THIRD SYMPHONY OF GUSTAV MAHLER: A BALLET BY JOHN NEUMEIERperformed by Boston Ballet at The Boston Opera House through Nov. 1

Synopsis: The Boston Ballet is the first North American company to perform John Neumeier’s epic and physically demanding “Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler,” a feat that required a huge roster of dancers, an expanded orchestra, a chorus and a soprano.

Jared says: "This is monumental work coming to the fore right before you. And it’s a testament to the strength of the ballet and the great technique of the dancers."

ORNAMENT AND ILLUSION: CARLO CRIVELLI OF VENICEon view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum through Jan. 25 

Synopsis: Carlo Crivelli is considered one of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance, but also one of the most forgotten. Now the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is taking a closer look at the painter who also loved to imagine dragons.

Jared says: "His work is sumptuous and he plays with perspective in a way that you almost feel that you can step into the painting."

ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM’S NEW DIRECTOR, Peggy Fogelman takes over the directorship in January

Synopsis: Peggy Fogleman is the new director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and only the fifth in the museum's 112 years. She comes from the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, where she’d been serving as acting director for the past year. Previous stints include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Getty and locally at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. Taking the reins in January, Fogelman succeeds Anne Hawley, who steps down later this year after 26 years. 

Jared says: “She seems to be an excellent choice for the fact that she has spent a career both on the curatorial side, knowing art, and figuring out the best ways of audience engagement.” 

CASA VALENTINA, presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company, at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, through Nov. 28

Synopsis: In their up-dos and ladies’ underwear, a group of straight men gathered at a Catskills resort feel most themselves, but they realize 1960s America isn’t so open to their eccentricities. 

Jared says: “It becomes this really fascinating discussion about this sector of society, this group of men, and how they really embrace each other. And of course, at the hand of Harvey Fierstein, it’s also incredibly funny.”

Looking for more arts coverage? This weekend on Open Studio, learn more about Carlo Crivelli, meet incoming Gardner Director Peggy Fogelman, and get the chills from the Rasmussen brothers' new locally shot horror film.