PICK OF THE DAY
Books of rights
Among piles of rare books, ephemera, manuscripts, and vintage photos on display at the Boston Book, Paper & Photo Expo lives Richard Minsky’s “Bill of Rights Exhibition.” Each of his 10 pieces of sculptural book art corresponds to a Bill of Rights amendment, including the Sixth Amendment, which guarantees a speedy, public trial. The piece shows a black leather glove dipped in red attached to a copy of Jeffrey Toobin’s “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson” (above). 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $8, free under 18 and college students. Shriner’s Auditorium, 399 Fordham Road, Wilmington. 781-862-4039. www.bookandpaperexpo.com
Beyond tradition Tradition goes well beyond “Fiddler on the Roof” for the Boston-based Jewish Music Theater founded in 2011 by Russian-born Israeli composer Matti Kovler. Saturday’s BitterSweet Cabaret is an evening of original songs in Hebrew and Yiddish performed by Anthony Russell and Reut Rivka. 7:30 p.m. $12, $18. Emerson Cabaret Theater, 80 Boylston St., Boston. 617-531-4613. www.jewishmusictheater.com
Get “Don’t tell me I can’t break the law/Cause the law has broken me.” That line from the title track of “Get Up!” is all you need to get up and over to the Orpheum for An Evening of the Blues Featuring Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite. The mix of blues, gospel, roots, and R&B is handled by Harper’s vocals and guitar, and Musselwhite’s harmonica. 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$79.50. Orpheum Theatre,
1 Hamilton Pl., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com
Get reel Musicians, independent filmmakers, and audiences benefit from The Reel Blues Fest established in 2001 by the Woods Hole Film Festival and the New England Blues Society to help musicians obtain medical care and support the work of indie filmmakers. Music is provided by the James Montgomery Band, featured guest Jon Pousette-Dart, plus the Spampinato Brothers, Grassroot, and others. 7:30 p.m. $35, $50 (VIP). Sea Crest Beach Hotel, 350 Quaker Road, Falmouth. 508-495-3456. www.thereelbluesfest.org
Pieces for peace Just what the doctor ordered is delivered to you at Jordan Hall by the Metropolitan Chorale of Brookline. Karl Jenkins’s “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace,” the centerpiece of Saturday’s peace-themed program, reflects about the horrors of war through text and music. 8 p.m. $30, $25 students and seniors.
Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-585-1260.
Convene and contemplate Special guests Danny Glover, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and author Edwidge Danticat convene for the Underground Railway Theater performance of “Roots of Liberty: The Haitian Revolution and the American Civil War.” And what better venue than the Tremont Temple where the Emancipation Proclamation was read in 1863. 5 p.m. Free (RSVP required). Tremont Temple,
88 Tremont St., Boston. www.freedomrising2013.com
Mexican hat dance Sombreros are optional but having a good time is required at Cinco de Mayo at the Beehive. Chef Rebecca Newell will whip up Mexican-inspired dishes, and the nine-piece Mariachi International will whip up music. May 5 from 6:30 p.m.- midnight (dinner 5:30 p.m.- 1 a.m.). No cover (reservations recommended). The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston. 617-423-0069. www.bee