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Mary Ellen Matthews

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From down and out to diapers

It sounds like a “Saturday Night Live” skit, but it’s the Rachel Dratch truth. In her memoir, “Girl Walks Into a Bar . . . : Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle,” the “SNL” alum recounts how an ailing career gave her time to do stuff like meet John in a bar, date long distance, get pregnant (this required close distance), and become a mother at 44. 6 p.m. $5. Coolidge Corner Theatre,
290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660. www.brooklinebooksmith.com

TUESDAY

Tradition Jewish tradition and traumatic events of modern Jewish history influenced Bloch, Ravel, Gershwin, and Shostakovich. It started 100 years ago in St. Petersburg with a group of composers who formed a society for Jewish music. “Yevgeny Kutik & Martin Bookspan: Classically Jewish” is a conversation and performance about the Jewish sound in classical music with the virtuoso violinist (Kutik) and music commentator (Bookspan). 7:30 p.m. $28, $45; $18 under 25. Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave., Boston.
617-531-4610. www.newcenterboston.org

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Portraits Tim Donovan’s large-format, surreal portraits are “Phantasmagoric,” the title of his exhibit at Gallery Kayafas. The artist shares space with Zoe Perry-Wood’s “BAGLY Prom,” a show by the social-documentary photographer who for the last four years has photographed the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth prom. Tue-Sat, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through May 12. Free. Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston. 617-482-0411. www.gallerykayafas.com

Poets Your reading Sleigh ride by Tom Sleigh includes the title poem from his latest book, “Army Cats,” plus “Famine” and “Homage to Mary Hamilton.” Nikky Finney will read from her award-winning summation of African-American history, “Head Off & Split.” 4:30 p.m. Free. Wellesley College, 237 Green Hall, Wellesley. 781-283-2698. www.newhouse-center.org

Prats institute For more than 30 years, Jorge Luis Prats disappeared from the international piano scene because of visa restrictions. The Cuban-born virtuoso makes his Boston debut at Boston Conservatory Piano Masters with a program of Chopin, Scriabin, and Stravinsky. 8 p.m. $15, $10 seniors, free for students. Boston Conservatory Seully Hall, 8 the Fenway, Boston. 617-912-9222. www.bostonconservatory.ticketforce.com

Made in China What does the Obama administration’s new emphasis on the Pacific mean for future US relations with China? How have strategic alliances among its neighbors changed in response to China’s growing economic and military might? If you are asking these questions, Joseph Nye will answer them at “The Rise of China and American Power.” 7 p.m. Free. Cambridge Forum,
3 Church St., Cambridge. 617-495-2727. www.cambridgeforum.org

WEDNESDAY

Mouthing off It’s time for the massmouth story slam grand finale when 15 area storytellers put your money where their mouths are. The best mouth wins a week’s vacation at a Tuscan townhouse. Attendees are invited to vote for an “Audience Choice” winner at the Big Mouth Off. April 11 from 7-9 p.m. $20 (online), $25 (at the door). Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-942-2553. www.massmouth.eventbrite.com

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