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PICK OF THE DAY - Rolling over Beethoven - Conductor Kurt Masur has his work cut out for him at his Boston Symphony Orchestra gig. In addition to presiding over the BSO, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and international soloists, the maestro uses his baton for Missa Solemnis, Beethoven’s challenging Catholic Mass setting. Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. (through Feb. 25). $20-$120, $20 under 40 (first-come-first-served basis, one pair per performance). Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-1200. www.bso.org

PICK OF THE DAY

Rolling over Beethoven Conductor Kurt Masur has his work cut out for him at his Boston Symphony Orchestra gig. In addition to presiding over the BSO, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and international soloists, the maestro uses his baton for Missa Solemnis, Beethoven’s challenging Catholic Mass setting. Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. (through Feb. 25). $20-$120, $20 under 40 (first-come-first-served basis, one pair per performance). Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-1200. www.bso.org

TODAY

Artistic calendar The title of this group show was inspired by the collection of folkloric tales “The Arabian Nights.’’ “The Calendar’s Tales: Fantasy, Figuration, and Representation’’ is a multimedia exhibit by contemporary artists who invent mythological beings, fantastic creatures, allegorical figures, fictional characters, and personal avatars. Presented by Boston University School of Visual Arts. Pictured: Joyce Pensato’s “Silver Batman.’’ Today from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (through March 31). Free. 808 Gallery, 808 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-353-3371. www.bu.edu/cfa/visual

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They’re back After they broke up in the late ’80s, two band members earned doctorates, one started a drug and alcohol rehab program, and one focused on family music. The Del Fuegos reunite for a 12-city tour starting in their hometown of Boston. Original members Dan Zanes, Warren Zanes, Tom Lloyd, and Woody Giessmann will play from their catalog and then some. 8 p.m. $25. 18+. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

Their portfolios The Boston University Creative Writing Program shows off its own at the Creative Writing Faculty Reading. Some of the profs sharing their new poetry, plays, and fiction are Robert Pinsky, former US poet laureate; Dan Chiasson, a poetry editor for The New Yorker; and novelist Sigrid Nunez (“Sempre Susan’’). 7 p.m. Free. Boston University Photonics Center Auditorium, 8 Saint Mary’s St., Boston. 617-353-2510. www.bu.edu/writing

TOMORROW

Sharon’s sharing Small gestures kick up large emotions in the hands of singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten. On her latest record, “Tramp,’’ Van Etten shares stories of self-examination. Feb. 23 at 9 p.m. $15, $17 day of show. 18+. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org

August in February The Huntington Theatre Company production of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’’ opens March 9, but the cast gets a jump on the August Wilson play at tomorrow’s Reading of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.’’ In the powerful drama, four blues musicians gather in a rundown 1920s Chicago studio waiting for the legendary blues singer, Ma Rainey. Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. Free (RSVP is recommended at www.huntingtontheatre.org/raineyreading). Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Roxbury. 617-266-0800. www.huntingtontheatre.org

Techie Turkle MIT professor Sherry Turkle is an expert on mobile technology, social networking, and sociable robotics. Silence your phone and listen to her at Alone Together: Intimacy and Solitude in the Digital Age, part of Mount Auburn Hospital Auxiliary’s Thursday Morning Talks. Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. (reception at 10:15 a.m.). $20. Holy Trinity Armenian Church, 145 Brattle St., Cambridge (Sparks Street entrance). 617-492-3500. www.mountauburnhospital.org

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