picture endurance test featuring classic, new, and schlock films. The festivities starts at noon on the 19th and ends at noon on President’s Day. List of films.

Time Code from Italy Part of the Live Action Shorts at the Coolidge Theater

“Time Code from Italy”, part of the Live Action Shorts at the Coolidge Theater

2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action
Opens on February 17
At the Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline, MA

Following two programs of Oscar nominated Documentary Short films, the theater presents a program of short live-action films that includes Ennemis Interieurs (France), Silent Nights (Denmark), Sing (Hungary), Timecode (Spain), and La Femme et la TGV (Switzerland).

Other People’s Footage
February 21 at 7 p.m.
Bright Lights Screening Room, Paramount Theater, Boston, MA

Other People’s Footage: Copyright & Fair Use explores three questions that are crucial to determining fair use exemptions. The film presents illustrative examples from nonfiction, fiction, and experimental films that use pre-existing footage, music, and sound from the creations of others — without having obtained permission or paid any fees. Through on-camera interviews with noted documentarians, film, and legal experts, OPF also reviews relevant court cases and clarifies legal issues regarding trademark, parody, and shooting on location or in a controlled setting. Discussion with directors Diane E. Carson Robert Johnson to follow led by Dr. Deborah Geisler from Suffolk University. Free

The Sunshine Makers
February 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m.
At the Regent Theater, Arlington, MA

This is the untold story of Nicholas San and Tim Scully, the unlikely duo at the heart of 1960s American drug counterculture. The pair’s mind-expanding utopian mission: to save the planet through the consciousness-raising power of LSD. These underground chemists manufactured a massive amount of acid all while staying one step ahead of the Feds.

The Finest Hours
February 17 at 7 p.m.
The BU Cinematheque, Boston, MA

The Cinemateque Series presents BU graduate Casey Sherman, who will show this feature film, which was made in Boston and inspired by a book he wrote. Sherman will concentrate on the changes, good and bad, made from his best-selling volume, which chronicles a daring Coast Guard rescue from the storms of Cape Cod. Free with a post-film discussion.

Law and Order
February 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

The Frederick Wiseman retrospective continues. This week’s pick is a documentary that the filmmaker completed in 1969 (it is also known as The Greater Good). The narrative is a series of vignettes that focus on the day-to-day work of Kansas City, Missouri police. The storyline covers the range of circumstances they encounter and the variety of social roles they are asked to play. More than simply chasing down criminals, the police act as counselors, negotiators, and arbitrators of major and minor injustices. Filmed in 1968, at the height of a rebellious period, the policemen we see come off as reasonable, patient, and fair rather than sadistic, inhumane, or incompetent.

All of a Sudden (Auf Einmal)
February 19 at 11 a,m.
Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline, MA

The Goethe-Institut German Film Series presents yet another  new film about social pressure from Germany: “Following a party in Karsten’s apartment, everyone goes home – except Anna. Karsten is drawn to the mysterious young woman. How could he have known that in this moment of weakness, his well-established life would spiral out of control and turn into a disaster? Tensions in the family and in his circle of friends follow. His attempt to live life as if nothing has happened fails – gossip in this small town in Germany makes it impossible. Disappointment breeds rage and injustice, calamity takes its course and, just as Karsten thinks he has his life under control again, he has become a different person.” Trailer

The Boston Society of Film Critics Annual Awards Ceremony and Screening
February 19 at 7 p.m.
Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA

After a three-year hiatus, The BSFC will once again present its annual awards ceremony (with a local focus) at the Brattle Theatre. The documentary The Dying Of The Light will screen in honor of award recipient Peter Flynn. The film explores the history and craft of motion picture presentation through the lives and stories of the last generation of projectionists. Trailer

Other local recipients include Connie White, director of the Provincetown International Film Festival, the Alloy Orchestra, the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra, the Somerville Theatre for its innovative 70mm and widescreen presentations, and the Boston University Cinémathèque Film Program. Filmmaker Guy Maddin will appear in Person. The ceremony will include moments of musical entertainment and, as in years past, a charity raffle with unique prizes. The event will be preceded by a cocktail reception. A share of the proceeds will go to the ACLU.

Cinemania
February 25 at 8 p.m.
Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA

This cult classic will be shown on 35mm. It concerns five New Yorkers with self-styled movie obsessions that border on the psychotic. Eric Chadbourne, who is an obsessive collector as well as viewer who is living on disability payments; Harvey Schwartz, who memorizes enormous amounts of factual data, such as movie running times; and Roberta Hill, who is such an aggressive audience member that she has been kicked out of several theaters. Unemployed and living in denial, Bill Heidbreder is into European art films to a serious degree, while the somewhat self-aware Jack Angstreich lives off of his inheritance and claims to keep up a schedule of watching five movies a day. The conclusion, appropriately enough, features the five subjects screening a rough cut of the documentary and offering their comments. Shot on digital video, Cinemania contains a cinema-themed soundtrack provided by witty French indie pop band Stereo Total. Trailer

– Tim Jackson


Dance

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Symphony Nova & Tony Williams Ballet Company
February 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Old South Church
Boston, MA

Enjoy an evening of live chamber music and contemporary dance, featuring a collaboration between Symphony Nova and Tony Williams Ballet Company. Conductor Lawrence Isaacson leads the orchestra, as choreographers Adam Miller, Gianni Di Marco, and Colleen Edwards debut new work.

José Mateo Ballet Theatre presents "Love's Pull."

José Mateo Ballet Theatre presents “Love’s Pull.”

Love’s Pull
February 17-March 5
Sanctuary Theatre
Cambridge, MA

José Mateo Ballet Theatre brings three original ballets to the stage this week, each focused on a different facet of romance, from lust to love. With cabaret seating, and wines selected by Jen Fields of Alden and Harlow, this performance makes for a unique night out.

Artifact
February 23-March 5
Boston Opera House
Boston, MA

Utilizing spoken word, artful sets, and challenging choreography, famed choreographer William Forsythe’s Artifact makes its North American debut on the dancers of Boston Ballet.

Kelley Donovan & Dancers presents two works at Green Street Studios.

Kelley Donovan & Dancers presents two works at Green Street Studios.

Kelley Donovan & Dancers
February 24 & 25 at 8pm
Green Street Studios
Cambridge, MA

Kelley Donovan & Dancers presents two works in Cambridge: Shifting Earth and The Body Becomes the Messenger. While the first focuses on events that make one feel vulnerable (loss, sudden change, illness, etc.), the second explores the connection between body and spirit—creating a well-balanced evening of works.

– Merli V. Guerra


Theater

Bertold Brecht

Poet/Playwright Bertolt Brecht — “I don’t know what a man is. Only that every man has his price.”

Brecht on Brecht by Bertolt Brecht. Arranged by George Tabori from various translations. Directed by Jim Petosa. Staged by New Repertory Theatre in the Black Box Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA, through March 5.

This script “celebrates one of the 20th century’s greatest dramatists in a stunning revue of his life’s work. Featuring songs and scenes from Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, and Bertolt Brecht’s most famous collaborations, and first-hand accounts from Brecht himself, Brecht on Brecht explores the political and social issues he faced as an artist fleeing Nazism and his eventual exile in America.” Of course, aside from The Scottsboro Boys over at SpeakEasy Stage, productions of Brecht-influenced theater (let along his plays) are scarce. Why? Increasingly, our theater is about inspiration and entertainment, part of what William Davies calls “The Happiness Industry.” May this show at least remind audiences (and theater artists) that theater can be so much more.

Don’t Give Up the Ship by Laura Neill. Directed by Joshua Glenn-Kayden. Staged by Fresh Ink at the Plaza Blackbox at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA, through February 25.

Sounds like a surrealist feminist romp: “When Diana, a middle-aged mother of two, wakes up as Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the War of 1812, she suddenly commands much more of her life than she used to. Imagining that her daughters are warring lieutenants, her ex-husband is her four-year-old son, and her nurse Lizzie is her darling wife, Diana establishes an identity that is much closer to her true self than anyone expected.”

Natasha’s Dream by Yaroslava Pulinovich. Translated by John Freedman. Directed by Igor Golyak. The Arlekin Players staging presented by New Rep in the Black Box Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA, through February 21.

In this Russian script, “a girl tells the story of her life in a small-town orphanage, and her desire to be free; to fly away and break the vicious circle of life. From the inside of a courtroom, she makes twists and turns through her unique appeal to audiences, letting them into her world where she dreams about love, family, acceptance, adjusting, and her future.” Arlekin Players Theatre was created in Boston in 2009 and has since toured in New York, Chicago, and Hartford.

Rachel Cognata as Girlfriend in the Company One production of "Really." photo Jeremy Fraga.

Rachel Cognata as Girlfriend in the Company One production of “Really.” photo Jeremy Fraga.

Really by Jackie Sibblies Drury. Directed by Shawn LaCount. Staged by Company One in partnership with Matter & Light Fine Art, at Matter & Light Fine Art, 63 Thayer Street SOWA, Boston, MA, through March 4.

A New England premiere: “In a studio filled with photographs, two very different women work to process the disappearance of a charming, volatile artist. But which of them really knew him?” Arts Fuse review

Edward II by Christopher Marlowe. Directed by David R. Gammons. Staged by the Actors’ Shakespeare Project at the Charlestown Working Theater, Charlestown, MA, February 22 through March 19.

A rare outing in Boston for Marlowe’s prophetic exploration of the social consequences of homosexual desire: The playwright “uses the tumultuous history of 14th century England to share one man’s struggle between self identity and the demands of his court and kingdom, presented in a taut new version that pares the work to eight characters.”

Exit Strategy by Ike Holter. Directed David J. Miller. Staged by the Zeitgeist Stage Company at the Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Theatre Boston, MA, February 17 through March 11.

Sounds like a very relevant script, given the appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education under the Trump Administration. The play “examines the human implications of one school closing in a taut comedy/drama about the future of public education. A large city school is slated to permanently close at the end of the school year. The school’s staff reacts with different modes of self-survival, while a precocious student redirects the school’s website to an Indiegogo campaign to fund the school’s survival.”

Stage Kiss by Sarah Ruhl. Directed by Courtney O’Connor. Staged by the Lyric Stage Company at 140 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA, February 24 through March 26.

“Life imitates Art. Art imitates Life — and Love.” In this script, “two squabbling long-lost loves are cast as long-lost lovers, and quickly lose touch with reality in this comic, romantic, and revealing play-within-a-play.”

Women in Jeopardy! by Wendy MacLeod. Directed by Sean Daniels. At the Merrimack Repertory Theatre at 50 East Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA, February 15 through March 12.

This “riotous” comedy ‘follows Mary and Jo, two middle-aged women who jump to the rescue when their best friend Liz falls for a creepy (and potentially murderous) dentist.” You have to love/hate the show’s marketing motto: “Screw the mid-life crisis; let’s solve some crimes!”

The Honey Trap by Leo McGann. Directed by Adam Kassim. A BU New Play Initiative production staged by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, February 16 through 26.

“What seems to be a typical night at a pub turns into something much darker for two off-duty British soldiers in 1979. Decades later, an oral history project reopens old wounds for one of the soldiers and sends him back to Ireland in search of answers and revenge.”

Ill Seen Ill Said ​& Not I by Samuel Beckett. Directed by Erik Ehn. Staged by Wilbury Theatre Group’s Studio W at 393 Broad Street, Providence, RI, February 23 through 26.

A rare opportunity to see Ill Seen Ill Said, “a late work from Samuel Beckett that paints a haunting picture of an old woman alone in a cabin, who watches the evening and the morning star and ventures out chiefly to visit a grave.” Also on the existential bill: Not I.

Informed Consent by Deborah Zoe Laufer. Directed by Dale J. Young. Staged by Apollinaire Theatre Company at the Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea, MA, February 17 through March 12.

Sounds like a scientific/political problem play: “An ambitious geneticist is hired to help solve why a Native American tribe is being devastated by diabetes, but her research threatens to destroy their most sacred traditions.”

Jonah and the Whale Book by Tyler Mills. Music and Lyrics by David Darrow and Blake Thomas. Orchestrations by Robert Frost. Directed by Weylin Symes. At the Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main Street, Stoneham, MA, February 23 through March 12.

An East Coast premiere of a new musical that is an “epic musical journey that re-imagines one of the strangest and most familiar stories in the Old Testament.” It is “an unforgettable story of faith, loss, and survival against unbeatable odds” and “features a completely original pop/folk score.” I hope the whale gets to sing …

Marie Mullen as Mag Folan and Aisling O'Sullivan as Maureen Folan  in  Photo: Craig Schwartz

Marie Mullen as Mag Folan and Aisling O’Sullivan as Maureen Folan in the Druid Theatre Company production of “The Beauty Queen of Leeann.” Photo: Craig Schwartz.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh. Directed by Garry Hynes. The Druid Theatre Company staging is presented by ArtsEmerson at the Emerson/Paramount Center, Robert J. Orchard Stage, Boston, MA, through February 26.

A revival of “a subversive thriller that takes audiences through the twists and turns of the ultimate dysfunctional relationship, revealing what can happen when family ties go too far…way too far.” Twenty years ago, the Druid Theatre Company’s production of this deeply dark script was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning four. “Druid returns with Tony Award winning director, Garry Hynes’s remount of this spectacular production. Marie Mullen, who won the Tony for her performance as the daughter, returns this time in the role of the mother, while Aisling O’Sullivan takes the role of the daughter.”

The Night of the Iguana by Tennessee Williams. Directed by Michael Wilson. Presented by the American Repertory Theater at the Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge, MA, February 17 through March 18.

“On the edge of the Mexican jungle, a group of troubled travelers seek shelter from a storm. Tennessee Williams’ feverishly poetic 1961 drama follows a hotel proprietress and the scandal-soaked Southern preacher who turns up on her veranda. A Nantucket portrait artist traveling with her ancient grandfather, a bus full of fuming Texan college administrators, and a party of vacationers collide in this drama about how far we travel to outrun the demons within.” The cast of for this revival is high-powered — it includes Dana Delany, Bill Heck, Amanda Plummer, Elizabeth Ashley, James Earl Jones, and Sussanah Perkins.”

– Bill Marx


Jazz

Freddy Cole
February 14 at 7:30 and 10 p.m.
Regattabar, Cambridge, MA.

Freddy Cole, now 85, has long established himself with a talent distinct from his older brother Nat — with his own attack and swing and deeply felt sense of the blues, he’s a fine singer and pianist. He’s coming to the R-bar for these two Valentine’s Day shows with his longtime bandmates, guitarist Randy Napoleon, bassist Elias Bailey, and drummer Quentin Baxter.

Cyrille Aimée
February 14 at 8 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club, Boston, MA.

The French-born singer Cyrille Aimée has virtuoso chops, a pliant voice, and a singing storyteller’s careful, detailed approach to lyrics — both English and French. Even her scat singing has a narrative logic, and her feel for Gypsy jazz and Latin beats doesn’t hurt either.

Frank Vignola/Vinny Raniolo
February 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Regattabar, Cambridge, MA.

Swing-guitar maestro Frank Vignola teams up with regular partner Vinny Raniolo and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi. Expect much digital derring-do, classical-swing mash-ups, and an appealing dash of showbiz hokum.

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Photo: Cécile McLorin Salvant will perform with Aaron Diehl on February 17 at the Berklee Performance Center.

Aaron Diehl/Cécile McLorin Salvant
February 17 at 8 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA.

The finest jazz singer of her generation, Cécile McLorin Salvant, has long had a fruitful partnership with her pianist and musical director, Aaron Diehl, himself an outstanding player. Tonight is listed as “Aaron Diehl presents Jelly and George, featuring Adam Birnbaum and Cécile McLorin Salvant.” The usual trio of Diehl, bassist Paul Sikivie, and drummer Lawrence Leathers, has been expanded to include Birnbaum, also on piano, as well as trombonist Corey Wilcox, clarinetist Evan Christopher, and trumpeter Riley Mulherkar. And yes, we’re figuring Morton and Gershwin for those first couple of names.

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Club d’Elf play the Lizard Lounge February 17th.

Club d’Elf/Funky Knuckles
February 17 at 10 p.m.
Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA.

Still working their new Live at Club Helsinki, “Moroccan-dosed dub-jazz collective” Club d’Elf return to their home bass after a Northeast mini-tour, joined this time by Dallas-based Funky Knuckles, of the same scene that produced their cohort Snarky Puppy. They go on at 10, Club d’Elf at 11:30. This edition of Club d’Elf will include guitarist Van Martin, keyboardist Amy Bellamy, and conguero Vicente Lebron with regulars Mister Rourke on turntables, Dean Johnston on drums, and the band’s main man, Mike Rivard, on bass and sintir.

Rhythm Future Quartet
February 19 at 8 p.m.
Club Passim, Cambridge, MA.

The Django-inspired Rhythm Future Quartet is violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, rhythm guitarist Max O’Rourke, and bassist Greg Loughman. Named for one of Django Reinhardt’s most adventurous compositions, the band blend a sure grasp of the tradition — with the requisite stunning chops — and an ambitious handful of original compositions.

Dave Bryant/Eric Hofbauer/Jacob William
February 21 at 8 p.m.
Outpost 186, Cambridge, MA.

Keyboardist Dave Bryant and guitarist Eric Hofbauer have always been interested in extending the jazz language, as composers and players (Bryant was a longtime member of Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time). Here they join forces with the estimable bassist Jacob William.

Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica
February 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Regattabar, Cambridge. MA.

The composer and polymath percussionist Brian O’Neill convenes the quintet version of his “exotica” project, Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica, with its intricate web of musical influences and combination of detailed writing and directed improvisation. The crew includes Geni Skendo on bass flute, flute, and shakuhachi; bassist Brad Barrett; Tev Stevig on oud, tanbur, and resonator guitar; and Jeremy Smith on percussion. O’Neill’s pieces include adaptions of Bach, Gershwin, Shostakovich, and John Adams in “cinematic, layered music for armchair travelers ready to journey off road.”

Eric Harland/James Francies/Love Science Music
February 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Regattabar, Cambridge, MA.

Drummer Eric Harland anchors any number of big-name projects, including bands with Charles Lloyd, Dave Holland, and Joshua Redman. This group shows off his skills with chill grooves, a collaboration with keyboardist James Francies and the producer, DJ, drummer, and electronics guy Josh Giunta, dba Love Science Music.

Bruno Råberg
February 25 at 7 p.m.
Piano Craft Gallery, Boston, MA.

The distinguished Boston bassist and composer Bruno Råberg celebrates the release of Triloka, an album-length piece for “for strings and soloists.” The beguiling blend of South Indian (Carnatic) music, Western classical, and jazz improvisation will feature, in this performance, violinists Layth Sidiq and Bengisu Gokce, violist David Wallace, and cellist Naseem Alatrash, along with Råberg’s bass.

Steve Turre
February 25 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club, Boston, MA.

Veteran composer, trombonist, and seashells player Steve Turre brings his “Quartet + 1”: pianist Oscar Perez, bassist Endea Owens, drummer Orion Turre, and special guest vocalist Andromeda Turre. As for Steve, he plays internationally infused post-bop with charismatic flair (those seashells were never just a gimmick). Daughter Andromeda seems to match her dad in combining impressive chops with sure musical taste.

Michael Olatuja and Lagos Pepper Soup
February 27 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club, Boston, MA.

The virtuoso British-Nigerian bassist and composer Michael Olatuja plays an exuberant, crafty, ambitious fusion in a Metheny-esque vein.

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
February 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Regattabar, Cambridge, MA.

Boston’s venerable second-line influenced brass band, the RSE, coming off their latest release, I Want That Sound (Arts Fuse review), again celebrates Mardi Gras with saxophonist Charles Neville, of New Orleans legends the Neville Brothers, and one of his regular runnin’ partners, the fine vocalist Henri Smith.

Rebecca Cline/Rich Greenblatt
February 28 at 8:30 p.m.
Lilypad, Cambridge, MA.

Pianist Rebecca Cline, known for her mastery of Afro-Latin grooves in bands like Enclave, Obbini Tumbao, and Mango Blue, teams up with multi-directional vibist and composer Rich Greenblatt for a show they’re billing as “funky, groovy, in the pocket, and altogether unexpected.”

– Jon Garelick


Classical Music

Glass Works
Presented by Boston Modern Orchestra Project
February 18, 8 p.m.
Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

BMOP celebrates the 80th birthday of Philip Glass with performances of his Symphony no. 2 and the Tirol Concerto for piano and orchestra. Benjamin Park’s The Dwarf Planets fills out the evening.

Beethoven and Bruckner
Presented by the Boston Philharmonic
February 23 at 7:30 p.m., 25 at 8 p.m., and 26 at 3 p.m.
Sanders Theater, Cambridge (on the 23rd and 26th) and Jordan Hall, Boston, MA (on the 25th)

Benjamin Zander leads the BPO in Bruckner’s epic Symphony no. 9. Before that, the Boston Trio (Irina Muresanu, Jonah Ellsworth, and Heng-Jin Park) join them for Beethoven’s Triple Concerto.

Gubaidulina Premiere and Shostakovich Leningrad
Presented by the Boston Symphony Orchestra
February 23-25 and 28, 8 p.m. (1:30 p.m. on Friday)
Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

Andris Nelsons’ winter residency wraps up with the world premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Bayan. Shostakovich’s sprawling Leningrad Symphony completes the program.

– Jonathan Blumhofer

The Muir String Quartet
February 13 at 8 p.m.
Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

On the program, works by Berg, Mozart, and Dvorak. Ensemble includes Linda Toote, flute.

VOCES8 is coming to perform in Boston.

VOCES8 is coming to perform in Boston.

VOCES8
February 15 at 8 p.m.
February 16 at 8 p.m.
At the Longy School of Music/Pickman Hall, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

Celebrity Series presents “an exciting and versatile vocal group. The British octet performs repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony to modern jazz and pop arrangements.”

Missa Caput
Ockeghem@600, Concert 5

February 17 at 8 p.m.
First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington, MA
February 18 at 8 p.m.
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
February 19 at 4 p.m.
At the Old Ship Meeting House, 90 Main Street, Hingham, MA

“The fifth installment of the complete works of Johannes Ockeghem, featuring one of the composer’s earliest masses, inspired by an anonymous English mass on the same plainchant melody, but utterly transformed by the Flemish genius. The Blue Heron program will include a movement from the English Missa Caput and other music by mid 15th-century English composers such as Robert Morton and Walter Frye. ”

Music for Food presents: From Bach to Berio
February 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Fenway Center/Northeastern University, 77 St. Stephen Street, Boston, MA

On the program: Cowell’s Sonata for Violin and Piano (1945), performed by Daniel Koo, violin, and Vivian Weilerstein, piano; Berio’s Sequenza XIVb, performed by Edward Kass, bass; Martinu’s Madrigals, performed by Ayano Ninomiya, violin, and Dimitri Murrath, viola; Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in g, Op. 57, performed by Don Weilerstein, violin; Kim Kashkashian, viola; Laurence Lesser, cello; Vivian Weilerstein, piano.

Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble
February 24 at 8 p.m.
Old South Church
645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

On the program: Schmidt’s Hommage à Stravinsky; Holland’s Dream Elegy; Stravinsky’s Mass (George Case, guest conductor); Kevin Kopsco (new work); Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol.

Boston Conservatory Chamber Series
February 24 at 8 p.m.
Boston Conservatory/Seully Hall, 8 Fenway, Boston, MA

On the program: Mozart’s Divertimento in E-flat, K.563; Lee’s Ecco! for violin and clarinet; Brahms’ Horn Trio.

J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass
February 24 at 8 p.m.
At Jordan Hall/New England Conservatory, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
February 26 at 3 p.m.
At Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA

Cantata Singers returns to a piece that continues to be a touchstone for the organization: Bach’s great Mass in B minor.

Boston Cello Quartet
February 26 at 4:30 p.m.
At Temple Emanuel. 385 Ward Street, Newton, MA

Hammond Residential Real Estate Performing Arts Series presents the Boston Cello Quartet, which is comprised of Boston Symphony Orchestra cellists Blaise Dejardin, Adam Esbensen, Mihail Jojatu, and Alexandre Lecarme. “Their exciting program will feature works from international composers including Germany’s Wilhelm Fitzenhagen, Argentina’s Astor Piazzolla, the United States’ John Williams and Chick Corea, Italy’s Tomaso Albinoni and more.”

– Susan Miron


Roots and World Music

Lee Fields and the Expressions
February 16
Royale, Boston, MA

One of  the finest local shows of 2016 came courtesy of Lee Fields, the always intense and rewarding veteran soul man, who appeared at a sold-out Sinclair (and spoke to the Arts Fuse). He’s been upgraded this time to the larger Royale and has a new LP in tow, Special Night. His band the Expressions add just enough funk experimentation to show that the disc was recorded in 2016, while the songs lay the perfect groundwork for Fields’ compelling pleading.

Joe Val Bluegrass Festival
February 17 through 19
Sheraton Framingham, MA

Once again the Boston Bluegrass Union’s celebration of all things bluegrass takes over that hotel on Route 9 that looks like a castle. There will be performances from stars like Jerry Douglas’ Earls of Leicester, Blue Highway, and Danny Paisley & Southern Grass, workshops, a regional showcase stage, and hours and hours of jam sessions for players of all levels everywhere in the building, from the hallways to the hotel rooms.

Masters of Hawaiian Music
February 18
Club Passim, Cambridge, MA

Three of the biggest stars of the lilting Hawaiian slack-key guitar style come to town: George Kahumoku Jr,, Nathan Aweau (formerly of Hapa), and Kawika Kahiapo.

– Noah Schaffer


Author Events

Noah Isenberg
We’ll Always Have Casablanca:
The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie

February 13 at 7 p.m.
Harvard Book Store, Cambridge MA
Free

The famous phrase ‘Play It Again, Sam’ does not actually appear in Casablanca, but does that really matter? Isenberg is a film critic who takes a long look at the way the film’s classic story of redeemed cynicism, along with its quotable lines and indelible cast has embedded itself in our cultural consciousness.

Roxane Gay
Flashpoint!: A Public Lecture
February 16 at 7 p.m.
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley MA
Free

The bestselling author of Bad Feminist, pundit, New York Times op-ed writer, and contributor to PANK and The Rumpus has been called one of the sharpest writers our times. Her work has been praised as “trailblazing” amid praise that she is one of the most important leaders of contemporary feminism. She will speak on social critique, gender, race and identity.

Caroline Light
Stand Your Ground:
A History of America’s Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense

February 16 at 7 p.m.
Harvard Book Store, Cambridge MA
Free

After the rash of gun- related deaths across the country in the past few years, gun control has become a crucial political debate. So where is the legislation? Light, director of undergraduate studies at Harvard University, examines America’s history of “stand your ground” mentalities, mistakenly assuming that supposed “good guys with guns” will save us from “bad guys with guns.”

George Saunders
Lincoln In The Bardo
February 17 at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30)
First Parish Church, Cambridge MA
Tickets are $28.75/ with book, $5 single

Saunders is a master of the short story, with an imaginative prose style unlike any other. In his first novel, Saunders puts the reader in a graveyard over the course of a single night of the Lincoln family’s trauma after the death of their eleven year old son Willie, during the larger tragedy of the Civil War.

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Erica Ferencik
The River at Night
February 21 at 7 p.m.
Porter Square Books, Cambridge MA
Free

Boston’s own Ferencik reads from her new thriller, involving four friends lost in the Maine woods whose friendships are tested after a sudden trauma causes them to suspect one another.

David Duchovny
Bucky F*cking Dent: A Novel
February 22 from 12-1 p.m.
Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner MA
Tickets are $26, including copy and are required

In his first novel, the actor behind The X Files‘ enigmatic Agent Scully and hedonistic writer Hank Moody on Californication tells a story of fathers and sons set against the immortal Red Sox /Yankees rivalry. He will give a short reading and sign copies of the book.

Gish Jen
The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap
February 28 at 7 p.m.
Free

It’s no secret that the world is more interconnected, but the cultural differences of east and west becoming more and more pronounced. Drawing on a lifetime of experience living within both spaces, second generation Chinese-American Gish Jen explores — through personal anecdotes and research in cultural psychology — our cultural interdependence.

– Matt Hanson

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  1. Sunshine Makers is screening at 7:30pm on Feb 24 & 25 at the Regent Theatre in Arlington.

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