The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

Brad Paisley performs at Xfinity Center in Mansfield on Aug. 5.
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Brad Paisley performs at Xfinity Center in Mansfield on Aug. 5.


Pop & Rock

ANDREW BIRD/BELLE AND SEBASTIAN These two members of indie’s smart set craft tightly wound songs, with the Chicagoland-born Andrew Bird adding fanciful flourishes of violin and whistling to his open-hearted compositions, and Glaswegians Belle and Sebastian pairing their feather-light guitar pop with wry, slightly self-mocking lyrics. Aug. 2, 7 p.m. $29.50 and up. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 617-728-1600,

J. COLE This North Carolina-raised MC has amassed a huge following because of his matter-of-factly precise storytelling and boundless curiosity, both of which are on full display on last year’s chart-topping “4 Your Eyez Only.” Aug. 4, 8 p.m. $29.50 and up. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,


EARTH, WIND & FIRE/CHIC FEATURING NILE RODGERS The American pop landscape would be a lot less funky — and a lot less fun — without these two titans of groove. Chic smashes like the glittery “Good Times” and Earth, Wind & Fire jams like the swirling “Fantasy” will get the Garden jumping. Aug. 5, 8 p.m. $39.50 and up. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

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Folk & World

BRAD PAISLEY The mainstream country singer-songwriter-picker triple-threat is touring behind his latest, “Love and War,” which sees him calling on special-guest assistance from Mick Jagger, John Fogerty, Timbaland, and Bill Anderson. None of them will be on hand Saturday; instead, Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant, and Lindsay Ell will help out as openers. Aug. 5, 7 p.m. $34.50 and up. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000,

AURELIO VOLTAIRE This ain’t your usual folk music: Multimedia artist Aurelio Voltaire plays music rooted in European folk, to which he adds an ample measure of goth and other dark music, a preoccupation with horror and the macabre, and loads of theatricality and spectacle. But fear not; by his own account, he’s one of the “friendliest Gothic guys” you’ll ever meet. Aug. 3, 8 p.m. $15. Once Lounge, Somerville. 877-987-6487,

JUNIOR BROWN The man with the well-deep baritone and the signature double-neck “guit-steel” has been playing hard-core honky-tonk and Texas swing, always with plenty of guitar pyrotechnics mixed in, for over 30 years now, most recently lending his talents to a theme song for “Better Call Saul.” Aug. 4, 8:30 p.m. $22. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 888-929-7849,



Jazz & Blues

ONSET BLUES FESTIVAL The 25th anniversary edition of this bayside blues bash features Gil David Correia & the Shameless with guests Diane Blue, Jerry Portnoy, Cheryl Arena, Greg Piccolo, James Montgomery, and Kid Bangham. Plus the Willie J. Laws Band, Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish, and the Groovalottos. Aug. 5, noon to 9 p.m. $12.50-$30. Lillian Gregerman Bandshell, Prospect Park, 191 Onset Ave., Onset Village.

EVIL VINCE GUARALDI PLUS THREE The accessibly exploratory jazz collaborative plays standards and originals in styles ranging from Latin to hard bop to mainstream. With pianist Greg Woodsbie, guitarist Kevin Scollins, bassist Noah Harrington, and drummer Luke Franc. Aug. 5, 8 p.m. $10. Outpost 186, 186½ Hampshire St., Cambridge.

DARREN BARRETT Berklee College of Music and Boston’s ParkARTS present the annual “Jazz at the Fort” concert, this year featuring acclaimed trumpeter, bandleader, and current Berklee associate professor Barrett, the winner of the 1997 Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition. Aug. 6, 5 p.m. Free. Highland Park, Roxbury (rain location: First Church in Roxbury, John Eliot Square). 617 747-6057,




BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA The orchestra pulls out the stops this week, offering Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on its free Wednesday-night program. Under the baton of Christopher Wilkins, this performance will feature vocal soloists Michelle Johnson, Emily Marvosh, William Hite, and Ron Williams as well as the One City Choir and the Back Bay Chorale. Also on the program: Beethoven’s “Egmont” Overture and his Violin Romance in F. Aug. 2, 7 p.m., Hatch Shell at the Esplanade. 617-987-2000,

CAPE COD CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL This multi-venue festival ramps up this week with the Mile-End Trio in Cotuit on Tuesday, the Lydian String Quartet in Orleans on Wednesday, and a wind-centric program on Friday in Wellfleet. All three programs are devoted mostly to classical and Romantic-era repertoire. 508-247-9400,

TANGLEWOOD The BSO’s annual Tanglewood on Parade takes place Tuesday and will feature music by Copland, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and John Williams; Thursday brings the next installment of the “Schubert’s Summer Journey” series of chamber concerts, to be anchored by pianist Emanuel Ax and cellist Yo-Yo Ma; and the BSO’s Friday and Saturday Shed concerts will be led by Hans Graf with Garrick Ohlsson as piano soloist tackling Chopin’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2. Lenox. 617-266-1200,




AMERICAN MOOR Written and performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb, this deep-from-the-heart spellbinder is a blisteringly eloquent and penetrating meditation on the ever-urgent matter of race in America — though “meditation’’ seems far too tame a word for the dramatic force Cobb brings to the subject in a performance that shakes theater walls and audience complacency alike. His multifarious achievement is to examine his own complex relationship with the craft of acting while illuminating the specific experiences and perceptions of a black man in a white-dominated profession, and country, governed by invidious racial assumptions. Directed by Kim Weild. Through Aug. 12. O.W.I. (Bureau of Theatre) and Phoenix Theatre Ensemble. At Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

EDWARD ALBEE’S AT HOME AT THE ZOO David Adkins, Tara Franklin, and Joey Collins star in a taut and engrossing production of a work that blends “The Zoo Story,’’ Edward Albee’s 1959 breakthrough play about a fateful encounter between two very different men named Peter and Jerry on a park bench, with a new prequel Albee penned nearly half a century later, fleshing out the character of Peter. Directed by Eric Hill, the two-act drama exemplifies the creative daring and ruthless honesty that characterized Albee’s career from beginning to end. Through Aug. 26. Berkshire Theatre Group at Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. 413-997-4444,

BLOOD ON THE SNOW Penned by local playwright Patrick Gabridge and directed by Courtney O’Connor, this absorbing, 70-minute piece stands as a virtual model of how to write and stage a historical drama. Supported by a strong cast, Dale Place portrays acting Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson, agonizing over whether to order the removal of British troops on the day after the Boston Massacre. The play is presented in the high-ceilinged chamber where the discussion among Hutchinson and members of the Governor’s Council actually took place. The room where it happened, you might say. Through Aug. 20. The Bostonian Society. At Old State House, Boston. 617-720-1713, ext. 120,



ON TAP As if August in Boston isn’t hot enough, Julia Boynton’s annual Beantown Tapfest Faculty Showcase brings the heat with two shows featuring a star-studded cast of fleet and stylish hoofers, including hometown boys Sean Fielder, Ryan Casey, and Ian Berg. An expected highlight is the performance of Caleb Teicher & Company’s charming “Variations.” Aug. 4, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-616-5124,

BODIES & CHOICES Nozama Dance Collective’s full-length production explores female empowerment, from overcoming fear and anxiety to celebrating the strength and support found in community. Guest artists include Alive Dance Collective, Erica Nelson and Dancers, Evolve Dynamicz, Colleen Roddy, and Mariah Rasmussen. Aug. 4-5. $10-$20. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 914-420-3454,

THE ZEALOUS LABORERS This evening-length collaboration between choreographers Lorraine Chapman and David Parker examines the artistic legacy of the Shakers, for whom the sacred rite of physical rigor was a portal to transcendence. Following an initial joint company performance at Oberon in Cambridge (Aug. 3) the work is repeated on Aug. 5 at Canterbury Shaker Village (Canterbury, N.H.) as part of a celebration of music and dance. $5-$35. 212-337-9565,



SANDI HABER FIFIELD: LINEATIONS Haber Fifield finds rhymes in juxtapositions. Here tree branches, tendrils of shrubs, and vines in her photos reach like kite strings into attached line drawings, dotted with color, occasionally snarling. Through Aug. 23. Robert Klein Gallery @ Ars Libri, 500 Harrison Ave. 617-267-7997,

Poblet, who represents Cuba at this year’s Venice Biennale, uses video, mixed media, and sound by composer Andres Levin in this site-specific installation, which contemplates the sea’s particular meanings to residents of her island nation. Through Aug. 19. Cynthia-Reeves, 1315 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-398-5257,

RECIPROCITY Audrey Goldstein and Silvi Naci curate this group show, which investigates empathy in the interplay of artist, viewer, and artwork. Art is posited as a means of exchange, in which a material object is a conduit for communicating something immaterial. Through Aug. 19. Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-0411,



DANA SCHUTZ In March, Schutz’s painting in the Whitney Biennial of the murdered Emmett Till’s body set off fierce debate about the representation of race in America. Her lusciously painterly, expressive canvases blend abstraction and sometimes nightmarish figuration. Through Nov. 26. Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive. 617-478-3100,

THE PHILOSOPHY CHAMBER: ART AND SCIENCE IN HARVARD’S TEACHING CABINET, 1766-1820 The Philosophy Chamber, a proto-museum and laboratory, housed art, artifacts, scientific instruments, and more. Curators have reassembled a portion of the dispersed collection, investigating how knowledge was shaped in early America. Through Dec. 31. Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-9400,

LIST PROJECTS: CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE Documentaries, newsreels, and artists’ films and videos highlight political resistance, from hunger marches in the Great Depression to Black Lives Matter protests, in a show that considers how filmmakers and artists affect social change. Through Oct. 29. MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St., Cambridge. 617-253-4400,




CLUB CAFÉ COMEDY NIGHT Tricia Auld hosts an impressive lineup of stand-ups, with Corey Rodrigues, Dave Russo, Dan Boulger, Maya Manion, and Kim DeShields, in Club Café’s Moonshine Performance Room. Aug. 4, 7 p.m. $25. Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave., Boston. 617-536-0966,

JEFF ROSS Known as “The Roastmaster General,” the one-time BU student takes on big issues in his specials, like his recent “Jeff Ross Roasts Cops,” featuring gibes at the Boston Police Department. Live, he’s more likely to make silly, good-natured fun of volunteers from his audience. Aug. 4, 8 p.m. $41.50-$64.50. Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 W. Main St., Hyannis. 508-775-5630,

THE NASTY SHOW Lenny Clarke, former Howard Stern sidekick Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling, and Christine Hurley provide an evening of off-color comedy. Aug. 4 at 8:30 p.m., Aug. 5 at 7:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Giggles Comedy Club, 517 Broadway (Route 1), Saugus. 781-233-9950,



Under the Sea Does your kid love the ocean so much they may as well sprout a few fins? Join a ranger for a guided beach exploration tour or touch-tank activity with hands-on learning about Boston Harbor’s marine environment and the importance of protecting oceans and the creatures they hold in this weekly activity. July 30, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Peddock’s Island, 66 Long Wharf. 617-223-8666.

Music & Merriment Silliness will surely ensue while clowning around with magician Awesome Robb as he shares tricks and jokes. Then, make some noise in a drum circle run by drummer Tony Fonseca where music and movement take over and kids can have some mid-summer fun. Aug. 2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $9 museum admission. The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave, North Easton. 508-230-3789.

First Thursday: BBF (Best Beast Forever) Pajama Party Bring fantastical imaginary creatures to life while relaxing in your PJs. Kids around ages 4 to 8 should bring stuffed animals (real or otherwise) to enjoy games, a scavenger hunt in the “Fantastic Beasts in Iconography” exhibition, snacks, and more. Aug.3, 6-8 p.m. Free. Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. 978-598-5000.

Kaitlyn Locke


Aug. 7 The Districts at Sinclair

Aug. 9 Lifehouse and Switchfoot at House of Blues

Aug. 11 Bush at House of Blues

Aug. 13 Streetlight Manifesto at House of Blues

Aug. 22 Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey at TD Garden

Aug. 28 Washed Out at Royale

Aug. 31 Sheer Mag at Sinclair

Sept. 2 Sting at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Terence Cawley