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    Dropkick Murphys.
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    Dropkick Murphys.


    Style watch In six months you’ll go green from head to toe, drink green beer, eat corned beef and cabbage, and sing Irish songs. The luck of the Irish is with you now for the song part when the Dropkick Murphys celebrate “Going Out in Style” and “Going Out in Style: Fenway Park Edition” at the band’s “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day” show. 7 p.m. $23.50-$35.50. Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000.


    Cruel and unusual punishment Professor Michael Meltsner offers his take on our government’s harsh treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay in “In Our Name: A Play of the Torture Years.” A panel discussion follows. 4-7 p.m. Free (reservations recommended at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-422-7294.

    The jazz singer In the past 12 years, a lot has happened to the vocally and visually stunning Jane Monheit . In addition to a mucho successful debut album, “Never Never Land,” the jazz singer and her drummer hubby, Rick Montalbano, had a son four years ago. Give a listen to Mom’s record, “Home,” particularly the sultry “There’s a Small Hotel” and the peppy “A Shine on Your Shoes” (with John Pizzarelli on guitar). Sept. 21 and 22 at 8 and 10 p.m. $40. Scullers Jazz Club at the DoubleTree Guest Suites Boston, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111.


    On your mark, get set, go As hard as you try, you probably won’t make it to all 150+ events at Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water. Give it your all at the guided tours, walks, paddles, and more presented by the Essex National Heritage Commission. May the force be with you. Friday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sept. 21-23 and 28-30). Free. Cities and towns of Essex County.


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    And you’re off While the horses race to the finish line, you can race to more than 20 gourmet food trucks at the Suffolk Downs Food Truck Festival. Post time is at 12:45 p.m. but eating starts at 11 a.m. Sept. 22 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Suffolk Downs, 111 Waldemar Ave., East Boston. 617-567-3900.


    New and new The premiere of music director Martin Pearlman’s “Finnegans Wake” is performed at the first “New Directions: Chamber Music From the Baroque to Carter and Pearlman,” a series of four Boston Baroque concerts. Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. $20-$45, 20 percent discount for a 4-concert subscription. Edward Pickman Concert Hall at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-987-8600, ext. 113.