Boston-area to do list

Steve Gerrard


It must have been

If you watched ABC’s “Private Practice” last week, did you hear “It Must Have Been Love,” the Roxette tune delivered by Kathleen Edwards? About her own “Voyageur” release from last year, the Canadian-born pop rocker has said: “I really feel as though it’s my best work — I feel so proud of it and it challenges me still in the sense of trying to find ways of doing it justice within a live context.” 8 p.m. $27. 18+. Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Allston. 800-745-3000.


Here’s the score Leith Stevens, Hugo Friedhofer, Frank Skinner, and Stanley Myers might not be household Hollywood names, but their scores are part of our film fabric. At “Brando Noir,” students and faculty of New England Conservatory’s contemporary improvisation department accompany Marlon Brando and scores from “The Wild One,” “The Young Lions,” “The Appaloosa,” and “The Night of the Following Day.” 8 p.m. Free. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-585-1122.

Ad men John Kenney landed himself a job at an ad agency by pitching print ads about himself to Boston-area firms. Fast forward to Kenney’s debut novel “Truth in Advertising,” about a Boston-bred guy named Finbar Dolan who works on Madison Avenue and spends his days working on a diaper account. 6 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library Commonwealth Salon, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400.


A Tiki trio Every Tuesday night for four years, David Ehle has been hiding away at the Tiki Hideaway Lounge with local musicians at his Fenway Jazz Jam. Stop by HoJo’s to wish the guitarist and his David Ehle Jazz Guitar Trio a happy anniversary. 7-11 p.m. No cover. Tiki Hideaway Lounge, Howard Johnson Hotel, 1271 Boylston St., Boston. 617-572-3692.

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Breathing at the club The Boston Modern Orchestra Project gets this season’s club concerts underway with “Rough Breathing/Smooth Breathing,” an evening of music with fabulous titles including “Music for Sarah,” “Origami,” “spunky twenty-eight,” and “Variable Rates.” 7 p.m. (6 p.m. doors for table service). $20, $15 students. Moonshine Room at Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave., Boston. 781-324-0396.


The exchange This new show at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts is not your casual walk-by exhibit. For “Histories of Now: A Space for Dialogue, Art and Activism,” art scholars, local activists, SMFA students, and visitors exchange ideas about social movements, then and now. The gallery will also feature film screenings, Skype sessions, and research. Jan. 30 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through March 12). Free. School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 230 the Fenway, Boston. 617-267-6100.

24 There’s no luxury of workshops and months of rehearsals for these four teams made up of Big Apple comedic actors, writers, composers, and directors who have 24 hours to mount and perform their musicals at the Gramercy Theatre. At the screening of “One Night Stand: Creating a Play in a Day,” you’ll follow Cheyenne Jackson, Jesse Tyler Gerguson, Rachel Dratch, and others as they write, cast, compose, rehearse, and perform their shows. Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. $12.50. Movie theaters including Regal Fenway Stadium 13, 201 Brookline Ave., Boston. 617-424-6266.