Thursday through Sunday
“The Cruel Circus.” A new work of dark whimsy from the award-winning Trouble Puppet Theater. A mysterious tinkerer brings to life an entire world of strange circus performers — some polished and complete, some clumsy and misshapen — then disappears, leaving the circus folk to make sense of who they are and what they are made for. The show is created for adults. Children 10 and older, accompanied by adults, are welcome. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays through May 25. $10-$25. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road. 573-2540. www.troublepuppet.com.
“Red Left, Blue Right.” A group exhibit curated by Phillip Edward Niemeyer features painting, drawing, sculpture and photography all made specifically for anaglyph 3-D glasses with one blue lens and one red. Some of the artwork uses traditional anaglyph 3-D in unconventional ways. Other pieces exploit the red/blue color filtering of the glasses to purposefully mess with the optic signals to the mind, creating illusory vibrations and a new color — a hot violet. As a companion piece to the show, experimental label Aagoo is releasing “Double Mono,” a compilation recorded in double mono with the left and right chanels play distinct sounds. Featuring Palaxy Tracks, John Saba Jr., Devin Maxwell,