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Boston-area to do list

Gary Ng

PICK OF THE DAY

Striking out

Troy Maxson collected stats when he was a star for the Negro baseball leagues but now collects garbage in 1957 Pittsburgh. Maxson’s exclusion from the major leagues has made him and his family victims of his bitterness. August Wilson’s 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Fences,” concludes the Gloucester Stage Company’s 35th season. Pictured: Daver Morrison and Jared Michael Brown. 8 p.m. (through Sept. 7). $40, $35 students and seniors. Gorton Theatre, 267 East Main St., Gloucester. 978-281-4433. www.gloucesterstage.com

WEDNESDAY

From classrooms to clubs Former Columbia teaching assistant Leslie Pintchik has traded students for audiences. The Manhattan-based jazz pianist and composer celebrates her latest recording, “In the Nature of Things,” with drummer Michael Sarin and bassist Scott Hardy. 8 p.m. $25. Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 866-777-8932. www.scullersjazz.com

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Detail oriented It must be those long, cold Vermont winters that give Adrienne Ginter the time and patience to meticulously cut paper scenes of natural settings. Check out the details at the exhibit “Wilderness Kingdom.” Wednesday hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (through Sept. 28). $12, $9 seniors, $7 ages 6-18, free 5 and under. Alice Milton Gallery at Tower Hill Botanical Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111. www.towerhillbg.org

Covering the gray This blues and R&B singer-songwriter knows a thing or three about life. Losing loved ones, losing attachments and relationships, and grieving over it all are things we have to live with. If we can get through that with our souls intact, we learn how to become stronger and to move on with hope and dignity.” Hear the wisdom and two-plus octaves of Janiva Magness, who celebrates her album “Original.” 7:30 p.m. $20. Regattabar at the Charles Hotel,
1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-395-7757. www.regattabarjazz.com

Meet the parents Have race relations improved since the 1967 Oscar-winning film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” enlivened dinner-table conversations? The film, starring Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, and Sidney Poitier, about a white woman who brings her African-American fiance home to meet her parents screens in conjunction with the Huntington Theatre Company production (Sept. 5-Oct. 5). The screening is followed by a discussion with the play’s director, David Esbjornso, and actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
7 p.m. Free (RSVPs encouraged). Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester. 617-266-0800. www.huntingtontheatre.org/strand

Two for the road There are two more Concerts in the Courtyard at the BPL this season, Wednesday’s with the Ron Murphy Band and the finale on Aug. 29 with American Century Music (12:30 p.m.). The former’s namesake brings his baritone voice and program of Porter, Ellington, Williams, and Eckstine to the library. 6 p.m. Free (refreshments available for purchase). Boston Public Library courtyard, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400. www.bpl.org/concerts

THURSDAY

Toil and trouble The witches move around for this production of “Macbeth” presented by Brown Box Theatre Project. And you can move around with them and Macbeth at the performances that take place at two parks. Aug. 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. Free. DCR Castle Island, South Boston (Aug. 28); DCR Martini Shell Park, Hyde Park (Aug. 29). 617-333-7404. www.mass.gov/dcr

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