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Boston-area to do list

David McClister

PICK OF THE DAY

Lera’s lyrics

“There’s a lot of love and death happening here. But what else do you write about?” So said Lera Lynn about “The Avenues,” the next record from the Georgia-raised singer-songwriter. “Letters,” “Coming Down,” and “Leave It Up to Me” tell about the Americana/country musician’s challenges as the daughter of an alcoholic father. Lynn’s current release is “Lying In The Sun.” March 6 at 7 p.m. $12.
Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004. www.johnnyds.com

WEDNESDAY

Revelations In a 2009 interview, we asked Judith Jamison if she missed dancing. After an emphatic “No,” the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater artistic director emerita continued: “The next plateau is . . . watching dancers enjoy themselves, enjoy the family, and grow within the family as people, as artists, the way I did when I was their age.” Jamison and the troupe recently completed a year of international touring celebrating the company’s 50 years. 7 p.m. Free (registration required). Lesley University’s Washburn Auditorium, 10 Phillips Place, Cambridge. 617-349-8622. www.lesley.edu/alvin-ailey

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An artistic trio “Arnold Trachtman: Portraits” is about growing up in Lynn. “Stephanie Angelo: This Land is Your Land” deals with progress vs. preservation. And the third show at Galatea Fine Art is “Ed Friedman: StreetWhys: A Personal View of Street Photography.” Wed-Fri noon-6 p.m., Sat and Sun until 5 p.m. through March 30
(reception March 7 6-8 p.m.). Free. Galatea Fine Art, 460B Harrison Ave., Boston. 617-542-1500. www.galateafineart.com

Friends forever? Expect tissue-grabbing during “Not a Day Goes By,” a Stephen Sondheim song from “Merrily We Roll Along.” And be prepared for a musical that works backward from 1976 to 1955 to tell a story about buddies and challenges of fame. 8 p.m. (through March 8). $25, $30. Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. 617-912-9222. www.bostonconservatory.edu/tickets

THURSDAY

Shake it up Blues rocker meets beatboxer in Heymoonshaker, a pair of Brits who met while busking in New Zealand. Andy Balcon and Dave Crowe released the EP “Shakerism” last year; the second is due soon. They share the bill with Sugar Blood Jinx (11:15 p.m.). March 6 at 10 p.m. $10. Atwood’s Tavern, 877 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 800-838-3006. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/560330

A Wilde story When it premiered in 1905, “Salome” caused a fuss. Richard Strauss’s opera is based on Oscar Wilde’s story about the biblical namesake made to perform the Dance of Seven Veils for King Herod, her salacious stepfather. Music director designate, Andris Nelsons, conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra and soprano Gun-Brit Barkmin in the title role. March 6 at 8 p.m. $30-$130 ($20 under age 40 on a first-come, first-served basis, one-pair limit). Symphony Hall, 301 Mass. Ave., Boston. 617-266-1200. www.bso.org

Calypso and causes Harry Belafonte said, “My social and political interests are part of my career. I cannot separate them. My songs reflect the human condition. The role of art isn’t just to show life as it is, but to show life as it should be.” He receives an honorary doctor of music degree at “The Life and Music of Harry Belafonte: A Tribute Concert,” where students and faculty celebrate the singer, activist, and actor. March 6 at 7:30 p.m. $8, $12 day of show. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261. www.berkleebpc.com

June Wulff can be reached at june.wulff@globe.com.
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