PICK OF THE DAY
In the summer of 1992, seeds were planted at the Berklee School of Music Summer Performance program where several teens met and formed the funk band Lettuce. They went their separate ways, and a couple of years later some reconnected as Berklee undergrads and they would show up at jazz clubs asking: “Will you let us play?” 8 p.m. $26, $31. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261. www.berkleebpc.com
Sea the world With steam power came the Golden Age of travel via ocean liner. And with this Golden Age came advertising posters to woo travelers. InterContinental Boston and International Poster Gallery present “Titans of the Sea: Posters from the Golden Age of Ocean Liners,” a collection of advertising posters from 1914-1954. 24/7 through December. Free. Lobby of
InterContinental Boston, 510 Atlantic Ave., Boston.
Can you dig it? You still have some of your discolicious disco outfits, we know you do. Retrieve them from the back of your closet, squeeze yourself into them, and get your groove on at the “Free Love: 70’s-Inspired Dinner Party.” The love-in includes appetizers, drink tickets, a three-course dinner, and grand prize for the best 70s duds. 7-9:30 p.m. $55 ($100 for two). Local 149, 149 P St., South Boston. 617-269-0900. www.local149.ticketleap.com
Lost and found Members of Phillip Spinks’s family lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The artist recreated lost family photos in the form of nature-inspired organic paintings for “Phillip Spinks: Katrina, Order & Chaos.” Daily from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. through Aug. 31. Free. Athan’s European Bakery & Café,
407 Washington St., Brighton. 617-734-7028.
Wonderful them On their record, “Wonderful You,” Syncopation gives you a vocal history of 40 years of pop songs. The four-part jazz harmonies of Lee Abe, Jeremy Ragsdale, Christine Fawson, and David Scott are supplemented by the singers’ instrument playing. Here’s a little more history — the ensemble got off to a solid start with mentor Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer. July 24 at 7:30 p.m. $10 cover. Jocko’s Jazz at the Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen. 603-898-1591. www.jockosjazz.com
A-maizing Go on a five-day corn diet at the Corn Festival at UpStairs on the Square where chefs get creative with lunch and dinner. Corn bruschetta and a basket of fresh corn sticks anyone? July 24-28 from 5 p.m.-midnight. $7-$38 (reservations recommended). UpStairs on the Square, 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge. 617-864-1933. www.upstairsonthesquare.com
Not your grandmother’s cupcakes Stephen Butters has quite an imagination when it comes to cupcakes. At “Contraband Cupcakes,” the chef from Food Network and Butters Café & Bakery in Walpole will share his recipes for “chill cupcake” with Valerian Root and Melatonin, and “the Fairy,” a coconut-absinthe treat. July 24 from 6-9 p.m. $60 plus $15 for materials (registration required). 21+. Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston. 617-267-4430. www.bcae.org