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The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more

From left: Erick Arc Elliott, Zombie Juice, and Meechy Darko of Flatbush Zombies.Theo Wargo/Getty Images


Pop & Rock

FLATBUSH ZOMBIES No denying this young Brooklyn hip-hop trio mines a throwback vein: It’s explicit on “3001: A Laced Odyssey,” the group’s newly released debut album, especially on “R.I.P.C.D.,” an elegy to the increasingly abandoned silver disc. News flash: “3001” debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200, proving there’s plenty of life left in the strain of eerie, idiosyncratic psychedelia Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice, and Erick Arc Elliott are cultivating. March 26, 6 p.m. $20-$30. House of Blues. 800-653-8000, www.livenation.com

GAZ COOMBES An English singer-songwriter best known for his work as frontman for alt-rock band Supergrass, Coombes arrives to share songs from his latest solo LP, 2015’s “Matador,” on which his characteristically inventive, dreamy songs sometimes take on a edge of anxiety — timely, that. Show up promptly for opener Piney Gir, whose nearly supernatural knack for gently askew pop songcraft is evident on her newly released “Mr. Hyde’s Wild Ride.” March 26, 8 p.m. $25. David Friend Recital Hall, Berklee College of Music. 617-747-2261, www.berklee.edu/events/gaz-coombes

BONNIE RAITT “Force of nature” is an overused claim, but really, how else to describe the renaissance run Raitt’s sustained for more than 25 years? Barely 10 seconds into her new album, “Dig in Deep,” the slinky buzz of her bottleneck slide shows you’re in for a hot time. Tickets are scarce for this one, so call before you queue in vain — and circle Aug. 20 on your calendar, since that’s when Raitt hits town next. March 29, 7:30 p.m. $48-$93.50. Orpheum Theatre. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com



Folk & World

AUBRIE SELLERS A first chance to see this rising artist after the release of her marvelous debut record earlier this year, which finds her combining gritty country spunk with a voice that’s often a dead ringer for that of Lee Ann Womack — not surprisingly, since she happens to be Womack’s daughter. She’s opening for the Felice Brothers. March 25, 9 p.m. $20. 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, N.H. 603-766-3330, www.3sarts.org


ZAKIR HUSSAIN AND MASTERS OF PERCUSSION Classical Indian tabla and world-music legend Zakir Hussain has rounded up quite the world-class crew of players for this display of percussive mastery, including sarangi player Sabir Khan, mridangamist Anantha Krishnan, dholak player Navin Sharma, taiko drummer Seiichi Tanaka, and tavilist Mannargudi Vasudevan. March 27, 7:30 p.m. $30-$69. Sanders Theatre, Cambridge. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

MY DARLING CLEMENTINE What began as a side-project homage to George and Tammy and other classic country male-female duos has turned into a going concern for British husband-and-wife pair Michael Weston King and Lou Dagliesh. They’re touring the east coast with a sterling band that features guitarist Martin Belmont (Graham Parker, Nick Lowe). March 30, 9:30 p.m. $10. Atwood's Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com


Jazz & Blues

CLAIRE DICKSON QUARTET The gifted 19-year-old singer possesses a vast repertoire of standards, Latin, and modern jazz tunes. She’s received numerous jazz awards, been named a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts (2015), and sung with the Boston Pops. And you should hear her scat! March 24, 9 p.m. $10. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-9330, www.rylesjazz.com

JOHNNY WINTER ALL-STAR BAND WITH PAUL NELSON & JAMES MONTGOMERY Grammy-winning guitarist Nelson celebrates the legacy of blues-rock legend Winter in a group made up of former Winter sidemen: vocalist-harmonica player Montgomery, bassist Scott Spray, and drummer Tommy Curiale. March 25, 8 p.m. $28. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Route 2A, Shirley. 877-536-7190, www.bullrunrestaurant.com


THE WHAMMIES WITH JAAP BLONK Saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra and pianist Pandelis Karayorgis formed this international band to play compositions by the late soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy. For this performance, they enlist Dutch vocalist-performance artist Blonk for some Lacy works dedicated to Dadaism, plus more. With trombonist Jeb Bishop, bassist Nate McBride, and drummer Curt Newton. March 26, 7 p.m. $20. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-395-1393, www.lilypadinman.com



BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Andris Nelsons returns to the podium and resumes his Shostakovich project with performances of the composer’s wartime Eighth Symphony. Also on the program: the US premiere of “Dixi,” by Georgian composer Giya Kancheli, as well as Rachmaninoff's “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” with pianist Nikolai Lugansky. March 24-26, Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org

NEW MUSIC To celebrate its 20th-anniversary season, Boston Modern Orchestra Project will give a free Jordan Hall performance of David Del Tredici's lush, expansive “Child Alice” (March 25). The late electroacoustic music of the Italian avant-gardist Luigi Nono is the focus of a special academic conference culminating in three all-Nono concerts, free and open to the public, at Tufts University (March 25-26) with performers to include Claire Chase (flute), Miranda Cuckson (violin), and Evan Ziporyn (clarinet). www.bmop.org, www.music.fas.harvard.edu/nonoconcert.html

CHAMBER MUSIC The Sarasa Chamber Ensemble performs Haydn’s “Seven Last Words of Christ” (March 25 and 26) in Acton and Cambridge. The Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts will present the Ying Quartet (March 26) in an all-Beethoven program in Jordan Hall. www.sarasamusic.org, www.chineseperformingarts.net





AUGUST WILSON’S HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED Eugene Lee’s portrayal of the late August Wilson captures his seriousness of purpose but also the capacity for joy and wonder possessed by the remarkable playwright who gave us “Fences,’’ “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,’’ “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’’ and other landmark dramas. Through April 3. Huntington Theatre Company at BU Theatre, Boston. 617-266-0800,www.huntingtontheatre.org

BOOTYCANDY Part kaleidoscope, part funhouse mirror, Robert O’Hara’s comedy unfolds in a series of freewheeling sketches that weigh the complications of identity, especially being black and gay. Contains nudity. Through April 9. SpeakEasy Stage Company at Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com

BLACKBERRY WINTER Adrianne Krstansky, whose performances often delve deep (“Come Back, Little Sheba,’’ “The New Electric Ballroom,’’ “Three Viewings’’) stars in Steve Yockey’s drama as Vivienne, a middle-aged woman forced to confront the decline of her mother from Alzheimer’s disease. Also featuring Paula Langton and Ken Cheeseman. Directed by Bridget Kathleen O’Leary. A National New Play Network “rolling world premiere.’’ March 26-April 17. New Repertory Theatre, Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org



TRAJAL HARRELL The Bessie Award-winning choreographer returns to the Institute of Contemporary Art for the next “size” of his gender bending series “Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at The Judson Church (L)” (the “L” is for “large”). This one, “Antigone Sr.,” is an all-male dance/theater version of Sophocles’s tragic drama. March 25-26, $15-$30. ICA. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org


GOODTHANG 2016 Spend an hour, spend a day — this event features new dance, music, and performance art “thangs,” with opportunities for audience participation. A wide range of performers will be on hand, including Jim Banta, Jeanne Traxler, Adriane Brayton, and Green Soma Movers, among others. March 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Center for Arts at the Armory, Somerville. 617-718-2191, www.artsatthearmory.org

KALEIDOSCOPE Boston Ballet’s lively repertory program focuses on work by 20th-century masters, from Balanchine’s neoclassic “Kammermusik No. 2” to William Forsythe’s edgy, virtuosic “The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude.” The program also includes Leonid Yacobson’s lyrical gem “Pas de Quatre” and Léonide Massine's exuberant “Gaîté Parisienne.” Through March 26. $35-$149. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org



NATHAN MINER: DECADE This multimedia artist, known for dizzying murals that play tricks with space and pattern, here exhibits a spherical camera he invented, a spherical photograph, and a big, 32-sided painting inspired by that photo’s imagery. Through April 22.Rafius Fane Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 508-843-2184, www.rafiusfanegallery.com

THE UNCANNY HOME OF OUR IMAGINATION Lisa Crossman and Julia Csekö organized this show, in a house-turned-gallery, about desires and frustrations seeded in our homes, with art made from domestic objects. There’s a Surrealist Game Night on March 25. Through April 9. Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St., Somerville. www.uncannyhome.com

THE ESSENTIAL HERMAN MARIL The modernist painter (1908-86) was an essentialist, paring down interiors and seascapes to spare, evocative compositions. This show follows him through six decades, from early, cubist-influenced works to the quiet, lyrical paintings of his old age. Through April 23. ACME Fine Art, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-585-9551, www.acmefineart.com



THE IDEA OF NORTH: THE PAINTINGS OF LAWREN HARRIS The great Canadian visionary landscape painter is the subject of a retrospective organized by comedian, actor, novelist, playwright, and art collector Steve Martin. Through June 12. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

EVERYWHEN: THE ETERNAL PRESENT IN INDIGENOUS ART FROM AUSTRALIA An overview of indigenous art from Australia, most of it made over the last 40 years. Through Sept. 18. Harvard Art Museums. 617-495-9400, www.harvardartmuseums.org

ROSALYN DREXLER: WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS? A retrospective of paintings, collages, sculptures, and writings by the pioneering pop and political artist, who was also a playwright and novelist. Through June 5. Rose Art Museum, Waltham. 781-736-3434, www.brandeis.edu/rose




JOE MATARESE A veteran of well over two decades in comedy, the self-deprecating family man has made the rounds on the late-night circuit and competed on “America’s Got Talent.” March 24 at 8 p.m., March 25 at 7:30 p.m., and March 26 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. $24-$39. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

T: AN MBTA MUSICAL This completely produced musical, with a cast of 10 and an ensemble, imagines a group of 20-somethings on a mission to straighten out the MBTA. Fridays at 10 p.m. through May 20. $25. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253, www.improvboston.com

BRAD WILLIAMS The former “Mind of Mencia” star frequently references the trials and tribulations of his smaller stature in his act (don’t confuse him with Wee Man from “Jackass”). His first one-hour special, 2015’s “Fun Size,” is still in rotation on Showtime. March 26, 9:45 p.m. $22. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 866-448-7849, www.thewilbur.com



NCAA Fencing Championships Watching two opponents do battle with steel makes other sports seem kind of lame. Catch the whole tournament, or watch the best of the best in the women’s finals on March 25 and the men’s finals on March 27. March 24-27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $5-$8. Gosman Athletic Center at Brandeis University, 415 South St., Waltham. 781-736-3668. www.brandeisjudges.com/NCAAFencing2016/index

Classics Come to Life Have the “je t’aime” of your life when the spirit of Paris comes to The Children’s Museum in Easton. Activities draw inspiration from Ludwig Bemelman’s “Madeline” and other classics. March 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $9. The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. 508-230-3789. childrensmuseumineaston.org/classics-come-to-life/

Bunny Bonanzoo Crafts, games, and prizes are one thing, but have you ever met a real live bunny? What about a real live Easter Bunny? Get ready to do both and more. March 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $12-$16. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. 617-541-5466. www.zoonewengland.org/engage/bunny-bonanzoo

Joe Incollingo


April 2 Welcome to Night Vale at Orpheum Theatre www.ticketmaster.com

April 4 Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at The Sinclair www.ticketmaster.com

April 9 Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld at The Wilbur www.ticketmaster.com

April 12 Thao and the Get Down Stay Down at The Sinclair www.ticketmaster.com

April 14 San Fermin at Paradise Rock Club www.ticketmaster.com

April 21 Into It. Over It. at Royale www.ticketmaster.com

April 22 Good Charlotte at Paradise Rock Club www.ticketmaster.com

Joe Incollingo