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We studied geography in junior high school but concentrated more on the rotating globe than class content. At “Back to School: Geography in the Classroom” you’ll learn how teachers engaged students in the 18th-20th centuries and see a collection of maps, globes, games (“Loto des 5 Parties du Monde,” pictured), and atlases. Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sept. 11 reception 5 p.m.; through Jan. 25). Free. Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400.


Blue Hat plays bluegrass They trained at the Berklee College of Music, the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the New Zealand School of Music. Boston-based Blue Hat, Yeah! shows off its traditional bluegrass and original instrumentals. 8 p.m. $10-$15 suggested donation (reservations recommended). Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, 1581 Beacon St., Brookline.

Maz vs. Mom “When I told my parents I wanted to be an actor, my mom was, like, ‘I think I heard you say lawyer.’ ” Mothers like to get their way, but Maz Jobrani got his as a TV actor on shows including “Knights of Prosperity,” “Life on a Stick,” “Better Off Ted,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and “Whitney.” 7 p.m. $29-$75. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

Warmth in a cold world Naomi Shelton trained in church, listened to Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama. When she left home, her musical doors were opened by Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, and Lou Rawls. “Cold World” is the latest alburn of gospel, soul, old-school R&B, and honky-tonk by Naomi Shelton and her Gospel Queens. 8 p.m. $15-$45. Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road, North Truro. 508-487-5400.



It’s camp We learned a word at camp that didn’t bring a smile to our parents’ faces. What’s your camp caper? The audience and judges at “Camp” Story Slam want to hear your five-minute saga, so put your name in a hat and camp out to see if you’ll be one of 10 tellers to talk. If you prefer to listen, play games, and vote, so be it. Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. (first Sunday of the month). $10, $12 at the door. Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St., Boston. 617-293-8004.

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Like father, like son At 9, he appeared on stage; at
14, he became the lead vocalist in his father’s band, Egypt 80, after Fela Kuti passed away in 1997. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 bring their Afrobeat with jazz, funk, and fusion to the musical table and serve up their new recording “A Long Way to the Beginning.” Sept. 7 at 9 p.m. $25, $28 day of show. 18+. Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275.

Like father, like son How would you feel if your son fell in love with your bride? Operas explore this stuff with orchestras, gorgeous costumes, and fabulous voices, unlike reality-TV shows and romance novels. “Don Carlo” is part of “Opera at the Cinema.” Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. $ 20, $17 students and seniors. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617–734–2500.

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