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T.S. Eliot called April the cruelest month. I call it the month for love: What couple fails to anticipate that tete-a-tete at the dining table, the soft light of a banker’s lamp flitting over their naked forearms, as they wrestle with the 1040EZ? Fie on pollen and April Fool’s pranks: April 3 alone brought into the world that gleesome threesome Wayne Newton (“Danke schoen/Thank you for all the joy and pain”), Richard Thompson (“False hand in false hand/Down lover’s lane we walked”), and Marlon Brando (“Get the butter”). Now, April brings us former poet laureate Robert Pinsky and the Takacs Quartet, who present “All the World for Love,” with verse by, among others, John Donne, Emily Dickinson, and William Butler Yeats, backed by the music of Samuel Barber, Benjamin Britten, and Leosu Janacuek. Celebrate the birthday of Pete Shelley (“in love with myself”) and Liz Phair (“Fuck and run”) at 8 p.m. at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $21-$42. (703) 218-6500. (Pamela Murray Winters)