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    “Rebel Soul,” the new record by Kid Rock, was described in Rolling Stone as “A sprawling disc of storytelling, pop history and partying.” The Detroit rap-rocker brings his storytelling, pop history, and partying to Mansfield with his Twisted Brown Trucker Band. July 10 at 6:45 p.m. $20. Comcast Center,
    885 South Main St., Mansfield. 800-745-3000.


    Back and forth The quickest way to see international pieces by the self-proclaimed “architectural sculptor” Michio Ihara is to take in the Concord Art Association exhibit “Looking Back Looking Forward.” Concord’s Paris-born octogenarian has pieces in Rockefeller Center, Japan, Dubai, Korea, Australia, Boston, and other locations, and the exhibit includes work from the ’50s to the present. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sun noon-
    4 p.m. through Aug. 14. Free. Concord Art Association,
    37 Lexington Road, Concord. 978-369-2578.

    STEM cells Before or after you see “Monsters University” (or any Disney Pixar film) learn how the folks at Pixar Animation Studios combine science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with art. Pixar Exhibit Lab invites you to try computer modeling and 3-D geometry and provide feedback on the lab prototypes. Daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri until 9 p.m. (through Labor Day). $22, $20 seniors, $19 ages 3-11. Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500.


    Carrying tradition Leipzig is a city with ties to Bach and Mendelssohn and the Calmus Vocal Quintet. The German a cappella ensemble represents the city’s choral tradition at the Nantucket Musical Arts Society’s summer concert series. 8 p.m. (Tuesdays through Aug. 20). $20, $7 students (series prices available). First Congregational Church, 62 Centre St., Nantucket. 508-228-1287.

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    Welcome to Boston We get a parking ticket and see red; Ruth Rieffanaugh sees colorful art. When she moved to Boston, the welcome wagon appeared in the form of parking tickets, so the Allston artist collected her tickets and discarded ones to create scenes of Boston and Cambridge on view at “Parking Ticket Blues & Other Rediscovered Uses.” We hope she paid the tickets. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (through July 31; July 10 reception 3:30-5 p.m.). Free. Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St. (Room 34), Boston. 617-657-4278.


    Play date You work all day and probably hate to leave the pooch home alone at night. So, don’t. Bring the adorable fur ball to Canines & Cocktails for a couple of hours of relaxation and cocktails for you, and some furry fun for Fido. Executive chef Richard Rayment provides homemade dog treats and plenty of water for your pooch. July 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., weather permitting (summer Wednesdays). No cover. Seaport Hotel, Tamo Terrace, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston. 617-385-4315.

    Cruisin’ We have our own Long Island, and the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands sponsor a Cruise to Long Island where you can wander around on your own or take a guided tour to learn about the island’s military and social history. Bring a picnic (food and beverages not available on the boat or islands). July 10 and Aug. 21 from 6-9 p.m. (July 31 Lovells Island). $25, $23 students and seniors, $22 under 12 (remaining tickets sold day of trip at 5 p.m. at Rowes Wharf Water Transport; cash only). Depart from Rowes Wharf Water Transport, 60 Rowes Wharf, Boston (behind the Boston Harbor Hotel). 800-838-3006.