See It This Week

‘By Heart’ at On the Boards, Robert Millis at the Rendezvous, ‘Truth B Told’ at King Street Station

Tiago Rodrigues' 'By Heart.' Photo by Magda Bizarro

Wednesday, Jan. 11
Fist and Shout
is one of the approximately one zillion shows run or co-run by comedian (and 2016 City Arts future lister!) El Sanchez. They co-created the QTPOC-centered comedy and variety show with Marita DeLeon, and it’s another feather in the comedy cap of this gem of a human/genuine advocate for inclusive stages and A-level funniness. –Gemma Wilson
Jewel Box Theatre at the Rendezvous

Friday, Jan. 13 – Sunday, Jan. 15
Some 50 artists of African descent have taken over the top floor of King Street Station for Onyx Fine Arts’ exhibit Truth B Told. They’re filling the space with wall-to-wall stimulation: installations and performances as well as 160 pieces of art, on view Fridays-Sundays through Feb. 4. (Full disclosure: I’m one of the 50.) I’ll see you there. –Barry Johnson
King Street Station

Friday, Jan. 13 – Sunday, Jan. 15
Director Paul Verhoeven’s oeuvre slingshots between legit brilliance (RoboCop, The 4th Man) and irredeemable-if-compulsively-watchable trash (Showgirls), with a willingness to provoke being the one unifier. Elle, his latest, sports a Golden Globe-nominated star turn by Isabelle Huppert and a central conceit that’s sure to provoke—in other words, reliably and rivetingly Verhoevenian. Elle runs through Thursday, Jan. 19Tony Kay
Grand Illusion Cinema

Thursday, Jan. 12 – Sunday, Jan. 15
If you’re feeling under siege as an artist/sensible person, let this George Steiner quote fortify you: “Once 10 people know a poem by heart, there’s nothing the KGB, the CIA or the Gestapo can do about it. It will survive.” It’s the foundation on which Portuguese playwright/actor/director Tiago Rodrigues’ show By Heart, which asks 10 people to memorize a Shakespeare sonnet in real time, is built. –Gemma Wilson
On the Boards

Saturday, Jan. 14
’s gorgeous, elegantly melancholy tunes touch on the Zombies, Love and the Kinks while staking their own solid identity. The band’s a terrific live act, too. The rest of this unmissable bill includes San Francisco troubadour K Skelton’s raggedly shimmery psych-pop, Luz Elena Mendoza’s bewitching goth-tinged Mexican folk, and Ben von Wildenhaus’s darkly wry Duane Eddy guitar landscapes. –Tony Kay
High Dive

Saturday, Jan. 14
A veteran of the local creative community, Robert Millis makes an art of obscurism—he’s an avant-garde guitarist, singer, bandleader, filmmaker, musicologist, installation artist, field recorder and all-around sonic obsessive whose forays into the far corners of the audible world have yielded fascinating finds. Tonight he celebrates the release of his latest album, The Lonesome High, a wine-dark assortment of guitar-based, ambient-folk musings tempered by Millis’ gruff but gentle voice. –Jonathan Zwickel