Mood Indigo

Emily Saliers (left) and Amy Ray cover a lot of moods and subjects on “Beauty Queen Sister.” The Grammy-winning Indigo Girls dive into the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the music industry, and the deaths of Arkansas red-winged blackbirds. We like these lyrics from “Share The Moon”: “I’m gonna love you till it works.” June 26 at 7:30 p.m. $29, $35 day of show. Boarding House Park, 40 French St., Lowell (rain location is Lowell High School Auditorium, 50 French St., Lowell). 978-970-5200.


Fly boys Continents, centuries, and characters congregate in “TransAtlantic,” the new novel by Colum McCann. Aviators Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown are headed for Ireland in 1919. Frederick Douglass is on an international lecture tour for his autobiography. Senator George Mitchell is on his way to Belfast to lead peace talks. 6 p.m. $5. Brattle Theatre , 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-661-1515.

Urban outfitters Urban design keeps up with constant change, and at the Boston Society of Architects’ “Reprogramming the City: Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure” you’ll see how 40 urban areas stay current. Projects in London, Amsterdam, Boston, and other cities are represented via videos, photos, media stations, renderings, and models. Tuesday hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (through Sept. 29). Free. BSA Space, 290 Congress St., Boston. 617-391-4039.

Beaches and jellyfish Works by two Cape Cod artists made it to Winchester’s Griffin Museum of Photography. Amy Neill’s “Afterglow” reveals how beaches change from serene to social. John Tunney’s “Jellyfish” photos were inspired by the artist’s visits to the New England Aquarium. Tues-Sun noon-4 p.m. through July 10. $7, $3 seniors, free under 12 and for all Thurs 2-4 p.m. Griffin Museum of Photography, 67 Shore Road, Winchester. 781-729-1158.

Not a day at the beach It’s summer, but not 2013. The 13 colonies have agreed to secede from the British empire, and the British have sent an armada across the Atlantic. In “Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence,” Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph J. Ellis explains how a nation is formed from a military and political union. 7:30 p.m. $13. The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, N.H. 603-436-2400.

Overjoyed and magnetic Here’s how James Hunter of Rolling Stone described last year’s “North” by Matchbox Twenty: “Every song here goes for immediate payoff — as Thomas broadcasts on ‘Radio,’ they have been built for lifetimes.” The pop/rock band co-headlines with the Goo Goo Dolls, who have a new album titled “Magnetic.” 7 p.m. $29.50-$95. Verizon Wireless Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester, N.H. 800-745-3000.


Monsters and more Of the 79 films at this year’s Nantucket Film Festival, the first to screen is “Monsters University,” the prequel to “Monsters, Inc.” Mike is learning to be a scarer, and during his first semester he meets up with a natural named James. Shenanigans ensue in the Pixar film. The festival offers features, shorts, special programs, and special guests including Chris Matthews and Glenn Close. June 26 at 1 and 3:30 p.m. “Monsters University” (check website for additional June 26 screenings; festival runs through June 30 at several venues). $10-$200 ($25 “Monsters University”). The Dreamland, 10 South Water St., Nantucket. 866-450-4101.