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Boston-area to do list

John Keatley


Equality for all

Dapper rapper Macklemore has said of his “Same Love” song and video in support of marriage equality: “Equality is at the forefront of what’s going on in politics right now.” What’s also going on is its winning the VMA best video with a social message. The Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is at the forefront at TD Garden. 7:30 p.m. $29.50-$59.50. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000.


Joyous Beethoven paved the way for major composers to use voices in a symphony, and his Ninth Symphony, “Ode to Joy,” helps kick off the 40th season for Grammy-nominated Boston Baroque. The “Voices of Joy!” all-Beethoven concert also includes Elegiac Song. Nov. 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. talk; free Nov. 10 concert at Dorchester’s Strand Theatre at 2 p.m.). $35-$95, $30 under 30, $20 seniors, $10 students. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-987-8600.

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Jazz shadows Jazz man and Harvard grad Joshua Redman is in town with his Joshua Redman Quartet to perform new tunes plus tracks from his latest release, “Walking Shadows.” The new stuff by the saxophonist, composer, and bandleader was written for his quartet of pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. 8 p.m. $30-$48. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275.

His line, anyway “Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called everybody, and they meet at the bar.” We would love to take credit for this line, but it belongs to Drew Carey, the busy stand-up guy of “The Drew Carey Show,” “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” and “The Price Is Right” fame. 7:30 p.m. $29-$39. The Wilbur Theatre,
246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

Dance mining For almost 20 years, Washington D.C.’s Step Afrika! has served as ambassador for the percussive dance style known as stepping. The dance originated in South African mines and has been passed down through African-American college fraternities. ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage presents the dancing, singing, and storytelling. Nov. 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. $25-$65. Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St.,
Boston. 617-824-8400.


Ultra Renaissance We’re not an expert on music of the Spanish Renaissance, but we know who is. The United Kingdom’s Ensemble Plus Ultra resurrects masterpieces found in libraries and archives of Spain’s palaces and cathedrals, and “Discovering Renaissance Treasure” is a program of rarely heard pieces by Victoria, Morales, Ribera, and Guerrero. Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. $19-$66, $5 student and senior discount. St. Paul Church, 29 Mt. Auburn St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-661-1812.


Battles of the sexes After 30 years of wedded bliss we’re starting to get the hang of this marriage thing. For three years, Rob Becker studied anthropology, prehistory, psychology, sociology, and mythology to come up with his one-man play, “Defending the Caveman” that opened in San Francisco in 1991. Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. $32-$42. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

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