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    Your Week Ahead

    Things to do around Boston, July 30-Aug. 5

    Dine Out Boston, a songwriter’s showcase, “The Music Man,” and more.

    Cinquecento in the South End, which offers dinner for $33 during Dine Out Boston.
    Cinquecento in the South End, which offers dinner for $33 during Dine Out Boston.


    Future Stars

    Berklee College of Music’s prestigious Five-Week Summer Performance Program for high school and college students concludes with five shows. You might spot the next Meghan Trainor or Late Show With Stephen Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste among the 10 performers, chosen by audition, in the Performing Songwriter Showcase. It kicks off the series at 8 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center. Free.

    Opening Wednesday

    Artists on the Rise

    Headed to SoWa for the monthly First Friday gallery open houses? Make sure your itinerary includes New England Collective IX, Galatea Fine Art’s annual show featuring work in all media by promising regional artists. Globe contributor Marni Elyse Katz, the one-person jury, selected 53 pieces from nearly 200 submissions. Through September 2; the August 3 opening reception runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Free.


    Dancing in the Street

    North End feast season shifts into high gear with the Feast of St. Agrippina di Mineo, a tradition since 1914. Food and trinket vendors take over Hanover Street between Charter and Commercial streets, and revelers groove to live music by Grammy-winning rappers 112, half a dozen country acts, and more. Thursday 7 to 11 p.m., Friday-Sunday noon to 11 p.m. Free.

    Opening Thursday

    Trombone Zone


    The Music Man, the classic tale of a con artist who becomes conflicted when he finds love, plays Reagle Music Theater in Waltham. Meredith Willson’s signature work, the upset winner of the 1958 Best Musical Tony Award (runners-up included West Side Story), tells the tale of a small Iowa town, itinerant huckster Harold Hill, and Marian the librarian. Through August 12. $39-$66, youth $25 all shows.

    Starting Sunday

    Eat Your Heart Out

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    Finally, a chance to check out that restaurant you’ve been wanting to try — without busting your budget. More than 150 participating eateries in the metro area offer Dine Out Bostonlunch ($15, $20, $25) and dinner ($28, $33, $38) menus. Hot properties include Mooncusser Fish House in the Back Bay and the new Downtown Crossing location of Boston Chops, but the best deal might be Fort Point’s tony Menton. August 5-10 and 12-17.

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