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    After a 10-month renovation, the Cape Ann Museum is again spreading its Gloucester gospel about the city’s rich history of fishing, shipping, and quarrying through its collections of art and artifacts. In addition to a collection of paintings by marine artist Fitz Henry Lane, the museum hosts two exhibits through Jan. 31: “The Importance of Place: A Sketchbook of Drawings by Stuart Davis” and “A Chosen Place: Walker Hancock and Friends.” Pictured: “Quarry Worker” by Iver Rose. Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m. $10, $8 students and seniors, free under 18. Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester. 978-283-0455.


    They tell it like it is One of the 30 albums by the Capitol Steps is “How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying” (the actual Broadway lyric of “Trying” also applies, in our opinion). The musical political satirists know whence they speak and sing since some of the performers are former Capitol Hill staffers. 3 and 8 p.m. $45-$78. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport.

    By land or by sea Before you trade summer mode for fall mode, wind down with a bang at the Boston Harbor Fireworks. The barge will be moored off Fan Pier on the South Boston Seaport. 9 p.m. Free. Land-viewing spots include Boston Harborwalk from Lo Presti and Piers parks through Hyatt Boston Harbor Hotel, East Boston; Boston Harborwalk from Fort Point Channel through the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on the Seaport. 617-482-1722, ext. 102. www.summeron


    Rockin’ royalty The “Beehive Queen” has told audiences “I’ve come here tonight to set your souls on fire,” so wear a flame-retardant outfit and get ready for Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez. The “Saturday Night Live” vocalist will share her “rock ’n’ soul” CD tracks from “Strip,” “The Hard Way,” “Radio Queen,” “Wicked Time,” “Re-Hive,” “The Deep End,” “Live Hive,” and next year’s “The Grown-Up Thing.” 8 p.m. $20, $24 day of show. The Bull Run, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311.


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    Playing footsie Do you feel differently without shoes than with them? Susan Dibble does, and the choreographer wants you to ponder the matter at “DibbleDance: Shoes On, Shoes Off.” A dozen dances by dancers and actors covering and uncovering their tootsies will hopefully help you ponder from toes to head. Aug. 31 at
    7:30 p.m. $30. Shakespeare & Company Tina Packer Playhouse,
    70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353.

    Tony at Tanglewood We love Tony Bennett. We love Tony Bennett. We love Tony Bennett. The crooner’s “Tony Bennett: The Classics” is a collection of tracks from his Duets albums plus faves from his more than six-decade career. Daughter Antonia Bennett opens for her father. Aug. 31 at 2:30 p.m. $25-$97.50. Tanglewood,
    297 West St., Lenox. 888-266-1200.

    With three you get a mess We love what had to say about “Murder Ballad”: “I love you, I hate you, I’ll kill you. That’s the lurid premise of ‘Murder Ballad,’ the hot and sticky rock opera . . . ” Rose Tinted Productions presents the love triangle with tribulations penned by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash. Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. $15-$30. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-496-8004.

    June Wulff can be reached at