Boston-area to do list


Preventing war

For 13 days in 1962, President Kennedy and his advisers deliberated, debated, and ultimately decided how to prevent a thermonuclear war with the Soviet Union. At “To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis” you can listen to recordings from top-secret meetings, see a re-created fallout shelter, aerial reconnaissance photos of Soviet missiles, chairs used by President Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev, handwritten memos, and more. Daily from
9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 1 (due to recent fire, check website for days and times). $12, $10 college students and seniors, $9 ages 13-17, free under 13. Museum at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Columbia Point, Boston.


Jewell in the crown If you’re going through a tough time and crave lyrics with an edge, Eilen Jewell is your gal. We hope Jewell will show you her folk, jug band, blues, country gospel, and jazz stuff.
8 p.m. $15. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004.

Is this love? “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain” was sung by the late Bob Marley who would have celebrated the 35th annniversary of his album “Kaya.” Get reacquainted with Marley at a talk by former Globe rock critic Steve Morse, followed by the Duppy Conquerors tribute band who will perform the album. 8 p.m. $10. Redstar Union, 1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge.


Appearing, disappearing, blending The Lizard Lounge celebrates everything from spur-of-the-moment tunes to songs about evolution. The Kristen Ford Band with Matthew Santos and Bess Rogers evening starts with evolution-themed stuff by Rogers, followed by Grammy-nominated Santos who celebrates his latest release, “Quickly Disappearing.” Closing the show is “musical cuisinart” Kristen Ford. 9:15 p.m. $8. Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-547-0759.

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Land mass Use, misuse, people, no people, limits, no limits. Which is it? It’s all of it for this Swiss photographer whose shots are on view at “Compass Points: Joël Tettamanti.” Pointing his lens at what humans do to the landscape, Tettamanti travels from Asia to the Arctic Circle to explore contradictions. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Aug. 31 (April 23 talk from 6-8 p.m. at 420 Broadway, Cambridge). $8.50; $4 students, seniors, and under 18; free under 5 and Sun from 10 a.m.-noon. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-253-5927.


Come together We’ll refer to Wednesday’s concert as goowish, an interfaith marriage between gospel and Jewish music. The Project Manna bride and groom are Temple Emanuel of Newton and the Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church of Cambridge who present singer Neshama Carlebach and the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir. Proceeds support the church’s food programs. April 24 at
7:30 p.m. $25, $20 students. Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward St., Newton. 617-558-8100.

Sibling understanding Today’s word is nerdgasm, a tribute to your inner outcast brought to you by Qui Nguyen who wrote “She Kills Monsters.” Company One presents this comedy about dead “weird” Tilly and her “average” sister, Agnes, who embarks on a journey to understand her sibling. April 24 at 7:30 p.m. (through May 11). $20-$38, $15 students. Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600. www.bostontheatrescene