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Boston has produced its share of comedians including Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Paula Poundstone, and Denis Leary. We’ll add Paul D’Angelo to the list, a funny guy who has warmed up audiences for Patti LaBelle, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Lyle Lovett, and others. 8 p.m. $24. CityStage, 1 Columbus Center, Springfield. 413-788-7033. www.citystage.symphonyhall.com.

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The view An all-male point of view is served after dinner at “How Men Think (Or Do They)?” hosted by Comedy Central’s Sean Sullivan. Will Smaley, Mac Livingston, and Tony Moschetto will discuss women, children, and chicken salad sandwiches (maybe the question has been answered). 8:30 p.m. (Italian buffet 7-8 p.m.). $40, $20 (show only). Salvatore’s Riverwalk Function Facility, 354 Merrimack St., Lawrence. 978-291-0220. www.drinkwaterproductions.com/how-men-think.shtml

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Fab four Since the men of Cadence say: “Instruments are for surgeons,” you won’t have to wait for the Canadian vocal band to tune anything except their voices. The four lads fuse sophisticated harmonies reminiscent of the Count Basie Big Band, the bad-boyishness of Louis Prima, and oh-so-cool lyricism of Stan Getz. 8 p.m. $24 (discounts available). The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick. 508-647-0097. www.natickarts.org

Commericals, cabs, and clubs Even if you’re not familiar with his folk repertoire, you might recognize Cliff Eberhardt ’s voice from his commericals for Coke, Miller Beer, and Chevrolet. 8 p.m. $20, $10 under 19 ($1 all-you-can-drink coffee if you bring your mug; clothing drive donations welcome). The New Moon Coffeehouse, Universalist Unitarian Church, 16 Ashland St., Haverhill. 978-459-5134. www.newmooncoffeehouse.org

Moving and movies The first film to kick off the The Boston Festival of Films From Iran isn’t Iranian. But Bahman Ghobadi’s 2012 “Rhino Season” explores Iran’s treatment of artists. The love story was made in Turkey where Ghobadi moved after government officials pressured him in 2009 to leave Iran. 7 p.m. (Jan. 20 at 12:30 p.m.; through Jan. 31). $11, $9 students and seniors (discount matinee prices available). Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975. www.mfa.org/film

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Higher and higher This ensemble of Massachusetts-based singers has spread its traditional and contemporary gospel sound since 1985. The Higher Praise Gospel Choir tours nationally and has performed with Josh Groban. Jan. 20 at 4 and 7 p.m. $18 and $28. Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main St., Wellfleet. 508-349-1800. www.wellfleetpreservationhall.org

Musical sleuth In 2009, Frederick Moyer and his uncle found a fourth piano sonato by Robert Schumann. We just teased you because it doesn’t appear to be on the “Of Old and New: A Grandfather’s Tale” program. But, the concert pianist will play works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy, Béla Bartok, and more. Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. Suggested donation of $15, $10 seniors (free for students and kids). Unitarian Church, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. 978-465-0602, ext. 401. www.frsuu.org

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