The week ahead

Femi Kuti brings The Positive Force to Brighton Music Hall July 26.
Femi Kuti brings The Positive Force to Brighton Music Hall July 26.(Kristy Sparow/Getty Images/file)


The pick

FEMI KUTI & THE POSITIVE FORCE The eldest son of legendary Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti was groomed as a successor, but says that he never wanted to be just like his father. He’s paid due respect to his father’s music, while developing his own spin on it. July 26, 9 p.m. $22. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000. STUART MUNRO

Pop & Rock

HEART + JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS + CHEAP TRICK They’re calling this trifecta “Rock Hall Three for All,” a play on the Hall of Fame status each band has secured. Heart and Cheap Trick have solid new records, but you’re guaranteed to hear all the classic hits, too. July 24, 6:30 p.m. $21.50-$80. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000,


ANDERSON .PAAK If you caught the BET Awards telecast in June, you saw this Oxnard, Calif.-born hip-hop upstart mop the floor with a lot of veterans when he performed “Come Down” from “Malibu,” the impressive LP he released in January. Here, he’ll have all night to impress you. July 21, 8 p.m. $22, advance $20. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,

THE JULIE RUIN Kathleen Hanna, the feminist-punk pioneer behind Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, brings her latest scrappy outfit around to celebrate the arrival of its second album, “Hit Reset,” a compelling slab crammed with lacerating hooks and attitude to spare. July 21, 8 p.m. $20. The Sin-clair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,


Folk & World

TOM RUSH Tom Rush’s celebration of a half-century of music-making is now four years behind him and he’s still going strong, with a touring schedule that shows no sign of flagging — no surprise, given that the ’60s folk icon has always concentrated his energies on performance. July 22, 23, 8 p.m. $45. The Center for Arts, Natick. 508-647-0097.

THE WAY DOWN WANDERERS Besides the sort of conventional date that they’ll make Saturday afternoon, this young folk/bluegrass five-piece has a proclivity for making ad hoc appearances along the way, pulling their RV into rest stops and the like for performances after announcing the where and when on social media. July 23, 3 p.m. $16. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679. STUART MUNRO


Jazz & Blues

TINSLEY ELLIS Atlanta native Ellis is an incendiary guitarist whose music melds the voltage of British blues-rock with the sounds of the American South, from Memphis soul to James Brown funk and the blues of B.B. King. July 21, 8 p.m. $30. Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River.

HYDE PARK JAZZ FESTIVAL The seventh edition of this annual event, hosted by Hyde Park Main Streets and initiated by saxophonist-composer Daniel Ian Smith, presents trumpeter Jason Palmer’s Quintet, MIXCLA + 1 featuring vocalist-keyboardist Zahili Gonzalez Zamora, Smith’s group with pianist Alonso Blanco, and bassist, steel drummer, and composer Ron Reid's Precious Metals Project. July 23, 3-9 p.m. (Rain date: July 24.) Free. DCR Martini Shell.

WOMEN IN WORLD JAZZ Israeli bassist, accordionist, and educator Tal Shalom-Kobi leads this multinational quintet, which draws on sounds from around the globe in a jazz context. With vocalist Candida Rose, multi-reedist Ririka Tokushige, bassist-guitarist Laurie Goldsmith, and drummer Gillian DeLear.July 27, 8 p.m. Free. Newtonville Senior Center, Newton.



BOSTON MIDSUMMER OPERA Susan Davenny Wyner conducts an intriguing double bill of rarely spotted 19th-century one-act operas: Donizetti’s “Il Campanello” and Mascagni’s “L’Amico Fritz.” With a cast that includes David Kravitz, Meredith Hansen, Jason Budd, Matthew Vickers, and Britt Brown. July 22-24, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487,


TANGLEWOOD In Ozawa Hall, the keenly anticipated Festival of Contemporary Music sets sail on Thursday, dedicated to the memory of its curator, Steven Stucky. The FCM’s six concerts will be spread over five days, with works by Benjamin, Lindberg, Abrahamsen, and many others. Meanwhile in the Shed, conductors Andrew Davis and Juanjo Mena will preside over next weekend’s BSO programs, which in addition to popular symphonic staples will include works by Ginastera and Falla. The weekend’s roster of visiting guest soloists includes violinist Lisa Batiashvili and pianist Garrick Ohlsson. Lenox, 617-266-1200,

MARLBORO MUSIC The venerable Vermont chamber music festival is officially up and running, with a program on Saturday featuring works by Prokofiev, Ravel, and Mendelssohn, and a Sunday matinee devoted to music of Brahms, Beethoven, and Dvorak. July 23 and 24, Marlboro, Vt., 802-254-2394,




THE T PARTY The New England premiere of Natsu Onoda Power’s bracingly original take on gender identity, staged in a whirling theatrical language that is all her own: playful, idiosyncratic, self-indulgent at times, often bursting with energy and ideas. Through Aug. 13. Company One Theatre at Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

CUISINE & CONFESSIONS The ingenious circus troupe known as Les 7 doigts de la main is back in Boston with the US premiere of a show that explores our relationship to food, by means acrobatic, aerial, choreographic, and culinary. Created and staged by Shana Carroll and Sebastien Soldevila, it’s a not-to-be-missed banquet for the senses. Through Aug. 7. Production by Les 7 doigts de la main presented by ArtsEmerson and Jonathan Reinis Productions at Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston. 617-824-8400,


THE LAST SCHWARTZ A combative family reunion is at the center of this dark comedy by Deborah Zoe Laufer, directed by Paula Plum. Though not without its flaws, “The Last Schwartz’’ cuts deep, and you can’t help but admire the audacity and speed of Laufer’s U-turns from whimsy to utter seriousness and back again. Through July 30. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433,



CAPE DANCE FESTIVAL Now in its fourth year, the festival caps a week of events and classes with a star-studded performance featuring dancers from Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Martha Graham Dance Company. Highlights include world premieres by Paulo Arrais and Jeffrey Cirio for the talented Cirio Collective, a world premiere by Catherine Cabeen, and works by Joshua Beamish and Abdiel Jacobsen. July 23, 6 p.m. $25-$100. Province Lands Visitor Center outdoor amphitheater, Provincetown. 646-734-6338,

DOUG VARONE AND DANCERS Bates Dance Festival welcomes back the visionary choreographer and his spirited troupe for their ninth residency. The company brings two Maine premieres — the visual art-inspired “ReComposed” and the moving solo “The Fabulist” — as well as a work co-commissioned by the festival in 1994, “Possession.” July 22-23. $12-$25. Bates College’s Schaeffer Theatre, Lewiston, Maine. 207-786-6161,


BALLETX Just over 10 years old, this spirited troupe has become Philadelphia’s top contemporary ballet company. For its Jacob’s Pillow debut, BalletX brings artistic director Matthew Neenan’s evening-length “Sunset, o639 Hours,” inspired by a true story from pre-World War II aviation history. It features original music by New Zealand composer Rosie Langabeer played live by an onstage cabaret band. July 20-24. $39-$69. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745,



BODY LANGUAGE Touch, sensation, emotion, intuition — all wordless communiqués from body to brain. In this show curated by Anya Smolnikova and Leo Whelan, eight artists delve into bodily experience, and into what our depictions of bodies tell us about ourselves. Pictured: Smolnikova’s “Procession.’’ Through Aug. 13. Dorchester Art Project, 1486 Dorchester Ave.

FIGURE IT OUT The seven emerging artists in this show are infatuated with figures — specifically, figures inhabiting a nether-space influenced by virtual reality or depicted with other seemingly digital visual effects — rendered in paint. Through Aug. 20. Steven Zevitas Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-778-5265,

ART ON THE MARQUEE Five terrific artists in traditional media each partnered with a new media artist for this summer’s slate on the 80-foot-tall video marquee. Among the teams: Mags Harries and Catherine Siller, and Nathalie Miebach and Alison Maria Rodriguez. Through Aug. 31. Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St. 617-522-6710,



O’KEEFFE, STETTHEIMER, TORR, ZORACH: WOMEN MODERNISTS IN NEW YORK Organized by the Norton Museum of Art in Florida, this show examines the parallel careers of Georgia O’Keeffe, Marguerite Thompson Zorach, Florine Stettheimer, and Helen Torr in New York in the early 20th century. Through Sept. 18. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148,

SPLENDOR, MYTH, AND VISION: NUDES FROM THE PRADO Twenty-eight Old Master paintings, all representing the nude, on loan from Spain’s great museum. Includes work by Titian, Tintoretto, Rubens, Velazquez, Ribera, and Poussin. All but four have never previously been seen in the United States. The Clark is the show’s only venue. Through Oct. 10. Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303.

GRANDMA MOSES: AMERICAN MODERN More than 60 paintings and works on paper by the legendary self-taught artist, who is presented here in a context of developments in modernism, alongside work by other 19th- and 20th-century folk and modern artists. Through Oct. 30. Shelburne Museum, 6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, Vt. 802-985-3346,




SOMETHING BIG The irrepressible Mehran Khaghani returns from New York City to headline this monthly showcase. Hosted by Nick Chambers and Al Park, with Ken Reid and Kate Procyshyn. July 21, 8 p.m. $10. Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville. 617-684-5335,

APARNA NANCHERLA AT THE GAS The former “Late Night With Seth Meyers” writer celebrates the release of her new album, “Just Putting It Out There,” with a two-night stand at Great Scott. July 22-23, 7 p.m. $10-$12. Great Scott, 122 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 617-566-9014,

STEVEN WRIGHT A classic comic, one of the best Boston has produced, Wright has a knack for burning absurd thoughts into your brain. “It’s a small world,” he says, “but I wouldn’t want to paint it.” July 24, 8 p.m. $39-$61. Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 W. Main St., Hyannis. 508-775-5630,



Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival Look at but don’t touch the incredible masterpieces sculpted entirely of sand by playful artists from around the world. Then, empty your shoes and enjoy the food trucks, fireworks, and other seaside amusements. July 23, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Revere Beach, Revere. 781-902-9742

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure Channel your inner Nicolas Cage as you race around the city with two to five of your cleverest friends solving clues and completing challenges — all while learning cool historical facts. Don’t worry about crowds, this adventure is guided by your own smartphone. July 24 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $9-$20. Boston Common.

Classic Movies at Boston Harbor Hotel: ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’ A chance to relax with your family and watch Harrison Ford save the day. July 22, 8-10 p.m. Free. Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf. 617-439-7000

Carly Sitrin


July 28 Fifth Harmony at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Aug. 3 Broods at Royale Boston

Aug. 5 Boys Like Girls at House of Blues

Aug. 8 The Go-Go’s and Best Coast at House of Blues

Aug. 10 Drake at TD Garden

Aug. 14 98 Degrees at House of Blues

Aug. 16 Barbra Streisand at TD Garden

Sonia Rao