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PICK OF THE DAY

Quite a ride

If you see a guy riding a bike through the streets of Boston with a cello on the back, chances are it’s Ben Sollee . The singer-songwriter is also known to ride music genres ranging from blues and Asian folk tunes to classical and Appalachian mountain music. Sollee will be joined by bassist Alana Rocklin and percussionist Jordon Ellis. Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. $18. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org

WEDNESDAY

Meet the parents If you enjoy watching grown adults carry on like misbehaving children, Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage” is your play. Watch two well-heeled couples try to resolve their sons’ playground issue like two pairs of heels. 7:30 p.m. (through Oct. 13). $20 and up, $15 students, 10 percent senior discount. Nancy L. Donahue Theatre, 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell. 978-654-4678. www.mrt.org

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Lost In 1900, there were at least two dozen breweries along the banks of the Stony Brook area of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, when Boston had the record for the most breweries per person in the country. Historian Michael Reiskind presents his talk The Lost Breweries of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. 7 p.m. Free. Urbano Project,
29 Germania St.
, Roxbury. www.jphs.org

Super During the Great Depression, shy Jerry Siegel and his pal Joe Shuster came up with the story of Kal-El who landed on Earth and was raised by Kansas farmers who changed his name. The Cleveland chums created Superman to be everything they dreamed of being — brave, handsome, protectors of the innocent, punishers of evil, and winners with the girls. Best-selling author Larry Tye will talk about his book “Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero.” 7:30 p.m. $5 (pre-registration recommended). Arlington High School, 869 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington. 781-316-3568. www.arlingtoncommunityed.org

N, N, and N Three New England-based artists whose first names begin with “N” use traditional processes to tell their stories at the Towne Art Gallery. The exhibits are “Nancy Crasco: Quilts,” “Naoko Matsumoto: Ceramics,” and “Nancy Morgan: Quilts.” Wednesday hours
1-5 p.m. (through Oct. 17; Oct. 2 Artists’ Talk 3:30-4:30 p.m.). Free. Towne Art Gallery, lower level of Wheelock Family Theatre, 180 the Riverway, Boston. 617-879-2000. www.wheelock.edu/about/towne-art-gallery

THURSDAY

He’s back What’s important to Chris Cagle are “Family, ranch, music. That’s it.” “Back in the Saddle” is the Louisiana-born country singer’s reentry after a hiatus to get back to his roots by building his family’s home. “Imagine my music just on the outside of town right where the road turns to the rural route. A dirt road cul-de-sac with trucks all parked in a circle. I would love to see my music fit into that.” Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. $25, $35. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

Music mash-up The New York Times has called Eileen Ivers “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin,” and the Grammy-winning Irish fiddler is in Rockport to make waves with her Irish jigs, jazz, blues, rock, and bluegrass. Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. $41-$61 (discounts available). Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391. www.rockportmusic.org

June Wulff can be reached at june.wulff@globe.com.
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