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McGreevey Collection, Boston Public Library


Out of the ballpark

Despite low expectations (not ours, of course), the Red Sox are starting off the season with a bang. If you’re still hungry for baseball (and hot dogs) on the team’s off day, this is for you. Take in some baseball history, a beer, and a frank at “The Boston Americans and the First Year of the American League: A Panel Discussion Tracing the Local Roots of the National Pastime. Author Bill Nowlin will offer vignettes, historian Donna Halper will discuss the historical role of the media in baseball, and Joanne Hulbert will discuss the fanatics (or fans) of the era. Presented by the Gibson House Museum and the Society for American Baseball Research. April 29, 6:30 p.m. (reception at 5:30 p.m. at Gibson House Museum on Beacon St.). $20 at the door. Fisher College, Alumni Hall, 118 Beacon St., Boston. 617-267-6338,


Hot ticket Klezmer fiddler Alicia Svigals visits town to perform her live score for the 1918 silent film “The Yellow Ticket.” The movie stars Pola Negri as a woman struggling to survive in Czarist Russia. Pianist Marily Lerner joins Svigals in the music inspired by Eastern European folk traditions, Bartok, and contemporary improvisation. April 29, 7:30 p.m. $25. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. www.newcenter

Drawings by the master Whatever he’s depicting, as far as we’re concerned the art of Michelangelo is divine. Twenty-five drawings are featured in “Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Master Drawings From the Casa Buonarroti.” Rarely exhibited pieces include the large “Madonna and Child” and a black chalk rendering of Cleopatra.  Mon-Tue and Sat-Sun, 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-9:45 p.m. $25, $23 students/seniors, under 7 free; ages 7-17 free weekends and weekdays after 3 p.m. Through June 30. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300,


Blade drummer Before his 1998 Blue Note release, “The Brian Blade Fellowship,” established him as a major jazz drummer, Blade played on albums for Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Kenny Garrett, and others. The percussionist is featured at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Jazz Summit featuring student performances and a set by Blade, Danilo Pérez, Joe Lovano, and John Patitucci. April 29, 8:15 p.m. $12. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass. Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261,

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Crafty seven Seven unconventional craft artists give seven-minute presentations on their work in “Make Speak.” Participants are furniture designer Vivian Beer, designer Marcelo Coehlo, mixologist John Gertsen, mixed media-sound artist Nate Harrison, furniture maker Kristina Madsen, metal artist Alan Burton Thompson, and artist Deb Todd Wheeler. April 29,
7 p.m. Free. Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Tower Auditorium, 621 Huntington Ave., Boston.

Shocked and awed In “Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me,” Patricia Volk writes about two women who influenced her — her mother and fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. The former Audrey Morgen Volk was an upper-middle-class New Yorker. The latter was a haute couture designer whose autobiography Volk read as a child. April 29, 7 p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660,


Conceived in music What’s in a name? For the band Meszecsinka, a lot. In Bulgaria, meszecsinka means “small moon” and refers to a love child conceived under a full moon. Fronted by Annamari, who sings in six languages, the winners of Hungary’s Folkbeats 2011 talent competition play tunes from Europe and the Middle East. April 30, 8 p.m. $12. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004,