SAT 9.10 LURA Musical performance, 8 p.m. Berklee College of Music, Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass. Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275. $22-$28. This is the Boston debut of up-and-coming chanteuse Lura, whose music draws on the upbeat sound of batuka, a musical tradition from her Cape Verdean roots, as well as the influences of her native Portugal. Known for her sultry caramel vocals and buoyant live performance, Lura is expected to be the biggest thing since Cape Verde's celebrated singer Cesaria Evora. ''She is very rooted, still, in that [Cape Verdean] community and that music, and she is a phenomenal performer and a fantastic singer,'' says Maure Aronson, executive director of World Music, which is organizing the concert.
SUN 9.11 NEC JAZZ FACULTY SHOWCASE Musical performance, 3 p.m. Regattabar, Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-395-7757. $14. It's never too early (or too late) to become a jazz cat. The New England Conservatory's Continuing Education and Preparatory School gives music students ranging from middleschoolers to retirees a foundation in jazz. The program's teachers and alumni will strut their stuff at a concert featuring an array of small combos and ensemble groups playing jazz standards and original compositions by faculty members. Attendees are encouraged to stay after the performance and learn more about the program. ''Our students are the future of jazz,'' says pianist/composer/guitarist David Zoffer, chair of the School of Continuing Education and the Preparatory School's Jazz Department.
WED 9.14 SPIN Artist talk, 11:30 a.m. Montserrat College of Art, 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St., Beverly. 978-921-4242, ext. 1204. Free. Inspired by the laundromat across the street, Liz Nofziger's original solo work at Montserrat's 301 Gallery plays with the idea of ''spin'' in contemporary politics and pop culture. Her gigantic, 11-feet-in-diameter disco ball looks like something from ''Gulliver's Travels.'' A live television feed is projected onto the ball, distorting the images splashed onto the walls of the darkened gallery. ''I guess I'm cynical about this media and how it's enhancing our lives,'' says Nofziger. ''I'm taking whatever happens to be on and sort of dismembering it, but also making it into something that harkens back to the roller rink.'' The show runs Tues-Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and by appointment. Through Sept 24.