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Enter the Fray

From Isaac Slade, cofounder of The Fray: “You’ve got 3 minutes to tell the world something. Are you going to talk to them about being wasted in your front yard because you couldn’t park your car, or are you going to talk to someone about something that could actually help them?” From Esquire: “They are one of a select few rock bands to successfully use a piano and still sound like rock bands.” The Grammy-nominated Denver-based group is on tour in support of “Helios.” 7:30 p.m. $20-$44.50. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000.



Slowly she turned . . . Niagara Falls is where Cass heads after she finds something disturbing in her hubby’s sweater drawer. Accompanying her is alcoholic Lois, who has plans to off herself at the Falls. As the Washington Post put it: “People in psychic pain have never agonized so hilariously as in David Lindsay-Abaire’s revved-up, joyously zany play.” Titanic Theatre Company presents “Wonder of the World.” 7:30 p.m. (through Aug. 9). $25. Arsenal Center for the Arts Black Box Theater, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487.

Moments and destinations Paul Pedulla works with acrylics and has said: “What I leave out of my paintings is probably as important as what I put in.” Laurence Young’s oil-and-wax paintings are inspired by trips to Venice and Havana. Check out “Laurence Young and Paul Pedulla” at the Alden Gallery. Daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. through Aug. 7. Free. Alden Gallery, 423 Commercial St., Provincetown. 508-487-4230.


Tried and acquitted Boston Lyric Opera and the Boston Symphony Orchestra tell the story of the 1892 ax murders in Fall River. This chamber version of “Lizzie Borden” has music by Jack Beeson, a libretto by Kenward Elmslie, and is based on a scenario by Richard Plant. July 31 at 8 p.m. $18-$54. Tanglewood, 297 West St., Lenox. 888-266-1200.

Slightly smart Frontmen Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald created their Stoopid Records label to maintain creative control. It was a good move for the California-based Slightly Stoopid band that has been fusing folk, rock, reggae, blues, hip-hop, metal, punk, and funk for a couple of decades. July 31 at 6:30 p.m. $32.15, $35 day of show. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000.

They make us so very happy While friends were rockin’ out in the ’60s, we were listening to the jazz-rock of Blood, Sweat & Tears, which makes us the David Clayton-Thomas generation. We’ve moved on to the Bo Bice generation and listen to the “American Idol” runner-up croon “Spinning Wheel,” “And When I Die,” “God Bless the Child,” and “You Made Me So Very Happy.” July 31 at 6 and 9 p.m. $40-$50 (add $3 day of show). Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury. 978-462-5888.

Laughing ladies With the name Dirty Dottys, how can this band go wrong? The rock ’n’ roll comedy variety show “Kelly Loves Johnny” is presented by the Women in Comedy Festival and hosted by comedian Kelly MacFarland. July 31 at 7:30 p.m. $15. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004.

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