Boston-area to do list


Maxwell in the house

When you have talent and admire music icons such as Prince, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder, it’s no wonder that your name can be added to the list. Grammy-winning R&B singer-songwriter Maxwell stops here on his Summer Soulstice Tour. 7:30 p.m. $34.50-$90. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000.


Five uneasy pieces Carl Danielson gives you a lot to digest at “Human Contact: Short Sci-Fi Plays.” Each of the five one-act plays presented by Unreliable Narrator asks if technology gets a thumbs up or down. The quintet includes “The Nanobots” about a human and alien who start a relationship with help from advanced nanotechnology. 8 p.m. (through July 19). $15, $12 students and seniors. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre , 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.

Starry, starry, starry, starry nights The South Shore Conservatory’s “Evenings Under the Stars” concerts twinkle four times starting with the Evenings Under the Stars Festival Orchestra’s “String Serenade.” Nicholas Palmer conducts works by Mozart, Bach, John Williams, and more. 7 p.m. (additional concerts are July 19 and 26, Aug. 2). $20-$35. Jane Carr Amphitheater, 1 Conservatory Drive, Hingham. 781-749-7565, ext. 22.


Who’s Pulaski? “The first notes I still play when I start a soundcheck are classical. Those are my roots.” Andrew Bird started playing the violin at age 4, focusing on the classical stuff. During his teen years, the multi-instrumentalist picked up early jazz, country blues, and gypsy music. The Chicago-based composer’s latest EP is last year’s “I Want to See Pulaski at Night.” 7:30 p.m. $45. Boarding House Park, 40 French St., Lowell (check website for rain location). 978-970-5200.


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Four-footed friends at Fenway Put a ball cap on Fido and bring him to the ballpark for “Futures at Fenway.” This celebration of minor league baseball includes a game between the Lowell Spinners and Mahoning Valley Scrappers, a postgame screening of “Field of Dreams,” and “Bark at the Park” activities. July 13 at 3:30 p.m. (2 p.m. gates). $15 (game and movie), $20 (with dog; must call for tickets and waiver information). Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston (Gate E for those entering with dogs). 877-733-7699.

The perfect storm On July 14, 1789, the French Revolution got underway with the storming of the Bastille prison. Storm your way to Cambridge for Bastille Day at the Beat Hôtel where executive chef Ignacio Lopez serves food and the venue serves live music. July 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. (menu 5-11 p.m.). No cover. Beat Hôtel, 13 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-499-0001.

Separated sisters D. W. Griffith’s 1921 silent film “Orphans of the Storm” is set in 1780s France where two sisters (played by sisters Lillian and Dorothy Gish) are separated during the political unrest. The film screens to live music by Jeff Rapsis. July 13 at 2 p.m. $15, $12 students and seniors. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 617-625-5700.

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