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By June Wulff
Globe Staff / March 8, 2011

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PICK OF THE DAY

They know they can dance Leave your two left feet at home but bring your passion for dance to ‘‘Burn the Floor,’’ where alums from ‘‘So You Think You Can Dance’’ will kick up their heels. Kickers include Anya Garnis and Pasha Kovalev, Robbie Kmetoni, Janette Manrara, and Karen Hauer. This Latin and ballroom dance spectacular also features vocalist Vonzell Solomon, second runner-up in season 4 of ‘‘American Idol.’’ Tonight at 7 (through March 13). $36 and up. Boston’s Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston. 800-982-2787. www.broadwayacrossamerica.com/boston

TODAY

Frozen in time During the reception for “Challenging Vision: Photographs by Barbara Crane,’’ the artist’s granddaughter remembered opening her grandmother’s freezer and finding dead birds. Crane’s powerful exhibit — like those birds — shows the photographer’s passion for exploring nature and “searching for what is visually new,’’ according to the iconic Chicago artist. Today from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. (through May 1). $7, $3 seniors, free under 12 and for all on Thursdays. The Griffin Museum of Photography, 67 Shore Road, Winchester. 781-729-1158. www.griffinmuseum.org

Crime time Michele McPhee writes what she knows, and the former police bureau chief for the New York Daily News and courts and crime reporter for the Boston Herald knows about crime. ReadBoston’s Chick Lits welcomes the radio personality and author of “A Date With Death: The Secret Life of the Accused ‘Craigslist Killer’ ’’ and other crime books. 7 p.m. $45 (includes three-course meal and wine). West on Centre, 1732 Centre St., West Roxbury. 617-918-5289. www.readboston.org

Colleagues at the keyboard In 2008, Fred Hersch was fighting to stay alive. In 2011, the pianist and composer celebrates his new CD “Alone at the Vanguard,’’ a live solo recording of standards and originals. Fellow NEC faculty member, jazz pianist, and Grammy nominee Jason Moran joins his colleague for a rare duo concert. 8 p.m. Free. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-585-1260. www.necmusic.edu/fred-hersch-jason-moran

TOMORROW

Handel and Schubert on strings When Alexey Shabalin is not playing with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, he serves as artist-director of the Rhode Island Youth Philharmonic Orchestras. Tomorrow, the violinist leads the Boston Conservatory String Orchestra in a program of Handel (Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 5) and Schubert (Quartet, “Death and the Maiden’’ D. 810, D minor). March 9 at 8 p.m. Free. Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. 617-912-9240. www.bostonconservatory.edu/performances

Sounding emotional One of the tracks on “Blessed,’’ the new album by Lucinda Williams, is “Soldier’s Song,’’ about an overseas soldier with a wife and child at home. Elvis Costello plays guitar on “Seeing Black,’’ a heavy song about suicide motives. Bring tissues. March 9 at 8 p.m. $29.50, $39.50. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com