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

Mariah Carey teams up with Lionel Ritchie at TD Garden on Aug. 22.
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Mariah Carey teams up with Lionel Ritchie at TD Garden on Aug. 22.

Pop & Rock

NICKY JAM This Lawrence-born reggaeton star has had a rocket-powered comeback, from his 2015 Latin Grammy Award for the sweetly bouncy Enrique Iglesias duet “El Perdón” to his latest album, “Fenix,” which features guest spots from dancehall force Sean Paul and Jam’s former foil Daddy Yankee. Aug. 25, 8 p.m. $60.50 and up. Agganis Arena. 800-745-3000,

LIONEL RICHIE AND MARIAH CAREY Two titans of R&B-tinged pop team up for a tour that might have this year’s “Highest Number of Hot 100 No. 1s” quotient. The velvet-voiced Richie’s run of chart-toppers begins with the 1978 Commodores hit “Three Times a Lady” and runs through 1985’s pomp-filled “Say You, Say Me,” while the octave-leaping Carey’s starts with her melisma-filled 1990 debut, “Vision of Love,” and wraps up with 2007’s coy “Touch My Body.” Aug. 22, 7 p.m. $39.50 and up. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

SZA “Ctrl,” the debut full-length from this soul up-and-comer, uses synth bursts and no-nonsense lyrics to create a complex — yet beguilingly catchy — portrait of the restless artist at its center. Aug. 25, 6:30 p.m. $27, $25 advance. Royale. 617-338-7699,



Folk & World

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DEBO BAND/ALSARAH AND THE NUBATONES A marvelous double bill for an outdoor August evening featuring two simpatico artists: the Debo Band’s large-ensemble, eminently danceable explorations of the wild variety of ’70s Ethiopian music, and the self-labeled “East African Retropop” concocted by Sudanese-born Alsarah and her Nubatones. Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. $30. Museum of Fine Arts. 800-440-6975.

ELIJAH OCEAN He’s just a lonesome LA cowboy. Singer-songwriter Elijah Ocean was born and started his musical career on the East Coast, but eventually wound his way to California and took up residence in the City of Angels, where he makes music with a strong streak of ’70s SoCal country-rock loping through it. Aug. 23, 10 p.m. $10. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006.

SCOTT H. BIRAM The “dirty old one-man band” makes one of his regular visits to these parts with his rawboned brew of blues, hillbilly, and whatever else he has a mind to pull in (“He’s one man,” says his press, but “he ain’t one thing”). He comes around on the heels of “The Bad Testament,” his first release in three years. Aug. 24, 9 p.m. $13. Thunder Road, Somerville. 866-777-8932.


Jazz & Blues


MARK LEWIS TRIO The peripatetic saxophone master has served significant sojourns in Seattle, Paris, San Francisco, and elsewhere. Author of well over a thousand compositions, he also boasts a vast repertoire of jazz and pop standards. Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m. $10. Jocko’s Jazz at the Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen 603-898-1591,

DAVINA & THE VAGABONDS With influences ranging from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Tom Waits, and with distinctive vocalist Davina garnering comparisons to everyone from Etta James to Amy Winehouse, this energetic outfit’s take on old-time blues and jazz has been winning fans and impressing critics everywhere. Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m. $24. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311,

MARQUIS HILL BLACKTET The winner of the 2014 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Trumpet Competition — as judged by Randy Brecker, Roy Hargrove, Quincy Jones, Jimmy Owens, and Arturo Sandoval — Hill has been making good on that resounding endorsement with his exciting band featuring saxophonist Joshua Johnson, vibraphonist Justin Thomas, bassist Jeremiah Hunt, and drummer Makaya McCraven. Aug. 26, 8 p.m. $30-$45. Scullers. 866-777-8932,



TANGLEWOOD On Wednesday in Ozawa Hall, baritone Simon Keenlyside and pianist Emanuel Ax join forces for a mostly Schubert recital; on Friday in the Shed, Keith Lockhart conducts the Boston Pops in John Williams’s score to “E.T.”; and on Saturday, Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in a program of opera excerpts including the complete second act of Puccini’s “Tosca,” with Kristine Opolais in the title role and Bryn Terfel as Scarpia. Lenox. 617-266-1200,


CAPE COD CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL The veteran Ying Quartet sets up shop this week with three inviting programs drawn from the core chamber music literature, to be performed in three venues. Aug. 21 at Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans, Aug. 23 at Congregational Church in Chatham, and Aug. 25 at Congregational Church in Wellfleet. 508-247-9400,

BERKSHIRE OPERA FESTIVAL Returning for its second season, the festival will mount three fully staged performances of Strauss’s “Ariadne auf Naxos.” Brian Garman conducts a cast that includes Marcy Stonikas and Kevin Ray. Jonathon Loy directs. Aug. 26-Sept. 1, Colonial Theater, Pittsfield. 413-213-6622, 




ACTUALLY Anna Ziegler’s riveting new drama revolves around an accusation of sexual assault by one college student (played by Alexandra Socha) against another (portrayed by Joshua Boone). But Ziegler broadens her inquiry into a larger portrait of a generation struggling to keep its balance in an atmosphere of nonstop pressure, where the challenges have to do not only with sex but also with race, family, achievement, self-image, peer-group status, and fluctuating identity. Directed with a keen eye for behavioral nuance by Lileana Blain-Cruz. Through Aug. 20. Williamstown Theatre Festival at Nikos Stage, Williamstown. 413-458-3253,

COMPANY This 1970 Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical registers today as essentially a song cycle. Ah, but what songs they are — Sondheim was at the peak of his powers, and he stayed there a long time — and what brio director Julianne Boyd brings to her vibrant production, starring Aaron Tveit (“Grease: Live’’). Tveit plays Bobby, a commitment-averse bachelor who is wondering, as he turns 35, whether it’s time for him to settle down and get married. An undercurrent running through this “Company’’ is how discombobulating it was for not-quite-young people in the late ’60s and early ’70s as they inhaled the heady aroma of the counterculture and were presented with a social freedom they didn’t quite know what to do with. Through Sept. 2. Barrington Stage Company. At Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, Pittsfield. 413-236-8888,

THE TEMPEST The true storm in this fine production rages within Nigel Gore’s nearly unappeasable Prospero. Gore brings a seething, magisterial fury to his portrayal of the deposed Milanese duke turned vengeful island sorcerer, who causes a shipwreck that brings his enemies within his grasp. Allyn Burrows, helming his first production at Shakespeare & Company since he took over as artistic director, makes smart and creative use of the troupe’s brand-new outdoor stage. Through Sept. 3. Shakespeare & Company. At Roman Garden Theatre, Lenox. 413-637-3353,



LANDMARKS DANCE CARNIVAL A raft of talented dancers from across the city joins the Boston Landmarks Orchestra for a program that may make it hard to sit still. Highlights include Copland’s iconic “Rodeo” with choreography by Peter DiMuro, as well as a new work created by Ryan Edwards and Apostolos Paraskevas for young dancers and drummers from Camp Harbor View and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. Aug. 23, Free. DCR Hatch Memorial Shell. 617-987-2000,

THUNDER BRIDGE In celebration of the Ipswich River Watershed Association’s 40th anniversary, Ipswich Moving Company presents a site-specific water-inspired aerial dance installation that will feature dancers spinning, looping, and swinging while suspended from the bridge, accompanied live by an a cappella chorus. Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m. Free. Thunder Bridge, East Street, Middleton. 978-412-8200

JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL The festival ends its season with a bang, as the Washington Ballet, under the new leadership of famed ballerina Julie Kent, returns for the first time since 1970. In addition, John Heginbotham and author/illustrator Maira Kalman present the world premiere of their evening-length dance-theater collaboration “The Principles of Uncertainty.” Both feature live music. Aug. 23-27, $25-$100. Jacob’s Pillow, Becket. 413-243-0745,



EVERYBODY, EVERYTHING: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDY WARHOL “A picture means I know where I was every minute,” wrote Warhol. He obsessively documented and perhaps mediated his life through a camera lens. On view: Polaroids and black-and-white photographs. Through Oct. 21. President’s Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 621 Huntington Ave. 617-879-7337,

REAL/IDEAL (TURNING UTOPIA INTO REALITY) What’s the basis for utopia – happiness, freedom? More than two dozen artists weigh in. On a smaller scale, viewers are invited to create their own ideal visions of the exhibition and propose rearrangements of the art. Through Sept. 17. Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St. 617-426-5000,

MELANIE BILENKER: MOTHER This jewelry artist revisits the medium of hair jewelry, popular in the Victorian era and used to memorialize the dead. Bilenker uses her own hair, along with resin, gold, and silver, to depict flowers and domestic life. Through Sept. 18.Sienna Patti Contemporary, 80 Main St., Lenox. 413-637-8386,



LINDEN FREDERICK/NIGHT STORIES The realist painter’s lonely homesteads, back alleyways, and deserted storefronts at nightfall provide inspiration for 15 short stories by such writers as Elizabeth Strout, Richard Russo, and Dennis Lehane. Through Nov. 5. Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St., Rockland, Maine. 207-701-5005,

PICASSO: ENCOUNTERS There’s only a week left to see Picasso showcased as a prodigious and inventive printmaker. Thirty-five large-scale prints chart his career through collaborations with printmakers and muses, and his imaginative engagements with works by Old Masters. Through Aug. 27. Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303,

ARIEL JACKSON: THE ORIGIN OF THE BLUES Jackson uses archival footage and animation to explore the cultural trauma of African-Americans. Confuserella, the protagonist in her Afrofuturist video narrative, sets out to learn the history of the blues. Through Feb. 25. RISD Museum, 20 North Main St., Providence. 401-454-6500,




CITYSIDE COMEDY Anjan Biswas and Sam Ike host this free weekly show at Cityside Bar with New York comedian and cohost of “The Unofficial Expert” podcast Marie Faustin as headliner. With Kaytlin Bailey, Lucas O’Neil, Rohan Padhye. Aug. 21, 8:30 p.m. Free. CitySide Comedy, 1960 Beacon St., Boston. 617-566-1002,

THE PEOPLE’S SHOW This regular stand-up show returns to ImprovBoston after a brief hiatus, with host Kevin Quigley and a full slate of comics, including Susanne Boitano, Kwasi Mensah, Katie McCarthy, Carrie Ross, Awet Teame, Trent Wells, Jay Milano, Dana Jay Bein, Darik Santos, Christa Weiss, and Rohan Padhye. Aug. 20, 9:30 p.m. $10. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253,

THE BEST OF LAUGH BOSTON Don Zollo hosts some of the club’s most popular regular acts with local roots, with Bethany Van Delft, Corey Rodrigues, and Brian Glowacki. Aug. 25-26, 8 p.m. $20. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,



MAYOR WALSH’S MOVIE NIGHTS: ZOOTOPIA The best way to take advantage of August’s mild, breezy evenings? A family movie night under the stars featuring Judy Hopps, everyone’s favorite rabbit detective. If you missed the opportunity to get this movie’s catchy tunes in your head last year, now’s your chance. Aug. 21, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. East Boston Memorial Stadium. 617-635-4505.

SUPERHERO DAY If your kid already has their Wonder Woman or Spiderman costume picked out for October, don’t worry — Halloween can come twice this year. Soar over to the Children’s Museum in Easton with them dressed in their favorite superhero costume for strength and agility exercises (perfect training for catching villains) and comedy shows at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Aug. 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $9. Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. 508-230-3789.

BIRDS OF PREY Take a walk on the wild side this Thursday by getting to know some of New England’s most interesting feathered friends. A bird specialist from the Massachusetts Audubon Society will be on site to introduce attendees to live falcons, owls, and other birds. It’s sure to be a hoot. Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center, 191w Atlantic Ave. 617-223-8666.



Sept. 10 Of Montreal at Sinclair

Sept. 17 Big Boi at Paradise Rock Club

Sept. 17 Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at Brighton Music Hall

Sept. 18 Liars at Sinclair

Sept. 20 X at Brighton Music Hall

Sept. 22 Brian Wilson at Orpheum Theatre

Sept. 23 The War on Drugs at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Sept. 23 Wire at Sinclair