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Silly city slickers

It’s always fun to watch celebrities and politicians act silly for a good cause, and this year’s “Banned in Boston” won’t disappoint. Silly servers include Governor and Mrs. Patrick, Mayor Marty Walsh, Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton, and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Kiss 108’s Matt Siegel hosts this benefit for Urban Improv. Pictured (from left): Emily Rooney, Siegel, Heather Unruh, and Deborah Dancy. 6 p.m. (soiree at Lansdowne Pub), 7:45 p.m. (show). $250, $150 40 and younger. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 617-524-7049. www.bannedinboston.org

FRIDAY

She thinks about them Chet Baker, Herbie Hancock, and Antonio Carlos Jobim are at Scullers Jazz Club in the form of Eliane Elias. The Brazilian pianist, singer, and songwriter recently released her Baker tribute, “I Thought About You,” was nominated for a Grammy with Hancock for “Solos and Duets,” and is a Jobim interpreter. April 11 and 12 at 8 and 10 p.m. $30. Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111. www.scullersjazz.com

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Douglas and his Dobro Bluegrass, jazz, blues, folk, country, roots, you name it, Jerry Douglas has played it. A master on the Dobro , the Ohio-born musician has sessioned with Emmylou Harris, Béla Fleck, Alison Krauss, Del McCoury, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, and Dolly Parton. Special guests are Emy Phelps and Darol Anger. 8 p.m. $40. First Parish in Cambridge, 3 Church St., Cambridge. 617-876-7772. www.heptunesconcerts.com

SATURDAY

At their service While you wait for the next season of “Downton Abbey,” satisfy your addiction at “Bostonians at Home: Servant Life in Downtown Boston.” The Otis House Museum tour explains how the staff prepared for an event and managed day-to-day tasks. The Nichols House Museum tour makes you the servants. The Gibson House Museum tour takes you to the kitchen, pantry, laundry room, and coal shed. April 12 and May 17 at noon, 1:30, and 3 p.m. $5 per tour (take tours in any order). Otis House (141 Cambridge St., Boston. 617-994-5920. www.historicnewengland.org), Nichols House (55 Mount Vernon St., Boston. 617-227-6993. www.nicholshousemuseum.org), Gibson House (137 Beacon St., Boston. 617-267-6338. www.thegibsonhouse.org).

The Doppler effect In the 19th century, Franz Doppler was called the “Paganini of the flute,” and his Concerto for Two Flutes will be played by Claudi Arimany and Alan Weiss at the Boston Classical Orchestra concert. Pieces by Mozart and Brahms are also on the program. April 12 at 8 p.m., April 13 at 3 p.m. $37-$74, $19 students. Faneuil Hall, 1 Faneuil Hall Plaza, Boston. 866-811-4111. web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/922857

SUNDAY

Here a Chick On his website, Chick Corea talks about his latest recording, “The Vigil,” saying that the “precious communication line” between an artist and the audience is a constant in this changing world. With 20 Grammys and a career of more than four decades, the Chelsea-born jazz keyboardist has done a lot of communicating. April 13 at 7:30 p.m. $39-$75. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.thewilbur.com

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