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Boston-area to do list

Michael von Redlich

PICK OF THE DAY

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When Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans get their hands on a movie, TV show, book, or fairy tale, they twist, pummel, stomp, and puree it to perfection. You can imagine what you’re in store for at “Pornocchio.” The adult parody features a talking cricket with a conservative leaning, a puppeteer who stops taking his meds, and plenty of song and dance. Pictured: Olive Another and Grace Carney. 8 p.m. (through May 26). $35, $45 (for mature audiences). Machine, 1254 Boylston St., Boston. 800-838-3006. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/363193

FRIDAY

Buzz and blues After she teased her blond hair into a beehive in honor of ’60s singer Ronnie Spector, Christine Ohlman kept the do and was named “The Beehive Queen.” The vocalist performs with her band, Rebel Montez. 9 p.m. $15. 21+. The Verve Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1360 Worcester St., Natick. 508-416-1364. www.violetjam.eventbrite.com

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Handsome Hampson We don’t want to be accused of sexism, but this noted American baritone is not hard on the eyes. The program by Thomas Hampson with the Jupiter String Quartet includes Schubert’s String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major (D. 87) and Wolf’s “Italian Serenade’’ for string quartet. (Story, Page 6.) 8 p.m. $35 and up. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-482-6661. www.celebrityseries.org

Pushing prose “Impassioned singing, riff-based Southern rock, cold-blooded swamp funk, and sly Memphis soul.” We’re jealous of this New York Times description of JJ Grey & Mofro, but we’ll march on with a quote from Grey about his latest release, “This River.” The Florida native said, “Many of the new songs are about being your own worst enemy, and about normal folks pushing themselves over the edge.” 8 p.m. $25. 18+. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

High-flying imagination Wagner’s 1841 version of “The Flying Dutchman” was set in Scotland and is musically different from his later, more commonly performed edition. It’s the former you’ll see when Boston Lyric Opera presents this story about the claustrophobic Senta who creates the Dutchman. 7:30 p.m. (through May 5; lectures one hour before curtain). $30 and up (recommended for mature audiences). Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738. www.blo.org

SATURDAY

Flower girls John Singer Sargent’s painting “The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit” will be given the floral treatment along with 50 other MFA gems at “Art in Bloom.” Reservations are required for “Elegant Tea” (daily 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. $30, $10 under 13).
April 27-29 from 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. $25, $23 students and seniors, $10 ages 7-17, free under 7 (and ages 7-17 weekends and weekdays after 3 p.m.). Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300. www.mfa.org/artinbloom

SUNDAY

Road trips Last month, Anthony Kearns sang at the Capitol for President Obama and Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland. The founding member of the Irish Tenors can add New Bedford to his travels, and his program casts a wide net of Irish, Broadway, classical, and sacred tunes. April 28 at 3 p.m. $30. St. Lawrence Martyr Church, 110 Summer St., New Bedford. 508-525-0660. www.saintlawrencemartyr.com/2013/01/anthony-kearns-visits-st-lawrence

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