San Diego-based singer Jason Mraz says yes to lots of stuff including surfing, farming, gardening, filmmaking, photography, social activism, and his new album, “Yes!” The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter recorded the release with friends Raining Jane, who accompany him at the concert. Sept. 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. $25-$75. Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre,
270 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com
We’re a Maldener like Johnny A., the only difference is that he has talent. The former J. Geils guitarist’s new record is “Driven,” and he shares the stage with blues guitarist Albert Cummings.
8 p.m. $25-$31. Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury.
Merry and moving movies at MIT If you take in both flicks at Films on the Green at MIT your emotions will get a workout. Friday’s film is the 2006 comedy and spy-genre spoof “OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies,” starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Béjo. Saturday is 2007’s “Persepolis,” an animated film about a young Iranian girl who
comes of age in the middle of war, repression, and family crises.
Sept. 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. (music at 7 p.m.; indoors if raining). Free. Dertouzos Amphitheater MIT Stata Center, 32 Vassar St.,
Cambridge. 617-832-4460. www.frenchculture.org
Field of dreams “It’s not a trade show, it’s a celebration of trade” is how “American Field” is billed. This love fest for American-made goods and services hosts 100 brands, demonstrations and workshops, speakers, a beer garden, food trucks, and live music. Saturday’s music includes Anjimile (12:30 p.m.), Sunday is Box of Birds (12:30 p.m.) and others.
Sept. 13 and 14 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Innovation and Design Building, 21-25 Drydock Ave., Boston.
Down by the river We’re in a festive and festival mood, so let’s get going. Riverfest is live music, art, kids’ activities, the last “Assembled” arts market, and fireworks over the Mystic River (8 p.m.). Music is by Zac Mac Band, Pink Talking Fish, Old Jack, Richard James & the Name Changers, and Afrobrazil.
Sept. 13 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Assembly Row and Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park, 100 Foley St., Somerville. 617-440-5565. www.assemblyrow.com/#play
Mixing it up This riverside event kicks off with the winner of MIX 104.1’s “15 Seconds of Fame” contest. MixFest
continues with O.A.R., Christina Perri, the Canadian band Magic!, and headliner Phillip Phillips.
Sept. 13 at noon, rain or shine. Free. DCR Hatch Memorial Shell along the Charles River, Boston. 617-746-1300. www.mix1041.com
Greenway bound We move to the Rose Kennedy Greenway for the Boston Local Food Festival where there are farmers, food trucks, folks from local restaurants, chef demonstrations, a seafood throwdown competition, music, and a family zone. It’s all about healthy food and fitness.
Sept. 14 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Atlantic Avenue and Milk Street, Boston. 617-395-0250. www.bostonlocalfoodfestival.org
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