Five things to do this weekend: Nov. 3-5
Harvard Ballet presents: “In Passage” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Harvard University’s Farkas Hall Studio, 10-12 Holyoke St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $12 (plus a $4 online service fee).
This is the first time a student dance group at Harvard has centered a performance around a full-length, original student composition, and Sam Wu’s full musical score will be performed by the Brattle Street Chamber Players, a student string ensemble. Information is here.
Day of the Dead Family Celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., in the Agassiz neighborhood near Harvard Square. Admission to the museum is $12 for adults, $8 for kids.
Live music, dancers and decorations give life to an event designed to remember and welcome back the spirits of the dead. Pan de muerto (sweet bun) and activities such as making papel picado (cut-paper banners), cempasúchil flowers and other artwork, and writing a message to place upon the Día de los Muertos altar are free with regular museum admission; decorating a sugar skull is an additional $6. The event is co-sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Consulate General of Mexico in Boston and the Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Program at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard. Information is here.
For two years, Bichner has served as composer-in-residence at Mount Auburn Cemetery, composing a dozen pieces inspired by the cemetery’s beautiful landscape and landmarks and recording the tracks with an orchestra at WGBH’s Boston studios. The tracks were released in June as “Mount Auburn: Spring and Autumn Suites,” alongside the premiere of the “Spring Suite”; now Bichner and the 19-person Planetary Orchestra unveil “Autumn” and perform several of the composer’s previous pop and classic works reimagined for chamber orchestra, as well as a “Spiral,” a new piece by guest composer Paula Albaneze. Information is here.
Six students across Greater Boston have collaborated after school with Artistic Repertory Theater artists over the past eight weeks to explore the concept of “truth” in modern society, including through dialogues with experts from the community, creative writing, immersive research projects and group improvisation, to create a theater piece digging deep into the personal, the political and the call to act. Information is here.
Sharp and sly Myq Kaplan (who’s been all over television, runs the podcast “Hang Out With Me,” has three sweet comedy albums – “Vegan Mind Meld,” “Meat Robot” and “No Kidding” – and a Netflix special, “Small, Dork and Handsome”) visits from New York for this showcase-style stand-up comedy club. Information is here.