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    The blues of Earl

    Ronald Horvath became Ronnie Earl to avoid muddying the waters for Muddy Waters, who couldn’t remember the blues guitarist’s last name when he introduced him. Earl was chosen in honor of blues slide guitarist Earl Hooker. Twenty-five years ago, the Boston University alum named his band after the first Fender guitar. The new release by Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters is “Just for Today.” 8 p.m. $35. Scullers Jazz Club at the DoubleTreeSuites by Hilton Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111. www.scullersjazz.com

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    X marks the spot According to urbandictionary.com, Generation X is “basically anyone born after 1965 (Dylan going electric) and before 1977 (so that you’d hafta be at least 1 yr. old when ‘Star Wars’ came out).” According to Boston Modern Orchestra Project artistic director Gil Rose: “The broader identity of Gen X is that many of its generation have followed a non-linear path. . . . ” Gen OrcXstrated celebrates these emerging composers. May 17 at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. talk). $20-$50, $10 students. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-585-1260. www.bmop.org

    Me, myself, and I The whole is equal to the sum of its parts, but the part is at the core of “Heart of the Matter.” The evening-length dance performed by Prometheus Dance explores how the individual is affected by social behavior. The modern dance troupe celebrates its 25th anniversary. 7:30 p.m. (May 18 at 8 p.m.; talks 30 minutes
    before each show). $35. Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org

    Digging around While a gravedigger (and poet) removes dirt, two soldiers who will inhabit the graves dish dirt about their lives in “The Land,” by Jessica Litwak and Amir al-Azraki . Workshop performances of this tragicomedy are presented by Fort Point Theatre Channel. 8 p.m. (May 18 at 7 and 9 p.m.). Donations welcome. 10 Channel Center St., Fort Point, Boston. 617-750-8900. www.fortpointtc.org

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    Love is in the air Today’s quiz word is Liebeslied, and we’ll give a hint because we’re in a loving mood and we love to sing the praises of the Masterworks Chorale. It’s a love song, and you’ll get plenty of ’em at “Love Songs Re-Inspired” featuring guest pianists Randall Hodgkinson and Leslie Amper. 8 p.m. (7:30 p.m. talk). $25, $45 (benefit for Horizons for Homeless Children). Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-858-6785. www.masterworkschorale.org

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    Borges then Brothers Take one part rock, one part Rodgers and Hammerstein, give them the Sarah Borges treatment and you get a unique punk, country, Americana sound evident on the guitar-playing singer-songwriter’s new record, “Radio Sweetheart.” Borges is
    followed by the Spampinato Brothers. May 18 at 9 p.m. $12, $15 at the door. Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/377534

    SUNDAY

    Block by block What keeps you from writing the great American novel or painting a masterpiece? Perhaps you are creatively blocked and have to learn to unblock. Scholars and artists shed light at “Cultivating Creativity.” May 19, 12:30-4:30 p.m. $40, $35 students and seniors. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975. www.mfa.org/programs/course/cultivating-creativity