Boston-area to do list

Lili Forberg


Bold and beautiful

Soap fans got a treat in November when Celtic Woman appeared on “The Bold and The Beautiful” to serenade the ailing Stephanie Forrester (played by Susan Flannery) with “The Parting Glass” and “Danny Boy.” You get a treat in Worcester when the Irish music ensemble serenades you with “You Raise Me Up,” “Orinoco Flow,” and more. Pictured (from left): Mairead Nesbitt, Lisa Lambe, Chloe Agnew, and Susan McFadden. Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. $45-$105. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 877-571-7469.


Happiness is . . . According to Snoopy, happiness is “pizza with sausage;” according to us, it’s apple pie. What makes you happy? Research in psychology, economics, and neuroscience has shown that we’re not good at predicting what will make us happy or how long it will last. Why? Daniel Gilbert, Harvard professor and bestselling author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” will shed some light at “Happiness: What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You.” 6 p.m. Free. The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge (reception follows at the Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge). 617-496-1027.

Men need not apply More than 20 years ago, Stanley Kay, a former manager and relief drummer for Buddy Rich, watched Sherrie Maricle play the drums. Kay decided to look for other talented female musicians, and The Diva Jazz Orchestra came to be. The 15 New York-based ladies will play their contemporary, mainstream big band jazz at Scullers. 8 p.m. $30, $10 students. Scullers Jazz Club at the DoubleTreeSuites by Hilton Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Road,
Boston. 617-562-4111.


A rusty foundry Nothing says Americana folk like the fiddle, acoustic guitar, banjo, vocals, and maple syrup (we added the syrup). Throw in electric guitar, bass, and a contemporary slant and you get Vermont’s Katie Trautz and the New Foundry. Splitting the Passim gig is Rusty Belle with its bluegrass, folk-punk, and down-home porch tunes. 8 p.m. $12. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-492-7679.

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Light and dark Zachariah’s and Morris’s skin color creates a power struggle for the biracial siblings born into South Africa’s apartheid system. The Boston Center for American Performance presents Athol Fugard’s “Blood Knot.” 7:30 p.m. (through March 2). $20, $15 students and seniors. Boston University Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-933-8600.


Avant-garde, experimental jazz, and more According to, callithump is “A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.” What did pianist and conductor Stephen Drury have in mind when he founded Callithumpian Consort? Find out when the ensemble performs a program of Lei Liang’s “Bamboo Lights,” “Xiaoyong Chen’s “Diary,” and more. Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. $27, $24 seniors, $12 students and ages 7-17 (under 7 not admitted; includes museum admission). Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 Fenway, Boston. 617-278-5156.