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Joseph Kaiser
Dario Acosta
Joseph Kaiser


He, she, they

Ken Howard
Susanna Phillips

Individually, Susanna Phillips and Joseph Kaiser will demonstrate their vocal prowess,
she performing Grétry’s “Certain coucou” from “Le jugement de Midas,” he singing Massanet’s “Ah! Fuyez” from “Manon.” Together, the soprano and tenor will sing Messiaen’s “La mort du nombre”
for soprano, tenor, violin, and piano. May 1 at 8 p.m. $40 and up. Pickman Hall,
27 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-482-6661.


May flowers in song May Day is a celebration of spring, a tribute to workers, and a radio distress signal. We’re happy to report that Paul Harty will not be in distress at “Work Songs for May Day” where you are invited to add your vocals to the lullabyes, sea chanteys, and railroad, factory, and trucker songs. 7:30 p.m. $8. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798. www.gore

Carrying the torch Only after her mother died and her father stopped taking pictures did Amy Arbus become a photographer. The daughter of photographer Diane Arbus and actor Allan Arbus realized there was a void in her life that needed filling. For “After Images,” Arbus shot actor friends and other models to bring to life paintings by Picasso, Modigliani, Balthus, and Ingres. Tue-Sun noon-4 p.m. through June 2. $7, $3 seniors, free under 12 and for all Thu from 2-4 p.m. The Griffin Museum of Photography, 67 Shore Road, Winchester. 781-729-1158.



Jay walking This website “bio” is well worth a read: “Jay Brannan was born under a rock in the coldest part of the Himalayas where he was raised by Trappist monks who taught him to maintain his body temperature without the necessity of food and clothing through intense meditation and really hard drinking.” The New Yorker will perform sweet folk songs sprinkled with pessimistic humor. May 1 doors at 6 p.m. $12, $15 day of show. Middle East Nightclub, 472-480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 866-777-8932.

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Go away Long before folks could go online to plan a trip, advertising posters enticed them to see the world. At “Innovation & Inspiration: Advertising in the Golden Age of Travel,” vintage travel posters and artifacts from the early 20th century to the 1950s include works by poster artists Hugo D’Alesi, A.M. Cassandre, Emil Cardinaux, and Constant-Duval. May 1 from noon-6 p.m. (through June 15). Free. Grand Circle Gallery, 347 Congress St., Boston. 617-346-6459.

On the hill “On a hot, almost windless afternoon in June, a seven-year-old boy stood beside his mother and looked out across the green islands of Boston Harbor. To the northwest, sheets of fire and smoke rose from the base of a distant hill. Even though the fighting was at least ten miles away, the concussion of the great guns burst like bubbles across his tear-streaked face.” This excerpt is from “Bunker Hill” by New York Times bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick, who will speak in Brookline. May 1 at 6 p.m. $5. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660.

Sell, sell, sell Watch a bunch of hungry and desperate real estate agents in action — and try to keep up with the fast-paced dialogue in David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross” presented by Merrimack Repertory Theatre . May 1 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. (through May 19). $20 and up, $15 students, 10 percent senior discount. Nancy L. Donahue Theatre, 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell. 978-654-4678.