A NIGHT FOR HAITI: Rara – the parade music of Haiti, a symphonic cacophony involving everything from maracas to bells to bamboo trumpets – doesn’t get much play in this part of the world. A Night Of Haitian Rara was on the calendar at Brooklyn’s hypereclectic Barbès long before the recent tragedy put Haiti squarely in the spotlight, and the evening should be a good chance to celebrate the rich culture that too often (even pre-earthquake) gets overshadowed by images of misery and defeat. A discussion of legendary 1930s Library of Congress recordings and the screening of new documentary “The Other Side of the Water,” about rara band Djarara, precede a live performance from the latter. Partial proceeds benefit earthquake relief. .
PEARLESQUE: Hang out with oyster growers Karen Rivara and Jim Markow at Jimmy’s No. 43: First, they’ll go head to head in a shuck-off (and you’ll get to sample the nearly 800 Peconic Pearl and Mystic bivalves they crack open), before regaling you with tales of how the wild oysters off Long Island staved off extinction. At the bar, a selection of stouts and porters will be on offer. .
BETTER WITH AGE: Foggy-voiced NYC troubadour Suzanne Vega carves out a spot within Lincoln Center’s The American Songbook 2010 program, which showcases a variety of performers paying to tribute to the diverse musical styles of popular American song (through March 6). She’ll mine early-career terrain and gems from her latest the Grammy-winning “Beauty & Crime.” The AllenRoom, .