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When they finished their latest record, “Libation,” Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars poured one to celebrate the occasion and recall departed bandmates. The album title is named after an African ritual that honors ancestors with an offering to a god or spirit. The band also celebrates its 10-year anniversary with this recording that harkens back to ite early days of playing in refugee camps. April 8 at 8 p.m. $20. Johnny D’s,
17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004.


Up, up, and away Inspiration for the latest recording by Neil Finn came when the New Zealand guitarist and vocalist was messing around on the computer with photos taken above the clouds from an airplane window. By accident, Greek shots of boys jumping into the sea merged with the cloud shots, and “Dizzy Heights” was born. 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$65. Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738.

Play the numbers Ted Williams was a statistical marvel with a .406 batting average in 1941, more than 500 home runs, and 22 years with the Boston Red Sox. “The Splendid Splinter” is the subject of “The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams” by former Globe reporter and editor Ben Bradlee, Jr., who will talk about his book. 6:30 p.m. Free. Cambridge Public Library,
449 Broadway, Cambridge. 617-661-1515.


Here’s the score In 1959, Hector Berlioz’s “Grande Messe des Mortes, Op. 5” was recorded in Symphony Hall. The piece was scored for a large orchestra and designed to have the orchestra and choral groups fill more than the stage. The Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus welcome tenor Christopher Hutchinson. 8 p.m. $25. Symphony Hall,
301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-262-1200.

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Iambic pentameter From “The word sonnet comes from the Italian word ‘sonetto’ which means ‘little song.’ A sonnet has come to be known generally as a poem containing 14 lines of iambic pentameter.” Now that you know what it is, perform or recite one at the Boston Shakespeare Sonnet-thon presented by Shakespeare Now! Theatre Company.
5 p.m. Free (to participate, call or e-mail three sonnet choices to Boston Public Library Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-734-3477.

Go organic Organic is everywhere including the South Shore Art Center where eight Cape Cod artists use a variety of mediums to explore our relationship to the natural world. “Organic Matters” features works in oil paints, encaustic, inks, found-object sculpture, and cast bronze. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun noon-4 p.m. through May 4. Free. South Shore Art Center, 119 Ripley Road, Cohasset. 781-383-2787.


From the president As president of Emerson College, Dr. Lee Pelton knows a thing or three about higher education and will share his thoughts at “Can Higher Education Save Itself? The Future of American Colleges and Universities.” April 8 at 6 p.m. $25 (reservations required). Boston Athenaeum, 10 1/2 Beacon St., Boston. 617-720-7600.

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