It’s been 26 years and the BJFF is still goin’ strong, having grown from 10 to over 50 film screenings of more than 1,000 films in theaters and venues in and around Boston. That’s a lot of numbers. More important than the numbers though is the fact that this is the only film fest in Boston dedicated to preserving and appreciating the richness of Jewish culture, with flicks ranging from a documentary about Jewish delis in America all the way to a dramatic fiction film about interfaith relationships.
WED 11.5 through MON 11.17. For showtimes, tickets, and venues information visit bjff.org
It may be billed as “in development,” but even with room for improvement, “Shida: A New Musical” is sure to impress. With book, music, and lyrics by (and performed by) Jeannette Bayardelle, an alum of A.R.T. who impressed in her role in 2010’s “Best of Both Worlds,” the play is set to a score of rock, jazz, R&B, and gospel, and tells the story of an African-American girl who sees her way through ups and downs as she aspires to become a writer.
Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. WED 11.5 – FRI 11.7. 7:30pm/all ages/$25. americanrepertorytheater.org
all diy, no hassle
Exactly zero people were surprised that Boston Hassle’s Kickstarter for their sixth installment of Hassle Fest was fully funded. Because Hassle Fest is awesome. Every. Single. Time. And this time around, 40 bands, an eclectic mix of homegrown and locally nationally touring, are on the bill, so whether you’re really into Boston’s underground DIY scene—or you’re looking to be—this is the place to be this weekend. Note: After-parties exist, but you should have to do a little more research to find them.
Cuisine en Locale, 156 Highland Ave., Somerville. FRI 11.7 + SAT 11.8. 6pm/all ages/$17-20. bostonhassle.com
It doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination to figure out what Nick Offerman’s standup routine “Full Bush,” which delivers “cautionary tales, tunes and tips for prosperity,” is hinting at. His beard. But then again, there is also the promise of minor nudity. So maybe it’s not the beard after all. Only one way to find out. Go.
The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 7:30pm, 10pm/all ages/$35+. thewilbur.com
The Real Thing
or not real thing
With credits such as “Rosencrantz and Guildernstern Are Dead” and Shakespeare In Love to his name, playwright Tom Stoppard has proven himself to be the king of playception. And with “The Real Thing,” a romantic comedy that artistically blurs the lines between what is real and what is not, we see his meta-magic once again.
Deane Hall, 527 Tremont St., Boston. SAT 11.8 through SUN 11.23. For showtimes and tickets, visit bostontheatrescene.com
Sailor Moon Shoujo Spectacular
dear anime lovers,
The question is: Why shouldn’t there be a Sailor Moon-themed show in Cambridge next week? Luckily, and most likely unbeknownst to you, there is. The one-night-only spectacular will showcase music, burlesque, and circus-y performance art all inspired by the queen of anime herself. Break out the red boots, your kawaii attitude, and maybe that one friend who is waaaay too into cosplay.
Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 8pm/18+/$10-15. americanrepertorytheater.org