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

    James Darrah and Rachel York in Reagle Music Theatre’s production of “42nd Street.”
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    James Darrah and Rachel York in Reagle Music Theatre’s production of “42nd Street.”


    Pop & Rock

    DECLAN MCKENNA This young British troubadour’s debut full-length, “What Do You Think About the Car?,” zips through simmering synth-wave, chiming chamber pop, and crisply fussy rock, with his gimlet-eyed poetry only adding extra power to his pop. Aug. 15, 9 p.m. $18, $16 advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,

    MADAME GANDHI Onetime M.I.A. drummer Kiran Gandhi steps out on her own with skeletal, percussion-forward blip-pop that combines dreamy textures with unapologetic femininity. Aug. 18, 9 p.m. $10, $8 advance. ONCE Ballroom, Somerville. 617-285-0167,

    MARK LANEGAN For years, one of the greatest voices in rock has been this Washington-born singer’s weathered-leather burr, which has only grown more compelling in the three decades since his first band, the grunge-psych heroes Screaming Trees, formed. His most recent album, “Gargoyle” (credited to his eponymous band), is gloomy yet sharp-edged, making for an utterly satisfying pairing. Aug. 19, 8 p.m. $27.50. Brighton Music Hall. 617-779-0140,



    Folk & World

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    GREG KLYMA Local Americana stalwart Klyma enlisted the help of heavy-hitters Gurf Morlix, Peter Case, and Bill Kirchen (while name-checking another with his song “Kristofferson”) for his latest release, “Never Knew Caroline,” another engaging collection of his country-tinged songs. He celebrates the new album with Sunday’s show. Aug. 13, 8 p.m. $5. Thunder Road, Somerville. 866-777-8932,

    MARSHALL CRENSHAW Y LOS STRAITJACKETS Pop master craftsman Crenshaw has taken to hooking up with other bands to back him of late. His collaboration with alt-country vets the Bottle Rockets was an inspired one, but this pairing with the masked hombres of Los Straitjackets has the potential to be an entirely different animal. Here’s the real question, though: Will Crenshaw also be sporting a luchador mask? Aug. 18, 8 p.m. $25. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 888-929-7849,

    JIM LAUDERDALE Lauderdale embodies the term “prolific;” he puts a record out so often that it’s exhausting for a listener to keep up with him. As its title intimates, his latest, “London Southern,” offers his take on the music of the British Invasion era, refracted through the lens of his own country-soul sensibilities. Aug. 19, 8 p.m. $25. The Spire Center for Performing Arts, Plymouth. 508-746-4488,


    Jazz & Blues


    BOBBY SPELLMAN’S REVENGE OF THE COOL NONET Originally organized to perform the classic compositions introduced by Miles Davis’s “Birth of the Cool” band, Spellman’s ensemble has since evolved to feature new compositions and arrangements by its own members alongside their inspiration’s Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan, and John Lewis charts. Aug. 15, 8:30 pm $10. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-876-9330,

    THE REVEREND SHAWN AMOS The chart-topping singer and blues evangelist — son of music agent/cookie entrepreneur Wally “Famous” Amos and R&B nightclub singer Shirlee May — came up in 1970s Los Angeles, influenced by such icons as Marvin Gaye and Quincy Jones, and has since dedicated himself, as both producer and artist, to spreading the gospel of African-American roots music. Aug. 17, 10 p.m. $10-$12. Atwood’s Tavern, 877 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-864-2792,

    CHARLIE KOHLHASE’SEXPLORER’S CLUB The intrepid octet helmed by invaluable alto, tenor, and baritone saxophonist and composer Kohlhase includes some of Boston’s most adventurous improvisers playing originals and off-the-beaten-track pieces from both jazz legends and undersung masters. Aug. 17, 8 p.m. $10. Outpost 186, 186½ Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-0860,



    TANGLEWOOD The annual Festival of Contemporary Music culminates on Monday with a program of works by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Ligeti, Dutilleux, and others. Tuesday, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players and pianist Paul Lewis take on Dvorak’s A-major Quintet. On Wednesday, pianist Emanuel Ax is joined by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Pamela Frank for a mostly Schubert program. On Friday, the BSO partners with baritone Simon Keenlyside for works by Mahler under the direction of David Afkham. And Saturday brings Tanglewood’s popular annual Film Night, with podium duties divided between John Williams and Andris Nelsons. Lenox. 617-266-1200,


    CAPE COD CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Flutist Jelle Atema joins the Borromeo Quartet for the premiere of a new quintet by Julian Lampert, written to feature the modern flute alongside its ancient ancestors. Atema, who is also a Boston University-affiliated marine biologist, will perform on reconstructions of bone flutes originally dating back thousands of years. Also on the program will be works by Mozart and Franck. Tuesday at Cotuit Center for the Arts, Wednesday at Dennis Union Church. 508-247-9400,

    LONGWOOD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA As visiting guests on the Landmarks Orchestra’s series of free Wednesday night performances on the Esplanade, this ensemble drawn from members of Boston’s medical community performs “A Night in Vienna,” with works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert under the baton of Ronald Feldman. Aug. 16, 7 p.m., Hatch Shell at the Esplanade. 617-987-2000,




    42ND STREET Talk about life imitating art. After being forced to make a hasty replacement when leading man Tom Wopat was arrested the day before the show’s first performance, director Eileen Grace and her resilient cast, including Rachel York, responded to the offstage turmoil by tapping into the esprit de corps that is one of the themes of “42nd Street.” The result is a knockout production that is full of exuberance. Through Aug. 13. Reagle Music Theatre, Waltham. 781-891-5600,

    THIS Melissa James Gibson’s witty, insightful, insistently humane play delivers that elusive thing we go to the theater to find, whether we’re conscious of it or not: the sound of an original voice. Featuring a first-rate ensemble and directed by Louisa Proske, “This’’ tracks disruptions and eruptions in the relationships of friends in their late 30s or early 40s who are lost in longing, vaguely or specifically dissatisfied, and more than a bit stunned to find that they now meet the technical definition of “middle-aged.” Through Aug. 27. Barrington Stage Company at St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. 413-236-8888,

    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,



    TRISHA BROWN DANCECOMPANY Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival celebrates the legacy of one of the titans of 20th-century dance with a tribute program that ranges from the late choreographer’s 2009 “L’Amour au théâtre” all the way back to a special multi-generational performance of “Opal Loop,” which emerged out of Brown’s 1978-83 exploration of relationships between set choreography and improvisation. Aug. 16-19. $39-$69, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745,

    RAGAMALA DANCE COMPANY The acclaimed contemporary Bharatanatyam troupe presents the first full-evening production created by founding member and artistic associate Ashwini Ramaswamy. “Nocturne” began as an ode to night creatures and evolved into a meditation on the unknown, inspired by ancient as well as contemporary texts. Aug. 17-19. $5-$25, Patricia Nanon Theater, Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard. 508-645-9677,

    MONICA BILL BARNES &COMPANY The eclectic choreographer Monica Bill Barnes and longtime collaborator Anna Bass present the world premiere of their latest work, “One Night Only,” as part of the Chatham Dance Festival. Like much of Barnes’s deeply human dances, the work looks for the humor in life’s ups and downs, this time cramming their whole catalogue of everyday movement into a nonstop romp. Aug. 18-19. $18-$40. PS21, Chatham, N.Y. 518-392-6121,



    THE ART OF WATCHING: PRIVACY AND THE PUBLIC EYE Works by contemporary artists reflect on privacy today, and objects from the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ art collection chart how privacy and surveillance have evolved since 1949, when “Nineteen Eighty-Four” was published. Through Sept. 17. 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth, N.H. 603-766-3330,

    FINE CHOICES: 50 YEARS Over five decades on Newbury Street, Bernie and Sue Pucker have developed an aesthetic that emphasizes elegant composition, technical chops, and the occasional flight of fancy in a range of mediums that includes ceramics, photography, painting, and more. Through Sept. 3. Pucker Gallery, 240 Newbury St. 617-267-9473,

    A UNIVERSAL SYNTAX AND GATHERING NOTE BY ANDY GRAYDON The artist concocts a story of a researcher investigating a vanished musical language at a monastery as a means to explore how a score quickens into a song. Through Sept. 8. Gallery 344, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Cambridge. 617-349-4380,



    IT’S ALIVE! CLASSIC HORROR AND SCI-FI ART FROM THE KIRK HAMMETT COLLECTION The Metallica lead guitarist and horror-memorabilia maven shares movie posters, monster masks, and more in a show that examines how horror and sci-fi reflect cultural fears. Through Nov. 26. Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. 978-745-9500,

    SHOWDOWN! KUNIYOSHI VS. KUNISADA Two of 19th-century Japan’s towering designers of ukiyo-e woodblock prints face off in an exhibition spotlighting dynamic images depicting glamour (including kabuki actors, fashion plates, and athletes of the time), fantasy, and derring-do. Through Dec. 10. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300,

    WILLIAM WEGMAN/REEL TO REAL Best known for deadpan photographs of Weimaraners, Wegman was an early creator of performance videos. Some featured his dog Man Ray, and many were marked by Wegman’s dry humor. Through Oct. 22. Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St., Rockland, Maine. 207-701-5005,




    MYQ KAPLAN AT THE GAS Former Boston comic Kaplan is a master of wordplay and building longer bits from abstract ideas. A great lineup from top to bottom, with Kaytlin Bailey (of CAKE Comedy) and Liam McGurk. Aug. 18, 7 p.m. $10-$12. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 617-566-9014,

    STAND-UP TO HUNGER Matt Siegel of Kiss 108 hosts this benefit for the Greater Boston Food Bank with four headlining comedians: Dom Irrera, Gary Gulman, Robert Kelly, and Christine Hurley. Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m. $37-$67. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,

    ALL TOGETHER NOW Local musician Anna Rae (of Hemway) organizes this regular multi-disciplinary show to feature women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ performers. This edition features the brilliant comedian Lamont Price, hip-hop from Rex Macapinlac, and tango music and dance from Tara & David Tresner-Kirsch and Garrett Michaelsen. Aug. 19, 7 p.m. $12-$16. The Burren Backroom, 247 Elm St., Somerville. 617-776-6896,

    BROAD APPEAL COMEDY NIGHT You can catch Kaytlin Bailey headlining this monthly show on Saturday after her feature at the Gas on Friday. Hosted by Christa Weiss, with Mariel Cabral, Katie Que, Xazmin Garza, Tricia Auld, and James Huessy. Aug. 19, 8 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-718-2191,



    KIDLEIDOSCOPE Get it? It’s like . . . a kaleidoscope . . . but FOR KIDS! Pretty good, huh? Anyway, this one’s for ages 4-7 and it’s got everything from beach exploration to storytelling. Plus there’s that title, which — are you sure you get it? Because you’re not laughing. Aug. 15, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Spectacle Island, 66 Long Wharf.—7

    KIDS’ ART Disavow your child of the notion that one must suffer for their art with this fun workshop. They’ll get kid-approved instruction and all the materials they’ll need for a creative project — plus it’s free! Sounds like the exact opposite of suffering, far as I’m concerned. Aug. 16, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, South Market Street.

    NATIONAL HONEYBEE DAY “National Honeybee Day is this Saturday? But I forgot to buy any honey-related gifts for my children!” No need to fret — just take the kiddos to this festival, where they can participate in coloring activities, learn about bee farming and sample as much honey as their little tummies will hold. Just don’t forget about National Honeybee Day again, because this is the last time we’re bailing you out. Aug. 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. The Kitchen at Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St.



    Sept. 12 Lauryn Hill and Nas at Blue Hills Bank

    Sept. 12 The Weeknd at TD Garden

    Sept. 13 Father John Misty at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

    Sept. 14 Afghan Whigs at Paradise Rock Club

    Sept. 15 Arcade Fire at TD Garden

    Sept. 15 Sublime with Rome and the Offspring at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

    Sept. 16 Blood Orange at Paradise Rock Club

    Sept. 16 Sturgill Simpson at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion