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About his time at Harvard, jazz pianist Steve Kuhn has said: “I’m amazed that I graduated. I had a trio with Arnold Wise and Chuck Israels, and we worked six nights a week at a club in Harvard Square, so I stayed out late and missed a lot of classes. But I was able to work with a lot of the horn players who came through Boston, from Coleman Hawkins to Chet Baker.” The Steve Kuhn Trio welcomes special guest, saxophonist Eric Alexander. April 3 at 8 p.m. $30. Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111.


Deep concerns Low-cost conservation drones, acoustic sensors, smartphone apps, online databases, and satellite imagery are some of the ways and means Shah Selbe investigates for “Technology to Help Us Save Our Oceans.” The engineer, conservation technologist, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and New England Aquarium Marine Conservation Action Grant recipient identifies affordable and innovative approaches and technologies. 7 p.m. Free. New England Aquarium’s Simons IMAX Theatre, Central Wharf, Boston. 617-973-5200.

Two for one On June 28, 1984, Jon Bernhardt broadcast his first “Breakfast of Champions” program on WMBR. Thirty years later, the DJ celebrates his tenure at the MIT community radio station — and his 50th birthday — with three of his favorite bands at “Jon Bernhardt’s Midlife Crisis of Champions”: The Bevis Frond, Dump, and Barbara Manning. 8:30 p.m. $20. T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St., Cambridge. 866-777-8932.


Drone strikes The New York Times has described Carsick Cars as “a nervy, consonant euphoria.” The Village Voice has said, “The trio careens from spiky punk-pop to all-out noise bliss and back.” For its new record, “3,” the Beijing noise/punk/indie band delivers its trademark drones and intricate moods. 8 p.m. doors. $10. 18+. Middle East, 472-480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-864-3278.

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Encore Almost 50 years ago, musician and New England Conservatory teacher Ran Blake released “Ran Blake Plays Solo Piano.” Since most of his students weren’t around for the original release, here’s a chance for them and you to hear the tunes when the namesake celebrates the reissue with percussionist Jon Hazilla. The duo also celebrates the release of their album “Kaleidoscope.” 7:30 p.m. $20. Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-395-7757.


Maryland and Texas in Cambridge In 2005 Judy Collins discovered Amy Speace, a folk and Americana singer-songwriter whose tune “Weight of the World” was recorded by Collins. Speace’s new release is “How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat,” a treatise on living with grief. Speace shares the bill with Texas-bred country singer and guitarist Sam Baker. April 3 at 8 p.m. $20. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679.

Chamber music Morality, mortality, meaning are some of the ingredients in Benjamin Britten’s chamber opera “The Rape of Lucretia,” presented by the Boston Conservatory. The time is 509 BC. The place is war-torn Rome. April 3-5 at 8 p.m., April 6 at 2 p.m. $25, $30. Boston Conservatory Theater,
31 Hemenway St., Boston. 617-912-9222.

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