The Ticket: Music, theater, dance, art, and more

John Mayer performs April 9 at TD Garden.
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John Mayer performs April 9 at TD Garden.


Pop & Rock

JOHN MAYER Back in the pop game after a sabbatical that included a stint with jam legends Dead & Company, the smoothly neurotic guitarist-vocalist, whose seventh album, “The Search for Everything,” is out on Friday, will shift between playing solo, collaborating with his trio, and leading a full band. April 9, 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$99.50. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

MAGGIE ROGERS Last year, this self-assured songwriter hit it big on the Internet thanks to a clip where her debut single, the dreamy “Alaska,” moved Pharrell Williams to tears. Rogers, who uses the building blocks of folk music to create heady, vocally rich pop, has since moved on to crafting some of the most ear-catching singles of 2017. April 10, 8:30 p.m. $15. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,


BETTY WHO This Australian-born, Berklee-trained thrush’s just-released second album, “The Valley,” soars when it places her fizzy soprano atop similarly effervescent backing tracks, like the sparkling “Free to Fly” and the sumptuous “Wanna Be.” April 15, 6 p.m. $22, $20 advance. Royale. 617-338-7699, MAURA JOHNSTON

Folk & World

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ANDREW COMBS Combs says that he’s not interested in making the same record twice, and he’s certainly been true to his word thus far, moving from the alt-country fare of his debut to the countrypolitan sweetness of his next record, “All These Dreams” and, now, to the folk-rocky “Canyons of My Mind.” Fellow Nashvillian Erin Rae opens. April 9, 9:30 p.m. $10. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006.

MEKLIT Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero brings her self-described in-betweener music to town in advance of her upcoming third release, “This Was Made Here,” a record “as Oakland as it is Addis Ababa” that is reportedly inspired by the music of Ethio-jazz master Mulatu Astatke. April 9, 7 p.m. $15. ONCE Lounge, Somerville. 877-987-6487.

WOODSMITH & HERSCH A new endeavor that’s starting to gain some traction around town (and beyond) from Celia Woodsmith, who used to lend her powerful vocals to distaff bluegrass outfit Della Mae, and Chris Hersch, former guitar slinger for Girls, Guns and Glory. Second-generation singer-songwriter Curtis McMurtry (son of James) opens. April 15, 9 p.m. $12. Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 800-838-3006.


Jazz & Blues


GERI ALLEN, TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON & ESPERANZA SPALDING A summit meeting of three superb and distinctive instrumentalist-composer-bandleaders: Allen, one of very few pianists to have recorded with Ornette Coleman; drummer Carrington, who served long stints with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock; and bassist Spalding, perhaps the best-known young performer in jazz. April 14 and 15, 8 and 10 p.m. $38. Scullers. 866-777-8932,

BLUESAPOCALYPSE 2017 A blues bash benefiting the Arlington Center for the Arts with food, beer, and five red-hot bands: Louise Grasmere with Meeting Across the Water, The Tokyo Tramps, Shikiboo & Butane Blue Band, Bees Deluxe, and The King Street Band. April 15, 6:30 p.m. $25-$30. Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster St., Arlington. 781-648-6220,

BERT SEAGER’S TETRAPTYCH Seasoned pianist and composer Seager celebrates the release of the exhilarating and lovely debut recording by his deeply simpatico chamber jazz quartet featuring tenor saxophonist Hery Paz, bassist Max Ridley, and drummer Dor Herskovits. Guitarist Andrew Stern opens with a solo set. April 15, 8 p.m. $15. Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square, Somerville.,



BOSTON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR NEW MUSIC The center hosts a pair of concerts devoted to spectral music, with concerts by the local sinfonietta Sound Icon and the New York-based Talea Ensemble. April 12 and 13, 8 p.m.


ROOMFUL OF TEETH WITH A FAR CRY Two young, visionary ensembles dedicated to creating their own rules and repertoires hook up for a concert that includes music by Ted Hearne and Caroline Shaw. April 13, 8 p.m., Sanders Theatre, Cambridge. 617-482-6661,

ODYSSEY OPERA Gil Rose’s company tackles a rarely performed artifact from the early 20th century: Alexander von Zemlinsky’s “Der Zwerg” (“The Dwarf”), based on a story by Oscar Wilde. April 14, 7:30 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-826-1626,




TOPDOG/UNDERDOG A searing and often riveting production, directed by Billy Porter, of Suzan-Lori Parks’s Pulitzer-winning drama about the rivalry between African-American brothers named Lincoln and Booth, both carrying the burden of family history and splintered identities. Through April 9. Huntington Theatre Company, at BU Theatre, Boston. 617-266-0800,

GOLDA’S BALCONY Bobbie Steinbach delivers an impassioned and stirring performance as Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, scrambling during 1973’s Yom Kippur War to save a nation of which she was not just the leader but a living embodiment. William Gibson’s solo drama is directed by Judy Braha. Through April 16. New Repertory Theatre. At Mainstage Theater, Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487,

CHILL In her impressive new play, set in her hometown of Brookline, Eleanor Burgess delivers a shrewdly observed portrait of millennials grappling with life’s uncertainties and disappointments while confronting questions about which roads to take — and, inevitably, roads not taken. Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian. Through April 16. Merrimack Repertory Theatre at Nancy L. Donahue Theatre, Lowell. 978-654-4678,



RAINBOW TRIBE, INC. This worthy Boston-based multicultural organization celebrates 25 years with “Generations.” This 15th annual concert of hip-hop, tap, and contemporary dance features performances by Tribe: The Dance Company, Bside, Embrace, and Linx, with music ranging from Janet Jackson to the Dave Matthews Band. April 14-15. $20-$25. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-769-9400,

FROM THE TOP Ian Berg’s young rhythm tap company Subject:Matter presents an evening-length work that explores the relationship between the part and the whole, highlighting contrasts of timing, attack, and volume. The six dancers cut loose to music ranging from classic pop songs to jazz funk to Fela Kuti. April 14-15. $15-$20. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,

DOPPELGÄNGER DANCE COLLECTIVE Danielle Davidson’s and Shura Baryshnikov’s duet company presents “Myths, Legends & Questions: new works for screen and stage.” In addition to a solo performance by guest artist Heidi Henderson, the concert features two new dance works and the film “Echo + Narcissus,” directed by Andy Russ in collaboration with poet Laura Brown Lavoie. April 13-23. $20. AS220 Black Box, Providence. 401-831-9327,



PETER VANDERWARKER: SUBLIMATION “Yellowstone is a winter landscape sitting on a stove,” the photographer writes. His images of the national park often focus on phenomena of temperature: snow at the edge of a thermal pool, ice in the air, steam billowing over white-fringed firs. Through April 29. Gallery NAGA, 67 Newbury St. 617-267-9060,

SPAZUK: HUBRIS, BEAUTY & GREED Steven Spazuk is a practitioner of fumage — painting with fire, using a candle as a brush. The smokiness of his intricately nuanced images of animals and people suggests pollution, transience, and urgency. Through May 28. Adelson Galleries Boston, 520 Harrison Ave. 617-832-0633,

SIDETRACKED Three artists take on the foibles, misdirections, and misperceptions involved in communication – between businesses, between parent and child, between media and consumer. Mike Witt repurposes privacy envelopes; Andy Bablo investigates distraction, and Katherine Mitchell DiRico contrasts big data with parenting. Through May 13. Drive-By Projects, 81 Spring St., Watertown. 617-835-8255,



MATISSE IN THE STUDIO Matisse intimately and actively engaged his own possessions as actors in his paintings. This show spotlights how objects from his collection – vessels, African masks – opened his imagination and helped chart new directions in his art. Through July 9. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300,

MODERN ART FROM THE MIDDLE EAST Nineteen works from the 1950s to the 1980s trace how Middle Eastern artists blended European modernism with traditional art forms such as calligraphy to grapple with vestiges of colonialism and search for identity. Through July 16. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. 203-432-0600,

STEFFANI JEMISON: PLANT YOU NOW, DIG YOU LATER Jemison investigates codes used historically to pass messages incomprehensible to those in power. Her work references Nat Turner, Louis Armstrong, and the private language developed by artist James Hampton. Through February 2018. Mass MoCA, 140 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111,




STAND UP TO STIGMA: COMICS FOR RECOVERY Jack Lynch hosts Tony V, Frank Santorelli, Joey Carroll, Bob Carney, and Harry Corcel at this benefit for Family Continuity, a private nonprofit mental health and social services agency. April 9, 4 p.m. $25-$30. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849,

SOMETHING BIG WITH RAY HARRINGTON The former Maine comic directed and starred in last year’s “Be A Man,” a funny and pointed documentary about the meaning of masculinity to an expectant father. Hosted by Nick Chambers and Al Park, with Bob Pierce and Kathe Farris. April 13, 8:30 p.m. $13-$15. The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Somerville. 617-684-5335,

IAN BAGG The 2015 “Last Comic Standing” semi-finalist likes to needle his audience a bit and does crowd work as a regular part of his shows. April 14 at 8 p.m. and April 15 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $29-$39. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,



PAINT WITHOUT BRUSHES Free yourself and your child from the shackles of conventional painting! This two-hour workshop will broaden your artistic horizons and show that you don’t need a brush to make a masterpiece. But please, for the sake of your wardrobe, wear something you won’t mind getting covered in every color combination possible. April 14, 3- 5 p.m. Free. The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. 508-230-3789.

KIDS AND FAMILY ANIMAL RIGHTS DAY The overlap between “educational” and “fun” is often oversold and sometimes nonexistent. But this event can truly say with a straight face that it’ll teach kids a thing or two about animal rights while still being a blast. Face painting, police dogs, animal crafts, and more are all promised. April 15, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover. 978-681-0800.

CAMBRIDGE SCIENCE FESTIVAL If you have nightmare memories of high school chemistry, don’t worry — this will be roughly a million times more enjoyable. The MIT Museum is putting on its annual science festival for the 11th year now, and they’ve gotten pretty good at it, as magic shows, robots, and video game design are all on the docket. Best part? It goes on for a whole week. April 15-23, all day. $5-10. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-253-5927



April 17 PJ Harvey at House of Blues,

April 21 gnash at Paradise Rock Club,

April 28 The Maine at Royale,

May 3 Transatlantic Sessions at Orpheum Theatre,

May 4 Old 97’s at The Sinclair,

May 7 Pond at The Sinclair,

May 8 Mastodon at House of Blues,

May 11 Too Many Zooz at The Sinclair,