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Matthew Deleget/deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (right)


Region of artists

Assistant curator Lexi Lee Sullivan logged a lot of miles for “The 2013 deCordova Biennial.” She says of the experience, “My odometer certainly tells that part of the story — that it is a big and diverse scene.” The survey of work by New England artists fills the bulk of the museum and areas of its Sculpture Park, and features new work and site-specific commissions. Included are Ethan Murrow’s three-story ballpoint drawing displayed in the museum’s Grand Staircase, Petrova Giberson’s interactive sculptural constructions, and “Home Depot House,” John C. Gonzalez’s hand-built cabin. (Pictured: Murrow’s “Make No Parley”; Lynne Harlow’s “BEAT.”)
Oct. 9-April 13. Hours through Columbus Day: Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thereafter: Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $14, $12 seniors, $10 ages 13 and up, under 13 free. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8355,


Jazz decades Trumpeter Mark Harvey’s Aardvark Jazz Orchestra opens its 41st season with a program showcasing the diversity of the blues. The music for “Blues and Other Hues” includes Ellington’s “Such Sweet Thunder,” Harvey’s “Boston Boy,” and Billy Strayhorn’s “Daydream.” Oct. 9, 8 p.m. $20. Scullers Jazz Club, Doubletree Guest Suites, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton. 617-562-4111,

Postcards from Joe “Poster Boys” depicts two friends and a drag queen at a tango hall in Buenos Aires. “Blessing of the Fleet” shows a bishop on lunch break before blessing a local fleet of fishing vessels. Both works are featured in “Postcards,” a new show of paintings by Joe Caruso. Through Oct. 27. Wed-Fri noon-6 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m. Free. Galatea Fine Art, 460B Harrison Ave., Boston. 617-542-1500,



HoJo history What did you order at HoJo’s? For us, it was a Reuben, onion rings, and ice cream. Anthony Sammarco wrote a book about the successful chain of bright orange-roofed hotels and restaurants started by Quincy native Howard Deering Johnson. Sammarco talks about “A History of Howard Johnson’s: How a Massachusetts Soda Fountain Became an American Icon” in Cambridge. Oct. 10, 7 p.m. Free. Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass. Ave., Cambridge.

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Fiddle ground The violin is played the world over, but differently. Celtic Fiddle Festival shows how it’s done in places including Ireland, Brittany, Quebec, Scotland, Sweden, and Italy. The quartet featuring fiddlers Kevin Burke, Christian Lemaître, and André Brunet, and guitarist Nicolas Quémener is touring to promote the group’s sixth recording, “Live in Brittany.” Oct. 10,
8 p.m. $28. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004,

Close your eyes, open your mouth At the annual Taste of Perkins, you’re invited to try eating gourmet hors d’oeuvres while blindfolded. The event also features music by Perkins students, a silent auction, and a sensory exploration station where guests learn about what it’s like to be a Perkins student. In the first ever Taste Challenge, local CEOs, restaurateurs, and chefs compete to see who can best identify sweets and savories while blindfolded. Oct. 10, 6-8:30 p.m. $50. Perkins School for the Blind, 75 N. Beacon St., Watertown.

Playing it cool In a 2011 interview with the Wall Street Journal, singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones explained how she decides which of her many songs to perform: “It’s almost entirely how the audience feels.” Be there to help her choose when “the Duchess of Coolsville” comes to Natick. Oct. 10, 8 p.m. $55. Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 508-647-0097,