Boston-area to do list


Manet, Manet, Manet

“Music in the Tuileries,” “Olympia,” “Luncheon on the Grass,” and “The Railway” are yours for the viewing, thanks to “Exhibition.” “Manet: Portraying Life” is the first of three broadcasts hosted by art historian Tim Marlow, who will go behind the scenes at the Royal Academy of Arts exhibit of portraiture by Édouard Manet. Pictured: “The Street Singer.’’ April 11 at 7:30 p.m. $12.50. Participating cinemas including Regal Fenway Stadium 13, 201 Brookline Ave., Boston. 617-424-6111.


The fearless factor At 16, Maine-born Edward Preble ran away and headed out to sea on a Newburyport privateer. Next came an appointment as a midshipman on the Massachusetts Navy’s Protector frigate. When the war with Tripoli began, Preble was put in command of the third squadron, and his flagship was the USS Constitution. Chip Reid will talk about his new book, “Intrepid Sailors: The Legacy of Preble’s Boys and the Tripoli Campaign.” 6 p.m. Admission by donation. USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Boston. 617-426-1812.

Preserve and protect The Waterworks Museum is on the site of the original Chestnut Hill Reservoir and pumping station, and its new exhibit, “The Preservation Movement Then and Now,” gives a history of New England’s movement to save buildings of architectural and historical interest. Lorna Condon lectures on “William Sumner Appleton: A Life in Preservation.” 7-9 p.m. $5 suggested donation (through March 31). The Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St., Boston. 617-277-0065.


A “Riverdance’’ runs through it You can thank this composer, lyricist, and arranger for “Riverdance,’’ which was hatched from a seven-minute orchestral piece for a TV show featuring Irish dance. At The Music of Bill Whelan, Berklee faculty and students will pay tribute to Whelan, who wrote a little something for the occasion. April 11 at 8:15 p.m. $8 and $16, $12 and $20 (day of show). Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261.


On the way to the forum “Tradition and innovation can peacefully coexist,” according to Gerald Clayton (tell that to Congress). The Grammy-nominated pianist celebrates his new release, “Life Forum,” a jazz collection inspired by events from his life. April 11 at 7:30 p.m. $25. Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-395-7757.

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Fox and lady Bach influenced Argentinian tango composer Astor Piazzolla, who in turn influenced pianist Donal Fox and guest cellist Maya Beiser. April 11 at 8 p.m. $30, $15 students (museum is free Thurs 5-9 p.m.). The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3103.

Ambassador in the house With all her awards, this singer is most proud of being named Scotland’s first Gaelic Ambassador (“Tosgaire na Gàidhlig”), an award she received from the Scottish Parliament in 2008. Hear her at Julie Fowlis: Music of the Scottish Isles. April 11 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. $30, $24 students and seniors. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975.