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The Ticket: Music, theater, dance, art, and more

Alexander Ekman’s “Cacti” is part of a Boston Ballet triple bill from March 23-April 2 at the Boston Opera House.
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Alexander Ekman’s “Cacti” is part of a Boston Ballet triple bill from March 23-April 2 at the Boston Opera House.

MUSIC

Pop & Rock

THE KNOCKS This party-minded producer duo have called their current jaunt the “Feel Good, Feel Great” tour, which makes sense; the New York pair’s 2016 album “55” celebrates dancefloor liberation, with pop vocalists like Carly Rae Jepsen and Matthew Koma leading pulsing songs made for sweaty, endless nights on the town. March 23, 7:30 p.m. $20. Royale. 617-338-7699, www.royaleboston.com

STEF CHURA “Messes,” the debut from this Michigan-based singer-songwriter, is one of this year’s best rock albums, using fuzzed-out guitars, ruminative poetry, and Chura’s matter-of-fact vocal to create a highly personal, yet extremely hummable suite of sweetly pugnacious tracks. March 24, 8 p.m. $12, $10 advance. ONCE Somerville. 617-285-0167, www.oncesomerville.com

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AT THE DRIVE-IN On the eve of “in•ter a•li•a,” their first full-length in 17 years, these Texans — often cited as being at the forefront of “post-hardcore,” although their ambition exceeds any capacity to pithily pigeonhole their take on rock — take their jagged textures and blistering guitars on the road. March 25, 7 p.m. $40-$55. House of Blues. 888-693-2583, www.houseofblues.com/boston

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MAURA JOHNSTON

Folk & World

JENNIFER KIMBALL This show celebrates the release of Kimball’s long-awaited third album, “Avocet,” a collection of sparkling chamber-folk and -pop that grew out of a perfect birthday present for a musician — a surprise recording session — and features the playing of Alec Spiegelman and other members of Brooklyn popsters Cuddle Magic. Spiegelman and Deni Hlavinka join her Wednesday. March 22, 8 p.m. $25. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org

DONOVAN WOODS Canadian singer-songwriter Woods brings a keen narrative sense and formidable skills on the acoustic guitar, both displayed on his 2015 full-length “Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled,” and on a just-released EP of material that didn’t find a place on that album. He’s on a bill with Alan Doyle, longtime lead singer for the biggest band from Newfoundland, Great Big Sea. March 23, 9 p.m. $25. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 888-929-7849, www.axs.com

ROD PICOTT Picott is an unparalleled master of writing songs that bring you down and make you feel good about it. The Maine native’s next installment of misery and heartbreak is due later this year, so chances are good that he’ll be playing some new ones Saturday. March 25, 8 p.m. $15. Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley. 877-536-7190, www.bullrunrestaurant.com

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STUART MUNRO

Jazz & Blues

JOAN WATSON-JONES JAZZ ENSEMBLE An intimate, swinging stylist with a satiny timbre that caresses each song’s lyric, Watson-Jones mostly sings the classic jazz and American Songbook repertoire. With pianist Frank Wilkins, bassist Dave Zox, and drummer Alvin Terry. March 23, 8:30 p.m. $10. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-9330, www.rylesjazz.com

JOHNNY BLUE HORN & THE CARETAKERS The pyrotechnic trumpeter with the dusky baritone voice has been entertaining Northeast audiences as a sideman and leader for over two decades with his musical brew of blues, New Orleans jazz, and R&B, and ’60s and ’70s soul. March 24, 8 p.m. No cover. Back Page, 15 Kearney Square, Lowell. 978-455-4418, www.backpagelowell.com

DR. STANLEY SAGOV & THE REMEMBERING THE FUTURE JAZZ BAND The South Africa-born pianist-composer, physician, and pedagogue is a true polymath. His joyous jazz contains echoes of his native land, and his buoyant bands invariably include some of the area’s finest players — on this occasion, trumpeter Mike Peipman, bassist John Lockwood, drummer Bob Gullotti, and vocalist Wannetta Jackson. March 25, 7:30 p.m. $23-$30. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

Classical

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A CELEBRATION OF YEHUDI WYNER The distinguished Boston composer, who will turn 88 this year, will be celebrated at this event sponsored by the Jewish Arts Collaborative. Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, violinist Daniel Stepner, and conductor Susan Davenny Wyner (the composer’s wife) will be among the performers. March 22, 7:30 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-531-4610, www.jartsboston.org

JUVENTAS NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE The group’s annual “Project Fusion” program brings its musicians (under the direction of Lidiya Yankovskaya) together with circus artists. Expect a (literally) high-flying visual experience set to music of Oliver Caplan, Scott Wheeler, and others. March 22-23, 7:30 p.m., Oberon, Cambridge. www.juventasmusic.com

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The outstanding cellist Alisa Weilerstein is the soloist for the premiere of “un despertar,” a new cello concerto by German composer Matthias Pintscher. Music of Berlioz and Beethoven fills out a program conducted by Francois-Xavier Roth. March 23-25, Symphony Hall. 888-266-1200, www.bso.org

DAVID WEININGER

ARTS

Theater

SILENT SKY Directed by Dori A. Robinson, this is a first-rate New England premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s play about early 20th-century Cambridge astronomer Henrietta Leavitt. Erin Eva Butcher’s searching, finely wrought portrayal of Leavitt digs deep into the essence of an intrepid woman for whom the sky was anything but silent. Through March 25. Flat Earth Theatre at Black Box Theater, Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown. 954-260-3316, www.flatearth.ticketleap.com/silent-sky

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME Director Marianne Elliott, her creative team, and her cast reached deep into their theatrical tool kits and emerged with ingenious approaches to design, staging, and performance that put us inside the mind of a gifted, unusual 15-year-old British boy named Christopher. When Christopher sets out to discover who killed a neighbor’s dog, his Holmesian quest leads him to secrets and lies involving his own family — and to an understanding of his own capacities. Through March 19. National Theatre production presented by Broadway In Boston, Boston Opera House. 800-982-2787, www.broadwayinboston.com

EDWARD II Sexuality collides with power politics in this brooding, sensual, and suspenseful production of Christopher Marlowe’s 16th-century drama, streamlined and contemporized by the ever-artful director David R. Gammons. Maurice Emmanuel Parent delivers a powerhouse performance as the monarch whose passion for his male lover sets in motion deadly machinations by a pair of noblemen. Through March 19. Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Charlestown Working Theater, Charlestown. 866-811-4111, www.actorsshakespeareproject.org DON AUCOIN

Dance

BOSTON BALLET The company’s upcoming “Kylián/Wings of Wax” is a provocative triple bill anchored by Jiri Kylián’s haunting titular work, which references the myth of Icarus. It is performed beneath an upside-down tree, while Alexander Ekman’s playful “Cacti” features a set of prickly succulents and moveable platforms. Balanchine’s “Donizetti Variations” is the buoyant opener. March 23-April 2. $35-$159. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org

DIG MINE EXCAVATE It feels way too long since Prometheus Dance has offered a new mixed bill, and this one features work by guest choreographer Korhan Basaran as well as artistic directors Diane Arvanites and Tommy Neblett. Highlights include the premiere of “Echo” and a segment of “Project III,” created in collaboration with visual artists Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison. March 24-25. $20-$25. Delbridge Family Center for the Arts, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick. 508-650-5048, www.ticketstage.com

JOSÉ MATEO BALLET THEATRE The company’s next program features works spanning 17 years: “The Even and the Odd” (2016), set to Anna Clyne’s colorful and dramatic “Night Ferry”; the Stravinsky-fueled “The Last Circus”; and “Reverie,” set to the first movement of Ravel’s brilliant Piano Concerto in G. March 24-April 9. $42. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. 617-354-7467, www.ballettheatre.org

KAREN CAMPBELL

Galleries

TUFTS COLLECTION SPOTLIGHT: CHRISTO + JEANNE-CLAUDE This exhibition of photographs, which the artists gave to Tufts in 1997, considers how art’s meaning shifts, and elucidates the process — community planning, fund-raising, navigating bureaucracies — that goes into public art. Through March 30. Tufts University Art Gallery, 40 Talbot Ave., Medford. 617-627-3518, artgallery.tufts.edu/

DARKER THAN BLUE BY MATHIEU BITTON This show, which documents the black experience, takes its name from a civil rights-themed Curtis Mayfield tune. The photographer’s celebrity portraits, street photography, and more tie today’s social upheavals to patterns through history. Through April 30. Leica Gallery Boston, 74 Arlington St. 857-305-3609, www.leicagalleryboston.com

LISTEN TO THE WHALES Ann Barrett’s paintings, William Chambers’s audio, and resources about biodiversity invite viewers to tune in to whales and imagine communicating with them. The exhibition strives to raise greater awareness of our place in the biosphere. Through April 15. Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridge. www.gallery263.com

CATE McQUAID

Museums

ELIZABETH KING: RADICAL SMALL In one of MASS MoCA’s largest galleries, King sets small, movable figures against big, animated video projections, foiling perceptions of scale and space, and — as golems and automatons are wont to do — beckoning the uncanny. Through January 2018. MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, www.massmoca.org

HIGHEST HEAVEN: SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE COLONIAL ART FROM THE ROBERTA AND RICHARD HUBER COLLECTION Religious art helped disseminate Catholicism in colonial Latin America. This exhibition explores how art served the structures and stories of the faith. Through July 9. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 508-799-4406, www.worcesterart.org

IT’S ME, ELOISE: THE VOICE OF KAY THOMPSON AND THE ART OF HILARY KNIGHT The irrepressible Eloise, protagonist of four children’s books, was the creation of Thompson, a cabaret singer, and Knight, a young illustrator. Through June 4. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. 413-559-6300, www.carlemuseum.org CATE McQUAID

EVENTS

Comedy

JELLY: THE UNTELEVISED COMEDY VARIETY SHOW Comedy, music, and more, hosted by Nonye Brown-West with sidekick Harry Gordon. This month’s guests include Michael D’Angelo and Ginny Nightshade from “Old School Game Show,” comedians Nick Chambers, Kindra Lansburg, and Molly Dugan, and sketch troupe Floodward. March 23, 9:30 p.m. $10. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253, www.improvboston.com

RON WHITE Though they remain good friends, Texas native White works a bit too “blue” to work with his former “Blue Collar Comedy” compatriots. First show on Friday was sold out as of press time. March 24 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., and March 25 at 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $45-$65. Wilbur Theatre, Boston. 617-248-9700, www.thewilbur.com

SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTAL This promises to be a bit looser than Crystal’s one-man show “700 Sundays.” The current tour is stand-up, anecdotes, stories, and clips from the comic’s career. With special guest Bonnie Hunt. March 24, 8 p.m. $65-$175. Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston. 866-348-9738, www.bochcenter.org

NICK A. ZAINO III

Family

ALICE IN WONDERLAND TEA PARTY If you’re a fan of Alice in Wonderland, or tea, or unbirthdays, this is the perfect place to be on Sunday. So pull out your wackiest Wonderland costumes and enjoy some whimsical refreshments and art while you sing,“A very merry unbirthday to you. . .” March 19, 2-4 p.m. $10. Kimball Jenkins Estates, 266 N. Main St., Concord, N.H. www.kimballjenkins.com/upcomingevents

TRIANGLE BY MAC BARNETT & JON KLASSEN Apparently shapes are a laughing matte. At least that’s what New York Times best-selling friends Barnett and Klassen decided when they wrote the book “Triangle.” Come see for yourself how shapes are something to chuckle about, and while you’re at it, meet the authors of this triangular tale.March 21, 6-7 p.m. $1. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 209 Harvard St., Brookline. boston.eventful.com/events/triangle-mac-barnett-and-jon-klassen-event-/E0-001-101004914-9

CLASSICAL CARTOON FESTIVAL If you’re tired of normal Saturday morning cartoons, spice it up with classical performances from groups around the Boston area. With a variety of groups to preview at Symphony Hall as well as the classic cartoons and your favorite PBS characters in attendance, you’ll be wishing every morning was a Saturday. March 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $12-$43. Symphony Hall, 301 Mass. Ave. www.wgbh.org/events/event.cfm?eid=Classical%2520Cartoon%2520Festival-6 LEXI PEERY

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

March 29 John Oates at the Sinclair axs.com

April 3 Taylor Bennett at the Middle East ticketweb.com

April 9 John Mayer at TD Garden ticketmaster.com

April 11 Will Butler at the Sinclair axs.com

April 14 Why? at the Sinclair axs.com

April 15 Allan Rayman at the Middle East ticketweb.com

April 20 Cashmere Cat at Royale axs.com

April 21 Yo-Yo Ma at Boston Symphony Hall celebrityseries.org

ALEX FRANDSEN