Boston-area to do list


Wicked smash

From Broadway to a TV show about Broadway, Megan Hilty’s resume includes “Wicked,”
“9 to 5: The Musical,” “Gentleman Prefer Blondes,” and TV’s “Smash.” Before the Boston Pops Welcomes Megan Hilty, Keith Lockhart will lead the orchestra in movie love songs and the Boston Cello Quartet (BSO and Pops members) in the James Bond medley, “License to Trill.” Hilty’s “Smash” and Broadway tunes will take care of the rest of the program.
May 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. $22-$92. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston.


A blessing and a curse? Our city knows all too well how social media came into play during and after the Boston Marathon bombings. Victims and stranded bystanders were helped, but some were wrongly accused. At “Social Media in the Boston Marathon Bombings,” Skip Perham will moderate a discussion with Garrett Quinn, Adam Gaffin, and Cheryl Fiandaca. 6:30 p.m. Free. C. Walsh Theatre at Suffolk University, 55 Temple St., Boston. 617-557-2007.

Stories to tell Many stories about the African-American experience in New England from the 18th to early 20th centuries are untold. At “Discovering African-American Stories at Historic New England,” museum historian Jennifer Pustz will tell ones that relate to their time spent at historic properties. 6-7:30 p.m. $5 (registration recommended). Otis House, 141 Cambridge St., Boston. 617-994-5920.


Sundance selections You’re probably familiar with the Sundance Film Festival, but Utah claims another artsy endeavor called the Sundance Trio. Geralyn Giovannetti (oboe), Christian Smith (bassoon), and Jed Moss (piano) are on tour sharing music by British, French, Canadian, and American contemporary composers. 7:30 p.m. $30, $20 students and seniors. Second Church in Newton, UCC, 60 Highland St., West Newton. 617-244-2690.

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Dollface When Swanhilda catches her fiance throwing kisses at another woman, she decides to impersonate her competitor — who happens to be a doll crafted by Doctor Coppélius. Boston Ballet presents George Balanchine’s “Coppélia” featuring more than 20 young dancers from Boston Ballet School. 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (through May 26). $29-$137. Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 617-695-6955.


What happens in New Orleans doesn’t stay in New
In the summer of 2010, Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, and Mike Zito jammed at a few casual gigs. Royal Southern Brotherhood was soon formed with additional members Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott. Their roots, rock, funk, blues, and soul visit Shirley.
May 23 at 7:30 p.m. $32. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311.

Rumi-nations The life of Rumi, a 13th-century Sufi mystic poet, is moved to today’s American Midwest in the Guerilla Opera production “Giver of Light.” Adam Roberts’s music and libretto asks about love: What is it, whom does it involve, and how is it linked to sexuality? May 23 at 8 p.m. (through May 31; talk backs after Friday performances). $15, $10 seniors, free for students. The Boston Conservatory, 8 the Fenway, Boston. 617-912-9222. www.bostonconservatory