Boston-area to do list


Out of ‘The Office’

Musician and actor Creed Bratton has been employed as a member of the Grass Roots and on the TV show “The Office,” but he didn’t always have a job. He wrote the song “Unemployment Line” and has said, “I’ve seen both sides of the coin. I’ve had good years quickly followed by terrible ones. I have stolen food just to eat. I know what it is like to struggle, and after my meteoric rise as a member of the Grass Roots in the ’60s, it was only a few years before I found myself in an unemployment line.” Bratton’s latest record, “Tell Me About It,” is described on his website as a “three-act ‘audio-biography’ that tells his story through music.” He’ll tell and sing his story in Somerville. Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. $25. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville.


Herbie sightings Jazz giant Herbie Hancock is in town to deliver the Norton lectures at Harvard, but you never know where he’ll turn up (at Dave Holland’s recent Regattabar gig, for instance). We know for sure he’ll turn up at Soundtrack by Herbie Hancock. The series presents Ivan Dixon’s “The Spook Who Sat By the Door,” the early 1970s film with a funky soundtrack by Hancock. Feb. 24, 7 p.m. $12. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700,

‘Touch’ and ‘Ground’ The next edition of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series features a pair of prize-winning poets. New Republic poetry editor Henri Cole was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and his latest book is “Touch.” Rowan Ricardo Phillips’s first book, “The Ground,” received honors including finalist for the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry. Feb. 24, 8 p.m. $3. Blacksmith House,
56 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-6789,



On the case Take a handful of performers including Mikhail Baryshnikov, add direction by Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar of Big Dance Theater, mix in material including surveillance footage, folk dance, and instructional hunting videos, and you have “Man in a Case.” The production presented by ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage features Chekhov stories “The Man in a Case” and “About Love.” Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. Through March 2. $25-$89. Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. 617-824-8400,

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Social time Everybody has an opinion about the effects of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on our youth. Social media scholar and youth advocate Danah Boyd has put a lot of thought and research into hers. She talks about her book “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens.”Feb. 25, 7 p.m. Free. Harvard Book Store,
1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-661-1515,

Reminiscing Kyle Wilson found inspiration for his band’s new album from childhood memories. His grandfather happened to be a Manhattan Project scientist who liked talking atomic physics, which offers a clue about the record’s name, “Violent Light.” Brooklyn indie rock quartet Milagres is touring in support of the release. Feb. 25,
9 p.m. $10. Great Scott, 1222 Comm. Ave., Allston.

Museum pages Coralie is the mermaid in her father’s Long Island freak show, Eddie is a Russian immigrant photographer escaping from his Lower East Side family’s Orthodox ways. Their turn-of-the-20th-century love story is told in “The Museum of Extraordinary Things,” the latest novel by bestselling author Alice Hoffman. Feb. 25, 7 p.m. Free. Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton Centre. 617-244-6619,