What Rough Beast
The Underlings Theater Company presents this extremely topical play by Alice Abracen, taking place on your typical politically-volatile modern college campus, where a right-wing speaker is scheduled to appear, causing the students to take three predictable positions: hard for, hard against, and who cares? What transpires may or may not go according to what you’ve heard.
$ 10-$ 25, Friday through January 19, Boston Playwrights’ Theater, 949 Comm. Ave., Boston
The Wolves of this play’s title are not the creature known to science as Canis lupus, but a suburban indoor girls’ soccer team whose lives outside practice inevitably bleed in to their Saturday morning routines. Playwright Sarah DeLappe endeavored to present teen girls—who for whatever reason seem to inspire a paradoxical mix of idealization and contempt in society—in all their complexity and humanity. She must have done well, because The Wolves was a 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist.
$ 47-$ 71, Friday through February 3, Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston
Sand, An Evening Length Show
Victoria Lynn Awkward presents this dance installation in an intimate gallery space. Awkward’s work has typically focused on diversity and empowerment for the marginalized. Also on her CV are the Natural Hair Project, celebrating the hair of women of color, and the piece Make Noise, in which dancers from marginalized groups use their bodies as noise-making instruments.
$ 25, Friday and Saturday, Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave., Boston
A Far Cry: Legacy
Acclaimed local orchestra A Far Cry are known for their experimental edge, but for this program they’re sticking to the classics: Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Mozart, and Haydn. As always, they will have no conductor, but they will have violinist Pamela Frank and three of her students to assist them on the Vivaldi piece, paying tribute to Frank’s own teacher, Shirley Givens.
$ 25-$ 70, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston
This long-running, locally-rooted instrumental jazz-funk institution, coming up on their 25th anniversary as a proper band, met where so many prodigious young musicians in the Boston area meet: Berklee College of Music. Over the years Lettuce has married an impeccable groove to a military-grade precision that stings and soothes all at the same time. Their most recent album was 2017’s Witches Stew, a tribute to—who else?—Miles Davis.
$ 29-$ 41, 8 p.m., House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston
Tired of Sex
If you’re a fan of late ’90s/early ’00s alt rock you’ll probably have an embarrassingly good time at this show, featuring Weezer tribute band Tired of Sex, emo cover band White Belts, and, well, it’s not hard to guess who the Very Spicy Chili Peppers are paying tribute to. If you’re a Weezer purist, you’ll be delighted to know that Tired of Sex only plays songs from Weezer’s first two albums, as God intended.
$ 15, 9 p.m., the Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge
Tantra Speed Date
Only in America, or someplace like it, could yoga be fused with speed dating. And yet, here you are, you who just deleted Tinder for the 14th time… Why the heck not? You don’t have to know any yoga to participate, actually. You just have to be ready to dive into the activities, ranging from low-impact partner yoga to improv games. Depending on attendance, you could meet as many as 24 different potential matches.
$ 45-$ 60, 5:30 p.m., Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Boston
The Great Gatsby Ball
“Gatsby parties” are often just excuses to play flapper dress-up and party like it’s 1929, but this one is thrown by the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers, a group devoted to bringing historic dance styles to life, and that means you’ll get to see and learn from some real experts in old-school moves. You’ll get some instruction early in the evening, and there will be hoppin’ live music, and of course a bar.
$ 75, 6 p.m., Fairmount Copley Plaza, 138 Saint James Ave., Boston
Vision Board Silent Party
There are lots of ways to tap into the unconscious and discern your true desires, but event offers up the vision board, a visual stimulant for the imagination and inspiration that you make yourself. Since it’s a personal sort of thing, you should bring meaningful materials to work with—magazines to cut images from are a popular example. But they’ll have the stuff to put it all together. You’ll also have the choice of three different audio tracks to assist your creative process.
$ 30, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Estragon Restaurant, 700 Harrison Ave., Boston
Jay Pharoah, known for his dead-on impressions of celebrities on Saturday Night Live, hasn’t had a lot of prime screen time since leaving that venerable sketch show, but that’s just fine for an impressionist—you don’t need to know who he is as long as you know who he’s impersonating, and Pharoah’s list of pitch-perfect parodies seems endless. For but one example, his Obama made Fred Armisen’s totally forgettable, and it ought to make any good Boston liberal almost tearful with nostalgia.
$ 27, 9:45 p.m., The Wilbur Theater, 246 Tremont St., Boston
3 Days in Quiberon
This biopic examines the life of Austrian-born actress Romy Schneider by focusing solely on a three-day interview she did with a German magazine in 1981. Though Schneider, one of the most celebrated Western European actresses of her generation, had no great love for the press, she found herself opening up radically, revealing the complex, even volatile tension between a celebrity’s persona and their inner self—a tension even non-celebrities grapple with in the age of social media.
$ 5, 11 a.m., Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St., Brookline
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