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    Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

    Keith Lockhart (above) and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra welcome special guests the Beach Boys, Megan Hilty, and the Boston Children’s Chorus. July 3 from 8-11 p.m. (fireworks at 10:30 p.m. unless weather requires them to change to Saturday; the concert will be Thursday or not at all).Free. DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, Charles River Esplanade, Boston. 888-266-1200.

    Open wide The great white shark is no danger to you if you watch it on the big screen at the Brattle Theatre. Carcharodon carcharias is joined by Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss in Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic, “Jaws.” 4:15, 7, and 9:45 p.m. $7-$10. The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617 876-6837.


    Their point of view A distortion of reality is everywhere. Think reality TV for starters. Reality is distorted all the time in the art world, including the group show “Abstract (Photo) Expressionists” where artists show off their unique ways of looking at line, shape, texture, design, and color. Tue-Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m. through Sept. 9. Free. Panopticon Gallery, at the Hotel Commonwealth, 502c Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-267-8929. www.panopticongallery


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    Mansioning A perfect way to wish our nation a happy birthday is to visit a 1796 Boston mansion. If your mansion list is short, we suggest “Celebrate Independence Day at Otis House” where you can tour the first floor and see how one of Boston’s wealthy families lived. July 4 from 4-7 p.m. Free. Otis House, 141 Cambridge St., Boston. 617-994-5920.

    All feet on deck At the Esplanade fireworks you stand on grass, cement, or a blanket. For Fireworks at Battleship Cove you are on the decks of the battleship USS Massachusetts. Just sayin’. July 4 at 9:30 p.m. (gates open at 7:30 p.m.). $5. Battleship Cove, 5 Water St., Fall River. 508-678-1100.

    Great ball of fire Master of ceremonies Earl “Chiefie” Mills Jr. presides over the three-day Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Pow Wow celebrating the culture and heritage of the People of the First Light. This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Waterways,” and festivities include a dance contest, drumming contest, and a performance by the Wampanoag Nation singers and dancers. Don’t miss Saturday’s Fireball. July 4-6 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (July 5 Fireball at dusk). $13, $8 seniors and under 12, free 5 and under. Barnstable County Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway (Route 151), East Falmouth. 508-477-0208.


    H & H It’s not the music group, it’s Open Studios Art Tours in Hull
    & Hingham
    where 40 artists open their home studios to showcase paintings, mixed media, photography, woodcrafts, pottery, garden sculpture, illustrated nautical charts, jewelry, and more. July 5 and 6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Online map provides locations.

    June Wulff can be reached at