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    The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

    Trampled by Turtles plays the House of Blues May 8.
    Trampled by Turtles plays the House of Blues May 8.


    Pop & Rock

    BRAIDS Led by the silvery voice of Raphaelle Standell-Preston, this Montreal trio invites a wide array of musical elements — trap snares, pillowy synths, piano-combo minimalism, lyrics that seem to burst from Standell-Preston’s frontal lobe — into its just-released single “Collarbones/Burdock & Dandelion.” May 6, 8 p.m. $12. Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278,

    SLOAN The Halifax power-pop stalwarts’ latest album, “12,” showcases their crisp melodies and sha-la-la harmonies, adding handclaps and guitar fuzz where necessary. As a live band, they’re tight and appealing, their 27 years together allowing them to excel at tightly wound jangle-rock and stretched-out riffage alike. May 7, 7 p.m. $20. Brighton Music Hall. 617-779-0140,


    VARSITY One of indiepop’s brighter lights of recent years, this Chicago quintet specializes in fuzzed-out, yet resolute songs that juxtapose sing-along hooks with lyrics about everyday disappointments. “Parallel Person,” their second album, cloaks its rainy-day ennui in peppy riffing. May 9, 9 p.m. $10 and up. Great Scott. 617-566-0914,

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    Folk & World

    TRAMPLED BY TURTLES This genre-hopping Minnesota group had built a sizable following with their raucous, punk-infused bluegrass and folk before they decided to take a break four years ago. Now they’re back together, with a new album, “Life Is Good on the Open Road,” to boot. Hiss Golden Messenger opens; reason enough to go. May 8, 8 p.m. $25-$35. House of Blues. 800-745-3000,

    THE STEEL WHEELS On their latest record, “Wild as We Came Here,” the Steel Wheels decided to add keys and drums to their typically acoustic instrumentation. What resulted was a subtle supplementation of the Virginia string band’s stately, resonant folk sound. May 6, 8 p.m. $20. Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport. 978-462-7336,

    JAMIE LAVAL This American player, who has been hailed as one of the finest practitioners of traditional Scottish fiddle music, had established a career as a classical musician before turning his attention fully to his current occupation. That brought him a US National Scottish Fiddle Championship in 2002. May 9, 7:30 p.m. $23. The Burren, Somerville. 617-838-3006,



    Jazz & Blues

    JULIA & THE ZEROUNIAN ENSEMBLE Armenian vocalist Julia Zerounian is a spellbinding cabaret artist whose repertoire encompasses songs in English, French, Persian, Portuguese, Spanish, and even Yiddish. Her husband, pianist Sarkis Zerounian, accompanies her with his multinational band featuring violin, guitar, bass, and drums. May 9, 7:30 p.m. $20-$25. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

    IVAN DALIA The astonishing Italian pianist and composer, blind since birth, makes his Boston-area debut performing his captivating mixture of jazz, classical, and traditional southern Italian music. May 10, 8 p.m. $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-593-1278,

    RAMARK DUO: IN MY ANCESTOR’S FOOTSTEPS Swedish-born flugelhorn player Oskar Stenmark is a 1oth-generation representative of the musical traditions of Sweden’s Gärdebyn, Dalecarlia, where polskas, waltzes, and walking tunes have been passed on for centuries. His duo with compatriot Bruno Raberg (bass) rejuvenates the old melodies with a jolt of jazz. Plus, Swedish singer-accordionist Sunniva Brynnel’s jazz trio, with alto saxophonist Nathan Reising and pianist Andrew Boudreau, perform poems set to original music. May 11, 8 p.m. $10-$17. Arts at the Armory Café, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville.




    BOSTON LYRIC OPERA BLO wraps up its season with Leonard Bernstein’s one-act opera “Trouble in Tahiti,” to be heard with his “Arias & Barcarolles.” For this production, the company is transforming the DCR Steriti Memorial Rink into a cabaret inspired by the zebra-striped Manhattan nightclub El Morocco. David Angus conducts, David Schweizer directs, and the cast includes baritone Marcus DeLoach and mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson. May 11-20, 561 Commercial St. 617-542-4912,

    YUJA WANG  This gifted young pianist offers an ambitious Celebrity Series recital with works by Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Prokofiev, and Ligeti. May 11, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-482-6661,

    CANTATA SINGERS  Under David Hoose’s direction, the chorus concludes its 54th season with two performances of Arvo Pärt’s rarely spotted “Berliner Messe,” to be heard on a program with Victoria’s “Officium Defunctorum” and William Harris’s “Faire Is the Heaven.” May 11 at First Church in Cambridge; May 13 at Church of the Covenant in Boston. 617-868-5885,




    BROKELAHOMO! Ryan Landry, that indefatigable impresario of comic mayhem, delivers a rollicking and enjoyable mashup of “Oklahoma!,’’ “Brokeback Mountain,’’ and sundry western movies. The production, which is dedicated to the late Larry Coen, is helmed by Robin Javonne Smith, making her directorial debut after performing in numerous Gold Dust Orphans shows. Through May 27. Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans. At Machine, Boston.

    STILL, NOW The always-arresting Kiko Samko stars in Katie Bender’s play about a modern dancer who travels to Japan to study the Butoh dance form after witnessing the destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11. A decade later, having been diagnosed with late-stage cancer, she turns again to the expressive possibilities of Butoh. Directed by Amy Meyer. Through May 13. Heart & Dagger Productions. At Martin Hall, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

    MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Christopher V. Edwards directs a sprightly, gender-switching production in which Claudio and Hero are a same-sex couple, played by Esme Allen and Lydia Barnett-Mulligan. Most of the fun, however, lies in the rapid-fire badinage between a splendidly well-matched Brooke Hardman and Omar Robinson as Beatrice and Benedick, those quick-witted precursors to Sam and Diane of “Cheers.’’ Through May 6. Actors’ Shakespeare Project. At Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge. 866-811-4111,



    SLEEPING BEAUTY Boston Ballet’s production of the familiar fairy tale, choreographed by Marius Petipa with additional choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton, is full of lavish spectacle and colorful characters, especially some fanciful surprise wedding guests and the reliably wicked fairy Carabosse. And Tchaikovsky’s lush score (played live) adds immeasurably to the magic and romance. May 11-19, $35-$164. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955,

    NAVARASA DANCE THEATER Company artistic director Aparna Sindhoor and her troupe present a collage of works mining 20 years of provocative creativity. With pieces by Sindhoor, Anil Natyaveda, and SM Raju, the program charts a journey through a variety of Indian classical dance forms through the company’s distinctive contemporary lens. May 12-13, $25 suggested donation. Boston Center for the Arts. 857-389-0273,

    AMIROV DANCE THEATER Part of “Pentacle Presents: The Gallery,” Alexandra Amirov’s New York-based company performs the evening-length “The Order of Pearls.” Equal parts dance and theater, the work is composed of three different duets exploring identities of women from divergent paths and the variety of roles they take on as they grow and evolve. May 11-12, $12-$15. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,



    THE SHAMAN SHOW This exhibition features a professionally diverse group of makers weighing in on artists as visionaries, among them Rita Freed, the MFA’s chair of ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern art; Jungian psychologist John Tarrant; and Nancy Bauer, dean of SMFA at Tufts. Through June 9. iartcolony, 42 Broadway, Rockport. 978-764-5495,

    GYÖRGY KEPES: THE DISCIPLINE OF FORMING Kepes founded MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies, now celebrating its 50th anniversary. The photographer, designer, and environmental installation artist began painting in his 40s. His abstract paintings hint at nature, playing with luminosity and texture. Through May 30. Alpha Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-536-4465,

    THE VISUAL THREAD: FINE ARTS WORK CENTER ARTIST SPOTLIGHT This benefit exhibition includes pieces by Fine Arts Work Center alums such as Lisa Yuskavage, Jack Pierson, and Jennifer Packer (who currently has a show at the Rose Art Museum). Through May 20. Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St. 617-426-5000,



    PADDINGTON COMES TO AMERICA “A Bear Called Paddington,” the first of 15 Paddington novels by Michael Bond, was published in 1958. Bond died last year, at 91. On view, 70 illustrations by six artists, and Bond’s notes, typewriter, and other memorabilia. Through Oct. 7. Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. 413-559-6300, 

    RICHARD POUSETTE-DART: PAINTING/LIGHT/SPACE Paintings from the 1960s and ’70s by this founding member of the New York School, feature porous, quavering fields of color built from tiny dabs of paint, sometimes magnetically dense at the center. Through Sept. 16. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Maine St., Brunswick, Maine. 207-725-3275,

    T.C. CANNON: AT THE EDGE OF AMERICA The Native American painter, poet, and musician died in 1978, at 31. He left behind a colorful, politically charged body of work that addresses issues of identity and power. Through June 10.Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. 978-745-9500,




    ERICA RHODES The Newton native, a regular on the first season of Audible’s “Dr. Katz: The Audio Files,” came to stand-up comedy somewhat late about six years ago, after having performed with “A Prairie Home Companion” since age 10. May 9, 8 p.m. $20. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

    SCIENCE COMEDY NIGHT A night of science-based humor, featuring MIT graduate and venture-capitalist-turned-comedian Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, with Kasha Patel, presented by DC Science Comedy and Anderson Comedy. May 11, 7 p.m. $10. Great Scott, 122 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 617-566-9014,

    LIL REL HOWERY He had a breakout role as the best friend/TSA agent in “Get Out,” and now returns to Boston after playing a tight set at last year’s Comics Come Home. May 12, 7 p.m. $32. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,



    35th ANNUAL HARVARD SQUARE MAYFAIR Trade in your puffy down jacket for a big sun hat, because spring is finally here after an obnoxiously long winter. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the season and get the party going for Cinco de Mayo (albeit a day late), Harvard Square’s got you covered with MayFair. This year’s theme is Cinco De Mayo (+1), so expect plenty of music, food, and weather that won’t make you want to run back indoors. May 6, noon-6 p.m. Free. Harvard Square, Cambridge.

    SNIP AND TEAR AT THE DISCOVERY MUSEUM Paper and scissors. Doesn’t seem like much, but in the right creative hands, those tools can make for hours of endless fun. The Discovery Museum knows this fact very well, so it will be providing plenty of paper and scissors for kids to cut and tear away until there’s nothing but confetti. May 8, 10-11 a.m. Free with admission. The Discovery Museum, 177 Main St. (Route 27), Acton.

    UNBIRTHDAY PARTY AT BURLINGTON MALL Everyone loves birthday parties, but here’s a burning question: Why wait for a birthday to have a party? Aren’t all the days in between birthdays worth celebrating, too? The folks at Burlington Mall certainly think so, so stop by for a morning of dancing, games, and lots of cupcakes. Happy Unbirthday, indeed. May 12, 8-10 a.m. $5 per child or $20 per family. Burlington Mall, 75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington.



    May 13 Wye Oak at the Sinclair

    May 18 Jefferson Starship at the Center for the Arts in Natick

    May 18 The Fratellis at Paradise Rock Club

    May 25-27 Boston Calling Music Festival at Harvard Athletic Complex

    May 29 Julien Baker at the Sinclair

    June 6 Liz Phair at the Sinclair

    June 8 Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

    June 9 Depeche Mode at TD Garden