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Boston-area to do list

Jimmy Katz

Pick of the Day

Great vibes

Not only will you learn about Gary Burton’s career and hear the jazz vibraphonist perform with his quintet, you’ll also get a free copy of the six-time Grammy winner’s autobiography, “Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton.” The former Berklee College of Music professor, dean, and administrator will talk with Grammy-winning jazz critic Bob Blumenthal at “The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton.” 8 p.m. $28, $16 students. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261.


Uncorked and unplugged  In the ’60s, Al Stewart roomed with a guy named Paul Simon when they lived in London. Both made names for themselves in the music world, the former with “Year of the Cat,” “Time Passages,” and other hits. The guitarist’s latest release with musical partner Dave Nachmanoff is “Uncorked,” and Stewart is in Cambridge for “An Acoustic Evening With Al Stewart.”  Nov. 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. $32. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge.

Art therapy  The folks from Still Running use art as a way to heal from the Boston Marathon bombings. The exhibit “Still Running: An Art Marathon for Boston” is work by local students, professionals, and folks from the community. Included is an oil painting of the Prudential Center, “Boston: Hope Lives On,” by Marine Evan Gildersleeve. Tuesday hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (through Nov. 23). Free. The Arnheim Gallery at Massachusetts College of Art and Design,
621 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-879-7550.

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Big words about small towns  In her New York Times Sunday Book Review, Alix Ohlin had this to say about “Nine Inches: Stories” by Tom Perrotta: “[Perrotta’s] portrait of the suburbs as an essential, if at times heartbreaking, facet of our modern lives marks him as the descendant of such chroniclers of small-town America as Thornton Wilder, John O’Hara, and Willa Cather.” Perrotta will talk about his book and participate in an audience Q&A. 7:30 p.m. $10 (reservations recommended). Arlington High School, 869 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington. 781-316-3568.

We’re not in Kansas  Follow the yellow brick road to “An Evening of Oz Trivia” with John Fricke. The Oz and Judy Garland wizard celebrates the 75th anniversary of the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” at none other than the Emerald Lounge. 7 p.m. No cover (sign up by phone). 21+. Emerald Lounge, 200 Stuart St., Boston. 617-457-2626.

Name that tune  What song was sung at former president Reagan’s funeral, quoted in a John Updike title, and performed in the National Cathedral for victims of 9/11? It’s “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” the subject of Harvard professor John Stauffer’s book (coauthored by Benjamin Soskis) “The Battle Hymn of the Republic: A Biography of the Song That Marches On.” Stauffer will talk at “Freedom Song: Battle Hymn of the Republic.”  6 p.m. $5, $3 seniors and ages 13-17, under 13 free (reservations recommended at rsvp@maah
). Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St., Boston.
617-725-0022, ext. 222.


Stringing it all together  The Danish String Quartet plays works by Abrahamsen, Mendelssohn, and Debussy. 8 p.m. $20 and up. Longy School of Music at Bard College’s Pickman Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-482-6661.

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