Watch a play in a gallery
1. Balefire Productions presents "Two Guys at a Bar," a new play by the company founder Leo Jordan, at Gallery Z, 167 Market St., Lowell, July 19, 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. ($25) Joshua Ray directs the show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.balefire-productions.square.site.
Go with her (or him) to Boarding House Park
2. The Lowell Summer Music Series at Boarding House Park in downtown Lowell continues Friday with folk trio I'm With Her and opener Low Lily on Friday, 7:30 p.m. ($37 in advance/$45 day of), and The Wallflowers on Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ($49/$55). Local favorite Will Dailey opens. Shows move indoors to Lowell High School if it rains.)
Get just what you needed
3. Best Friend's Girl: The CARS Experience, is performing Friday, 8-10:30 p.m., in the NARA Park Amphitheater, 25 Ledgerock Way, Acton. ($12 in advance, $15 at gate) Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets, have a glass of beer or wine, and chill out while listening to some great music based on one of Massachuetts' most popular bands. Doors open one hour prior to showtime; no show if it rains. Free parking is available at 75 Quarry Road in Acton. Visit actonrec.com.
Tour historic homes
4. Westminster Historical Society hosts a House and Garden Tour on Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. ($25 in advance, $30 day of tour) Visit 11 sites, including nine historic homes and gardens (and hope they are all air-conditioned). Call 978-874-5569.
Buy a record (or 20)
5. Vinyl Destination will host "Hotter Than July," a record show, Saturday, noon-5 p.m. (Free) In addition to browsing through thousands of records — classic and new and everything in between and every genre of music — visitors can listen to Lowell DJ Spins & Needles playing tunes. Tell owner Dave Perry that The Weekender sent you. Vinyl Destination is on the fourth floor of Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St., Lowell.
Learn about King Philip's War
6. Fort Devens Museum, 94 Jackson Road, hosts guest speaker Mark Deuger on Saturday, 1 p.m., to discuss King Philip's War (1675-1678). (Free) Two of Deuger's ancestors were killed during the Nipmuc tribe's raid on Lancaster during the war, a fact he discovered upon moving to Groton in the 1990s, leading him to read up on the war.
Zip through Whistler
7. Learn more about Lowell native and famed American artist James McNeill Whistler on Saturday at Worcester Art Museum. (Free with admission) The zip tour — a fast-paced view of one artist or work starting at 1 p.m. — will focus on Whistler's "Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket" painting on view. Meet in the Lancaster Welcome Center for the 20-minute presentation. on Saturday are two live demonstrations of "Arms and Armor" at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Art Carts with armor activities, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Visit www.worcesterart.org/events.
Keep the beat
8. The DCI Drum Corps Competition is Saturday, 6 p.m., at Grappone Stadium in Manchester, N.H. ($20 in advance, $25 at the gate, under 10 $10) The Nashua Spartans drum corps will compete against other drum corps from Alabama, Florida and much more. Also performing are the Manchester Muchachos, the Boston Crusader Seniors and Revere MA Northstar.
Listen to some acoustic rockers
9. Dracut-based group the Flower Pistils is performing Saturday 7-9 p.m., at Christ Church United, 10 Arlington St., Dracut. ($20 recommended donation, students and seniors $15) The violin-and-guitar duo consists of multi-instrumentalists Emma Gies and Micah Huang, who combine conservatory training with a scrappy, fun-loving punk-rock ethos. The concert is the culmination of Dracut Arts' July program.Visit DracutArts.com or facebook.com/DracutArts/.
Get a little Tingle
10. Comedian/commentator and Boston favorite Jimmy Tingle brings his newest show, "Jimmy Tingle's 20/20 Vision," to Jonathan's in Ogunquit, Maine, on Saturday, July 20, at 8 p.m. ($22.50-$63.50) The former "60 Minutes 2" commentator's show is designed to entertain, enlighten and challenge the audience to look beyond sound bites and tweets as the nation looks ahead to the upcoming 2020 presidential campaign. Visit https://tickets.jonathansogunquit.com, or call 207-646-4777.
Compiled by Jacquelyn Jarnagin, Nancye Tuttle and Dan Phelps.