Boston-area to do list


The thrill isn’t gone

Ever wonder why B.B. King names his guitars Lucille? In the ’50s, when the blues guitarist was playing a gig in Arkansas, two guys got into a fight over a woman named Lucille. They knocked over a kerosene stove which started a fire in the hall. King ran outside without his $30 guitar, ran back in to retrieve it, and named the guitar Lucille. The Grammy-winning King of the Blues and Lucille perform in New Hampshire. July 11 at 8 p.m. $39-$74. Casino Ballroom at Hampton Beach, 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, N.H. 603-929-4100.


They Remember the sweet scene in “Elf” when Buddy (played by Will Ferrell) hears Jovie (played by Zooey Deschanel) singing in the ladies room? Buddy was as taken with her voice as fans are by Deschanel’s pipes as one of the musical duo She & Him. The him is guitarist M. Ward, and they play old-timey jukebox standards, covers, and original tunes.7:30 p.m. $25-$40. Bank of America Pavilion,
290 Northern Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000.

Fens way Years ago, walking in or around the Fens wasn’t a walk in the park. This part of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace is now a lush greenery, and you can learn about its many transformations at the two-hour guided tour, The Back Bay Fens: Vision and Revisions. 6 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Meet at John Boyle O’Reilly Statue, intersection of Boylston Street and the Fenway, Boston.
617-566-1689, ext. 216.


Ten at 10 If you have the attention span of a goldfish and love live theater, Salem Theatre Company’s “Moments of Play” is the ticket for you. Ten original plays 10-minute plays include “Fracking With Walt Whitman” by Gregory Hischak, “Delicious” by Jamie Wilkinson, and “The Philosophy of Dogs” by George Smart. 7:30 p.m. (through July 14). $15. STC Theater, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. 866-811-4111.

Get The Weekender in your inbox:
The Globe's top picks for what to see and do each weekend, in Boston and beyond.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

Bilingual Brecht You can pick your language at Apollinaire Theatre Company’s “The Caucasian Chalk Circle.” Spanish is July 10 and Fridays; English is July 17, 24, and Thurs., Sat., Sun. The bilingual production keeps you literally moving with the actors who tell the story of a young kitchen maid who rescues an abandoned baby. 7:30 p.m. (Wed-Sun through July 27; call if raining; bring a picnic, blanket, and beach chair). Free. Mary O’Malley Park, Commandant’s Way, Chelsea Waterfront. 617-887-2336. www.apollinairetheatre


It’s true In April, Grammy winner Mavis Staples performed at the White House tribute to Memphis Soul (some young singer named Justin Timberlake was also on the program). Staples has been a staple on the soul and gospel scene for seven decades and celebrates her latest release, “One True Vine.” July 11 at 8 p.m. $55-$100. Payomet Performing Arts Center Tent, 29 Old Dewline Road, North Truro.

Sunstruck Sun Studio founded by Sam Phillips shone with output from the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis. This ’50s music, a lifelong passion for Chris Isaak, is now a dream come true for the rocker whose new release is “Beyond the Sun.” July 11 at 7:30 p.m. $75. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.