Boston-area to do list

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A changing world

Griffin goes to Uganda to help build a school and avoid questions from the church about his sexuality. Based on a true story, the musical “Witness Uganda” by Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews tells the story of this black American’s journey to help others and find himself. Diane Paulus directs. Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. (through March 16). $25-$65. Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300.


Drum up support This jazz-rock drummer recorded “Bitches Brew” with Miles Davis in 1969 and followed that gig with a stint in the ’70s as a member of Chick Corea’s jazz fusion group Return to Forever. The self-taught Lenny White celebrates his new record, “Anomaly,” when he performs at the Berklee Salute to Black History Month. 8 p.m. $25. Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111. www.scullers

Go figure It’s all about the figure at the “Printmaking/Mixed Media” exhibit at Towne Art Gallery by New England artists Liz Chalfin and Bryan Smith. Wednesday hours are 1-5 p.m. (Feb. 12 gallery talk at 11:30 a.m.; through Feb. 20). Free. Towne Art Gallery at Wheelock College, 180 the Riverway, Boston. 617-879-2219.



Jost desserts Goodbye, Seth Meyers; hello, Colin Jost. On March 1 the latter replaces the former as cohost of “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live.” After graduating from Harvard, where he was president of the Harvard Lampoon, Jost landed a gig as an “SNL” writer at age 22, one of the youngest writers on the show. Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. (through Feb. 15). $20-$35. Laugh Boston, Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844. www.laugh

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Listen According to Rolling Stone, “Cohn hits just the right note, letting the drama emerge from the songs themselves. . . . He takes you from shattered dreams to spiritual deliverance.” Grammy-winning Marc Cohn is on the road to get the word out about his latest release, “Listening Booth: 1970.” Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. $29.50, $32.50 (day of show). Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 800-745-3000. www.crossroads

Watch for ‘The Raven’ His writings were odd, so it isn’t a huge surprise that the days leading up to the death of poet Edgar Allan Poe were odd. Historical accounts, 19th-century train routes, and Poe’s letters to his mother-in-law were seeds for the musical “Red-Eye to Havre de Grace” performed by Philadelphia’s Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental. The action-opera is set in 1849 when Poe was on a train going from Virginia to New York. Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. (through Feb. 16). $25-$65. Emerson/Paramount Center Mainstage, 559 Washington St., Boston. 617-824-8400. www.arts

Sixty years young The program for Newport Jazz Festival: NOW 60 will be announced from the stage, but we do know that the musicians will tip their instruments to some of the legends from the iconic festival. Performers include saxophonist Anat Cohen, vocalist Karrin Allyson, trumpeter Randy Brecker, and guitarist Mark Whitfield. Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. $44 and up. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-482-6661.

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