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    Peter Schaaf


    ‘Great’ expectations

    Violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys, and pianist James Parker celebrated their 20th anniversary last year as the Gryphon Trio. Pianist Rob Kapilow and his “What Makes It Great” made its debut about the same time. After a discussion and demo with Kapilow (pictured), the Canadian trio plays Mendelssohn’s Trio in D minor at “What Makes It Great? With Rob Kapilow and the Gryphon Trio.” 8 p.m. $30 and up. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-482-6661.


    Telling A quote by photographer Richard Avedon inspired “Performance,” presented by Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy and the Institute of Contemporary Art: “We all perform. It’s what we do for each other all the time, deliberately or unintentionally. It’s a way of telling about ourselves in the hope of being recognized as what we’d like to be.” Choreographer Rashaun Mitchell, singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt, and visual artist Ali Naschke-Messing perform . Jan 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. $30, $15 students. Institute of
    Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston.

    A league of her own A couple of weeks ago, 51-year-old funny
    lady Rosie O’Donnell announced the arrival of Dakota, her adopted daughter with wife Michelle Rounds. With a house full of kids (Blake, Vivienne, Parker, and Chelsea from a previous marriage), the comedian must have a lot of material to draw on for her stand-up routines. 7:30 p.m. $29-$59. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.


    Beethoven bus Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 is not as famous as its neighbors on each side, but guest conductor Richard Egarr calls it “a brilliant, rollicking party-bus of a symphony.” The Handel and Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra plays it, Beethoven's Coriolan Overture, and other pieces. 8 p.m. (Jan. 26 at 3 p.m.; talks one hour before each concert). $20 and up. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-3605.

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    ‘Abbey’ improv Is Lady Mary about to fall in love again? What happens to poor Anna? Bring your “Downton Abbey” questions and ideas to Cambridge (Massachusetts, that is) where the ImprovBoston cast uses them for funny fodder at its “Downton IB: Season 2” improv shows. Fridays at 10 p.m. through Feb. 7. $18, $14 students. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253.


    Laughs from Lenny The 1980s are known for bad fashion and hair, but the decade also produced some good comedians around these parts including Lenny Clarke, Denis Leary, and Steven Wright. Clarke (Uncle Teddy in TV’s “Rescue Me”) is in Beverly to show off his comedic chops. Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. $32. Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis St., Beverly. 617-531-1257.


    Sunday in the park Get up and out on Sunday mornings for the Pics in the Parks winter photography sessions. Using your own equipment, you’ll be given tips and a theme at each informal session. Jan. 26 from 11 a.m.-noon (select Sundays through March 23; register at Free. Jamaica Pond Boathouse, 507 Jamaicaway, Jamaica Plain (check for additional venues). 617-635-4505.

    June Wulff can be reached at