Boston-area to do list

Michael Wilson


Gotta Lovett

We’re partial to “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “Isn’t That So” from Lyle Lovett’s “Release Me.” Choose your favorites by the Grammy-winning fuser of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel, and blues at “An Evening With Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group.” 8 p.m. $40.25, $60.25. South Shore Music Circus, 130 Sohier St., Cohasset (July 7 at Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis). 800-514-3849.


Fishing folk Known for its fishing and now its New Bedford Folk Festival, there’s plenty to do at the former Greater New Bedford Summerfest. Two days of art, food, and music includes Stoughton’s Lori McKenna whose new release is “Massachusetts.” The self-described housewife and townie performs Saturday at 6:30 p.m. July 6 and 7 at 11 a.m. $20, $25 weekend pass, $15 students, free under 12. Zeiterion Performing Arts Center and other New Bedford locations. 508-493-3872.

Bluegrass on green grass The vocal harmony by brothers Allan and Rick Spinney plus the musical accompaniment from Gary Dalrymple and Darryl Hebb add up to the Nova Scotia bluegrass quartet known as the Spinney Brothers. 7 p.m. (6 p.m. gates; bring a picnic). $25 (patio seating), $20 (lawn), free under 13. Maudslay Arts Center, 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. 978-499-0050.

Pieces of paper Papermaker Zenas Crane founded the Berkshire Museum 110 years ago, and to celebrate its birthday, visitors can see what more than 30 artists do with paper at “PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material.” Calvin Nicholls uses cut paper to make animal forms; Matthew Shlian creates kinetic sculptures. The exhibit also includes origami, a 19th-century paper boat, and paper dresses from the 70s. Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through Oct. 26). $13, $6 under 18, free under 4. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171. www.berkshire


America the beautiful It’s the perfect time of year for Ronan Tynan to perform in these parts. The former member of the Irish Tenors has said that “America is powerful and intense, and it begs you to take it on. If you do that and do it right, it will give you absolutely everything you want.” Perhaps he wants you to buy tickets. 8 p.m. $55. River Club Music Hall, 78 Border St., Scituate. 339-236-6786. www.theriverclubmusic


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The bells are ringing Heinz used to boast that its products came in 57 varieties, and we are here to report that the Cohasset Carillon has the largest number of bells in New England with its 57. Wellesley College’s Margaret Angelini is featured at Sunday’s concert. Take a tour of the St. Stephen’s Church tower after the concert. July 7 at 6 p.m., rain or shine (Sundays through Aug. 18). Free. Cohasset Common, Cohasset. 781-383-9599.

A spectacle to behold Emerging Berklee College of Music musicians have a chance to make spectacles of themselves at Berklee Jazz on Spectacle Island. Bassist and guitarist Balam Garcia is joined by vocalist Selina Elsie for an afternoon of jazz, classical, funk, rock, and R&B fusion. July 7 at 1 p.m., weather permitting (every other Sunday through Sept. 1). Free music. Ferries depart from Long Wharf on the half hour from 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. 617-266-1400.