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    In a New York Times interview, Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón said that the central question in his play “Neva,” is: “What’s the point of seeing a theatrical work when, because of politics, people are dying every day?” In the ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage presentation of the New York Public Theater’s production, Chekhov’s widow and two fictional characters meet to rehearse “The Cherry Orchard” while Bloody Sunday is happening outside. Pictured: Bianca Amato (left), Luke Robertson, and Quincy Tyler Bernstine. April 3 at 7 p.m. (through April 7). $25-$59 (recommended for ages 14 and older). The Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre at the Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Boston. 617-824-8400.


    Who’s there? Did you know that there are more than 150 species of owls but only 19 in North America? Owls have three eyelids: for blinking, sleeping, and keeping the eye clean. These fascinating birds are depicted by artists in pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, and woodcut at “Only Owls.”  Tue-Sun 1-5 p.m. through April 21. $4, $3 seniors and ages 2-12. Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon, 963 Washington St., Canton. 781-821-8853, ext. 102.

    Answering the call In her latest suspense novel, “There Was an Old Woman,” local author Hallie Ephron introduces us to Evie Ferrante, who arrives at her mother’s house after a neighbor tells her that her mother is in the hospital. The house and lives are messy in this tale of secrets and greed. 7 p.m. Free (signing requires Barnes & Noble receipt for Ephron’s book; RSVP required). Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1 Worcester Road, Framingham. 508-626-2823.


    The world on a string Today’s word is nyckelharpa, an old-time Swedish stringed instrument like a hurdy-gurdy that’s played with a bow. If you want to see one in action, check out The New Shoots Trio of Sandra Wong, Ross Martin, and Greg Tanner Harris, who also play fiddle, guitar, vibraphone, Ghanaian gyil, piano, and world percussion. 8 p.m. $15. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679.

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    Funk-edged jazz This Berklee College of Music alum has racked up an impressive list of gigs over the years, including ones with Miles Davis, Gary Burton, and Charles Mingus. Jazz guitarist and composer John Scofield is in Cambridge with Mike Stern, Ben Street, and Herbie Hancock. April 2 and 3 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. $30 (10 p.m.), $35 (7:30 p.m.). The Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-395-7757.


    Four score The 80-piece Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra performs music from the three tenses including original works by Berklee folks, film scores, video game music, and music from around the world. Wednesday’s program features excerpts from Sergei Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” and Danilo Perez’s “Across the Crystal Sea.” April 3 at 8 p.m. Free. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-266-1400.

    Role reversal Author Liza Mundy predicts that within a generation, more households will be supported by women than men (our question: Will they also be frying that bacon?). At “Are Women the Richer Sex?” she will talk about her book “The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Our Culture.” April 3 at 7 p.m. Free. Cambridge Forum, 3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-495-2727.