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The Week Ahead: Music, theater, dance, events, and more

Marie Mullen, Aisling O’Sullivan, and Marty Rea in “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.”
Stephen Cummiskey
Marie Mullen, Aisling O’Sullivan, and Marty Rea in “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” presented by ArtsEmerson at Robert J. Orchard Stage, Paramount Center, Boston.


Pop & Rock

TOVE LO This Swedish miserablist stepped out from behind the curtain with “Habits (Stay High),” an ode to self-obliteration that became as big a hit as the songs she penned for Hilary Duff and Ellie Goulding. Her new album, “Lady Wood,” continues her trip down the path of self-aware self-destruction, breaking the “Cool Girl” mold while slyly commenting on it with darkly hooky synth pop (see story, Page N3). Feb. 19, 7 p.m. $30-$40. House of Blues. 888-693-2583,

KEHLANI “SweetSexySavage,” the first proper album from this “America’s Got Talent” alum turned R&B-underground darling, straddles the New Jack Swing and Soundcloud eras ably, with songs that showcase confidence and vulnerability in equally arresting measure. Feb. 24, 7 p.m.; Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m. $30, $25 advance. Royale. 617-338-7699,


RUN THE JEWELS Rare is the supergroup that manages to transcend the sum of its parts, but the pairing of the Brooklyn-born MC El-P and the Atlanta rapper Killer Mike — two veterans of the hip-hop game — has been paying off with politically charged, technically masterful albums that include their most recent release, December’s “Run the Jewels 3.” Feb. 24, 7 p.m. $20-$35. House of Blues. 888-693-2583,

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Folk & World

DEAD MAN WINTER Talk about making your heart an open book. Dave Simonett, who has been a member of speedgrass ensemble Trampled By Turtles since he founded it in 2003, stepped away from that group to make his first solo album, “Furnace,” under the name Dead Man Winter. His choice of subject matter: the dissolution of his 10-year marriage. Feb. 23, 9 p.m. $18. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 888-929-7849.

ROSE COUSINS The Maritime singer-songwriter, who is also an integral part of the Cambridge-area folk scene, will play a trio of full-band shows celebrating the release of her first album in five years, “Natural Conclusion,” which emerged from her decision to stop touring and redirect her energies to other creative pursuits. Feb. 24, 7 p.m., Feb. 25, 5 and 8 p.m. $25. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,

LEO KOTTKE AND KELLER WILLIAMS Known for one-man jam band performances replete with looping and other effects, Keller Williams puts the digital augmentations aside for simple acoustic guitar for this tour (dubbed “Shut the Folk Up and Listen”) with fingerpicking legend Leo Kottke. The pair promise solo turns and “spontaneous collaborations.” Feb. 25, 8 p.m. $21.50-$41.50. The Cabot Theatre, Beverly. 978-927-3100.



Jazz & Blues

NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY’S 12th ANNUAL FILM NOIR CONCERT Co-curated by trombonist Aaron Hartley and pianist/composer Ran Blake, NEC’s nabob of noir, this year’s concert focuses on Alfred Hitchcock’s mesmeric 1958 masterpiece “Vertigo,” with scenes from the film accompanied by Hartley’s Storyboard Noir Ensemble reinterpreting Bernard Herrmann’s original score and more. Performers include NEC alum vocalist Sara Serpa, NEC faculty members Hankus Netsky and Eden MacAdam-Somer, and the NEC Jazz Orchestra directed by Ken Schaphorst. Feb. 21, 7:30. Free. NEC’s Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260,

MR. HO’S ORCHESTROTICA QUINTET Vibraphonist, percussionist, composer, and arranger Brian O’Neill’s engagingly unique chamber jazz/world music/exotica ensemble features Geni Skendo (flutes, shakuhachi), Tev Stevig (oud, tanbur, and resonator guitar), Brad Barrett (bass), and Jeremy Smith (percussion). Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. $14-$18. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

WILLIE J. LAWS BAND The peripatetic guitar slinger, songwriter, and singer was raised on the Gulf Coast of Texas, and his sublimely funky blues incorporates many strands of the region’s roots music, including soul, country, rock ’n’ roll, and Afro-Caribbean. Feb. 25, 9 p.m. No cover. Back Page, 15 Kearney Square, Lowell. 978-455-4418,




PAAVALI JUMPPANEN AND COREY CEROVSEK The pianist and violinist, Gardner favorites, begin a three-concert series centered on the piano sonatas of Pierre Boulez. Here Jumppanen tackles the first sonata and Debussy’s Etudes, while Cerovsek plays a rarity: Bartok’s Sonata for Solo Violin. Feb. 19, 1:30 p.m., Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-278-5156,

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Andris Nelsons presides over the world premiere of a concerto for violin, cello, and bayan (a kind of accordion) by the great Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina. The “Leningrad” Symphony by Shostakovich, her most important mentor, rounds out the program. Feb. 23-25, Symphony Hall. 888-266-1200,

STILE ANTICO The outstanding British vocal ensemble makes a welcome return to the Boston Early Music Festival series with popular works by Victoria, Byrd, Gibbons, as well as other Renaissance favorites. Feb. 24, 8 p.m., St. Paul Church, Cambridge. 617-661-1812,




THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE A first-rate production of Martin McDonagh’s breakthrough play about the toxic relationship between 70-year-old Mag Folan (portrayed by Marie Mullen) and 40-year-old Maureen (Aisling O’Sullivan), the daughter whom Mag is grimly determined to keep under her thumb. Directed by Garry Hynes, who demonstrates a knack for keeping the audience off balance and on edge. Through Feb. 26. Production by Druid Theatre Company, presented by ArtsEmerson at Robert J. Orchard Stage, Paramount Center, Boston. 617-824-8400,

BRECHT ON BRECHT A trenchant collage of excerpts from works by German playwright-poet Bertolt Brecht, tweaked by director Jim Petosa to give it an anti-Trump thrust. The versatile cast includes Christine Hamel, Carla Martinez, Jake Murphy, and Brad Daniel Peloquin, with piano accompaniment by musical director Matthew Stern. Through March 5. Copresented by New Repertory Theatre and the Boston Center for American Performance. At Black Box Theater, Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487,

REALLY In this regional premiere of a quietly piercing if overly enigmatic drama by the gifted Jackie Sibblies Drury (“We Are Proud to Present . . .’’), a photographer has either died or disappeared, and now his mother and girlfriend are trying to get at the truth of who he was. Along the way, they start to figure out a few things about themselves. As the mother, Kippy Goldfarb delivers one of those indelible, can’t-take-your-eyes-off-her performances. Sensitively directed by Shawn LaCount. Through March 4. Company One Theatre with Matter & Light Fine Art. At Matter & Light Fine Art gallery, Boston. 617-292-7110,

THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA James Earl Jones heads a heavy-hitting cast in Tennessee Williams’s 1961 drama about the convergence at a dingy Mexican hotel of a host of unusual characters, including a scandal-tarnished minister and a Nantucket portrait artist who is traveling with her dying grandfather. Featuring Amanda Plummer, Elizabeth Ashley, Dana Delany, Bill Heck, and Remo Airaldi. Directed by Michael Wilson. Feb. 18-March 18. American Repertory Theater. At Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge. 617-547-8300,



BOSTON BALLET Kicking off a promising five-year partnership with choreographer William Forsythe, Boston Ballet presents the North American company premiere of the full-length “Artifact,” his cutting-edge masterpiece of dance. Created in 1984, it signaled a reimagining of what classical ballet could be. Don’t miss this one! Feb. 23-March 5. $35-$149. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955,

KELLEY DONOVAN & DANCERS Fresh off performances at the Martha Graham Center in Manhattan, Donovan’s troupe presents the area premiere of her new “Shifting Earth.” The work explores how life’s dramatic vicissitudes create vulnerability. In contrast, 2016’s “The Body Becomes the Messenger” shows how we thrive when all is in balance. Feb. 24-25. $15-$20. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-388-3247,

WINTERWORKS Mary Wolff and Tommy Neblett are producing and directing this evening of dance by Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s talented dance students. The concert features a range of original choreography as well as the mainstage performance debut of the freshman dance class. Feb. 23-25. $15-$30. Boston Conservatory Theater. 617-912-9222,



SAM CADY: PARTS OF THE WHOLE Cady often uses shaped canvases to skew perspective and enhance realism in paintings of natural and manmade structures: Sidewalks curve into the distance, columns T-bone into the constructions they support. Pictured: “Supporting Column, Elevated Cloverleaf, Boston.’’ Through March 14. Miller Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-262-0550,

OBSERVANCE: AS I SEE YOU, YOU SEE ME This show of photographic portraits addresses how we frame identity — as artists, as subjects, and as viewers. Artists include Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Caleb Cole, and DEAD ART STAR. Through April 8. Montserrat Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. 978-921-4242,

COREY ESCOTO: A ROUTINE PATTERN OF TROUBLING BEHAVIOUR For his labor-intensive analog photos, Escoto places stencils inside the camera and shoots multiple exposures. Text-based works echo Hollywood noir. Images take on surreal dimensions. Also on view: Escoto’s cast-resin nightlights. Through April 1. Samson, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-357-7177,



TOMMY HARTUNG: KING SOLOMON’S MINES Hartung’s dense, mythological videos feature seat-of-the-pants stop-motion animation and found footage. This one, on view with sculptures and photos, unspools the tale of Solomon, the wise biblical king, in the modern-day Sahara. Through June 11. Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, 415 South St., Waltham. 781-736-3434,

2017 JAMES AND AUDREY FOSTER PRIZE The prize, awarded every other year, celebrates Boston artists. Sonia Almeida, Jennifer Bornstein, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, and Lucy Kim all deal with the body and what it signifies. Through July 9. Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive. 617-478-3100,

TANJA HOLLANDER: ARE YOU REALLY MY FRIEND? Hollander began photographing her Facebook friends in their homes in 2011. Since then she’s traveled the world and now completes her examination of social networking and the changing nature of friendship with 430 portraits. Through January 2018. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111,




JOE DEROSA Bill Burr fans might recognize DeRosa as his opener in Boston. He premiered his sometimes angry, sometimes poignant “You Have Let Me Down” special on Comedy Central earlier this month. Feb 23-24 at 8 p.m., Feb. 25 at 8 and 10:15 p.m. $25-$39. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

JUDAH FRIEDLANDER The self-proclaimed “World Champion” is set to release a new special, “America Is the Greatest Country in the United States,” sometime this year. You can get a sample of his commentary on the state of the union on this two-night stand. Feb. 24-25, 7 p.m. $10-$12. The Gas at Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 617-566-9014,

JIM BREUER The “SNL” alum is a true metalhead and dedicated family man. He released his first music album, “Songs for the Garage,” last year, and he’s bringing his “Marriage Warrior” tour to the Wilbur Saturday. Feb. 25, 9:45 p.m. $32. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,



Make Mardi Gras Masks Celebrate 51 days until Easter the right way with glittery, elaborate Mardi Gras masks. When you put yours on you may feel like you’ve been transported down to Carnival central, Rio de Janeiro. Feb. 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $12. Art Beat, 212A Massachusetts Ave., Arlington.

Everyday Engineering: Building Bridges Before Longfellow Bridge was constructed, there was some little kid making bridges out of popsicle sticks. Fuel that inner engineer spirit in your kiddos this Friday at the Science Discovery Museum. Feb. 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free with admission. Science Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 978-264-4200.

Attleboro’s Winter Night Festival If you haven’t made it out to Attleboro yet, this is the weekend to do so. Chill out while looking at ice scultpures, and then warm up watching fire jugglers while sitting at a bonfire. Find out what it’s like to experience fire and ice at the same time. Feb. 25, 5-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Attleboro, 77 Park St. 774-203-1800.



March 2 Thundercat at Paradise Rock Club,

March 3 Chronixx at Paradise Rock Club,

March 4 Leroy Sanchez at Brighton Music Hall,

March 6 Vanessa Carlton at The Sinclair,

March 14 Tennis at The Sinclair,

March 15 The Interrupters and Dropkick Murphys at House of Blues,

March 17 House of Pain at Royale,

March 21 Hippie Sabotage at House of Blues,