Songs and surprises

“An Enchanted Evening With Kelli O’Hara” will be heavenly (you thought we were gonna say “enchanting”). Surprise guests are on tap, as are selections from the five-time Tony nominee’s shows including “The Light
in the Piazza,” “The Pajama Game,” “South Pacific,” “Far From Heaven,” “The Bridges of Madison County,”
and “The King and I.” 7:30 p.m. $40-$80. ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. 413-597-3400. www.wtfestival.org


Storyteller Hope for a better life is the theme in “The Gurkha’s Daughter,” eight short stories by Prajwal Parajuly. The Indian and UK bestseller about the Nepalese diaspora, war, oppression, and occupation includes a story about a rich widow, her sister-in-law, and the struggles of Nepalese women. Parajuly will read and sign copies of his book. 7 p.m. Free. Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge. 617-491-2220. www.portersquarebooks.com

Water works The refuse we humans deposit into the ocean is both the subject and object of Rebecca Arnoldi’s exhibit “Earth, Sky & Sea.” Mixed-media works of natural and man-made stuff focus on our relationship with the ocean. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through
Sept. 7 (Sept. 7 reception 2-4 p.m.). Free. Brookline Arts Center, 86 Monmouth St., Brookline. 617-566-5715. www.brooklineartscenter.com

Summer shimmer Twins Paris and Amber Strother, and Anita Bias have been called “spiritual triplets,” and the LA Weekly has said: “Their sound shimmers and undulates, like how water must feel when sunlight spills into it.” The King trio pays a royal visit to Allston bringing its alternative R&B sound. 9 p.m. doors $10. 18+. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com


Two-for-one Thanks to his grandparents’ attic, Junior Brown got a guitar when he was 7, and thanks to his father, the young musician heard music that college kids were listening to because dad worked at a nearby college. The country-western bug bit, and Brown still calls his favorite music “country and western,” its name when he started his career. The singer, songwriter, and guitarist is responsible for the “Guit-Steel,” a double-necked guitar combo of a standard and steel guitar that makes switching instruments a thing of the past.
Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. $24. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004. www.johnnyds.com

Uncle, uncle Thanks to an uncle, Phil Woods got his first alto sax, and the instrument became serious business at age 12. He moved to New York in 1948, to Paris in 1958, and the bop master is featured Tuesday with The Greg Abate Quintet. Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. $20. Jocko’s Jazz at the Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen. 603-898-1591. www.jockosjazz.com

Hopelessly devoted The Broadway musical is really cookin’ with additional songs that were added from the 1978 movie for this production of “Grease.” The film’s “You’re the One That I Want” and “Hopelessly Devoted to You” join “Beauty School Dropout,” “Summer Nights,” and other boss songs. Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. (through Aug. 24). $50-$75, 50 percent discount for 18 and under on Aug. 15 and 22 at 8 p.m. North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. 978-232-7200. www.nsmt.org

June Wulff can be reached at june.wulff@globe.com.