Boston-area to do list

Paul Kolnik


The ‘In/Side’ scoop

In its 55-year history, Robert Battle is just the third artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, filling big shoes left by the company’s namesake and by Ailey’s successor, Judith Jamison. Thursday’s opening-night program shows off Battle’s choreographic skills in “In/Side” set to music by Nina Simone.
Keep your eyes peeled for Boston Youth Moves alum Kirven Boyd (center).  May 16 at 7:30 p.m. (through
May 19). $30 and up. Citi Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738.


Step up to the plate A hundred Boston chefs need your help raising $1 million for One Fund Boston. Are you up for sampling, sipping, and sitting in the Fenway stands at Boston Bites Back ? Chefs will cook and serve from behind concession stands and at tables throughout the Big Concourse and Budweiser deck. You can even step out on the warning track, weather permitting. 6-10 p.m. $200, $1,000 (VIP). 21+. Fenway Park,
4 Yawkey Way, Boston.

Liszt, from the top Christopher O’Riley, host of NPR’s “From the Top,” is as comfortable playing piano transcriptions of Franz Liszt as he is playing homage to Radiohead’s “True Love Waits” album. You’ll have a chance to listen to the former at “O’Riley’s Liszt.”  7:30 p.m. $20. Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-395-7757.


The wonderful world of Friedman This composer, songwriter, and arranger knows Disney scores, having conducted and arranged vocals for “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “Pocahontas,” and “Hunchback of Notre Dame.” David Friedman helps Wheelock College celebrate its 125th with a performance of his musical revue, “Listen to My Heart.”  6 p.m. Free (reservations recommended). Wheelock Family Theatre, 180 Riverway, Boston. 617-879-2300.


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Bo knows comedy  The “About Me” section of Bo Burnham’s website is precious: “Bo Burnham is a teenager and comedian. In 2006, he wrote songs, posted them online, and lots of people saw them. Then, he started playing live shows. He played at colleges, clubs and theaters. People came. In August 2008, four days after his eighteenth birthday, he became the youngest person to record a Comedy Central special. He released a CD in March 2009. Some people think he is funny.”
May 16 at 8 p.m. $29.50. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-1400.

Twice as nice It must be fun hanging out with a friend onstage. Enjoy music by singing, songwriting, and Grammy-winning pals at An Acoustic Evening With Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin.
May 16 at 8 p.m. $40-$49. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

Testimonials  Kurt Weill said, “Frank Glazer is an excellent musician and a pianist of high qualities. . . . I am sure he will make his way through the concert halls of the world.” Serge Koussevitzky called him “a most interesting and gifted young artist whose compelling, sane, masculine temperament affords great pleasure.” The 98-year-old pianist plays pieces by Haydn, Beethoven, Barber, and Chopin.  May 16 at 6 p.m. Free (reservations recommended). Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., Boston. 617-720-7600.