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Boston-area to do list

Peter Gannushkin

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During its season finale The New England Philharmonic teases next season by performing an excerpt of “Zephyrs,” the first movement of David Rakowski’s “Dance Episodes,” Symphony No. 5. The piece will be performed in its entirety next season. Saturday’s program also features Gunther Schuller’s “Dramatic Overture,” Roy Harris’s Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra featuring pianist Stephen Drury (pictured), and Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 7. May 3 at 8 p.m. $35, $10 students. Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 855-463-7445. www.nephilharmonic.org

FRIDAY

Merger Last year, Martha Redbone released “The Garden of Love: The Songs of William Blake,” a merging of William Blake’s words with folk, country, stomp chants, and gospel music. The vocalist is known for merging her Native American heritage with soul, funk, and more. The Martha Redbone Roots Project performs in Somerville. 7:30 p.m. $25. 21+. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Davis Square, Somerville. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org

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Hair raising The American premiere of Handel’s “Samson” was performed in 1845 by the Handel and Haydn Society. The biblical-based oratorio is back with tenor Joshua Ellicott and soprano Joélle Harvey assuming the roles of Samson and Dalila. Harry Christophers conducts the Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus. 7:30 p.m. (May 4 at 3 p.m.; pre-concert talks one hour prior). $20 and up. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-3605. www.handelandhaydn.org

All’s well that ends well With its soprano mad scene and challenging tenor high notes, Vincenzo Bellini’s “I Puritani” gives Sarah Coburn and John Tessier a meaty assignment for their operatic chops. Presented by Boston Lyric Opera, the story is set during the English Civil War and tells the story of a woman who thinks she has been betrayed. (Story, Page 8.) 7:30 p.m. (through May 11). $30-$225 (discounts available). Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738. www.blo.org

SATURDAY

Lambasting Lisa Leave your bashfulness and modesty at home because Lisa Lampanelli takes no prisoners. The comedian known as “Queen of Mean” has been described as a cross between Don Rickles and Archie Bunker. Lampanelli’s other moniker is “Queen of the Roast” because of her barbs to Pamela Anderson, Jeff Foxworthy, William Shatner, Chevy Chase, David Hasselhoff, and other roast victims. May 3 at 7 and 9:45 p.m. $42-$64. The Wilbur Theatre,
246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.thewilbur.com

Dance plus A dance studio becomes a venue for theater, comedy, and more for the OnStage Dance Company Arts Marathon. The Somerville troupe welcomes Phunk Phenomenon, the George Woods Band, Monkey Chow, Books of Hope, and others. May 3 from 6:30-11:30 p.m. $10 cover. 18+. OnStage Dance Company, 276 Broadway, Somerville. 617-410-6732. www.onstagedanceco.com

SUNDAY

May be Wish Sidewalk Sam a happy 75th birthday when he draws in Cambridge (noon-4 p.m.) at the MayFair in Harvard Square. More than 150 artisans and merchants join the festivities with something for every taste and age group. May 4 noon-6 p.m. (rain date May 18). Free. Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-491-3434. www.harvard
square.com

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