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Charles Lloyd picked up the saxophone in his hometown of Memphis when he was 9. That was in the 1940s, and Lloyd’s musical journey since then has been rich and varied, including playing tenor sax with B.B. King, Herbie Hancock, Cannonball Adderley, and the Beach Boys. Lloyd’s motto of “Go forward” applies to his way of life and his cutting-edge music making. The Charles Lloyd New Quartet makes its Celebrity Series debut with Lloyd on sax, Jason Moran on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Eric Harland on drums.  March 21, 8 p.m. Tickets from $40. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge.
617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

WEDNESDAY

Drink up  Local craft beer purveyors get a lot of love, but what
about our nearby liquor distillers? Check them out at Distill My Heart, featuring samples by Bully Boy, Ryan & Wood Distillery, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Grand Ten Distillers. The event also features a gourmet pizza buffet and music by DJ Fuzzy Fotch.
March 20, 7 p.m. $18. Bella Luna/Milky Way, 284 Amory St.,
Jamaica Plain. 617-524-6060, www.milkywayjp.com

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Seed music  Brothers Steven Rene Jacobo and Tony-Ray Jacobo started Tribal Seeds, a band that released its self-titled debut album in 2008. The six-member reggae rock ensemble has produced award-winning recordings and reached the top 10 on Billboard’s reggae charts. They share a bill with Stick Figure and The Maad T-Ray. March 20, 7:30 p.m. Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Allston. 617-779-0140, www.brightonmusichall.com

THURSDAY

Riverwalk man  Bandleader-cornetist Jim Cullum has been blowing his horn for decades, and also developed the public radio program “Riverwalk Jazz.’’ See and hear him when he visits the area with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band for a concert of music by Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Bix Beiderbecke, Hoagy Carmichael, and more. March 21, 8 p.m. $30, $25 students and seniors. Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., Cambridge. 617-577-1400, www.multiculturalartscenter.org

Guns and the media  Ford Hall Forum takes a provocative look at the issue of gun violence in “Guns Don’t Kill People, The Media Kills People.” John Rosenthal, Charlton McIlwain, and moderator Edward Powell examine media distortion of the issue and the ways in which that can lead to increased violence.  March 21, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Suffolk University Law School, McLaughlin Moot Court Room, 120 Tremont St., Boston. 617-557-2007, www.fordhallforum.org

Expect greatness   Crossing the pond to see the stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic “Great Expectations” might not be possible, but in Arlington, Pip, Miss Havisham, Estella, and the novel’s cast come to life in London’s West End staged version, adapted for film.  March 21 and 28, 7:30 p.m. $10-$12. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849, www.regenttheatre.com

Creative dialogue  “Tamziq” means torn in Arabic, and that’s what is sometimes felt by US veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and Iraqi refugees coming to the United States. The Odysseus Project and the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences present “Tamziq: Scattered and Connected,” featuring work by Middle Eastern and American artists looking at the effects of war from each of their perspectives. March 21-
April 26. Tue-Sun noon-6 p.m. Free. Arsenal Center for the Arts,
321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-0100, www.arsenalarts.org

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