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Randee St. Nicholas

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Gone ‘Platinum’

Sometimes it’s hard to know the meaning of an album title, but it’s very clear with “Platinum,” the new release from Miranda Lambert: “Platinum is my hair color, and my wedding ring, and the color of my Airstream, and the name of one of my favorite beers. It’s about a lifestyle.” Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. $25-$59.75. Xfinity Center, 885 S. Main St., Mansfield. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

FRIDAY

Big time Whether it’s Julian Fellowes or Scott Fellows, this name hits pay dirt on TV. The former created “Downton Abbey,” the latter is responsible for the Nickelodeon series “Big Time Rush,” about a boy band looking for fame. The same-titled band (also known as BTR) was created for the show, and its leader, Kendall Schmidt, is now with Heffron Drive. “Happy Mistakes” is the band’s new album. 6 p.m. $30. Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Allston. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

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No material left behind Today’s word is “Detritivore,” “an animal that feeds on dead organic material, especially plant detritus” and the title of an installation by mixed-media sculptor Kat Ely. 24/7 through Oct. 30 (Sept. 5 opening reception 6:30-7:30 p.m.). The Mµseum, 72½ Union Sq., Somerville. www.tinymuseum.org

Strange but true Described by presenter Boston Hassle as “the strangest, most fun, life changing, and most repulsive music makers and performers that are to be found in the here and now and only within the six New England states as demarcated by law” should be enough to pique your interest in the New England Underground Music Festival. 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Sept. 6 3 p.m.-12:30 a.m.). $12-$15. All ages. Cuisine en Locale, 156 Highland Ave., Somerville. www.bostonhassle.com

SATURDAY

Music in the park Pack a picnic and stretch the season with the Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Here’s the lineup: The Bruce Gertz Trio (1-2 p.m.), the Latin Side of Billy Strayhorn (2:30-3:30 p.m.), and the Thaddeus Hogarth Band (4-5 p.m.). Sept. 6 from 1-5 p.m. Free. DCR Martini Shell Park, 1015 Truman Parkway, Hyde Park (rain location Hyde Park Municipal Building, 1179 River St.). 617-333-7405, ext. 104. www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/events/september6-martini.pdf

Nine strings There are nine categories for which cash prizes will be awarded at the Banjo & Fiddle Contests . Register from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or watch starting at 10 a.m. Sept. 6 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Boarding House Park, 40 French St., Lowell (rain location across the street at Lowell High School Auditorium). 978-970-5200. www.nps.gov/lowe/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=533987-232573

SUNDAY

The winner is. . . Thirty-five years ago a competition was set up to honor the late James Pappoutsakis, a flutist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and beloved teacher. Adrian Sanborn won first prize last year and will present a program of Copland, Debussy, Hindemith, and Liebermann at the James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition Winner’s Recital. Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. Free. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-461-3994. www.pappoutsakis.org

June Wulff can be reached at june.wulff@globe.com.
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