Boston-area to do list


Ladies night

A whole lot of woman power will be on display when 50 female artists from 40 countries take the stage in “Koloro.” The multi-art production, presented by all-female world music collective Women of the World, features Italian folk, tango, Celtic music, Indian vocal music, and more. “Koloro” means color in Esperanto, a language which reflects the group’s mission of fostering peace and unity through music. The varied palette of music is presented in celebratory fashion, with intricate choral arrangements, body/mouth percussion, dance, and cutting edge a cappella. Feb. 25, 8:15 p.m. $12. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass. Ave., Boston.


Versed in history The Blacksmith House in Cambridge is where the smithy in Longfellow’s 1839 poem “The Village Blacksmith” lived, so it’s an appropriate location for the Blacksmith House Poetry Series, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Start your week off with poets Jill McDonough (“Where You Live”) and Matthew Miller (“Club Icarus”). Feb. 25, 8 p.m. $3. Blacksmith House, 56 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-6789,

Doing justice African-American lawyers in the era of segregation were expected to show neutrality on race issues and sympathy for African-Americans all at the same time. In “Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer,” Harvard law professor Kenneth Mack examines the paradox by looking at the lives of figures including United States Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, civil rights advocate Loren Miller, and Pauli Murray, who helped make sex discrimation a legal category. Feb. 25, 7 p.m. book party. Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton. 617-244-6619,


Future stars Every year the acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet chooses a few lucky and talented students to perform with them in a guest artists concert. This year the New England Conservatory Quartet in Residence welcomes violinists Nicholas Kitchen and Kristopher Tong, violist Mai Motobuchi, and cellist Yeesun Kim. Feb. 25, 8 p.m. Free. NEC’s Jordan Hall,
30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-585-1260,

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Summer in winter We look forward to warm, magical nights coming soon. In the meantime, we’ll settle for the magic of Titania, Oberon, Puck, and Bottom in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The fast-paced, 90-minute touring production is presented by Shakespeare and Company. Feb. 25, 7 p.m. Wellesley College, Alumnae Hall, 106 Central St., Wellesley.


Everything’s coming up Rosie’s Stop by a Winter Evening Out With Friends of Rosie’s Place and enjoy appetizers, raffles, a philanthropic signature drink special, and the chance to learn about the important work of the shelter for women. Feb. 26, 6 p.m. Lolita, 271 Dartmouth St., Boston.

A career of one's own Things have changed since artist Anna Lea Merritt said “the chief obstacle to a woman’s success is that she can never have a wife,” but we know what she meant. In “Painting Women: Women Artists From 1860 to 1960,” Erica Hirshler, Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, discusses the ways in which women artists came into their own creatively while juggling social roles as women, wives, and mothers. Feb. 26, 6 p.m. Free, reservations required. Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., Boston. 617-720-7600,