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    The program might change, but the enjoyment at John Williams’s Film Night won’t. The conductor leads the Boston Pops Orchestra in a program of film scores including “Saving Private Ryan,” “Indiana Jones,” and “Star Wars.” Guests are the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Chorus and the Boston Children’s Chorus. Aug. 2 at 8:30 p.m. $22-$121. Tanglewood, 297 West St., Lenox. 888-266-1200.


    Years of rockin’ Two rock bands join forces in Mansfield. One celebrates 40 years, the other is just a few years behind. We’ll leave it up to you to figure out which it is, but we’ll tell you their names, Kiss and Def Leppard. 7 p.m. $28.50-$167.50. Xfinity Center,
    885 S. Main St., Mansfield. 800-745-3000.

    Gray skies The Rolling Stone review of “Mutineers,” the latest release by Grammy-nominated British singer-songwriter David Gray, in collaboration with Andy Barlow, called it a “perfect match.” “Where Gray generally plants his Van Morrison-ish bray like a flag in a song’s center, Barlow blurs the field with swarming arrangements and vocals smeared by effects and multitracking. ‘A Girl Like You’ – with its warped grooves and clipped echo – is the most transporting example. It’s curious: The more the singer is subsumed, the more engaging he sounds.” (For more on Gray, see Page 26.) 8 p.m. $44.50, $54.50. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000.


    It started with Ella and Billie The “First American Jazz Festival,” now known as the Newport Jazz Festival, was filled with legends including Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, and Gerry Mulligan. That was 60 years ago, and George Wein’s show is still going strong. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (through Aug. 3). $40-$84, $15-$20 students and kids, $110-$160 multi-day pass. Fort Adams State Park, Harrison Avenue, Newport, R.I. 800-745-3000.

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    Hancock signature Deep Pit Quarry was owned by sculptor Walker Hancock, who was also one of the “Monuments Men” who went to Europe to save works of art from being destroyed by the Nazis. Windhover Center for the Performing Arts presents choreographer Dušan Týnek and his company, who will perform “Quarry Dance 3” among the ledges, cliffs, terraces, and water and pay tribute to Hancock. Aug. 1 at
    5:30 p.m., Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Free (contributions welcomed). Deep Pit Quarry, 111 High St., Gloucester. 978-546-3611.


    Water music First up at Concerts at Carson Beach is singer Laney Jones, a Berklee College of Music student’ who plays the banjo. Aug. 2, 9, 16, and 23 from
    2-4 p.m. Free. Carson Beach, 165 William J. Day Blvd., Dorchester. 617-333-7404.


    Quite a spectacle Heading to one of the Boston Harbor islands is awesome, but Berklee Summer in the City’s Berklee Jazz on Spectacle Island also treats you to gospel, classical, and jazz by saxophonist and composer Brian Plautz. Aug. 3, 17, and 31 at 1 p.m., weather permitting. Free. Ferry departs from Boston’s Long Wharf on the half hour from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 617-266-1400.

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