Boston-area to do list

Bill Cosby.
Bill Cosby.


What’s on the Bill?

Here are a couple of Bill Cosby gems: “Women don’t want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think — in a deeper voice.” “You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those who’ve never had any.” If you want more, head to Portsmouth, where the Grammy winner will oblige. Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. $80-$120 ($120 includes meet and greet). The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth. 603-436-2400.


Bach and forth

True to its name, the Cantata Singers season opener includes two cantatas by J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 114, “Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost” (1724) ,and Cantata BWV 3, “Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid.” The entire season is titled “The Adventure: Honoring David Hoose’s 30th Anniversary as Music Director.” 8 p.m. (7 p.m. pre-concert lecture; post-concert reception). $17-$52, $10 students. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-868-5885.


Conductor Steven Karidoyanes has more faces to smile at Friday when he brings his MasterworksChorale and Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra together. The music director welcomes soprano Ruth Hartt and baritone Andrew Garland. 8 p.m.
(7:30 p.m. pre-concert talk). $25, $45. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-858-6785.



Today’s quiz: What do you call an acoustic guitar which has a metal resonator built into its body that serves as an amplifier? If your answer is a Dobro, you win. Jerry Douglas, the Grammy-winning “Muhammad Ali of the Dobro!,” according to James Taylor, celebrates the release of his new “Traveler” album. 8 p.m. $44. First Parish Church, 3 Church St., Cambridge. 978-735-4355. www.heptunes


A Tippett of the hat

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In 1955, “The Midsummer Marriage” premiered in London, and if you missed it, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project presents a concert performance of Sir Michael Tippett’s first and most-acclaimed opera. The English fantasy about two pairs of lovers is conducted by Gil Rose. Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. $20-$50, $10 students, 10 percent senior discount, free under 18 (ticket required). Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-585-1260.

Jokes from Jake

If you’re unfamiliar with Jake Johannsen , it might be because when he performs, you’re sleeping. The teller of “weird” stories, according to the comedian, has 40 notches in his Letterman belt. Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. $33. CityStage, 1 Columbus Center, Springfield. 413-788-7033.