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Boston-area to do list

Frank Stewart

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Jazz class

You probably won’t get college credits by attending this concert, but you will get a crash course in jazz history when Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis serves New Orleans to modern. The trumpeter and artistic director has quite an awards collection with nine Grammys and the Pulitzer for Music (the first awarded to a jazz artist). Jan. 27 at
7 p.m. $23-$68 ($100 VIP). Sold out. Veterans Memorial Auditorium,
1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence. 401-222-1467. www.vmari.com/firstworks

SATURDAY

Not a nice place to work Maybe you don’t have it so bad. At the Human Potential Institute, vacations are given by lottery, jobs are determined by the Institute, and it is illegal to be unemployed. This is Michael Lewy’s exhibit, “City of Work,” a society of cubicles created with photography, video, computer graphics, and the Internet. Fri-Sun 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. through Feb. 17. Free. Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain. www.bostoncyberarts.org

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Adam this eve Stay in your man cave (or woman cave) with your computer and microphone, and perhaps you too will create your own show. Don’t call it “The Adam Carolla Show,” because that’s what Adam Carolla named his 2009-created podcast, which holds the Guinness Book of World Records for “most downloaded podcast.” 9:45 p.m. $37-$47. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.thewilbur.com

Harping on it Grammy-nominated electric harpist Deborah Henson-Conant has said that “blues is one of the most fun, most expressive, and most American forms of music. And you just don’t hear it played on the harp that often.” Saturday’s “Lose Your Blues” show is proof that the harp is not just for classical music. 8 p.m. $26 (discounts available). The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick. 508-647-0097. www.natickarts.org

Cheers for Ra Ra Basements and attics near Syracuse University were the incubators for Ra Ra Riot, the indie-rock band that recently released “Beta Love.” The record was inspired by cyperpunk novelist William Gibson and futurist Ray Kurzweil’s “musings on the technological singularity and transhumanism.” Who knew? 9 p.m. $20. 18+. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.
800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

SUNDAY

Playing together Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s collection of poems, “West-Eastern Divan,” is the namesake for the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. It all began in 1999 when conductor Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian literary scholar, Edward Said, formed a workshop for young musicians from Israel, Palestine, and several Arab countries. Sunday’s program is Beethoven’s Symphony No.2 in
D major, Op. 36, and Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 “Eroica.” Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. $30 and up. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-482-6661. www.celebrityseries.org

“Concordance” in Concord The premiere of Yehudi Wyner’s “Concordance” is on Sunday’s Concord Chamber Music Society program, featuring the Pulitzer-winning composer and pianist. Wyner plays with BSO violinist Wendy Putnam, BSO principal violist Steven Ansell, and cellist Michael Reynolds. Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. (2 p.m. pre-concert lecture) $33, $42; $28, $37 students and seniors. Concord Academy, 166 Main St., Concord. 978-371-9667. www.concordchambermusic.org

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