Boston-area to do list

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Her journey continues

The information was loud and clear in 1992 when Mary J. Blige released her debut album, “What’s the 411?” Crowned the queen of hip-hop soul, the Grammy-winning, Bronx-born singer-songwriter and movie star (“Rock of Ages”) is the cofounder of the Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, which empowers women to reach their full potential. Guests at the Pavilion are D’Angleo and Canadian R&B singer Melanie Fiona. Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. $35-$125. Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Blvd., Boston. 800-745-3000.


Fine, and you? How do you handle life’s curve balls? We cry foul and eat more ice cream, but you can find out how folks cope in a remote coastal town north of England. Boston actors Nancy E. Carroll and Will Lyman read Philip Goulding’s “A Fine Bright Day Today” directed by Eric C. Engel. Stick around for a post-reading discussion with the author, actors, and director. 8 p.m. $20 suggested donation. Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St., Gloucester. 978-281-4433.

State of the arts The QWAN Company (Quality Without a Name) loves uppercase and parodies, and you get two (TWO) of the latter. “NOTES!!!” is based on the film “Notes on a Scandal” about an art teacher who has an affair with a student. “SWAN!!!” is a take off on “Black Swan,” the Natalie Portman dark, dark, dark dance movie. 7:30 p.m. $20-$45. Berkshire Theatre Group’s the Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-298-5576. www.berkshiretheatre


Clubbing The Coconut Girl Club is where Grandduke Charles meets an American understudy and invites her to dinner at the embassy. Laurence Olivier directed “The Prince and the Showgirl” starring Marilyn Monroe, and the film screens as part of “Monday Night Film Series: Remembering Marilyn Monroe.” 6 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400.


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From dirt road to district In 1904, the section of New York City where that ball drops on Dec. 31 was given its name. One Times Square is the former New York Times headquarters and the subject of Joe McKendry’s talk and book, “One Times Square: A Century of Change at the Crossroads of the World.”Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. Free. The Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660.

From opera to Celtic Boston Opera Collaborative is up first at the Waterfront Performing Arts Series with opera and musical theater offerings by Mozart, Bernstein, and others. Following at 7 p.m. is Tríne Chéile featuring Irish harpist, Rosemary Caine, and a program of ancient Celtic and cutting-edge contemporary music. Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. (final concert is Aug. 28). Free. Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, Boston. 617-635-3911.

Ssshhh As we’ve said, we deal with chaos by eating more ice cream. Alysia Macaulay deals with her personal chaos in the exhibit, “The Quiet.” The photographer’s goal is to “bring the viewer into a place of quiet.” Aug. 21 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (through Sept. 2). $7, $3 seniors, free under 12 and for everyone on Thursdays. The Griffin Museum of Photography, 67 Shore Road, Winchester. 781-729-1158.