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Music

SOAK

The stage name of 19-year-old Irish musician Bridie Monds-Watson, SOAK is one to watch for her stark and clear-eyed ruminations on growing up and confronting the world around her. Riding a wave of buzz in the United Kingdom, she’s finally touring the United States behind her haunting new debut album, “Before We Forgot How to Dream.” July 10, 6:30 p.m.Tickets: $14, $12 in advance. Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.ticketweb.com JAMES REED

Pop & Rock

BOOKER T. JONES Courtesy of “Green Onions,” he made his name fronting the instrumental funk band Booker T. & the M.G.’s in the early 1960s. And then this multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work on Hammond B3 organ, went on to an illustrious career that extended to 2013’s “Sound the Alarm,” which paired him with younger soul artists such as Gary Clark Jr. and Anthony Hamilton. July 9,8 p.m. Tickets: $45-$65. Johnny D’s, Somerville. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT Few performers can navigate the line between tender and visceral quite the same way Wainwright does. No matter her current project — her last album, “Come Home to Mama,” came out in 2012 — the fearless singer-songwriter is always an electrifying live presence. With an opening set from experimental band Zs, this show kicks off the ICA’s summertime Wavelengths series along the harbor. July 10,6:30 p.m. Tickets: $25, $20 for members and students. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org

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BOSTON HIP-HOP FEST Slaine, Dutch ReBelle, Akrobatik, Edo G, Reks, Termanology, and Cam Meekins anchor this showcase of some of Boston’s hip-hop heavyweights both established and rising. Presented by Leedz Edutainment and hosted by Mark Merren, the show will also include special guests. July 11,7 p.m. Tickets: $15, $13 inadvance. Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.ticketweb.com

JAMES REED

Folk & World

RONNIE FAUSS With a clutch of EPs and two full-lengths that meld a muscular, hook-filled country sound with lyrics that are just as likely to get stuck in your head, it’s about time for Ronnie Fauss to start getting the attention he deserves. He’s opening for Hayes Carll Thursday. July 9, 8 p.m. Tickets: $22 (advance sold out; limited tickets available at the door). Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com

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LARRY CAMPBELLAND TERESA WILLIAMS They’ve spent their performing lives as members of the band — in Campbell’s case, as the consummate roots-music sideman to Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples, and scads more. But honed by their involvement in Levon Helm’s Midnight Rambles, they’ve finally stepped up front with a marvelous duo record and a supporting tour. They open for Hot Tuna. July 11, 8 p.m. Tickets: $45. The Cabot Theatre, Beverly. 978-525-9093, www.thecabot.org

SEHRANG “Sehrang” is the Farsi word for “tricolored,” a self-reflective name for the three young Iranian musicians who compose this group. They’re bent on making something both new and rooted, combining their own, mostly Farsi lyrics with modern Iranian poetry and traditional sounds with jazz, African, Latin, and otherelements. This is their Boston-area debut. July 15, 8 p.m.Tickets: $21. Johnny D’s,Somerville. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com

STUART MUNRO

Jazz & Blues

MARCIA BALL The multiple Grammy and Blues Music Award winner is a rollicking pianist and soulful vocalist who remains among our prime exponents of the Gulf Coast blues of her native Texas and the New Orleans R&B of her formative years in Louisiana. July 9,7:30 p.m. Tickets: $27-$35.Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

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THE MAKANDA PROJECT Led by pianist John Kordalewski, these marvelous evangelists for the music of the late great Bostonian composer and multi-instrumentalist Makanda Ken McIntyre comprise several of the hub’s finest players. This free summer concert will also feature theSt. Mary's Steel Ensemble and the Citywide String Orchestra.July 11, 1 p.m. Free. First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam St.,Roxbury. 617-652-7564, www.makandaproject.com

KEVIN HARRIS& STEVE LANGONE Pianist-composer Harris melds the soul of gospel with the architecture of Thelonious Monk and J.S. Bach. Drummer Langone spices his subtle yet swinging percussive approach with a tinge of Latin rhythms. Their intricate musical conversations yield plums aplenty, whether exploring an old standard or venturing into the freedom zone. July 11, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12-$15. Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square, Somerville. www.mandorlamusic.net

PETER & WILL ANDERSON Identical twins, both Andersons play clarinet and saxophones with preternatural poise and virtuosity, bringing to mind the likes of Artie Shaw and Lester Young as the brothers reanimate classic jazz from swing to bop and beyond. July 12, 7:30 p.m. $18. Amazing Things Arts Center,160 Hollis St., Framingham.508-405-2787, www.amazingthings.org

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

Classical

TANGLEWOOD The festival is in full swing, with bass-baritone Bryn Terfel on Thursday in Ozawa Hall. Friday night, Stéphane Denève leads the BSO in Poulenc’s Concerto forOrgan, Strings and Timpani (with soloists Cameron Carpenter and Timothy Genis) alongside works by Saint-Saens and Barber. Saturday night, Bramwell Tovey returns with Act I from Puccini’s “Tosca.” And a Sunday morning TMC program features a Marc Neikrug premiere, while that day’s matinee brings Ludovic Morlot back to the BSO podium with works by Mozart, Dvorak, and John Luther Adams. Lenox. 617-266-1200, www.tanglewood.org

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ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL The veteran a cappella ensemble Anonymous 4 stops off as part of its final tour (Thursday); composer and pianist Yehudi Wyner, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, and pianist David Deveau offer works by Wyner, Brahms, Hindemith, Schumann, and Peter Sculthorpe (Friday); and theEscher String Quartet appears on Saturday (with pianist Gilles Vonsattel) and Sunday (with flutist Carol Wincenc). Shalin LiuPerformance Center, Rockport.978-546-7391, www.rockportmusic.org JEREMY EICHLER

AMERICANA FESTIVAL; NEW ENGLAND COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL

Make the short hop up to Portsmouth, N.H., Saturday and you have your choice of music destinations. The Duhks, Mike + Ruthy, and Heather Maloney will provide the Americana; Kellie Pickler (pictured), rising acts Leah Turner and Native Run, and others will scratch your country itch. July 11, 6 p.m. Tickets: $8-$10 suggested donation. Prescott Park, Portsmouth, N.H. 603-436-2848. www.prescottpark.org (Americana);2 p.m. Tickets: $45. Redhook Ale Brewery, Portsmouth, N.H. www.necmharbor.eventbrite.com (country) STUART MUNRO

MONADNOCK MUSIC

Monadnock opens its 50th season by kicking off a five-year survey of Beethoven’s complete symphonies, starting withNos. 1 and 3, led by artistic director Gil Rose. July 10, 7:30 p.m., Peterborough Town House, Peterborough, N.H. 603-924-7610, www.monadnockmusic.org JEREMY EICHLER

Theater

LEGACYDaniel Goldfarb’s new play is a smartly layered examination of our quest for some kind of immortality, some way to project our selves and our stories into the future. Jessica Hecht, Halley Feiffer, and Justin Long deliver strong performances, but Eric Bogosian brings little of his trademark intensity to a role that would seem to call for it: Neil, a Rothian-Maileresque literary lion in his 60s who suddenly decides that he and his wife, played by Hecht, should have a baby.Directed by Oliver Butler. Through July 12. Williamstown Theatre Festival, at Nikos Stage, Williamstown. 413-597-3400, www.wtfestival.org

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OUT OF STERNOPaula Plum’s production delivers on the farcical humor and the deeper resonance of Deborah Zoe Laufer’s 2009 comedy. Amanda Collins excels as a young woman whose bumpy journey of self-discovery begins when she walks out the door of the apartment she has not left for seven years. With an indelible supporting 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 MANCHADirector 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, RETURNTO 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. Berkshire Theatre Group, at the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. 413-997-4444, www.berkshiretheatregroup.org

DON AUCOIN

A DOLL’S HOUSEFaithful 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

PAUL TAYLOR DANCECOMPANY The company makes its eighth consecutive summer visit to the Berkshires, offering a wide-ranging look at Taylor’s masterfulchoreography. Dances include the exuberant “Esplanade” and the ever-popular “Company B,”as well as “Diggity,” “Eventide,” “Promethean Fire,” and the tango-inspired “Piazzolla Caldera.” July 9-12, $15-$65 ($20 per family of six or less for the matinee). Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. 413.528-0100, www.mahaiwe.org

NEDERLANDS DANSTHEATER 2 From the caliber of the dancing, you’d never guess this spectacular troupe of stunning young performers is designed as a kind of training company. They tackle some of the most challenging repertoire with ferocious commitment and impeccable facility. The upcoming program features works by Swedish dancemaker Johan Inger, Israeli choreographers Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, and the Spanish-British choreographic duo Sol León and Paul Lightfoot. Through July 12, $39-$69. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745,www.jacobspillow.org

THE DREAM PROJECTNative Taiwanese choreographer Chun Jou Tsai and friends meld modern-dance improvisation and Chinese traditional long-sleeves dance technique to embody the calligraphy of a Buddhist poem about pursuing one’s dream. Part of the Somerville Council for the Arts’ “Dancing in the Streets” series. July 10, 8:30 p.m., Free.City Hall Concourse, Somerville. 617-625-6600, www.somervilleartscouncil.org

BOSOMA DANCE COMPANYThis spirited troupe, led by Katherine Hooper and Irada Djelassi, wraps up this summer’s “Dancing in the Streets” series with a repertory program that includes the informal premiere of “Turn on, Boot up, Jack in,” developed with former Giordano Dance Chicago dancer Lindsey Leduc and workshopped with David Dorfman. July 11, 8:30 p.m., Free. Foss Park, 219 Broadway, Somerville. 617-625-6600, www.somervilleartscouncil.org

KAREN CAMPBELL

G ALLERIES

GLAZED & DIFFUSED Consider clay the canvas and glaze the paint, and you have 3-D paintings, or at least ceramics conversing with painting. This show begins with late 19th-century maverick ceramicist George Ohr and spotlights contemporary clay artists tuned into surface abstraction. Through Aug. 16.Ferrin Contemporary, 1315 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams.413-346-4004, www.ferrincontemporary.com

LYNNE HARLOW: PINK “Limitless and Lonesome,” a color-and-sound installation from this multi-media colorist, was inspired by a West Texas dusk. Other lyrical and spare work on view explores rhythm, horizon, and landscape with luminous Plexiglas and brass nails. Through Aug. 15. Drive-By Projects, 81 Spring St., Watertown. 617-835-8255, www.drive-byprojects.com CATE McQUAID

Museums

NIGHT VISION: NOCTURNES IN AMERICAN ART 1860-1960A major survey of scenes of the night by American 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. Through Oct. 18. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine. 207-725-3275, www.bowdoin.edu/art-museum

ALFRED MAURER: AT THEVANGUARD OF MODERNISMA retrospective of the fascinating career of the underrated American modernist. Maurer, a talented realist, converted early toFauvism (through his connections with the Steins in Paris), and later adopted Cubism. He was a crucial figure in thedevelopment of American modernism. Through July 31. Addison Gallery of American Art,Andover. 978-749-4015, www.andover.edu/Museums/Addison

ROZ CHAST: CARTOONMEMOIRS The popular cartoonist associated with The New Yorker and the author of the best-selling memoir “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant” is the subject of a career overview that is a little bit manic and extremely funny. Through Oct. 26. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, www.nrm.org

SAMURAI! An exhibition of work by contemporary artists inspired by samurai myths and representations. Includes work by Japanese and American illustrators and painters, and a diverse array of media, including prints and paper sculpture. Inspired by the recent acquisition of the Higgins Armory collection, which includes many samurai-related objects. Through Sept. 6. Worcester Art Museum, Worcester. 508-799-4406, www.worcesterart.org

SEBASTIAN SMEE

ARCADIA: THOUGHTS ON THE CONTEMPORARY PASTORAL

How do we integrate nature into the city? How does technology mediate our experience of the outdoors? Artist Steve Locke curates this show about the increasingly complicated crossroads of nature and culture. Pictured: Frank Meuschke’s “Prospect Park,” July 10-Sept. 20. Mills Gallery,Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St. 617-426-5000, www.bcaonline.org CATE McQUAID

WOMEN IN CLOTHES

Devoted to edginess and to classical beauty, fashion photographers have a duty to shock and awe. This show features 20th-century luminaries such as Yousuf Karsh, Gordon Parks, Irving Penn, and Man Ray. Pictured: Gordon Parks’s “Skin Tight Suit, Malibu, California, 1958.’’ July 10-Sept. 12. Robert Klein Gallery, 38 Newbury St. 617-267-7997, www.robertkleingallery.com CATE McQUAID

NIGHTLIFE

Clubs

JOE MAZThe Miami DJhas done official remixes for Kanye West, Pitbull, Britney Spears, and others, and is part of the duo DiscoTech with DJ Konflikt. July 10, 10 p.m. Whisky Saigon, 116 Boylston St., Boston. 617-482-7799, www.whiskysaigon.com

SUMMER FRENZYA hot summer night gets hotter with DJs Evaredy and Real P offering hip-hop, trap, reggae, and party jams. July 11, 9:30 p.m. $10. Good Life, 28 Kingston St., Boston. 617-451-2622, www.goodlifebar.com

SOULELUJAHBoston’s weekly soul night has been going strong since 2003. The award-winning dance party boasts two rooms and plenty of classic soul, funk, and R&B for your dancing pleasure. This week features Claude Money at ZuZu, and Ty Jesso Upstairs at the Middle East. July 11, 11 p.m. Middle East, 472-480 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.mideastclub.com

ILAN BLUESTONEThe London-based producer’s progressive sound is fed by a lifetime of independent music-making, starting with teaching himself to play guitar and keyboard as a kid. July 15, 9 p.m. Naga, 450 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-955-4900, www.nagacambridge.com

Milva DiDomizio

Comedy

JON RINEMAN When the former Boston comic isn’t writing Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” monologue, he’s doing his own stuff in clubs around the country. July 9-10 at 8 p.m., July 11 at 9 p.m. $20-$35. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

DAN CROHNThe Boston native’s good-natured and relatable humor helped him make the “Top 100” comedians on the upcoming season of “Last Comic Standing,” which debuts July 22. July 10-11, 8 p.m. $20. Nick’s Comedy Stop, 100 Warrenton St., Boston. 617-482-0930, www.nickscomedystop.com

JANEANE GAROFALO The comedian, who spent some of her formative years in Boston, has been busy doing film and television work, including “The Jim Gaffigan Show” and the Netflix prequel series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” which debuts July 31. July 11, 8 p.m. $26. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-562-88100, www.crossroadspresents.com/paradise-rock-club

KELLY MacFARLAND No one delivers sarcasm with a smile like Maine native MacFarland, who is also part of the “Top 100” on this season’s “Last Comic Standing.” July 11, 8:30 p.m. $20. Kowloon Komedy, 948 Broadway (Route 1), Saugus. 781-484-6002, www.kowloonrestaurant.com

NICK A. ZAINO III

Kids

¡Viva el Latin Quarter! Presents: Despicable Me Screening In this animated film from Universal Pictures, a criminal mastermind uses three orphan girls to fulfill his evil scheme of shrinking the moon. The PG-rated film is a hilarious, fun-filled adventure. July 10, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Free. Blessed Sacrament Church Lawn, Centre Street., Jamaica Plain. www.hydesquare.org/events

Magic 106.7 Family FilmFestival Enjoy a night of fun family films such as “Big Hero 6,” “Ratatouille,” and “Toy Story.” July 11, 6-9 p.m. Free. Prudential Center South Garden, Boylston Street. www.prudentialcenter.com/entertain_events

Lowell Philharmonic Summer Pops Concert The Lowell Philharmonic will be performing kid-friendly music including John Williams’s “Star Wars” Suite for Orchestra and pieces by Handel, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and others. July 12, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Shedd Park Pavilion, 433 Rogers St., Lowell. www.lowellphilharmonic.org

Sunday Parkland Games Enjoy an afternoon of family fun and games along the Charles River. July 12, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Charles River Weeks Footbridge, DeWolfe Street and Memorial Drive. Cambridge. www.harvardsquare.com/7th-annual-sunday-parkland-games

MACKENZIE CUMMINGS-GRADY

Events

ComedySportz Boston Improvisational comedy is the highlight of this show, in which two teams of players compete in various sketches for points and laughter. Each game is played based on audience suggestions, providing fresh jokes throughout. July 10, 8-10 p.m. $15. The Riot Theatre, South St., Jamaica Plain. cszboston.com

Jamaica Plain Porchfest 2015 This yearly community event returns, with 100 bands spread across 70+ porches. Relax and enjoy a day of music and — hopefully — sunshine. July 11, noon-6 p.m. Free. www.jpporchfest.org

Boston Rebellion Pro Mountain Bike RaceS Come watch bikers compete for first place in a variety of categories. Kids races are offered as well. July 11 and 12, 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. Adams Farm,Walpole. www.bostonrebellion.com/ProXCT/ProXCT.html

South End Food Trucks at SoWa Enjoy delicious dishes from 16 unique food trucks. While eating, you can check out the South End Farmers Market. July 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.. Free. Harrison Avenue. newenglandopenmarkets.com/foodtrucks

MACKENZIE CUMMINGS-GRADY

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: TOP PICKS

July 13 Salsa in the Park at Blackstone Community Center Park mmsalsainthepark.weebly.com

July 18 Radio 92.9 Earthfest With Guster on Boston Common myradio929.com/category/earthfest

July 23 Robert Altman’s “Prairie Home Companion” screens at the Harvard Film Archive hcl.harvard.edu/hfa

July 31 D Street Dance Party at The Lawn on D www.facebook.com/events/1597156693871555

Aug. 1 Boat Cruise Summer Series BASSBOAT Edition at Seaport Blvd. www.tablelist.com/event

Aug. 2 Culture Club at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion www.livenation.com

Aug. 6-Aug. 16 “Wonderful Town” at Reagle Music Theater www.reaglemusictheatre.com/SummerMusicals.html

MACKENZIE CUMMINGS-GRADY