Boston-area to do list

Robert Lorino


A tragic end

Maria Anna Sophie Cecilia Kalogeropoulos was born in New York in 1923. Her father changed the family name to Callas, and Maria Callas grew up to become a renowned and volatile
opera diva who gave her last public performance in 1975. Devastated by Aristotle Onassis’s marriage to Jacqueline Kennedy, Callas became addicted to sleeping pills and died in 1977
at 53. Her life and career are told in “Master Class,” Terrence McNally’s Tony-winning play with music. Pictured: Amelia Broome as Callas. March 31 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
(through April 21). $28-$58 (discounts available). Charles Mosesian Theater,
Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487.


Two singers, two CDs The North Shore is well represented in Shirley by singer-songwriter coheadliners Liz Frame and Chelsea Berry. The former celebrates the release of “Sooner” with her band, the Kickers. The latter’s new CD is “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” and the alt-rocker has opened for Chris Isaak and Livingston Taylor.  8 p.m. $10. The Bull Run, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311.

At the Crossroads Winter lasted forever, so why not St. Patrick’s Day? Ireland’s Celtic Crossroads mixes traditional Irish music, bluegrass, gypsy, and jazz, with Irish dance percussion.  7 p.m. $32 and $42, $10 percent students and kids discount. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 877-571-7469.


Ebony and ivory At the University of North Texas, white jazz and rock musicians got together with black gospel and R&B musicians to form Snarky Puppy. Described as “somewhere between a garage band and a collective, with over 25 players in regular rotation,” it features Grammy winners Robert “Sput” Searight on drums and Shaun Martin on keys.  8 p.m. $25. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261.

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Marcing it We’re told that comedian Marc Maron holds the record for the most number of appearances on Conan O’Brien’s show with 47 spots. Not bad for the comedian, radio and podcast host, and reluctant Messiah (from the title of his 2001 book, “The Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life as a Reluctant Messiah,” based on his solo show). 7:30 p.m. $20-$25. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

Talk to the hand The right side of the brain makes you laugh, so if you aren’t a regular chuckler, try squeezing your left hand and making a fist. This advice comes from Somerville resident Walter Ness who combines laughter, neuroscience, and energy awareness at “Energy Theater: Love in Bloom.” The purpose is to demonstrate “Googling Your Subconscious,” a summoning of emotions and moods using hand gestures.  7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation (to benefit the Unity Somerville Roof Fund). Unity Somerville, 6 William St., Somerville.


Harbor hop We figure that the Easter Bunny is able to hop all over the place because he/she doesn’t succumb to the delicious delights prepared by chef Daniel Bruce. Would you be airborne after feasting on barbecued duck breast, mustard roasted sliced beef tenderloin, or scallops with a saffron lobster cream? The bunny will make an appearance at Easter Brunch at the Boston Harbor Hotel.  March 31 from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (seatings every half hour except 12:30 p.m.). $80, $40 under age 11, free under 4. Boston Harbor Hotel Atlantic Room, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 617-439-7000.