Boston-area to do list

Michael Crockett


Keys to the cities

We challenge you to find and play each of the 75 pianos that have been placed along the Freedom Trail, the Greenway, at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Children’s Museum, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, Franklin Park Zoo, Sullivan’s at Castle Island, Harvard Square, and other Boston and Cambridge locations. “Street Pianos Boston: Play Me I’m Yours” celebrates the 75th anniversary of Celebrity Series of Boston. Pictured: Michael Crockett works on his piano. Times vary through Oct. 14 at the indoor and outdoor public spaces. Free. 617-482-6661.


Showing their roots Here’s another event that’s all around the city, but just one city, Cambridge. The New England Americana Festival of more than 60 local roots acts fills several indoor and outdoor spots around Harvard Square. Friday performers include Roy Sludge, Liz Frame & the Kickers, and the Mallett Brothers. 7 p.m. (through Sept. 29). Sept. 27 and 28 indoor evening venues $15, $18 at the door ($28 for two-day indoor pass); free outdoor stages Sept. 28 and 29 from noon-8 p.m. Check website details.

Cove before court The TD Garden area was once marshland called the North Cove, where millers created a dam at the opening. This is one tidbit from the West End Museum exhibit “Streets of the Industrial Era.” Friday exhibit hours are noon-5 p.m. (through Oct. 5; “Notable Women of the West End” walking tour Sept. 29 from 1-3 p.m. $15). Free exhibit. West End Museum, 150 Staniford St., Boston. 617-416-0718.


Your view If you missed it when crooner Michael Bublé serenaded Barbara Walters on “The View,” don’t miss being serenaded at the
TD Garden. 8 p.m. $76.10-$132.85. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000.


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The right stuff Two hundred years of innovation is a lot of new stuff, and the Charles River Museum celebrates this stuff (and the birth of the Industrial Revolution) with a day of indoor and outdoor stuff including weaving, spinning, blacksmith demos, costumed reenactors, children’s games, walking tours of the Francis Cabot Lowell Mill and the upper Charles River, and exhibits. Sept. 28 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (7 p.m. Gala is $50, $65 at the door). Charles River Museum, 154 Moody St., Waltham. 781-893-5410.

Playing it forward “Jazz: The Next Generation” is the theme of this year’s Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival with three outdoor stages. Performers include Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott, the Mike Tucker Trio featuring vibraphonist Warren Wolf, and the Matt Savage Quartet with saxophonist Bobby Watson. Sept. 28 from noon-6 p.m. Free. Columbus Ave., South End.


Musical cyclone Paste magazine described Portland, Ore., band Typhoon as “an indie rock geek’s dream: a dynamic 12-piece with a seemingly unending reservoir of energy, emotive vocals, arpeggiated guitars, horns, multiple drum kits and strings.” The darlings are in Brighton to show off their latest release, “White Lighter.” Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. $12 in advance, $14 day of show. 18+. Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Allston. 800-745-3000.

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