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We don’t know if Keith Lockhart will don a cowboy hat to welcome guest Vince Gill (above), but the maestro will rope the country superstar into singing some hits at Opening Night at Pops. The program will kick off this year’s Pops theme of “The Best of Hollywood Film Music” which includes music by former maestro John Williams. May 8 at 8 p.m. $41-$125. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 888-266-1200.


Write what you know In “I Can’t Complain,” Elinor Lipman writes about what she knows, or in this case, whom she knows. The essay collection is about herself, and covers home, love, cooking, and politics. Switching to her novelist hat, Lipman will also talk about “The View From Penthouse B.” 7 p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660.

Old York At the ripe old age of 22, Jane is unmarried, and her parents are worried that they won’t find her a husband. It’s the 15th century, so online dating can’t help, but Jane’s father marries her off to an older man, a dull merchant. Flirtatious Jane winds up becoming the mistress of Edward IV, and it’s all in Anne Easter Smith’s “Royal Mistress.” The Newburyport author will talk about her historic novel. 6 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400.


Personal monologues Playwright, author, and activist Eve Ensler is probably best known for her female-empowerment play, “The Vagina Monologues.” In her new work, “In the Body of the World: A Memoir,” Ensler shares painful chapters from her life, including sexual abuse by her father. Harvard Book Store presents a discussion with the author. 6 p.m. $5. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-661-1515.


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Slow down In our world of here today, gone today, the MIT School of Architecture + Planning presents an exhibit about sustainability titled “From Obsolescence to Sustainability: A Century of Architectural Change.” See how slow change and permanence have emerged in the “built environment.” May 7 reception from 5:30-7 p.m. (through Aug. 16). Free. MIT’s Elliot K. Wolk Gallery, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-253-4401.

Barrels of hope Ever wonder what happens to old wine casks? Some of them are touring the country as pieces of furniture at “Barrique: The Third Life of Wood.” Works by more than 30 international designers begin their journey in Boston in support of San Patrignano, Europe’s largest drug rehabilitation center. May 7 and 8 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Square, Boston. 617-635-3911.

It’s a sign Of his band’s new release, “Love Sign,” vocalist Paul Sprangers has said, “I hope people can relate to what we do on some level. I hope kids like it. I hope moms like it. I don’t care about being cool, I just want to connect. I want people to know that no matter what, life is good, and every experience is meaningful. Maybe that’s weird. But we definitely feel like weirdos and we always have . . . maybe we always will, which is totally fine.” You are invited to connect with the pop/rock of Free Energy. May 7 doors at 7 p.m. $15, $17 day of show. 18+. The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 800-745-3000.