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    Boston Ballet programs including John Cranko’s “Romeo and Juliet” run until the weekend of April 7-8 at the Boston Opera House.
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    Boston Ballet programs including John Cranko’s “Romeo and Juliet” run until the weekend of April 7-8 at the Boston Opera House.

    MUSIC

    Pop & Rock

    YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN This Canadian “Noh-Wave prog collective” specializes in a heady fusion of intense music from all over the globe — sludge, J-Pop, opera, and noise all figure into the sounds that influence their sprawling new album, “Dirt.” March 25, 8 p.m. $12 and up. Middle East Upstairs. 617-864-3278, www.mideastoffers.com

    DEMI LOVATO One of the best pure vocalists on pop radio right now, this outspoken belter brings the saucy “Sorry Not Sorry” and other tracks from her uneven, but enjoyable 2017 album, “Tell Me You Love Me” to town. (The title track is designed to bring down the house.) With motivational mogul DJ Khaled and R&B upstart Kehlani. March 26, 7:30 p.m. $29.95 and up. TD Garden. 800-745-3000, www.tdgarden.com

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    CURTIS HARDING “Face Your Fear,” this Michigan-born singer’s second album, is full of sultry and succulent soul that tips into psychedelia while showcasing his gorgeously weathered voice. March 27, 7 p.m. $15 and up. Sonia, Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.mideastoffers.com

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    MAURA JOHNSTON

    Folk & World

    MARLON WILLIAMS Grab the chance to hear the Tin Pan-crossed roots-music sensibilities and the magnetic, pillow-soft croon of this New Zealand singer-songwriter up close, because he likely won’t be playing venues of this size for much longer. He’s touring behind recent breakup record “Make Way for Love.” March 25, 9 p.m. $15. Great Scott. 888-929-7849, www.axs.com

    COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS Andrews arrives a few days after the release of her new album, “May Your Kindness Remain,” whose songs bring a new expansiveness and an urgency — born of coming to terms with depression and the reality of current circumstances — to her Laurel Canyon-redolent version of country-folk. March 26, 9 p.m. $10. Great Scott. 888-929-7849, www.axs.com

    SAM BAKER Different vehicle, same delivery: On his fifth album, “Land of Doubt,” Texas singer-songwriter Sam Baker puts down his acoustic for electric guitar, and adds a variety of new instrumentation — horns, strings — as well. His rough, conversational singing and his songs abide; “I like starkness,” Baker says, and he continues to mine the beauty in it. March 29, 8 p.m. $20. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org

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    STUART MUNRO

    Jazz & Blues

    THE MARK WHITE OCTET The guitarist and Berklee professor’s eight-man band celebrates the legacy of saxophonist Dave Pell (1925-2017), a key player in the 1950s West Coast cool jazz scene who helmed many an octet of his own, featuring the likes of Pepper Adams, Benny Carter, Mel Lewis, and Art Pepper. With saxophonists Arnie Krakowsky and Ken Reid, trumpeter Rick Hammet, trombonist John Garniss, pianist Scott deOgburn, bassist Mark Poniatowski, and drummer Ken Hadley. March 27, 7:30 p.m. $10. Jocko’s Jazz at the Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen. 603-898-1591, www.jockosjazz.com

    DELTA GENERATORS True to their name, this galvanizing quartet of New Englanders merges blues and roots with electricity for a unique take on Americana. Featuring singer-harmonica player Brian Templeton, brothers Charlie and Rick O’Neal on guitar and bass, respectively, and drummer Jeff Armstrong. March 28, 8 p.m. $18-$25. City Winery, 1 Canal St., Boston. 617-933-8047, www.citywinery.com

    MARY HALVORSON’S CODE GIRL Among today’s most adventurous improvisers and bandleaders, the Brookline-raised guitarist-composer penned both music and lyrics for her latest project, Code Girl (the name was suggested by mentor Anthony Braxton), for a uniquely angled take on song. Her band includes acclaimed trumpet virtuoso Ambrose Akinmusire, frequent collaborators Michael Formanek (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums), and vocalist Amirtha Kidambi. March 29, 7:30 p.m. $20-$25. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

    KEVIN LOWENTHAL

    Classical

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    FROMM PLAYERS Curated by Harvard composer Chaya Czernowin, this year’s Fromm concert at Harvard is titled “Resistance and Hope” and features works by Graciela Paraskevaidis, Ben Johnston, Galina Ustvolskaya, and the songwriting duo Prince Myshkins. March 31, 7 p.m., Paine Hall, Harvard University. www.music.fas.harvard.edu

    CHAMBER ORCHESTRAS Jeannette Sorrell’s dynamic early music band returns to Emmanuel Church this weekend (March 24, www.bemf.org) and then plays Worcester’s Tuckerman Hall (March 25, www.musicworcester.org). And next weekend, A Far Cry partners with the Miró Quartet for a program titled “Loss and Resurrection,” featuring Strauss’s “Metamorphosen,” an arrangement of Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 135, and Kevin Puts’s “Credo,” written in response to the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 (March 30, Jordan Hall, www.afarcry.org).

    BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Andris Nelsons leads the American premiere of Jörg Widmann’s “Partita” along with works by Mozart (Symphony No. 23) and Strauss (“Don Quixote” with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violist Steven Ansell). March 29-April 3, Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org 

     JEREMY EICHLER

    ARTS

    Theater

    SKELETON CREW The impact of the Great Recession on blue-collar workers is driven home in Dominique Morisseau’s taut, keenly observed, thoroughly absorbing drama. Featuring a strong cast and perceptive direction by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, “Skeleton Crew’’ takes place in the break room of a Detroit auto-parts plant that is threatened with closure, jeopardizing not just the livelihoods of the employees but their identities. Through March 31. Huntington Theatre Company. Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org

    GUARDS AT THE TAJ Set in India in the mid-17th century, this wrenching drama by Rajiv Joseph (“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo’’) revolves around two guards, portrayed by Jacob Athyal and Harsh J. Gagoomal, whose task is to protect the Taj Mahal on the night before it is first unveiled. Directed by Gabriel Vega Weissman. Content warning from theater of “blood, violence.’’ Through April 1. Underground Railway Theater. At Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 617-576-9278, www.centralsquaretheater.org

    SAINT JOAN and HAMLET Juggling the complex language and ideas of Shaw and Shakespeare in a bravura display of versatility and dexterity, four gifted actors play 49 roles in two freewheeling, fast-moving productions. It’s the verbal and intellectual equivalent of a Cirque du Soleil performance. Directed by Eric Tucker. Through March 25. Productions by Bedlam. Presented by ArtsEmerson. At Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org

    DON AUCOIN

    Dance

    BOSTON BALLET The company’s fans may have a hard time choosing this week, with available performances of both the edgy contemporary program “Parts in Suite” and John Cranko’s romantic “Romeo & Juliet.” But actually, since each runs until the weekend of April 7-8, why not go for both? $35-$194, Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org KAREN CAMPBELL

    . . . THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID The Dance Complex presents nine female choreographers from around Greater Boston in this dance theater production exploring varying perspectives on the concepts of womanhood. DeAnna Pellecchia/KAIROS Dance Theater, Aysha Upchurch, and Vanessa White/Lipstick Criminals are the show’s special guests. March 30-31. $15-$20. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363, www.dancecomplex.org

    GOODTHANG 2018 SPECIAL EVENING EDITION Organizer Paul Kafka-Gibbons calls this a presentation of “performative thangs,” a free and free-flowing marathon of dance, music, and poetry. Dance participants over the course of the day/evening include Kafka-Gibbons, Lynn Frederiksen, Kelley Donovan, and Jim Banta. March 30, 3 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Free. Center for Arts at the Armory, Somerville. 617-893-2793, www.artsatthearmory.org

    KAREN CAMPBELL

    Galleries

    FOREIGN OFFICE Liberation movements such as the Black Panthers, the African National Congress, and more set up shop in Algiers between 1962 and 1972. Multimedia artist Bouchra Khalili examines how that utopian moment resonates today. March 26-April 21. Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, 8 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-496-1153, www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2018-bouchra-khalili-exhibition

     

    SCIENTIFIC PURPOSES (IN WHICH A MURDEROUS HAIRDRESSER DONATES HIS HEAD TO SCIENCE, WITH ONE RESTRICTION.) MacArthur Fellow Anna Schuleit Haber’s paintings are layered, abstracted, serial narratives. Some respond to short stories by Thomas Bernhard; others spin other mysterious tales. Through April 15. Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-820-5173, www.abigailogilvy.com

     

    YOAV HORESH: SERENE OASIS Neve Sha’anan is a tiny Tel Aviv neighborhood that’s home to refugees from Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe. The photographer witnessed Israeli intolerance toward the migrants, and set out to tell Neve Sha’anan’s story. Through April 21. Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-0411, www.gallerykayafas.com

     CATE McQUAID

    Museums

    CAO JUN: HYMNS TO NATURE The Chinese artist’s paintings, porcelain, and digital pieces, which contemplate elemental experiences of nature, are anchored in traditions of Chinese art and engage in conversation with modern and contemporary Western art. Through June 3. McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 2101 Commonwealth Ave. 617-552-8587, www.bc.edu/artmuseum

     

    FROM THE LOOM OF A GODDESS: REVERBERATIONS OF GUATEMALAN MAYA WEAVING The goddess Ixchel, the first Mayan weaver, used a backstrap loom — a kind still used today. On view: traditional tops known as huipils and adornments such as embroidered flounced collars. Through Aug. 19. RISD Museum, 20 North Main St., Providence. 401-454-6500, www.risdmuseum.org

    GYORGY KEPES PHOTOGRAPHS: THE MIT YEARS, 1946-1985 The MIT Museum wraps up its yearlong celebration of the innovative photographer with an exhibition examining his scientific imagery, his art, and how his experiments changed perceptions of realist and documentary photography. Through July 15. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-253-5927, mitmuseum.mit.edu/

    CATE McQUAID

    EVENTS

    Comedy

    THE COMEDY STUDIO The Studio’s new home won’t be ready until the summer, but it is hosting two shows this week — a benefit for the Community Action Agency of Somerville at Thunder Road with headliner Dan Boulger on Tuesday, and a Comedy Central audition showcase at the Rockwell on Saturday. CAAS benefit, March 27, 8 p.m. $5. Thunder Road, 379 Somerville Ave., Somerville. 617-776-7623, www.thunderroadclub.com. Audition showcase, March 31, 9 p.m. $15. Rockwell Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville. 617-684-5335 www.therockwell.org

    NICK DI PAOLO The sometimes savage comedian and SiriusXM host is on “The Nick Is Right Tour,” a reference to his more conservative political and social leanings. March 30, 8 p.m. $25-$30. The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849, www.regenttheatre.com

    KURT BRAUNOHLER To get a good sample of Braunohler’s bright, endearing silliness, check out his riffs on stereotypes about red hair, the utility of beaver tails, and proposing on a hot air balloon from last year’s Comedy Central special “Trust Me.” March 30-31, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $25. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

    NICK A. ZAINO III

    Family

    LEGOLAND TODDLER TUESDAY The argument can be made that Legos might just be the kids’ toy that will never cease to be fun. You probably grew up with them, your kids might be currently obsessed with them, and hey, it’s a safe bet your kids’ kids will be building with the bricks as well. Come experience the generation-spanning joy of Legos this Tuesday with your little ones, complete with building activities, Lego-ized Boston landmarks, and a special penguin theme. March 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $16. Legoland Discovery Center Boston, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville. boston.legolanddiscoverycenter.com

    DREAMWORKS’ MADAGASKAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE 2005’s “Madagascar” is an enjoyable, rollicking romp that holds up all these years later. But what’s a good way to make it even better? Throw in some musical numbers, of course. Join Marty the Zebra, Alex the Lion, and more in their great escape to the wild, and true to the source material, there will be ample opportunity to “Move It, Move It.” March 31, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $12. North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. ev8.evenue.net

    EASTER NATURE QUEST Tired of the typical Easter egg hunt? Change it up this year with a “nature quest” in the gorgeous Francis William Bird Park. Spot signs of spring, and dig up clues that will lead to the Easter Bunny — and Easter candy will be provided for successful explorers. March 31, 10 a.m.-noon. $5 for Trustees of Reservations families, $10 for non-member families. Francis William Bird Park, Polley Lane, East Walpole. www.thetrustees.org ROBERT STEINER

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    April 1 Albert Hammond Jr. at Middle East Downstairs  www.ticketweb.com

    April 6 Superchunk at Sinclair  www.axs.com

    April 15 Ira Glass at Boston Symphony Hall  www.bso.org

    April 22 George Ezra at House of Blues  concerts.livenation.com

    April 24 The Suffers at the Sinclair  www.axs.com

    April 26 Buddy Guy at Cabot Theatre  www.eventticketscenter.com

    April 27 They Might Be Giants at House of Blues  concerts.livenation.com

    April 28 Peter Hook & The Light at Paradise Rock Club  www.ticketmaster.com ROBERT STEINER