PICK OF THE DAY
There are three exhibits to soak up at The Addison Gallery of American Art. “For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights” is a collection of posters, photographs, magazines, newspapers, books, pamphlets, political buttons, comic books, toys, postcards, and clips from film and TV. “Secrets, Loss, Memory, and Courage: Works by Gay Male Artists” explores themes including the body, AIDS, and relationships. Pictured: Detail of David Wojnarowicz’s “Untitled (Face in Dirt).” Sat hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through July 31). Free. The Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, 180 Main St., Andover.
Dark shadows “Into the Dark,” the new release by fiddler and folk/pop singer and songwriter Laura Cortese, is a combo of covers and dark folk tunes that dive into the world of relationships, community, and the always-present internal struggles. 7 and 10 p.m. $20. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679. www.clubpassim .org
First and last There’s a lot to celebrate at the New England Philharmonic “Forms and Variations” program. The 100th birthday of Benjamin Britten is marked with the composer’s Piano Concerto; Gunther Schuller’s Five Bagatelles is rarely performed; it’s the first Boston performance of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky’s Rhapsodies; Jean Sibelius’s Symphony No. 7 was the composer’s last published and shortest symphony. 8 p.m. $25, $5 students. Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.
Speed demon Don’t be fooled by this slow-talking acoustic musician because when he’s finished talking, his fingers start flying across the steel-stringed guitar. Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Leo Kottke shows his speeds in Natick. Ask him about his trombone years. 8 p.m. $48 (discounts available). The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick. 508-647-0097. www.natickarts.org
The cook-off The winner of “The Right Stuff” gets a financial reward and fame. Two students from Boston’s Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts compete for the $1,000 tuition money and a chance to have their dishes and name on menus at all five Salvatore’s Restaurants. The students will prepare a three-course meal and you will vote along with celebrity and industry judges. April 28 at 6:30 p.m. $45. Salvatore’s Restaurant, 225 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-737-5454. www.therightstuff.eventbrite.com
Easels on the go For 25 years, artists from Copley Society of Art have tucked easels and supplies under their arms and set them up around Boston. For “Fresh Paint 2013: Silver Jubilee,” the painters will immortalize Boston landmarks and locations, and their masterpieces will be on view at the gallery (158 Newbury St.) for bidding starting April 30. The gala is May 4. April 28 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Throughout Boston. 617-536-5049. www.copleysociety.org
Bragg about it Political activism through music is the specialty of English musician Billy Bragg, and “Tooth & Nail” is the latest release by the folk, punk rock, and protest music maker. Bragg welcomes Kim Churchill as his special guest. April 28 at 7 p.m. $34.50-
$39.50. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261. www.berklee.edu/bpc