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    At the age of 33, blues singer Shemekia Copeland recorded her album “33.” The title also refers to the number of revolutions per minute of the vinyl records Copeland grew up listening to and loving. The Grammy-nominated recording includes songs from the repertoire of Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, and Lucinda Williams. Why the folk and country tunes? Says Copeland, “I have to be able to sing a folk song by Bob Dylan or a country song by Randy Weeks and reinterpret it in the context of the blues. It’s at the heart of just about every other form of American music.” See the artist the 2011 Chicago Blues Festival named “Queen of the Blues” when she visits Boston. March 20, 7:30 p.m. $25. Regattabar, Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-661-5000,


    Spring dance Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” caused quite a stir in its time. Forty-six members of the Joffrey Ballet welcome the season of new growth with a performance of the classic in honor of its centennial, along with contemporary works.  March 19, 7:30 p.m. $20-$85. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence. 401-421-2787,


    Taking care of business Rewind to 1950, when Dudley Square boasted 296 varied businesses. Fast forward to 1975, and the number is cut almost in half. In “Doing Business in Dudley,” David Dwiggins discusses businesses in Dudley Square during that 25-year period. A panel of current business owners, including Haley House Bakery Cafe’s Bing Broderick, Joe’s Famous Steak and Cheese Subs owner Joe Figueroa, Discover Roxbury executive director Derek Lumpkins, and Dudley Square Main Streets executive director Joyce Stanley, talk about the state of things today.  March 20, 7 p.m. Free. Haley House Bakery Cafe, 12 Dade St., Roxbury. 617-445-0900,


    Sticky situation It was a sad day in the North End when a vat of molasses flooded the streets, causing death and devastation. Steve Puleo, author of “Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919,” discusses the book and the event in the Corcoran Library
    Lecture Series.  March 20, 4 p.m. Free. Boston College High School,
    Bulger Auditorium, 150 Morrissey Blvd., Boston. 617-312-2548.

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    Fuller up Here’s one way to celebrate Women’s History Month. See author Megan Marshall discuss her biography of a woman who nurtured her intellectual leanings and helped other women do the same. Marshall wrote “Margaret Fuller: A New American Life” about the brilliant and passionate figure who was ahead of her time in more ways than one. March 20, 7 p.m. Free. Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton Centre. 617-244-6619,

    Cannonball fodder Saxman-bandleader Julian “Cannonball” Adderley played with Miles Davis and had a crossover hit in the ’60s with “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.” Boston trumpeter and bandleader Greg Hopkins presents a Cannonball Adderley Tribute in honor of the jazz figure’s music and legacy.  March 20, 8 p.m. The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston. 617-423-0069,

    World travelers A zest for travel is one thing, trying to emulate Phileas Fogg is another, yet that’s precisely what Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland did back in the Victorian era. Author Matthew Goodman discusses his book “Eighty Days,” about those two adventurers and their individual quests to pull off the global journey described in Jules Verne’s “Around the World in Eighty Days.”  March 20, 7 p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660,