The Week Ahead (July 6-11)
John Hiatt & the Combo with the Robert Cray Band
John Hiatt’s career took its own sweet time getting off the ground: it wasn’t until his eighth album, in 1987, that he cracked the Billboard 200. That album’s title, “Bring the Family,” is a pretty good idea for this impeccable double bill at the Melody Tent. Some of the songs themes might be of the adult variety – opener Robert Cray, after all, made quicker work in establishing his own career with 1986’s “Strong Persuader,” an album that was rife with infidelity – but the good-time blues and rock these two consummate veterans provide is flat-out fun for all ages. Hiatt, by the way, has done just fine for himself: he’s the author of great, often-covered songs including “Thing Called Love” and “Have a Little Faith in Me,” and on his most recent albums (“Mystic Pinball” and “Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns”) he’s in as fine a form as ever.
7 p.m. Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 West Main St., Hyannis. $41.50-67.50. www.melodytent.org
Just because there’s sand in your shoes doesn’t mean you have to forego your cosmopolitan side. Take a break from the beach and spend an afternoon in the state-of-the-art screening room at Nantucket’s historic Dreamland Film and Performing Arts Center. (Sharon Stone and Bill Belichick will be onhand July 11 for the foundation’s second annual gala.) This encore performance of Puccini’s three-act operetta features Nicholas Noel’s elegant art deco production and opera stars Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna as the ill-fated lovers. Upcoming Met rebroadcasts include performances of Verdi’s “Otello” and Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette.”
1 p.m. Sunday. 17 South Water St. $9-12. www.nantucketdreamland.org.
Cape Cod Baseball Day
No Cape Cod vacation is complete without a visit to one of the pristine ballparks that make up the Cape Cod Baseball League circuit, where future stars including Tim Lincecum, Mark Texeira and ex-Red Sox (now damn Yankee) Jacoby Ellsbury all spent summers while they were still playing college ball. Players from the current season will be onhand Tuesday [July 8] for Cape Cod Baseball Day at the Cape Codder Resort to sign autographs and talk about their Cape experience. (Ask about their host families!) Check out a demonstration by the Barnstable Bat Company, a display from the CCBL’s Hall of Fame and more.
11 a.m.-2 p.m. 1225 Iyannough Rd., Hyannis. Free. www.capecodderresort.com
Larry Tye on Superman
In his recent book on our most iconic superhero, author and former Globe staffer Larry Tye makes a superlative case for the character as a Rorshach test of his times and our aspirations. From crime-buster to superpatriot, social crusader to spiritual savior, the tight-fitted alter-ego of the mild-mannered Clark Kent has embodied the best of America for 75 years. Tye discusses his book as part of the Falmouth Museums on the Green’s ongoing lecture series.
7 p.m. Wednesday [July 9]. 55/65 Palmer Ave., Falmouth. http://museumsonthegreen.org
A.R. Gurney’s ‘Black Tie’
With works including “The Cocktail Hour,” “Love Letters” and “The Dining Room,” playwright A.R. Gurney has made the Northeastern WASP in its native habitat his creature of primary study. The recently revitalized Theatre Workshop of Nantucket continues its monthlong run of Gurney’s “Black Tie,” which finds the father of the groom defending his decision to wear a tuxedo at a rehearsal dinner. Directed by Fritz Michel, who has appeared in the Hollywood films “Angels & Demons” and “Syriana.”
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday (6 p.m. Sundays July 13-27) through August 2. Centre Stage, 2 Centre St. $30. www.theatreworkshop.com
Wellfleet Flea Market
Most Cape denizens are well aware of the timeless charms of the Wellfleet Drive-In, where sunburnt families cool off at dusk with the summer’s popcorn movies. Unlike many of the remaining drive-ins, the Wellfleet parking lot isn’t vacant during the prime beaching hours: on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, it’s home to the four-decades-old-and-counting Wellfleet Flea Market. Scour the tables for knickknacks, collectibles, handicrafts and other odds and ends from a typical showing of 200 vendors. The snack bar is open, and there’s a playground for antsy kids and a beer garden for thirsty parents.
Buyers $1-3 per carload. http://www.wellfleetcinemas.com/flea-market
Chandler Travis Philharmonette
Kick off the summer music series in Harwich Port with one of the Cape’s true notables, the wonderfully weird Chandler Travis and his Philharmonette. Travis founded the Incredible Casuals, the great party band that was an institution for years at the Beachcomber. Now fronting three more groups playing various styles, from lounge and Dixieland to the utterly uncategorizable, he’s more versatile than ever. “You give me a hole, I’ll fill it,” the consummate showman once said. Pro tip: wear a funny hat.
6-9 p.m. Wednesday [July 9]. Main St. Free. http://harwichcc.com/cape-cod-vacation/music-in-the-port/