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    Mark S. Howard


    ‘New York, New York’

    What would you do with one day in New York? We’d see two Broadway shows and eat a lot. In “On the Town,” three American sailors (Zachary Eisenstat, John Ambrosino, and Phil Tayer, above) have one day to see the sights (wink, wink). Meet Chip, Ozzie, and Gabey in the Lyric Stage Company of Boston production of the Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Leonard Bernstein musical. May 10 at 8 p.m. (through June 8). $25-$62, $5 senior discount. The Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. 617-585-5678.


    Building meaning Bad housing, meaningful housing, or both? At “Ornament and Identity in the Immigrant-Built Tenements of Boston and New York,” Zachary Violette will talk about how immigrant tenement builders in the two cities gave meaning to their buildings with the use of architectural ornament while reformers disapproved. 6:30 p.m. $5, $4 students and seniors. The Shirley-Eustis House, 33 Shirley St., Roxbury. 617-442-2275.

    Rise above it Desks, tests, and grades are turned on their metaphorical heads by Ari Hauben at his multimedia exhibit “Above the Standard (an education in the art of Mr. Hauben).” The artist and Boston teacher makes the point that we have to rise above the standard and unlock potential in the classroom and beyond. Thursday and Friday, 5-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. through June 15. Free. Boiler Room, 50 Melcher St., Boston.



    North by North End Eat lightly all day so you can make a decent dent at Taste of the North End, where more than 35 eateries provide samples of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Proceeds benefit North End nonprofit organizations and One Fund Boston. May 10 from 6-11 p.m. $99, free for first responders. DCR Steriti Memorial Ice Rink, 561 Commercial St., Boston.


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    On the tree top The only Tree Canopy Walkway in New England is at Worcester’s EcoTarium, where you’ll be 40 feet above ground overlooking oak and hickory trees in “Treetop Xtreme Adventure.” After balancing on rope and plank bridges and flying down the zipline you’ll do the Tree Climbing Expedition using ropes and harnesses. May 11 at 11 a.m., 12:30, 2, and 3:30 p.m. $30 (reservations required; includes museum admission; for ages 7 and older). EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. 508-929-2703.

    Ross the Intern Don’t underestimate the importance of being an unpaid intern. In his senior year of college, Ross Matthews got a job at “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” where he made photocopies, got coffee, and hung out with George Clooney (that last one got you, right?). On his last day, the head writer sent him to the premiere of “Ocean’s Eleven” with George Clooney to interview celebs on the red carpet. The TV celeb’s new book is “Man Up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence.” May 11 at 7 p.m. $22.50-$29. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.


    Daisy, Daisy In 1997, composer John Harbison was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera to write an opera based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel about obsession, corruption, murder, and betrayal. The orchestra and chorus of Emmanuel Music present the Boston premiere of “The Great Gatsby” in concert Sunday. And with a new big-screen version of “Gatsby” opening this weekend, check out the Globe’s film review (now on, and in the g section Friday). May 12 at 3 p.m. (2 p.m. pre-concert talk). $30, $50. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-536-3356.