For 30 years, Aurelio Martinez has represented an African-Amerindian culture at the intersection of ethnicities and dislocations, preserving and bringing his own innovations to the musical traditions and rituals of the Central American people to which he belongs, the Garifuna. Since 2006 he’s represented them politically as well, as a senator in the Honduran Congress. Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30. Museum of Fine Arts. 800-440-6975, www.mfa.org
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Beloved for its heart, soul, and sass, this indie-pop quintet is always a joy to behold live. As part of the ICA’s summerlong Wavelengths series on the Boston waterfront, Lucius shares the bill with Heather Woods Broderick, who plays in Sharon Van Etten’s band and whose new album, “Glider,” is one of the year’s most luminous listening pleasures. Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $25, $20 for students and members. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston
DICK DALE In a new interview with Pittsburgh City Paper, Dale let it be known that he’s not in good shape. Stricken with all sorts of ailments, the 78-year-old guitar hero is mostly on the road again to cover his medical expenses. That’ll no doubt make his return to the Boston area, where he was born and raised, all that more poignant as he draws on a 50-plus-year catalog of surf-rock classics and innovations that forever changed the world of guitar playing. Aug. 15, 5 p.m. Tickets: $30. Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.ticketweb.com
On his most recent studio album, 2012’s “Shape Shifter,” Carlos Santana put the spotlight back on his compositional chops and dropped his long-running penchant for adding pop stars to his songs. The album was his first in two decades to feature mostly instrumental tracks with no guest singers. With guitar heroics such as his, what more do you need? Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $34.50-$120. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 800-745-3000, www.live
Folk & World
CRACKER David Lowery, Johnny Hickman, and company bring Cracker’s bifurcated proclivities, parsed by the band’s latest release as “Berkeley to Bakersfield,” to a party boat. Both parts — the guitar-rock roar of “Life in the Big City” and the high-test honky-tonk of “King of Bakersfield” — should facilitate the party.
Aug. 13, 7:15 p.m. Tickets: $30. Rock On! Concert Cruise, Rowes Wharf. 866-777-8932,
TISH HINOJOSA True to the name of her 1990 record, “Culture Swing,” Tish Hinojosa has made a career out of traversing and combining roots music drawn from both sides of the border, from the music she heard her Mexican immigrant parents play while growing up in San Antonio to the Texas swing and country sounds of her hometown to her own singer-songwriter sentiments. Aug. 18, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org
Jazz & Blues
MIKARIMBA The Rockport Jazz Festival kicks off with this exciting, genre-busting super-group featuring marimba player Mika Stoltzman, clarinetist Richard Stolzman, guitarist John Tropea, bassist Eddie Gomez, and drummer Steve Gadd. Other festival weekend performers include singer Alicia Olatuja, trumpeter Sean Jones, guitarist Julian Lage, and clarinetist Anat Cohen. Aug. 13,
8 p.m. Tickets: $41-$61. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391, www.rockportmusic.org
THE MAKANDA PROJECTFor this free outdoor concert, pianist John Kordalewski's 11-piece band broadens its mission of playing the music of the late great Bostonian composer and multi-instrumentalist Makanda Ken McIntyre by introducing a set of pieces by another undersung master, saxophonist Bill Barron. Aug. 15, 1 p.m. Free. First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam St.,
Roxbury. 617-652-7564, www.makandaproject.com
& THE DRIVERS Perhaps best known as cofounder of the Nighthawks, Thackery has since helmed several bands, including this blues power trio that spotlights his incendiary guitar. Aug. 15, 8 p.m. Tickets: $18-$22. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Route 2A, Shirley. 877-536-7190, www.bullrun
TANGLEWOOD Thursday night in Ozawa Hall, it’s a Shakespeare and Cervantes-themed evening with Yo-Yo Ma, the Boston Cello Quartet, and others. Then, for its final concerts before heading off on tour, the BSO plays Mahler’s Sixth and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto (with soloist Christian Tetzlaff) on Friday under Andris Nelsons. He also leads a program of Italian opera arias the following night, featuring soprano Kristine Opolais, his wife. Wrapping up the season, Asher Fisch presides over the traditional account of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
MARLBORO MUSIC It should be a savorable season-closing weekend for Marlboro, with performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The weekend’s repertoire includes late works by Beethoven and Brahms, Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll,” and Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony (the Mozart to be conducted by Leon Fleisher). Also on the weekend’s bill: music of Bartok, Janacek, and Strauss. Aug. 14-16, Marlboro, Vt., 802-254-2394, www.marlboromusic.org
HUB NEW MUSIC The new music collective, formerly known as the Boston Young Composers Ensemble, devotes an enticing full program to the work of Andrew Norman — specifically, his “Lightscreens” (2002), “Garden of Follies” (2006), and “The Companion Guide to Rome” (2010). Aug. 13, 6 p.m., Linde Family Wing, Museum of Fine Arts. www.hub
A MOON FOR
THE MISBEGOTTEN As Josie Hogan, daughter of a Connecticut tenant farmer, Audra McDonald delivers a portrayal of concentrated craft, interpretive nuance, and emotional intensity that is transfixing to watch — and that helps conceal the shortcomings of Eugene O’Neill’s sometimes ungainly play. Almost as compelling is the performance by Will Swenson as Jim Tyrone, a haunted figure who is steadily drinking himself toward the death he sees as a final release from overpowering remorse, self-disgust, and hopelessness. Directed by Gordon Edelstein. Through Aug. 23. Williamstown Theatre Festival, at Main Stage, Williamstown. 413-597-3400, www.wtfestival.org
WONDERFUL TOWN The stars of this 1953 musical are the 23 members of the pit orchestra, who bring Leonard Bernstein’s lush score to life. While it’s true that Katie Ann Clark and Jennifer Ellis do a superb job with their roles as sisters who arrive in the Big Apple with dreams of making it big, musical director Daniel Rodriguez, and especially that 13-piece horn section, propel this show forward. Both Ellis and Clark infuse their characters with personality to spare, and choreographer Eileen Grace has created some imaginative dance moves for the ensemble in “Conquering New York,” “Pass the Football,” “Swing,” “Ballet at the Village Vortex,” and “Wrong Note Rag.” But it’s Bernstein’s music, along with Betty Comden and Adolph Green’s charming lyrics, that make this love letter to
New York really sing. Through Aug. 16. Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston, Waltham. 781-891-5600, www.reaglemusic
COLOSSAL A highly entertaining production that features artificial turf, goal posts, and a video scoreboard, plus a drum corps at halftime. Andrew Hinderaker’s play is about a college football star coping with a devastating injury, but it’s fueled by the beauty of movement and the violence of the game. Through Aug. 15. Company One Theatre, at Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 617-933-8600, www.companyone.org
LA OTRA ORILLA Based in Montreal and fueled by the imaginative artistic collaborations between dancer-choreographer Myriam Allard and singer-actor Hedi Graja, this talented company is known for imbuing the stylistic rigor and passion of traditional flamenco with a provocative contemporary sensibility. This Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival engagement with live music is the world premiere of “Moi&lesAutres.”
Aug. 16, $25-$35. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org
SARASOTA BALLET About to enter its 25th season, this well-respected company offers a relatively rare opportunity to see a pair of serene modernist classics by Sir Frederic Ashton, “Monotones I and II,” set to music by Satie. Also on the program are Christopher Wheeldon’s exuberant “The American” and a world premiere by resident choreographer and company member Ricardo Graziano. Through Aug. 16, $45-$75. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org
TAP UNITED: THE SHOW For the 10th year, the grand finale of Nancy Chippendale’s international Dance United festival brings together its impressive faculty for an evening showcase that promises to rock the house. Performers include national tap teams from Germany, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic, London’s Tap Attack, and solo stars Aaron Tolson and Sarah
Reich, among others. Aug. 14,
7 p.m., $27. J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts, Andover. 978-685-5533, www.tapunited1.com
MUSINGS: BARBARA KASSEL: PAINTINGS, JED DEVINE: PHOTOGRAPHS Kassel’s domestic interiors and lived-in still lifes are so packed with detail they become narrative. Devine, her husband, finds rhythms, associations, and allusions in Kassel’s studio, composing lyrical photographs from her leftovers. Through Aug. 30.Clark Gallery, 145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8303, www.clarkgallery.com
LAURA EVANS: CONDUCTIVITY
Evans, whose public-art benches are on display at Cambridge’s Greene-Rose Heritage Park, exhibits sculptures of the last decade — understated, low-tech, highlighting the small, inchoate, and unexpected — to put the benches in context. Through
Oct. 30.Gallery 344, Cambridge Arts Council, 344 Broadway, Cambridge. 617-349-4380, www.cambridgeartscouncil.org
An exhibition about space and movement: Kirsten Reynolds’s installation “(Cut),” which might be a stage set in the process of being erected or struck, plays with and against Hio Ridge Dance’s film “Porch,” exploring the body as structure. Through Oct. 4.
3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth, N.H. 603-766-3330, www.3sarts.org
VAN GOGH AND NATURE The great Dutch artist’s passionate investigations into the natural world are the subject of this ambitious show, featuring 40 paintings and 10 drawings. Through Sept. 13. Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303, www.clarkart.edu.
PETER SAUL Forty paintings and works on
paper, made between 1959 and 2012, by the funky CalArts-trained artist, who is known for his rambunctious, cartoon-style, politically charged imagery in gaudy colors. Through Nov. 29. (open weekends and Wednesday by appointment), Hall Art Foundation, Reading, Vt. 802-952-1056, www.hallartfoundation.org
1967-2015 Can walking be art? You bet. 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
ALTERNA-TEASE: THE NEO BURLESQUE FESTIVAL Striptease artists from the United States and Canada celebrate their art form. Mehran, a competitor on “Last Comic Standing,” hosts Friday’s “The Ta-Tas: The Alterna-tease Awards Spectacular.” Aug. 13-14, 8 p.m. $15-$20. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-495-2668, www.club
JORDAN CARLOS The stylish, nerdish Carlos currently writes for “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” and released his stand-up album, “The Blackest,” last month. Aug. 13 at 8 p.m., Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., and Aug. 15 at
9 p.m. $20-$30. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com
LAVELL CRAWFORD The big man from “Breaking Bad,” who also has a supporting role in the upcoming “American Ultra,” comes to town after rescheduling his April show at the Wilbur. Aug. 15, 9:45 p.m. $22-$30. The Wilbur Theatre.
246 Tremont St., Boston. 866-448-7849, www.thewilbur.com
ICE CREAM SOCIAL ON THE ESPLANADE!Endulge in an hour of sweet treats along the Charles.
Aug. 14, 3-4 p.m. Free. David Mugar Way, Boston. www.theboston
IGNITE! A GLOBAL STREET FOOD AND FIRE FESTIVAL
Enjoy an evening of food from local restaurants, performances in the streets, and other activities in Union Square. Aug. 15, 6-10 p.m. Free. Union Square Plaza, Somerville. www.somerville
THOMAS LAND GRAND
OPENING Thomas the Tank Engine now has his own theme park at Edaville USA, and kids can take part in opening day festivities. Aug. 15, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. $29. 5 Pine St., Carver. www.edaville.com