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    The doctor is in

    Five decades of music making and five Grammys are impressive stats belonging to musician Mac Rebennack, known to the world as Dr. John. Ten years ago, the good doctor wrote a love letter to New Orleans titled “N’awlinz Dis Dat or D’udda,” and in 2012, the singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist won a Grammy for “Locked Down,” his collaboration with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. $30-$65. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.


    What we have here is a failure to communicate Mortgage troubles aren’t just for ordinary folks. In Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” poor Madame Ranevskaya returns home from Paris to find that her beloved estate is going belly up. Actors’ Shakespeare Project presents the comedy. (Review on next page.) Feb. 12 preview at 7:30 p.m. (through March 9). $28-$50. Dane Estate at Pine Manor College, 400 Heath St., Chestnut Hill. 866-811-4111.

    From father to son R&B, funk, and jazz music were all around the house when C.J. Chenier was growing up, so it’s no surprise that the accordion-playing Zydeco star has been nominated for a Grammy Award. The son of Grammy-winning Zydeco king Clifton Chenier played in his father’s Red Hot Louisiana Band and became its leader after his father died in 1987. 7:30 p.m. $20. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004.


    How does her garden grow? You can do it, you can get through the rest of the winter, especially if you take in “Mary Kocol: Garden Photography” at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden. The Boston-based photographer is a master of landscape spaces, and her shots will be that shot in the arm you need this time of year. Tues-Sun 9 a.m.-
    5 p.m. through Feb. 23. $12, $9 seniors, $7 ages 6-18. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston. 508-869-6111. www.tower

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    Heart hurdles Join pianist Max Levinson for a concert about love’s obstacles. At “Forbidden Love: A Valentine’s Day Concert” the award-winning pianist and Boston Conservatory faculty member performs Sergei Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Robert Schumann’s “Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17,” and Franz Liszt’s transcription for the piano of Richard Wagner’s “Liebestod.” This last one should put you in a romantic mood — it’s about doomed love. 8 p.m. $15, $10 seniors, free students. Boston Conservatory Seully Hall, 8 the Fenway. 617-912-9222.


    The disease of pain We just learned that approximately one third of Americans live with chronic pain. Judy Forman’s assertion is that chronic pain is in itself a disease, and the author will discuss and sign copies of her book “A Nation in Pain: Healing Our Biggest Health Problem.”Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Free. The Harvard Coop,
    1400 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-499-2000.

    From table talk to Tchaikovsky Violinist Ari Isaacman-Beck, cellist Gwen Krosnick, and pianist Emely Phelps, New England Conservatory’s Trio Cleonice, are holders of the Graduate Piano Trio residency at NEC and will perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor (Op. 50). Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. $25 (reservations required). Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., Boston. 617-227-0270.

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