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Don’t miss the boats

Captain Dave Carraro skippers the FV-Tuna.com and catches giant cod and tuna like nobody else. The star of National Geographic’s TV show “Wicked Tuna” is one of the attractions at the New England Boat Show, a nine-day nautical extravaganza featuring more than 800 new boats. Check out luxury vessels, fishing boats, family runabouts, navigation equipment, marine gadgets, fishing gear, a Sailfest, and the Miss Geico Offshore Race Boat. Seminars, clinics, and an interactive learning center help you get schooled on buying, caring for, and upgrading boats. History and geography lessons await, too, at “Old Charts of New England.”
Feb. 22-March 2. Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Feb. 23) and 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (March 2). Mon-Fri 1-9 p.m. $15, under 16 free with adult. Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston. http://www.newenglandboatshow.com

SATURDAY

Give me a breakup Like Adele before him, Israeli singer-songwriter Asaf Avidan launched his music career on heartache. A difficult breakup inspired the songs on his debut EP, and it’s been uphill ever since. Avidan, whose voice has been compared to Janis Joplin and Nina Simone, makes his Boston debut. Feb. 22,
8 p.m. $28. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 617-876-4275, http://www.worldmusic.org

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Three dances The 50th season of the Boston Ballet continues with a trio of contemporary works. “Close to Chuck” features Jorma Elo’s “C. to C. (Close to Chuck)” inspired by paralyzed artist Chuck Close. José Martinez’s “Resonance,” set to piano music of Franz Liszt, receives its world premiere. Jirí Kylián’s “Bella Figura” features nine dancers and a Baroque score. Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-23, 1 p.m. Through March 2. Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 617-695-6955, http://www.bostonballet.org

SUNDAY

Long stories Cyndi Freeman performs in “Hotsy Totsy Burlesque”; the late Brother Blue called Bruce Marcus “my son”; and Elizabeth Freeman grew up on a Christian commune. They all have tales to tell, and will do so at “1st Person Plural.” The massmouth monthly series offers tellers more than the five minutes allotted at a story slam in an evening of long-form storytelling. Feb. 23, 4:30 p.m. $6-$15. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679, http://www.clubpassim.org

Women of song Berlin, Gershwin, Porter, and other guys aren’t the only contributors to the Great American Songbook. The canon also includes the work of women like Aretha Franklin, Bessie Smith, Dorothy Fields, Carole King, and Billie Holiday. “The Great American Songbook: Great Women Songwriters” features Berklee students and faculty including vocalists Donna McElroy, Lisa Thorson, and Tickwanya Jones. Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m. $12, $8 advance. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass. Ave., Boston. http://www.berkleebpc.com

A first Violinist Leonidas Kavakos performed with and conducted the Boston Symphony last fall, and now he makes his Boston recital debut presented by the Celebrity Series. Pianist Enrico Pace is accompanist for three Beethoven sonatas including the “Kreutzer” Sonata. Feb. 23, 3 p.m. $35-$75. NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-482-6661, http://www.celebrityseries.org

Correction: An earlier version of this list posted information for a concert on Saturday by Audra McDonald. That event has been canceled.

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