PICK OF THE DAY
What happens onstage sets the stage for the offstage antics of a divorced couple in Cole Porter’s
“Kiss Me, Kate.” A couple of Boston institutions (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Boston Landmarks Orchestra) present a concert version of the Tony-winning musical starring Kerry O’Malley and Marc Kudisch (above). Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. Free. DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, along the Esplanade, Boston
(rain location is Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St.). 617-987-2000. www.landmarksorchestra.org
A new session Jimmy Ryan and Duke Levine play together all the time as busy Boston session musicians, but Tuesday’s gig is a dream come true for the mandolin player and guitarist, respectively. The duo will be joined by drummer Billy Beard and bassist Dave Westner at Jimmy Ryan & Acoustic Hayride. 8 p.m. $15. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679. www.passim.org
The odd couple We would have loved to be a fly on the wall when F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway got together, but the closest we can get is a performance of Mark St. Germain’s “Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah.” The literary geniuses who began as friends but became bitter rivals meet in a Hollywood apartment complex.7:30 p.m. (Aug. 20 post-show discussion; through Sept. 29; contains strong language). $40 and up, $32 seniors (matinees), $15 ages 6-18. Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center,
36 Linden St., Pittsfield. 413-236-8888.
95 and going strong The next time you think old age is boring, think about Joe Cohen, a 95-year-old poet who spent 50 years in the textile business and taught photography in New York. Cohen and other poets do their thing at the First and Last Word Poetry Series.
7 p.m. $4. The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-718-2191. www.artsatthe
The short and long of it A shortwave radio brought West Virginia to Queens, N.Y., where a young Andy Statman got hooked on bluegrass music. The young musician studied his method booklet and taught himself to play the guitar and banjo, and later studied the mandolin and clarinet. Add klezmer and improvised jazz and you get the Andy Statman Trio. Aug. 21 at
8 p.m. $25-$50. Payomet Performing Arts Center,
29 Old Dewline Road, North Truro. 508-487-5400. www.payomet.org
Cecilia sounds This next-to-last performance in the Elaine and Jerome Rosenfeld Concerts in the Courtyard series brings a collection of Latin culture, rock, and world music to the Museum of Fine Arts. The Los Angeles group La Santa Cecilia embraces cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, rock, and klezmer music. Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. $30, $24 students and seniors.
Museum of Fine Arts Calderwood Courtyard, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston (low chairs and blankets recommended; indoors if raining). 800-440-6975. www.mfa.org/programs/music
Spring in summer In 1926, dancer-choreographer Martha Graham formed her namesake company, which will close this year’s Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. The Martha Graham Dance Company program features Graham’s interpretation of the 100-year-old Stravinsky/Nijinsky classic “The Rite of Spring.” Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. (through Aug. 25). $45-$150, $19 for ages 18-35 on Aug. 23 (two per person). Jacob’s Pillow Ted Shawn Theatre, 358 George Carter Road, Becket. 413-243-0745.