The Ticket: music, theater, art, and more

“Three Chairs” is part of “Linda Pochesci: In the Shadows” at Clark Gallery through July 29.
“Three Chairs” is part of “Linda Pochesci: In the Shadows” at Clark Gallery through July 29.


Pop & Rock

JAPANESE BREAKFAST “Soft Sounds From Another Planet,” the imminent album from this one-woman dreampop project, nestles its restlessly honest, sci-fi-tinged poetry in clouds of guitar fuzz and spaced-out synths. July 5, 8 p.m. $19, $16 advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE/ BACKSTREET BOYS/NELLY The first of two Really Big Shows at Fenway Park over a single weekend (the second, New Kids on the Block’s Total Package Tour, is on Saturday) features the laid-back pop-country pair supported by two of their crossover-hit foils: the St. Louis MC Nelly, who added a fizzy verse to the road anthem “Cruise”; and the boy-band kings Backstreet Boys, whose harmonies give the puppy-eyed ballad “God, Your Mama, and Me” extra gooiness. July 7, 6 p.m. $44.75-$130. Fenway Park. 877-733-7699,


TIM MCGRAW/FAITH HILL Country’s first couple are back on the road for the third time with a setlist that winds through their lengthy careers; “Speak to a Girl,” their latest duet, is a loping, spare call for chivalry that lovingly blends Hill’s honeyed alto with McGraw’s twangy growl. July 7-8, 7:30 p.m. $69.50-$129.50. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

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Folk & World

SUMMER BCMFEST The warm weather edition of Passim’s January celebration of local Celtic music talent means that there’ll be music outdoors as well as within that venue’s basement confines. On tap this year, performances from Keltic Kids, the Rockport Celtic Duo, Alba’s Edge, Daymark, and Katie McNally. July. 2, 10 a.m. (brunch, free), 2:30 p.m. (Palmer Street, free); 7 p.m. ($18). Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679.

I DRAW SLOW Their name glances at the anomaly of an inept gunfighter, and they’re a self-professed anomaly as well: an Irish band playing American folk and old-time music, grounded in the harmonies of sibling members Louise and Dave Holden. Friday they’ll be celebrating their new release, “Turn Your Face to the Sun.” July 7, 7 p.m. $20. The Burren, Somerville. 617-776-6896.

THE SADIES They were here just a couple of months ago in a guise they often assume — serving as someone’s band (in this case, backing Justin Townes Earle, as well as opening for him). But you can never get too much of one of Canada’s finest musical exports and the ferocious live show they invariably put on. July 7, 9 p.m. $15. Once Ballroom, Somerville. 877-987-487.



Jazz & Blues

MEHMET ALI SANLIKOL & WHATSNEXT? The Grammy-nominated composer, pianist, singer, and bandleader’s kaleidoscopic contemporary jazz is tinged with Turkish influences. For this gig, his 12-piece ensemble will be joined by renowned trumpeter Tiger Okoshi. July 6, 8:30 p.m. $15. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge,617-876-9330,

THE MAKANDA PROJECT Pianist-arranger John Kordalewski’s invaluable ensemble, formed to celebrate the music of Boston’s own late, great composer and multi-instrumentalist Makanda Ken McIntyre, reunites with former member Salim Washington (reeds, flute), who currently lives, performs, and teaches in Durban, South Africa. July 8, 1:30 p.m. Free. First Church, 10 Putnam St. (John Eliot Square), Roxbury.

THE LOVE DOGS This swinging pack of jump blues hounds, known for its quartet of red-hot horns, house-rocking rhythm section, spirited vocals, and charismatic frontman Eddie Scheer, invariably pulls out all the stops when playing this favorite venue. July 8, 8 p.m. $13-$15. Chan’s Fine Oriental Dining, 267 Main St., Woonsocket, R.I. 401-765-1900,




APOLLO’S FIRE The Cleveland-based baroque orchestra visits Tanglewood with the aim of reinvigorating Vivaldi’s ubiquitous “The Four Seasons.” Also on the program: a high-wire two-cello concerto by the same composer. July 5, 8 p.m., Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lenox. 888-266-1200,

DAVID BREITMAN The excellent fortepianist brings a program drawn from the heartland of early Romanticism: Beethoven’s Six Bagatelles (Op. 126) and E-major Sonata (Op. 109), along with Schubert’s Four Impromptus (Op. 90). July 6, 7:30 p.m., Ahavas Achim Synagogue, Keene, N.H. 646-522-3352,

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The BSO’s Tanglewood season opens in blazing fashion, with Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”). Andris Nelsons leads his first BSO performance of the piece, with soprano Malin Christensson, mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. July 7, 8 p.m., Koussevitzky Music Shed, Tanglewood, Lenox. 888-266-1200,




BLOOD ON THE SNOW Written by local playwright Patrick Gabridge and directed by Courtney O’Connor, this absorbing, 70-minute piece stands as a virtual model of how to write and stage a historical drama. Supported by a strong cast, Dale Place portrays acting Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson on the day after the Boston Massacre, agonizing over whether to order the removal of British troops. Gabridge’s play is staged in the high-ceilinged room where the debate among Hutchinson and members of the Governor’s Council actually took place. Through Aug. 20. The Bostonian Society. At Old State House, Boston. 617-720-1713, ext. 120,

THE EFFECT British playwright Lucy Prebble’s bracingly smart drama delivers a psychopharmacological twist on a universal human dilemma: Can any of us ever completely trust what we are feeling? Lindsay Crouse and Brad Hall play psychiatrists supervising a controlled drug test that goes out of control when young volunteers (Susannah Hoffman and Mickey Solis) who are taking a new antidepressant fall for each other, then aren’t sure if it’s love or just the drug. Directed by Sam Weisman. Through July 8. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. $32-$42, 978-281-4433,

RIPCORD Nancy E. Carroll and Annie Golden portray mismatched nursing home roommates who keep upping the ante in their attempt to win a bet until it becomes an intensely personal competition. This comedy by gifted South Boston native David Lindsay-Abaire (“Rabbit Hole,’’ “Good People’’) aims to, and does, hit close to the bone. Directed by Jessica Stone. Through July 2. Huntington Theatre Company. Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800,

CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD Joshua Jackson (Showtime’s “The Affair’’) portrays James, an unorthodox speech therapist who is drawn to Sarah, a deaf woman played by Lauren Ridloff. Mark Medoff’s drama is directed by Kenny Leon. Through July 22. Berkshire Theatre Group. At Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. 413-997-4444,



JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL If you missed Jessica Lang Dance’s recent Boston engagement, you have another chance to see the company’s powerful “Thousand Yard Stare,” as well as several other works, including a world premiere Pillow commission featuring live music by Tanglewood Music Center fellows and alumni. Faye Driscoll’s intimate “Thank You for Coming: Attendance” is in the smaller Doris Duke Theatre. July 5-9. $35-$78. Jacob’s Pillow, Becket. 413-243-0745,

PAM TANOWITZ DANCE In her upcoming engagement at The Yard, the acclaimed post-modernist joins forces with pianist Simone Dinnerstein in the evening-length “New Work for Goldberg Variations,” which plays off Bach’s brilliant masterpiece in a deconstruction of traditional movement vocabularies. July 6-8. $5-$25. The Yard’s Patricia Nanon Theater, Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard. 508-645-9677,

BATES DANCE FESTIVAL To open its 35th-anniversary performance season, the festival presents two nights titled “DanceNow.” July 7 showcases New England choreographers Lida Winfield and Betsy Miller, while July 8 features Christal Brown and INSPIRIT’s ode to Muhammad Ali, “The Opulence of Integrity.” July 7-8. $12-$20. Bates College’s Schaeffer Theatre, Lewiston, Maine, 207-786-6381,



LINDA POCHESCI: IN THE SHADOWS A breezy summer show from Pochesci, who paints interiors on the cusp of the outside, as sunlight washes across doors and windows, warming floors and casting shadows through the architecture of mostly empty houses. Through July 29. Clark Gallery, 145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8303,

HABITAT/ION Massachusetts College of Art’s fourth biennial juried alumni show takes on our ties to place and community, and inevitably dips into personal identity, the environment, and social justice. Artists include Roger Kizik, Resa Blatman, and Youjin Moon. Through July 15. Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, 621 Huntington Ave. 617-879-7337,

BOSTON YOUNG CONTEMPORARIES 2017 On the lookout for fresh talent? Painter Steve Locke juries this summer’s selection of the cream of the crop from graduate programs at New England art schools. Through July 21. Faye G. Jo, and James Stone Gallery, Boston University, 855 Commonwealth Ave. 617-353-3329,



AS IN NATURE: HELEN FRANKENTHALER PAINTINGS Known for voluptuously stained canvases, she frequently took inspiration from nature and from seascape paintings by artists such as Courbet and Turner. A tandem exhibition spotlights her woodcut prints. Through Oct. 9. Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303,

THE IVORY MIRROR: THE ART OF MORTALITY IN RENAISSANCE EUROPE Centering on a group of exquisitely carved ivory skulls, “The Ivory Mirror” plunges into the late-medieval and early Renaissance obsession with the macabre. Through Nov. 26. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Maine St., Brunswick, Maine. 207-725-3275,

FOLLOW THE NORTH STAR: INUIT ART FROM THE COLLECTION OF ESTRELLITA AND YOUSUF KARSH Prints and sculptures from a printmaking cooperative running for nearly 60 years on the northern shore of Hudson Bay celebrate mythology, everyday life, and more. Through Dec. 31. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300,




IMPROV ASYLUM PRESENTS: AIR FARCE ONE The Asylum’s NXT cast brings this new satirical sketch and improv show to Laugh Boston for the summer after a run at Improv Asylum. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. $20. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

WILL SMITH, A COMEDY VARIETY SHOW Nonye Brown-West, who also hosts the monthly “Jelly” series at ImprovBoston, presents this new show named for the jiggy one, featuring comedians Chanel Ali, Corey Manning, Kelly MacFarland, and Nick Chambers and burlesque from Sake Toomey, Maggie Maraschino, Jolie LaVie, and Benji Bombay. July 7, 8 p.m. $15-$20. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300,

SUE COSTELLO The Dorchester native is back in town, this time at the Funroomcomedy Club at Maggy’s Lounge, which features comedy every Friday night. With Steve Kiley and host Corey Manning. July 8, 8 p.m. $20-$30. Maggy’s Lounge, 609 Washington St., Quincy. 617-804-1565,



JULY FOURTH KIDS’ MORNING Independence Day is usually a kid favorite, with all the streamers and floats and barbecues and whatnot. That doesn’t mean it can’t be even more fun, though — swing through Newton for games, pet parades, and free ice cream and it’s practically a guarantee that the Fourth becomes your child’s new favorite holiday. July 4, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Newton Center Playground at Tyler Terrace, Newton. 617 796-1540.

CURIOUS CREATURES DROP-IN DAY Chinchillas, baby alligators, snakes, and more are all planned to make appearances in Easton, so if your kid survives on a steady diet of Discovery Channel, this is the event for them. The animals will get shown off from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., but stick around after to put together some animal-inspired art. July 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $9. The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. 508-230-3789.

CAM KIDS FAVORITE FLOWERS Somewhere in your house, there is probably a drawing or painting hanging up that your kid brought home from art class one day. That drawing or painting is probably not very good. But hey, who can blame them; your kid hasn’t had any proper artistic training! Come to the Cape Ann Museum courtyard and change that with an introductory watercolor class. Your little Picasso will get to create a small painting of a fresh flower of their choice. July 8, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester. 978-283-0455.



July 16 Bellows at ONCE Ballroom

July 21 Spoon at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

July 24 Hillsong Young & Free at House of Blues

July 25 Queen and Adam Lambert at TD Garden

July 28 All Time Low at House of Blues

July 29 Briggs Fest 2017 at Lawn on D

Aug. 2 The Shins at House of Blues

Aug. 4 J. Cole at TD Garden

Aug. 5 Earth, Wind & Fire at TD Garden