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    Maura Wayman


    Of character

    On Aug. 28, 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial included the passage: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Boston Children’s Chorus in partnership with New England Conservatory presents the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert “Content of Character” with special guests Cindy Blackman Santana and Melinda Doolittle (pictured). 2 and 7 p.m. $15; $25-$45 (7 p.m.). Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-245-6034.


    All over the place A 2005 trip to Florida to photograph tropical winter birds ultimately led Charlie MacPherson to Alaska, one of the Scituate photographer’s many stops as a wildlife photographer. Stop by the South Shore Natural Science Center to see “Passion and Exploration From the Arctic to the Tropics.” Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (through Feb. 5). Free. South Shore Natural Science Center’s Vine Hall Gallery, 48 Jacobs Lane, Norwell. 781-659-2559.

    Getting the word out For 50 years, the Vermont-based Bread and Puppet Theater has expressed socio-political ideas through masked characters, giant papier-mâché puppets, and other art forms. The troupe is back with an art exhibit, performance pieces (Jan. 24-27 for ages 12 and older), and family-friendly matinees (Jan. 26 and 27). 6-8 p.m. exhibit opening reception. Free exhibit through Jan. 27 (see website for performance details and prices). Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 866-811-4111.


    Black and white A cinematic journey about friendship and middle age is told by South Korean director Hong Sang-Soo in “The Day He Arrives.” Known for his low-budget, indie comedies about “clumsy love and bad manners,” this black-and-white film follows a frustrated filmmaker who returns to the city. 7 p.m. $9, $7 students and seniors. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700.


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    Cheese whiz How do you like your cheese? With coffee, tea, herbs? At Cheese Tuesday, fromager and mâitre d’ Louis Risoli will talk about “Flavor Added” cheese including Barely Buzzed, an espresso and lavender hand-rubbed cheese with hints of butterscotch and caramel. Your three-course dinner will be accompanied by wine served by sommelier Erich Schliebe. Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. $85 (reservations required). L’Espalier, 774 Boylston St., Boston. 617-262-3023.

    Barry from the Bronx In keeping with his host’s name, there will be no pre-written jokes for Todd Barry when he does two shows at ImprovBoston. Audience banter is on the agenda for the Bronx-bred comic who has been described as a “comic’s comic.” Jan. 22 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $15. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253.

    Remembering Lance Bryant had some talented classmates at the Berklee College of Music. Branford Marsalis and Cyrus Chestnut anyone? The Illinois-born saxophonist and vocalist went on to become musical director of the Lionel Hampton orchestra and brings his Lance Bryant Sextet to Methuen for “Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King.” Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. $10 cover. Jocko’s Jazz at the Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen. 603-898-1591.