Arts

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

Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak play the Sinclair May 13.
Shervin Lainez
Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak play the Sinclair May 13.

MUSIC

Pop & Rock

WYE OAK One of the most restlessly innovative acts to emerge from the late-’00s indie boom, the duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack expand their fever-dreampop with burbling keyboards and sunburst choruses on their latest album, “The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs.” May 13, 7 p.m. $20 and up. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200, www.sinclaircambridge.com

ANDREW W.K. In the 21st century, Andrew Wilkes-Krier has worn quite a few hats — party-minded rocker, motivational speaker, New York nightlife impresario, conspiracy-theory target. “You’re Not Alone,” his first US album in nine years, is packed with maximalist joy, its in-the-red power-pop-metal triangulating the space between Ramones hooks, Jim Steinman’s piano-driven excess, and Oprah’s believe-in-yourself determination. May 17, 8 p.m. $25 and up. Paradise Rock Club. 617-562-8800, www.crossroadspresents.com

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HARPOONFEST 2018 The brewery’s annual celebration of suds and songs includes sets by local acts like gooey chug-poppers Lilith, spellbinding poet-MC Oompa, and genre-agnostic producer-rapper Latrell James. May 18, 5:30 p.m.; May 19, noon. $25 and up. Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall, Boston. 617-456-2322, www.harpoonfest2018.splashthat.com

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MAURA JOHNSTON

Folk & World

GURF MORLIX Along with the reams of production and sideman work he’s done, Austinite Morlix has also reliably issued an album of his own music every two years or so, including his latest, “The Soul and the Heal,” which, true to its title, addresses “the healing of the soul from all the damage we inflict on ourselves.” May 13, 7 p.m. $15. 603-578-0200, www.riverwalknashua.com

JACK GRACE BAND The man whose webpage tags what he does as “experimental country art rock” makes the trek from Brooklyn to play music from “Everything I Say Is a Lie,” which he made with the assistance of a couple of fellow New Yorkers — Eric Ambel producing and playing guitar, and Norah Jones chiming in on a song or two. May 13, 9 p.m. No cover. Toad, Cambridge. 617-497-4950, www.toadcambridge.com

FRONT COUNTRY It took them a while (and a move from San Francisco to Nashville), but roots-music string band Front Country finally released a follow-up to their 2014 interest-piquing debut full-length with last year’s “Other Love Songs,” which spotlights the songwriting of the band’s powerhouse vocalist, Melody Walker. May 19, 8 p.m. $12. Red Room at Café 939. 617-747-2261, www.cafe939.com

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STUART MUNRO

Jazz & Blues

SONYA RAE TAYLOR The soulful singer, stinging guitarist, and accomplished songwriter — a Framingham native — has been attracting attention of late with her blues-based performances featuring guitarist Ryan Taylor, her husband. May 15, 8 p.m. No cover. Chianti Restaurant, 285 Cabot St., Beverly. 978-921-2233, www.chiantibeverly.com

SEMENYA MCCORD The sterling vocalist, composer, and educator was a Massachusetts jazz mainstay for decades. Now based in Illinois, she makes a rare return to her old stomping grounds for a performance with saxophonist Bobby Tynes, pianist Frank Wilkins, bassist Dave Zinno, and drummer Alvin Terry. May 19, 8 p.m. $11-$22. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787, www.amazingthings.org

JASON PALMER & BOUJEMAA RAZGUI Closing this duo-centric season of the boundary-bending Boiler House Jazz series with a bang, the first-ever collaboration between the award-winning trumpeter/composer Palmer and acclaimed Moroccan musician Razgui, whose many instruments include flutes, oud, and percussion. May 20, 7:30 p.m. $20. Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, 154 Moody St., Waltham. 781-893-5410, www.charlesrivermuseum.org

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

Classical

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CHAMBER ORCHESTRAS A Far Cry has a program titled “Next Generation” featuring works by Mozart, Britten, and Galina Ustvolskaya (May 18, Jordan Hall, www.afarcry.org); and Palaver Strings teams up with the theater company Strange News for “Trapped,” a program of new music inspired by classic literature, with excerpts from Kafka’s “Metamorphosis,” Poe’s “The Tell-tale Heart” and others (May 18-19, Boston Center for the Arts, www.palaverstrings.org).  

CHAMELEON ARTS ENSEMBLE Chameleon caps its 20th-anniversary season with a festively imaginative program devoted to works by Britten, Stravinsky, Mendelssohn, Marc-Andre Dalbavie, and Colin Matthews. May 19-20, First Church in Boston. 617-427-8200, www.chameleonarts.org 

BROOKLYN RIDER + JOSHUA REDMAN Who knows what to expect when the trailblazing string quartet Brooklyn Rider shares the stage with jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman? Safe guess: You won’t be sorry you came. May 19, Berklee Performance Center. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org 

JEREMY EICHLER

ARTS

Theater

THE WOMEN WHO MAPPED THE STARS Joyce Van Dyke’s intricate and bracing drama illustrates the connections among female astronomers from two different eras whose transformative achievements, in the face of male condescension and exclusion, enlarged the space that women could occupy in science. In mapping the stars, Van Dyke suggests, these pioneers were also mapping the future. Directed by Jessica Ernst. Through May 20. Nora Theatre Company. At Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 617-576-9278, www.centralsquaretheater.org

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 a strong directorial debut after performing in numerous Gold Dust Orphans shows. Through May 27. Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans. At Machine, Boston. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3220136

STILL, NOW The always-arresting Kiki 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, www.bostontheatrescene.com DON AUCOIN

Dance

CLASSIC BALANCHINE With just two performances of the company’s production of “The Sleeping Beauty” left, Boston Ballet launches its next big program, a celebration of the genius of George Balanchine. The program features the iconic “Prodigal Son” (1929); “Stravinsky Violin Concerto” (1972), honoring Balanchine’s longtime creative collaborator; and the company premiere of the elegant “Chaconne” (1976). May 17-June 9. $35-$174. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org

THE CLASSICAL WORLD IN MODERN CHOREOGRAPHY In conjunction with its exhibit of the famed Farnese Sarcophagus, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is presenting a one-night-only concert of three works that offer a different take on classicism. New York Theatre Ballet performs Nijinsky’s groundbreaking “Afternoon of a Faun,” Jerome Robbins’s “Antique Epigraphs,” and a world premiere commission by choreographer Tom Gold. May 17. $12-$40. Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall. 617-278-5156, www.gardnermuseum.org

MEEM 4 BOSTON: A STORY BALLET ABOUT THE INTERNET Visual artist Ryan McNamara taps into our obsession with all things digital in an immersive, museum-wide performance featuring 13 dancers. Using music and movement from ballet to contemporary dance, he aims to evoke the virtual world’s endless stream of information and stimulation. May 18-19. $15-$25. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org

KAREN CAMPBELL

Galleries

ERMA WHEELER: PARALLELS The painter and master watercolorist, who died in 2005 at 89, was one of Cape Ann’s treasures, but not widely known elsewhere. Among the watercolors on view: Cape Ann landscapes, abstractions, and landscapes that verge on abstraction. Through June 3. Trident Gallery, 189 Main St., Gloucester. 978-491-7785, www.trident.gallery

JOE JOHNSON: THE PLAYING FIELD Johnson’s photographs depict places we associate with crowds, but no one is in them. His images of megachurches revealed how they’re outfitted for theatrics. Now the photographer turns to casinos, capturing their sleek and glittering emptiness. Through June 2. Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-0411, www.gallerykayafas.com

THE PIANISTA TRAVELING MUSEUM This 15-year retrospective of work by Michael Frassinelli, who crafts sculptures and installations entirely from old piano parts, is presented as a natural history exhibition about a fictional lost tribe known as the Pianistas. Through May 27. Piano Craft Gallery, 793 Tremont St. www.pianocraftgallery.com

 CATE McQUAID

Museums

HAROLD ROTENBERG: AN AMERICAN IMPRESSIONIST The painter, who was 105 when he died in 2011, taught Boston expressionists Jack Levine and David Aronson. He specialized in light’s momentary play on the landscape. Here, 40 works painted on Cape Ann. Through June 17. Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester. 978-283-0455, www.capeannmuseum.org

KEVIN BEASLEY Beasley weaves two intimate mediums: Clothing and sound. His sculptures evoke ghostly figures and address issues of race and power. His show runs concurrent with “Caitlin Keogh: Blank Melody,” featuring paintings partly rooted in clothing design. Through Aug. 26. Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

ENTREPRENEURSHIP & CLASSICAL DESIGN IN BOSTON’S SOUTH END: THE FURNITURE OF ISAAC VOSE & THOMAS SEYMOUR, 1815 TO 1825 When Lafayette visited Boston in 1824, Vose’s shop made all the furniture for his rooms. Unlike Seymour, he has been largely forgotten — until now. Through Sept. 14. Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St. 617-536-1608, www.masshist.org

CATE McQUAID

EVENTS

Comedy

STARSTRUCK: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE AWKWARD KIND Nick Chambers and Bethany Van Delft host this storytelling show about embarrassing meetings with celebrities. Will Noonan, Wes Hazard, Laura Severse, and Gina James tell their stories, and a troupe of comedians will reenact the best one and give it a more positive outcome. May 16, 7 p.m. Free. Rockwell Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville. 617-684-5335, www.therockwell.org

SEAN PATTON His disarmingly schlubby appearance belies his comic toolkit — he writes clever material about resembling an owl or imagining what kind of hobo he’d be, and backs it up with expressive physicality. May 18 at 8 p.m., May 19 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $20. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

WAYNE BRADY The versatile performer won an Emmy for outstanding game show host for “Let’s Make A Deal,” knocked it out of the park as Aaron Burr in Chicago’s production of “Hamilton” last year, keeps a full schedule of acting and voiceover jobs, and still manages to tour. May 19, 7:30 p.m. $45. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700, www.thewilbur.com

NICK A. ZAINO III

Family

DUCKLING DAY Make way for ducklings this Sunday — hundreds of them in fact! Celebrating the children’s book by Robert McCloskey, the children of Boston parade through the streets dressed like their favorite characters from the story. Before the parade, enjoy games and activities and then get ready to dance along to Harvard University’s marching band as they lead the ducklings through town. May 13, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $35-$40. Parkman Bandstand Boston Common. friendsofthepublicgarden.org

THIRD THURSDAYS: CREATIVE PLAY Embrace your artistic side in a place that celebrates all things art. Join the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in its Third Thursday event. This month, enjoy music from DJ Dayglow, make Lego creations in the studio space, and learn about art and creativity from MassArt graduates. Stop by Cafe G for snacks throughout the evening to fuel up for a night of art-making and learning. May 17, 5:30-9 p.m. Adults $15, children 17 and under are free. 25 Evans Way, Boston. www.gardnermuseum.org

FREE FERRY DAY When the water calls, do you answer? What if that call was free? For one day only, the ferry ride to the Boston Harbor Islands is free and so is a full day of fun. Come for the ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially begin island season and stay for live music, beach games, and face painting. Then hop on the ferry and spend the rest of the day relaxing on the island. May 19, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Free. 66 Long Wharf, Boston. www.bostonharborislands.org

SOPHIE CANNON

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

May 25 DJ Questlove at the Sinclair www.axs.com

May 30 Dead and Company at the Xfinity Center www.ticketmaster.com

June 5 Kendrick Lamar at the Xfinity Center www.ticketmaster.com

June 6 Imagine Dragons at the Xfinity Center www.ticketmaster.com

June 9 Dirty Heads at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion www.ticketmaster.com

June 9 Rascal Flatts at the Xfinity Center www.ticketmaster.com

June 15 Zac Brown Band at Fenway Park www.ticketmaster.com

June 15 Paul Simon at TD Garden www.ticketmaster.com

SOPHIE CANNON