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    It’s still rock ’n’ roll to them

    If you didn’t see “Movin’ Out,” the Tony-winning ode to Billy Joel, step right up and behold The Movin’ Out Band from the show complete with Wade Preston, the musical’s “Piano Man” and vocalist. Our favorite Joel song is “New York State of Mind,” what’s yours? 4 and 8 p.m. $45-$60. Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham. 781-279-2200.


    Asked and answered Did you ever call the “Loveline” radio show with a pressing question about your love life, or lack thereof? Here’s a chance to ask the pros for advice because they’re teaming up on their Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew Reunion Tour at the Wilbur Theatre. 7 p.m. $29-$39. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

    Harbor view and walk It doesn’t get much better than music, a cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, and s’mores by a fire pit, exactly what you get at the Sunset Jazz Festival. Hosted by Fairmont Battery Wharf, music is by the Darren Barrett Quartet, the Marco Pignataro Quartet, and the Lance Houston Quartet. The rest is by Aragosta Bar & Bistro. 5-9 p.m. $49. The Harbor Walk at Fairmont Battery Wharf, Boston. 617-994-9001.


    Kernels of truth NPR has called her the “Empress of the Unexpected,” but we’ll call Susan Werner corny because the singer-songwriter rewarded PledgeMusic contributors with autographed ears of corn. “Hayseed” is a love letter to American agriculture covering subjects like farmer’s markets, agrochemicals, climate change, drought, and sustainable agriculture. 8 p.m. $26 (discounts available). Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick. 508-647-0097.

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    Taboo talk It’s hard to imagine anything being taboo in our society of rotten reality-TV shows, but the ImprovBoston “So That Happened” show bills itself as “a talk show dedicated to taking on the taboo.” Host Sam Ike welcomes comics who chat about race, class, sex, and more. Formats involve monologues, dialogues, diatribes, sketches, and interviews. 7 p.m. (also Aug. 31). $10. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253.

    Simple things Despite discouragement from his piano teacher down the street, Jim Brickman has made a career as a pop pianist, and a pretty darned successful one. The former jingle writer for McDonald’s, Pontiac, and Kellogg’s brings his “Intimately Yours: Jim Brickman” to Portsmouth with singer John Trones. 8 p.m. $38.25, $48.25. The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, N.H. 603-436-2400.


    Those tricksters The The Colbert Report theme song is theirs, as are the classics “I Want You to Want Me,” “Surrender,” and “The Flame.” Those blenders of pop, punk, and metal, Cheap Trick, are at Hampton Beach. Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. $30-$56. 18+. Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd.,Hampton Beach, N.H. 603-929-4201.