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    A good Cry

    The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s resident chamber orchestra is a good example of music and leadership collaborations. The self-conducted orchestra rotates its leadership on both sides of the stage,
    A Far Cry from many organizations. Thursday’s program includes Icarian Rhapsody by Mason Bates. April 4
    at 7 p.m. $27, $24 seniors, $12 students and ages 7-17 (under 7 not admitted; includes museum admission). Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 the Fenway, Boston. 617-278-5156.


    Conducting his own It’s all about the viola and
    soloists at Wednesday’s “Alea III’s Great Soloists” when Theodore Antoniou conducts Boston University’s resident contemporary music ensemble. The program of
    international viola music even includes the Greek
    conductor’s Two Studies for Solo Viola. 8 p.m. Free. Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-353-3340.

    Jazz fusion If you want to know how to survive an economic downturn, ask Steve Smith. For years, the drummer and bandleader has kept two bands going, his jazz-rock Vital Information plus the straight-ahead Jazz Legacy. The musician melds a fusion of the two called Steve Smith and Vital Information — NYC Edition.
    8 and 10 p.m. $22. Scullers Jazz Club at the DoubleTree Guest Suites Boston, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111.


    Post time The next time you have a Post-it note in your hands, think of it as your canvas. That’s what Betsyann Duval does when she creates miniature works with wax crayons and colored Post-it notes. Soak it up at “Infinite Progression” and create your own masterpiece at the gallery. Wed-Sun noon-5 p.m. through
    April 27 (April 5 reception 6-8:30 p.m.). Free. Brom­field Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston. 617-451-3605.

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    Talk with the animals A conversation with a four-legged creature might be more rewarding than some chats we’ve had with two-legged folks. At “Contemplating Creatures” you’ll learn about animal species with complex communications systems. 7-9 p.m. Free
    (register online). Museum of Science Cahners Theater,
    1 Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500.


    Cereal thriller A cereal box was a treasure chest for then 13-year-old Flume (Harley Streten), who found a music production program inside his breakfast box. Years later, the Sydney electronic music producer is still hooked on plug-ins, sample packs, and vintage analogue hardware. April 4 at midnight (technically,
    April 5, we know). $10 cover. Middlesex Lounge,
    315 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-868-6739.

    Before “Rent” It doesn’t get more romantic than Paris, the meeting place for a seamstress and a poet, subjects of Giacomo Puccini’s 1896 “La Bohème.” The
    Boston Conservatory Opera presents the story based on Henri Burger’s novel “Scènes de la vie de boheme” (“Scenes From the Bohemian Life”). April 4-6 at 8 p.m., April 7 at 2 p.m. $25 and $30, $5 senior discount,
    $10 student discount. Boston Conservatory Theater,
    31 Hemenway St., Boston. 617-912-9222.