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    Trajal Harrell.
    David BÉ rge
    Trajal Harrell.


    Strike a pose

    According to, vogue is “a dance characterized by striking poses. Originated in the ‘ball culture’ of gay black men in Harlem, which is now present in every major city of the US and internationally. Made famous by Madonna’s hit song of the same name . . . ” For “(M)imosa / Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church,” New York-based choreographer Trajal Harrell answers the question: “What would have happened in 1963 if someone from the voguing ball scene in Harlem had performed alongside the early downtown postmoderns at Judson Church?” Jan. 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. $20, $10 students and seniors (includes museum admission; recommended for 18 and over). Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3103.


    He’s really got a hold on us No need to shop around; you just have to second our emotion that there will be some fine music at the Wilbur Theatre when Smokey Robinson: The Up Close and Personal Tour celebrates Robinson’s 50th anniversary in the music biz and the 50th for Motown Records. The Grammy-winning singer is responsible for hits including “I Second That Emotion,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” and “Shop Around.” 7:30 p.m. $45-$85. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

    Flyte of fancy Using the pseudonym Magnus Flyte, former Joffrey II dancer Meg Howrey and TV writer Christina Lynch pretend they are “an international man of mystery.” The ladies’ debut novel, “City of Dark Magic,” is a romance-comedy set in Prague. The duo is at Writers in the Loft: Magnus Flyte. 7 p.m. $30. The Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress St., Portsmouth, N.H. 603-436-2400.



    Dedication and commemoration The Boston Symphony Orchestra, soloists, and Tanglewood Festival Chorus perform Verdi’s Requiem. Completed in 1874, the piece was dedicated to Verdi’s hero, Italian poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni. Daniele Gatti conducts the BSO in this commemoration of the bicentennial of Verdi’s birth. Jan. 17-19 at 8 p.m. $30-$124, $20 under 40 (first-come, first-served basis). Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-1200.

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    Harmon-izing The podcast “Harmontown” is a dream come true for comic Dan Harmon, who wanted a colony for “like-minded misfits where he serves as mayor and has appointed the suit-clad [Jeff] Davis as his trusty comptroller (cohost).” The podcast comes to you at Harmontown Live: Featuring Dan Harmon & Jeff Davis. Jan. 17 at 8:30 p.m. $25. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004.

    Going too far Former federal judge Nancy Gertner plays Richard II in an abridged reading with judges, public officials, and members of the bar. A panel discussion follows about the uses and abuses of executive power by Presidents Obama and George W. Bush. Former White House counsel C. Boyden Gray hosts “Shakespeare’s Richard II and The Limits of Executive Power.” Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. Free (reservation recommended). Modern Theatre at Suffolk University, 525 Washington St., Boston. 617-449-6617.

    Oh, the places he went One night you’re dressing for a date, the next you’re strapping yourself into a minivan. National Public Radio comic correspondent Dan Zevin talks about his latest book, “Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad.” Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. $8. Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, 333 Nahanton St., Newton. 617-965-5226.