PICK OF THE DAY
Passing it down
Music, storytelling, and cultural heritage were handed down to Offiong Bassey from her grandmother with whom she shares her name. The singer-songwriter, the first generation of her Nigerian family born in the United States, is as at home with jazz, soul, and gospel as she is with music from her West African heritage. Bassey celebrates her self-titled debut album at “A Moonlit Evening.” Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. $20. Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-395-7757. wwwregattabarjazz.com
Anthony Amore is all too familiar with art theft. As the director of security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Amore works on recovering the 13 works of art stolen in 1990. At ”Stolen Art,” Amore is joined by Ingrid Neuman, conservator of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art. The two will talk about looking for stolen art and how it differs from other types of theft. 7 p.m. Free. Cambridge Forum, 3 Church St., Cambridge.
Danish pastry In the 1984 “The Element of Crime,” the first film by Danish director Lars von Trier (5:45 p.m.), a former cop returns to find a serial killer. The film has been described as a “celluloid nightmare.” In “Epidemic” (3:30 p.m.), screenwriters von Trier and Niels Vorsel play themselves. “Medea” (8 p.m.) was made for Danish TV. These and others screen at The Films of Lars von Trier. Through
Feb. 23. $11, $9 students and seniors (3:30 p.m. $8, $7 students and seniors). Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975. www.mfa.org/film
Take it About “Helen Sung: Anthem for a New Day” Sung has said: “This album is my way of saying, ‘This is me, take it or leave it,’ instead of something more tentative like, ‘OK, let me work on it a little more.’” The pianist and composer switched from classical to jazz during college and graduated from the first class of New England Conservatory’s Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The New York gal is in town to show off the new record with her Helen Sung Quintet.
8 p.m. $20. Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston.
Spooning it out Art and music come together at “Stir,” a new series at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Thursday’s contemporary pieces by the Callithumpian Consort With Composer Lee Hyla feature the world premiere of Hyla’s Migracion for mezzo-soprano and ensemble. Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. $15, $12 seniors, $5 students, free ages 7-17 (under 7 not admitted; includes museum admission). Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 the Fenway, Boston. 617-278-5156. www.gardnermuseum.org
Fully bewitching Boston Conservatory Opera’s presents a semi-staged production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” sung and spoken in German with English supertitles. Feb. 6-9 at 8 p.m. $15, $10 students and seniors. Boston Conservatory’s Seully Hall, 8 the Fenway, Boston. 617-912-9222. www.bostonconservatory.edu
Pure gold A lucky dozen Berklee College of Music students join the Clark Sisters in a program of hits by the Grammy-winning gospel singers. Feb. 6 at 8:15 p.m. $18, $22 day of show. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261. www.berkleebpc.comJune Wulff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.