See It This Week

Mariza at Meany Hall, Seinfeld at the Paramount, Ezra Dickinson at On the Boards

Mariza. Photo by Isabel Pinto

Monday, Oct. 31
You’ve got one last chance to see a truly great vampire double feature tonight at the Grand Illusion. Tony Scott’s sleekly sensual vampiric tone poem The Hunger holds added resonance given the passings of Scott and lead David Bowie. The director’s aesthetic—derided as music-video shallowness by critics during its 1982 release—serves up some of the best purely visual storytelling in all of 1980s genre cinema. 2013’s Only Lovers Left Alive, meantime, presents a more arthouse vision of the vampire mythos, with Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton playing vampiric paramours whose (un)lives are disrupted by the arrival of Swinton’s wild kid sister (Mia Wasikowska). Director Jim Jarmusch uses the shuttered, desiccated husk of modern Detroit brilliantly, and there’s more resonance to be had in the casting here too, thanks to the late Anton Yelchin’s turn as a clubgoer. –Tony Kay
Grand Illusion Cinema

Tuesday, Nov. 1
A few years ago in Lisbon, I had the good fortune to stumble upon a tiny old frescoed restaurant where some of the Portugal’s best fado musicians perform the country’s moving torch songs on Saturday nights. As our delicious traditional meal ended, the staff pulled closed the heavy wooden front doors and a trio of musicians squeezed themselves into the space in front of the entryway. The petite singer proceeded to bring the rapt crowd of maybe 30 people to tears and thunderous applause with her powerful, emotional voice, creating one of the best live music experiences of my life. Only later did I learn she was Mariza, one of Portugal’s biggest fado stars. Do not miss. –Leah Baltus
Meany Hall

Wednesday, Nov. 2
Per the website for Goodship’s “Higher Education” series, in which Jody Hall’s MJ confectionary company hosts expert speakers on heady topics: “When left to the status quo, the last thing that most of us will do on this earth is poison it. The Urban Death Project proposes a new option for laying our loved ones to rest.” Hear more about—what else?—human composting when Urban Death Project founder Katrina Spade leads a discussion at King Street Station on Wednesday. As with all Goodship events, the company suggests arriving in an elevated state of mind. –Jonathan Zwickel
King Street Station

Thursday, Nov. 3 – Sunday, Nov. 6
Anyone who saw his 2013 work Mother for you I made this can tell you that Ezra Dickinson’s emotional dance pieces are not to be missed. Dickinson has been creating powerful solo dance for a decade, performance gifts for his schizophrenic mother. His new work Psychic Radio Star mixes childhood memories and mythologies with dance and visual art, to both tell an intensely personal story and spur conversation about our country’s dismal track record on mental health. –Gemma Wilson
On the Boards

Friday, Nov. 4
Jerry Seinfeld
is a wildly successful performer by every measure. He was the star of one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time. He owns a fleet of classic cars that he uses to drive around other comedy giants for his noteworthy webseries, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. He’s even taken Barack Obama for a spin. There is nothing compelling Seinfeld to continue touring the world telling jokes and subjecting himself to the whims of an audience night after night but love and respect for the craft. –Brett Hamil

Sunday, Nov. 6
I love love love the musical Once, based on the indie film of the same name and scored by the film’s stars, singer-songwriters Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. It’s a sweet, complicated story about a Dublin musician on the verge of giving up his music, and a young Czech immigrant who won’t let him. The actors all double as musicians, capable of creating both a joyful pub jam and telling an intimate, emotional story—it’s a sweet, complex show that won many Tony Awards for a reason. –Gemma Wilson
Broadway Center for the Performing Arts