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Danvers: The blockbuster movie “Shutter Island” was set on a fictitious island in Boston Harbor, but the true stories of the 34 Boston Harbor Islands are even stranger than fiction. “Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands” author Christopher Klein takes you on a virtual tour through the history of the islands. Wednesday, 7 p.m. Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St. Free. 978-774-0554, www.danverslibrary.org
Manchester: Manchester Summer Chamber Music presents a concert celebrating Caroline Shaw, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer for Music. Special guest, media personality, and author Christopher Lydon will interweave the evening with conversation. Saturday, 8:30 p.m. Manchester by the Book, 27 Union St. $15. 978-525-2929, www.manchestersummerchambermusic.org
Salisbury: Like Patty Griffin before him, Howie Day emerged from the country quietude of Bangor, Maine, into Boston’s coffeehouse scene and the world of folk music, proving his talent on his first release, “Australia.” Friday, 8 p.m. Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Ocean Front North. $25-$35. 978-462-5888, www.blueoceanhall.com
Somerville: At “Ignite! A Fire and Street Food Festival,” enjoy treats like samosas from India, char-grilled barbecue from Brazil, and Salvadoran pupusas. While you nibble away you can feast your eyes on fire spinners and belly dancers that will be performing in the square. Saturday, 6-10 p.m. Union Square Plaza, Somerville Avenue and Washington Street. Free. 617-955-0080, www.somervilleartscouncil.org.