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Anaïs Mitchell, a Vermont-born Ani DiFranco-phile, started penning her own songs at 17, and after she released her second album, “Hymns for the Exiled,” the record reached DiFranco. The latter caught a few of the alt-folk artist’s performances and made her an offer she couldn’t refuse with Righteous Babe Records. Rachel Ries opens. 9 p.m. $17. 18+. Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Allston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

SATURDAY

Feeling alienated? What planet are you from? Do you have a story to tell about your alien feelings? Perhaps you will be one of 10 lucky folks chosen to share your story at the “alien” massmouth story slam. May the storytelling force be with you. Special guest is Steve Firmani, a member of local MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network. 3-6 p.m. $10. Rosebud Bar and Grill 381 Summer St., Somerville. 617-942-2553. www.massmouth.ning.com

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Sibling rivalry In a recent PBS interview, 22-year-old violinist Benjamin Beilman was asked how he got his start: “I started taking violin lessons when I was 5 years old, but I think my affiliation with the violin started before that. I have one older sister who is two years older than me, and she started when she was 5 through her kindergarten. One day I asked if I could start playing violin as well, because you know at that age you want to be just like your older sibling.” Beilman performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. $30, $45; $25, $35 seniors; $15, $25 students (benefit for Triangle). Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-987-0100. www.longwoodsymphony.org

Off-kilter offspring When “Mommy” finds out she has a “degraded uterus,” she and “Daddy” hatch an idea. They decide to take home their embryos and raise them like children. In Ginger Lazarus’s comedy, “The Embryos,” Leggo and Eggo eat them out of house and home and are off the developmental charts. 8 p.m. (through Dec. 15). $20. The Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St., Boston. 866-811-4111. www.freshinktheatre.com

SUNDAY

Anchor away Here’s our “Weekend Update” for you. Seth Meyers, “Saturday Night Live” head writer and host of the show’s Weekend Update, shares his gift for comedic gab at this benefit for the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston. Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. $300, $200 under 35. InterContinental Boston, 510 Atlantic Ave. 617-558-6519. www.bostonjcc.org/winter

Counting down So far, the Discovery Ensemble has performed Beethoven symphonies 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8, and Sunday the chamber orchestra will add the Second Symphony to its accomplishments. Other pieces on the program conducted by Courtney Lewis are by Bartok and Salonen. Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. (2 p.m. talk). $20-$40, $10 student and senior discount. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-496-2222. www.discoveryensemble.com

Simply the best There’s no Beethoven at Sunday’s Emerson String Quartet concert, but the New York City-based quartet offers an afternoon of Dvorák, Schumann, and Brahms. Formed in 1976, the ensemble has racked up nine Grammys including two for best classical album. Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. $35 and up. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-482-6661. www.celebrityseries.org

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