Boston-area to do list

Garrison Keillor.
Erik Hageness
Garrison Keillor.

Tammy Jean Lamoureux
Aoife O'Donovan.


Lake Wobegon cometh

This week, you don’t have to settle for listening to Garrison Keillor (right) on the airwaves. You can catch him live on A Prarie Home Companion's Radio Romance Tour 2013. Joining Keillor will be vocalist Aoife O’Donovan (left), comedian Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky and The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band with guitarist Pat Donohue, and violinist/mandolinist Richard Kriehn. July 26, 7:30 p.m. $55.75, $75.75. South Shore Music Circus, 130 Sohier St., Cohasset. 781-383-9850,


All the quarry’s a stage Valley Pit Quarry boasts granite ledges, overhangs, cliffs, terraces, and of course, water. Brooklyn-based choreographer Dušan Týnek embraces all those characteristics for inspiration and more (expect to see dancers using water to create sound, for instance) in the site-specific “Quarry Dance 2.” The Windhover Performing Arts Center commissioned the piece after the success of Týnek’s 2012 “Quarry Dance.” July 26-27, 5:30 p.m. Free. Valley Pit Quarry, 7 Leverett St., Lanesville, Gloucester. 978-546-3611,

Shining stars When The Manhattans hit it big, Gerald Alston was their lead singer. See the R&B vocal group, whose hits include “Kiss and Say Goodbye” and “Shining Star” with Alston and founding member Blue Lovett. July 26-27, 8 and 10 p.m. $40. Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111,


Belly up Award-winning belly dancer and professional opera singer is a pairing you don’t often encounter. It exists in the person of Ashley Lopez, who joins Portland, Ore.-based ensemble Vagabond Opera for a night of cabaret with tinges of Parisian hot jazz, gut bucket swing, tango, klezmer, and more. July 26,
8 p.m. $15. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679,


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Musical conductors We wish Andris Nelsons, the next music director of the Boston Symphony, well. After suffering a concussion, the maestro had to back out of conducting duties for the Verdi Requiem. He’s expected to make a full recovery. In the meantime, the Verdi show will go on with Carlo Montanaro stepping in as conductor. July 27, 8:30 p.m. $19-$92. Tanglewood, Koussevitsky Music Shed, Lenox. 888-266-1200,


Country crooner Country artist and singer/songwriter Phil Vassar wants you to get emotional over his music. In his website bio, he says, “Songs should evoke something, whether it makes you happy and puts you in a good mood, or makes you cry and feel desperation . . . you know, whether you’re going through a marriage, or a divorce, or you’re in love or you hate somebody, or whatever it is . . . songs should evoke something.” July 28, 2 p.m. (doors open at noon). $32-$44.50, $18.50 kids. Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Road, Webster. 508-943-3871,