Staff Picks JenAni DiFranco at Calvin Theatre • Thursday

The Calvin got their A back just in time for feminist’s favorite A-word … Ani! And what better time to go see folk-punkster, DiFranco, than now. If you’re still teary-eyed over Hillary and need a hug, or some woman inspiring words from a true feminist revolutionary, this is the place to be! “We’re all rehearsing for the presidency; I always wanted to be commander in chief of my one woman army.”   8pm, Calvin Theatre, 19 King St., Northampton. — Jennifer Levesque

Jen Durkin and the Business • FridayStaff Picks Kristin

They don’t call her “Pipes for nothing. As lead singer for Deep Banana Blackout and Bernie Worrell’s Woo Warriors, she belted out her particular brand of raucous soul. And she’s still bringing the funk with her latest project, Jen Durkin and The Business. Check her out at the Arch Street Tavern this Friday. Nov. 18, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., 85 Arch St., Hartford, Connecticut. $7 – 10. — Kristin Palpini

Staff Picks Hunter StylesMusical Drag at the Lakehouse • Saturday

Step into the office of “Karen from HR,” played by local drag performer Joe Shepard.     In this rather twisted hour-long musical revue, the sassy and martini-swilling Karen takes us on an epic day in the cubicle life with seven original music numbers, dance routines, and some puppet drama. Followed by a performance by Burlington electro rock diva Heloise and the Savoir Faire. 9 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 18+ (sorry, kids). — Hunter Styles

Magnetic Fields at Mass MOCA • Fri. – Sat.Staff Picks Peter Vancini

Stephin Merritt, the renowned songwriter behind indie pop icons The Magnetic Fields and the album 69 Love Songs, seems to have an affinity for numbers. He’s capping off a two-week residency at Mass MOCA with a 50-song memoir — one song for each year of his life. He’ll be backed by a seven musicians, each playing seven different instruments during the course of the performance. Why? I have no idea, but it sounds fun and it’s sure to be an epic performance. Nov. 18 – 19, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., 1040 Mass Moca Way, North Adams. $35/night. — Peter Vancini