Boston-area to do list

Steven Richard


Scratching the surface

Forget nine lives because this “Cats” has been purring since 1982. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-winning sung-through show closed in 2000 after 7,485 performances. Old Deuteronomy, Jennyanydots, Mr. Mistoffelees, Rum Tum Tugger, Skimbleshanks, and Grizabella bring T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” to Beverly. Pictured: Katy Blake as Grizabella. Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m. (through Sept. 1). $45-$75. North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. 978-232-7200.


Potter, not Harry Described as “a modern-day version of Tina Turner stroking the microphone in a spangled minidress while fronting the Rolling Stones circa Sticky Fingers,” the Vermont-based rock quintet Grace Potter and the Nocturnals has toured with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw. Special guest Josh Ritter celebrates his new record, “The Beast in Its Tracks.” 7 p.m. $23.50-$52.50. Tanglewood, 297 West St., Lenox. 888-266-1200.

A funny nut to crack We’ve heard of bands that practice in a garage, but a radio show in a music teacher’s living room is new on our dial. In “Radio Gals,” Hazel and her Hazelnuts deliver novelty songs, chatter, and country humor until the government comes a knockin’. 7:30 p.m. (through Aug. 31). $39.25-$79.25. Cape Playhouse, 820 Route 6A, Dennis Village. 877-385-3911.


Ant farms The incarnations of new wave pioneer Adam Ant include a post-punk stint, a pop phase, an early ’90s brush with adult alternative, a theatrical time with Adam and the Ants (with pirate outfits), a solo acting career, a pop rock sound, and this year’s “pseudo-concept” album, “Adam Ant Is the BlueBlack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter.” 7 p.m. doors. $30. 18+. Royale, 279 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

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It’s not black and white Remember the school camera club? Constantine Manos does because that’s when he saw the light with an introduction to the darkroom. In the early ’80s, the Provincetown photographer said bye to his darkroom and hello to the inkjet printer. The retrospective “Constantine Manos: Looking Back” starts in 1952. Monday hours are 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. (through Oct. 13). $7, free under 13. Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 460 Commercial St., Provincetown. 508-487-1750.


Say cheese What would Journey think of Louis Risoli’s version of “Don’t Stop Believing” called “Don’t Stop Bleu Cheesin’”? Perhaps they would tell him to not give up his day job as a fromager and mâitre d’. Along with sommelier Lauren Collins, Risoli presents monthly Cheese Tuesdays, a three-course dinner with paired wines followed by a grand cheese tasting and music. “Beat the Heat: Louis’ Favorite Summer Cheese Picks” includes an original cheese-inspired song, of course. Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. $85. L’Espalier, 775 Boylston St., Boston. 617-262-3023.

Daughter knows best When the homicide detective in charge of finding the Sunset Strangler comes up empty, his daughter concocts a scheme to absolve her father 30 years later. “After Her” is by Durham, N.H., native Joyce Maynard who adds a family secret to the suspense novel. Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. $40.25 (reservations recommended). Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress St., Portsmouth, N.H. 603-436-2400.