It may be nasty cold here in Boston, but the arts are thriving indoors. Babson College’s BabsonArts, for example, brings actor Seth Gilliam here for a two-day event, beginning with a screening and pre-show conversation of his film “Starship Troopers,’ which follows a young soldier’s journey with a futuristic military during wartime. On February 6, Gilliam will perform in a staged reading of the Tony award-winning play, “Art” by Yasmina Reza. Both events are free and will be held at the Carling-Sorenson Theater at Babson College. Registration is required at babsonarts.org.
Babson’s Global Film series will screen “Watchers of the Sky on February 11 at 7 p.m., with free admission and required registration at babsonarts.org. Poet Fred D’Aguiar, writer of Mama Dot and Bill of Rights (1998) visits on February 18 at 7 p.m., part of the Charles D. and Majorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet Series. Slam poet Taylor Mali visits on Tuesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. and Kahlil Grbran Muhammad, author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America, visits on Thursday, February 26 at 5 p.m. with a book signing to follow.
Emerson College’s ArtsEmerson:The World On Stage announces “Tristan & Yseult” by Kneehigh will come to the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre March 5 through 15. Kneehigh is a U.K.-based theatre company with a local, national and international profile. For more than 30 years Kneehigh has created vigorous, popular, and challenging theatre with an ever-changing ensemble of performers, artists, technicians, administrators, sculptors and musicians.
The weekend of February 13-15 brings the 30th annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival to the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham, Mass. The festival offers an impressive lineup of performers, including several 2015 Grammy nominees and past winners, including the Del McCoury Band, which took home the coveted Grammy honor for Best Bluegrass Album in 2014, nominated again in 2015 in the Best American Roots Song category.
ArtsEmersonConcerts brings March Music Weekend to town the first weekend in March. Performers include The New Highway Hymnal, Hallelujah the Hills, Glenn Jones, Damon and Naomi, and Marissa Nadler.
On February 12 Berklee College of Music’s Signature Music Series presents Kim Burrell Meets Berklee, featuring the pastor performing with a 17-piece student ensemble led by Berklee alumnus Rashad McPherson. Since releasing her first solo album, 1997’s “Try Me Again,” the pastor has shared the stage with Gospel greats such as Pastor Shirley Caesar, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and Pastor Marvin Winans, and secular artists such as Stevie Wonder, George Clinton and Whitney Houston. The performance is at 8 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center.