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May 23, 2011

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TODAY Hello Kitty In 2009, Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame invited Laura Cantrell to perform at “Kitty Wells: Queen of Country Music.’’ The Nashville-born country/folk artist wrote a song with Amy Allison called “Kitty Wells Dresses.’’ After the concert, Cantrell recorded a full-length album to honor Wells, and celebrates “Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs of the Queen of Country Music’’ tonight. 8 p.m. $20. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-492-5300. www.passim.org

Not enough room Jack’s world is an 11-by-11-foot room, but to the 5-year-old boy’s mother, it’s a prison where she’s been held for seven years. Jack’s curiosity and Ma’s desperation build in “Room,’’ the latest fiction offering by best-selling novelist, Emma Donoghue, who will read from the book. 7 p.m. Free. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-661-1515. www.harvard.com

Dinah, no one finer At tonight’s “Hearing Voices,’’ Dinah Washington is paid a loving tribute by Michelle Willson. The latter is an award-winning vocal library of R&B who covers the former and predecessors including Ruth Brown. 8 p.m. No cover (ongoing Monday vocal series; reservations recommended). The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston. 617-423-0069. www.beehiveboston.com

Last call It’s the end of the school year and the end of the season for the arsenalARTS “BerkleeJAZZ’’ series. The Berklee College of Music and the Arsenal Center for the Arts present Berklee faculty musicians, and tonight’s selection of original tunes and standards is delivered by the Larry Baione Quartet. Baione is chairman of Berklee’s guitar department. 7:30 p.m. $18, $15 students and seniors. Arsenal Center for the Arts Black Box Theater, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487. www.arsenalarts.org

It’s moving The State Transportation Building is the perfect venue for the New England Sculptors Association Exhibition. Each piece by the 21 sculptors is the result of a creative and personal journey told through bronze, marble, alabaster, wood, clay, and found materials. Pictured: Ruth Rosner’s “After the Deluge.’’ Mon-Fri from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through June 3 (closed May 30; license or ID required). Free. State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston. www.nesculptors.com

TOMORROW

Spider man He left the University of Minnesota about 40 years ago with his voice and guitar and landed in Cambridge where he continues to carry the folk, blues, and Americana torch here and to the rest of the world. “Spider’’ John Koerner was also part of the Koerner, Ray & Glover acoustic blues trio that recorded LPs still worshiped as genre greats. May 24 at 8 p.m. $12. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Davis Square, Somerville. 617-776-2004. www.johnnyds.com