Boston-area to do list



Midori in spotlight

Setsu Goto taught Midori the violin when her daughter was very young — and it didn’t take long before conductor Zubin Mehta invited the musician to be a guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic. The violinist plays works by Beethoven, Webern, and Crumb. Nov. 4 at
3 p.m. $30 and up. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-482-6661.


Deposit and dial

Superman would have been up a creek without telephone booths, but they’re now memories of days gone by. An Allston photographer reminds us of these telecommunications dinosaurs at her exhibit Sarah Berry: “Telephone Relics.” Opening reception and discussion 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (through Nov. 30). Free. Faneuil Library Art Gallery, 419 Faneuil St., Brighton. 617-782-6705.

Take the Coltrane

Saxophonist John Coltrane died at 40 in 1967 after an all-too-brief career playing with Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and other jazz legends. The John Coltrane Memorial Concert honors the musician with Boston’s Grammy-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and others who will play Coltrane classics including “Moment’s Notice.” 7:30 p.m. $35 and $40, $30 students. Northeastern University Blackman Theatre, Ell Hall, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-373-4700.

Guitarists and their groups

You get two for the price of one with Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio and the Julian Lage Group. The ensembles will perform separate sets showcasing their jazz, classical, and world, and improvisational styles. 8 p.m. $18-$38. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 617-625-4088.

Mann oh Mann


Of her latest release,“Charmer,” Berklee College of Music alum Aimee Mann has said: “I’m fascinated by charming people and the whole idea of charm. It’s hard to remember sometimes that there is usually an agenda behind the act of being charming, and that is what I’m most interested in. Is someone’s charm being utilized just to try and entertain people, make them feel special and interesting, or is there a more sinister purpose behind it? Sometimes I think ‘charm’ can just be another word for ‘manipulation.’ ” Ted Leo opens. 8 p.m. $39.50, $42.50. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261.


Culture clash

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Boston Lyric Opera opens its season with the powerhouse “Madama Butterfly.” Puccini’s passionate and tragic love story stars soprano Yunah Lee as Cio-Cio San. Tenor Dinyar Vania plays Lieutenant Pinkerton. The BLO production features new scenery by John Conklin. Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. (through Nov. 11). $30 and up. Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. 617-542-6772.

Gotta Lovett

Texas native and four-time Grammy winner Lyle Lovett has a new album, “Release Me,” that the singer-songwriter has said is a “punctuation mark for this whole part of my career.” Be punctual when Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Band perform at the Wilbur. Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. $49-$75. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.