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Hip-hop to it

Not all high school nicknames stick, but James Todd Smith’s did. Two-time Grammy-winning rapper LL Cool J earned his moniker when he was a teen (it stands for “Ladies Love Cool James”). LL Cool J (pictured) and DJ Z-Trip headline the Kings of the Mic Tour, which also features Ice Cube, Public Enemy, and De La Sol. The 26-city tour follows the release of LL’s recent studio album, “Authentic.” June 19, 6:30 p.m. $30-$75. Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

WEDNESDAY

A gift for you Wheelock College has something for you. To claim it, go downtown and enjoy interactive theater, cultural performances, and international arts and crafts. The Gift to the Community cultural festival lineup includes Wheelock Family Theatre, Theatre Espresso, vocalist Maya Azucena, Blaco Africa Brasil, and the Pope John Paul Choir. June 19, 3-7 p.m. Free. Wheelock College, 200 Riverway, Boston. www.wheelock.edu/festival

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All outdoors Landscape artist Sharon Yates faces challenges when she executes her plein air paintings of cattle and dairy farms: “To find a farm where I can enter the pasture and not be attacked by a bull is the beginning. . . . Logistics and fate often lead the way. Manure, ruts, ditches, wet spots, fences, and ‘milking time’ are among things not to be overlooked.” Her pastoral scenes are on view in Lowell. June 19-July 27. Wed-Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St., Lowell. 978-452-7641, www.whistlerhouse.org

In honor of freedom Future Boston Alliance and the MFA celebrate Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The event features an exhibit of works by Boston artists, drop-in sketching with live models, an address by state Representative Byron Rushing, and a gallery talk on “African American Artists. Through a Modern Lens.” June 19, 5-9:45 p.m. Free. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

THURSDAY

Rebels, rebels You’ve heard of the Stamp Act and the Boston Tea Party, but what about the Boston Bread Riots and the burning of the Ursuline Convent? Boston By Foot walking tour “Bostonians Behaving Badly: Riots in Boston” covers lesser known riots and street violence over four centuries of Boston history. June 20, 6 p.m. $15. Meet at boat dock near Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St., Boston. 617-367-2345, www.bostonbyfoot.org

Trails blazing On Facebook, West Coast quartet Trails and Ways describes itself thusly: “A band that makes bossa nova dream pop.” The band featuring guitar, keyboards, bass, synthesizer, percussion, and male and female voices in harmony stops in Boston on its Trans-America Trilingual Tour. June 20, 8 p.m. $10. Red Room at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St., Boston. 617-747-2261, www.cafe939.com

Garden party During the summer, Tower Hill Botanic Garden adds beautiful music to its already beautiful 132 acres with a Music in the Garden series. It gets underway with the soul/blues/pop stylings of Mieka Pauley. June 20, 7:30 p.m. $35, $26 students in advance; add $3 day of concert. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111, www.towerhillbg.org

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