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    Huntington Theatre Company’s premiere of Ryan Landry’s “M” plays at the Calderwood Pavilion.
    Huntington Theatre Company
    Huntington Theatre Company’s premiere of Ryan Landry’s “M” plays at the Calderwood Pavilion.


    M is for magic

    Ryan Landry’s latest theatrical magic is “M,” inspired by Fritz Lang’s film noir. The Gold Dust Orphans founder has said, “I asked myself, how the hell am I going to make a show about a serial killer of children into a comedy? My answer was to wedge a very 1930s romantic comedy right into the middle of the thriller. I’m always interested in exploring the Bizarro universes that run parallel to masterpieces.” 8 p.m. (through April 27). $25 and up, $25 under age 36, $15 students and military, $5 senior discount. Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-266-0800.


    100 percent Cotton A 15-cent harmonica was the start of a 60-plus-year career for James Cotton. The Mississippi-born Grammy winner’s mother played train and chicken sounds on her harmonica, which, for a few years, her son thought were the only possible sounds from the instrument. March 29 and 30 at 8 and 10 p.m. $25. Scullers Jazz Club at the DoubleTree Guest Suites Boston, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111.

    OPN in NMN Daniel Lopatin has an interesting sobriquet. The Boston-born electronic composer and performer uses Oneohtrix Point Never when he records. At “Reliquary House,” OPN presents a multimedia show with San Francisco visual artist Nate Boyce, a maker of computer-generated films. (Story, Page 25.) Part of the New Music Now series. 7:30 p.m. $18, $15 students. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3103.


    Traffic stop As a member of the ’60s band Traffic, Dave Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. The English singer, songwriter, and guitarist, who played and recorded with Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, and others, will play an acoustic concert in Salisbury. 8 p.m. $29, $39. Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury Beach. 978-462-5888.

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    Silver linings? How do the playwrights feel when improvisers take just 75 minutes to complete unfinished scripts at “Playbook”? Each Friday, ImprovBoston cast members see the first page of a script and create a one-act play with casting help from the audience. Page 1 of James Ferguson’s script is used on March 29. 10 p.m. (April 5 and 12). $18, $14 students. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253.


    Have a ball The Russian National Ballet was founded in the late ’80s, a time of creative freedom. Its 80 dancers hail from the Moscow and Perm Russian ballet schools, which are known for emotional, artistic, and expressive dancing. The troupe visits Portsmouth, N.H., to present “Cinderella.” March 30 at 3 p.m. $38 and $50, $15 under 16. The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, N.H. 603-436-2400.


    Jazz & jambalaya Southern cuisine and jazz music pair up in the all-you-can-eat Easter Jazz Brunch at Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen . Presceia Cooper handles the menu of jambalaya, grits, ham, fried chicken, BBQ ribs, rice and beans, collard greens, candied yams, mac and cheese, fresh fruit, and more. March 31 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $29.95, $17.95 ages 5-12. Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, 604 Columbus Ave., Boston. 617-536-1100.