PICK OF THE DAY
Berklee City Music presents “Wattstax Revisited: 40 Years in the Making” starring students from the Stax Music Academy, a member of the Berklee City Music Network. The program features music by artists who performed at the 1972 music festival including Isaac Hayes, the Bar-Kays, the Staple Singers, Rance Allen Group, and Rufus & Carla Thomas. Special guest is Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist, songwriter, and gospel veteran Kirk Whalum. 7:30 p.m. $12. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston.
Water music The shower isn’t the only water venue good for belting out a tune. At Revels Boston Harbor Cruise & Sings, George Emlen and David Coffin will lead you in sea chanteys and work songs and talk about Boston Harbor and the islands. 7-9 p.m. (6:30 p.m. boarding; picnics welcome; alcohol available for purchase; next cruise is Aug. 15). $35 (all ages; reservations required). 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 617-972-8300, ext. 31. www.revels.org
Keep it upper We’re not a fan of uppercase, BUT THAT’S JUST US. For “Our Valued Customers: Conversations From the Comic Book Store,” Tim Chamberlain (MRTIM) drew some of the unusual customers he met while working in a comic book store and also included what they said (IN UPPERCASE). MRTIM WILL TALK ABOUT HIS BOOK. 7 p.m. Free. The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-499-2000. www.thecoop.com
Cheesy The three-course dinner at Cheese Tuesday features local cheeses that shine in the summer. Fromager and Mâitre d’ Louis Risoli and Sommelier Erich Schliebe invite you to “Seasonally Available,” an evening of cheese, produce from Chef McClelland’s Apple Street Farm, and summer wines. Music by the Cheese Band and a grand cheese tasting are yummy. 7 p.m. $85 (reservations required). L’Espalier, 774 Boylston St., Boston. 617-262-3023. www.lespalier.com
Labor of love More than 40 photos by Janet Smith document the long careers of old boats at her exhibit “Boat Works.” The Arlington photographer created portraits, abstract images of parts, peeling paint, and reflections. Tuesday hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (through July 30). Free. The Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 617-796-1360. www.newtonfreelibrary.net
Indie folk night Their names might sound destructive, but not their music. The Deadly Gentlemen play epic folk and grasscore
. Sharing the bill is Tornado Rider led by singer, cellist, and Berklee College of Music alum Rushad Eggleston. 9 p.m. $18. Lizard Lounge,
1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 800-838-3006. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/255337
Hotels and headquarters The history of Boston’s Irish political machine can be yours on the 90-minute Kennedy Tour of Boston. The mile of downtown sites and landmarks that were pivotal to John F. Kennedy’s White House journey include JFK’s Senate Headquarters, the Omni Parker House Hotel, and Old City Hall. July 18 at 11:30 a.m. (Wed-Sat through November). $12; $10 students, seniors, military, free under 13.
Depart from Boston Common. 617-710-0603.