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    In 1963, the parents of 15-year-old Top Topham encouraged the lead guitarist to quit the Yardbirds. Fifty years later, Topham is back with the band that introduced the world to folks like Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck. Founding member and drummer Jim McCarty, guitarist Ben King, bassist David Smale, vocalist Andy Mitchell, and Topham perform in Arlington. Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. $55. The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849.


    You gotta have friends “The opportunity to turn the tragedy of September 11 into something positive was paramount with the band,” said drummer Pete Hackel. We know what the “tragedy” was; the band is James Montgomery & Friends; the “something positive” is honoring Hackel’s family member who died on American Airlines Flight 11 with a benefit concert for the Paige Farley-Hackel Memorial Playground in Roxbury. 6 p.m. doors $20. Hard Rock Cafe, 22-24 Clinton St., Boston. 617-424-7625.

    What a Fiasco Honoring its commitment to bring Shakespeare to the public via free outdoor performances, Fiasco Productions brings lovers Claudio and Hero plus resistant lovers Beatrice and Benedick to three Cambridge parks for “Much Ado About Nothing.” Sept. 11-13 at 6:30 p.m. Free. Danehy Park, 99 Sherman St., Cambridge (performances through Sept. 22 at other locations).


    Variety Personal experiences of 15 Cuban artists reveal a lot about Cuban society, culture, and art at the multimedia “Dilated Biography: Contemporary Cuban Narratives.” Curator Jorge Fernández Torres focuses on a variety of memories rather than one process or style. Wednesday hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through
    Oct. 19). Free. School of the Museum of Fine Arts,
    230 the Fenway, Boston. 617-267-6100.


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    Cabbage with no corned beef Remember the steerage party band in the movie “Titanic”? It was none other than Gaelic Storm, the celebrators of Irish culture. The Celtic-rock group’s new release is “Cabbage” featuring “Space Race,” about a fan’s comment on Ireland’s cultural influence. Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. $25-$45. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

    Bone up When was the last time you heard songs about paleontology and feline behavioral studies? If “never” is your answer, it’s time to change your dinosaur ways and bone up on the music of Changing Modes. The Brooklyn-based art rock band brings its “prog-rock epics to punky pop via free jazz jams” to town. Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. $10 cover. 21+. Hennessy’s Hooley House, 25 Union St., Boston. 617-742-2121.

    Moving music Eden MacAdam-Somer made note of her travels from Afghanistan to Appalachia with musical notes evoking folk, classical, and jazz genres. The violinist, percussive dancer, and singer’s “Walking Between the Worlds — Stories” is presented by New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Department. The faculty recital with pianist Ran Blake and others also features works by Thelonious Monk, Blake, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and more. Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. Free. New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-585-1260.