Boston-area to do list


Boston and booze

Here’s today’s test: what’s a dram shop? (answer below). Your guide for The Tipsy Tour: Dram Shops and Drunken Sailors will teach you about Boston’s hooch history, introduce you to characters including the Ice King, and tell you about John Hancock and his relationship with Madeira. (Answer: a tavern where booze was sold by the dram.) Aug. 7 from 6-7:30 p.m., rain or shine. $15. Meet your guide at the boat dock beside
290 Congress St., Boston. 617-367-2345.


Going the distance Grandmother and grandson annoy, puzzle, and bond with each other in Amy Herzog’s award-winning “4000 Miles.” When 21-year-old Leo needs comfort after a terrible experience on a cross-country bike trip, he heads to New York to visit his 91-year-old grandmother, Vera.This play has Nancy E. Carroll written all over it. 8 p.m. (through Aug. 17).
$40, $35 students and seniors. Gorton Theatre,
267 East Main St., Gloucester. 978-281-4433.

A gallery and more The lowercase title of “folk” doesn’t reflect the uppercase issues covered by 30 New England and New York artists. The exhibit illustrates how Gallery 263 serves as a gallery and a center for art, music, storytelling, and popular culture. Wed-Sat noon-7 p.m. through Aug. 30. Free. Gallery 263,
263 Pearl St., Cambridge.


Man in the moon You probably didn’t know that the moon gets its light from a liquid that is poured into it by an old man. Find out what happens when he leaves his post to look for his missing wife in “The Old Man and the Old Moon,” a Williamstown Theatre Festival production starring PigPen Theatre Co. 2 and 7:30 p.m. (through Aug. 17). $55. ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. 413-597-3400.


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A Buffett buffet If you missed last month’s Jimmy Buffett concert in Mansfield, no worries. There’s the Buffett Beach Blast in Salisbury, a small change in latitude. Proceeds from the tribute show starring Changes in Latitude support free outdoor concerts on Salisbury Beach. Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. $25 (concert), $15 (4 p.m.
tailgate party). Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury Beach. 978-462-5888.

Stellar Tennessee Williams’s 1947 “A Streetcar Named Desire” won the playwright a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. The “Summer in the City” entertainment series presents the film about a fading Southern belle starring Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden. Aug. 8 at dusk (classic movies screen outdoors Fridays through Aug. 29). Free. Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 617-856-7744.


Easy does it DJ Easy Ed from Medford’s WMFO hosts “Easy Ed’s Variety Hour” of rockabilly, hillbilly, ’50s and early ’60s rock ’n’ roll, and R&B. Don’t touch that dial, head to Watertown for Lynnette and Easy Ed’s Honky Tonk Dance Party with the Pioneer Valley Pioneers trio. Easy Ed will spin — and so will you after the free 8 p.m. dance lesson. Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m. $15. Canadian American Club, 202 Arlington St., Watertown. 617-924-9827.

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