PICK OF THE DAY
From Tappan to Tanglewood
In 1936, Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Serge Koussevitzky
accepted a gift of the Tappan estate and established Tanglewood. Opening Night at Tanglewood will be conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi, who will lead the BSO in the all-Beethoven program played at the first Tanglewood concert on Aug. 5, 1937. Fireworks end the evening. 8:30 p.m.
(6 p.m. prelude concert with members of the BSO). $20-$104. Tanglewood, 297 West St., Lenox. 888-266-1200. www.tanglewood.org
From acoustic to symphonic After Sarah McLachlan performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Denver Post had this to say: “McLachlan wasted no time in connecting with her audience.” The Canadian singer-songwriter will connect with you on her symphony orchestra tour. 7:30 p.m. $31-$76. Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com
A theatrical ride Even with fair hikes, we love our T, don’t we? And audiences love “T: An MBTA Musical” because the award-winning show was extended. When three 20-somethings are affected by MBTA problems, they embark on an adventure which features such tunes as “General Manager of the Month” and “The T Within.” July 6 and 13 at 10:30 p.m. $25, $20 students and seniors, $18 standing room. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 866-811-4111. www.cluboberon.com/events/t-mbta-musical
All a Boardman Captain Offin Boardman was a party animal and daredevil, among other things, and you’ll learn more about the gentleman when you dine at his late-18th-century country estate at “Rum Rations and Revolution: Eating and Drinking With Captain Boardman.” July 6 and 7 from 7-9 p.m. $55 (registration required). Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury. 978-462-2634. www.historicnewengland.org
This band has delivered funk since 1969. The five-piece Grand Funk Railroad includes two original founding members, Don Brewer on vocals and drums, and bassist Mel Schacher. July 7 at
2 p.m. $33.45-$48.75. Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Road, Webster.
A Rivers runs over it With a title of “I Hate Everyone, Starting With Me,” you can bet your botox that Joan Rivers has both barrels loaded in her latest book. The comedian has her way with hypocrites, Hollywood, and historical figures. July 8 at 8 p.m. $39.75 and $58.75. Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 West Main St., Hyannis. 877-686-5366. www.melodytent.org