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Night and day

When you use your Charlie Card at “Culture Tap” you won’t spend a penny and you won’t be squished on a subway car. This 24/7 outdoor installation is a pair of kiosks by Dan Sternof Beyer and Bevan Weissman of the New American artist collective. You’ll learn about South End culture and history by swiping your card to hear audio clips during the day and see environmental lighting at night. Through Oct. 18, rain or shine (reception Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.). Free. BCA Plaza, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-426-5000.


Dibble and dabble When music of Chopin and Dean Martin are in the same show, our curiosity is piqued. Performers in Susan Dibble’s “DibbleDance: Sway” portray village folks who tell their stories through dance accompanied to music of Chopin, Dean Martin, Bob Dylan, and others. 7:30 p.m. (Aug. 31 at 2 p.m.). $30. Tina Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353. www.shakespeare

R&R In music circles, the Gulf Coast is known as “third coast” — that’s the theme of this year’s Rhythm & Roots Festival, filled with blues, New Orleans R&B, swing, Americana, Cajun, zydeco, and folk music. More than 30 bands on five stages include Marcia Ball (Aug. 31), Taj Mahal Trio, the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Eilen Jewell (Sept. 1), and new talent on Aug. 30. 5 p.m.-midnight (Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 noon-midnight). $45 (Fri), $65 (Sat, Sun); $165 weekend; free under 13. Ninigret Park, 4890A Old Post Road (Route 1A), Charlestown, R.I. 888-855-6940.


Teary tunes Bring tissues, because when Joshua Radin sang at the wedding of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, the couple sat in front of the singer-songwriter and cried. Perhaps you’ve teared up yourself when listening to Radin’s tunes on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “American Idol,” and “House.” 7:30 p.m. $29, $35 (at the gate). Boarding House Park, 40 French St., Lowell (rain location across the street at Lowell High School). 978-970-5200.

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What’s the Rush? If you missed Tom Rush at Symphony Hall last December, listen to the holiday concert at home with Rush’s latest release, “Tom Rush Celebrates 50 Years of Music.” The concert was a revival of his Club 47 Series (Club 47 is the former name of Club Passim). Aug. 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. $45-$65. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391.


Hyde and seek It’s Labor Day weekend so you shouldn’t labor; you should relax, unwind, go on a picnic, listen to music — all of which are available at the DCR Hyde Park Jazz Festival. The lineup is the Bruce Gertz Trio, the Baboian/Smith Group, and the Thaddeus Hogarth Band. Aug. 31 from 2-6 p.m. Free. DCR Martini Shell Park, 1015 Truman Parkway, Hyde Park. 617-333-7405.


Stirring things up The Vermont-based Bread & Puppet Theater: Total This & That Circus celebrates “50 years of Sublime Arsekicking Puppetry” (also described as “outdoor theatrical rabble rousing”), which features an Animal Rental Facility offering the disenchanted instant transformation into frog, deer, cricket, or rat. Sept. 1 at 3 p.m., rain or shine. Free (donations welcome). Cambridge Common, Cambridge. 617-286-6694.