Boston-area to do list

Ryan Maxwell


Verona, Vegas style

We usually don’t associate Shakespeare with Vegas, but we do now. “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Fever,” and “Witchcraft” are a few of the tunes you’ll hear when Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s “Free Shakespeare on the Common” presents “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” The comedy about two buddies who leave Verona to find fortune in Milan features a dozen actors, three jazz musicians, 24 acting apprentices, and four dogs who bring a Rat Pack-era vibe to the Shakespeare classic. July 6 at 8 p.m. (through July 28). Free ($35 reserve chair). Boston Common. 617-426-0863.


Eye level We have nothing against picnics on the Esplanade, but if you prefer to have your July Fourth dinner served to you while you listen to the Pops concert and watch the fireworks (at eye level), the Top of the Hub should be at the top of your list. The July Fourth Dinner Party Celebration starts with a cocktail reception followed by a multi-course dinner. July 4 at 7 p.m. $250. Top of the Hub, the Prudential Building, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-1775 (reservations required).

Signed, sealed, and delivered One of the several events at Minute Man National Historical Park is “Declaring Independence,” a reading of the Declaration of Independence. On April 19, 1775, 13 British Colonies started their fight for independence, and 14 months later, the famous signing happened in Philadelphia. 1 p.m. Free. North Bridge, Concord. 978-318-7825.


Temptation Will four young noblemen from Navarre keep their commitment to study for three years and stay away from women? How will the quartet do when four gorgeous French ladies show up? It all plays out in Shakespeare’s 1594 romantic comedy, “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”7:30 p.m. (through Sept. 1). $15-$95 (discounts available). Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353.


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Great ball of fire One of the highlights of this year’s Mashpee Wampanoag Pow Wow is the “Fireball Game,” where a ball of fire is kicked and carried to heal the sick. Other festivities celebrating the culture of the “People of the First Light” include dancing and drumming contests, music, and traditional foods and crafts. July 5-7 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $13, $8 seniors and under 12, free under 6. Barnstable County Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway, East Falmouth. 774-327-0662.

Houston in Boston Libraries are so much more than places to study and read books. The Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard series offers jazz, classical, folk, and funk performers every Friday through Aug. 30. This week’s music is by the Lance Houston Jazz Quartet featuring the namesake and his flugelhorn. July 5 at 12:30 p.m. (inside if raining). Free. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston.


Listen up In the old days, drum cadences were used to to warn citizens of attacks. Members of the Boston Alarm Company dressed in reproduction civilian clothing will play marches and those warning cadences at the Fife and Drum Concert. July 6 at 1, 1:45, and
2:30 p.m. Free with museum admission of $3.50, $3
seniors and college students, $1 ages 5-17. Paul Revere House, 19 North Sq., Boston. 617-523-2338. www.paulrevere