Week ahead: Music, theater, arts, and more

Janice Redman and Tabitha Vevers at Clark Gallery through May 3. Caption: Tabitha Vevers; Lover's Eyes III: Marie Therese II (after Picasso), oil on ivorine, 2.5" x 4.5" 16weekgaller
Tabitha Vevers: Lover’s Eyes II: Picasso & Man Ray, Janice Redman: Found Wanting.

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After a co-headlining tour with ZZ Top last year, Beck is on the road again for some solo gigs before heading back out with ZZ next month. The tour arrives ahead of the celebrated guitarist’s new album, “Jeff Beck Live+” (due May 5), which documents the full range of his career as heard on last year’s tour, along with two new studio tracks. April 19, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $38-$58. Orpheum Theatre. 800-745-3000, JAMES REED

Pop & Rock

POLARIS More than 15 years after its only album, Polaris is one of this year’s unlikely reunion stories. Known as the house band for the cult Nickelodeon TV show “The Adventures of Pete & Pete,” the trio was initially the commissioned project of power-pop heroes Mark Mulcahy, Dave McCaffrey, and Scott Boutier. Their new tour is their first ever, not to mention the band’s Boston debut. With an opening set by Boston’s own Hallelujah the Hills. April 16, 8 p.m. Tickets: $16. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000,


Think of it this way: The Allman Brothers get a Stooges makeover on Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires’ blistering latest album, last year’s “Deconstructed.” The Alabama band infuses its Southern rock with a brash intensity more in line with punk. It’s no wonder Sub Pop Records snatched up the group and released its new album. April 16, 9 p.m. Tickets: $9. Great Scott. 800-745-3000,

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JULIANA HATFIELD THREE Proving that it’s always better late than never, this beloved local alt-rock trio reunited earlier this year with a new album, “Whatever, My Love.” It was the follow-up to the band’s debut, 1993’s “Become What You Are,” which spawned a hit, “My Sister.” Prickly punk-pop rockers Potty Mouth will get the night started.
April 19, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25, $20 in advance. Cuisine en Locale, Somerville. 617-285-0167,


Folk & World


Skittering through a roots pastiche of vintage rockabilly, country, ska, R&B, and jump blues, the Durham siblings have been pegged as a revivalist act, and not without reason. But with every record, they’ve added something new and interesting to what they do; as the recurring appearance of strings attests, their latest, the self-evidently titled “The Third,” is no different. April 16, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000.

PIERRE BENSUSAN The Algerian-born, French-raised master guitarist is touring in celebration of a career that began with the release of “Pres de Paris” in 1974, and then developed into the intricate fusion of folk, world, classical, jazz, Celtic, and even touches of bluegrass chronicled on his recent triple-disc live survey, “Encore.” April 17, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham. 508- 485-2787.


THE ONLIES This on-the-verge band is composed of three Seattle high school seniors, each of them an only child, who’ve been playing music together since they were toddlers. They’re coming east for college visits, which has provided them the perfect excuse to perform their fiddle-driven music for the first time in these parts. April 17, 8 p.m. Tickets: no charge; $5-$10 donation suggested. Outpost 186, Cambridge. 781-643-1586.

APRIL VERCH BAND The latest in the consistently interesting Backroom Series of shows features the April Verch Band, fronted by the titular Canadian’s triple-threat combination: She’s a virtuosic fiddler in various North American roots styles, a singer with a high-pitched, gossamer trill of a voice, and an accomplished stepdancer. April 22, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $23. The Burren, Somerville. 800- 838-3006.


Jazz & Blues

NEW WORLD A-COMIN’: MUSIC OF DUKE ELLINGTON & GIL EVANS The NEC Jazz Orchestra (directed by Ken Schaphorst), plus vocalists Chloe Brisson and Alexandra Keller, spotlight two of the music’s supreme composer/arrangers. The first half, dedicated to Duke, culminates with acclaimed pianist/composer Jason Moran performing Ellington’s sacred selection “New World A-Comin’.” The second half commences with Dave Brubeck’s tribute “The Duke,” and finishes with several of Evans’s sublime “Porgy and Bess” arrangements for Miles Davis. April 16, 8 p.m. Free. NEC’s Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260.

ROBERT LEONARD’S SLIPPERY SNEAKERS ZYDECO & BLUES DANCE BAND Hip-shaking, rootsy Southwest Louisiana sounds are Slippery Sneakers’ specialty, their gumbo diplomacy bridging Zydeco, R&B, Cajun waltzes, and a sprinkling of rock ’n’ roll. April 17, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-$18. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004,


KARRIN ALLYSON For over a decade, the silky-voiced Kansas native has been one of our most dependable and versatile jazz vocalists, known for fresh, unfussy interpretations of a wide repertoire of classic songs. April 17, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $35. Scullers. 866-777-8932,

MEMPHIS GIANTS: GEORGE COLEMAN & HAROLD MABERN Tenor saxophonist Coleman and pianist Harold Mabern — both Memphis natives and first-generation hard boppers — are the current Harvard University Jazz Masters in Residence, and will be helming this concert featuring the Harvard Jazz Bands, conducted by Don Braden (’85) and Mark Olson. April 18, 8 p.m. Tickets: $8-$15. Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-496-2222,



BOSTON PHILHARMONIC Benjamin Zander conducts the Overture to Wagner’s “Tannhäuser,” Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” and Saint-Saens’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with the young soloist Jonah Ellsworth. April 16 and 19 in Sanders Theatre,
April 18 in Jordan Hall, 617-236-0999 or

A FAR CRY The orchestra returns to the Gardner Museum with a program titled “Tongue in Cheek,” with works by Mozart, Hindemith, Boccherini, Noam Elkies, and Carlo Farina. April 19

NEW MUSIC The annual Fromm concerts at Harvard’s Paine Hall feature the International Contemporary Ensemble performing two free programs under the heading “Voces de America Latina,” with premieres of works by Mario Davidovsky, Felipe Lara, Marcos Balter, and Marisol Jimenez (April 17 and 18, MIT hosts an 80th-birthday tribute to minimalist icon Terry Riley, with several ensembles teaming up for a festively eclectic program that includes new works by Evan Ziporyn, Keeril Makan, Elena Ruehr, and Christine Southworth (April 18, Kresge Auditorium, And Boston Chamber Music Society has a work it commissioned from Pierre Jalbert alongside music by Schubert and Brahms (April 19, Sanders Theatre,



ULYSSES ON BOTTLES In this drama about a man who tries to sail to the Gaza Strip on a raft made of bottles, bearing a cargo of Russian novels, Israeli playwright Gilad Evron shines a light — often illuminating, occasionally unfocused — on the internal tensions and contradictions arising from the Israeli blockade of Gaza. The first full production by Israeli Stage, it’s a promising debut for the company, with especially strong performances by Jeremiah Kissel and Ken Cheeseman. Directed by Guy Ben-Aharon. Through April 25. Production by Israeli Stage. Presented by ArtsEmerson. At Jackie Liebergott Black Box, Paramount Center, Boston. 617-824-8400,

COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA Derek Hasenstab and Adrianne Krstansky excel in David Cromer’s production of William Inge’s 1950 drama about a middle-aged Midwestern couple whose marriage is strained to the breaking point by the presence of a young, sexually active female boarder. Extended through May 2. Huntington Theatre Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800,

CITY OF ANGELS The three best reasons to see this film noir-inspired musical about a screenwriter whose fictional gumshoe starts talking back to him are named Ed Hoopman (as the gumshoe), Leigh Barrett (as his secretary), and Jennifer Ellis (as his ex-wife). When any member of this trio is center stage, this production crackles; when they’re not, the wattage dims perceptibly. Directed by Spiro Veloudos. Through May 2. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678,


THOROUGHLY MUSLIM MILLIE The latest musical spoof from Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans makes it easy to see why Landry is this year’s winner of the Elliot Norton Award for sustained excellence. Only the title really takes off from “Thoroughly Modern Millie”; the musical itself draws on “The Sound of Music” and “The King and I.” Why is Millie’s convent trying to marry her off to the Prince of Persia? Maybe because the Mother Superior is Dick Cheney, and he’s after the Prince’s oil. Musical highlights include Millie and the Prince’s “Anything Muslims Do, Catholics Do Better” and Mary Cheney’s “Near the Mosque Where You Live.” This show is not for children, but it’s outrageous fun for adults. Through May 20. Gold Dust Orphans. At Machine nightclub, Boston. JEFFREY GANTZ

METAMORPHOSIS This year’s visit from the Big Apple Circus is filled with more than the usual amounts of surprise and delight. Director West Hyler has not only gathered an eclectic assortment of jaw-dropping circus acts, he’s put them together in combinations that are constantly entertaining, whether it’s a musical interlude by the charming clown Francesco or contortionists, jugglers, or trapeze artists. A thrilling bit of family entertainment that everyone will enjoy. Through May 10. At City Hall Plaza. 888-541-3750,




The acclaimed Bill Evans Dance, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, teams up with ClancyWorks Dance Company for what promises to be two dazzling evenings of dance, from classical modern and edgy contemporary dance to tap and performance art. The programs also feature choreography by Sandra Lacy and Claire Porter and an opportunity to see the indefatigable 75-year-old Evans perform his “Three Preludes.” April 17-18, $20-$25. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,

SUSPICIOUS SPACES The season finale for José Mateo Ballet Theatre includes a new work set to the music of Beethoven choreographed by the veteran Mateo, who continues to create solid, neoclassic ballets for his spirited troupe. The program also includes “House of Ballet,” a fanciful work dating back to 1993 set to the music of Schnittke, and “Fearless Symmetries,” set to a score by John Adams. April 17-May 10, $42. 617-354-7467,

DUETTI This concert of duets features students of the Harvard Dance Program in choreography by some high-powered creators, including Brian Brooks, Michelle Dorrance, William Forsythe, Crystal Pite, and program director Jill Johnson. Should be a lively, wide-ranging event. Through April 18, $5-$10. Harvard Dance Center, Cambridge. 617-495-8683,

SALAM Guest performers Miriam Peretz from Israel and Giorgi Shanidze from Georgia join Sheila Eghbali’s Iranian Dance Arts troupe for a concert of Iranian folk and classical dances. Members of the Sayeh Ensemble provide music. April 18-19, $20-$40. Villa Victoria Center for the Arts. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 617-927-1737, KAREN CAMPBELL




Vevers dives right into the thicket of the artist’s gaze, appropriating and repainting the eyes of beloved models. Redman covers over domestic objects, mystifying the mundane. Pictured: “Marie Therese II (after Picasso).’’ Through May 9. Clark Gallery, 145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8303,

AMBREEN BUTT: I AM ALL WHAT IS LEFT OF ME This installation by the Pakistani-born artist draws on tile patterns used in South Asian public buildings, and comprises thousands of cast resin keys and locks – metaphors for freedom and knowledge. Through May 16. Carroll and Sons, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-2477,

DRAPETOMANIA: GRUPO ANTILLANO AND THE ART OF AFRO-CUBA Grupo Antillano, active in Cuba from 1978-1983, celebrated African and Afro-Caribbean influences, which the government rejected as counterrevolutionary. Consequently, they were blotted from art history. Through May 29. Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, Harvard University, 102 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge. 617-495-8508,

CONNY GOELZ-SCHMITT:UNCOVERED Books may be going the way of most printed matter, but they have powerful cultural resonance. Goelz-Schmitt reconstructs found volumes into assemblages. Using pages and exposed bindings as compositional elements, she highlights the materiality and wear or her sources. Through April 26. Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-423-4113,



THE CRITIQUE OF REASON:ROMANTIC ART 1760-1860 Art by European artists, including Goya, Gericault, Delacroix, Turner, and Constable, working in the vein of Romanticism. The large-scale exhibition, divided into eight thematic displays, is the first major collaboration between the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art (which is currently closed for renovations). Through July 26. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. 203-432-0600,

JIM SHAW: ENTERTAINING DOUBTS A wide range of work by the superb Los Angeles-based artist, emphasizing his interest in fallen heroes, disgraced political figures and broken economies. The show, which is dazzling, is centered on new work utilizing old theatrical backdrops, but includes much more. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. 413-662-2111,

LEONARDO DA VINCI AND THE IDEA OF BEAUTY A small but powerful exhibition of around 30 drawings by Leonardo, but also Michaelangelo and others. Includes Leonardo’s so-called Codex on Flight, showing the original Renaissance Man’s investigations into flying, and a drawing of an angel described by the art historian Kenneth Clark as “the most beautiful . . . in the world.” Through June 30. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300,

PAST FUTURES: SCIENCEFICTION, SPACE TRAVEL, AND POSTWAR ART OF THE AMERICAS Art by US and some Latin American artists that responded to new vistas opened up the Space Race, science fiction, and Cold War technological innovation. Through June 7. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine. 207-725-3275,




STRIKE A POSE Once a month the Peabody Essex Museum stays open late for a themed Thursday night party. Tonight’s bash focuses on “Art & the ’80s.” Get a Rouge Cosmetics makeover, design a “Flashdance”-inspired sweatshirt, make friendship bracelets and ribbon barrettes, write on the graffiti wall, hop in the photo booth, drink cocktails popular in the ’80s, and dance to music by
DJ Amphibious. April 16, 6-
9 p.m. $10. Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. 978-745-9500,

RANDOM RAB The West Coast producer’s musical roles have included classical trumpet player, front man of a heavy metal band, bass player in a country music outfit, and scratch DJ for a jazz fusion project. He stops in the area on his North American tour with Saqi. April 17, 8 p.m. $15. Middle East Upstairs, 472-480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-864-3278,

OLIVER HELDENS With the success of 2014 tracks “Gecko” and “Koala,” and the honor of being named best breakthrough artist at the recent International Dance Music Awards, the Dutch producer is on a roll. April 19, 10 p.m. $25. Royale, 279 Tremont St., Boston.
617-338-7699, www.royaleboston

PICO PICANTE VS. UNITY It’s two dance nights in one.
Upstairs, there’s classic, soulful, Afro and Latin house. Downstairs, groove to global bass, tropical, and digital cumbia. April 17, 9:30 p.m. $5-$10. Good Life,
28 Kingston St., Boston. 617-451-2622,

Milva DiDomizio


DOM IRRERA The Philly-born comic has been a stand-up staple for decades, dating back to his break in the
1987 Rodney Dangerfield special “Nothin’ Goes Right,” with Lenny Clarke, Andrew Dice Clay, Bill Hicks, and Carol Leifer. A ninja-level master of sarcasm. April 16 and 17 at 8 p.m., April 18 at
8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $20-$35. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

MYQ KAPLAN The former Boston comic regularly brings his dry wit to late-night talk shows and he is, as he titled last year’s Netflix special, “Small, Dork, and Handsome.” With Al Park. April 17 at 8 p.m. and April 18 at 7:30 p.m. $20. Dick’s Comedy Den at Howl at the Moon. 800-401-2221,

PRETTY GOOD FRIENDS The centerpiece of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, featuring Todd Barry, H. Jon Benjamin, Jon Glaser, Maeve Higgins, and Dan Boulger. Other shows include the “TV Guidance Counselor” podcast taping, “You’re the Expert,” “Star Talk,” and a surprise birthday party for Wyatt Cenac. April 17, 8 p.m. $25-$30. Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. 800-982-2787,

WOMEN IN COMEDY FESTIVAL One of the best festivals in Boston kicks off with a round of shows Wednesday night, including improv and stand-up shows at ImprovBoston, films at the Brattle Theatre, and stand-up showcases at The Comedy Studio and
Savin Kitchen & Bar. April 22. Various times and venues.
See for details.



Junior Ranger DayWith warming weather, comes an opportunity to get outside for National Park Week at Georges Island. During the event, Junior Ranger Day, kids have the chance to participate in island-themed activities, meet park rangers, and perhaps earn an official Junior Ranger badge. Space is limited, reservations recommended. April 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $5. Georges Island, 66 Long Wharf. 617-223-8666.

Muppet Movie Sing-along The Brattle Theatre brings the Muppet Movie Sing-along Friday, where muppet fans and families alike can sing and celebrate at the big screen. The Brattle will also screen the other two original Muppet movies, along with a double feature of “Labyrinth” and “The Dark Crystal.” April 17,7 p.m.; April 20, 5:30 p.m. $9-$11. Brattle Theatre,40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-876-6838.

A Curious Symphony Boston Children’s Museum celebrates culture and music with “A Curious Symphony,” where Floor van de Velde creates an installation from the museum’s collection of instruments, giving visitors a first-hand experience with a global array of sounds.April 19-April 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $14. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St. 617-426-6500. ALEX STILLS


9TH Annual Cambridge Science Festival Celebrate the STEAM disciplines — science, technology, engineering, art, and math — at this 10-day festival, which aims to make science accessible, interactive and fun for visitors of all ages. Events range from lectures,
debates and exhibitions to concerts, plays, workshops and much more. Check website for event listings, venues and prices (many events are free). April 17-26. Various locations.

John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo Kick off Marathon weekend at this annual expo, where more than 200 exhibitors are showing off the latest fitness apparel, gear, gadgets and information. The
expo also includes the Runner’s World Seminar Series, featuring a variety of speakers and topics for runners of all levels to enjoy. April 17, 2-5 p.m.; April 18-19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St. 617-954-2000.

Greenway Spring Food Fest Try some of Boston’s best food trucks at this festival, where 13 vendors are on-site sampling a variety of foods and drinks, from barbecue and Vietnamese to waffles and vegan tacos. April 18, noon-4 p.m. Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, Wharf District Parks (between Milk and India streets). 617-292-0020.

Poetry Grudge Match Celebrate National Poetry Month at this event, where two teams — House Slam versus Boston Poetry Slam — duke it out with lyricism, personal narrative, political fury and comedy. The show also features performances by musician Steve Subrizi and comic Wes Hazard. April 19, 7-9 p.m. $10-$15. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300. ERYN CARLSON


April 26 Japan Festival Boston on Boston Common

April 30-May 15 National Center for Jewish Film’s 18th Annual Festival at various venues

May 1-10 ArtWeek Bostonat various venues

May 3 Todd Rundgren at Wilbur Theatre

May 4 Sufjan Stevens (above) at Citi Performing Arts Center

May 6 Opening Night at the Boston Pops

May 8 Paul Reiser at Wilbur Theatre

Of Monsters and Men atOrpheum Theatre

May 9-15 Bill Burr at Wilbur Theatre

May 10 The Kooks at House of Blues

May 10-17 Together Boston Festival at various venues

May 14 The Tallest Man on Earth at Orpheum Theatre