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

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Big Boi performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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    Big Boi performs at the House of Blues April 25.


    Pop & Rock

    BIG BOI OutKast’s brawnier half heads up this showcase for the legendary Atlanta hip-hop collective The Dungeon Family, which includes the smoothed-out singer-producer Sleepy Brown and Cee Lo Green’s hip-hop band Goodie Mob. April 25, 7 p.m. $37 and up. House of Blues. 888-693-2583,

    IONNALEE Ten years ago, Swedish polymath Jonna Lee lit up the Internet with iamamiwhoami, an audio-visual project that paired beguiling synthpop with heady imagery. Now out of the shadows, she’s about to release ionnalee’s debut full-length, “Remember the Future,” which staves off the 21st century’s bleakness through the power of forceful, blissed-out anthems — and given the arresting nature of her self-directed videos, her stage show will likely be spellbinding. April 22, 8:30 p.m. $28, $25 advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,


    PATTI SMITH Punk’s premier poet presents her visions for a better world. April 26, 7:30 p.m. $43.50 and up. Orpheum Theatre. 617-482-0106,

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    Folk & World

    JEREMY PINNELL Expressive, gravelly singing voice? Check. Prominent, winding, keening pedal steel guitar? Check. Songs that address what the title of his most recent album, “Ties of Blood and Affection,” foretells, powered by a boom-chick beat? Check. It adds up to an evening of well-turned outlaw country, courtesy of Kentuckian Pinnell and his band. April 21, 9:30 p.m. $10. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006,

    ORVILLE PECK Who is that masked man? He goes by the name “Orville Peck,” and he sports a variety of fringed facial concealments for reasons that remain mysterious while playing music, captured on his new album, “Pony,” that one local tastemaker has aptly described as “Blue Velvet Country.” April 23, 9 p.m. $10. Great Scott, Allston. 888-929-7849,

    MAEVE GILCHRIST This concert in the ongoing Revels FRINGE series features Celtic harpist Maeve Gilchrist performing her solo project, “The Harpweaver,” which mediates originals and renditions of traditional material through the Edna St. Vincent Millay poem “The Ballad of the Harp Weaver.” April 27, 7:30 p.m. $25. Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church, Watertown. 617-972-8300,



    Jazz & Blues

    MAN ON LAND The longtime trio — bassist Greg Loughman, drummer Austin McMahon, and pianist Brian Friedland — celebrates its debut disc, chock-full of engaging originals plus inventive takes on numbers by Rodgers & Hart and the Beatles. The duo of baritone saxophonist Kathy Olson and trombonist Randy Pingrey opens. April 26, 8 p.m. $15. Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square, Somerville.

    AMERICAN CLASSICS:GEORGE M. COHAN Boston’s light music specialists salute the great actor, director, playwright, songwriter, and producer who embodied early 20th-century Broadway, with performances of rare gems unheard since Cohan’s heyday and classics such as “Yankee Doodle Boy” and “Give My Regards to Broadway.” April 26, 7:30. First Parish Church, 75 Great Road, Bedford; April 28,3 p.m. Longy School of Music,27 Garden St., Cambridge. $20-$25. 617-254-1125,

    YOSVANY TERRY AFRO-CUBAN QUINTET The eighth annual Arlington Jazz Festival, presented over four days, culminates with a concert headlined by the Doris Duke Award-winning, Cuban-born saxophonist and composer’s galvanic band. (Additional events can be found on the festival website.) April 28, 7 p.m. $5-$20. Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington.




    EVGENY KISSIN & ITZHAK PERLMAN Two world-class musicians come together for a recital of sonatas for violin and piano by Brahms, Beethoven and Mozart. Don’t forget to stay for the encores. Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston. April 22, 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 617-482-2595,

    BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BSO music director Andris Nelsons returns to Symphony Hall for two weeks to close out the season, starting with this week’s all-Russian program of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 (with Daniil Trifonov at the keys) and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15. April 25-30. Symphony Hall. 888-266-1200,

    BOSTON BAROQUE The period instrument orchestra ends it season with a new semi-staged production of Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea,” with the compelling countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo in his company debut as Nerone and local early music luminary Amanda Forsythe as Poppea. Jordan Hall. April 26 and 28. 617-987-8600,

    EMMANUEL MUSIC For the Easter season, a heady double bill of Bach (“Easter Oratorio”) and local Bach devotee-in-chief John Harbison (“Abraham” and “The Supper at Emmaus”). April 27, 8 p.m. Emmanuel Church. 617-536-3356 x19, Z Madonna



    LES MISERABLES Look, you either love “Les Miz’’ or you hate it. Or perhaps it’s a little bit of both. This blockbuster musical doesn’t just tug on the heartstrings but relentlessly yanks on them, song after song after song. (When it comes to “One Day More,’’ resistance is futile, at least for me.) The current touring production certainly showcases some glorious voices, among them Nick Cartell as the noble Jean Valjean and Josh Davis as police inspector Javert, who pursues Valjean across the decades and all bounds of reason. But it is J. Anthony Crane and Allison Guinn who steal the show as the gleefully venal Thenardier and Madame Thenardier, teaming up for a riotous “Master of the House.’’ Through April 28. Broadway In Boston. At Citizens Bank Opera House. 800-982-2787,

    AMERICAN MOOR A deep-from-the-heart spellbinder, created and performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb, that delivers a blisteringly eloquent and penetrating meditation on the ever-urgent matter of race in America. The prism through which Cobb tells his deeply personal yet far-reaching story is an audition for “Othello’’ at which a 50-something black actor is vying for the title role before a young white director intent on instructing him on how to play Othello. What Cobb executes so brilliantly in “American Moor’’ is to connect the experience of not being truly seen as an actor with the larger frustration, anguish, and fury of African-Americans at being unseen, or not accurately seen (which amounts to the same thing, as Ralph Ellison taught us long ago with “Invisible Man’’). Through April 21. ArtsEmerson. At Robert J. Orchard Stage, Emerson Paramount Center. 617-824-8400,

    THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART In David Greig’s eerily absorbing, supernaturalism-inflected play, Prudencia Hart (played by Becca A. Lewis), an academic who specializes in the study of Scottish folklore and ballads, encounters a mysterious stranger (Keith James Foster) one snowy night. Complications ensue. When the National Theatre of Scotland presented the US premiere of “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart’’ seven years ago in a New Haven tavern, my review described it as an “inventive excursion across the border of everyday life into strange and mythic realms.’’ Directed by Danielle Fauteux Jacques, and featuring Brooks Reeves as Prudencia’s academic nemesis. Music direction by David Reiffel. Through May 4. Presented by Apollinaire Theatre Company. At Chelsea Theatre Works, Chelsea. 617-887-2336,



    THE COCKTAIL PARTY Choreographer Lynn Modell and guest artists take a satirical poke at contemporary life in this lighthearted, feel-good dance concert. In addition to Modell’s trademark blend of inventive choreography and cheeky humor, the show features live original music by the Eli Sundae Quintet. April 26-27, $15-$25. United Parish, Brookline. 617-678-6068,

    DANCE SATURDAYS: TAP José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s new Dance Saturdays initiative focuses on tap this time out, with a dynamite slate of dancers, from legendary diva Dianne Walker to Boston native and Broadway veteran Derick K. Grant to young firebrand Ian Berg, who directs and anchors the program with his edgy company. April 27, $35-$125. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. 617-354-7467,

    WHAT’S GOING ON? Vincent E. Thomas uses Marvin Gaye’s iconic protest song as a point of departure for this community-oriented show combining professional dancers from Washington, D.C., with local performers. Spooling through many of Gaye’s classic hits, the show aims to prompt a reflection of our civil rights past in the context of our world today, with choreographic influences ranging from West African traditional dance to contemporary idioms. April 27-28, $10-$30. Roxbury Community College Media Arts Center Mainstage. 617-427-0060, KAREN CAMPBELL


    LOOKING AT VISUAL ART THROUGH THE LENS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT The Boston Art Dealers Association sponsors this panel discussion about how we view work by artists accused of sexual harassment. Panelists include artist Steve Locke and Sarah Kennel, curator of photography at Peabody Essex Museum. April 23, 6:30 p.m. Free. Trustman Art Gallery, Simmons University, 300 The Fenway. 617-536-4465,

    GERALD HAYES: SPRAY PAINTINGS 1966 Fresh out of grad school in the mid 1960s, Hayes spurned paintbrushes for spray paint. Using packing materials as stencils and angling his black spray obliquely, he crafted form-focused paintings that pop off the page with ghostly volume. Through May 7. David Hall Fine Art, 555 Washington St., Wellesley. 781-235-0955,

    FROM THE LAIR OF KEN BECK: A RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION AND SILENT AUCTION Beck, a stalwart on the Boston art scene who taught at Lesley University, is best known for buzzing still lifes that monumentalize everyday objects. After 35 years, he is clearing out his studio. A collegial panel convenes on May 4 to discuss his work. Through May 19. VanDernoot Gallery, Lesley University, 1815 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-349-8050,



    HOWARDENA PINDELL: WHAT REMAINS TO BE SEEN Over her 50-year career, Pindell’s work touched on nearly every major movement of the late 20th century, abstraction to conceptualism and beyond, though a mid-career turn toward political activism infuses her work with a powerful urgency. Through May 19. Rose Art Museum, 415 South St., Waltham. 781-736-3434,

    MONET: VISION AND PROCESS Claude Monet painted London’s Waterloo Bridge some 80 times, eventually settling on 41 canvases that passed his personal muster as finished works. Nine are on view at the Worcester Art Museum, where the Impressionist master’s near-obsessive pursuit of the city’s changeable conditions — fog, smog, sun, rain — made the scene inexhaustible for a painter in pursuit less of a picture than of an understanding of the ineffable quality of change. Through April 28. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 508-799-4406,

    RELATIONAL UNDERCURRENTS Less a group show than a gathering of works vaguely related by accident of geography — some of them great — this exhibition of contemporary Caribbean art is as scattershot as you might imagine. It samples the cultural output of more than a dozen distinct countries and clusters them all under the same rubric. It does make its point, whether intentionally or not: that the First World notion of only mildly varying sameness among the archipelago is as muddled as the show itself. Through May 5. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland. 207-775-6148,




    FUNNY WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE Based on the tour that spawned the Showtime special of the same name, this showcase features veteran female comedians Vicky Kuperman, Carole Montgomery, Andrea Henry, and Christine Hurley. April 25, 8 p.m. $20. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St. 617-725-2844,

    VIR DAS Born in India, raised in Nigeria, and schooled in Illinois, Das has a sharp wit and social consciousness, as displayed in his Netflix specials “Abroad Understanding” and “Losing It.” Sample premise from the new special — “I lost 80 percent of my religion this year, and I think it’s because I started to believe in God.” April 26, 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $25-$35. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St. 617-248-9700,

    SONGS TO SCENES The Riot Improv troupe will create scenes based on the musical inspiration of singer-songwriter Carlin Tripp, who will be playing live. His new album, “When You Go,” was released earlier this month. April 27, 8 p.m. $10-$15. The Rozzie Square Theater, 5 Basile St., Roslindale. 617-942-0294,



    EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE Board the USS Constitution for an Easter sunrise service led by Commander David Shirk. Afterward, guests can watch the ship’s crew conduct morning colors. April 21, 6:45 a.m.-8:45 a.m. USS Constitution, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown.

    TAIYAKI NYC GRAND OPENING It’s a fish! It’s ice cream! It’s Taiyaki NYC’s fish-shaped waffle cones, filled with red bean paste or custard, and topped off with ice cream. The Boston store is launching in the Seaport and celebrating with unicorn float balloons, complimentary with purchases over $15 while supplies last. April 26-28. 119 Seaport Blvd.

    LOVE YOUR BLOCK Enjoy food trucks, music, arts and crafts, and more at this Earth Day-inspired block party. The event kicks off with a park cleanup and continues with a children’s parade and speeches from community leaders. April 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Codman Square Park, 360 Talbot Ave.



    April 29 Snow Patrol at Orpheum Theatre

    May 8 Zara Larsson at Paradise Rock Club

    May 8 Ben Platt at Boch Center Wang Theater

    May 10 LANY at House of Blues Boston

    May 22 Lizzo at House of Blues Boston

    May 23 Passion Pit at House of Blues Boston

    May 23 Juice WRLD at Agganis Arena

    May 30 Florence + The Machine at Xfinity Center