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Home is many places for the Idan Raichel Project which released its first live album in 2011, “Traveling Home,” with tracks in Hebrew, Arabic, Swahili, Amharic, and Spanish. The Israeli founder and namesake merges people, places, and cultures to create African, Latin American, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern sounds. Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. $30-$65. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275.


A poetic threesome A Revere teacher, Lasell College Humanities Department chair, and Brooklyn resident share the stage at Poetry at the Café, part of the First and Last Word Poetry Series. Myles Gordon’s “Inside the Splintered Wood” is due out this spring; Becky Kennedy’s work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Diana Norma Szokolyai’s “Parallel Sparrows” collection of poetry and photographs was recently released. Join this trio at the reading and open mike.
7 p.m. $4. The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-718-2191.

Sounds Phishy Listen up all you Phish followers. Residency band the Phreaks does its Tuesday thing at Church with guitarist Dave Brunyak, bassist Adam Morrison, keyboardist Jody Ryan, and drummer Zack Burwick. 8 p.m. $3. 21+. Church, 69 Kilmarnock St., Boston. 617-236-7600.


A company of classics The Aquila Theatre Company moves back in time from the 17th to the 16th century with its productions of Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano De Bergerac” (Jan. 15) and Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” (Jan. 16). Jan. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. $10. Clark University’s Atwood Hall, Downing St., Worcester. 508-793-7356.

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No speeding It took seven years for former Massachusetts State Trooper James Redfearn to finish his novel, “The Rising at Roxbury Crossing.” The action in his literary debut takes place after World War I and covers the Irish Rebellion, America’s Red Scare, and the Boston Police Strike. Redfearn will discuss his book about policeman and Irish immigrant Willie Dwyer, who can’t shake off his nemesis and a secret. 7 p.m. Free (reservations recommended). Waltham Public Library, 735 Main St., Waltham. 781-314-3425, ext. 2.


Forward from the past Jared Diamond is convinced that there’s a lot we can learn from traditional societies, and the Pulitzer-winning author and UCLA geography professor will pay it forward Wednesday when he talks about his latest book, “The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?” Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. Free. First Parish in Cambridge, 1446 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-495-2727. www.cambridgeforum

Dudley do right Restoration, renovation, and revitalization are happening in Dudley Square, and at “Remembering Dudley” you’ll learn about its past from Representative Byron Rushing and panelists who share their memories of “Down Dudley.” Bring a photo or keepsake to share at this first Roxbury History Speaker Program of the winter series. Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. Free. Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade St., Roxbury. 617-445-0900.