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    Paramore is one of many bands playing Boston Calling next weekend.
    Lindsey Byrnes
    Paramore is one of many bands playing Boston Calling next weekend.


    Pop & Rock

    KITTEN Led by dynamo Chloe Chaidez, whose energy can turn the tiniest club into a setting for an arena-size spectacle, this hooky, energetic Brooklyn outfit celebrates the impending release of its “Pink Champagne” EP. May 23, 9 p.m. $12 and up. Great Scott. 617-566-0914,

    BOSTON CALLING The annual bacchanal of music, movies, and other distractions (including an Ikea pavilion that features the Swedish furniture store chain’s veggie hot dog making its US debut) kicks off Friday. Highlights include Paramore, whose evolution into sheeny New Wavers on last year’s “After Laughter” led to some of the decade’s best happy-sad anthems; Noname, whose chilled-out delivery adds to her poetry’s emotional urgency; and Big Thief, who pair defiant honesty with warm, folk-tinged rock. May 25, 2:30 p.m.; May 26-27, noon. Single-day tickets $105 and up; three-day passes $289 and up. Harvard Athletic Complex, Allston.


    JASON ALDEAN “Rearview Town,” the latest album from this Georgia-born country megaseller, is muscular country-rock with a couple of surprises lurking — fuzzed-out guitars that could play on college stations, nods to hip-hop that remind one of his Fenway show with Kid Rock a couple of years ago. May 26, 7:30 p.m. $39 and up. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000,

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    Folk & World

    RODNEY CROWELL With a recent health concern behind him, the Americana luminary is back on tour, this time in slimmed-down trio mode (and if recent iterations are a guide, one of its members will be excellent guitar-slinger Jedd Hughes). Expect to hear songs from “Close Ties,” Crowell’s fine recent autobiographical rumination on the artistic life. May 25, 8 p.m. $32-$45. City Winery, Boston. 617-933-8047,

    LEE ROY PARNELL He’s long-gone from commercial country radio, but while he was there in the 1990s, this author of a fiery blend of country, soul, and bluesy rock ’n’ roll that rode along on his slide-guitar style had a string of hits, “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am” and “On the Road” among them. May 20, 7:30 p.m. $24. Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley. 877-536-7190,

    LAURA VEIRS Fresh off her collaboration with k.d. lang and Neko Case, Veirs has released her 10th album, “The Lookout,” another collection of her shimmering folk-pop that centers its lyrical concerns on what she describes as the need to battle complacency by paying attention to “the fleeting beauty of life.” May 25, 8 p.m. $18. Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge. 866-777-8932,



    Jazz & Blues

    PLYMOUTH ROCK JAZZ FEST Three evenings of top-flight jazz and cabaret. Friday features sultry singer Donna Byrne and the Marshall Wood Trio, plus a quartet led by singer, saxophonist, and flutist Stan Strickland. Saturday’s concert pairs Russian pianist, vibraphonist, and composer Alexei Tsiganov’s group with Rhythm Future Quartet’s acoustic gypsy jazz. Sunday’s performer is pop-jazz-cabaret diva Suede, a sassy vocal powerhouse who also plays piano, guitar, and trumpet. May 25-26, 7:30 p.m.; May 27, 2 p.m. $30-$50. Spire Center, 25½ Court St. Plymouth. 508-746-4488,

    13 O’CLOCK BLUES BAND The innovative micro-tonal blues-rock group features fretless guitarist Jon Catler, dynamic vocalist Meredith “Babe” Borden, bassist Timo Shanko (Dub Apocalypse), and Boston drum legend Skip Fischer (James Montgomery Band and many more). May 26, 6 p.m. $10-$12. Thunder Road, 379 Somerville Ave., Somerville. 617-776-7623,

    BLACK SEA SALSA Trumpeter Dan Teager’s 12-piece world-jazz band — four horns, five rhythm players, plus vocalists — blends Armenian and Afro-Cuban influences in an energetic, eminently danceable fashion. May 26, 8:30 p.m. $12. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-9330,




    TROUBLE IN TAHITI + ARIAS & BARCAROLLES  Boston Lyric Opera has imaginatively transformed a North End ice skating rink into a 1950s-style nightclub for its new production pairing Leonard Bernstein’s one-act opera of 1952, “Trouble in Tahiti,” with his song cycle “Arias and Barcarolles,” written decades later. In this staging, the merging of these two pieces proves problematic, but when approached separately, each work speaks movingly on its own terms. Through May 20, DCR Steriti Memorial Rink, 561 Commercial St. 617-542-4912,

    SARASA This veteran Boston-area chamber music ensemble offers works by Couperin and Haydn alongside Brahms’s toweringly great String Sextet in B-flat Major. May 20, 3:30 p.m., First Parish in Lexington. 617-429-0332, 

    LES BOSTONADES  The period-instrument group, with harpsichordist Hank Knox, presents a program pairing works by Johann Sebastian Bach with those of his second cousin, Johann Bernhard Bach. May 25, 7:30 p.m., Gordon Chapel, Old South Church. 617-304-8843,




    FALL Works like “Death of a Salesman,’’ “The Crucible,’’ and “All My Sons,’’ plus his refusal to name names before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, gave Arthur Miller a sterling reputation for moral and ethical uprightness (the critic Kenneth Tynan described him as “Lincoln in horn rims’’). But playwright Bernard Weinraub examines a less flattering aspect of Miller: his neglect of a son with Down syndrome. A world premiere directed by Peter DuBois. Through June 16. Huntington Theatre Company, Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800,

    THE WOMEN WHO MAPPED THE STARS Joyce Van Dyke’s intricate and bracing drama examines 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,

    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. Through May 27. Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans. At Machine, Boston.



    LA SYLPHIDE One of the undisputed masterworks of Romantic story ballets, this classic by August Bournonville (with additional choreography by Sorella Englund) portrays the tragic and fantastical tale of a young Scotsman undone by magic as he falls under the spell of a beautiful woodland sylph. The program also includes the rarely performed “Bournonville Divertissements.” May 24-June 10. $35-$164. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955,

    CLASSIC BALANCHINE From the magical to the neoclassic: Boston Ballet alternates “La Sylphide” with performances of this 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). Through June 9. $35-$174. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955,

    BILL EVANS’ 78th BIRTHDAY DANCE CONCERT The well-respected choreographer-dancer is turning 78 years old, and we’re all invited to the party. To be still kicking as eloquently as Evans — yes, he’s performing! — is indeed cause for celebration, and this program includes six of his works, from lyrical modern pieces to a new rhythm tap piece performed to an original musical score by Greg Woodsbie. May 20. $20-$30. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,



    KENT KRUGH: SPECIATION: STILL A CAMERA The photographer, who has a master’s degree in radiological physics, X-rays cameras. Peering inside, he traces the camera’s evolution from bellows to instant to digital, and sorts specimens as an evolutionary biologist would. Through June 27. Panopticon Gallery, 502c Commonwealth Ave. 617-396-7803,


    MAGGIE STARK: STATION STOPS In videos and in zoetrope-like moving pictures, the artist considers time’s contradictions. She uses trains and stations as a trope to portray how our subjective experience of time differs from its relentless passage as measured by clocks. Through June 16. Rafius Fane Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 508-843-2184,


    NONA HERSHEY: VIEWPOINTS Scudding along Hershey’s fluffy, ethereal, watercolor and graphite powder cloudscapes, you’ll find grids, ribbons, and pixelated passages in high-octane color representing electronic signals and techno-chatter — the buzz of our communications, as omnipresent as the sky. Through May 27. Soprafina Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-728-0770,



    FORTITUDE: THE ART OF PLAY: Play is the theme with this exhibition and “Playtime in the Making,” which walks viewers through a creative thinking process. “FORTitude,” spearheaded by tiny house builder Deek Diedricksen, invites viewers to try that process out. Through Sept. 16. Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St., Brockton. 508-588-6000,

    ALLISON KATZ: DIARY W/O DATES Weighing a painter’s grid against a calendar grid in her suite of 12 paintings, Katz plays with perceptions of time, space, and self-representation, pitting fleeting personal narrative against the arc of art history. Through July 29. MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St., Cambridge. 617-253-4680,


    ANALOG CULTURE: PRINTER’S PROOFS FROM THE SCHNEIDER/ERDMAN PHOTOGRAPHY LAB, 1981-2001 This peek into the techniques of darkroom photography is also a window on late-20th-century New York, and features photographs by artists such as Richard Avedon and Nan Goldin. Through Aug. 12. Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-9400,




    GREG BOGGIS PRESENTS: MONDO MONDAYS Local staple Boggis hosts this showcase the third Monday of every month at the Luna Theater in Lowell. This month, Emily Ruskowski headlines with Carolyn Riley and Chris Post. May 21, 7:35 p.m. $7. The Luna Theater, Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St., Lowell. 978-656-1828,

    LIZA TREYGER The New York-based comedian is a powerhouse onstage, taking on issues like sex education for girls, body image, and how easy it is for guys to date. “Women are waiting for you to be good at something,” she says. “I saw a man walk a dog with no leash and I was like, ‘Oh, that dog respects him, I’m sure he’s got a lot going on.’ ” May 24-25 at 8 p.m. and May 26 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $5-$25. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

    ORLANDO BAXTER The Worcester native has taken a leap forward in the last couple of years, appearing on “Conan,” the BBC, and BET. He’s also cohost of the “30 Jobs Later” podcast with former Boston comic Corey Rodrigues. May 25-26, 8 p.m. $20. Nick’s Comedy Stop, 100 Warrenton St., Boston. 617-963-6261,



    BIRTHDAY WISHES CAKE WALK 2018 Every kid should have the opportunity to have a birthday party, but sometimes circumstances make that a lot to ask for. Luckily, that’s where Birthday Wishes’ annual CakeWalk comes in, a non-competitive 5K complete with food, bouncy houses, live music, and loads of other activities. Raise money for kids in need at the most fun 5K you’ll ever walk. May 20, 9 a.m.-noon. $35. Lasell College, 1844 Commonwealth Ave., Newton.

    PEM PALS: TODDLER STORYTIME AND ART MAKING Arts, activities, and imagination — it doesn’t take much to keep toddlers occupied — for a little bit, at least. The Peabody Essex Museum is happy to help out with its weekly program featuring arts and crafts, music, dancing, and books, all specifically designed to keep the little ones happy. May 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free with museum admission. Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St. Salem.

    CELEBRATE NATIONAL SCAVENGER HUNT DAY! FAIRYBOROUGH TRAIL HUNT It’s National Scavenger Hunt Day on Thursday, which obviously means that it should be strictly reserved for scavenger hunting until there’s nothing left to scavenge. If you’re looking for a place to start, the Discovery Museum might be a winner, as it will be hosting a grand hunt along the mysterious Fairyborough Trail. May 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with admission. The Discovery Museum in Acton, 177 Main St. (Route 27), Acton.



    June 6 Imagine Dragons at the Xfinity Center

    June 8 Logic at the Xfinity Center

    June 10 Thirty Seconds to Mars at the Xfinity Center

    June 15 Paul Simon at TD Garden

    June 17 Fitz and the Tantrums at Boarding House Park

    June 18 Harry Styles at TD Garden

    June 21 U2 at TD Garden

    June 21 Greg Laswell at City Winery

    June 26 Sam Smith at TD Garden