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Love is blooming

Spring is 10 days away, don’t wait. Take in the Boston Flower & Garden Show, where love is in bloom with this year’s theme of “Romance in the Garden.” Soak up more than 20 displays by professional landscape designers and nurseries, and visit the vendors, floral competitions, lectures, demonstrations, and activities for the kids. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (through March 16). $20, $17 seniors, $15 after 5 p.m. (March 12-15), $10 ages 6-17. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 781-273-5533. www.bostonflowershow.com

WEDNESDAY

Needling The subtitle of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s book “The Amazing Thing About the Way It Goes” provides the meat and potatoes: “Stories of Tidiness, Self-Esteem and Other Things I Gave Up On.” The Canadian author and Yarn Harlot blogger is in Brookline to talk about her latest essay collection. 7 p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660. www.brooklinebooksmith.com

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La la land Michael John LaChiusa was inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s 1897 play “La Ronde.” “Hello Again” moves through the 20th century with 10 different characters trying to connect with someone. Presented by Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston in a cabaret-style setting. 7:30 p.m. preview (through March 29). $35-$45. Stanford Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600. www.bridgerepofboston.com

THURSDAY

Bravehearts In 1938, Hans Krása and Adolf Hoffmeister wrote “Brundibar” for a government competition. The story is about two children who sing in a marketplace to raise milk money for their sick mother. Despite an evil organ grinder named Brundibar, victory prevails in the fairy-tale opera that was first performed by children in the Terezin concentration camp. Tony Kushner’s adaptation presented by Underground Railway Theater is accompanied by his “But the Giraffe!” March 13 at 7:30 p.m. (through April 6). $20 and up. All ages. Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 866-811-4111. www.centralsquaretheater.org

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Instant gratification A concert that encourages you to use your phone, tablet, and headphones? Anastasiya Dumma and her contemporary ensemble invite you to “Paper-Scissors-Stone,” where you’ll create music using techniques of 20th-century composers. Cloud Ludum will perform your masterpiece on the spot. March 13 at 8 p.m. $10, $5 students and seniors. Lilypad Inman, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-955-7729. www.lilypadinman.com

Beethoven’s five Beethoven completed nine symphonies, but it’s the composer’s five piano concertos that are covered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Christoph von Dohnányi conducts three “Beethoven and the Piano” programs starting with concertos No. 1 and No. 2. on March 13 and 14 (interestingly, No. 2 was written first). Pianist Yefim Bronfman solos at all three programs. March 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. (through March 22). $30-$130, $20 under 40 (first-come, first-served basis; one-pair limit per performance). Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-1200. www.bso.org

All in the family After listening to more than 200 pieces by his grandfather and great-uncle, the Al-Kuwaiti brothers, Dudu Tassa was drawn to those his mother sang to him as a child. The Boston Jewish Music Festival presents the Israeli-Iraqi pop/rock band Dudu Tassa and the Kuwaitis . March 13 doors at 8 p.m. $18, $20 day of show. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004. www.johnnyds.com

June Wulff can be reached at june.wulff@globe.com.
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