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    We’re off to see the concerts, dance performances, movie screening, and other fun stuff at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center’s BOOMTOWN Festival. Activities in keeping with the theme of “Follow the Yellow Brick Road“ include a chalk art yellow brick road, bottle tornados, and ruby slippers from recycled materials, and a dance workshop titled “If Munchkins Could Dance.” This evening’s schedule features chalk art from 4:30-6:30 p.m., a recycle art workshop from 4:30-5:30 p.m., a hip-hop workshop from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and a 6:30 p.m. concert of tango jazz. Upcoming events feature a Sun Ra 99th Arrival Celebration concert, a tribute to Abbey Lincoln, and a screening of “The Wizard of Oz.” July 29-Aug. 1, from 4:30 p.m. Free. Centanni Park, Second and Otis St., Cambridge. In case of rain, events move indoors to the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., Cambridge. 617-577-1400,


    Show on the road In summer, we hop in our cars and head for lakeside cabins, festivals, and other seasonal destinations. Images of those summer traditions are depicted in “Road Trip,” an exhibit featuring photographs, drawings, and paintings by 15 artists. Through Sept. 21. Daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Gallery at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St., Boston.

    Time flies Punk-metal rockers the Melvins are celebrating three decades with the Melvins 30th Anniversary Tour. From their website: “ ‘Has it really only been 30 years?’ asked singer-guitar player Buzz Osborne. ‘Dang! Thanks to everyone who’s been there for us! It’s been an exciting trip and I probably should have listened and learned more. I apologize for anything I’ve ever done wrong and for anything I’m going to do wrong . . . Ha!’ ” Hopefully, he won’t do anything wrong at tonight’s celebration. July 29, 8 p.m. $17. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.


    Lives of crime Johnny Boy, who can’t pay the debts he owes to loan sharks, runs into trouble in Martin Scorsese’s “Mean Streets,” filmed in New York in the early 1970s. The movie, shown in the series Big Screen Classics, stars a young Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro. July 29, 7 p.m. $9.25, $7.25 seniors. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500,


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    Black comedy The advice Grammy Award-winning comedian and “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” regular Lewis Black gave UC-San Diego graduates in June applies to us all. In addition to the standard “do what you love,” he said “beware of idiots.” July 30, 8 p.m. $100, $125. Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, 2357 Route 6, Wellfleet.

    Rock and stroll If you have a friend like ours who loves to talk about glaciers and such, send that person to Explore the Geology of the Neponset River Greenway. Geologist Les Tyrala leads a Boston Natural Areas Network walk along the river’s edge. July 30, 5:30 p.m. Free, registration required. Meet downstairs at Milton Red Line T stop. 617-542-7696,

    Classical intimacy Chamber music is like an intricate conversation among musicians. You can listen to many different ones at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival. Thirteen concerts over four weeks at six venues get underway tonight with Trio Solisti in works by Beethoven, Chausson, and Mussorgsky. July 30, 7:30 p.m. $35, $15 students, under 18 free. Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Cotuit. Through Aug. 23 in Provincetown, Wellfleet, Chatham, Dennis, and South Yarmouth.