Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.
FROM LIFE TO THE PAGE They say to write what you know, so Harold Pinter did just that for "Betrayal." The playwright's seven-year affair with Joan Bakewell, wife of director Michael Bakewell, is the springboard for this massage of human emotions. Presented by the Huntington Theatre Company. Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. (through Dec. 9). $25 and up, $25 for 35 and younger, $15 students and military, $5 senior discount. Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-266-0800. www.huntingtontheatre.org
ANCESTRAL PARTY The Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos brings family and friends together to honor those who have died. Berklee College of Music's Mariachi Multicultural de America, the dance company Xuchipilli Danza y Cultura, and demonstrations of Oaxacan painting and wood-carving by the Dancing Chickens of Ventura Fabian are a few of the activities and performances. Nov. 9 from 7-9 p.m. $15, $13 students and seniors. 21+. Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. 617-577-1400. www.multiculturalartscenter.org/events
RETELLING FROM THE RAFTERS It sounds a little like Cirque du Soleil with silk skeins dangling from rafters and aerial aerobics, but "Ted Hughes' Tales From Ovid" is a whole different ball game. ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage presents Whistler in the Dark's production of the retelling of Ovid's "Metamorphoses" through movement and poetry. Tales include Echo and Narcissus, Venus and Adonis, and Pyramus and Thisbe. Nov. 9-10, 8 p.m. Nov. 11, 2 p.m. (through Nov. 18). $25-$49 (recommended for ages 16 and older). The Jackie Liebergott Black Box at the Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Boston. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org
SYMPHONY FOR FAMILIES Former Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Federico Cortese wields the baton with his Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra at this BSO Youth and Family Concert. Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" will be narrated by actor Bill Barclay while the young musicians, ages 11-18, will musically tell the story of Peter, the cat, bird, and duck. Nov. 10 at noon (pre-concert activities from 10:30-11:30 a.m.). $20, free under 19 (four per family). Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-1200. www.bso.org
STEEPLES CHASE The bonus track on "Stories from the Steeples," the new release by Mary Black, is "Fifi the Flea." If that piqued your interest, there's more from the Celtic singer who started singing in the choir at convent school and graduated to Dublin pubs (what did the nuns think of that?). Roisin O opens. Nov. 10, 8 p.m. $30-$48. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org
IT'S ALL IN ALLSTON What makes the Allston Arts District Open Studios different from some open studios is the variety of participants. More than 30 multi-media artists and creative folks include Boston Casting (they handle auditions for commercials and movies and provide classes), Kite Education with Archie Stewart, and pet portraits by the Pedigree Artist. Nov. 10 and 11 from noon-6 p.m. Free. Braintree, Penniman, and Harvard street locations, Allston. 617-254-3505. www.allstonarts.org
EVERYTHING IS ROSIE Listening to the early sounds of Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly grabbed the ears of a young Rosie Flores who plays a range of styles including western swing, country, blues, and rockabilly. The Texas-born guitarist, singer, and songwriter celebrates her new release, "Working Girl's Guitar" and performs in Cambridge with special guest, Marti Brom. Nov. 10, 7 p.m. $15. 18+. T.T. the Bears Place, 10 Brookline St., Central Sq., Cambridge. 617-492-0082, www.ttthebears.com
WHAT'S ON THE BILL? Here are a couple of Bill Cosby gems: "Women don't want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think - in a deeper voice." "You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any." If you want more, head to Portsmouth where the Grammy winner will oblige. Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. $80-$120 ($120 includes meet and greet). The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth. 603-436-2400. www.themusichall.org
SOLAR SYSTEM SYMPHONY Mozart's last symphony, "Jupiter," is considered to be one of the greatest works of the 18th century and a foreshadowing of Beethoven's work. Decide for yourself when Bernard Labadie conducts the Handel and Haydn Society in Symphony No. 41 and other program offerings. Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. (2 p.m. talk). $20-$84. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-3605, www.handelandhaydn.org
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