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Week ahead: Music, theater, art, and more

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Music

Shania Twain

The woman who brought modern pop and rock to mainstream country — in a way that made her a commercial crossover juggernaut and drove purists crazy — more or less disappeared after “Up!” came out in 2002. Now she’s back with a fresh supply of exclamation marks for her “Rock This Country” tour (which she has intimated may be her last), and will apparently release a long-awaited new album once the tour ends. July 8, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $47- $147.50. TD Garden. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com STUART MUNRO

Pop & Rock

BRIAN WILSON

The Beach Boys mastermind has plenty to celebrate these days. His new album, “No Pier Pressure,” features Kacey Musgraves and She & Him, and a new biopic called “Love & Mercy” examines two pivotal eras of Wilson’s turbulent life. Rodriguez, the long-lost troubadour whose legacy was saluted in the documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” will open the show. July 2, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$85. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

EILEN JEWELL

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She returned to her native Idaho in 2012, but Boston still feels like home to this singer-songwriter who once made the local Americana scene so vibrant. She’s back on home turf with a quietly stunning new album, “Sundown Over Ghost Town,” which deals in miniature to create a bigger picture of life’s intricacies. Local singer-songwriter Dietrich Strause opens. July 8, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

BALKAN BEAT BOX

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Ahead of a new album expected later this year, this polyrhythmic and globetrotting party band is playing a handful of East Coast dates. The trio is revered for its fusion of traditional Balkan beats and modern touches from hip-hop, EDM, and funk. July 8, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20, $17 in advance. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

KIMON KIRK AND THE MEDS

After pretty much selling out every night of his March residency at Lizard Lounge, this respected local sideman (usually on bass) and producer proved he’s ready to step into the spotlight as a solo artist. Anchoring a four-piece band, Kirk is road-testing songs new and old, originals and covers, and with equal panache on all of them. July 8, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.clubpassim.com JAMES REED

Folk & World

THE CRANKTONES AND MORE

T.T.’s has hosted many the rockabilly bill in its time, and here’s one more that, barring what might happen during the venue’s farewell shows later in July, may turn out to be its last. Long-time area ’billy vets the Cranktones headline the six-act show. July 3, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. T.T. the Bear’s Place, Cambridge. 866-777-8932. www.ticketweb.com

VISHTÈN

For their upcoming record, “Terre Rouge,” the members of innovative Acadian group Vishtèn went to ground in their Prince Edward Island home, studying and collaborating with percussive dancers, master fiddlers, and practitioners of the mouth-music vocal tradition as a source of new, and renewed, inspiration. July 5, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679. www.passim.org

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STUART MUNRO

Jazz & Blues

MELISSA KASSEL& TOM ZICARELLI GROUP

This smart, sensitive, and quietly adventurous band, led by singer Kassel and pianist Zicarelli, proves New Yorker critic Whitney Balliet’s dictum that jazz is “the sound of surprise,” providing an unexpected detail or emphasis around each corner of even the most familiar standard or jazz classic. With astonishing trombonist Jeff Galindo, sinewy bassist Matt Stavrakas, and wizardly drummer Nat Mugavero. July 2, 7 p.m. Tickets: $12. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-395-1393, www.lilypadinman.com

JEFF PITCHELL& TEXAS FLOOD

The blues guitar ace and his house-rocking band pay tribute to the late B.B. King, with soulful vocalist Claudette King, the great man’s daughter, as special guest. July 3, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $20-$28. Chan’s Fine Oriental Dining, 267 Main St., Woonsocket, R.I. 401-765-1900,www.chanseggrollsandjazz.com

NEW BLACK EAGLE JAZZ BAND

For over 40 years, New England’s own Black Eagles have been among the foremost traditional jazz outfits anywhere, specializing in the early New Orleans style, ’20s and ’30s Chicago jazz, original tunes in those genres, and an admixture of blues, rags, and spirituals. July 5, 4 p.m. Tickets: $10 Ken’s Steakhouse, 95 Worcester Road, Framingham 508-875-4455

KRISANTHI PAPPAS

The versatile singer and songwriter and her trio perform a cabaret concert featuring originals, standards, and Broadway numbers including tunes from “Gypsy,” “Cabaret,” “The Mad Show,” and more. July 7, 8 p.m., Tickets: $12-$18. Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Julie Harris Stage, 2357 Rte 6, Wellfleet. 508-349- 9428, www.what.org

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Kevin Lowenthal

Classical

TANGLEWOOD

On Thursday night, the Cleveland-based Baroque ensemble Apollo’s Fire makes its Ozawa Hall debut with “A Night at Bach’s Coffee House”; Friday night, the BSO opens its summer season with an all-American program that includes Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” with actor John Douglas Thompson narrating, and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F with Kirill Gerstein as soloist (Jacques Lacombe conducts); Sunday afternoon, Keith Lockhart leads the Pops, joined by Bernadette Peters; and Sunday evening the TMC Orchestra has works by Britten, Brahms, and Sibelius. Lenox. 617-266-1200, www.tanglewood.org

ASTON MAGNA

In a program titled “Wind Power,” the festival offers works by Schubert, Boccherini, and Mozart. With Eric Hoeprich (period clarinet), Stephen Hammer (oboe), Andrew Schwartz (bassoon), Todd Williams (natural horn), and Daniel Stepner (Baroque violin). July 2, 7 p.m., Brandeis University’s Slosberg Auditorium. 800-875-7156, www.astonmagna.org

JEREMY EICHLER

New BedfordFolk Festival

This annual July Fourth weekend event marks its 20th anniversary this year with a lineup that includes a couple of luminaries in Tom Rush (pictured) and John Hammond along with James Keelaghan, Jack Landrón, Patty Larkin, the Kennedys, Claudia Russell, and many others. July 4 and 5, 11 a.m. Tickets: $20 (day), $25 (weekend). Zeiterion Performing Arts Center; Whaling National Historical Park, New Bedford. www.newbedfordfolkfestival.com STUART MUNRO

Theater

OUT OF STERNO

Paula Plum’s production delivers on the farcical humor and the deeper resonance of Deborah Zoe Laufer’s comedy. Amanda Collins excels as a young woman who embarks on a bumpy journey of self-discovery after she walks out the door of the apartment she has not left for seven years. With an indelible performance by Jennifer Ellis as the raucous proprietor of a beauty emporium. Through July 18. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.com

MAN OF LA MANCHA

Director Julianne Boyd makes a pretty compelling case for this 1965 warhorse, delivering a production that is bracingly dark while also sentimental enough to raise the requisite quotient of goosebumps. Featuring strong performances by Jeff McCarthy as Don Quixote and Felicia Boswell as Aldonza, with key contributions from set designer James Kronzer and lighting designer Chris Lee. Through July 11. Barrington Stage Company. Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, Pittsfield. 413-236-8888, www.barringtonstageco.org

THOREAU OR, RETURN TO WALDEN

Racial injustice is very much on the mind of Henry David Thoreau as he revisits the place that inspired “Walden.’’ Thoreau is a man locked in conflict with his nation — and to a certain extent himself — in this smart and searching new solo play, written and performed by David Adkins and directed by Eric Hill. Through July 11. BerkshireTheatre Group, at the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. 413-997-4444, www.berkshiretheatregroup.org

DON AUCOIN

A DOLL’S HOUSE

Faithful on the surface, Robert Kropf’s Ibsen adaptation breathes new life and psychological insight into an oft-revived classic. Every small detail in this production bespeaks a profound understanding of the play’s core. Through July 11. Harbor Stage Company, Wellfleet. 508-514-1763, www.harborstage.org

SANDY MACDONALD

DANCE

MOVE LIVE ON TOUR

Siblings Derek and Julianne Hough, both champions on “Dancing With the Stars,” showcase their fancy footwork as headliners of this fast-paced dance extravaganza. They swing into Boston for one night only. July 7, 8 p.m., $41-$244, Wang Theatre. 800-982-2787,www.citicenter.org

BODYTRAFFIC

This athletic, versatile repertory company from Los Angeles sold out performances during itsBoston debut in 2014, so grab tickets now for this Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival engagement.The program includes Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s dramatic “Dust,” Richard Siegal’s jazzy “The New 45,” and “Once again, before you go,” a new work created for the troupe by Victor Quijada of RUBBERBANDance Group. Through July 5, $35-$45. Jacob’s Pillow, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

ANTIGONA

This multi-layered dance drama by exquisite flamenco artist Soledad Barrio and her companyNoche Flamenca conveys Sophocles’s classic tale of family loyalty and female empowerment. Through July 5, $10-$50. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. 413-528-0100,www.mahaiwe.org

THE BLUES PROJECT

If you missed the recent Boston performances of this rousing show by Dorrance Dance and Toshi Reagon’s band BIGLovely, here’s another chance. Soloists Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards join the inimitable Michelle Dorrance and her troupe for this delightful showcase of tap and blues. Through July 5. $39-$69. Jacob’s Pillow. Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

KAREN CAMPBELL

GALLERIES

ROBERT MOELLER: LOUSY BRIMS: A DETROIT PROJECT

In his multimedia inquisition of Detroit’s fall and rise – including the part contemporary art plays in that city’s economy and social fabric – Moeller mixes fiction and fact to render a city from afar. Through Aug. 1. Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-0411, www.gallerykayafas.com

ART ON THE MARQUEE

The first curated round on the 80-foot-tall multi-screen marquee at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center partners digital artists with others — painter Ria Brodell, photographer Hakim Raquib, and more. Through Oct. 21. Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., www.artonthemarquee.com

A SHOW WITHIN A SHOW WITHIN A SHOW

This art installation by Kate Delaney and Patrick Guerrero depicts a theater and audience. Viewers get conflicting perspectives on the play from different sites in the theater. Through Aug. 13. Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery, Essex Art Center, 56 Island St., Lawrence. 978-685-2343, www.essexartcenter.com

CATE McQUAID

Museums

VAN GOGH AND NATURE

The great Dutch artist’s passionate investigations into the natural world are the subject of this ambitious show, featuring 40 paintings and 10 drawings. Through Sept. 13. Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303, www.clarkart.edu

WHISTLER’S MOTHER

Whistler’s most famous painting — properly titled “Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1: Portrait of the Artist’s Mother” — and owned by the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, features as the centerpiece of a small selection of other Whistler works, many from the collection of the Colby College Museum of Art. Through Sept. 27. Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303, www.clarkart.edu

ARLENE SHECHET: ALL AT ONCE

The first museum survey of the celebrated sculptor, who works primarily in clay and was recently an artist in residence at the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory. Through Sept. 7. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

JIM SHAW: ENTERTAINING DOUBTS

Wide-ranging work by the LA-based artist, emphasizing his interest in fallen heroes, disgraced political figures, and broken economies. The show is centered on new work utilizing old theatrical backdrops. Through January 2016. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. 413-662-2111, www.massmoca.org SEBASTIAN SMEE

Christina Pitsch: Fancied

In an installation that comically mixes notions of trophies and fetishes, opulence and kitsch, nature and culture, the arms of brassy chandeliers run from floor to ceiling, each topped off with a porcelain deer hoof or flower. Pictured: detail of Pitsch’s “Objects of Desire.” Through Aug. 2. Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-423-4113, www.kingstongallery.com CATE McQUAID

NIGHTLIFE

Clubs

PARTY IN THE ICA

First Fridays celebrates our nation’s birthday with music by Ruby Rose Fox and DJ YVNG PAVL, and specialty cocktails including the Star-Spangled Sparkler. July 3, 5-10 p.m. $15, advance tickets recommended. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. www.icaboston.org

LAKE PEOPLE

Leipzig-based techno artist Martin Enke released his album “Purposely Uncertain Field” this year. He visits Re:Set for a midweek show. July 8, 10 p.m. Phoenix Landing, 512 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. www.phoenixlandingbar.com

DON DIABLO

The DJ and producer, born and raised in Holland, boasts a portfolio that includes remixes of Madonna (“Ghosttown”), Ed Sheeran (“Don’t”), and The Wombats (“Give Me a Try”). He’s featured at this week’s edition of Sofa King Fridays. July 3, 10 p.m. Royale, 279 Tremont St., Boston. www.royaleboston.com

BALKAN BEAT BOX

The Israeli trio melds world music traditions including Jewish, Balkan, and Middle Eastern with electronica and Gypsy punk. July 8, 7 p.m. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm. Ave., Boston. www.crossroadspresents.com

Milva DiDomizio

Comedy

BEST OF LAUGH BOSTON

The club is bringing in four of the heaviest-hitting young comics from the Boston scene, with Dan Boulger, Mike Whitman, Lamont Price, and Sam Jay. July 2-3, 8 p.m. $20-$35. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

LIFE ON THE GAY-LIST

Singer and costar of Logo’s 2008 comedy series “Sordid Lives,” Jason Dottley explores the gritty details of his experience with gay marriage, divorce, and dating after 30 in this one-man show. July 2, 8 p.m. $20-$25. Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave., Boston. 617-536-0966, www.clubcafe.com

TONY V

A great lineup from top to bottom, with one of Boston’s most consistently laugh-inducing veterans headlining, and two solid support acts in Christine Hurley and Artie Januario. July 3, 8:30 p.m. $20. Giggles Comedy Club, 517 Broadway (Route 1), Saugus. 781-233-9950, www.gigglescomedy.com

FRESH FACES SHOWCASE

This is usually the night for newer comics to shine, but there are some great ringers, too, with Matt Donaher and Anthony Scibelli on the bill. July 8, 8 p.m. $10. The Comedy Studio, 1238 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-661-6507, www.thecomedystudio.com

NICK A. ZAINO III

Kids

Summer Puppet Adventures Kickoff

Frozen treats, puppet making activities, and the chance to meet Bella, Showplace Theater’s “Monster in Residence,” are among the highlights of this free event. Ticketed performances of “Help Save the Monkey!” take place before and after the celebration. July 3 from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Puppet Showplace Theater, 32 Station St., Brookline. 617-731-6400. www.puppetshowplace.org

Cape Cod Canal Fest

On the Cape for the holiday weekend? Check out this Independence Day celebration benefiting the National Marine Life Center. After the Fourth of July parade, kids and their families can enjoy live music, a farmers’ market, food vendors, an arts and crafts fair, games, and other kid-themed activities. July 4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and July 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Buzzards Bay Park, 90 Main St., Buzzards Bay. 508-743-9888. www.capecodcanalfest.org

Sunday Parkland Games

Kids of all ages can get active with various athletic games and yoga at this seventh annual Charles River Conservancy series, which will take place on Sundays for the rest of the summer. July 5 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Free. Charles River Conservancy, 4 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-608-1410. www.thecharles.org

Ramadan Celebration

Kids can learn about the ninth month of the Islamic calendar at this special Boston Children’s Museum program. Activities including making a food collage plate, paper lantern crafts, and learning about Ramadan customs around the world. July 5 from 2-4 p.m. Museum admission: $14. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St. 617-426-6500. www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org ERYN CARLSON

Events

34th Annual Boston Harborfest

A Fourth of July Festival showcasing Boston’s colonial and maritime heritage, the five-day Harborfest includes a wide variety of family-friendly events and activities, including Revolutionary reenactments, free concerts, walking tours, and more. July 1-5 (opening ceremony takes place July 1 from 12-1:30 p.m. at Faneuil Hall) Visit website for a full schedule of events, prices, and venues. 651-536-4100. www.bostonusa.com/harborfest

Literary Lunch Break: Poets’ Theatre

Part of the Boston Literary District’s lunch series at Faneuil Hall, this event will celebrate Boston’s great literary and oratory history with readings from Benjamin Evett and other Poets’ Theatre actors and poets. Selections include poems and speeches by the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sojourner Truth, Louisa May Alcott, and many more. July 2 from 12-1 p.m. Free. The Lounge Reading Room, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 1 South Market St. 617-635-4500. www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com

Full Moon Bacchanal

Throw on a toga and celebrate the full moon with a sumptuous Mediterranean feast, an open wine bar, and a wealth of entertainment, including fire dancers and minstrels. Attendees are welcome to wear togas; semi-formal attire is suggested otherwise. July 2 from 7-10 p.m. Tickets: $125 ($100 for Trustees of Reservations members). Reservations required. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road,Ipswich. 978-356-4351.www.thetrustees.org

Spectacle Island Photo Walk

Explore the Boston Harbor Islands through a new lens at this all-levels photography lesson, a guided walk that includes instruction and study of the unique island landscape. Participants should bring their own digital camera. July 4 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Spectacle Island (ferries leave from Long Wharf North, 1 Long Wharf). 617-223-8666. www.bostonharborislands.org ERYN CARLSON

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: TOP PICKS

July 16 Trailer Treats at Brattle Theatre www.brattlefilm.org

July 23 and 24 Interpol at House of Blues www.ticketmaster.com

July 26 Neon Trees at Paradise Rock Club www.ticketmaster.com

July 29 George Ezra at House of Blues www.livenation.com

July 30 and 31 Steely Dan at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion www.ticketmaster.com

July 31-Aug. 2 Newport Jazz Festival www.newportjazzfest.org

Aug. 1 Van Halen at Xfinity Center, Mansfield www.livenation.com

Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion www.ticketmaster.com

Aug. 1 and 2 Boston Comic Con at Seaport World Trade Center www.bostoncomiccon.com

Aug. 2 Rascal Flatts at Xfinity Center, Mansfield www.ticketmaster.com

Aug. 4 Ariana Grande atVerizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. www.ticketmaster.com

Aug. 6 Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavokos, and Yo-Yo Ma atTanglewood www.bso.org

ERYN CARLSON