Boston-area to do list



Legend in the making

The new recording by John Legend is called “Love in the Future,” but for the recently married R&B artist, love is in the present. Legend’s music video for “All of Me” features his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, and even includes footage from the couple’s wedding in Italy. Legend’s honors include several Grammy Awards and making Time magazine’s 2009 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. He’s also a philanthropist who has given his time and talents to organizations including the Equality Project, Stand for Children, and the Harlem Village Academies. He appears with Tamar Braxton. Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. $36-$86. Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738,


Fruits of his labor Twentieth-century urban folk artist Ralph Fasanella’s colorful paintings and drawings depict scenes of labor in America. “Fasanella’s Lawrence” focuses on the artist’s time in Lawrence, and includes paintings of the Bread and Roses Strike and drawings of mill machinery in Lowell. Through Dec. 16. Daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Lawrence Heritage State Park Gallery, 1 Jackson St., Lawrence.

Power of three Writer, editor, and Bob Dylan expert Greil Marcus is in town to deliver the Massey Lectures in American Studies. “Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations” presents a trio of talks starting with today’s “Inflection: ‘The Ballad of Hollis Brown,’ Bob Dylan.” Tuesday’s talk is “Disappearance and Forgetting: ‘Last Kind Words Blues,’ Geeshie Wiley,” and Wednesday features “World Upside Down: ‘I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground,’ Bascom Lamar Lunsford.” Oct. 21-23, 5:30 p.m. Free. Sackler Auditorium, 485 Broadway, Cambridge.


Comic relief What with Washington gridlock and a government shutdown, listening to the news recently has been downright depressing. Since we agree that laughter is the best medicine, we recommend Comedy Central’s Up Next Talent Search Regionals as an antidote. Comedy Central scoured clubs all over the country looking for the comedy world’s next big thing. Jonah Ray hosts this installment of the semifinals. Oct. 21, 8 p.m. Free. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston.

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Acoustic blues In 2012 the Boston Music Awards named Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers blues artist of the year. Hear a pared down version of their delta country blues at this event featuring an acoustic trio. Harpe was recognized alongside Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, and others in Alternate Root’s list of “30 Women Burning Up the Blues.” Oct. 21, 8-11 p.m. No cover. Tres Gatos, 470 Centre St., Jamaica Plain. 617-477-4851,

Their own kind of music According to The New York Times, Dawn of Midi is “. . . perverse in a good way.” The instrumental trio from Brooklyn uses piano, acoustic bass, and drums to create their unique sonic landscape. The band, whose latest release is “Dysnomia,” plays with Celestial Shore. Oct. 21, 8 p.m. $12. Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St., Boston.


Happy anniversary, StoryCorps In its 10 years of existence,
StoryCorps has collected stories from thousands of everyday people. Here & Now cohost Robin Young talks to MacArthur Fellow Dave Isay about his book “Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps.” Oct. 22, 6 p.m. $5. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660,