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PICK OF THE DAY

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The namesake of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater died 25 years ago but left a legacy that lives on. The company is in town with two programs, Thursday’s is “LIFT” by Aszure Barton, Wayne McGregor’s “Chroma,” and Bill T. Jones’s “D-Man in the Waters (Part I).”
May 1 at 7:30 p.m. (through May 4). $30-$90. Citi Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738. www.celebrityseries.org

WEDNESDAY

A Cuban Cambridge Executive chef Rebecca Newell serves you Cuban fare and Yaure Muniz serves up Cuban music. The Berklee College of Music and Grammy-winning Muniz and his Beantown Social Club perform at “Cuba Cha Cha Cha.” 8 p.m. (menu starts at
4 p.m., reservations recommended). No cover. Beat Hotel, 13 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-499-0001. www.beathotel.com

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Knapp time Newton resident Marian Knapp got her PhD in Environmental Studies at the age of 70 and is the author of “Aging in Places: Reflective Preparation for the Future.” This makes it very hard for some of us to justify our raison d’être of watching “Veep” and eating ice cream. 7 p.m. Free. Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton. 617-244-6619. www.newtonvillebooks.com

‘Blackadder’ is back If you missed the final season of the BBC TV series “Blackadder,” Theatre on Fire brings you to the WWI trenches at “Blackadder II: Live!” Part One of the 1989 final season is “Captain Cook,” “Corporal Punishment,” and “Major Star.” Part Two is “Private Plane,” “General Hospital,” and “Goodbyeee.” 8 p.m. (Part One; through May 11). $25, $20 students and seniors, $40 two-part package. Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown. 866-811-4111. www.theatreonfire.org

THURSDAY

All about women Deborah Henson-Conant writes about mythic women but she’s the real deal. The local Grammy-nominated harpist composed two chamber works for “Mythic Women: Stories for Soprano & Chamber Ensemble.” “Songs of the Pyre” is about a woman accused of witchcraft in 16th-century Europe. “Persephone Lost” is a one-woman opera about the goddess Demeter, who converts her grief into the world’s first winter. May 1 at 8 p.m. Free. CFA Concert Hall at Boston University, 855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.617-353-7293. www.hipharp.com/blog/8616

Arts for all The Arts First Festival presents more than 200 events from the worlds of music, theater, dance, film, and visual arts, including the Performance Fair (May 3 1-5 p.m.) and the Harvard Arts Medal ceremony with John Lithgow and honoree Margaret Atwood (May 1 at 4 p.m. at Sanders Theatre; free tickets required. 617-496-2222. www.boxoffice.harvard.edu). May 1 at 4 p.m. (through May 4). Most events are free. Harvard University campus, Cambridge. 617-495-8676. www.ofa.fas.harvard.edu/arts

Title teases Show titles at the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival : “A Night of Foreigners and Immigrants Taking Your American Standup Comedy Jobs” (May 1, 7 p.m. at the Sinclair); “Do Not Post Compromising Pictures of Yourself Drunk or Semi-Nude: Stories of Post-College Life, Sad Day Jobs & General Graduation Advice” (May 2, 9:30 p.m. at Sinclair). May 1 at 7 p.m. (through May 4 at Sinclair and Berklee Performance Center). $20. The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 800-745-3000. www.eugenemirmancomedyfestival.com

June Wulff can be reached at june.wulff@globe.com.
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