Boston-area to do list

Brian Doherty


The creator

At Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance,” the creator (Flatley, that is) presides over the production featuring new costumes and lighting, and an LED wall. The story about good vs. evil is based on Irish folklore, and the role of the Dark Lord will be performed by College of the Holy Cross sophomore Declan Crowley. March 7 at 8 p.m. $27-$57, 10 percent discount for kids and students. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 877-571-7469.


Oz? To celebrate two decades of their Irish Celtic-punk music, the Tossers have tossed out a new album, titled “The Emerald City.” The tunes pay tribute to the United States and the band’s Chicago hometown. Special guests include Continental. 8 p.m. doors. $12. 18+. The Middle East, 472-480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 866-777-8932.

Meaningful “I think culture and art are the most important ways we have of really making a meaningful exchange. And when you make a meaningful exchange, stereotype disappears.” These words of wisdom come from Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, this year’s winner of the Robert Creeley Award. Nye will speak in Acton, where Creeley grew up. 7:30 p.m. Free. Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, 36 Charter Road, Acton. 978-264-4700. www.robert


B-ware Baton Rouge’s Ava Leavell Haymon set her hair on fire to protest a panel on political correctness. Somerville’s Ethan Gilsdorf is the author of “Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks” and a Globe correspondent. Chicago’s Janet Wondra will read from her “snotty poems” titled “Bad Attitude.” Comedian Steve Macone writes for NPR and The Onion. After their irreverent readings at “Bad Attitude and Bluegrass,” Best Ever Chicken will supply the bluegrass. 6-8 p.m. Free ($5 music cover after 8 p.m.). Rosebud Bar and Grill, 381 Summer St., Davis Square, Somerville. 617-666-6015. www.rosebud

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Casting shadows In 2002, the Grammy-winning documentary “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” honored the Motown studio band called the Funk Brothers. Peabo Bryson, Leela James, and bassist James Jamerson Jr. (inset) will perform the music of James Jamerson at “Standing in the Shadows of Motown LIVE!” 8 p.m. $29.50-
$49.50. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.


Checkmate The address 2120 South Michigan Avenue has been given musical nods by the Rolling Stones and is acknowledged again on “2120 South Michigan Ave.” by George Thorogood & the Destroyers. That’s where Chicago’s Chess Records, an incubator for blues and rock, was housed. The Slide Brothers open. March 7 at 8 p.m. $33-$67. Lynn Auditorium, 3 City Hall Square, Lynn. 781-581-2971.