Boston-area to do list

Peter Schaaf


Music lab

Rob Kapilow (above) is a dissector, but instead of a scalpel, the musicologist and pianist holds court to explain music themes and host performances. The subject of Friday’s What Makes It Great? program with the JP Jofre New Tango Quintet takes a look at the four-piece set of tango pieces written by Astor Piazzolla. 8 p.m. $30 and up. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-482-6661.


Bible class Patrick Gabridge’s casting and production requirements, as stated on his website, are: “Time: Summer 1523-October 6, 1536. Setting: England, Germany, Antwerp (Belgium). Set: Bare stage with portable set pieces brought on as necessary (these would include a desk on wheels, a wheelbarrow, and a stake). Lots of paper and books.” See if the Fresh Ink Theatre’s “Fire on Earth” followed the writer’s instructions in this play about the creation of the English Bible. 8 p.m. (through Feb. 16). $20. The Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St., Boston. 866-811-4111.

Four by fifty The 50 young members of the Discovery Ensemble strive for creative programming, and at “A Winter Evening Concert With Rossini, Adams, Stravinsky and Haydn,” the troupe performs four pieces that share wittiness, inventiveness, and precision. The winners are: Rossini’s Overture to “The Barber of Seville,” Adams’s Chamber Symphony, Stravinsky’s Danses concertantes, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 92, “Oxford.” 8 p.m. (7 p.m. conversation). $20-$40, $10 student and senior discount. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-496-2222.


Marlo and that Milton girl Marlo Thomas is a fan, so if Kendra Cunningham amuses “That Girl,” the Milton-born comedian should tickle your funny bone. Thomas posted the following Cunningham joke on her website: “I never sit around and wonder what my ex is up to, I’m always 10 feet behind him.” 9 p.m. (Feb. 2 at 8 and 10:15 p.m.). $20. Dick’s Beantown Comedy Vault, 124 Boylston St., Boston. 800-401-2221.

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Magic and more Care for an eccentric, bizarre, and funny magic show? The Amazing Johnathan is your guy, a guy who does what he does in Las Vegas, his hometown. 7:30 p.m. $29-$39. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.


Movin’ in If we can’t see Billy Joel, the next best thing is the original band from the Tony-winning musical about the piano man’s music, “Movin’ Out.” The Movin’ Out Band includes a few members of Joel’s band and Wade Preston, who played the role of Piano Man on Broadway for more than five years. Feb. 2 at 4 and 8 p.m. $33. The Company Theatre, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell. 781-871-2787.


A history lesson These singers, dancers, and guitarists owe a lot to the flamenco past, and the Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company provides a tribute to the art form’s legacy with “Flamenco Vivo.” Dancers, musicians, and singers look back and show off the latest variations. Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. $30-$48. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275.