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Rolling Stone has said about “Fuse,” the latest album by Keith Urban, that the country star “becomes an impressive twang-pop ambassador.” The review gave a nod to lyrics from the “Little Bit of Everything” track: “ Wish I could take a cab down to the creek/And hang a disco ball from an old oak tree.” Brett Eldredge is Urban’s special guest. 7 p.m. $25-$55. Xfinity Center, 885 S. Main St., Mansfield. 800-745-3000.


Music double bill Before the feature, there’s a 1941 short, a perfect opener for “The Winding Stream” at the Woods Hole Film Festival. “Lomax” is about folklorist Alan Lomax’s recorded oral history of the blues in the Mississippi Delta thatch was done for the Library of Congress. The feature is about the Carters and Cashes. 6 p.m. (through Aug. 2). $12, $25 (special events), passes available. Several venues including Redfield Auditorium, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 57 Water St., Woods Hole. 508-495-3456.

Worldly How many languages can you sing in? Ladies in the Boston-based Women of the World ensemble perform Balkan folk songs, African chants, and more in 25 languages. Singers and band members hail from nine countries including Japan, India, Italy, Haiti, Mexico, and the United States. 7 p.m. $35, $20 (lawn seating; $25 at the door), free under 3. Jane Carr Amphitheater, 1 Conservatory Dr., Hingham. 781-749-7565, ext. 22.



Lesson on the lawn Channel your inner Gatsby for the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at Castle Hill where things get going with a group dance lesson from Boston Swing Central. Aug 3 from 3-8 p.m. (20s-style dress and picnics welcomed). $25, $20 students and seniors, free 10 and under (add $5 if purchased day of event). Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. 978-356-4351.

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Not common at all Over the years, the 1631 Cambridge Common Park has morphed from a pasture to an encampment for the Continental Army to its present use as playgrounds and ballfields. Learn about 400 years of history and architecture on the Cambridge Common Tour. July 27 from 2-3:30 p.m. $15. Meet guide at entrance to Harvard MBTA Station, Cambridge. 617-367-2345.

Pier pressure The oldest working fish pier in the United States is 100 years old, which deserves a large-scale party. The Boston Fisheries Foundation celebrates the Boston Fish Pier at Boston Seafood Festival with food trucks and vendors who will dish out chowder, lobster rolls, and more. July 27 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $10-$65, free
12 and under. Boston Fish Pier.

Valentine’s Day Here’s how poetry by Jean Valentine was described by the late poet Adrienne Rich: “Looking into a Jean Valentine poem is like looking into a lake: you can see your own outline, and the shapes of the upper world, reflected among rocks, underwater life, glint of lost bottles, drifted leaves.” The New England Poetry Club welcomes the award-winning poet. July 27 at 3 p.m. Free. Longfellow National Historic Site, East Lawn, 105 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-744-6034.

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