The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world this week

Khalid performs Aug. 6 at the House of Blues.
Kacie Tomita
Khalid performs Aug. 6 at the House of Blues.


Pop & Rock

KHALID Texan singer-songwriter Khalid Robinson specializes in a laconic yet exploratory take on R&B, his conversational baritone giving the blippy “Location” a first-blush-of-romance rush and turning the feather-light “8TEEN” into a wistful look at teetering on the precipice of adulthood. Aug. 6, 7 p.m. $27.50 and up. House of Blues. 888-693-2583,

MEW This Danish band’s 11th album, “Visuals,” shimmers and twinkles, with songs like the tensely building “Ay Ay Ay” and the swirling “Candy Pieces All Smeared Out” showing how they’ve channeled their long-standing prog-rock ambitions into crafting heady, layered pop songs made for listening under the stars. Aug. 8, 8 p.m. $25, $23 advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,


MICHELLE BRANCH “Hopeless Romantic,” the first album in 14 years from this one-time teen-folk sensation, is a full-on rock record where Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney takes on copilot duties. The slinky “You’re Good” and the stretched-out title track place Branch’s still-winsome soprano amid heavy basslines and fuzzed-out riffs. Aug. 9, 7 p.m. $25. Paradise Rock Club. 617-562-8800,


Folk & World

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SOCIAL DISTORTION/JADE JACKSON Call ’em punk if you want, but Mike Ness and company have always mixed more than a little country and other roots strains into their music, and they were doing it before almost anyone else. Opener Jade Jackson is a promising singer-songwriter whose recent debut, “Gilded,” was made, at producer Ness’s insistence, with Lucinda Williams’s “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” as its polestar. Aug. 11, 8 p.m. $36. The Palladium, Worcester. 877-987-6487,

SOCKS IN THE FRYING PAN The group name that these County Clare musicians have given themselves might be one of the more, uh, unsavory that you’ve come across. But try not to think about that, and focus on the high-energy trad Irish music the trio makes instead. Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. $28. The Burren, Somerville. 800-838-3006,

TWISTED PINE They once were bluegrass, but their new self-titled album shows that this Boston band has become something else, a wider version of stringband, boundary jumpers akin to outfits like Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek, and Crooked Still. They celebrate their new release with Friday’s show. Aug. 11, 7 p.m. $18. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,


Jazz & Blues


GERRY BEAUDOIN TRIO Mandorla Music’s new Dot Jazz Series kicks off with seasoned area guitarist Beaudoin, whose main early influences were blues plectrist Duke Robillard and 7-string swing-meister Bucky Pizzarelli, both of whom he later played and recorded with. His trio includes his son, vibraphonist Gerard Beaudoin III, and bassist Neil Patton. Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. $15. Peabody Hall, Parish of All Saints, 209 Ashmont St., Dorchester.

THE MAKANDA PROJECT The marvelous 13-piece, local all-star jazz ensemble’s mission is to air the unheard compositions of the late great Bostonian multi-instrumentalist Makanda Ken McIntyre. This outdoor concert also features community youth performances, arts and crafts vendors, good food, and more. Aug. 12, 1 p.m. Free. First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam St., Roxbury.

NEW BLACK EAGLE JAZZ BAND Among the world’s premier traditional jazz groups, New England’s own Black Eagles are past masters of early New Orleans, 1920s Chicago, and 1930s small band jazz styles. Their massive repertoire includes rags, spirituals, blues, and vintage pop. Aug. 12, 8 p.m. $28-$30. Firehouse Center for The Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. 978-462-7336,



TANGLEWOOD The Tanglewood Music Center presents its annual Festival of Contemporary Music (Aug 10-14), which has been curated this year by pianist Jacob Greenberg, cellist Kathryn Bates, and violist Nadia Sirota. With premieres of works by Nico Muhly, Anthony Cheung, Nathan Davis, and Kui Dong. On Friday night, Giancarlo Guerrero leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” and the Brahms Double Concerto, with violinist Gil Shaham and cellist Alisa Weilerstein as soloists. On Saturday, Juanjo Mena conducts Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony and the Brahms Violin Concerto, with Nikolaj Znaider as soloist. And on Saturday, Joshua Bell returns for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto under the baton of Lahav Shani, who also leads works by Mozart and Schubert. Lenox. 617-266-1200,


NORFOLK CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL This vibrant summer festival ramps up this week with the Emerson Quartet performing a program devoted to Beet-hoven’s towering late quartets. Aug. 12, 8 p.m., Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate, Norfolk, Conn. 860-542-3000,

BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA For the ensemble’s weekly free Wednesday night performance, Christopher Wilkins leads an appealingly eclectic program “Anthems of the World,” devoted to works by Sibelius, Dvorak, Amy Beach, Kareem Roustom, Arturo Márquez, and Gonzalo Grau. Aug. 9, 7 p.m., Hatch Shell at the Esplanade. 617-987-2000, JEREMY EICHLER



ROMEO AND JULIET Director Allegra Libonati adroitly blends shadow and light in her fleet, free-flowing production of Shakespeare’s tragedy of young love and death. Gracyn Mix is a marvelously resourceful and self-aware Juliet: a compelling blend of feeling, intellect, personality and spirit. Through Aug. 6. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. At Boston Common. Admission is free. A limited number of reserved chairs are available for a $75 donation. To reserve chairs: 617-426-0863,

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 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, DON AUCOIN


BOSTON CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL 2017 This annual presentation by Urbanity Dance features two different performances with an open artists’ conversation in between. The event showcases 34 companies representing 11 states. Doug Varone and Dancers headline the evening show with the Boston premiere of “Folded.” Aug. 12, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $30-$100. Boston Center for the Arts. 617-572-3727,

JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL Dance theater rules the roost at the festival this week with two highly theatrical companies. Camille A. Brown & Dancers explores what it is like to grow up African-American and female in “Black Girl: Linguistic Play.” In the small theater, Dendy/Donovan Projects examines the cult of celebrity in “Elvis Everywhere.” Aug. 9-13, $25-$69. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745,

MUSIC, DANCE AND LITERATURE @ DISTILLERY GALLERY The title sums up the concept but not the details. This one-night-only event of “new works, new configurations” presented by Mobius and curated by Jimena Bermejo and Chris Brokaw features select artists from across Massachusetts, including Bermejo + Brokaw, Alissa Cardone, Bill Nace, Jake Meginsky, Jen Polins, Matt Krefting, and others. Aug. 12, 6 p.m. Donations requested. Distillery Gallery, South Boston. 617-372-2079.



AMERICAN GENRE: CONTEMPORARY PAINTING Artist, writer, and curator Michelle Grabner tapped more than 50 artists for this exhibition, which examines how such tried-and-true genres as still life, landscape, and portraiture shake out in painting today. Pictured: Amy Bennett’s “Nothing New Under the Sun.’’ Through Sept. 15. Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland. 207-775-3052,

LYLE ASHTON HARRIS: PHOTOGRAPHS Harris teases out cultural threads about race, sexuality, and celebrity, and weaves them anew. This show includes work from his “Ektachrome Archive,” capturing shifts in the art world and society in the 1990s. Through Aug. 17. Albert Merola Gallery, 424 Commercial St., Provincetown. 508-487-4424,

ANIMAL AS METAPHOR An eagle, a gorilla, and a Chihuahua are among the critters vested with meaning in this exhibition. The art ranges from direct symbols — Neeta Madahar’s animation starring a black dog as depression — to meditations on society’s impact on nature. Through Aug. 18. Howard Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-262-0550,



ALFRED STIEGLITZ AND MODERN AMERICA The MFA inaugurated its photography collection when Stieglitz donated his own work. This show briefly charts photography’s course from Pictorialism to Modernism, and includes images of New York, and of the artist’s wife, Georgia O’Keeffe. Through Nov. 5. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300,

BEFORE THE EVENT/AFTER THE FACT: CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES ON WAR With work by artists such as Harun Farocki and An-My Lê, this exhibit shines a light on the fog of war, examining how documentary portrayals may simplify complex realities. Through Dec. 31. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. 203-432-0600,

LEARNING FROM THE MASTERS: THE FAMOUS ARTISTS SCHOOL In 1948, several noted illustrators started a correspondence course advertised in magazines and comic books, with instruction from artists such as Norman Rockwell and Al Parker. Here are some of the lessons. Through Nov. 19. Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, CATE McQUAID



BEN KRONBERG AT THE GAS The offbeat and musical former “Last Comic Standing” contestant headlines the Gas this week, with some surprise special guests. Aug. 11, 7 p.m. $8-$10. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 617-566-9014,

RALPHIE MAY Guaranteed to offend at least someone in the audience, the comedian takes a break from his “No Apologies” residency at Harrah’s Showroom in Las Vegas to play the outdoor venues on the Cape and South Shore. Aug. 11, 8 p.m. $41.50-$64.50. Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 W. Main St., Hyannis. 508-775-5630,; Aug. 12, 8 p.m. $41.50-$64.50. South Shore Music Circus, 130 Sohier St., Cohasset. 781-383-9850,

SHAWN CARTER Self-effacing and good-natured, Boston comic Carter tops the bill at the Comedy Den with Paul Landwehr and other acts to be announced. Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m. $20. Dick Doherty’s Comedy Den at Howl at the Moon, Boston. 800-401-2221,



YOUTH FISHING He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone 84 days now without taking a fish . . . probably because he had never taken a youth fishing class! Don’t let your children make the same mistake — give them the chance to learn saltwater fishing from a pro. Just make sure anyone over 16 has a fishing license. Aug. 10 noon-2 p.m. Free. Peddock’s Island, 66 Long Wharf.

GO FLY A KITE! As the need for alternative energy sources becomes more urgent with each generation, now is the time to begin teaching our children to harness the power of wind. The kids will be making kites, then flying said kites from the harbor’s highest point. After this, it’s only a matter of time until they start begging you to help them build a turbine farm in the backyard. Aug. 12 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Spectacle Island, 66 Long Wharf.

D STREET DANCE BASH What could be more fun than an all-day summer dance party? How about an all-day summer dance party where your kids can take lessons in traditional Indian dance and salsa? Make sure you stick around for Retouramont, a French “vertical dance” company making its US debut. Aug. 12 noon-10 p.m. Free. The Lawn on D, 420 D Street. TERENCE CAWLEY


Aug. 18 Dick Dale at Middle East Downstairs

Aug. 26 Lil Yachty at The Wilbur

Sept. 5 2 Chainz at House of Blues

Sept. 5 Pallbearer at Brighton Music Hall

Sept. 5 Shabazz Palaces at Sinclair

Sept. 6 Little Feat at The Wilbur

Sept. 6 Warpaint at Brighton Music Hall

Sept. 9 Buffalo Tom at Royale TERENCE CAWLEY