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    A ‘new day’

    Not all cultures ring in the new year in January. Nowruz, the Persian New Year celebration which means “new day,” is a case in point. The Museum of Fine Arts recognizes the Middle Eastern holiday with Nowruz 2014: The Persian New Year Festival. Watch the Aftab Dance Group perform to a medley of traditional Persian songs, listen to music by the ZARBANG Trio, watch the movie “My Name Is Negahdar Jamali and I Make Westerns,” see a Persian calligraphy demonstration, or take a gallery tour focusing on Iranian ceramics or art from the ancient Near East. Activities for kids include egg decorating and a story hour. March 22,
    10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Free with admission of $25, $23 seniors and students, under 18 free. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300,


    Lux light Before his career as Son Lux took off, Ryan Lott wrote music for commercials. He’s touring in support of “Lanterns,” featuring original music played with collaborators including mandolinist Chris Thile and Antlers singer Peter Silberman. For the North American tour, he brings along a full band that includes drummer Ian Chang and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia. March 21, 7:30 p.m. $16-$18. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston.

    Birthday Bach This day in 1685 Johann Sebastian Bach was born. Nicholas White, who’s celebrating one year as music director of the Boston Cecilia, conducts Bach’s Mass in B minor. Former music director Donald Teeters offers a pre-concert lecture. March 21, 8 p.m. (lecture 6:30 p.m.). $15-$62. NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-232-4540,



    Better late. . . Music written late in the careers of master composers is featured in “a song of passing years” presented by the Chameleon Arts Ensemble. Pieces include Ives’s “Sunrise,” Brahms’s Sonata in F minor, and Ravel’s “Chansons Madecasses,” among others. March 22, 8 p.m. First Church, 66 Marlborough St., Boston.
    March 23, 4 p.m. Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon St., Boston. $20-$45. 617-427-8200,

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    Beyond the blues Musician Keb’ Mo’ has won three Grammys for best contemporary blues album, but his work embraces more than that. He recently told The Wall Street Journal, “I’m known as a genre jumper and people want to know what genre I’m in. I’ve never been pure blues, so I decided to create a genre for myself and I called it BluesAmericana.” That’s also the title of his upcoming recording. March 22, 8 p.m. $40-$47.50. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St.,

    Our changing neighborhoods During the last decade, Boston neighborhoods have evolved to be younger and more ethnically and racially diverse. “City of Neighborhoods: The Changing Face of Boston” features photos, objects, and maps examining those changes. Opening activities include an open house, tours, family activities, and a performance of Cape Verdean-inspired music by Cruzamente. March 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Through Aug. 22. Boston Public Library, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Copley Square, Boston. 617-536-5400,


    Music to make out by Singer-songwriter Sabina Sciubba has said she’d like to play a concert “that inspires so much love that everybody in the audience starts making out.” The cofounding member of the Brazilian Girls has just released “Toujours,” her solo debut. March 23, 7 p.m. $20. Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave.,
    Boston. 617-779-0140,