PICK OF THE DAY
When Meat Loaf was asked what makes for a good show, the singer replied: “It’s really about going out there and putting on the show of these people’s lives without all of the bells and whistles.” So, expect no bells and whistles, just lots of music in support of “Hell in a Handbasket.” Katrina opens. July 31 at 7:30 p.m. $20-$65. Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com
Everyone’s buddy Don Draper he ain’t. As C.C. “Buddy” Baxter in Billy Wilder’s 1960 film “The Apartment,” Jack Lemmon plays a lonely guy at a big insurance company who lets the married execs use his apartment for liaisons. In the Oscar-winning black comedy, things get sticky when Buddy falls for the boss’s paramour played by Shirley MacLaine. 7 p.m. $9.75, $6.75 seniors. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500. www.coolidge.org
Moving music Don’t make this Wellfleet address your final GPS destination for the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival because there are five venues for this summer series. The Tokyo String Quartet starts things off with a program of Haydn, Webern, and Schubert. 7:30 p.m. (through Aug. 24). $50, $15 college students, free under 19. First Congregational Church, 200 Main St., Wellfleet (see website for additional concerts and venues). 508-247-9400. www.capecodchambermusic.org
Full of holes Speaking of moving, Keiko Fukai is moving back to Japan, so “Luminescent Vessels ’12” is the last show at her Keiko Gallery. The white porcelain pieces by Niisato Akio hold light that enters the vessels through hundreds of patterned holes created with an electric drill. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m. through Aug. 14. Free. Keiko Gallery, 121 Charles St., Boston. 617-725-2888. www.keikogallery.com
Whole hog Smoking is encouraged at the Redbones Pig Pickin’
benefit for the Somerville Homeless Coalition — but only for Robert (Rudi) Rudolph’s three custom portable “pig rigs.” Outside the
eatery, a couple of hogs will smoke for 16-20 hours and be served with slaw, corn on the cob, greens, corn bread, watermelon, a beverage, and live music. 6-9 p.m. (rain date Aug. 6). $25, $5 under 10. Redbones, 55 Chester St., Davis Square, Somerville. 617-628-2200.
Imagining it forward According to Wendy Ellertson: “I begin the legend of each piece and encourage the viewer to imagine it forward.” For “What’s in a Story?” the Roxbury artist uses rawhide and leather to create her three-dimensional mythical figures. Monday hours are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (through Sept. 20). Free. Haley House Bakery Cafe Gallery, 14 Dade St., Roxbury. 617-445-0900.
Royale treat The CMA Songwriters Series welcomes country star Carrie Underwood whose new album is “Blown Away.” The “American Idol” winner will share the stage with Brett James, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey, and host Bob DiPiero. July 31 at 7 p.m. $25-$50. Royale Boston, 279 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.ticket