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PICK OF THE DAY

Driving force

Oscar nominee and Gloucester resident Lindsay Crouse stars with Elliot Norton Award winner Robert Pemberton in Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer-winning “Driving Miss Daisy.” Set in the South in 1948, the story is about a friendship that develops between a cranky Southern Jewish widow and her black chauffeur. Pictured: Crouse and Johnny Lee Davenport. Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. (through Sept. 22). $40, $35 seniors and students. Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St., Gloucester. 978-281-4433. www.gloucesterstage.com

WEDNESDAY

Porcelain permanence Mauro Remiddi (a.k.a. Porcelain Raft) has explained the title of “Permanent Signal,” his new release: “I was touring almost nonstop for eight months and I started having these imaginary conversations in my head with people I wanted to communicate with, but for one reason or another it couldn’t happen. This is where the album title came from: The idea of a signal that says the line is off.” The electro-pop multi-instrumentalist communicates in Allston. 9 p.m. doors. $10. 18+. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

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You gotta have friends Some heavy hitters are the friends and special guests at Scott Murawski and Friends With Special Guests. The electric guitar namesake from Max Creek welcomes Jim Weider (the Band), Randy Ciarlante (the Band), John Lockwood (Pat Metheny, Dizzy Gillespie), Bob Moses (John Medeski, Rahassan Roland Kirk, Pat Metheny), Phil Grenadier (John Scofield), and Tony Betancourt (Cuban Jazz Project, Jim Weider Band). Impressed? 8 p.m. doors. $10. 18+. Middle East, 472-480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 866-777-8932. www.ticketweb.com

THURSDAY

North and south Despite their geographical difference, nine artists from Boston’s South End and Cape Ann share a passion for natural forms and landscape. The mediums represented at “SouthEnd by NorthEast” include encaustic, acrylics, oils, inks, and watercolors. Thurs-Sun noon-4 p.m. through Sept. 22 (Sept. 8 reception 5-7 p.m.). Free. The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester. 978-515-7004. www.rockyneckartcolony.org

A charming fellow Singing and period costumes help tell the story of 17th-century poet John Wilmot. “The Libertine” is a collaboration between Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston and Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company/NYC. Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. (through Sept. 22). $20 (Sept. 5 and 6 previews), $40 (student discount available). Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600. www.bostontheatrescene.com

Beach boy Alex Zhang Hungtai (a.k.a. Dirty Beaches) doesn’t mess around with lightweight themes. The double LP “Drifters/Love Is the Devil” is a musical journal of the musician’s two years on the road with contemplations about the fragility of reality. Church is a good place for the leader and his band. Sept. 5 doors at 8 p.m. $12 cover. 21+. Church, 69 Kilmarnock St., Boston. 617-236-7600.www.churchofboston.com

One way or another New York, new wave, punk, Deborah Harry. You guessed it, Blondie, featuring the bleached-blonde with the deadpan delivery who brought us “One Way or Another,” “Heart of Glass,” “Rapture,” and “Maria.” X is the special guest. Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. $33-$63. 18+. Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, N.H. 603-929-4100. www.casinoballroom.com

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