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On the Cheap: The Ting Tings, Summersday and, yes, a cemetery

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Hipster concert

Like music, but hate the crowds? Then you’re in luck, friend. One of the bands to see right now (like this instant) is the Ting Tings. You’ve heard their song ``Shut Up and Let Me Go'' on Apple’s newest iPod commercials (the multi-colored one with the shadow people dancing around). Normally, we wouldn’t suggest a show where you only know one song from the band, but we’ve heard the whole album and  a lot of the songs are good.  Tonight at 9 o’clock at Great Scott in Allston. Tickets: $12. Call 617-566-9014.

Go Revels 

The three-day Summersday Revels kicks off with the fourth annual Summer Street Solstice Art Celebration. On Saturday and Sunday, you’ll find circus and street performers, a ``Sun and Moon Procession,'' a family activity tent (does this include forcing families to speak to each other?) and a stage that will showcase traditional music from around the world (Ireland, India, Africa and the Caribbean). It’s a celebration of all things that are summer and shouldn’t be missed.  Friday, 6  to 9 p.m. at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Saturday and Sunday, 4  to 9 p.m. at the Fort Point Channel along the HarborWalk in Boston. Free. Call 617-954-3787. 

It’s fun to be outside

Cultural institutions tend to wind down as summer approaches. The result? We tell you to go to a cemetery instead of a play. Mount Auburn Cemetery now has a new Visitors Center, which will assist patrons with their visit. Stop freaking out. Mount Auburn is an outdoor museum with 175 acres of monuments, statues and artwork on its grounds. The Center will explain the idea behind Mount Auburn and explain how it inspired New York City’s Central Park. Once you get over the fact that you are sight-seeing and educating yourself in a cemetery, you’ll have a grand ol’ time. Visitor’s Center open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October (provided there isn’t a funeral occurring). Free. Call 617-547-7105. 

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