Boston-area to do list

Hugh Masekela.
Hugh Masekela.


Sound the trumpets

In 1968, “Grazin’ in the Grass” moved Hugh Masekela into the international arena and earned the trumpet player a Grammy nomination. Last year, almost 45 years later, the South African native has released “Playing @ Work.” April 21 at 7:30 p.m. $28-$37. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275.


Anger management Gus Van Sant, Guy Maddin, David Lynch, and Martin Scorsese were influenced by filmmaker Kenneth Anger, whose films are among those screening at “Men With Cameras.” Anger will appear between Saturday screenings of his films at 6 and
9 p.m. Check site for additional directors and films. 1, 6, and 9 p.m. (April 21 at 1 p.m.). $10, $7.50 seniors, $5 students and under 18. Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Boston. 617-824-8400.

Comixology Boston Comic Con invites attendees to enter the cosplay contest dressed as their faves from the world of comics, video games, and cartoons. The comic book show welcomes creators George Perez (Superman), Carlos Pacheco (X-Men), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Amanda Conner (Silk Spectre), Mark Bagley (Fantastic Four), and Bill Willingham (Fables). April 20 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (April 21 until 5 p.m.). $25, $40 (both days). Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston.



King cone Who knew traffic cones had a purpose other than to claim a parking spot during a snowstorm? At “The Traffic Cone Occasional” multimedia group show, you’ll see Tom Macintyre’s photos of “negative cone shadows” of rock salt on the road. April 21 from 3-5 p.m. (through April 27). Free (donations welcomed). Mobius,
55 Norfolk St., Cambridge. 617-945-9481.

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Hubbub One of Boston’s claims to fame is being the world’s sixth largest metropolitan area with more than 1,736 square miles. In his book, “The Hub’s Metropolis: Greater Boston’s Development From Railroad Suburbs to Smart Growth,” James C. O’Connell identifies nine layers of our city’s suburban development. April 21 at 2 p.m. Free. Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton Centre. 617-244-6619.

Etch a sketch Pablo Picasso charged a woman a lot of money for a few requested scribbles on a napkin at a Paris cafe. When the woman asked why he quoted such a high price, ther artist told her that it took him a lifetime to be able to make the sketch. Support Boston art students at “Picasso’s Napkin Pop-Up Gallery,” where you can buy sketches from tomorrow’s Picassos. April 21 from 2-6 p.m. Free (pieces start at $30). John Harvard’s, 33 Dunster St., Cambridge. 617-899-1289.

The voices Local jazz vocalist Rebecca Parris will talk and sing at Sunday’s benefit concert for the Boys to Men New England adult-teen mentoring program. “The Power of Voice” theme at “Voices of Boys and Men” is also expressed by the teen barbershop group, G20, the father-son duo of Jack and Jesse Gauthier, the Kid Jazz Band, and others. April 21 from 5-7:30 p.m. $75. Scullers Jazz Club at the DoubleTree Guest Suites, 400 Soldiers Road, Boston. 617-913-0683.