Arts

The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more

Jane Deering Gallery
“Silent Stirrings” is part of “Bird Brained: New Work by Heidi L. Johnson,” at Gloucester’s Jane Deering Gallery through July 31.

MUSIC

Pop & Rock

BECK The onetime “Loser” has become one of rock’s most dynamic artists, shape-shifting between albums (his latest, “Colors,” reflects his grown-man outlook while also having the cheeky spirit of his ’90s efforts) and putting on live shows that are full of super-size hooks, top-notch playing, and his own overflowing charisma. July 15, 7:30 p.m. $49.50 and up. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 617-728-1600, www.livenation.com

MIRANDA LAMBERT The outlaw artist’s 2016 double album, “The Weight of These Wings,” remains one of the best country releases of this decade, with the Texas-born outlaw deftly balancing cracked-heart balladry and winking storytelling over expansive, thoughtful music. July 21, 7 p.m. $18.75 and up. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

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JANELLE MONAE “Dirty Computer,” the latest album from this technologically minded auteur, is a high-concept trip to the future that combines Monáe’s versatile soprano with wiry funk, tiptoeing synthpop, shimmering pop, swaggering hip-hop, and any other style she can get her hands on. Her hyperactive mind and seemingly boundless energy translate to spellbinding concerts that recall her late mentor and friend Prince, both in their relentless vibrancy and their bold optimism for music’s — and the world’s — future. July 21, 7:30 p.m. $33.50 and up. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 617-728-1600, www.livenation.com MAURA JOHNSTON

Folk & World

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COWBOY JUNKIES This Canadian band has been a going concern since they broke beyond their native country’s borders with “The Trinity Sessions” 30 years ago. They’ve been exploring the singular Velvets-meets-Americana sound of that record ever since, including on their latest, “All That Reckoning,” which they’re supporting with their current tour. July 18, 7:30 p.m. $39-$69. Cary Hall, Lexington. 877-973-9613, www.spectacleshows.com

KEVIN GORDON Kevin Gordon lives in Nashville, but he keeps going back to Louisiana, where he was born and raised, in his songwriting; his new record, “Tilt and Shine,” finds him visiting the melancholy spectacle of an Angola Prison rodeo and revisiting tales of misspent youth. He delivers it all with the force of his rumbling, rocking, raw-boned roots sound. July 20, 7 p.m. $12. The Burren, Somerville. 617-776-6896, www.burren.com

CORDOVAS The Cordovas also live in Nashville, but on their upcoming label debut, “That Santa Fe Channel,” they sound like the lonesome LA cowboys who spawned mournful ’70s-vintage country rock, with a dollop of the Band thrown in for good measure. July 20, 7 p.m. No cover. Downeast Back Porch. 857-301-8881, www.downeastcider.com/pages/back-porch

STUART MUNRO

Jazz & Blues

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NOAH PREMINGER/ROB GARCIA Saxophonist Preminger and drummer Garcia celebrate the release of the first offering from their Dead Composers Club ensemble, “Chopin Project,” in which the Polish composer’s Preludes and Nocturnes receive soulful, dynamic, and inventive jazz interpretations. With guitarist Tim Miller and bassist Sean Pentland. July 17, 7:30 p.m. $10. Jocko’s Jazz at the Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen 603-898-1591, www.jockosjazz.com

BUMPER JACKSONS Founded by rootsy chanteuse Jess Eliot Myhre and banjo player Chris Ousley, the Baltimore-based septet draws from the 78 rpm era’s rich seams of Americana for an ebullient amalgam of hot jazz, western swing, and down-home blues. July 18, 8 p.m. $15-$18. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org

WALTER TROUT The seasoned singer, guitarist, and songwriter played in, among other bands, Canned Heat and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers before forming his own band in 1989. Since then, he’s toured the world and experienced many an up and down, bouncing back in 2016 to win two Blues Music Awards. July 20, 8 p.m. $40-$45. The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick. 508-647-0097, www.natickarts.org

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

Classical

BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA Landmarks is back with its popular Wednesday-night series of free outdoor performances under the dynamic direction of Christopher Wilkins. Opening night will feature Holst’s “The Planets” along with works by Elgar and Debussy as well as the premiere of “Pegasus Promenade” by Venezuelan composer Gonzalo Grau in collaboration with young artists from ZUMIX. Wednesday, 7 p.m. Hatch Shell at the Esplanade. 617-987-2000, www.landmarksorchestra.org 

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TANGLEWOOD This week in Ozawa Hall, the eloquent violinist Pamela Frank joins forces with Emanuel Ax for an all-Mozart recital program (July 18), and the venerable pianist Leon Fleisher celebrates his 90th birthday by partnering with his wife, pianist Katherine Jacobsen, in a duo recital (July 19). Next up in the Shed will be Herbert Blomstedt leading an all-Mozart program (July 20) with Ax as guest soloist, and Blomstedt returns the next night with selections by Bernstein, Mozart, and Haydn (July 21). On Sunday BSO artistic partner Thomas Adès conducts the orchestra in his own music and works by Sibelius (the Fifth Symphony and the Violin Concerto with soloist Christian Tetzlaff). Lenox. 617-266-1200, www.tanglewood.org 

BANG ON A CAN at MASS MOCA This annual new music festival, affectionately dubbed “Banglewood,” offers a rare performance of Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work “Anthracite Fields,” a sonically pointed exploration of the history of Pennsylvania’s coal-mining industry. With the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. July 21, 8 p.m., MASS MoCA, North Adams. 413-662-2111, www.massmoca.org.  

JEREMY EICHLER

ARTS

Theater

CYRANO The New England premiere of an adaptation by Jason O’Connell and Brenda Withers that gives a contemporary spin to the classic play by Edmond Rostand about a soldier so self-conscious about his large nose that he resorts to a secret means of declaring his love for the fair Roxane: supplying the elegant words for Christian, the cadet to whom his beloved is attracted. Starring Jeremiah Kissel as Cyrano de Bergerac, Andrea Goldman as Roxane, and James Ricardo Milord as Christian. Directed by Robert Walsh. Through Aug. 11. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.com

LUZIA This Mexico-themed production features the dazzling stunts by acrobats and aerialists that we expect from Cirque du Soleil, those movements of bodies through space at impossible speeds and angles that add up to a kind of airborne dance. But director Daniele Finzi Pasca also carves out a place for stillness, giving us quietly spellbinding moments when the performers stand beneath an onstage downpour as if human activity, however virtuosic, must humbly yield to the imperatives of nature. Through Aug. 12. Presented by Cirque du Soleil. At Big Top, Suffolk Downs, East Boston. 877-924-7783, www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia

LEFTOVERS World premiere of Josh Wilder’s drama, directed by Summer L. Williams. A mysteriously large dandelion has grown through the sidewalk in front of the home in South Philadelphia that is occupied by brothers Jalil (Kadahj Bennett, who shone recently in “Hype Man: a break beat play’’) and Kwamaine (Christian Scales). The brothers are waiting for the arrival of their seldom-seen father and trying to figure out how to break the cycle of poverty they’ve been trapped in and alter the trajectory of their lives. July 21-Aug. 18. Company One Theatre. At Strand Theatre, Dorchester. www.companyone.org DON AUCOIN

Dance

DORRANCE DANCE One of the most innovative and engaging dancers ever to lace up a tap shoe, Michelle Dorrance heads back to the Pillow with her troupe. She brings a world premiere rooted in solo tap work as well as her latest group work, “Myelination,” featuring an original live score by Donovan Dorrance and Gregory Richardson with vocals by Aaron Marcellus. July 18-22. $45-$78. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

INVISIBLE: IMPRINTS OF RACISM Beheard.world choreographer Anna Myer and playwright Jay Paris lead nine dancers, three filmmakers, and three Boston poets in this theatrical exploration of what divides us and what we share in common. The goal is to start new conversations about racism, and each performance is followed by a facilitated discussion. This hometown performance in Roxbury’s Dudley Square kicks off a six-city tour. July 21. Free. Dudley Square (Washington and Palmer). 617-513-9314, beheard.world

ALISON CHASE/PERFORMANCE The Pilobolus Dance Theater founder shares her own genre-bending work through a series she calls “Under the Tent” — outdoors rain or shine. Performances begin with two programs in Portland that showcase Chase’s choreographic imagination, from a family-friendly matinee to the evening-length “No Plan B,” featuring original music and immersive projections. July 18-21. $5-$30. University of Southern Maine, Portland. 207-326-4205, www.alisonchase.org

KAREN CAMPBELL

Galleries

BIRD BRAINED: NEW WORK BY HEIDI L. JOHNSON Taking her cue from Dutch Baroque painters, Johnson smacks viewers in the eye with abundance. In this body of work, she crams canvases with caged and free birds surrounded by burgeoning nature. Pictured: “Silent Stirrings.” Through July 31. Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant St., Gloucester. 917-902-4359, www.janedeeringgallery.com

NORA VALDEZ: ALONE TOGETHER, TOGETHER ALONE The artist, who was born in Argentina and lived in Spain and Italy before settling in Boston, makes drawings and sculptures that address themes of transition and displacement, immigration and home. Through Aug. 16. Urbano Project, 29 Germania St., Jamaica Plain. 617-983-1007, www.urbanoproject.org

 

EIGHT EMERGING ARTISTS As the editor and publisher of the quarterly New American Paintings, Steven Zevitas has an ideal perch to keep an eye out for emerging artists. Choices here may reflect his gallery’s aesthetic: cogent, skewed, color-charged, fastidious, and sometimes darkly wacky. Through Aug. 25. Steven Zevitas Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-778-5265, www.stevenzevitasgallery.com

CATE McQUAID

Museums

ABSTRACT CLIMATES: HELEN FRANKENTHALER IN PROVINCETOWN The great 20th-century painter first visited Provincetown in 1950 and summered there in the 1960s. Did those idylls affect her work? On view, paintings she made in three Provincetown studios. Through Sept. 2. Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 460 Commercial St., Provincetown. 508-487-1750, www.paam.org

 

DANCE WE MUST: TREASURES FROM JACOB’S PILLOW 1906-1940 Newly opened touring trunks from companies directed by pioneering choreographers Ruth St. Denis and Jacob’s Pillow founder Ted Shawn reveal costumes and accessories, on view here along with photos and artworks. Through Nov. 11. Williams College Museum of Art, 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown. 413-597-2429, wcma.williams.edu/

JENNIFER STEINKAMP: BLIND EYE The Clark’s first video installation features six animations, including one inspired by birch trees on the museum’s campus. Steinkamp’s radiant large-scale projections, which heighten and inflate natural imagery, question technology’s impact on perceptions of nature. Through Oct. 8. Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, www.clarkart.edu

 CATE McQUAID

EVENTS

Comedy

STANDUP AT THE CASTLE The Castle Café in Beverly usually hosts folks looking to have a light meal and play board games. On occasion, Matt Kona hosts a comedy night there. This week, the lineup includes Mark Gallagher, Nathan Burke, Riley Bradford, Andrew Della Volpe, and David Afflick. July 17, 8 p.m. $5-$8. The Castle: A Board Game Café, 240 Rantoul St., Beverly. 978-969-1719, www.thecastlebeverly.com

JOHN CLEESE There are few entries in the annals of sacred screen comedies quite as revered as “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.” Cleese (and there are some who call him . . . Tim?) will be on hand for this screening followed by a Q&A. July 21, 7:30 p.m. $40- $56. Lynn Auditorium, 3 City Hall Square, Lynn. 800-745-3000, www.lynnauditorium.com

TOM PAPA One of the most consistently clever observational comics working theaters and clubs, Papa comes to Beverly having just released his first book, “Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas.” He’s also head writer for “Live From Here,” the radio show formerly known as “A Prairie Home Companion.” July 21, 8 p.m. $23.50-$33.50. The Cabot, 286 Cabot St., Beverly. 800-745-3000, www.thecabot.org

NICK A. ZAINO III

Family

KIDS CRAFTERNOON: WIND POWERED PAPER FUN Spend an easy, breezy afternoon making pinwheels, spinners, and other wind-driven toys. The creations will keep the kids crafting and chasing the next gust till sundown. July 16, 4 p.m. $20. Albertine Press, 1309 Cambridge St., Cambridge, squareup.com

STUFFED ANIMAL SLEEPOVER Give Teddy and Bun Bun the night off with a sleepover at the Newton Free Library. Drop stuffed animals off during the library’s regular hours, and return Saturday morning for a slideshow of their adventures among the books — donuts included. July 21, 10 a.m., Free. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton, eventbrite.com.

REVERE BEACH INTERNATIONAL SAND SCULPTING FESTIVAL Soak up the Vitamin D as you see sandcastles large enough to live in — plus cars, celebrities, and creatures crafted along the coast. The three-day festival also promises food trucks, amusements, and Saturday evening fireworks. Bring a bucket and shovel to construct your own masterpiece — oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen. July 20-22, 10 a.m., Free. Revere Beach, Revere, reverebeachpartnership.com

KAYA WILLIAMS

Mark Your Calendar

July 26-28 Taylor Swift with Camila Cabello and Charli XCX at Gillette Stadium  ticketmaster.com

July 28-29 Radiohead at TD Garden  ticketmaster.com

Aug. 2 Jason Mraz at Blue Hill Banks Pavilion  ticketmaster.com

Aug. 4 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at Blue Hill Banks Pavilion  ticketmaster.com

Aug. 9 Jimmy Buffett at Fenway Park  ticketmaster.com

Aug. 16 Anita Baker at Wang Theatre  ticketmaster.com

Aug. 20 Seu Jorge at City Winery  citywinery.com

Aug. 24 Beach House at House of Blues  ticketmaster.com

KAYA WILLIAMS