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Your Week Ahead

5 things to do this week

From Shakespeare to folk music to a gospel celebration.

Steven Tyler will perform with Aerosmith at the TD Garden this week.

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Steven Tyler will perform with Aerosmith at the TD Garden this week.

July 15

GOSPELFEST

25,000

Number of faithful fans expected at this year’s free outdoor concert

300

Feet of barricade

25

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Microphones

10

Stagehands

4

Custodians

1

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Headline act, Kim Burrell

City Hall Plaza, 5-8 p.m., cityofboston.gov/arts/performing

July 15-August 11

GO FOR THE OLD

The ideas-packed Decorator Show House in Old York, Maine, is now open. This year, ticket holders ($20) get a bonus: free admission to the Old York Antiques Show this coming Saturday and Sunday, so you can buy the stuff you’ll need to make your house look that good. Open every day except Tuesdays; oldyork.org

July 17+19

THE BAD BOYS FROM BOSTON ARE BACK

On the occasion of Aerosmith’s two shows at the Garden, a short quiz: Why, according to Steven Tyler, did the band choose the name “The Global Warming Tour”?

A) In honor of environmentalist Bill McKibben, currently sitting in on tambourine.

B) To remind opening act Cheap Trick to play “The Flame.”

C) “We like to light fires under people’s [backsides], and what better title than ‘Global Warming’?”

(Scroll down for answer)

800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com

July 19-August 19

SHE’S MAGIC

In Shakespeare & Company’s summer production of The Tempest, the scheming shipwrecked Duke Prospero is played by a woman, and a fine actor, to boot. Olympia Dukakis headlines as the magician pulling all the strings, then getting tangled in them. Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, 413-637-3353, shakespeare.org

July 20-21

FLOCK TO SOMERVILLE

Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Davis Square and environs will be transformed into a rollicking art and music festival for the annual Somerville ArtBeat. This year’s theme of “migration” will serve as inspiration for dance troupes, kids shows, more than a dozen bands, and some 75 craft vendors. Full schedule at somervilleartscouncil.org

ANSWER: C

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