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Where to go and what to do in Boston - Metro US

Where to go and what to do in Boston

READINGS

‘Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life:?The Musical’

Tonight

Oberon

2 Arrow St., Cambridge

MBTA: Red Line to Harvard

$10, 617-496-8004

www.stevenalmond.com

Author Steve Almond is a total rock nerd, or as he’d describe it, a drooling fana-tic. He reads from his latest memoir as a DJ cues spot-on musical interludes and slides that are every bit as hilariously self-deprecating as his prose. His pal Dayna Kurtz will also provide her own confessional tunes.

ART

William Wegman: Inside/Outside

Reception with artist: Tonight, 8

Exhibit through September 17th

Panopticon Gallery, Hotel Commonwealth, 502c Comm. Ave., Boston

MBTA: Green Line to Kenmore

Free, 617-267-8929

www.panopticongallery.com

Mass. native William Wegman is back with more pictures of his beloved Wei- maraners. When will he tire of these dogs? There must be something more to it. Perhaps they’re superintelligent, vain, Weimaran-eroid aliens, forcing him to shoot them for some frivolous intergalactic Facebook page. We must free this man! Alert the government! Editor’s note: Please don’t tell the government. We like these photos a lot.

CULTURE

Chinatown Main Street Festival

Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Chinatown

Harrison Ave., Boston

MBTA: Orange Line to Chinatown

Free, 617-350-6303

www.chinatownmainstreet.org

Grab some food and crafts from the vendors, check out the lion dances and martial arts demos, delight at the ground fireworks, and even make some dough art. But here’s a little warning: If you buy a Mogwai, for heaven’s sake, don’t get it wet!

The New England Sand Sculpting Festival

Begins Wednesday

Revere Beach

500 Revere Beach Blvd., Revere

MBTA: Blue Line to Wonderland

Free, 978-749-6700

www.reverebeachpartnership.com

Artists use the beach as their medium in this annual competition, creating incredibly intricate sculptures destined to be knocked down and absorbed back into the dunes in a beautiful lesson on impermanence — but not before the winner gets $15,000! Live music begins over the weekend and a fireworks display rings out the final night.

Bastille Day in Harvard Square

Sunday, all day

Holoyoke St., Cambridge

MBTA: Red Line to Harvard

Free, 617-491-3434

www. harvardsquare.com

Juggling, dancing in the streets, a beer garden, French food, and something billed as a “French Waiter’s Race,” all for free! That and a public viewing of the World Cup finals. Hey, so what if France isn’t in the finals?

MUSIC

HarborWalk Sounds: Sierra Hull

Thursday, 6 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art

100 Northern Ave., Boston

MBTA: Silver Line to World Trade

Free, 617-478-3100

www.icaboston.org

This teenage mandolin prodigy has a sweet voice and is cute as a button, with an accessible sound that won’t alienate bluegrass neophytes — but that doesn’t mean she and her band don’t still shred it bluegrass-style. Call her the Taylor Swift of bluegrass, but with a much stronger roots background — so not really like Taylor Swift at all (burn!).

FOOD

Beer and Chocolate=Food of the Gods

Tonight, 6:30

Peabody Essex Museum

161 Essex St., Salem

MBTA: Commuter Rail to Salem

$15, 866-745-1876

www.pem.org

Thanks to archaeology, we now know why the Mayans loved chocolate so much — they mixed it with alcohol! Though their original recipe remains a mystery, the PEM will provide the next best thing, following a tour of their new Mayan exhibit with samplings of Taza chocolate and a couple modern, chocolate-infused beers. Human sacrifice optional, sobriety sacrifice likely!

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