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Kate Burton (Vice President Sally Langston on TV’s “Scandal”) and her son, Morgan Ritchie.
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Kate Burton (Vice President Sally Langston on TV’s “Scandal”) and her son, Morgan Ritchie.


Art imitates life

With this opening dialogue, a comedy it ain’t: “Why is it you always wear black?” “I’m in mourning for my life. I’m unhappy.” Welcome to Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” presented by the Huntington Theatre Company. Kate Burton (Vice President Sally Langston on TV’s “Scandal”) and her son, Morgan Ritchie, play mother and son. 8 p.m. (through April 6). $25 and up, $25 ages 35 and younger, $15 students and military, $5 senior discount. Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-266-0800.


Firing away His material comes from everywhere, everyone, and everything. Sinbad has said: “I would be an activist but never a politician. As an activist, nobody owns you,” and about his stint on “Celebrity Apprentice” the comedian revealed: “I regret I didn’t tell Donald Trump, ‘You need to fire your barber. I’m sorry. I ain’t feeling you, man. You’re fired! I fire you, Donald Trump.’ ” 7:30 p.m. $25-$39. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

New traditions The folks who pack Sanders Theatre every year with “Christmas Revels’’ have a new project called “Revels Fringe.” It’s about artists’ emerging styles that push boundaries. First is Galician bagpiper Carlos Nuñez and Friends. 7:30 p.m. $15-$35. Center for the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland St., Somerville. 617-972-8300, ext. 31.


Soul train Do you have a soul mate? Do you have more than one? What is it? How do you know when you find one? While ours is home napping we hunch over our computer to tell you about Boston Actors Theater’s production of Kirsten Knisely’s romantic comedy “Soul Mates.” 8 p.m. (through March 22). $25, $15 students and seniors. Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600.

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No place like home This Malian guitarist grew up with 17 brothers and sisters, so it’s no surprise that home has a special meaning for Habib Koité. Home is the English translation for his new record, “Soô,” about his homeland and the turmoil it has endured. 8 p.m. $35. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 617-876-4275.


Strong pursuit According to “Seth and Scott Avett aren’t content to merely play gorgeous roots music; to just lay some lovely harmonies over banjos and strings . . . they craft alternately stompy and swoony music that’s rooted in a desire for self-improvement. Take their body of work as a whole, and it forms the outlines of a makeshift guide to life, and to being fundamentally decent in the pursuit of something even better.” The Avett Brothers tout their new album, “Magpie and the Dandelion,” and welcome special guest Old Crow Medicine Show. March 8 at 7:30 p.m. $27.50-$55. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000.


It takes a village For more than 17 years, Nashville radio host Billy Block has supported country, Americana, rock, and roots musicians. The ailing Block now needs their help. Boston musicians at the Billy Block Benefit include headliner Lori McKenna, Michael Dinallo, Billy Beard, Amy Black, Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos, The Swinging Steaks, Susan Cattaneo, Alastair Moock, and Amber Casares. March 9 at 8 p.m. $15. 21+. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004.

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