PICK OF THE DAY
Connecting the cultural dots The group exhibition “Parallel Connections: South Asian Visual and Performing Arts and Their Healing Touch’’ features art from India, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Nepal, and Bali. At Friday evening’s panel discussion, musicians and dancers talk about themes that affect their work. On April 4, artists and Harvard physicians address art’s healing powers. March 23, 7-9 p.m. panel, Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge. April 4, 6-8 p.m. panel, Belfer Case Study Room, CGIS South, 1720 Cambridge St. Exhibit through April 30 (reception March 23, 6-7 p.m.), CGIS Knafel Concourse, 1737 Cambridge St. southasiainitiative.harvard.edu
Spirit moves them Five Grammy Awards, NEA Lifetime Achievement Awards, and induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame are some of the accolades that have been showered on the Blind Boys of Alabama. They take the stage for a rousing night of spirit-filled, celebratory singing. March 23, 8 p.m. $30, $37, $42. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass. Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org
Before the festival In about a month, folk fans will gather for the New England Folk Festival Association’s 68th shindig. A NEFFA Showcase Concert hints at what’s in store, with Lynn Noel (solo voice/group sing), Marylou Ferrante (prewar blues), Wear My Letter (old-time music), and Corvus (Celtic). March 23, 8 p.m. $15, $10 members. Unity, 6 William St., Somerville. 617-299-1590, www.neffa.org
Classical residents As Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard, the award-winning Chiara String Quartet offers periodic free concerts of beautiful music. Their final program of the year features works of Haydn, Bartok, and Brahms, and “moil’’ by 2011 Blodgett Composition Competition winner Ann Cleare. March 23, 8 p.m. Free, tickets required. John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge. 617-495-2791, www.music.fas.harvard.edu
Hip to hip-hopEmmett G. Price III explores how black religious culture squares with hip-hop in “The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture: Toward Bridging the Generational Divide.’’ March 24, 2 p.m. Free. Northeastern University, John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Amilcar Cabral Center, 40 Leon St., Boston. 617-373-4913.
Feast of feet What does a dance program do for its 15th anniversary? Summer Stages Dance Feast offers workshops, drop-in instruction, and food from local eateries. The 5 p.m. all-star finale features Seán Curran Company, David Dorfman, David Parker and The Bang Group, and more. March 25, noon-6 p.m. $30, $25 advance; under 13 $15, $10 advance. Concord Academy Student Health and Athletic Center, 166 Main St., Concord. 978-402-2339, www.summerstagesdance.orgCheck websites or call to confirm events before going.
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