Boston-area to do list

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He rocks

Let’s remember Andrew Jackson for a couple of timely statements including “The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality.” “One man with courage makes a majority.” Let’s also remember our seventh president at the SpeakEasy Stage Company rock musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” Pictured: Gus Curry. 7:30 p.m. (through Nov. 17). $25 and up. Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600.


She knows the score

Bach’s sheet music is the canvas for Katina Huston’s “Goldberg Variations.” The San Francisco-based artist places crystal glasses and stemware on mylar where the composer’s notes are positioned and then inks where shadows appear. Tuesday hours 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (through Oct. 28). Free. Chase Young Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston. 617-859-7222. www.chaseyoung

Violence downturn

According to Steven Pinker, violence has been on the decline for a long time and we are living in the most peaceful time in the history of our species. The Harvard psychology professor will talk about his bestseller “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.” 6 p.m. Free. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-495-3045.

Field of dreams and memorabilia


Ticket stubs, tidbits, posters, playbills, and lots of trips to Fenway Park contribute to Richard Johnson’s “Field of Our Fathers: An Illustrated History of Fenway Park, 1912-2012.” The Boston Sports Museum curator will discuss his book. 7 p.m. $8, $5 students and seniors (there’s a discount if you wear a Red Sox hat or shirt). Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History at Regis College, 235 Wellesley St., Weston. 781-768-8367.

Real or unreal

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Do you know the difference between reality and imagination? This isn’t a psych evaluation, it’s more of an existential query, the kind of question that consumes artists. Phil Collins, An-My Lê, and Danh Vo ponder it all through photography and video at “Provisional Aesthetics, Rehearsing History.” Wednesday hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (through Jan. 13). Free. Davis Museum at Wellesley College, 106 Central St., Wellesley. 781-283-2051. www.davis


An unbroken Bettye

This R&B legend celebrates her 50-year career with a new record and autobiography. Bettye Lavette’s “Thankful N’ Thoughtful,” a collection of songs recorded by Bob Dylan, Patty Griffin, the Black Keys, and others includes Dylan’s “Everything is Broken.” Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. $30-$35. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

Ballet steps

We studied at E. Virginia Williams’s small dance studio and home in Malden before she founded what is now the Boston Ballet. We doubt our name will come up, but you will hear about Williams and the dancers who appeared on Boston stages when Iris Fanger discusses “A History of Ballet in Boston,” part of the Gonson Society Lecture Series. Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m. $4 suggested donation. The Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-6789.