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

Mark Erelli plays Club Passim on June 2.
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Mark Erelli plays Club Passim on June 2.


Pop & Rock

NEW FOUND GLORY The Florida pop-punkers, who have tipped their beanies to acts ranging from the Cardigans to Gorilla Biscuits over their careers, head up a four-act show that could be seen as a stripped-down version of the Warped Tour, the traveling cavalcade of riffs that they ruled during their 2000s heyday. May 30, 6 p.m. $28 and up. House of Blues. 888-693-2583,

RICK SPRINGFIELD While “Jessie’s Girl” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers” remain power-pop treasures, this Australian actor-singer is hardly coasting: “The Snake King,” which he released earlier this year, is a concept album about good and evil rooted in the blues. Springfield will perform solo at this show, peppering his new and old songs with stories from his career. May 31, 8 p.m. $49.50 and up. Blue Ocean Music Hall, Salisbury. 978-462-5888,


PRHYME Detroit MC Royce Da 5’9” and Brooklyn DJ-producer DJ Premier released their second collaborative album, the sonically dense “PRhyme 2,” in March. May 31, 8 p.m. $20 and up. Paradise Rock Club. 617-562-8800,

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Folk & World

MARK ERELLI Erelli celebrates the release of “Mixtape,” an album he’s sorta kinda been making for 13 years via his annual December “Under the Covers” shows at Club Passim. His new collection runs the gamut, including takes on the Grateful Dead, Phil Collins, Don Henley, Arcade Fire, and Neko Case. June 2, 5 and 8 p.m. $22. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,

BACKWEST A new configuration of four well-known Galway musicians with deep trad roots, BackWest brings together multi-instrumentalist PJ McDonald, siblings Brendan and Maureen Browne, and player/dancer Peter Vickers to produce a powerful rendition of traditional Irish music. May 30, 7:30 p.m. $23. The Burren, Somerville. 800-838-3006,

THE KRUGER BROTHERS/THE GIBSON BROTHERS A good week for brother acts at this Newburyport venue: Wednesday, the European-born Kruger Brothers ply their distinctive folk-bluegrass style; the following evening, the group that has done more than any other to keep the tradition of bluegrass brother harmony alive and thriving takes the stage. May 30, 8 p.m. $25; May 31, 8 p.m. $30. Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport. 978-462-7336,



Jazz & Blues

JOEL LARUE SMITH The pianist, composer, arranger, and educator is a powerful performer whose music combines modern jazz with Afro-Caribbean rhythms. He has studied and performed with the likes of Mario Bauza, Kenny Burrell, and Ron Carter and has directed the Tufts Jazz Orchestra since 1996. May 31, 8 p.m. $25-$40. Scullers. 866-777-8932,

RUSTY SCOTT TRIO Mandorla Music presents the versatile Boston-based keyboardist, best known for his bluesy Hammond B3 organ, in a showcase of his jazz piano stylings, influenced by such mid-century masters as Bud Powell, Wynton Kelly, Bobby Timmons, and Sonny Clark. June 1, 8 p.m. $15. Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square, Somerville.,

11TH ANNUAL BLUES AFTER HOURS TRIBUTE TO MAI CRAMER This year’s charity concert honoring the memory of the beloved Boston blues radio host features, among others, Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson, Anthony Geraci and the HipNotics, Michelle “Evil Gal” Willson, Racky Thomas, and many more. Proceeds will benefit Boston’s St. Francis House shelter. June 2, 7:30 p.m. $28-$32. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849,




BOSTON POPS The Pops season is underway with another big tribute to Leonard Bernstein. Coming up: Keith Lockhart leads a centennial program (May 29 and 30) and then conducts the classic “On the Town,” in performances with new choreography by Kathleen Marshall (May 31 and June 1). Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, 

ASTON MAGNA The venerable period-instrument festival opens this year within an intimate frame, as artistic director Daniel Stepner performs Bach’s magisterial Partitas for solo violin. June 14, 7 p.m., Brandeis University’s Slosberg Music Center. 413-528-3595,

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL For Boston-area chamber music fans, this annual June festival always marks the unofficial beginning of the summer season. This year brings a changing of the guard at Rockport, as violinist and violist Barry Shiffman takes the reins as artistic director, succeeding pianist David Deveau. Opening night will feature Tchaikovsky’s roof-lifting “Souvenir de Florence” alongside the haunting song cycle “Ayre” by Osvaldo Golijov, who will be this summer’s composer in residence. June 15, 8 p.m., Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391, 




THE WIZ A rousing and exuberant production that delivers a dose of irreverent fun — some of it at the expense of its fabled progenitor, “The Wizard of Oz’’ — while tapping into the qualities that have given “The Wiz’’ itself an enduring appeal. Directed with elan by Dawn M. Simmons and featuring buoyantly propulsive choreography by Jean Appolon. Through July 1. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678,

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,

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.



URBANITY DANCE For its season finale, “F=Ma,” the company asked six female choreographers to create or stage original works. The lineup is impressive, with works by Camille A. Brown, Lorraine Chapman, Chantal Doucett, Betsi Graves, Jackie Nowicki, and Nailah Randall-Bellinger. Sources of inspiration range from female identity to the resilience of post-Katrina New Orleans. June 1-2. $30-$50. Tsai Performance Center. 617-572-3727,

CAMBRIDGE ARTS RIVER FESTIVAL This lively annual celebration has a little something for everyone, from music and theater to poetry and visual arts. Performers on the Interactive Dance Stage include Pasy Dance Company, NATyA Dance Collective, DrumatiX, Back Pocket Dancers, and Salsa y Control Dance Company, with frequent chances for the crowd to get in on the action. June 2, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. DCR Cambridge Parkway & Lechmere Canal Park, East Cambridge. 617-349-4380,

ABILITIES DANCE The company’s second annual performance highlights its mission to foster inclusion in the dance world. Titled “Next Level,” the concert features choreography by company director Ellice Patterson, Paige Fraser, Jamie Ballou, and Lauren Sava, as well as compositions by director of music Andrew Choe. Louisa Mann is the production’s special guest artist. June 2-3. $25-$30. Hibernian Hall, Roxbury.



JASON BERGER: MOTIFS EN PLEIN AIR The Boston Expressionist painter, who died in 2010, at 86, started his radiant landscapes on site and finished them in the studio. He revisited and reinterpreted scenes in the Public Garden, Revere, and Portugal. Pictured: “The Beach at Veulettes.” Through July 8. Childs Gallery, 169 Newbury St. 617-266-1108,

KIKI SMITH: FREQUENCY Smith’s famously varied practice is on view in recent works on paper that highlight processes including cyanotype, risograph, and silkscreen, alongside sculptures in silver and bronze. Most of the pieces reflect on nature, from bees to hoarfrost to sunsets. Through June 16. Krakow Witkin Gallery, 10 Newbury St. 617-262-4490,

IN WAR AND AFTER: THE ART OF COMBAT VETERANS Sculptor and veteran Ken Hruby curates this juried exhibition, which spotlights photographs and drawings by official combat artists and works by vets reflecting on their experience of war. Through June 24. Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester. 978-515-7004,



WILD DESIGNS Artists, designers, and inventors look to nature for inspiration. In this show, a gecko’s sticky toes lead to a super adhesive, edible shelters are grown from trees, and a sculpture mimics a spine. Through Aug. 4, 2019. Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, 161 Essex St., Salem. 978-745-9500,

ALICJA KWADE: TUNNELTELLER The Polish artist, known for her mazelike installations, reflects on the Gilded Age in America symbolized by the Crane Estate, with an immersive work on the site of the manor’s erstwhile hedge maze. Through April 2019. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. 978-356-4351,


THE BEAUTIFUL BRAIN: THE DRAWINGS OF SANTIAGO RAMÓN Y CAJAL Cajal won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1906. His drawings of brains helped formulate modern neuroscience. Along with his work, the show features contemporary brain images from MIT labs. Through Dec. 31. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-253-5927,




LAURIE KILMARTIN The Emmy-nominated TV writer and comedian has moved on from the material in her last special, “45 Jokes About My Dead Dad,” but wrote about the experience of losing a loved one in her new book, “Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed.” May 31-June 1 at 8 p.m. and June 2 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $20-$25. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

MYQ KAPLAN AT THE GAS The former Boston comic hosts a new podcast, “Broccoli and Ice Cream,” for which he interviews people about their work (the “broccoli”) and things they love (the “ice cream”). He’s headed to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a new show, and working on material even newer than that. June 1, 7 p.m. $10. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 617-566-9014,

THE SLEEPY TIME COMEDY SHOW Val Kappa hosts this new show at the Riot Theater Company’s new home, Roslindale’s Rozzie Square Theater. Ken Reid, Emily Ruskowski, Carrie Ross, and Dana Jay Bein top the bill. June 2, 10 p.m. $10. Rozzie Square Theater, 5 Basile St., Roslindale. 617-942-0294,



GLASS ART FAMILY EXPERIENCE A craft, a learning experience, and a present all in one — sounds like a perfect Sunday afternoon. Share the beauty of glass blowing with the whole family and get to take a keepsake home, as after the lesson, you’ll learn how to make your own fused-glass pendants. Safe for ages 6 and older. May 27, 1-3 p.m. $25. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St., Roxbury Crossing.

MEMORIAL DAY OPEN HOUSE Celebrate the start of summer with free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston this Memorial Day. Enjoy family art-making, tours, music, and film screenings throughout the museum or just go exploring yourself. May 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 435 Huntington Ave.

SPRING DIRT PLAY Get in touch with nature by actually touching it at Lexington Community Farm. Included in admission, ages 3-7 can explore the learning garden and get messy in the mud. At the end of the session, take a trip to the Silk Fields goat yard. May 31, 10-11 a.m. Admission price for first child: members $10, non-members $12; $5 additional child. Lexington Community Farm, 52 Lowell St., Lexington.



June 5 Middle Kids at Brighton Music Hall

June 7 Ry Cooder at Wilbur Theatre

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

June 9 Depeche Mode at TD Garden

June 15 Paul Simon at TD Garden

June 15 John Prine at Wang Theatre

June 18 Spoon and Grizzly Bear at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

June 21-22 U2 at TD Garden