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‘Heart’ and all

Jazz and show tunes were music staples in the Long Island home of a young Jane Monheit. According to the jazz vocalist, “I might hear Ella singing ‘People Will Say We’re in Love’ and I’d hear the original cast recording from ‘Oklahoma.’ I’d hear Miles play ‘If I Were a Bell,’ then I’d hear the ‘Guys and Dolls’ version, I had it all.” See how it all plays out when Monheit croons with her trio, which includes her drummer hubby, Rick Montalbano. “The Heart of the Matter” is her latest release. April 19 and 20 at 8 and 10 p.m. $40. Scullers Jazz Club at DoubleTreeGuest Suites, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111.


Life is a cabaret At this cabaret celebration, music styles aren’t limited to the American Songbook or show tunes. Au contraire, Cabaret Fest rocks with jazz, New Orleans blues, Latin, ’50s rock ’n’ roll, and contemporary pop. More than 20 emerging and professional performers offer themes including “Movies and Memories” and “Lover Man Where Can You Be.” April 19 at 8 p.m. (through April 21). $15, $10 students and seniors, $60 festival pass. First Parish, 35 Church St., Watertown. 866-639-9410.

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Don’t wait For us, NPR’s “Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me” is a Paula Poundstone picnic full of spice, grit, meat, and potluck. The Sudbury native who peppers it all with irreverence and salt brings a feast to the Wilbur. 7:30 p.m. $22-$35. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

Before that phantom show Because of this program, we’ll refer to Boston Baroque as Haydn & Haydn. The “Lord Nelson’’ Mass is one of six masses written near the end of Haydn’s life. At the premiere of his Symphony No. 102 in B-flat major a chandelier is said to have fallen from the ceiling (no one was hurt). April 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.). $22-$76. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-987-8600.


Colombia, the gem Sofia Vergara from “Modern Family” isn’t the only performer to bring Colombia to the limelight. Another ambassador is Ballet Folklorico Juvenil Colombiano, a troupe that presents “Passport to Colombia” to spread the word about Colombia’s history, cultural regions, native costumes, music, and dances. April 20 at 5 p.m. $25. John Hancock Hall, 180 Berkeley St., Boston. 617-974-6213.


Inside, outside More than 20 years ago, Abelardo Morell covered his living room windows with black plastic and cut a small hole in the material so that an inverted view of an outside image would appear on the walls. That’s a long-winded way of saying camera obscura, a technique the photographer will include in his talk “My Life in Pictures — So Far.April 21 at 2 p.m. Free. Morse Auditorium, 602 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.

She loves Lucy and Ricky The daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz includes a tribute to her famous parents at “An Afternoon With Lucie Arnaz.” Latin numbers for her Cuban-born father, and “Hey, Look Me Over” from her mother’s Broadway hit, “Wildcat,” accompany stories and songs about Arnaz’s 45-year career. April 21 at 3 p.m. $34-$54, $25 ages 5-18, $3 senior discount. Robinson Theater, 617 Lexington St., Waltham. 781-891-5600.

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