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A royal visit

The plan was to take a break from touring and relax at home in Nashville with friends, family, and golf. The plan changed for Kings of Leon when one member of the pop/rock quartet wrote a couple of tunes that turned on the creative spigot for their latest release, “Mechanical Bull.” 8 p.m. $29.50-$65.50. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000.


An escape Travel to a world of blossoming landscapes and celestial palaces courtesy of Shen Yun Performing Arts. Classical Chinese dance and music will be performed by this New York-based troupe that brings grand imperial processions, thunderous drums, and dancers moving in synchronized patterns to town.7:30 p.m. (through March 2). $53.75-$183.75. Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

‘Garden’ of delight Here’s another New York-based troupe to transport you to another world, this one of identity and relationships. The contemporary-dance Kate Weare Company presents “Garden” and excerpts from “Dark Lark!” (Story, Page 6.) 7:30 p.m. (March 1 at 8 p.m.; talks 30 minutes before shows). $40. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275.


The honeymooners In 1930, “Private Lives” opened in London starring Noel Coward, Gertrude Lawrence, Adrianne Allen, and Laurence Olivier. More than 80 years later, Coward’s farce about a divorced couple who reconnect in the South of France — while honeymooning with their new spouses — is still tickling funny bones. 7 p.m. (through March 30). $15-$50 (discounts available). Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353.

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Music of conscience “We’re part of a long train ride” is how Peter Yarrow has described his career journey of more than four decades. The Peter of folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary was inspired by the Weavers’ music, which showed him “the extraordinary effect that music of conscience can have.” Yarrow presents a night of conversation and song. 8 p.m. $35, $40 at the door. The River Club Music Hall, 78 Border St., Scituate. 339-236-6786.


What so proudly we hail Seeing the Stars and Stripes raised above Baltimore’s Fort McHenry after it survived a British bombardment during the War of 1812 was all Francis Scott Key needed to pen what became our national anthem. New England Philharmonic: An American Anthem celebrates 200 years of “Oh, say can you see” with Michael Gandolfi’s “Chesapeake: Summer of 1814.” March 1 at 8 p.m. $35, $10 students. Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 855-463-7445.


Eternally inspiring The last entry Anne Frank made in her diary was in 1944, before she and her family were sent to concentration camps. Frank’s father survived and was given his daughter’s diary, an inspiration for English composer James Whitbourn’s 2005 choral piece, “Annelies.” Chorus pro Musica performs the piece along with Stephen Paulus’s “Hymn to the Eternal Flame.” March 2 at 3 p.m. $25-$45 (student and senior discounts available). Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston. 800-658-4276.

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