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She’s come a long way from “Barney & Friends” and as an opener for the Jonas Brothers. Demi Lovato, former judge on Fox’s “The X Factor,” is on the road with her “Neon Lights Tour” in support of “Demi.” The release features singles “Heart Attack” and “Neon Lights.” March 5 at
7 p.m. $27-$67. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. 800-745-3000.


Be his guest They had me at warm chocolate cake with vanilla gelato, one of the dishes Steve DiFillippo will show you how to prepare at the cooking class “It’s All About the Guest.” The chef and owner of Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse has also cooked up a book, “It’s All About the Guest: Exceeding Expectations in Business and in Life, the Davio’s Way.” 6-9 p.m. $70 ($15 materials; includes signed copy of book; reservations required). Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston. 617-267-4430.

Fat Tuesday They had me at Cajun seafood jambalaya, one of chef Marc Orfaly’s offerings at the Beehive’s “Le Mardi Gras.” They also had me at free Mardi Gras beads and live music by Boston-based trombonist Brian Thomas and his BT New Orleans 2nd Line Brass Band. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. (live music 8 p.m.-midnight). No cover (reservations recommended). The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston. 617-423-0069.


Bourbon Street, Brighton style Here’s the skinny on this Fat Tuesday Party. We recommend showing up before 8 p.m. to feast on Crawfish Étoufée and more, as only Smoken’ Joe’s Barbeque can fix ’em. That’s your appetizer for music by Ed Scheer, Joe Bargar, Scotty Shetler, Johnny Bluehorn, and Bobby Gus. 8 p.m. No cover (dinner reservations recommended). Smoken’ Joe’s Barbeque, 351 Washington St., Brighton. 617-254-5227.

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The stuff of life With an application of bronze paint, Jodi Colella turns everyday stuff into sculpture at “Forgeries.” For “Reliquary,” Tues-Sun noon-6 p.m. through March 28 (March 13 reception 5:30-7:30 p.m.). Free. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-0100.

International community Herbert Gentry’s social network was the cafe culture in Europe and America. The Harlem-raised abstract painter (1919-2003) was always on the move between Paris, Scandinavia, and New York. “Making Connections: The Art & Life of Herbert Gentry” also includes pieces by his friends and colleagues. Tues-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat and Sun 1-5 p.m. through March 30. Free. Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery, 855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-353-3329.


Mouthing off What’s at stake at the “massmouth Story Slam Semi-Finals” is a chance for the storytellers to land a spot at the “Big Mouth Off” (April 24 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline). The semifinalists will mouth off Wednesday about any of the following themes: “Teacher,” “9to5,” “Fear,” “We Are Family,” “Feast,” “Celebrate,” “Animal,” “Relative,” and “Missed Connections.” March 5 6:30-9:30 p.m. (March 9, 17, and 23 at other venues). $15, $20 at the door. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-942-2553.

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