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Boston-area to do list

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Young and talented

If you aren’t at this live recording you’ll have to wait until the fall to hear what you missed. The NPR program “From the Top” airs weekly on WCRB-FM 99.5 and is in Salem with host and pianist Christopher O’Riley (above) and young classical musicians from all over the country. Local talent includes 14-year-old Lexington pianist Andrew Li. June 29 at 4 p.m. $15. Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.


Lynn, Lynn, city of . . . Whether he’s singing the funny “I’m From Lynn, What Can I Say?” or the tender “I Know What Love Is,” Don White holds your attention. The Lynn singer-songwriter and funny guy is close to home when he performs in Salem. 7:30 p.m. $25. Salem Theatre, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. 866-411-8111.

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Hot topics As a father of three girls, Rich Vos could probably fill his stand-up routine with material about them, but the “Last Comic Standing” guy ventures into other emotional minefields like divorce, marriage, and recovery. Congratulate Vos for 25 years of sobriety. 8 p.m. $25. Laugh Boston @ the Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844.


Have Faith Luckily, this former Cream and Blind Faith drummer didn’t live up to his title of “The musician least likely to survive the ’60s.” The new release by Ginger Baker is “Why?” and the English drummer is at the Wilbur with his progressive jazz and African-rhythms band Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion. June 29 at 7 p.m. $25-$55. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

A Homer The “Art Double Header” at the Homer House in Belmont starts with “Vincent — A Portrait by the Postman Roulin” starring Ted Zalewski, who wrote the play and portrays van Gogh’s real-life friend and portrait model, Postman Joseph Roulin. Next up is the new exhibit “Winslow Homer’s Civil War.” June 29 at 2 p.m. $20 (exhibit runs through August; reservations recommended). Homer House, 661 Pleasant St., Belmont. 617-484-4916.

100 for 1 When Lou Cohen codirected Opensound he ended each season with a performance of John Cage’s “Variations III.” To honor the former composer, performer, and digital animator, 100 musicians will perform the 1963 piece throughout the Somerville Armory while you walk among them. June 29 at 7 p.m. Free. The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-718-2191.

Tea time While many people have switched to iced tea this time of year, the folks at the Art Complex Museum invite you to a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony Presentation conducted by Aiko Somi Rogers and assisted by her students. The program is held in a tea hut called a Shofan, one of only a few in New England. June 29 at 2 p.m. Free (limited seating; held inside if raining). Art Complex Museum, 189 Alden St., Duxbury. 781-934-6634.

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