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    Three Victorian-era women get an unconventional surprise on their quest to leave their conventional surroundings. “On the Verge” by Eric Overmyer (“The Wire,” “Law and Order,” “Treme”) brings the trio to 1955 America. Pictured (from left): Adrianne Krstansky, Paula Langton, Benjamin Evett, and Christine Hamel. 8 p.m. preview (through May 25). $28-$60. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487.


    Bluntly put About his latest release, “Moon Landing,” James Blunt has said: “There’s just something romantic, old-school and lonely about the moon landings, a nostalgic memory of something huge that we can hardly believe we once achieved, and for some sad reason, can’t achieve again – like first love.” The British singer-songwriter who brought us “You’re Beautiful” is at the House of Blues. 7 p.m. $29.50, $45. House of Blues,
    15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

    Enchanting Barley bread, aged cheese, calligraphy, Gregorian chant, silk banners, and period costumes are how Cappella Clausura celebrates its 10th anniversary. “Illuminations” is a multimedia performance and installation by Amelia LeClair, the group’s founding director. 8 p.m. Free (reservations recommended). Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston. 617-993-0013.


    For Pete’s sake Pete Seeger was born on May 3, 1919, and died in January of this year. At the Somerville Songwriter Sessions, singer-songwriters Dean Stevens, Terry Kitchen, and David Dodson close the show with a few Seeger tunes. The politically themed program offers solo sets and a round-robin exchange. 8 p.m. $10. The Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-718-2191.

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    A digital farewell After 36 years of teaching at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Harvey Goldman is retiring. We don’t know if the chancellor professor of design will get a gold watch, but the digital artist, animator, and educator gets a solo show titled “Apophenia” showcasing his digital layering process. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (5-7 p.m. reception; through June 1). Free. Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners’ Lane, Westport. 508-636-4177.


    She sings the truth Fans of this Boston indie rock, Americana, roots, and country singer-songwriter are in for a treat when the multi-instrumentalist delivers a musical retrospective of her 20-year-plus career. The latest release from Melissa Ferrick is “the truth is,” and the Berklee College of Music assistant prof performs solo and with her band. May 4 doors at 8 p.m. $20, $23 day of show. 18+. The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 800-745-3000.

    A symphonic feast The Symphony by the Sea chamber orchestra serves “Feast on the Music of Mozart and More!” conducted by Donald Palma. Visit a city by the sea for a program of Wolfgang Mozart, Antonio Salieri, and Joaquin Rodrigo. May 4 at 3 p.m. $35, $5 students. Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. 978-462-7336.

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