Boston-area to do list

See images of what remains at “Trespassion: Inside Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone.”
See images of what remains at “Trespassion: Inside Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone.”


In the zone

After the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the “Exclusion Zone” was established to help contain toxic contamination caused by the accident. It includes the now abandoned and uninhabitable city of Pripyat, where once upon a time, 50,000 people lived. See images of what remains at “Trespassion: Inside Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone.” The exhibit features photographs by John Mooney, who was one of a group of photographers to travel to the zone this past June. Aug. 3, 7-11 p.m., opening. 21+. Exhibit runs through August. The Garage, Second Floor, 36 JFK St., Harvard Square, Cambrige.


An enchanted evening So many shows, so many great songs. Ocean State Theatre Company sings them in “Celebrating the Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein.” The benefit for the company’s Live Music Initiative features numbers from “Carousel,” “Flower Drum Song,” “The Sound of Music,” “South Pacific,” and “The King and I.” Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. $50, $75. Ocean State Theatre, 1245 Jefferson Blvd.,
Warwick, R.I. 401-921-6800,

Happy birthday, Buddy Blues guitarist Buddy Guy recently turned 77, and we appreciate that he celebrated with a new recording we can all enjoy. “Rhythm & Blues” features appearances by artists including Kid Rock, Keith Urban, and Steven Tyler. Guy performs in the Lowell Summer Music Series. Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. $50. Boarding House Park, 40 French St. Lowell. Rain location: Lowell High School, 50 French St. 978-970-5200, www.lowellsummer



Musical journey San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Nate Currin delved into his Southern roots to create his 18-song concept album, “The Pilgrim,” a secular interpretation of John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress.” He says, “What I really wanted to do was weave my own life into Bunyan’s story. It’s about a man — in some cases me — on a journey and all of the struggles he endures, the hardships he faces, the people he meets, all of the various things that happen along the way.” Aug. 4, 9 p.m. Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St., Boston. 617-524-9038,

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Hope of jazz Grammy-winning bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding is a jazz star, but the aha moment that made her decide to pursue music came courtesy of a classical player. Her website says, “At age four, after watching classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform on an episode of ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,’ the roadmap was suddenly very clear.” Spalding makes her Tanglewood debut. Aug. 4, 8 p.m. $20-$99. Tanglewood, Seiji Ozawa Hall, Lenox. 888-266-1200,

Silent general He did deadpan like nobody else, which earned him the nickname “The Great Stone Face.” Buster Keaton was also a genius when it came to physical comedy. See him in the 1926 silent film “The General” with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis. Aug. 4, 1 p.m. $15. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 617-625-5700,

Pictures with wings New Hampshire photographer Tom Zack will be on hand for the opening reception of his exhibit “Birds on the Wing: An Up-close Encounter with the Avian World.” Zack, who’s been a nature and wildlife photographer for more than 35 years, will discuss his work. Aug. 4, 2:30 p.m. Exhibit runs through Sept. 15. Free. Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. 978-462-9998,