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David Byrne fronts a 12-piece band for a “choreographed concert” at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion July 31 and Aug. 1.
Jody Rogac
David Byrne fronts a 12-piece band for a “choreographed concert” at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion July 31 and Aug. 1.

MUSIC

Pop & Rock

DAVID BYRNE America’s most well-known music theorist (”How Music Works” offers insights into the omnipresent art form that will surprise even the most dedicated audiophile) fronts a 12-piece band for a “choreographed concert” spotlighting his brainy recent album “American Utopia” alongside songs from his Talking Heads days. July 31 and Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m. $40 and up. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 617-728-1600, www.livenation.com

SMASHING PUMPKINS A few days after the 25th anniversary of “Siamese Dream” — the grandiose, elliptically anthemic, giddily virtuosic album that propelled Billy Corgan and his bandmates into living rooms across America — three-quarters of the lineup responsible for it (leader/mouthpiece Corgan, guitarist James Iha, and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin) hits town. This tour’s setlists have so far included smashes like the gently swaying “1979” and catalog chestnuts like the expansive “Drown.” July 31, 7 p.m. $33.50 and up. TD Garden. 617-624-1050, tdgarden.com

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RICO NASTY The fast-talking, foul-mouthed Maryland MC has punch lines for days, as her shape-shifting recent mixtape “Nasty” proves. Aug. 3, 7 p.m. $20, $18 advance. Brighton Music Hall. 617-779-0140, crossroadspresents.com

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Maura Johnston

Folk & World

ERIKA WENNERSTROM Wennerstrom is touring behind her solo debut, “Sweet Unknown,” which she made in the wake of her band, Heartless Bastards, going on hiatus. If you like that band, you‘ll likely be taken by what you hear from her on her own — some bluesy psych, some rootsier fare, and the singular keen and wail of her voice. July 29, 10 p.m. $15. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006. www.brownpapertickets.com

WYNONNA First she was making hits as half of the mother-daughter duo the Judds; then on her own, as simply Wynonna, she was singing about “Girls With Guitars.” These days, with husband Cactus Moser in her band, she’s Wynonna and the Big Noise. Expect to hear a set drawing from all three phases of her career on Sunday. July 29, 2 p.m. $35-$55. Indian Ranch, Webster. 508-943-3871. www.indianranch.com

CHRISTIAN LOPEZ This young West Virginian singer-songwriter may be typically characterized as an Americana artist, but his sophomore album, “Red Arrow” suggests he isn’t averse to expanding his palette; whereas opener “Swim the River” rides along on moaning fiddle and rolling banjo, poppy throwback “Say Goodbye” offers synth lines that remind of nothing so much as the Cars. Aug. 4, 9 p.m. $10. Thunder Road, Somerville. 866-777-8932. www.ticketweb.com

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STUART MUNRO

Jazz & Blues

PROPERLY UNPREPARED For the past four years, the cleverly named quintet of young up-and-comers — alto and tenor saxophonist Tyler Campbell, trombonist Marcus Campbell, pianist Stephen Marinelli, acoustic and electric bassist Ryan Fess, and drummer Isaac Seabrook — has performed classic compositions by the likes of Miles Davis and Charles Mingus, and others, plus such contemporary numbers as Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” Aug. 3, 12:30 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library Concerts in the Courtyard, 700 Boylston St., Boston. bpl.bibliocommons.com/events

ONSET BLUES FESTIVAL The 26th annual edition of this bayside blues bash is headlined by magnificent vocalist Janiva Magness, plus the George Gritzbach Band, the Fat City Band, Jan Marie & The Mean Reds, and Aaron Norcross, Jr. Aug. 4, noon to 8:30 p.m. $25-$30. Lillian Gregerman Bandshell, Prospect Park, 191 Onset Ave., Onset Village. 508-295-7072, 508-273-0111, www.onsetbluesfestival.com

DANE VANNATTER & DONNA BYRNE A cabaret/jazz vocal double-bill, showcasing the dynamic Vanatter’s supple tenor voice and choice interpretations, and Byrne’s Dave McKenna and Tony Bennett-endorsed ability to beautifully balance improvisation and lyrical insight. Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. $20-$25. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

Classical

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LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA The popular series of free al-fresco performances continues with Christopher Wilkins leading his orchestra, the Back Bay Chorale, the One City Choir, and a quartet of vocal soloists in Verdi’s monumental Requiem. This performance will be dedicated to the memory of the distinguished Boston baritone Robert Honeysucker. Aug. 1, 7 p.m., Hatch Shell at the Esplanade. 617-987-2000, www.landmarksorchestra.org  

YELLOW BARN This intimate, adventurous Vermont chamber music festival has big plans for the final week of its summer season, with five successive nights of ambitious programs beginning July 31. The season finale (Aug. 4) features music by George Crumb, Cathy Berberian, Jörg Widmann, Schoenberg, Dvorak, and Schumann. Big Barn, Putney, Vt. 800-639-3819, www.yellowbarn.org 

TANGLEWOOD In Ozawa Hall, composer Thomas Adès conducts the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in the final concert of this year’s Festival of Contemporary Music (July 30); Adès then joins pianist Kirill Gerstein for a two-piano recital, with selections by Stravinsky, Ravel, and others (Aug. 1); and pianist Paul Lewis offers the first program in a multi-year survey of works by Haydn, Beethoven, and Brahms (Aug. 2). In the Shed, Ken-David Masur conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Stravinsky’s “Firebird” (Aug. 3), Bramwell Tovey leads Bernstein’s “Songfest” (Aug. 4), and soloist Joshua Bell makes his annual Tanglewood visit, this time with Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2. (Aug. 5). Lenox. 617-266-1200, www.tanglewood.org 

JEREMY EICHLER

ARTS

Theater

LEFTOVERS In this world premiere of Josh Wilder’s inventive twist on classic fairytales and “The Cosby Show,’’ South Philly teenagers Jalil and Kwamaine are missing their father and wondering what’s next for their beleaguered family when a giant dandelion suddenly erupts from the sidewalk. Pretty soon, things start to change for the brothers and their mother, Raquelle. Directed by Summer L. Williams and featuring strong performances by Kadahj Bennett as Jalil, Christian Scales as Kwamaine, and Lyndsay Allyn Cox as Raquelle, with an indelible turn by Marc Pierre as Cosby’s Cliff Huxtable. Through Aug. 18. Company One Theatre. At Strand Theatre, Dorchester. www.companyone.org

CYRANO The endlessly resourceful Jeremiah Kissel brings his physical and intellectual nimbleness to the role of Cyrano de Bergerac, a chivalric wiseacre who is mad for love and poetry in roughly equal measure, and is as adept at wordplay as he is at swordplay. Directed by Robert Walsh, this lively New England premiere of an adaptation (by Jason O’Connell and Brenda Withers) of Edmond Rostand’s 19th-century play features a vibrant cast that includes Andrea Goldman, James Ricardo Milord, Paul Melendy, and Erin Nicole Washington. Through Aug. 11. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.com

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Starring Brooks Reeves as Bottom and directed by Danielle Fauteux Jacques, this production of Shakespeare’s entrancing comedy is staged near the Chelsea waterfront on a barren landscape created by artist Marc Poirier, who has incorporated a giant salt pile and wooden beams into his set design. Through July 29. Apollinaire Theatre Company. At PORT Park, Chelsea. Performances are free and open to the public. Information at 617-887-2336, www.apollinairetheatre.com

DON AUCOIN

Dance

HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO A perennial audience favorite, the renowned repertory company celebrates its landmark 40th anniversary with a diverse contemporary dance program at Jacob’s Pillow. Programming had yet to be announced at press time, but the company promised choreography by Crystal Pite, resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, and others. Aug. 1-5. $45-$78. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. www.jacobspillow.org

BLIND: STRENGTH IN VULNERABILITY New York-based Tango for All Dance Company and musical collaborator Pedro Giraudo and his quartet team up for a tango evening that uses the flair and emotion of the art form to examine the nuances of human interaction. Hosted by Ultimate Tango, the performance takes place in a milonga-like setting that includes a three-course dinner. Aug. 4. $70-$120. Ultimate Tango School of Dance, Medford. 781-395-9000, www. ultimatetango.com

ENOUGH The title captures the concept: For its third full-length modern dance concert, the young Nozama Dance Company says, “Enough.” Exploring ideas about defiance and female empowerment, “Enough” features guest performances by Expressive Movement, Project 31 Dance Company, Colleen Roddy, Cayley Dorr, and Evolve Dynamicz. Aug. 3-4. $10-$20. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 914-420-3454, www.nozamadancecollective.wordpress.com

KAREN CAMPBELL

Galleries

JENNY HOLZER: TRUISMS AND INFLAMMATORY ESSAYS Vintage posters from early in her career, when Holzer wheat-pasted provocative flyers and posters around Manhattan. They feature aphorisms, arguments, and instructions distilled from theory, literature, and folklore, expressing a variety of opinions. Saturdays through Aug. 18. Pictures Efface Walls, 438 Somerville Ave. 617-894-0538, www.benjaminogilvy.com

TIM BAVINGTON: ROCK & ROLL ABSTRACTION Bavington works with songs, from Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe” to Queen’s “A Kind of Magic,” correlating notes with hues and time with space to craft color-charged abstract paintings. Through Oct. 19. Bob Crewe Gallery, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland, Maine. 207-775-3052, www.meca.edu

RESISTANT CURRENTS Curator Jeannie Simms and seven artists examine the power dynamics around migration, including expectations of assimilation and how borders are maintained and policed, and imagine a world with freer mobility and strong communities. Through Sept. 23. Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St. 617-426-5000, www.bcaonline.org

CATE McQUAID

Museums

ICONS OF THE HELLENIC WORLD This show traces Greek and Byzantine iconography from the first or second century to the present, with a trove of works from after the 1453 fall of Constantinople, which ended the Byzantine period. Through Oct. 21. Museum of Russian Icons, 230 Union St., Clinton. 978-598-5000,www.museumofrussianicons.org

LIST PROJECTS: DELIA GONZALEZ In her multimedia exhibition “The Last Days of Pompeii,” the Athens-based artist considers Vesuvius’s eruption in the context of today’s political situations in the United States and Greece, environmental disaster, and the rise and fall of power. July 31-Sept. 30. MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St., Cambridge. 617-253-4400, listart.mit.edu

A SPECTACLE IN MOTION: GRAND PANORAMA OF A WHALING VOYAGE ’ROUND THE WORLD The New Bedford Whaling Museum unfurls this recently conserved, 1,275-foot-long painting from 1848 in a historic mill. The panorama no longer moves; a digital version at the museum does. Through Oct. 8. Kilburn Mill, 127 West Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford. 508-997-0046, www.whalingmuseum.org

CATE McQUAID

EVENTS

Comedy

CARMEN LAGALA On a recent “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” performance, the native Vermonter recently riffed on the portion sizes at fancy restaurants. “I ordered the lamb,” she says, “and the portion of lamb was so small that that lamb is fine.” She headlines CitySide Comedy with hosts Sam Ike and Anjan Biswas. July 30, 8:30 p.m. Free. CitySide, 1960 Beacon St., Boston. 617-566-1002, www.citysidebar.com

LENNY CLARKE AND JACKIE MARTLING A Boston legend pairs with longtime Howard Stern sidekick Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling for some rude comedy, semi-officially dubbed “The Nasty Show.” With Christine Hurley. Aug. 3 at 8:30 p.m. and Aug. 4 at 7:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $27.50. Giggles Comedy Club, 517 Broadway (Route 1), Saugus. 781-233-9950, www.gigglescomedy.com

DAN BOULGER, MATT BARRY AND FRIENDS Boston comic Boulger was a history major, partly because math, with all of its equations and applications, seemed too hard. “History’s great,” he says. “History’s just like, a guy tells you a story, and you’re like, ‘Oh yeah, I know that now.’ ” Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. $20. Dick Doherty’s Comedy Den at Howl at the Moon, 184 High Street, Boston. 800-401-2221, www.dickdoherty.com

NICK A. ZAINO III

Family

LOCAL BEATS: AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY DANCE PARTY Slip on your dancing shoes and break out your best moves for this family-friendly dance party. DJs will play multilingual and multicultural jams at reduced volumes for the first two hours, and earplugs will be available for those who want to focus on enjoying the bass. July 29, 4 p.m. $10. ONCE Somerville, 156 Highland Ave., Somerville, oncesomerville.com

HARRY POTTER ESCAPE ROOM Still waiting for your Hogwarts acceptance letter? Grab your wand and step into the wizarding world for the day to celebrate Harry’s birthday. Advance registration is required for the escape room (any open slots in a group will be filled on a first-come first-served basis), but muggles and wizards alike can also enjoy trivia, a scavenger hunt, and games. July 31, 10 a.m. Free. The Public Library of Brookline, Brookline Village, 361 Washington St., Brookline, eventbrite.com

MEET THE PJ MASKS HEROES Lions, tigers, and . . . superheroes? Grab the little ones and head to Franklin Park Zoo to say hello to Disney Junior’s mystery-solving PJ Masks heroes; photo opportunities will be available in half-hour increments — and you can catch some of the flora and fauna while you’re there. Price is included in zoo admission. Aug. 4, 10:30 a.m. $13.95 and up. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, zoonewengland.org

KAYA WILLIAMS

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Aug. 5 Beyoncé and Jay-Z at Gillette Stadium  ticketmaster.com

Aug. 10 Billy Joel at Fenway Park  mlb.com

Aug. 13 Cake and Ben Folds at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion  ticketmaster.com

Aug. 14 Ella Mai at The Sinclair  axs.com

Aug. 17 Bad Bunny at Agganis Arena  ticketmaster.com

Aug. 25 Iris DeMent at City Winery  citywinery.com

Sept. 4 Pearl Jam at Fenway Park  mlb.com

Sept. 7 First Aid Kit at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion  ticketmaster.com

KAYA WILLIAMS