Boston-area to do list


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Even though 2014 is just out of the garage, it’s time for a little 2015 at the New England International Auto Show. In addition to more than 500 2014 models, you’ll get a preview of next year’s inventory. The show also features a display of exotic cars by Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini, Lotus, Maserati, and Rolls Royce. You can test drive a Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Kia, Mazda, Scion, and Toyota (daytime Sat-Mon). Jan. 16 noon-9 p.m. (through Jan. 20). $12, $6 ages 6-12. Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston. 781-237-5533.


Three to ponder Unreality, nothingness, and privacy are on display at three Bromfield Gallery exhibits. James Lentz’s “IS/ISN’T” sculptures address unreality. Kim Carlino’s “The Artifice of Geometry” features constructions oozing from fluid forms. Helen Payne’s “Here I Sit, Brokenhearted” is a bathroom installation of drawings on tiles that explores how private moments go public. Wed-Sat noon-5 p.m. through Feb. 2. Free. Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

College education If your college kids are around, consider bringing them to see Sex Signals, a combo of improv comedy, education, and audience participation. The show is described as an “in-your-face look at issues surrounding dating, sex, and date rape on college campuses.” 4 p.m. Free. David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston St., Boston. 617-266-1400.



Conducts and plays Christoph Eschenbach earns his keep at the Boston Symphony Orchestra Mozart and Bruckner concerts. The German conductor and pianist is a soloist for Mozart’s 1782 Piano Concerto No. 12. The program’s Bruckner entry is Symphony No. 9, an incomplete work due to the composer’s death in 1896. Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. (through Jan. 18). $30-$130. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 888-266-1200.

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True companion Floor boards are responsible for a pop music obsession that has been with Marc Cohn since he was 6. The Grammy winner’s older brother rehearsed with his band in the basement, which gave the younger sib sounds of the Beatles, Ray Charles, and Motown. Cohn’s hits include “Walking in Memphis,” “True Companion,” and “Silver Thunderbird.” Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. $65, $70 at the door. The River Club Music Hall, 78 Border St., Scituate. 339-236-6786.

From Russia with jazz You might not think Russia when you think of jazz, but you might change your tune after hearing the Igor Butman Moscow Jazz Orchestra. The band’s namesake plays tenor sax and graduated from Berklee College of Music. Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. $25. Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111.

Triangle tragedy In 1911, 146 women died in New York City’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. This tragedy is remembered in “Triangle,” a multimedia play with text, puppets, and music. The text is by New England Conservatory liberal arts chair Patrick Keppel, music by Bradley Kemp (’02); performers include musicians and puppeteers from the original New York cast plus NEC singers and improvisers. Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. Free. New England Conservatory’s Brown Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-585-1260.

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