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By Milva Didomizio
October 13, 2011

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‘Rocky’ rebirth If you hear ‘‘The Rocky Horror Show’’ and think ‘‘been there, done that,’’ think again. The Gold Dust Orphans’ production of Richard O’Brien’s cult musical claims to be so explosively new it will return you to a state of Rocky virginity. Go ahead, do the Time Warp again with Dr. Frank ’n’ Furter (played by Ryan Landry), Brad, Janet, and the rest of the Transylvanians. Oct. 14-Dec. 2. Fridays, 10:30 p.m. $25-$55, students $20 day of show. For ages 18 and up. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge.


Naked eye“Degas and the Nude’’ is the first show exploring how French impressionist Edgar Degas’s depiction of the nude figure evolved over the course of his career. Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée d’Orsay, it includes paintings, pastels, drawings, prints, and sculpture. The multimedia guide features video of pastel and printmaking techniques, commentary by curator George Shackelford, and narration by former Dresden Dolls lead singer Amanda Palmer. Through Feb. 5. Mon-Tue and Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-9:45 p.m. $22, $20 seniors and students, ages 7-17 $10 (free weekdays after 3 p.m., weekends, Boston public school holidays), under 7 free. Extra fee for multimedia guide. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300,

Inside stories The artists with disabilities helped by Gateway Arts know the rewards of expressing themselves. See their work in “Internal Landscapes,’’ a group exhibition of painting and sculpture. Arts educator Joyce Cohen speaks at the reception. Through Oct. 29. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat noon-5 p.m. Reception Oct. 13, 5-7 p.m. Gateway Gallery, adjacent to 60 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-1577,

Ladies first Looking at the numbers of women (170) and men (more than 700) in Shakespeare’s plays can make it seem like the realm of the bard is a man’s world. Pshaw to that, says noted Shakespeare scholar and actor Tina Packer. She and her acting partner Nigel Gore perform “Women of Will,’’ Packer’s longstanding project examining Shakespeare’s women in chronological order. Nora Theatre Company presents a two-part run, starting with “Women of Will: The Overview,’’ a condensed two-hour version, and ending with “Women of Will: The Complete Journey,’’ a five-part series. Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. Through Nov. 6. $15-$45. Central Square Theater, 450 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 866-811-4111,


Getting the leaves right We love the way the trees look this time of year, but we’re challenged when it comes to capturing the beauty on camera. If you relate, nature photographer Martha McDonough can help. She’ll lead a Fall Foliage Photo Workshop that includes a walk along the Neponset River and instruction on basic photographic techniques. Oct. 15, 2 p.m. Free, registration required. Meets at Martini Shell Park, Truman Parkway, Hyde Park. 617-542-7696,

Readers rejoice Calling all book lovers - the Boston Book Festival is packed with programs about poetry, crime fiction, steampunk, graphic novels, memoir, and more. The stellar lineup includes Sherry Turkle, Deval Patrick, Jennifer Egan, Julia Alvarez, Howard Gardner, Ha Jin, Richard Russo, Gregory Maguire, and Andre Dubus III. Events culminate in a keynote by Michael Ondaatje. Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. In and around Copley Square, Boston.

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