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Carrie on

If at first you don’t succeed . . . “Carrie: The Musical” closed on Broadway in 1988 after five performances but had a successful run off-Broadway in 2012. The show about a bullied Maine teen (Elizabeth Erardi) who gets her revenge is based on Stephen King’s novel. Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company. 4 and 8 p.m. (through June 7). $25 and up, $5 senior discount. Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600.


Date night “Saturday night is perfect for writers because other people have plans.’” So says a comedian/filmmaker/author who brings his “Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes” show to Boston Saturday. Will the jokemeister discuss Cats-a-chusetts? 7 and 9:45 p.m. $35. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

Here’s Johnny He’s a big name in France and Quebec, but in America and Britain Johnny Hallyday is known as “the biggest rock star you’ve never heard of.” Help change this by attending his concert. 8 p.m. $30-$79. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275.


Lark it up Tessa Lark probably never takes her eyes off her violin, and not just when she is playing. The New England Conservatory alum plays a Tononi violin made in 1675, which is on loan from the Ravinia Festival. At the Cape Ann Symphony’s A Most Mozartian Mother’s Day Concert, Lark plays the Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major. 8 p.m. $35, $30 seniors, $20 ages 19-24, free under 19. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium, 36 Lincoln St., Manchester-by-the-Sea. 978-281-0543.

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Horse and carriage? Love and marriage can go together like a horse and carriage or oil and water, right? Musica Sacra’s choral music concert The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth about love and marriage features texts by Dorothy Parker, Shakespeare, and Michelangelo, and music by Barber, Britten, Ravel, and others. 8 p.m. $27 and $45, $15 students and seniors. First Church, Congregational, 11 Garden St.,
Cambridge. 617-349-3400.


A walk about women Women who helped create the history of Beacon Hill are the subjects of the “Women of Beacon Hill” Walking Tour. The ladies were wealthy, working class, black, white, reformers, entrepreneurs, artists, and preservationists. May 11 from 10 a.m.-noon. $15 (registration required; free tours of the Otis House for mothers). Departs from Otis House, 141 Cambridge St., Boston. 617-994-5920.

A happy and fragrant Mother’s Day For more than 100 years Lilac Sunday has filled the Arnold Arboretum with fragrance and fun. The annual event includes tours, kids activities, demonstrations, food vendors, picnicking (the only day it is allowed), and 176 different types of lilacs. May 11 from 10 a.m.-
3 p.m. Free. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 125 Arborway, Boston. 617-524-1718.

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