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Jorge Fidel Alvarez

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Taking the fifth

Five easy pieces This group does things in fives. Returning from a five-year break, the Paris Combo quintet fronted by Belle du Berry is back with a new studio album, its fifth, titled (can you guess?) “Five.” The chanson tradition of French cabaret is given a tip of the beret and a “jazzy, sexy” twist with nods to Gypsy music, Spanish and Italian melodies, American jazz, and Django Reinhardt. 8 p.m. $28-$37. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org

Friday

City sounds More than 40 years ago, Ed Bullins wrote a collection of monologues about the inner city titled “Street Sounds: Dialogues With Black Existence.” With the Roxbury writer’s OK, Dorchester’s William Lowe selected some of the pieces for his new production to be performed by three actors, two dancers, and a five-piece jazz ensemble. May 3 and 4 at 8 p.m.,
May 5 at 3 p.m. $20, $10 students and seniors. Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Roxbury. 617-541-3900. www.hibernian hall.org

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Bass-ics This 40-year-young, Grammy-winning bassist and composer has worked with music mavens from the jazz, pop, rock, hip-hop, and R&B worlds including Sonny Rollins, Isaac Hayes, Sting, and Queen Latifah. Wish the three-time Grammy winner an early happy 41st (May 31) when he and his band, Christian McBride and Inside Straight, make music at Scullers. May 3 and 4 at 8 and 10 p.m. $30, $70 dinner and show. Scullers Jazz Club at DoubleTree Suites, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111. www.scullers jazz.com

They are . . . How would you complete the phrase “You Are____”? Five female choreographers fill in the blanks for six dances performed by the Boston-­based contemporary company Urbanity Dance. Kat Pantos finished the phrase with “Stealthy”; Jaclyn Walsh completed it with “Forsaken”; Ellenore Scott, from “So You Think You Can Dance,” chose “Working” for her piece. May 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. $24. Boston University Dance Theater, 915 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-572-3727. www.urbanitydance.org

Saved by an angel In the biblical story, the Israelite commander Jephtha sacrifices his daughter to honor a promise he made to sacrifice the first person he meets when he arrives home. We’re happy to report that the Handel and Haydn Society version by librettist the Rev. Thomas Morell and composer George Frideric Handel has a happier ending. 7:30 p.m. (May 5 at 3 p.m.; talks one hour before each concert; free May 4 symposium from 10 a.m.-noon at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium). $20-$78. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-3605. www.handelandhaydn.org

Saturday

A hill of Beantown The stories of Beacon Hill’s Federal-era residents aren’t all about wealth and good times. Get the scoop on Saturday’s Beacon Hill Walking Tour, which begins with a walk through the Otis House. May 4 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $12 (registration recommended). Otis House, 141 Cambridge St., Boston. 617-994-5920. www.historicnewengland.org

Sunday

Her favorite things When you do something successfully for more than 25 years, you deserve to celebrate. For her new release, “25,” Patty Larkin tweaks her folk and rock faves. The award-winning singer and guitarist shows them off in Rockport. May 5 at 5 p.m. $18-$32. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391. www.rockportmusic.org

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