Boston-area to do list

Rembrandt, at 23, in a 1629 self-portrait.
Rembrandt, at 23, in a 1629 self-portrait.


Old hats

Was Rembrandt a clothes horse? We can’t say, but he did create many self-portraits in different outfits. Arthur Wheelock of the National Gallery of Art and the University of Maryland looks at the evolution of the master’s self-portaits in “Why the Funny Hats?” The Gardner Museum’s own 1629 self-portrait of the artist when he was 23 is featured in the talk, which looks at the hows and whys of Rembrandt’s pursuit of the self-portrait. Jan. 24, 7 p.m. $15, $12 seniors, $5 students; includes admission. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, Boston. 617-566-1401,


We will always love you  Berklee professor Jetro Da Silva played keyboards on Whitney Houston’s last world tour, and remembers her as “spiritual, anointed, beautiful, talented, and blessed with a beautiful voice.” Da Silva, Gary Michael Houston (Whitney’s nephew), background singer Shalotte Gibson, and others join students for a Whitney Houston Tribute.  Jan. 23, 8:15 p.m. $12. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass. Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261,

Pickin’ away  The blurb on the Club Passim website says, “Della Mae proves again and again the endless possibilities found in the tried-and-true marriage of fiddle, fretboard, and voice.” Hear the fruits of that union when vocalist Celia Woodsmith, guitarist Courtney Hartman, bass player Shelby Means, mandolinist Jenny Lyn Gardner, and fiddle champ Kimber Ludiker perform.  Jan. 23, 7 and 9:30 p.m. $20. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679,



Midnight tango  In Tango Now’s “Identidad,” it’s midnight as the Marionette, the Puppeteer, and other dancers tango their way through a show created by choreographers Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo, and musician/anthropologist Alfredo Minetti. Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m. $25. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849,

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Romeos, oh Romeos  In case you were wondering, singer Juliet Simmons Dinallo’s name is a reference to the bard. Her dad was a Shakespeare scholar, mom was a folk music DJ, and she was born in North Carolina. All those influences combine in the rootsy, countrified pop she creates with Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos. The band celebrates the release of its debut album, “No Regrets,” with opening act Dennis Brennan.  Jan. 24, 8:30 p.m. $12. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004,

Feminism redux  Listening to four men discuss feminism in a 1972 radio broadcast might not be everyone’s idea of a scintillating evening, but performance artist Andrea Fraser’s version is another story. Fraser reenacts the discussion in Men on the Line, KPFK, 1972. Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m. $5 (museum admission free 5-9 p.m.) Institute of Contemporary Art, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3103,

International issues  Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visits her alma mater for two events. “The United States and China in the 21st Century” features Albright, former Treasury secretary Henry Paulson, and moderator Cokie Roberts. In a separate event, she’ll discuss her book “Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War 1937-1948.”  Jan. 24, 4 p.m., panel. Jan. 25, 10 a.m., book talk. Free. Wellesley College, Alumnae Hall, 106 Central St., Wellesley. 781-283-2373,