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Boston-area to do list

Richard Termine for The New York Times/file 2004

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Jane loves Judy

Here’s what Jane Monheit has said about her Judy Garland tributes: “I want to get away from the drama, and celebrate what we all loved about Judy . . . the immense joy she brought
through song, and her innate understanding of jazz. She did so much more than break hearts . . . she put them together again.” If you’ve ever heard the sultry, sensational jazz vocalist sing “Over the Rainbow” you know it’s a pot of gold. Scullers welcomes “Jane Monheit: Music of Judy Garland. 10 p.m. $40. Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 866-777-8932. www.ticketweb.com

FRIDAY

Engaging He was right: “I remember in the eighth grade I told myself, man, I’m going to be signed to Def Jam.” Detroit-born hip-hop artist Big Sean is supported by New York DJ and remix artist Scott Melker (the Melker Project) at the Engage Music Festival. 7:30 p.m. $34-$150. Tsongas Center at University of Massachusetts Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. 866-722-8780. www.tsongascenter.com

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It’s up to you What happens to the characters in John Wimpers’s script is up to you at ImprovBoston’s sketch comedy show “Death Wish.” The fictional author-host script about six folks being chased by “Death” depends on you for its outcome. Feeling naughty or nice? 10 p.m. (also May 2, 16, and 23). $18, $14 students. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253. www.improvboston.com

Prairie league companion Head back in your time machine to 1969 Southern Ohio and watch a bunch of guys play covers at local bars. Pure Prairie League took its name from a 1939 Errol Flynn flick, “Dodge City,” featuring a women’s temperance league, and the band’s country-rock sound has been around for more than four decades. 8 p.m. $29-$45. Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis St., Beverly.
978-525-9093. www.larcomtheatre.com

Copy that Monteverdi’s “Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria” is the least performed of the composer’s three surviving operas because there’s only one manuscript score and few libretto copies. Tenor Fernando Guimarães makes his US debut in the title role when the semi-staged production is presented by Boston Baroque. April 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. $35-$95 (discounts available). Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-987-8600. www.bostonbaroque.org

SATURDAY

Brew and belly laughs All you have to do is relax, down some suds, and laugh at whatever the improv and sketch comedy troupe Improv Asylum says and does. Can you handle that at the Laffenhaus Beer and Comedy Festival? Breweries include Rapscallion, Red Hook, Blue Hills Brewery, Peak Organic, and Angry Orchard. April 26 doors at 1 p.m. $40, $50 at the door. Laugh Boston, Westin Seaport Waterfront Hotel, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844. www.laughboston.com/event/laffenhaus

SUNDAY

The tell-tale trail You have to wait until October for the unveiling of Stefanie Rocknak’s “Poe Returning to Boston” sculpture, but while you wait, go on the 90-minute “The Raven’s Trail: A Walking Tour of Poe’s Boston.” Boston College English prof Paul Lewis will escort you to Poe’s birthplace, Edgar Allan Poe Square, the Frog Pond on Boston Common, and the King’s Chapel Burying Ground. April 27 noon-1:30 p.m. (May 18 2-3:30 p.m.). $15 (proceeds go to the Poe statue project). Meet at Poe Square, intersection of Boylston and Charles streets, Boston. www.bostonpoe.org

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