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EVENTS

Boston-area to do list

Chita Rivera performs on stage at Birdland in New York.

PAUL BURNETT/THE NEW YORK TIMES

Chita Rivera performs on stage at Birdland in New York.

PICK OF THE DAY

Jazzy Jane The program will be announced from the stage, and even if Jane Monheit sings the bar menu, you won’t be disappointed. “Never Never Land” took up residence on the Billboard Jazz chart for more than a year, and if Monheit sings “Over the Rainbow” you’ll never want to click your heels and go home. 8 p.m. $40 and up. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-482-6661. www.celebrityseries.org

FRIDAY

Hay ride The latest album by the former frontman for Men at Work is titled “Gathering Mercury,” and Colin Hay has said that while the subject matter is serious, the songs are optimistic.
Chris Trapper opens for Hay’s solo acoustic show. 8 p.m. $28-$37. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston.
617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org

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Come Hell or . . . “Orfeo ed Euridice” premiered 250 years ago and is Christoph Willibald von Gluck’s best-known opera. Orpheus battles the fires of Hades to bring his wife, Eurydice, back from the dead. Boston Baroque presents a semi-staged version sung in Italian with projected English supertitles. 8 p.m. (May 5 at 8 p.m.; introduction at 7 p.m.). $29-$75. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-987-8600. www.bostonbaroque.org

Sweet Chita Our favorite Chita Rivera musicals? “West Side Story,” “Sweet Charity,” “Bye, Bye, Birdie,” and whatever her next show is. At the “Chita Rivera: My Broadway” benefit for Boston Youth Moves, the legend will perform songs including “Big Spender” and “Nowadays.” 8 p.m. $45-$80, $250 (VIP ticket includes after party at Four Seasons Hotel). Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738. www.citicenter.org

SATURDAY

The British are coming The Boston Children’s Chorus Premier Choir, Young Men’s Ensemble, and three training choirs are conducted by Simon Halsey at the Boston Children’s Chorus spring concert. The program of British composers features works by Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams. May 5 at 2 p.m. $10, $20 family of four. First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-778-2242. www.bostonchildrenschorus.org

SUNDAY

Sedaris says One of my top David Sedaris quotes is “I haven’t the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.” The best-selling author will rattle off more gems at Symphony Hall. May 6 at 7 p.m. $38 and up. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-482-6661. www.celebrityseries.org

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