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    Shervin Lainez

    PICK OF THE DAY

    Audience participation

    According to one online dictionary, crowdsourcing means “to utilize labor, information, etc. contributed by the general public to a project, often via the Internet and without compensation.” Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra crowdsource “everything from musicians to family photos and other personal artifacts, placing the audience members’ voices and bodies directly into the performance.” Palmer has described the concert as “Rocky-Horror-meets-Scavenger-Hunt-meets-Interactive-Art-Happening . . . just my cup of tea.” Palmer and her new band celebrate the release of “Theatre Is Evil.” Nov. 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. $25, $27.50 day of show. 18+. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

    WEDNESDAY

    Roots upended

    Urban renewal in the West End wiped out more than buildings; the project destroyed neighborhoods. The exhibit “Boston’s West End: Moving Forward/Looking Back” explores the West End from its pre-1800 economy, to the West Ender newspaper, the creation of the West End Museum, and urban renewal. Wednesday hours are 7 a.m.-11 p.m. (through Nov. 26). Free. Wentworth
    Institute of Technology, Beatty Hall, 550 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-989-4040. www.wit.edu

    Cause and effect

    On Nov. 28, 1942, 492 people were killed in the Cocoanut Grove Fire. Stephanie Schorow, author of “The Cocoanut Grove Fire,” gives an illustrated lecture about the nightclub’s history, the fire, new information, and the 70th anniversary. 6 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400. www.bpl.org

    Naturally

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    This year, Berklee College of Music assistant professor Yoko Miwa earned the title best jazz act in the Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll. The classically trained pianist found her jazz calling when she studied with Minoru Ozone. The Yoko Miwa Trio recently released its debut CD, “Act Naturally.” 8 p.m. $20. Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111. www.scullersjazz.com

    Left and right

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    Do you miss 24/7 politics? Dr. Alison Dagnes helps with “A Conservative Walks Into a Bar: The Politics of Political Humor,” an explanation of the differences between conservatives and liberals. The talk sheds light on why folks on the right are not as funny as left-leaning folks like Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, and Jon Stewart. 7 p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660. www.brooklinebooksmith.com

    THURSDAY

    Pulitzer poetry

    Anne Sexton started writing poems based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales as a form of therapy and ended up with a 1967 Pulitzer. “Transformations” by Conrad Susa is an opera set to these poems, which were one of Sexton’s last projects. Presented by the Boston Conservatory. Nov. 15-17 at 8 p.m., Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. $25 and $30, $15 seniors, $10 students (recommended for mature audiences). The Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. 617-912-9222. bostonconservatory.ticketforce.com

    Hold on

    Time travel back to the ’90s with pop and R&B hits like “Hold On,” “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It),” “Giving Him Something He Can Feel,” and “Free Your Mind.” These songs are by the female group En Vogue who also made an appearance on Elmo’s compilation CD “Elmopalooza!” Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. $35-$50.
    The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.thewilbur.com