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

    The Defibulators play the Lizard Lounge June 3.
    Jessica Gildersleeve
    The Defibulators play the Lizard Lounge June 3.


    Pop & Rock

    Beyoncé We’d barely stopped vibrating from Queen Bey’s stark, enigmatic “Formation” when she rocked the world with her new video album. When life gives you “Lemonade,” you jump in the car and make tracks for the stadium. June 3, 7:30 p.m. $50-$310. Gillette Stadium, Foxborough. 800-745-3000,

    VENOM INC. Guitarist Jeff “Mantas” Dunn and drummer Tony “Abaddon” Bray were two-thirds of Venom, the British metal outfit whose second LP, “Black Metal,” lent its name to an entire genre. They’re reclaiming their dark legacy now alongside bassist-vocalist Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan, Venom frontman from 1988 to 1992. June 2, 8 p.m. $25, advance $20. ONCE Lounge & Ballroom, Somerville. 617-285-0167,


    WAX IDOLS + KING WOMAN Two of the most consistently fascinating acts operating at the cusp of shoegaze, metal, industrial, and goth, each fronted by an intense, darkly magnetic vocalist: Hether Fortune (formerly of White Lung) with Wax Idols, Kristina Esfandiari with King Woman. June 5, 9 p.m. $12. Great Scott. 800-745-3000.

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    Folk & World

    THE DEFIBULATORS Lead Defibulator Bug Jennings had to move to New York from Texas to discover old-school country music, meet Erin Bru, and start a turbocharged honky-tonk band. The name they gave their outfit means nothing at all but, like that emergency appliance it sort of references, the Defibs will get your motor running. June 3, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 800-838-3006.

    BRYAN SUTTON Long recognized as one of the premier acoustic guitarists in bluegrass, Sutton has won multiple International Bluegrass Music Association awards and a Grammy for his work, which includes tenure in Ricky Skaggs’s Kentucky Thunder, the reformed Hot Rize, and his solo career. He comes to the area with his latest release, “The More I Learn,” in hand. June 2, 8 p.m. $25. Riverwalk Café, Nashua, N.H. 603-578-0200.

    IRISH FEST BOSTON This year’s festival marks an anniversary, with a headlining appearance by the Wolfe Tones to commemorate the Easter Rising in Ireland 100 years ago. The weekend also features Irish Tenor John McDermott, Andy Cooney, a traditional music stage, and a host of local acts. June 4, 11 a.m., June 5, 10 a.m. $15/day, $25/weekend. Irish Cultural Centre, Canton. 781-534-3919.



    Jazz & Blues

    KIDD JORDAN An avant-garde master deeply immersed in the tradition, the New Orleans multi-reedist has played with everyone from Ray Charles to Ornette Coleman. For two concerts, he’ll be accompanied by guitarist Donald Miller and drummer Avreeayl Ra, plus special guests. June 3, 8 p.m. $20-$25. ONCE Lounge & Ballroom, Somerville. 617-285-0167,; June 4, 7:30 p.m. $20. Accurate Records, 343 Medford St. #4A, Somerville. 617-899-9685,

    REEL BLUES: THE JAMES MONTGOMERY BAND & TYLER MORRIS Independent film meets independent music as harmonica legend and Reel Blues cofounder Montgomery and band are joined by 17-year-old guitar phenom Morris, in the first of a series of concerts pairing veterans and newcomers to be filmed at Passim. June 5, 3 p.m. $25. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679,

    HOUSTON PERSON ZUMIX’s Jazz at the Firehouse series continues with the versatile, warm-toned tenor saxophonist best known in a soul jazz context, though he once made an album with pianist Ran Blake. June 5, 5 p.m. $15. ZUMIX Firehouse, 260 Sumner St., East Boston. 617-568-9777,




    WHEN IN ROME Odyssey Opera mounts a minifestival devoted to opera seria, with rarely spotted works by Gluck (“Ezio”) and Mozart (“Lucio Silla”) in fully staged performances under the baton of Gil Rose. June 3-12, Boston University Theatre. 617-826-1626,

    ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL The opening of Rockport always marks the unofficial start of the summer classical season. This year’s kick off brings the Parker Quartet performing works by Haydn and Bartok alongside Dvorak’s A-major Piano Quintet with guest artist Menahem Pressler. June 3, 7 p.m., Shalin Liu Performance Center. 978-546-7391,

    AMERICANA AND THE AVANT-GARDE Boston-area author M.T. Anderson curates an evening of music and words at Provincetown’s historic Hawthorne Barn. Musical works by Ives, Cage, George Antheil, and Ben Franklin — that Ben Franklin — will be performed by the Aurea Ensemble alongside readings chosen to illuminate “America’s nostalgic and vexed imagination of the rural.” June 4, 7 p.m., Twenty Summers, Provincetown. 508-812-0278,




    DOGFIGHT An appealingly big-hearted musical, directed by Paul Daigneault, about the slow-building relationship between Eddie (Jordan J. Ford), a Marine, and Rose (Alejandra M. Parrilla), a waitress. One day before he ships out to Vietnam in 1963, Eddie faces a test of character: Can he transcend his blinkered macho code and expand his definition of beauty? Through June 5. SpeakEasy Stage Company at Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

    LETTICE AND LOVAGE To Lettice Duffet, the eccentric tour guide incisively portrayed by Lindsay Crouse in Peter Shaffer’s idiosyncratic 1987 comedy, all the world is indeed a stage and history is essentially a rough script that can only be improved by Lettice’s highly theatrical revisions. Directed by Benny Sato Ambush and costarring Marya Lowry as a preservationist who is first appalled, then beguiled, by Lettice. Through June 11. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433,

    PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Turns out there is a cure for Peter Pan fatigue, and it can be found in Rick Elice’s whimsical, family-friendly prequel, which explores how an unnamed orphan was transformed into The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. There are no special effects to speak of in Spiro Veloudos’s high-spirited, low-tech, hard-to-resist production, unless you consider charm to be a special effect. Added bonus: The return to a Boston stage of the gifted Erica Spyres. Through June 26. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678,



    DANCENOW BOSTON The third annual incarnation of David Parker and the Bang Group’s dance/cabaret series begins with a show featuring new dances by the charmingly irreverent troupe as well as new choreography by Audrey MacLean and Janelle Gilchrist. Peter DiMuro (June 3) and the Wondertwins (June 5) are the hosts. June 3 and 5, 8 p.m., $10-$25. Oberon, Cambridge. 617-547-8300,

    ACROSS THE AGES DANCE PROJECT This annual event celebrates the rich life experiences reflected in intergenerational dance. This year’s concert features dancers ages 10-80 in works by Ivaylo Alexiev, Yo-el Cassell, William “Bill” Evans, Ruth Benson Levin, Lynn Modell, and Erica Schwartz. Curated by Eliza Mallouk, the concert is in memory of co-producer Marcie Mitler, who died in February. June 3-5, $20-$25. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 781-307-2563,

    ANGAJE Boston-based Haitian contemporary dance company Jean Appolon Expressions presents this evening-length work by Appolon, which mines the power of Haitian folklore in the struggle for human rights and justice. The dance-theater piece is set to the music of Haitian singer-activist Toto Bissainthe. June 3-4, $20-$50. Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,



    RODIN: TRANSFORMING SCULPTURE A survey of sculptures in plaster, bronze, and marble, along with related drawings by the greatest sculptor of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Through Sept. 5. Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. 978-745-9500.

    GEOFFREY FARMER Farmer, who has been selected to represent Canada at the 2017 Venice Biennale, presents a room-size installation of hundreds of his small-scale, puppet-like sculptures made of photographic cut-outs and fabric, as well as a projection of random photographs from a clippings library, and an installation of cut-out photographs of sculpture. Through July 17. Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive. 617-478-3100,

    N.C. WYETH’S MEN OF CONCORD The 12 panels N.C. Wyeth painted for the book “Men of Concord and Some Others, as Portrayed in the Journal of Henry David Thoreau” (1936) have been reunited for the first time in almost 80 years. They’re accompanied by drawings, sketches, and studies. Through Sept. 18. Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord. 978-369-9763,



    STEPHANIE ROBERTS-CAMELLO Lush tones of pigmented wax curve and fold like skin; layered among them are old, ruminative texts about fear. The artist harvests beeswax from her own apiary to create abstract encaustic relief paintings about the beauty in struggle. Pictured: “Envelop II.” June 3-22. Schoolhouse Gallery, 494 Commercial St., Provincetown. 508-487-4800,

    MATTHEW RITCHIE Ritchie, an artist-philosopher, creates layered abstractions in several mediums to investigate patterns — in society, in information, in our beliefs — to discover points of connection and expose the systems we’re immersed in. Through June 18. Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. 978-921-4242,

    GEOGRAPHICALLY INDETERMINATE FANTASIES: THE ANIMATED GIF AS PLACE The blog Art F City, Providence College, and GRIN partner to mount a show spotlighting art GIFs exploring notions of place: landscapes, utopias, battlefields. The show accompanies an online exhibit, June 4–July 2. GRIN, 60 Valley St., Providence. 401-272-0796,




    BRENT MORIN The Connecticut native lost his day job a couple of weeks back when NBC canceled “Undateable,” but he’s never stopped doing stand-up. With Ry Doon. June 2 at 8 p.m. and June 3-4 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

    COMEDY STUDIO AT THE HYATT Kelly MacFarland heads up this edition of the Studio’s satellite show, with a killer crew of comics — Tim McIntire, Will Smalley, and Sean Sullivan. June 2, 8 p.m. $15. Hyatt Regency Cambridge, 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. 617-661-6507,

    FRIENDS: THE ONE THAT’S IMPROVISED A troupe of improvisers playing all six principal characters create a new episode of the sitcom “Friends” based on suggestions from the audience. June 4 and 11, 7 p.m. $12. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253, NICK A. ZAINO III


    Hubbub Boston Book Festival hosts this summer spinoff aimed just at creative minds 12 and under. Bring your brain and enjoy (totally free) programs and performances featuring “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney, Story Pirates, and others. June 4, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Copley Square. 857-259-6999.

    Cambridge ARTS River Festival Six stages make up this sprawling showcase, dotting the Cambridge Parkway between Edwin H. Land Boulevard and Lechmere Canal with poetry, theater, music, and whatever sculpture racing is. June 4, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. East Cambridge Waterfront, Cambridge Parkway, Cambridge. 617-349-4380.

    Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl 2016 The biggest all-you-can-eat ice cream festival in the world returns to Government Center, with scoop suppliers including Ben & Jerry’s, Baskin-Robbins, and Hood, among many others. Think about it — it can only get hotter from here on. June 7-9, noon-8 p.m. $5-$10. City Hall Plaza. 800-525-4669.

    Joe Incollingo


    June 10 CeeLo Green at Paradise Rock Club

    June 12-13 Motion City Soundtrack at Paradise Rock Club

    June 14-26 Matilda at Boston Opera House

    June 16 The Cure at Agganis Arena

    June 17 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at Agganis Arena

    June 17-18 Brian Wilson at Symphony Hall

    June 19 Wye Oakat The Sinclair

    June 24 Paul Simon at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

    Joe Incollingo