Arts

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

Cirque du Soleil's Luzia - a waking dream of Mexico. (Matt Beard / Costumes: Giovanna Buzzi / 2016 Cirque du Soleil)
Matt Beard / Costumes: Giovanna Buzzi / 2016 Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil's “Luzia” os at the Big Top at Suffolk Downs through Aug. 12.

MUSIC

Pop & Rock

RAE SREMMURD The brothers from Tupelo remain one of modern hip-hop’s most buoyant presences, reveling in their wordplay — and on this year’s triple album “SR3MM,” they expand their sonic horizons even further, with Swae Lee flaunting even more of the pop appeal he and brother Slim Jxmmi showed on their recent chart-topper “Black Beatles.” Aug. 5, 6 p.m. $30 and up. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. www.livenation.com

JAY-Z AND BEYONCÉ Having exorcised their marital strife on “4:44” and “Lemonade,” respectively, the first couple of hip-hop have embarked on a victory-lap tour spotlighting their many combined hits, their passion for spectacle, and their recently released joint album, “Everything Is Love.” Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m. $20 and up. Gillette Stadium, Foxborough. www.gillettestadium.com

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BILLY JOEL Long Island’s bard returns to Fenway for a fifth straight year; if his recent interviews are any indication, his between-song banter will be even more bitingly witty than “You May Be Right” and “Big Shot.” Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. $49.95 and up. Fenway Park. www.redsox.com

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MAURA JOHNSTON

Folk & World

KASEY ANDERSON When Kasey Anderson last came to town in 2012, I wrote that his tough, Stonesy alt-country deserved to be better known. He hasn’t released any music since then, for serious reasons that included prison time and rehabilitation, until the brand new “From a White Hotel,” which finds him playing under the name Hawks and Doves. What I said then still holds today. Aug. 8, 10 p.m. $10. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com

TWISTED PINE This rising Boston-based band puts some pop in their Americana with “Dreams,” their new EP of eclectic covers of the likes of Blondie (“Heart of Glass”), Joni Mitchell (“Raised on Robbery”), and Bill Monroe (“Kentucky Waltz,” taken uptown and turned into “Funky Kentucky”). Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m. $30. Museum of Fine Arts. 800-440-6975. www.mfa.org

LOS TUCANES DE TIJUANA/CORNELIO VEGA Y SU DINASTIA A double bill of heavyweights from the world of Mexican norteno music: Over their 30-year tenure, Los Tucanes De Tijuana have released a prodigious number of albums (over 50, by some counts); Cornelio Vega, who began performing with his brothers as Los Hermanos Vega, continues that musical legacy with his two sons. Aug. 10, 8 p.m. $49-$99. Lynn Memorial Auditorium, Lynn. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

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STUART MUNRO

Jazz & Blues

THE MIKE PRIDE 3 Adventurous drummer-composer Pride, who’s played with everyone from avant-jazzer Anthony Braxton to hardcore punks MDC, helms a trio featuring acclaimed multi-saxophonist-composer Jon Irabagon and Boston-based Swedish bass virtuoso Bruno Råberg. Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. $15. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-395-1393, www.lilypadinman.com

THE MAKANDA PROJECT Pianist John Kordalewski’s invaluable 13-piece repertory band plays the unheard compositions of the late, Boston-born Makanda Ken McIntyre, with local all-stars including Kurtis Rivers and Charlie Kohlhase (saxophones), trumpeter Phil Grenadier, trombonists Ku-umba Frank Lacy and Bill Lowe, bassist John Lockwood, drummer Warren Smith, and more. Aug. 11, 1 p.m. Free. First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam St.. 617-318-6010, www.makandaproject.com

SPRINGFIELD JAZZ & ROOTS FESTIVAL The fifth iteration of this annual musical extravaganza is held in honor of the recently deceased Charles Neville, sax-man of the famed New Orleans brother act, whose wife, Kristen, founded this festival in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Featured performers include acclaimed jazz bassist Avery Sharpe, Latin percussionist Pedrito Martinez, Crescent City R&B-man Jon Cleary, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and legendary funkateer Maceo Parker. Aug. 11, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Court Square, Springfield. www.springfieldjazzfest.com

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

Classical

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TANGLEWOOD The annual Tanglewood on Parade takes place in the Shed on Aug. 7, and in Ozawa Hall on Aug. 9, Bernstein’s late opera “A Quiet Place,” in a new chamber version, receives a fully staged performance directed by Daniel Fish. Then back in the Shed, Jamie Bernstein pays tribute to her father’s “Young People’s Concerts” by hosting a newly designed program for young audiences, featuring the BSO under Andris Nelsons (Aug. 10), John Williams and Nelsons share conducting duties for the annual Film Night (Aug. 11), and Michael Tilson Thomas takes the podium to cap the weekend with works by Mahler, Rachmaninoff, and himself (Aug. 12). Lenox. 617-266-1200, www.tanglewood.org

CAPE COD CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL This multi-venue festival is now in full swing with a program titled “Piano Bash” on Aug. 7 (in Cotuit) and the Harlem Quartet on Aug. 8 (in Chatham). And on Aug. 10 (in Wellfleet), members of the Borromeo Quartet and friends gather for an unusual performance of Schubert’s Octet, with its movements to be interspersed with readings by writer Adam Gopnik on Schubert’s life and art. 508-247-9400, www.capecodchambermusic.org

BARD MUSIC FESTIVAL This summer Bard spotlights the music and cultural milieu of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. In this festival’s signature fashion, the life and music of this deeply influential Russian composer will be richly contextualized through chamber and orchestral concerts, panel discussions, film presentations, and more (Aug. 10-12 and 17-19). With the American Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leon Botstein. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. 845-758-7900, fishercenter.bard.edu/bmf

JEREMY EICHLER

ARTS

Theater

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

RICHARD III How does a once-great nation survive when its leader is unhinged? That question is, um, perhaps less academic than it once was. So you might feel a few uneasy twinges of recognition as you watch Faran Tahir’s Richard III rage and lie and scheme in pursuit of power and personal enrichment — although this tyrant expresses himself with far more eloquence than a tweet. Directed by Steven Maler. Through Aug. 5. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. On Boston Common near Parkman Bandstand. Performances are free and open to the public. Reserved chairs available for $60-$75 per chair. 617-426-0863, www.commshakes.org

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 suddenly a giant dandelion 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, Paul Melendy, Erin Nicole Washington, and James Ricardo Milord. (Aaron Dowdy will perform Milord’s roles Aug. 5.) Through Aug. 11. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.com DON AUCOIN

Dance

ON TAP — BEANTOWN TAPFEST FACULTY SHOWCASE This star-studded rhythm extravaganza is always the highlight of Julia Boynton’s annual weeklong tap festival, and this year’s show includes Christopher Broughton, Lisa La Touche, Barbara Duffy, Sean Fielder and Boston Tap Company, Ian Berg and Subject:Matter, Ryan Casey and Off Beat, Shaina Schwartz and Touché Taps, and Kathak dancer Anjali Nath. Oh, and the always delightful prodigal son Josh Hilberman. Jazz trio Paul Arslanian, John Lockwood, and Ron Savage provide the live music. Aug. 10. $36. Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.beantowntapfest.com

LIMÓN DANCE COMPANY With performances of masterful José Limón classics like “Chaconne,” “The Moor’s Pavane,” and “A Choreographic Offering,” the company keeps the great modern dance choreographer’s legacy alive. But under the direction of Colin Connor, the troupe reaches toward the future as well. The upcoming Pillow program also includes Connor’s “Corvidae,” set to the music of Philip Glass, and Kate Weare’s provocative “Night Light.” Aug. 8-12. $45-$75. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

BOSTON CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL This summer gathering, presented by Urbanity Dance since 2012, brings together a range of contemporary dance artists from around the country to explore dance as a medium for social change and development. The day features two showcases (2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) involving dozens of companies, many local, but one from as far away as the Dominican Republic. There’s sure to be something for every taste. Aug. 11. $30-$35. Huntington Avenue Theatre. 617-572-3727, www.bostoncontemporarydance.org

KAREN CAMPBELL

Galleries

RASHIN FAHANDEJ: A FATHER’S LULLABY What is the impact of a father’s absence? For this sound installation, Fahandej gathers audio of lullabies, stories, and reflections that honor families affected by the disproportionate incarceration of men of color. Through Oct. 26. Boston Center for the Arts Plaza, 539 Tremont St. 617-426-5000, www.bcaonline.org

 BEN NORRIS: BOTANICAL OASIS Always attracted to verdure, Norris worked in Hawaii in the mid-20th century, painting lush landscapes that lean toward abstraction and surrealism. Upon retiring to New York, he tacked to hyperrealism, painting scenes from Hawaii and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Through Aug. 31. Childs Gallery, 169 Newbury St. 617-266-1108, www.childsgallery.com

ELSPETH HALVORSEN: CONSTRUCTIONS Halvorsen’s surreal box constructions read like poetry: concise, lyrical, and sown with symbols and metaphors that, together with subtle light and confined space, create odd and tender openings in the viewer’s imagination. Through Aug. 19. Berta Walker Gallery – Wellfleet, 40 Main St., Wellfleet. 774-383-3161, www.bertawalkergallery.com

CATE McQUAID

Museums

THE ART OF IRON: OBJECTS FROM THE MUSEE LE SECQ DES TOURNELLES, ROUEN, NORMANDY Jean-Louis-Henri Le Secq Destournelles, a 19th-century artist, salvaged wrought iron signs, architectural details, and household objects from preindustrial sites tagged for demolition. On view: works from the collection he started. Through Sept. 16. Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, www.clarkart.edu

IMAGINED COMMUNITIES: PHOTOGRAPHS BY MILA TESHAIEVA This Ukrainian photographer examines questions of national and personal identity — such as how former Soviet-bloc countries defined themselves after the fall of the USSR, and how political alliances shape a family’s sense of itself. Through Feb. 28. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-253-5927, mitmuseum.mit.edu

FORMER GLORY What does the American flag signify? Pride and patriotism, yes, but does it foster welcome, or taking care of one’s own? Who can claim it? Works reaching back to the 19th century consider the flag’s meaning today. Through Jan. 20. RISD Museum, 224 Benefit St., Providence. 401-454-6500, www.risdmuseum.org

CATE McQUAID

EVENTS

Comedy

JUICE AND JAZZ COMEDY A free show with a killer lineup of up-and-coming comedians: Tooky Kavanagh, Laura Severse, Michelle Sui, Reece Cotton, and Trent Wells. Aug. 8, 7 p.m. Juice and Jazz Café, 501b Washington St., Dorchester. 617-893-0416, www.reececotton.com

KENICE MOBLEY AT THE GAS Mobley, who hosts the “Person About Town” podcast, returns from Brooklyn to headline Anderson Comedy’s Friday night series, with Emily Ruskowski, Katie McCarthy, and Sam Ike. Hosted by Rob Crean. Aug. 10, 7 p.m. $5. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 617-566-9014, www.greatscottboston.com

BOSTON COMEDY BLOWOUT This is the first of two summer shows featuring headliners with Boston roots (the other is Aug. 26 at the Cape Cod Melody Tent). This one features Don Gavin, Steve Sweeney, Tony V., Jimmy Dunn, and Jared Fried. Aug. 10, 8 p.m. $31.50-$36.50. South Shore Music Circus, 130 Sohier St. Cohasset. 781-383-9850, www.themusiccircus.org

NICK A. ZAINO III

Family

NINTH ANNUAL KIDS ONLY DUATHLON Kids ages 5-13 can meet up at CambridgeSide for a chance to put their running and biking skills to the test. The winner of the race gets an iPad. Parents can cheer on their kids, and wait at the finish line, where there will be prizes, T-shirts, and other giveaways. Aug. 5, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. CambridgeSide, 100 CambridgeSide Place, Cambridge, www.cambridgeside.com

PETTING ZOO The Children’s Museum in Easton will host Farm Visits once again, where a variety of fun animals will appear for a family-friendly petting zoo. Kids of all ages can meet a number of animals that they might not find at home. Aug. 8, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Free with Museum Admission. Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton, www.childrensmuseumineaston.org

RED SOX SHOWCASE Experience Fenway at Faneuil Hall with the Red Sox Showcase, a transportable baseball program to be enjoyed by the whole family. Kids will get the chance to play like the pros with a number of fun activities, including time in a batting cage, a steal second base challenge, and a Green Monster selfie station. Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Faneuil Hall, 4 South Market Building, Boston, www.mlb.com/redsox

LILLIAN BROWN

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Aug. 14 OAR with Matt Nathanson at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion www.livenation.com

Aug. 24 Kenny Chesney at Gillette Stadium  www.gillettestadium.com

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

Aug. 30 5 Seconds of Summer at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion www.livenation.com

Sept. 2-4  Pearl Jam at Fenway Park  www.ticketmaster.com

Sept. 7-9 Drake with Migos at TD Garden  www.ticketmaster.com

Sept. 8 Niall Horan at Xfinity Center  www.concerts1.livenation.com

Sept. 12 Childish Gambino with Rae Sremmurd at TD Garden www.ticketmaster.com

LILLIAN BROWN