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Now into the third decade of a career that has accumulated 35 No. 1 hits, Tim McGraw has likely reached the stage where he qualifies for elder statesman status in the country music world. His latest No. 1, “Shotgun Rider,” provides the name for his current tour, which is an all-bro affair: Billy Currington and Chase Bryant complete the package. June 12, 7 p.m. Tickets: $34.25-$74.25. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000. STUART MUNRO


SHAMIR On his terrific and heavily hyped debut, “Ratchet,” this 20-year-old singer (born Shamir Bailey) from Las Vegas is a refreshing arrival in pop music this year. Everything about him — his voice, his appearance, his stylistic detours — defies categorization. Best to take it all in, one fizzy dance-pop gem after another. June 11, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. Great Scott. 800-745-3000,


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” and “The Rose” 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,

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PAUL WELLER The Modfather sounds downright reborn on “Saturns Pattern,” his 12th solo album, released last month. Now a long way from his halcyon days with the Jam and the Style Council, Weller has settled in to an exploratory phase of his catalog, relishing detours into moody ambience and fuzzed-out blues dirges. Dreamy singer-songwriter Hannah Cohen opens. June 13, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,

BARRY MANILOW Ick factor aside — his latest album, “My Dream Duets,” has him singing along with deceased artists such as Whitney Houston and Mama Cass — Manilow has a deep catalog of some of pop music’s most enduring chestnuts. He does indeed write the songs that make the whole world sing: “Mandy,” “Copacabana (At the Copa),” and so on. Smooth-jazz saxophonist Dave Koz is the opener. June 16, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $16.25-$246.25. TD Garden. 800-745-3000, JAMES REED

Folk & World

THE LONESOME TRIO Another group of sorta-but-not-quite bluegrassers (self-described genre: “kinda lonesome“), the three members of the Lonesome Trio have been playing together off and on alongside their day jobs (for member Ed Helms, a successful acting career) since they met in college 20 years ago. But they’re just now releasing their first record; that self-titled debut comes out this week. June 11, 10:30 p.m. (early show is sold out). Tickets: $18. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679.

DAVID BROMBERG BAND If “Americana” has come to mean music that resides in the interstices between country, folk, blues, and other genres without belonging to any of them, then Bromberg was Americana eons before the term came into vogue, and no more so than when he was playing with his Band. He brings the current version around this Friday. June 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35-$55. The Wilbur Theatre. 800-745-3000.


BILL KIRCHEN AND TOO MUCH FUN WITH COMMANDER CODY Bill Kirchen started developing what he later came to label “dieselbilly” at the dawn of country rock as the original guitar player in the swinging, rocking, honky-tonking outfit Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. This rare date brings him and the band’s piano-pounder and titular frontman, the man Kirchen calls “the ol’ Commander,” back together. June 13, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35. Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley. 877-536-7190.


Jazz & Blues

13 O’CLOCK BLUES BAND Combining the Delta blues with microtonal tunings and psychedelic influences, the innovative group features Jon Catler on 64-tone just-intonation guitar, Meredith “Babe” Borden on vocals and keyboard, Fretless bassist Ed Broms, and drummer Benny Benson. June 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-955-7729,

LEE KONITZ QUARTET The incomparable alto saxophonist has been an acclaimed jazz voice since the 1940s and remains among the most dedicated and original improvisers in the game. With pianist Dan Tepfer, bassist Jeremy Stratton, and drummer George Schuller. June 13, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $28. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

GIACOMO GATES WITH THE TIM RAY TRIO Youth music organization ZUMIX continues its Jazz at the Firehouse concert series with late-blooming vocalist Gates, who began performing professionally in his 40s. He continues to age like fine wine, with his well-balanced baritone, large bouquet of repertoire, and mastery of swing, scat, and vocalese. WGBH’s Eric Jackson will emcee, and the ZUMIX Jazz Ensemble opens. June 14, 5 p.m. Tickets: $15. ZUMIX Firehouse, 260 Sumner St., East Boston. 617-568-9777,


PETROS KLAMPANIS The Boston debut of the remarkable Greek-born bassist and composer, celebrating his new CD, “Minor Dispute,” which features his unique rhythmic and textural take on jazz spiced with world music. With guitarist Gilad Hekselman, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, and percussionist John Hadfield, all featured on the recording. June 16, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $28. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,



BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL The massive biennial early music festival continues at full tilt with a trio of Monteverdi operas, festival concerts including Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, master classes, lectures, an organ mini-festival, an early music trade show and exhibition, and more. Through June 14. 617-661-1812,

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Up next at Rockport: an evening of French chamber music (Thursday); an all-Schubert program with violinist Jennifer Koh, baritone Randall Scarlata, and pianist Shai Wosner (Friday); the Boston Trio (Saturday); and pianist Russell Sherman in an all-Beethoven recital (June 14). Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391,

‘SICK PUPPY’ This annual new-music seminar at New England Conservatory draws its nickname from its acronym, SICPP — the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice. Rand Steiger is composer-in-residence at this year’s seminar, which begins on Sunday and features six free nights of new music at New England Conservatory, culminating on June 20 in a multi-hour marathon aptly dubbed the “Iditarod.” 617-585-1122,

BOSTON OPERA COLLABORATIVE The company’s next production is Ned Rorem’s “Our Town,” to be performed with piano accompaniment and stage direction by Greg Smucker. Musical direction by Jean Anderson Collier. June 13-19, Modern Theatre, 525 Washington St., 617-517-5883,



AFTER ALL THE TERRIBLE THINGS I DOAn absorbing production of A. Rey Pamatmat’s talky but trenchant dramatization of a timely issue — the bullying of gay kids — that explores the corrosive nature of guilt and sheds some light on what can be revealed, or concealed, by the stories we tell about our lives. Directed by Peter DuBois. Through June 21. Huntington Theatre Company at Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800,

LIGHT UP THE SKYThis 1948 comedy by Moss Hart about the turbulent opening night of a new play in Boston isn’t in the same league as Hart’s collaborations with George S. Kaufman (“The Man Who Came to Dinner,’’ “You Can’t Take It With You’’). But it’s quite enjoyable on its own period-piece terms, handing blue-chip performers like Paula Plum, Will LeBow, and Will McGarrahan an opportunity to ham it up under the brisk direction of Scott Edmiston. Through June 13. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678, DON AUCOIN

SWEET AND SADGathered for dinner on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, a family navigates the intersection of the personal and the political in Richard Nelson’s deeply sensitive, subtext-rich play. A six-person cast shines under masterful direction by Weylin Symes. The mixture of social relevance, deeply personal stakes, and thoughtful questioning found here is more or less why we go to the theater. Through June 20. Production by Gloucester Stage Company in collaboration with Stoneham Theatre. At Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433,

MELANCHOLY PLAY: A CHAMBER MUSICALA farcical spirit pervades this brand-new musical setting of Sarah Ruhl’s play, a frequently funny contemporary fable that boasts an extremely assured ensemble performance. Ruhl coheres elements of magic realism, opera, and melodrama into something strange but ultimately comforting. Here, a vial of tears possesses transformational powers, and almonds are not what they seem. An onstage string quartet plays bittersweet, faintly melodic pieces that don’t prompt sing-alongs but remain eminently pleasant. Through June 28. Trinity Repertory Company. At Dowling Theater in Providence. 401-351-4242,


DREAMGIRLS Director and choreographer Nick Kenkel embraces a balance of enthusiasm and blind ambition for this high-energy song-and-dance musical. Loosely based on the Supremes and the rise of Motown, “Dreamgirls” is not only a melodrama about friendships and betrayals in the quest for fame, it’s also about the price paid by black artists in an effort to cross over into the mainstream in the 1960s. The 22-member ensemble, led by Bryonha Marie Parham as the talented Effie and Eric LaJuan Summers as the soul singer awkwardly remade into a crooner, deliver believable characters as well as those showstopping numbers for a production that sends the audience out cheering. Through June 14. North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly. 978-232-7200,



DANCE FOR WORLD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL Presenter José Mateo Ballet Theatre expects this 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, dance classes, children’s activities, food, and a dance party on one indoor and four outdoor stages. June 13, 12-8 p.m., free. Sanctuary Theatre area, Cambridge. 617-354-7467,

THE WONDERTWINS The award-winning duo of Billy and Bobby McClain bring infectious enthusiasm and mad skills to a one-night-only performance of “To Hip-Hop, With Love.” The Boston-based red-gloved brothers use elements of vaudeville, robot, tap, and mime. June 12, 8 p.m., $12-$22. Regent Theatre, Arlington. 781-646-4849,

THIRD LIFE CHOREOGRAPHER SERIES Kelley Donovan’s series brings together a range of choreographers to share new and recent works in an informal setting. This upcoming concert features pieces by Donovan, the New York City-based troupe Regina Nejman & Company, Nozama Dance Collective, Kristin Wagner, and others. June 12, 8 p.m., $12-$20. Third Life Studio, Somerville. 617-388-3247,

TONY WILLIAMS BALLET The longtime dancer/choreographer/educator’s fledgling company makes its debut in a big hall with “Beyond the Barre,” a concert that showcases the new troupe’s dancers as well as up-and-coming students from the Tony Williams Dance Center. The program includes a variety of works, including “Compression,” choreographed by former Boston Ballet dancer Gianni Di Marco. June 14, 3:30 p.m., $15-$20. John Hancock Hall. 617-524-4381, KAREN CAMPBELL


NATURE, ASKEW This group show dismantles fusty, romantic notions of nature and contends with our fraught and conflicted relationship with the natural world today. The terrific artists include Andrew Mowbray, Cristi Rinklin, Gerry Bergstein, and Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz. Through July 5. Suffolk University Gallery, 75 Arlington St. 617-994-4283,

POP-UPS Five-day-long shows all month include “NO SHAKE, NOT HERE” organized by pop-up maestro Robert Moeller through June 12. Coming June 15-19: “Xubdued Light,” Ethan Berry’s selection of films from Boston’s AgX film collective. Through June 26. Montserrat Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. 978-921-4242,

WANDERLUST The dream of exotic places met the glam of advertising in 20th-century Art Deco-style posters for cruises, flights, and destinations. In this summer getaway of an exhibit, artists were invited to design their own travel posters. Through July 19. UFORGE Gallery, 767 Centre St., Jamaica Plain. 617-553-4480,



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,

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 is centered on new work utilizing old theatrical backdrops, but includes much more. Through January 2016. 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, his followers, and his rival Michaelangelo. 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,

BYZANTIUM TO RUSSIA: THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF RUSSIAN ICONS 1200 TO 1900 Rare icons and artifacts from the British Museum feature in this show that traces the development of sacred art in Byzantium and Russia. Includes two famous 14th-century icons — “Saint John the Baptist” and “Saint George and the Dragon” — never previously sent to a US museum. Through Sept. 12. Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton. 978-598-5000,



The multimedia artist and landscape architect deploys a Pop Art approach to playfully explore environmental issues (such as invasive species) and encourage awareness of natural habitats. The title refers to a shelter in which animals hibernate. Pictured: Shade collection box. Through June 27. Innovation and Design Building, 19 Drydock Ave. 617-449-5501, McQUAID


DADA LIFE: BY LAND AND BY SEA The banana-obsessed Swedish duo’s latest release is “One Last Night on Earth.” Friday night gets started with a gig on the water, then the music moves to Royale where the party continues. June 12, 6-10 p.m. Provincetown II, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Royale, 279 Tremont St., Boston.

SPACE JESUS The music of New Jersey-born and Brooklyn-based electronic music producer Jasha Tull’s alter ego is rooted in hip-hop and powered by bass. He appears with Voltran. June 12, 10 p.m. Prime, 295 Franklin St., Boston.

PHONIQUE Berlin-based deep house purveyor Michael Vater visits dance party Re:Set. June 17, 10 p.m. Phoenix Landing, 512 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-576-6260,

PRIDE FRIDAY It’s Pride party time in Boston. Before the parade on Saturday, celebrate with Violet Chachki, Jujubee, DJ Begbick, DJ Cindel, and DJ Archy. June 12, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Guilt & Candibar, Boston.

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SHARE A LAUGH Wendy Liebman is back hosting this eighth annual benefit for Community Works, featuring one of its best lineups yet: Kelly MacFarland, Chris Tabb, Erin Jackson, and Vicky Kuperman. June 11, 7:30 p.m. $30. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 617-625-5700,

SUE COSTELLO Dorchester native and gruff stand-up comedian follows up her April “Homecoming Show” at the Women in Comedy Festival with four performances at Laugh Boston. June 12-13, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $25-$35. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

BOSTON PRIDE PRESENTS FORTUNE FEIMSTER She went from “Last Comic Standing” to developing sitcoms with Tina Fey. It seems a matter of time before Feimster finds the right project. Her show is presented as part of Pride Week. June 13, 7 p.m. $25. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 866-448-7849,

T.J. MILLER An immensely talented performer with a careening imagination, Miller is a stand-up comedian, improviser, and voiceover artist. The “Silicon Valley” star has the education to back it up, having studied drama in England and physical comedy in France. June 17, 7 p.m. $27. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 866-448-7849,

COMEDY, AMERICA! A monthlong tribute to everything America — the good, bad, smart, and stupid — in song and sketch runs just past Independence Day. Fridays through July 10, plus a July 4 show, 10 p.m. $18. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253, NICK A. ZAINO III


Teddy Bear Check-Up Day at Stone Zoo Kids’ favorite stuffed animals can get a clean bill of health from zoo staff at this bear-themed day, which also includes a teddy bear parade, arts and crafts, and special presentations about the zoo’s black bears, Smoky and Bubba. June 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Zoo admission: $15.95 adults; $11.95 children ages 2 to 12. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. 617-541-5466. www.zoo

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival A tradition more than 2,000 years old, dragon boat racing began in China to commemorate the memory of the poet and minister Qu Yuan. In Boston, the festival — in its 36th year — has grown to be the largest Asian-American cultural event of its kind in New England, featuring cultural performances, arts and crafts demonstrations, food vendors and, of course, races. June 13 and 14 (visit website for race times and full schedule of events). Free. Charles River, DeWolfe Street and Memorial Drive, Cambridge. www.bostondragonboat

Discover the Dinosaurs Kids and families can immerse themselves in the Jurassic period at this interactive walk-through exhibit, which features dozens of animatronic dinosaurs. Other activities and attractions include a scavenger hunt, an art station, rides, mini golf, and more.
June 13 and 14 (9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday). Admission: $20 adults; $18 seniors and children ages 12 and under (some features cost extra). Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St., Providence. 401-458-6000. www.discoverthedinosaurs

Family FunFest and 5K Road Race Head to Acton for loads of family fun at this fourth annual event, which includes mini-carnival games, pony rides, bouncy houses, live entertainment, food trucks, face painting, crafts, and more. The 5K Road Race benefits the Miracle League of Massachusetts. June 14 from 11 a.m. to
3 p.m. Free (race participation fee is $25). NARA Park, 75 Quarry Road, Acton. 978-263-3043.



Boston TechJam Exchange ideas and celebrate technology, entrepreneurship, and culture at this outdoor innovation festival, which features tech artists, live bands, and local food and drinks. The festival also serves as a meet-up for local entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, tech companies, students, and other innovators and visionaries. June 11 from 4 to 9 p.m. Admission: $10. City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston. 781-993-9000.

Boston Grown-Ups Museum Why should kids have all the fun? Experience the Boston Children’s Museum without the children at this 21+ event, where visitors can play and explore the interactive exhibits while enjoying beer, wine, and treats. June 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets: $25. Boston Children’s Museum,
308 Congress St. 617-986-3649.

Art and Ales at deCordova Head to the Lincoln sculpture park and museum for an evening of art, live music, and food. Somerville’s Aeronaut Brewing Company will provide art-inspired tastings, pairing their craft beers with sculptures in the park, and food from Munch Mobile Kitchen will be available for purchase. June 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets: $30 for non-members (pre-registration required).
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8355.

45th Annual Boston Pride Parade and Festival Pride Week caps off with these flagship events. The parade proceeds from Copley Square to City Hall Plaza, where the festival takes place. The festival features exhibitors and vendors and free musical entertainment by local and national artists including Estelle, Billy Gilman, Mary Lambert and more. June 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (parade begins at noon). Free. City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square. 617-262-9405.



June 18-Aug. 23 Shakespeare & Company stages “Henry V” at Bernstein Theatre, Lenox

June 21 Steve Rannazzisi at The Wilbur

June 23 Matthew Aucoin at Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport

June 24 and 25 New Kids on the Block, TLC, and Nelly at TD Garden

June 24 Real Estate at Paradise Rock Club

Everclear at House of Blues

June 25 Kid Rock and Foreigner at Xfinity Center, Manchester

AWOLNATION at House of Blues

June 27 Country 102.5’s Music Festival featuring Dierks Bentley (pictured) at Xfinity Center

Ingrid Michaelson at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

A Prairie Home Companion at Tanglewood

June 29 Barenaked Ladies at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion