Guru (Jacob Rajan) is a bucktoothed chameleon, channelling 17 characters and leaping to multiple locations, delivering a serpentine romantic thriller while dispensing dubious spiritual wisdom. He is by turns charming, loathsome and absurdly profound. Laughter, heartbreak and enlightenment abound. Loosely based on the Indian fairytale Punchkin, Guru of Chai tells the story of a tea seller whose life is changed forever when an abandoned girl stops a busy train station with the beauty of her singing. Presented by New Zealand’s Indian Ink Theatre Company. Belvoir Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills. Tickets: $48. Bookings: (02) 9699 3444 or online. Opens May 16, until June 4. Signs of Life Australian contemporary realist artist Scott McDougall will exhibit new paintings that are a collection of small stories of comings and goings and new directions — moving on in life and the taking of new paths towards the unknown. They explore the European architecture to foreign lands, such as Cuba. There is a distinct contrast between the grand facades of the buildings and the humble nature of the people who live within. Exhibition launch with the artist is today. Art Atrium, 181 Old South Head Road, Bondi. Inquiries: (02) 9388 9908 or online. Until May 6. Jorna Newberry Jorna Newberry is a Pitjantjatjara artist who divides her time between Warakurna, Irrunytju and Alice Springs, where she has family, living between the traditional culture of her indigenous background and a contemporary one. Newberry favours abstraction as a stylistic mode to ensure secrecy of important cultural matters, rather than taking the more figurative approach From Russia With Love The Metropolitan Orchestra, alongside Australian soloists Benjamin Kopp and Anthony Heinrichs, performs in an evening steeped in Russian flavour. The program will open with the Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture by Mikhail Glinka followed by Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2. The second half of the performance will begin with the world premiere performance of The Bright Seraphim from Australian composer Jim Coyle. Finishing the program will be Shostakovich’s delightful Ninth Symphony.