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Things to do on Cape Cod and the islands: Aug. 24-30

Haley Star.

Haley Star.

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Drag brunch hosted by Haley Star

Rhode Island’s own contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” continues her summerlong run at P-town’s Harbor Hotel, where she hosts a Sunday brunch with enough sequins to dazzle the cobwebs out of your Saturday night. A year ago Haley revealed her daily persona to her devoted online following: “I wake up, I eat breakfast, I put my pants on the same way.” No time for breakfast on Sundays, though, when Ms. Star takes Commercial Street by storm. She often credits her late father for his wisdom — “Live each day as if it’s going to be your last” — which has led to some fabulous content for her YouTube channel, including that time she went skydiving. Until brunch. . . peace, love and cupcakes!

11-1 p.m. 698 Commercial St. $12.95. www.harborhotelptown.com

Matt Nathanson and Gavin DeGraw

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Matt Nathanson.

Lexington native Matt Nathanson cannot stop thinking about that girl in the Kinks shirt, and we can’t blame him: It’s a good look. On this homecoming trip for the San Francisco transplant, he is sure to play “Kinks Shirt,” “Faster,” “Come On Get Higher,” and the other finely crafted pop songs on which he has built his name. He will share the stage with coheadliner Gavin DeGraw, another pop songwriter with a penchant for well-chosen cover songs. DeGraw has his own local connection: The New York native attended Berklee, however briefly, in 2002.

6:30 p.m. Sunday. Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 West Main St., Hyannis. $49-$100.50. http://www.melodytent.org

An Irish farewell to summer

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Named for a village in Connemara, County Galway, the Irish band Carraroe features fresh-scrubbed members Mark Oien on fiddle and Torrin Ryan on pipes, as well as veterans Kevin Daly (accordion) and Bill Black (vocals). Playing jigs and reels, the four-year-old group will kick up some heels with their traditional repertoire. If they are hosting a farewell, they will be sure to do it in good spirits, the Irish way: May the sun always shine on your windowpane. 4-6 p.m. 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth. $10-15. http://www.highfieldhall.org

Barnstable Oyster Farm tour and tasting

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In “The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell,” the estimable Mark Kurlansky explored the previously unheralded role of the oyster in the development of New York City – how the lowly bivalve became the city’s most popular export and its natural filtration system. See what the mollusk means to Cape Cod in this special Mass Audubon event: a walking tour of a working oyster farm, followed by an indoor presentation and, of course, a tasting. Shucking lesson included.

6-7:30 p.m. Monday. Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, 345 Bone Hill Road, Cummaquid. $17-19, reservation required. http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/long-pasture

Cape Cod cemeteries

Tales of Cape Cod is in its 65th year of preservation activities. The organization’s annual summer lecture series continues with a virtual tour of the region’s historic burial grounds, giving new meaning to the group’s tag line: “Bringing Cape History to Life.” The Barnstable Historical Society’s Nancy Shoemaker leads a presentation about the gravestones of original Mayflower passengers; “Mad Jack” Percival, who sailed the USS Constitution; and other Cape Codders of note.

7:30 p.m. Monday. Olde Colonial Courthouse, 3046 Main St., Barnstable. $5-7. http://www.talesofcapecod.org

Klezmer Swing featuring Tedi Marsh

Drummer Bart Weisman has been at center stage of the local jazz scene since moving to the Cape from Washington D.C. He is a teacher at the Cape Conservatory and executive producer of the Provincetown Jazz Festival, and he is often seen leading his traditional and smooth jazz bands. He will bring his lively “klezmer swing” group to Cotuit Center for the Arts on Monday, featuring Mashpee-based vocalist Tedi Marsh, whose grandparents were vaudeville performers.

8 p.m. Monday. 4404 Falmouth Road, Cotuit. $17-20.

http://www.cotuitcenterforthearts.org/experience-art/klezmer-swing-group-featuring-tedi-marsh

“The City Dark: A Search for Night on a Planet That Never Sleeps”

The Maria Mitchell Association’s observatories offer fantastic views of the stars, in honor of Mitchell, the Nantucket native who was the first woman to work as a professional astronomer. Unimpeded views of our universe are becoming as distant a reality as Mitchell’s 19th century, as the electric sprawl of civilization robs us of the night sky. The MMA hosts this special viewing of “The City Dark: A Search for Night on a Planet That Never Sleeps,” an award-winning 2011 documentary that poses a simple question: What do we lose when we lose the night?

7 p.m. Tuesday. 33 Washington St., Nantucket. Free. http://www.mariamitchell.org/

James Sullivan can be reached at jamesgsullivan@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @sullivanjames.
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