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Some folks celebrate their 80th birthday with a piece of cake. Willie Nelson celebrated with a lot of women including Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow, Loretta Lynn, Wynonna Judd, Rosanne Cash, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, and Norah Jones. The result was last year’s duet album, “To All the Girls . . .” The multiple Grammy winner is in town with one of these ladies for Willie Nelson and Family & Alison Krauss and Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas. June 17 at 7 p.m. $ 25-$75. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

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Anchors aweigh How are your knot-tying, sail-raising, anchor-weighing, and man-overboard skills? These and other nautical jobs will be put to the test when you board the Thomas E. Lannon, Fame, or the Ardelle at the Schooner Challenge. The schooners were built by Harold Burnham. 6-8 p.m. (5:30 p.m. boarding). $40 (proceeds benefit the Evelina M. Goulart stabilization project; food and beverages available). Depart from Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester. 978-768-7541. www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org

Life and death A young boy’s life ends tragically, but two men thousands of miles away from each other forge a bond in Walt McGough’s “Pattern of Life” presented by New Repertory Theatre and Boston Center for American Performance. 7:30 p.m. (through June 29). $30. Boston University Theatre, Lane Comley Studio 210, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-923-8487. www.newrep.org

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Styles and stories Improvisation is a constant for the Thread Ensemble and Cloud Ludum, ensembles that draw from styles including classical, avant-garde, Klezmer, New England fiddle music, jazz, and free improvisation. Their improv and stories will be told at “Clouds & Threads.” 7:30 p.m. $10; $7 students, seniors, fixed income ($12 and $8 without reservations; journeysinsoundpresents@gmail.com). Arts at the Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-718-2191. www.artsatthearmory.org

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She is woman Juanita McNeely is a feminist who communicates her views about women through her art. More than 40 years of these views are at “Indomitable Spirit,” a testament to her trio of feminist issues: the female body, speaking out, and activism. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-
5 p.m. through Oct. 8. Free. Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, 515 South St., Waltham. 781-736-8100.
www.brandeis.edu/wsrc/arts

Oh what a Nite “We are very special people/we show the light for other people/even tho they try to shake us/that only made us get up stronger” are lyrics to “The Boston Song” penned last year by Berklee College of Music student, Clef Nite, after the Boston Marathon bombings. The Nigerian-born Afropop guitarist and vocalist will perform the song and celebrate his first release, “Love Song.” 9 p.m. $8. 21+. O’Brien’s Pub, 3 Harvard Ave., Allston. 617-782-6245. www.obrienspubboston.com

TUESDAY

On the brink Hayley Mary, frontwoman for the Jezabels, has said that “pop is the darkest music of all. If you look not at what pop artists are consciously doing but at what they’re reflecting about the world, pop is the most twisted, weird, and scary stuff. If you wanted to study the earth from an alien perspective, listen to pop music.” The group’s second album is “The Brink.” June 17 at 7 p.m. $16, $18 at the door. 18+. Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Allston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

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