Boston-area to do list

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The fast lane

Here’s some advice from country giant Tim McGraw: “Let’s leave anything that might be weighing us down out in the parking lot and spend a few hours together feeling alive and free.” The Grammy winner’s new album is “Two Lanes of Freedom.” June 29 at 7 p.m. $26-$65.75. Comcast Center, 885 S. Main St., Mansfield. 800-745-3000.


Friday night bites Four New England chefs are all yours on Fridays at the Talking Taste series. First up to talk and offer tastings is Michael Serpa from the North End’s Neptune Oyster, followed on July 12 by Joanne Chang (Flour, Myers + Chang). On July 19 it’s Will Gilson from Puritan & Co., then Jackson Cannon from the Hawthorne on July 26. 6:30 p.m. $15, $10 students; four talks $45, $32 students (includes museum admission). The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3100.

Amazing Joan The summer of 1958 was a big one for the Baez family. Albert, Joan, and their three daughters (Pauline, Mimi, and Joan Baez) drove from Palo Alto, Calif., to Boston with the Kingston Trio’s “Tom Dooley” playing on the radio. Joan entered Boston University, made friends with folk music fans, and began a residency at the then-Club 47 (now Club Passim). She’s back for a visit. 7:30 p.m. $55. Boarding House Park, 40 French St., Lowell (rain location is Lowell High School Auditorium, 50 French Street). 978-970-5200.


Surf city One week into summer calls for a surf-rock dance party, even if you’re not near the water. The Waveriders and the Derangers oblige as part of Johnny D’s “We Dig Free Fridays Series.” 10 p.m. No cover. 21+. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Davis Square, Somerville. 617-776-2004.

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Go her way Lakeville-bred Amy Correia credits her Massachusetts home town with planting the images for many songs including “Powder Blue Trans Am,” “Lakeville,” “Broken/Open,” and “The Bike.” The singer-songwriter’s new release is the rootsy, bluesy “You Go Your Way.” Opening is the Boston quintet the Porch Party Mamas. 8 p.m. $17. Narrows Center for the Arts, 6 Anawan St., Fall River. 508-324-1926.

A Schuur thing With mentors like Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz, it’s no wonder that Diane Schuur has done pretty well in the music biz. The vocalist and pianist gives a node to the guys with accompaniment from pianist Alan Broadbent, bassist Ben Wolfe, and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. June 28 and 29 at 8 and 10 p.m. $30. Scullers Jazz Club at the DoubleTreeSuites by Hilton Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111.


Prey tell Today’s word is Velociraptors, and if you’re a “Jurassic Park” fan, you know what we’re talkin’ about. However, according to, the movie dinosaurs weren’t authentic-looking. Learn more from the experts at Birds of Prey, and get close to owls, hawks, and more. June 30 at 3 p.m. $10, $8 under 13. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798.