1. Theses That Aren’t Mind-Numbingly Dull
VES Senior Theses will be on exhibit at the Carpenter Center until Commencement. View projects on everything from the graphic novel to desks and cars.
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. April 19-May 27, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Main Gallery). Tuesday-Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Sert Gallery). Free.
2. Taste the Rainbow
This weekend kicks off the start of the 26th annual Boston LGBT Film Festival, which runs from May 6 to 16. Tickets to most screenings are $8 for students, but check out the festival’s website for a full listing of times and prices. Some showings are free.
For more info, go to www.bostonlgbtfilmfest.org. Screenings will be held at both the Museum of Fine Arts (465 Huntington Ave., Boston) and The Brattle Theatre (40 Brattle St., Cambridge).
3. Feelin’ Hot, Hot, Hot
For the extreme, make your way out to the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown for their performance of “Hot Mikado,” an adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic set in 1940s Japan. Directions and tickets are available at www.newrep.org.
321 Arsenal Street, Watertown. May 6, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. May 7 to 8, 8 p.m. May 9, 2pm. Running through May 22. $13 for Student Rush Tickets, available 30 min. before curtain.
4. Lolz, Unscripted
The ImprovBoston Theatre presents “Spice: The Variety of Life.” Who needs reality television reruns when you’ve got all the crazy you can handle just a few T stops away? Check out ImprovBoston.com for tickets.
40 Prospect St., Central Square, Cambridge. Fridays, 8 p.m., through June 18. $12 for students.
5. Clowns, Et Cetera.
For the kid in you who needs some cotton candy after a brutal final, head to the Big Apple Circus, in town until May 16. Check out www.bostix.org/ for half-price tickets.
One City Hall Square (under the big top), Boston. Thursday, May 6, 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 7, 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 9, 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15.