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“We know it’ll be something special, and we aren’t being coy here — it’s just that we have about 26 percent of an idea of what the [expletive] we will be playing for you,” say the artists. By showtime, the duo will hopefully have close to 100 percent for fans at “Anything We Want: An Evening With Fiona Apple & Blake Mills.” We do know that old and new songs are part of the 26 percent. Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. $59. Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston. 800-745-3000.


From the beginning Actor Ted Neeley has said about “Jesus Christ Superstar” that “People can see the essence of Christ as a human being. That’s what people have told me from the beginning. For the first time, they actually got to feel the human element of Jesus as opposed to the magnificent spiritual element they had heard about, all their lives, in the church of their choice.” The film’s 40th anniversary is celebrated with a screening and Q&A with Neeley and Barry Dennen. 7:30 p.m. $12; $10 students, seniors, and children under age 12. The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-876-6837.

High and low Adam Magyar likes high-tech tools and traditional photography, and for his urban-life series, “Kontinuum,” the photographer used a digital camera that incorporates scanning technology. Tue-Sun noon-4 p.m. through Dec. 8. $7, $3 seniors, free under 12 and for everyone on Thu 2-4 p.m. Griffin Museum of Photography, 67 Shore Road, Winchester. 781-729-1158. www.griffinmuseum


A star is born American Songwriter magazine called Lindi Ortega “the love child of Johnny Cash and Nancy Sinatra” which makes us wonder if the Toronto-born singer-songwriter wore boots when she relocated to Nashville. Ortega’s latest release is “Tin Star.” Brett Detar and Ryan Schmidt open the show. 8 p.m. $12. The Red Room at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St., Boston. 617-747-2261.


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Like father, like son Guitarist Ali Farka Touré didn’t want Vieux Farka Touré to follow him into the pressure-filled music business but gave him his blessing before he died in 2006. The Mali-born Afropop artist is in town to celebrate his latest release, “Mon Pays” (My Country). Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. $25. 21+. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Davis Square, Somerville. 617-876-4275.

Superman On “Kryptonite,” one of the tracks from “Go,” Mario confesses that he wants to be Lois Lane’s Superman but is tempted by kryptonite, those girls who entice him. The Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and actor brings his hip-hop and soul self to town. Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. $30-$45. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St.,
Boston. 800-745-3000.

Hot jazz during the Cold War From 1956 through the late ’70s, jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington were sent all over the world by the US State Department to spread the freedom concept to developing nations. Historian Penny Von Eschen discusses her book “Satchmo Blows Up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War.” Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. Free.Clark University, 950 Main St., Worcester. 508-793-7479.

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