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Critics’ picks for the summer

From the " Van Gogh and Nature" exhibit at the Clark Art Institute, Vincent van Gogh’s “Orchard Bordered by Cypresses.”Kröller-Müller Museum

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PETER SAUL Forty paintings and works on paper, made between 1959 and 2012, by the funky CalArts-trained artist known for his rambunctious, cartoon-style, politically charged imagery in gaudy colors. Through Nov. 29. Hall Art Foundation, Reading, Vt. 802-952-1056, www.hallartfoundation.org (by appointment)

WALKING SCULPTURE 1967-2015 Can walking be art? You bet. And since it’s 3-D and it moves, it’s a kind of kinetic sculpture. This group show traces the recent history of walking as a form of contemporary sculpture, with works by the likes of Francis Alys, William Pope L, and Michelangelo Pistoletto. Through Sept. 13. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781-259-8355, www.decordova.org


DIRECTORS’ CUT: SELECTIONS FROM THE MAINE ART MUSEUM TRAIL Includes works by Marsden Hartley from Bates College and by Winslow Homer from Bowdoin College, as well as select pieces from Colby College, the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Monhegan Museum of Art and History, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, the University of Maine Art Museum, and the Portland Museum of Art. May 21-Sept. 20. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148, www.portlandmuseum.org

FROM BIRDS TO BEASTS: AUDUBON’S LAST GREAT ADVENTURE Audubon’s rarely exhibited illustrations of mammals, plus his better known images of birds. A collaboration between New Hampshire Audubon and the Currier. May 23-Aug. 30. Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, N.H. 603-669-6144, www.currier.org

ROZ CHAST: CARTOON MEMOIRS The popular cartoonist (for The New Yorker) and author of the best-selling memoir “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant” gets a career overview that is bound to be a little bit manic and extremely funny. June 6-Oct. 26. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, www.nrm.org

ARLENE SHECHET: ALL AT ONCE The first museum survey of the celebrated sculptor, who works mainly in clay and was recently an artist in residence at the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory. June 10-Sept. 7. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org


NIGHT VISION: NOCTURNES IN AMERICAN ART, 1860-1960 A major survey of scenes of night by US artists over the course of a century, taking in works by Albert Ryder, Edward Hopper, Ansel Adams, Georgia O’Keeffe, Lee Krasner, and Andrew Wyeth. June 27-Oct. 18. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine. 207-725-3275, www.bowdoin.edu/art-museum

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. July 4-Sept. 27. Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. 413-458-2303, www.clarkart.edu

BRAND-NEW & TERRIFIC: ALEX KATZ IN THE 1950S Sixty-five paintings, cut-outs, and collages made by Katz in the 1950s, a breakthrough period in the influential figurative and Pop artist’s career. July 11-Oct. 18. Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine. 207-859-5600, www.colby.edu/academics_cs/museum

MADE IN THE AMERICAS: THE NEW WORLD DISCOVERS ASIA A show of nearly 100 objects from all across the colonial Americas, demonstrating the influence of Asia on creativity in the Americas from the 17th to the early 19th centuries. Features furniture, silverware, textiles, ceramics, and painting from Mexico City, Lima, Quito (Ecuador), Quebec City (Quebec), Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. Aug. 18-Feb. 15. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org



MELANCHOLY PLAY: A CHAMBER MUSICAL Gifted playwright Sarah Ruhl teams with composer Todd Almond for this world premiere musical about a bank teller whose combination of beauty and melancholy causes everyone to be smitten with her. When she discovers something that makes her happy, it knocks them for a loop. Directed by Liesl Tommy. May 28-June 28. Trinity Repertory Company, Providence. 401-351-4242, www.trinityrep.com


OFF THE MAIN ROAD Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”) stars in the world premiere of this long-forgotten drama by William Inge (“Picnic,’’ “Come Back, Little Sheba”) that was unearthed in 2008. Sedgwick plays Faye Garrit, who, accompanied by her 17-year-old daughter, gets a room in a faded resort outside St. Louis, seeking a safe haven from Faye’s husband. Directed by Evan Cabnet. June 30-July 19. Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown. 413-597-3400, www.wtfestival.org

SAVING KITTY Jennifer Coolidge (“Best in Show,’’ “American Pie’’) stars in Marisa Smith’s comedy as Kate Hartley, an urbane and outspoken Manhattanite who is none too pleased when her daughter, a TV news producer, brings home her new boyfriend: an evangelical Christian who has arrived in New York to open a religious school. Directed by Lee Mikeska Gardner. July 9-Aug. 2. Nora Theatre Company, at Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 617-576-9278, www.centralsquaretheater.org

NORTHSIDE HOLLOW Written and directed by Jonathan Fielding and Brenda Withers, this new drama focuses on a miner (Robert Kropf) trapped underground after an explosion and the first responder (Alex Pollock) who attempts to rescue him. July 16-Aug. 8. Harbor Stage Company, Wellfleet. 508-514-1763, www.harborstage.org


COLOSSAL Andrew Hinderaker’s play focuses on the fallout from a devastating football injury. Summer L. Williams directs a production featuring a dance troupe and a drumline. The production will be part of the National New Play Network’s “rolling world premiere’’ of “Colossal.’’ July 17-Aug. 15. Company One Theatre. Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.companyone.org

KING LEAR Will Lyman will portray the aging king who rashly gives away his kingdom to his treacherous daughters. Steven Maler will direct this 20th-anniversary production of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s “Free Shakespeare on the Common’’ series, with a set by Tony Award-winning scenic designer Beowulf Boritt. July 22-Aug. 9. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common. www.commshakes.org

THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM New England premiere of a comic drama by Enda Walsh (“Once’’) about three sisters in an Irish village. The youngest, played by Adrianne Krstansky, works in a fish-packing plant, while the other two (Marya Lowry and Nancy E. Carroll) prefer to stay home and reminisce about a climactic moment from their youth. Directed by Robert Walsh. July 23-Aug. 15. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.com

WONDERFUL TOWN Katie Anne Clark and Jennifer Ellis costar in this 1953 musical by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green. Clark plays aspiring writer Ruth Sherwood, who ventures from Ohio to New York City with her sister Eileen, a would-be actress, portrayed by Ellis. Directed by David Hugo and choreographed by Eileen Grace. Aug. 6-16. Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston, Waltham. 781-891-5600, www.reaglemusictheatre.com


RED VELVET John Douglas Thompson stars in the regional premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti’s play, inspired by Ira Aldridge, a pioneering black Shakespearean actor of the 19th century. Directed by Daniela Varon. Aug. 6-Sept. 13. Shakespeare & Company, Tina Packer Playhouse, Lenox. 413-637-3353, www.shakespeare.org DON AUCOIN

WAITRESS A musical based on the 2007 film about a pregnant diner waitress with a penchant for baking pies who longs for a better life. Singer Sara Bareilles’s music and lyrics mark her theatrical debut, and Hollywood screenwriter Jessie Nelson (“I Am Sam”) wrote the book. Diane Paulus directs. Aug. 2-Sept. 28. American Repertory Theater, Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org. JEREMY GOODWIN


THE YARD The 43d season of this acclaimed Martha’s Vineyard organization enriches the summer with an impressive range of performances. Dance highlights include Bridgman | Packer Dance (June 26-27); Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company (Aug. 11, 13); Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company (Aug. 14-15); and two “TapTheYard” programs (Aug. 21-29), the first featuring Dorrance Dance with Nicholas Young. May 25-Sept. 18. $15-$35, Patricia N. Nanon Theater and Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center. 508-645-9662, www.dancetheyard.org

ACROSS THE AGES DANCE PROJECT This intergenerational collaborative troupe directed by Eliza Mallouk and Marcie Mitler mines the talents of an impressive slate of choreographers for its fifth annual concert, “going forward . . . some digressions.” Dancers ranging from emerging talents to veterans will perform works by Adriane Brayton, Peter DiMuro, William McLaughlin, Lynn Modell, James Morrow, and Erica Schwartz. June 5-7. $20-$25, Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 781-307-2563, www.greenstreetstudios.org

DANCE FOR WORLD COMMUNITY Presenter José Mateo Ballet Theatre expects this seventh annual free event to draw 20,000 people or more to celebrate the power of dance to create positive change. The initiative features more than 80 performances, introductory dance classes, children’s activities, food, and a dance party on one indoor and four outdoor stages. June 13, noon-8 p.m. Free, Sanctuary Theatre area, Cambridge. 617-354-7467, www.danceforworldcommunity.org

JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL The grandfather of summer dance festivals brings together a huge range of dance styles by companies from around the world. Highlights include Martha Graham Dance Company’s 90th anniversary engagement; Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company with the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; and debuts by Germany’s Gauthier Dance/Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Daniil Simkin’s “Intensio,” and Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project. June 13-Aug. 30. $10-$150 (some events free), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

BATES DANCE FESTIVAL This renowned festival offers an excellent incentive to head north in the heat of summer. Highlights include the East Coast premiere of “The Missing Generation” by transgender artist Sean Dorsey, which explores the early devastation of AIDS in the gay and transgender community (July 16, 18); Mexico’s Delfos Danza Contemporanea; and “Nevaba-warldapece,” an examination of America’s liberation movements by Robert Moses’ Kin (July 31, Aug. 1). July 1-Aug. 8. $6-$25 (some events free), Schaeffer Theatre, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. 207-786-6381, www.batesdancefestival.org

CHATHAM DANCE FESTIVAL Set in a concert tent on 100 pastoral acres in Columbia County, N.Y., PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century celebrates American dance with workshops, kids’ events, and performances by Brian Sanders’ JUNK (Aug. 7-8), Gallim Dance (Aug. 14-15), Keigwin + Company (Aug. 21-22), and the renowned Parsons Dance (Aug. 28-29) in its 10th season as the festival’s cornerstone troupe. July 6-Aug. 29. Concerts $18-$40. PS21, Chatham, N.Y. 518-392-6121, www.ps21chatham.org

GREAT FRIENDS DANCE FESTIVAL Island Moving Company’s touring project, which exchanges performance opportunities with companies in other areas, is highlighted at this summer festival. The featured guest company is Karen Charles’s Threads, from Minneapolis; it and Island Moving Company will offer nine programs. July 16-25. $20-$25, Great Friends Meeting House, Newport, R.I. 401-847-4470, www.islandmovingco.org

CAPE DANCE FESTIVAL Now in its third year, the festival (July 20-25) launches a New Works Residency featuring Boston Ballet principal Jeffrey Cirio and his fledgling 10-member Cirio Collective. The dancers, all current or former Boston Ballet colleagues, will teach five days of classes and rehearse a new work by Cirio, slated for its premiere on the festival’s last day. July 25, 6 p.m. $25-$100, Province Lands Visitors Center outdoor amphitheater, Provincetown. 646-734-6338, www.capedancefestival.com

ON TAP — BEANTOWN TAPFEST FACULTY SHOWCASE Rhythm is king at Julia Boynton’s annual dance festival (Aug. 3-9). Classes, performances and workshops make this a mecca for tap lovers. The highlight is a star-studded faculty showcase featuring Michelle Dorrance, Barbara Duffy, Ryan P. Casey, Josh Hilberman, Sean Fielder, Khalid Hill, Rocky Mendes, Aaron Tolson, Ian Berg, Sarah Reich, and Demi Remick. Aug. 7, 8 p.m. $32-$37, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-522-5438, www.beantowntapfest.com

24-HOUR CHOREOFEST For this annual event, Luminarium Dance Company invites five other troupes and/or choreographers to an overnight marathon of dance-making based on random themes picked from a hat. One participant, Macedonian choreographer Risima Risimkin, is flying in to set new work on local dancers as part of an international exchange. The creation period Friday night will be broadcast live online, and the six new pieces will be premiered the next day in concerts at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sept. 4-5. $15, Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-477-4494, www.luminariumdance.org



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BOSTON CALLING Beck, Pixies, and My Morning Jacket are the headliners of this game-changing music festival that’s now in its third year. The strong lineup includes St. Vincent, Run the Jewels, Marina and the Diamonds, Sharon Van Etten, Tame Impala, Tenacious D, Jason Isbell, and the list goes on. May 22-24, various showtimes. Tickets: $50 (Friday), $75 (Saturday or Sunday), $135 (Saturday-Sunday pass), $175 (three-day pass), and $185-$350 (VIP passes). City Hall Plaza. www.bostoncalling.com

WEIRD AL YANKOVIC From “Eat It” to “Amish Paradise” to “Word Crimes,” this unsinkable song parodist has been making us laugh for more than 30 years, ribbing everyone from Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga. See how his catalog has held up on this new tour in support of last year’s “Mandatory Fun.” June 2: 7 and 10 p.m. June 3: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $52. Wilbur Theatre. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

SUMMER JAM Presented by local station JAM’N 94.5, this summertime gathering of heavyweights from hip-hop and R&B is a doozy this year. Snoop Dogg, Childish Gambino, Trey Songz, Jordin Sparks, Action Bronson, Shaggy, and ILoveMakonnen lead a lineup that also includes rising stars Natalie La Rose, Fetty Wap, Logic, and Kalin & Myles, with Amber Rose as the guest host. June 6, 6 p.m. Tickets: $25-$200. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

MUMFORD & SONS They threw a curveball with their new album, “Wilder Mind,” making the leap from English neo-folkies to arena-ready rock band. The comparisons to Coldplay aren’t all that far-fetched. It’ll be interesting to see how Mumford & Sons navigate the two streams on their new tour. June 8, 7 p.m. Tickets: $45-$65. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

BETTE MIDLER She’s calling this tour “Divine Intervention,” and indeed that’s often the impression Midler imparts onstage. No matter her latest album or film, live in concert is where she truly shines, bringing vaudevillian flair to songs ranging from “Wind Beneath My Wings” to selections from last year’s tribute to girl groups, “It’s the Girls!” June 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $42-$257. TD Garden. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

TONY BENNETT & LADY GAGA The skepticism was understandable, but the pairing of this Great American Songbook icon with the chameleonic pop star proved to be a delightful success on last year’s “Cheek to Cheek.” They’ll be performing standards from that album at this Tanglewood outing sure to draw an amusingly mixed crowd. June 30, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$179. Tanglewood (Koussevitzky Music Shed), Lenox. 888-266-1200, www.bso.org

BRIAN WILSON The Beach Boys mastermind has plenty to celebrate these days. His new album, “No Pier Pressure,” features guests such as Kacey Musgraves and She & Him, and a new biopic called “Love & Mercy” (due in June) 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

U2 At press time, limited tickets were available for all four nights at the Garden. But given Bono and company’s popularity in Boston, they’ll likely be gone by the time the Irish rockers set up shop to run through last year’s “Songs of Innocence” and their decades-long arsenal of hits. (Keep an eye out for Mayor Marty Walsh, an avowed U2 fan.) July 10-11, 14-15, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $65-$275. TD Garden. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

RYN WEAVER Buoyed by “OctaHate,” her propulsive 2014 sleeper hit, this rising pop singer and songwriter is sure to have a big year when her debut album comes out in June. “The Fool” delivers on the early promise of Weaver’s electro-pop savvy, with assists from like-minded spitfire Charli XCX and producers Benny Blanco and Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos. July 28, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20, $18 in advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

LUCIUS Beloved for its heart, soul, and sass, this indie-pop quintet is always a joy to behold live. Lucius shares the bill with quirky Irish chanteuse Lisa Hannigan, who will be accompanied by Aaron Dessner of the National. This outdoor show is part of the ICA’s smart Wavelengths summer programming, which also includes Martha Wainwright (July 10), How to Dress Well (July 17), and Mykki Blanco (Aug. 21), among others. Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $25, $20 for students and members. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org/programs/ICA_Summer JAMES REED


THE STEELDRIVERS This Grammy-nominated quintet, fronted by Gary Nichols and composed of in-demand session and touring musicians and songwriters, combines hot bluegrass picking with strains of country, soul, and pop, topped by strong harmonies. May 30, 8 p.m. Tickets: May 30. Brighton Music Hall. Tickets: $20. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

DELLA MAE With its excellent new eponymous album fresh off the presses, the former Boston quartet — now ensconsed in Nashville — is ready to hit their road and share the rootsy blend of bluegrass, old-time country, and Americana that earned a Grammy nomination. Terrific Boston singer-songwriter Mark Erelli handles the warm-up duties. June 6, 8 p.m. Tickets: $16. The Sinclair. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

SUNDY BEST This winsome twosome — Kris Bentley and Nick Jamerson — hails from Lexington, Ky., and manages to kick up a storm with just paired voices, a guitar, and a cajon drum. The 2014 album “Salvation City” found the duo beefing up its instrumentation, but the core sound remains a charm. June 18, 6 p.m. Tickets: $10. Thunder Road. 866-777-8932, www.ticketweb.com

THE MAVERICKS It’s always a party when this Florida-spawned band comes to town and plays its inimitable blend of country, Tex-Mex, and classic rock and soul. The group scorched the Wilbur Theatre in February in the kick-off date for its “Mono” tour, and should prove even hotter in the summer. June 20, 1 p.m. Tickets: $19.50-$46.50. Indian Ranch. 800-514-3849, www.indianranch.com

LEE ANN WOMACK The clarion-voiced singer-songwriter released one of 2014’s best albums, “The Way I’m Livin,’ ” steeped in gospel hymns, soul, and country. And of course, no doubt she will dig into her catalog of hits like “I Hope You Dance” and “A Little Past Little Rock.” June 25, 7 p.m. Tickets: $35. Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com

DIERKS BENTLEY The Arizona native has enjoyed a streak of hits from his 2014 album “Riser” including “I Hold On,” “Drunk on a Plane,” “Say You Do,” and the meditiative title track. Coming along for the ride are Kip Moore, Canaan Smith, and hot newcomers Maddie & Tae of “Girl in a Country Song” fame. June 27, 7 p.m. Tickets:$34.50-$59.25. Xfinity Center. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

DWIGHT YOAKAM Yoakam has a red-hot new album in “Second Hand Heart,” a deep catalog of treasures — “Guitars, Cadillacs,” “Ain’t That Lonely Yet” — and a cool that’s second to none. June 28, 2 p.m. Tickets: $26-$59.50. Indian Ranch. 800-514-3849. www.indianranch.com

SHANIA TWAIN Fresh off her successful Las Vegas residency, the Canadian songbird is ready to hit the road again. According to the tour’s title, she promises to “Rock This Country” with fresh new staging and spectacle and all of her greatest hits. July 8, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $47-$147. TD Garden. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

OUTSIDE THE BOX FESTIVAL This free six-day, multi-genre festival returns from a hiatus, and one night, July 17, will be devoted exclusively to country music. Festival organizers are expected to announce which artists will be taking the stage on June 3. July 14-19, 4 p.m. Free admission. Boston Common. www.outsidetheboxboston.org

BOSTON GLOBE WGBH SUMMER ARTS WEEKEND It’s another year of free music in Copley Square, with an eclectic lineup that’s topped the first night by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, touring behind their new album, “The Traveling Kind.” July 25-26. Free admission. Copley Square Park. www.bostonsummerarts.com



TANGLEWOOD Andris Nelsons, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Neville Mariner, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit, Stephane Deneve, Ludovic Morlot, and many others will conduct the BSO in standard orchestral repertoire this summer at Tanglewood. Bramwell Tovey also oversees Act I of “Tosca” with Bryn Terfel and Sondra Radvanovsky, and Keith Lockhart will lead the Pops Esplanade Orchestra in a revue titled “Sondheim on Sondheim.” To honor the 75th season of the Tanglewood Music Center, Nelsons will lead its orchestra and other forces in Mahler’s vast Eighth Symphony, and the TMC has commissioned 35 new works, many of which will be premiered at the Festival of Contemporary Music (July 20-27). Look out, too, for Ozawa Hall appearances from the Mark Morris Dance Group, baritone Matthias Goerne, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinists Christian Tetzlaff and Leonidas Kavakos, and pianists Emanuel Ax and Paul Lewis. Through Aug. 22, Lenox. 617-266-1200, www.tanglewood.org

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL This summer’s formidable lineup at Rockport includes cellist Yo-Yo Ma; pianists Emanuel Ax, Russell Sherman, Peter Serkin, and Marc-André Hamelin; and the Shanghai, Jupiter, and Escher string quartets. June 6-Aug. 1, Rockport., 978-546-7391, www.rockportmusic.org

ASTON MAGNA FESTIVAL The country’s oldest early music festival kicks off June 18 with a program devoted to Monteverdi madrigals featuring soprano Dominique Labelle, tenors Frank Kelley and William Hite, and harpsichordist Peter Sykes. Festival concerts (through July 18) take place in Waltham (Brandeis University), Great Barrington, and Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. 800-875-7156, www.astonmagna.org

NORFOLK CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Performances by veteran string quartets — the Emerson, the Brentano, the Artis, and the Alexander — anchor the schedule this summer at Norfolk, which will also host a gala recital by pianist Emanuel Ax, paying tribute to the late Claude Frank. July 9-Aug. 22, Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate, Norfolk, Conn. 860-542-3000, norfolk.yale.edu

MONADNOCK MUSIC To celebrate its 50th-anniversary season, this regional New Hampshire festival kicks off its summer program with the first installment of a five-year cycle of Beethoven symphonies (festival artistic director Gil Rose conducts). Included in its eclectic mix of programs will be a Boston Modern Orchesta Project performance of works by Barber and William Schuman as well as a gala Gershwin concert with pianist Alan Feinberg. July 10-Aug. 8. 603-924-7610, www.monadnockmusic.org

YELLOW BARN This Vermont festival often pairs bread-and-butter chamber masterworks with repertoire from off the beaten path. In the latter category this summer will be selections by Lei Liang, Erwin Schulhoff, Thomas Adès, and Jörg Widmann, who will be this year’s composer in residence. July 10-Aug. 8, Putney, Vt. 800-639-3819, www.yellowbarn.org

BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA Led by music director Christopher Wilkins, the Landmarks Orchestra returns with its popular series of free Wednesday night concerts at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, starting up July 15 at 7 p.m. with a thoughtfully curated nature-themed program featuring works by Mendelssohn, Debussy, Alan Hovhaness, Francine Trester, and Kevin Puts. Concerts run through Aug. 26. 617-987-2000, www.landmarksorchestra.org

MARLBORO MUSIC Pianist Mitsuko Uchida directs this venerable chamber music festival and retreat, which celebrates its 65th anniversary this summer. Kaija Saariaho will be this year’s composer-in-residence. Weekly concert programs are not announced with much lead time but it’s safe to just choose a weekend and go — one rarely leaves Marlboro disappointed. July 18-Aug. 16, Marlboro, Vt. 802-254-2394, www.marlboromusic.org

BARD MUSIC FESTIVAL For the first time in its history, the Bard Festival will be spotlighting an artistic voice from Latin America in Carlos Chávez. In this festival’s signature fashion, the Mexican composer’s music will be richly contextualized through chamber and orchestral concerts, panel discussions, film screenings, and more (Aug. 7-9 and 14-16). This summer’s opera offering at Bard will be Ethel Smyth’s “The Wreckers” (July 24-Aug. 2). Bard’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. 845-758-7900, fishercenter.bard.edu/bmf

MORE SUMMER MUSIC Look out, too, for a midsummer late-Beethoven series offered by the Borromeo Quartet at the Gardner Museum (www.gardnermuseum.org ); the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival has chamber recitals across the area (www.capecodchambermusic.org ); and the Newport Music Festival offers a full Beethoven Quartet cycle as well as tributes to Sibelius and Nielsen (www.newportmusic.org




PLYMOUTH ROCK ASSURANCE JAZZ FESTIVAL This second-annual event at Plymouth’s Spire Center features a mix of formidable South Shore-based talent and impressive imports: saxophonist Harry Allen’s quartet, Tony Bennett bassist Marshall Wood’s quartet with singer Donna Byrne, trumpeter Johnny Souza’s quintet (Friday); Branford Marsalis pianist Joey Calderazzo’s trio, drummer Yoron Israel & High Standards, singer Cassandre McKinley with pianist Paul Broadnax (Saturday); and a jam hosted by Souza (Sunday). May 22-24. Tickets: $30 Friday and Saturday, $50 both nights, $10 Sunday. Spire Center for Performing Arts, Plymouth. 508-746-4488, www.spirecenter.org

SATOKO FUJII Pianist-composer Fujii has pushed the interrelationship of composition and free improvisation as a solo pianist, big band leader, and member of the unusual quartet Kaze, with its two-trumpet front line. Fujii — a graduate of both Berklee and New England Conservatory — is visiting from Japan on a 10-date tour with Kaze. May 25. Tickets: $10. Lily Pad, Cambridge. 617-955-7729, www.lilypadinman.com

CATHERINE RUSSELL The singer’s father, Luis Russell, was Louis Armstrong’s musical director. That accounts only in part for her singularly authoritative interpretations of ancient jazz and blues. May 30. Tickets: $35, with dinner $75. Scullers Jazz Club, Boston. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com

JOHN PIZZARELLI The former Foxwoods pitchman combines jazz-guitar-fluency, vocal smarts, and humor. He brings his backup band (brother Martin on bass, pianist Konrad Paszkudzki, and drummer Kevin Kanner) as well as his own arrangements for Newton’s New Philharmonia Orchestra. Boston swing-band icon Bo Winiker will conduct (taking the podium following the death of New Phil music director Ron Knudsen in March). June 12. Tickets: $35-$100. First Baptist Church, Newton Centre. 617-527-9717, www.newphil.org

LEE KONITZ QUARTET The 87-year-old alto-saxophone guru was known back in the day for being one of the few players on his instrument not completely in thrall to Charlie Parker. He’s still searching for new sounds. And his superb rhythm section is worth a visit on its own: pianist Dan Tepfer, bassist Jeremy Stratton, and drummer George Schuller. June 13. Tickets: $28, students $21. Regattabar, Cambridge. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

THIRD ANNUAL DRIFF RECORDS FESTIVAL The locally based Driff Records, run by reed player Jorrit Dijkstra and pianist Pandelis Karayorgis, is given to all manner of adventurous composition and free improvisation. The Driff crew again take over the Lily Pad for two afternoons, with flagship bands like its Bathysphere large ensemble and special guests — trombonist Jeb Bishop, trumpeter Taylor Ho-Bynum, and saxophonist Tony Malaby. June 19-20. Tickets: $20, students $15. Lily Pad, Cambridge. 617-955-7729, www.lilypadinman .com

MADELEINE PEYROUX Singer and songwriter Peyroux’s intimate acoustic approach to jazz and her unusual arrangements and covers (from Bob Dyan and Leonard Cohen to Elliott Smith) put her on a short list of transformative ’90s jazz singers with the likes of Cassandra Wilson and, later, Norah Jones. She comes to Berklee with guitarist Jon Herington and bassist Barak Mori. June 28. Tickets: $35-$65. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. 617-266-7455, www.berklee.edu/bpc

GHOST TRAIN ORCHESTRA Trumpeter Brian Carpenter and his Ghost Train Orchestra redefine the idea of “revival” as reimagination, attacking all manner of pre-swing jazz and chamber jazz (from John Kirby and Alec Wilder to McKinney’s Cotton Pickers). They celebrate their new release, “Hot Town,” in the MFA courtyard. July 1. Tickets: $30. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 617-369-3395, www.mfa.org

NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL The granddaddy of all jazz fests (and possibly all outdoor music fests) stakes out more than 50 performances over three days with an overwhelming mix from the mainstream, the avant-garde, and everything in between: big-ticket headliners Chris Botti, John Batiste & Stay Human, Dr. John, and Jamie Cullum, plus Cassandra Wilson, Cécile McLorin Salvant, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Fred Hersch, and the highly anticipated appearance of Jack DeJohnette’s Made in Chicago (see story, Page N8). July 31-Aug. 2. Ticket prices vary. International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino and Fort Adams State Park. Newport, R.I. 800-745-3000, www.newportjazzfest.org

ROCKPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL Rockport Music loads up its summer programming on one extended weekend: supergroup sextet Mikarimba, featuring marimba player Mika Stoltzman, classical clarinet star (and Mika’s husband) Richard Stoltzman, and father-son drummers Steve and Duke Gadd (Thursday); singer Alicia Olatuja, who combines adept jazz and world-music influences (Friday); 11-year-old Balinese piano prodigy Joey Alexander (endorsed by Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis, no less) on a bill with hard-bop trumpeter Sean Jones’s quartet (Saturday); guitarist Julian Lage’s trio and clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen’s quartet (Sunday). Aug. 13-16. Ticket prices vary. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391, www.rockportmusic.org


FEMI KUTI In his distinguished career, the older son of the great Fela Kuti has taken more creative liberties with the master’s Afrobeat sound than has his brother Seun, but with results just as fierce, politically outspoken, and primed for dancing deep into the night. June 8. Tickets: $25, Paradise Rock Club. 617-562-8800, www.crossroadspresents.com/paradise-rock-club

FRESHLYGROUND The multi-ethnic South African band from bohemian Cape Town has a pop sweetness on the surface — but beneath lurk rhythms and melodies from across southern Africa, brought together with a fan’s love and a musicologist’s dedication. June 25. Tickets: $28, advance $25, Brighton Music Hall. 617-779-0140, www.worldmusic.org

NOVALIMA An exquisitely funky band from Lima that has made a specialty of electronic arrangements based on Afro-Peruvian folk tradition, performing in support of a brand-new album release. June 30. Tickets: $20, Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com

KING SUNNY ADE The season’s crucial African music concert brings the incomparable King Sunny Ade and his large, deeply experienced band, performing their signature Yoruba juju music, with its in-the-cut guitar grooves and sweet lyrics, just like at a Lagos society wedding. July 1. Tickets: $35, advance $28, The Sinclair. 617-547-5200, www.sinclaircambridge.com

BASSEKOU KOUYATÉ AND NGONI BA Heir to a long family legacy of players of the ngoni, a Malian lute once used as an accompaniment to griots and in rural ceremony, Kouyaté has modernized the instrument and plays it as a leader, to frequently spectacular effect. July 8. Tickets: $30, Museum of Fine Arts. 800-440-6975, www.mfa.org

PAA SECK DIERY Regulars on the Boston African-music scene, with its congenial blend of immigrants, student types, and dance aficionados, Paa Seck Diery and his band have cut a new album; they celebrate its release at one of their regular haunts. July 23. Tickets: $12, Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com

LOS CAMBALACHE Based in Los Angeles, Cesar Castro’s band plays son jarocho from his native Veracruz: an engrossing, acoustic guitar-led sound that reflects the Mexican port’s Caribbean and Spanish influences. Check website for exact show times. July 24-26. Free admission, Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell. 978-970-5000, www.lowellfolkfestival.org

BOMBINO A guitarist from the ancient city of Agadez, Niger, a trading crossroads at the edge of the Sahara, Bombino is one of the most dynamic current players of the Tuareg “desert blues” style, his version of which comes with Hendrixian guitar heroics. July 29. Tickets: $22, advance $20, The Sinclair. 617-547-5200, www.sinclaircambridge.com

CHAYANNE Every summer brings a big, crowd-pleasing Latin pop extravaganza: This year it’s Chayanne, the Puerto Rican crooner, with his expert blend of uptempo hits and grown-folk power ballads. Aug. 9. Tickets: $60-$130, Agganis Arena. 617-358-7000, www.bu.edu/agganis

AURELIO The reigning exponent of Garifuna music from the Caribbean coast of Honduras and Belize, Aurelio plays a deep folk sound, permeated by African roots and effortlessly groovy. Aug. 19. Tickets: $30, Museum of Fine Arts. 800-440-6975, www.mfa.org


AQUARIUS Before he signed on for more episodes of “The X-Files,” which, to me, sounds like a bad idea, David Duchovny made this 1960s period cop drama, which sounds like it could be a good idea. Duchovny plays Los Angeles Detective Sam Hodiak, an old-school cop who’s looking into a missing teen when he stumbles across a strange fellow by the name of Charles Manson. Gethin Anthony, who was Renly Baratheon on “Game of Thrones,” plays Manson. Interestingly, NBC is taking a page from the Netflix playbook by releasing the entire first season online and on demand after the two-hour premiere. May 28, 9 p.m., NBC

Sense8 They had me at the Wachowskis. The “Matrix” siblings come to the small screen with this 12-episode science fiction drama, which links eight strangers of the same age from around the world. There is telepathy, there is conspiracy, and there is technology. It sounds like the kind of concept you need to see to fully understand, as the mythology is revealed, but I’m intrigued by any show that suggests we’re somehow connected no matter where we’re from. Among the characters: a Chicago cop, a party girl from Reykjavik, a transgender blogger from San Francisco, and a safe-cracker from Berlin. June 5, Netflix

True Detective Nic Pizzolatto’s anthology series captivated audiences in its first season, with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Will the second go-round, with a new story and a different cast, also catch on? All signs point to yes. For one thing, the cast is led by Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch, all of whom have potential to shine. For another, Pizzolatto has said that he has gotten rid of the more forced occult aspects of the first season in “favor of closer character work and a more grounded crime story.” Interestingly, and perhaps contradictorily, the crime in season two revolves around the murder of a corrupt city manager found with satanic symbols etched on his chest. June 21, 9 p.m., HBO

THE BRINK What if Jack Black were the only thing standing between the planet and World War III? First thought: “Dr. Strangelove.” In this new HBO comedy, Black plays a Foreign Service officer reluctantly drawn into a geopolitical crisis, along with the secretary of state (Tim Robbins) and a Navy fighter pilot (Pablo Schreiber). The show was created by former “Weeds” writer-producer Roberto Benabib and his brother Kim Benabib, and it will be paired with “Ballers,” an “Entourage”-like series set in the world of football and starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a player-turned-agent. June 21, 10:30 p.m., HBO

Humans The promos for this sci-fi drama, coproduced by AMC and Britain’s Channel 4, are electrifying, despite the fact that the show’s theme of artificial intelligence is nothing new. The action is set in a parallel present, when everyone who’s anyone is getting a “Synth” — a very human-like robotic servant. Yeah, that’s going to work out well, especially as the servants become increasingly like their owners. William Hurt stars. Now excuse me while I go for a ride in my self-driving car. June 28, 9 p.m., AMC

Another Period “Downton Abbey” obsessives, this one may not be for you, unless you have a decidedly un-PBS-like bawdy sense of humor. The comedy is set in turn-of-the-20th-century Newport, R.I., and it follows a wealthy family of horrible narcissists and their exploited servants. Created by Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, who also star, the show is filled with familiar comedians in supporting roles including David Wain, Michael Ian Black, Brett Gelman, Kate Flannery (Meredith on “The Office”), and Thomas Lennon. Also in the cast: Christina Hendricks from “Mad Men.” June 23, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

SCREAM Can the game-changing, cliché-subverting slasher movie franchise be successfully rebooted as a weekly TV series? MTV is giving it a try, mixing teen soap opera with horror tropes and satire. The network has already released a few funny promos featuring some of the movies’ meta sensibility. The cast includes Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Carlson Young, and Connor Weil, none of whom, I’m betting, you’ve ever heard of. June 30, 10 p.m., MTV

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll Denis Leary returns to FX, where he made the unforgettable “Rescue Me,” as star and creator of this single-camera half-hour comedy. He plays Johnny Rock, a washed-up, sexed-up, drugged-up 1990s singer who connects with the daughter he never knew he had. Played by Elizabeth Gillies from Nickelodeon’s “Victorious,” she wants to be a musician, and she enlists his help. John Corbett is also on board, as Rock’s estranged songwriting partner. Leary is writing songs for the series, hoping, perhaps, for some of the same record sales that “Nashville” and “Empire” are enjoying. July 16, 10 p.m., FX

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Well this eight-episode prequel series based on the 2001 feature is surely going to get some buzz. Just look at the names in the cast list, which includes a number of stars from the film: Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Christopher Meloni, Jon Hamm, John Slattery, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, David Hyde Pierce, and Molly Shannon. Better go rewatch the movie, which has attained cult status over the years; David Wain, director of both the movie and the series, has said there will be a few jokey references to the original. July 31, Netflix

Public Morals Edward Burns is writing, directing, and starring in this new drama, which is set in the 1960s. He plays a New York cop who’s going full-force after corruption while trying to raise his sons and keep them out of trouble. Steven Spielberg is also involved as an executive producer on the show, which Burns is basing on his own father’s experience in the NYPD. Michael Rapaport, who was disturbing in a recent guest spot as a cop on “Louie,” plays Burns’s police partner, and Elizabeth Masucci plays his wife. Aug. 25, 10 p.m., TNT