PICK OF THE DAY
“I like risks, and there’s nothing more risky about being a well-known actor and playing in a rock band.” Kevin Bacon (left) knows what he’s talking about as one of the Bacon Brothers, who celebrate their latest release, “New Year’s Day.” The Philly-bred sibs used cover art of a young Kevin singing alongside his mandolin-playing brother, Michael. For more on the Bacon Brothers, see High Five, Page 25. 10 p.m. $25-$49. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.thewilbur.com
M & M The season comes to a close for José Mateo Ballet Theatre with a program of original ballets by the troupe’s namesake. Pieces at “Method & Madness” are “Over and Over,” danced to Symphony No. 2 by Philip Glass; “Escape,” choreographed to Concerto for Guitar and Violin by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer; and “The Sirens,” set to Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor. May 10 at 8 p.m. (through May 19). $40. Sanctuary Theatre, 400 Harvard St., Cambridge. 617-354-7467. www.ballettheatre.org
Don’t be late for early music If you arrive late for “Rhetoric’s Revolution,” you might miss Mozart’s 46-measure “Ave verum corpus,” one of three pieces on the Cantata Singers program. The other two pre-1800 works are Haydn’s Symphony No. 47 in G, “The Palindrome,” and Jan Dismas Zelenka’s Mass in E minor. 8 p.m. (7 p.m. lecture and post-concert reception are free). $17-$52, $10 students. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-868-5885.
Tchaikovsky and Beethoven for mom Bring your questions to Friday’s open rehearsal of “Heroic Music for Mother’s Day,” where Cape Ann Symphony conductor Yoichi Udagawa will answer them during a break. Then return Saturday and impress mom with your knowledge of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” 7:30 p.m. open rehearsal. $10, free 18 and under (May 11 concert at 8 p.m. is $35, $30 seniors, $20 ages 19-24, free under 19). Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium, 36 Lincoln St., Manchester-by-the-Sea. 978-281-0543. www.capeannsymphony.org
Play after play after play Saturday’s “Warm-Up Laps” will prepare you for more than 50 10-minute plays at Sunday’s Boston Theater Marathon presented by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. The laps include “Windowmen” by Steven Barkhimer and “Shelter” by Miranda Craigwell. The main event features “Bad Dogs and Best Friends” by Phil Schroeder and “Sliding” by Charlene Donaghy. May 11 “Warm-Up Laps’’ at noon. Free (May 12 Marathon from noon-10 p.m. $25, $35 at the door). Stanford Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600. www.bostonplaywrights.org
Get your ducks in a row Practice the names of the alphabetical ducklings from Robert McCloskey’s “Make Way for Ducklings,” dress up like a character from the book, and celebrate Mother’s Day at the Duckling Day Parade. Follow the Harvard University Marching Band in the parade through Boston Common and the Public Garden. May 12 at noon (registration starts at 10:30 a.m.). $35 per family, $40 day of event. Boston Common Parkman Bandstand, Boston.