Wu Tang mastermind GZA (The Genius) raps at Aura (121 Center St., Portland) with local openers Ill By Instinct and Eyeline warming up the mic at 8 p.m. Tix: $25-$30 (18+). 772-8274. auramaine.com. Tony Bennett croons down the block at Merrill Auditorium (20 Myrtle St.) at 7 p.m. Tix: $80.75-$160.75. 842-0800. porttix.com.
Through October 24
The documentary Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins profiles the witty and fearless Texan journalist and columnist who managed, incredibly, to make George W. Bush look even stupider. It shows at Frontier (14 Maine St., Fort Andross, Brunswick). Tix: $7-$9. 725-5222. explorefrontier.com.
Through October 27
Good Theater is staging Joshua Harmon’s timely play, Admissions, a sharp satire about what happens to liberal values when your kid’s trying to get into a good school. (Spoiler: they exit through the nearest window.) At St. Lawrence Arts (76 Congress St., Portland). Tix: $25-$32. 835-0895. stlawrencearts.org.
Through November 1
The artists in Shift, the new show at Able Baker Contemporary (29 Forest Ave., Portland), use “reflections, imperfect symmetry and pairs, and mirroring” to reveal the difference between reality and fakery, according to curator Tracy McKena. The exhibit includes work in various media by Rose Marasco, Paolo Arao, Jen Hitchings, Emilie Stark-Menneg and others. 917-545-6235. ablebakercontemporary.com.