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

    US singer Paul Simon performs on stage at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre in the Spanish Basque city of Barakaldo on November 17, 2016. / AFP / ANDER GILLENEA (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images) 10ticketpop
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    Paul Simon plays TD Garden June 15.


    Pop & Rock

    FLASHER This DC trio builds on the promise offered by the prefix “post-” on their just-released debut “Constant Image,” which is full of razor-sharp songs that allow all three members to shout-sing along with their indictments of present anxieties and expectation-shattering visions of better tomorrows. June 23, 9 p.m. $10 and up. GreatScott. 617-566-0914,

    STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS Once the reluctant poster boy for the ’90s archetype of the “slacker,” the former Pavement frontman has grown into his role as rock sage, as his band’s new album, “Sparkle Hard,” shows dazzlingly. With the jagged-edged Portland outfit Lithics. June 12, 7 p.m. $25 and up. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,


    PAUL SIMON The storied singer-songwriter closes out his brilliant career with a farewell run. (Yes, you’ll probably hear “Still Crazy After All These Years.”) June 15, 8 p.m. $50 and up. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

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    Folk & World

    CALUM GRAHAM/PETER CILUZZI/ANTOINE DUFOUR An evening of virtuosic guitar music from three players, two hailing from north of the border, the third (Ciluzzi) native to this state, all of whom record for CandyRat Records, a notable purveyor of fingerstyle and other guitar-based music. June 15, 8 p.m. $15. The Lilypad, Cambridge. 617-955-7729,

    SAM LEWIS The sound of his singing voice continues to put the soulful in this Nashvillian’s Americana on his new album “Loversity” (an unusual term of uncertain meaning that Lewis made up); punchy horns and ooh-ooh choruses, on the title track and elsewhere, also do their part. June 10, 10 p.m. $10. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006,

    JOHN PRINE The iconic singer-songwriter is touring behind “The Tree of Forgiveness,” his first album of original music in 13 years. Take a look at the cover, and you’ll see a 71-year-old whose visage shows the effects of a couple of go-rounds with cancer; take a listen to what’s inside, and you’ll hear prime Prine. June 15, 8 p.m. $49.75-$83.75. Boch Center Wang Theatre. 800-745-3000,



    Jazz & Blues

    KEEFE JACKSON + 6 The Chicago-based rising star tenor saxophonist will perform two sets, one of originals by himself and other ensemble members and a second of free improvisation. Both will feature soprano and alto saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra, trombonist Jeb Bishop, pianist Pandelis Karayorgis, and bassist Nate McBride, with Luther Gray on drums for the first and Eric Rosenthal for the second. June 13, 7:30 p.m. $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-395-1393,

    THE TARBOX RAMBLERS The acclaimed Boston-based band, featuring Michael Tarbox’s gravelly voice and barbed-wire guitar, meld country blues, gospel, and Appalachian folk into a visceral take on tradition. June 16, 8 p.m. $25. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300,

    A COLOSSUS (SAXOPHONE) JAZZ BAND Creative Music Series hosts a reunion of multi-saxophonist and Boston mainstay Charlie Kohlhase’s original Saxophone Support Group (2003-06), playing Kohlhase originals as well as music by Julius Hemphill, Steve Lacy, and John Tchicai. With saxophonists Sean Berry, Dan Blake, Matt Langley, Jared Sims, Josh Sinton, and Andy Voelker, plus guest Jason Robinson. June 16, 8 p.m. $15. Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square, Somerville.




    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,

    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,

    BOSTON POPS The spring Pops season features another big tribute to Leonard Bernstein. Coming up: Keith Lockhart conducts a concert performance of “West Side Story,” with a cast of Broadway singers headed by Ali Ewoldt as Maria and Ross Lekites as Tony. June 15 and 16, SymphonyHall. 617-266-1200,




    DANCING AT LUGHNASA Lindsay Crouse heads a promising cast in Brian Friel’s drama of thwarted lives. The 1992 Tony Award winner for best play, “Dancing at Lughnasa’’ focuses on the five Mundy sisters of County Donegal and the ailing brother who has returned home in the 1930s after a lengthy stint as a missionary in Africa. Directed by Benny Sato Ambush, who helmed Crouse-starring productions at Gloucester Stage Company of “Driving Miss Daisy’’ and “Lettice and Lovage.’’ Through July 8. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433,

    A PIECE OF MY HEART Shirley Lauro’s drama about the experiences of six women (four nurses, an Army officer, and a country-western singer) before, during, and after the Vietnam War. Helmed by Nora Hussey in her final show as artistic director of the Wellesley Repertory Theatre. Hussey, who founded the theater two decades ago, is leaving to focus on documentary filmmaking in the United States and in her native Ireland. Through June 24. Wellesley Repertory Theatre. At Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, Wellesley College. 781-283-2000,

    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 and a New Orleans flavor by Dawn M. Simmons, and featuring buoyantly propulsive choreography by Jean Appolon, with a vibrant cast that includes Davron S. Monroe as the Wiz and Salome Smith as Dorothy. Through July 1. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678,



    A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Gianni Di Marco has choreographed a semi-staged ballet featuring 10 dancers for the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming performance of Mendelssohn’s magnificent incidental music for the Shakespeare classic. In addition to live orchestra and dancers, the performance features two vocal soloists and women’s chorus. The program also includes music of Ravel and Philip Sawyers. June 16. $15-$25. MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge. 844-276-4634,

    DOUGLAS DUNN DANCERS The iconoclastic postmodernist and his troupe consider the essence of nature and its multitude of shifting variables in his new 60-minute “Tandem.” Dunn explores density, shape, rhythm, and tempo, with scenes ranging from slow introspection to manic activity. June 14 and 16. $5-$25. The Yard’s Patricia N. Nanon Theater, Chilmark. 508-645-9662,

    THIRD LIFE STUDIO CHOREOGRAPHER SERIES Kelley Donovan organizes this occasional showcase of a stylistic variety of choreography, and this incarnation features work by her, Kylie Burnham, Perla Joy Furr, Evolve Dynamicz, Catherine Lenard Gerberding, Rebecca McGowan, Liz Roncka, Jacob Miranda, Deanna Beattie-Gallant, and Margaret Wiss. June 15. $12-$20. Third Life Studio, Somerville. 617-388-3247,



    HISTORY OF THE FUTURE In this group show, artists seed their high-tech art with references to history (such as a Renaissance painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder), today’s sociopolitical environment, and the symbiotic relationship between art and technology. Through July 1.Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain. 617-522-6710,

    SOPHIA AINSLIE: LAST TOUCH Ainslie selects fragments from X-rays of her late mother taken during cancer treatment, then digitally collages them and projects the result to create abstract paintings in which bundles of inked lines play against graphic passages of flat color. Through July 13. Gallery NAGA, 67 Newbury St. 617-267-9060,

    HOW NATURE INSTRUCTS US The works of artists and biophiles such as Jane Marsching, Nathalie Miebach, and Evelyn Rydz sound alarms about humanity’s impact on the natural world and seek to reengage viewers with nature as a teacher and a mirror. Through July 6. Suffolk University Gallery, 8 Ashburton Place. 617-573-8785,



    WOMEN ARTISTS IN PARIS, 1850-1900 Women were barred from the École des Beaux-Arts. They had to travel with a chaperone. Still, artists such as Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, and more painted the world they saw, and advanced their own cause. Through Sept. 3. Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303,

    KEEPERS OF THE FLAME: PARRISH, WYETH, ROCKWELL, AND THE NARRATIVE TRADITION The 20th-century flowering of American illustration in the works of Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth, and Norman Rockwell sprang from a teacher-student lineage that began with the Italian Renaissance. Through Oct. 28. Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100,

    HOWARD JOHNSON: PHANTASTROPHIES The Worcester artist packs his dense, sardonic, and goofy mixed-media drawings with allusions to pop culture, mysticism, philosophy, and, in his “Alien Dispensation” series on view here, the search for extraterrestrial life in the universe. Through Sept. 30. Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. 978-345-4207,




    VALERIE TOSI The Salisbury native now lives in Los Angeles and appears on programs like “The Joel McHale Show” and the upcoming third season of “Stan Against Evil.” This Cityside Comedy show is hosted by Sam Ike and Anjan Biswas, with John Dick Winters and Richard Bowen. June 11, 8:30 p.m. Free. CitySide Bar, 1960 Beacon St., Boston. 617-566-1002,

    AUNTY DONNA This Australian sketch troupe brought a wonderful energy and sense of silliness to their show at the Wilbur last year. They return with a new collection of songs from “Aunty Donna — The Album.” June 13, 7:30 p.m. $32. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,

    ALONZO BODDEN The comic applies his enlightened everyman perspective to current events on his near-weekly podcast “Who’s Paying Attention?” and as a regular on NPR’s “Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!” June 14-15 at 8 p.m., June 16 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $20-$25. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,



    WEEKEND CARTOONS Instead of turning on the television on Sunday morning, why not draw your own cartoons instead? In this kids drawing workshop, children learn the basics of drawing cartoon characters from basic shapes and lines. After the lesson, take home a button with your creation on it as well as a drawing book for later adventures. Ages 7 and up. June 10, 9:30-11 a.m. $20. The Makery, Coolidge Corner, 2 Sewall Ave., Brookline.

    STORY HOUR ON THE FARM Enjoy nature while being transported to a new world through reading at a story hour in the learning garden at the Lexington Community Farm. As part of a full summer of educational fun, listen to a fun story outside in the sunshine then feel free to explore the goat yard nearby. Children must be accompanied by an adult. June 11, 10-11 a.m. $15. Lexington Community Farm, 52 Lowell St., Lexington.

    BALLET FOR BEGINNERS Lace up those ballet shoes and perfect your ballerina bun, it’s time to dance. The class is meant for those who have never taken a ballet class but want to try their tutus on and give it a go. Learn basic ballet moves as well as dance around to the Macarena and the Hokey Pokey to mix things up. June 15, 10:30-11:15 a.m. $9. The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton.



    June 17 Kiss 108 Concert at the Xfinity Center

    June 17 Fitz and the Tantrums at Boarding House Park, Lowell

    June 20 Foreigner at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

    June 21 U2 at TD Garden

    June 21 Greg Laswell at City Winery

    June 26 Sam Smith at TD Garden

    June 28 Aly and AJ at Paradise Rock Club

    July 1 Barenaked Ladies at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

    July 11 Shania Twain at TD Garden