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    Jacob Athyal and Harsh J. Gagoomal in Underground Railway Theater’s production of “Guards at the Taj,” which runs through April 1 at Central Square Theater, Cambridge.
    A.R. Sinclair
    Jacob Athyal and Harsh J. Gagoomal in Underground Railway Theater’s production of “Guards at the Taj,” which runs through April 1 at Central Square Theater, Cambridge.


    Pop & Rock

    MARSHMELLO The latest masked man to make it big on the EDM circuit is this cloaked-in-confections DJ, whose chilled-champagne collaborations with honey-voiced crooner Khalid and spunky Brit Anne-Marie have made him a stealth fixture on pop radio. April 4-6, 7 p.m. $39.50 and up. House of Blues. 888-693-2583,

    CAROLINE ROSE “Loner,” the second album from this New York troubadour, is a thrillingly odd take on pop, braiding her sardonic lyrics with off-kilter songs that groove and groan. April 4, 9 p.m. $12 and up. Great Scott. 617-566-0914,


    JULIANA HATFIELD In recent years, this sweetly sour singer-songwriter has been on a blazing run, releasing collaborations and solo offerings that showcase her pointed lyrics and razor-edged riffs. This show will celebrate her latest release, which salutes the career of Olivia Newton-John through loving covers. April 6, 8 p.m. $20 and up. ONCE Ballroom, Somerville. 617-285-0167,

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    Folk & World

    JOHN STATZ A rare East Coast visit from Denver-based singer-songwriter John Statz, who has managed to put out seven records in a little over a decade’s time while staying under the radar, and whose music — electric, urgent folk; aching, sweet country-rock — makes you wonder why that is the case. April 3, 9:30 p.m. $8. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006,

    THE WEATHER STATION To these ears, the fourth, self-titled release by Torontonian Tamara Lindeman (who performs as the Weather Station) was one of 2017’s finest albums, a tour de force of marvelous arrangements, crystalline singing, and open-verse, word-piling, interior lyrical excursions. She highlights the record Wednesday; Sam Moss opens. April 4, 8 p.m. $12. Red Room at Café 939. 617-747-2261,

    THE TRAVELIN’ MCCOURYS When sons Ronnie and Rob take a break from playing alongside bluegrass patriarch Del McCoury, they do their own thing as the Travelin’ McCourys, and like their dad, they bring a spirit of collaboration and exploration to what they do. Here, they pair with the Jeff Austin Band for “The Grateful Ball,” and pick their way through the music of the Dead. April 5, 8 p.m. $25. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 888-929-7849, STUART MUNRO

    Jazz & Blues


    THE FOLLEN ANGELS: I GOT RHYTHM In this benefit for lung cancer research, hosted by WBZ radio’s Jordan Rich, the acclaimed cabaret group performs the timeless songs of George Gershwin and Cole Porter. April 5, 7:30 p.m. $25-$250. Black Box Theater, Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487,

    THE AARDVARK JAZZ ORCHESTRA Boston’s venerable progressive big band continues its 45th season with a program of compositions by director Mark Harvey, featuring the premiere of “Faces of Souls,” inspired by Charles Ives’s “Boston Common” and the Augustus Saint-Gaudens statue commemorating Civil War heroes Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. Plus “The Journey,” dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., and “Blue Butterfly,” portraying the late Brother Blue, beloved Boston-based storyteller. April 7, 8 p.m. Free. MIT, Kresge Auditorium, 77 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-452-3205 or 617-776-8778,

    NICK MOSS BAND Rooted in Chicago-style blues, Moss is a blistering guitarist and gritty singer-songwriter, whose smoking band features harmonica master and showman Dennis Gruenling. April 7, 8 p.m. $19.50-$23.50. 9 Wallis, 9 Wallis St., Beverly. 978-525-9093,



    BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Andris Nelsons leads two keenly anticipated performances (April 5 and 7) featuring Act II of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde,” with the renowned tenor Jonas Kaufmann performing his first Tristan and the soprano Camilla Nylund as Isolde. On April 6, between the two nights of Wagner, comes one final performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,


    ODYSSEY OPERA  The company’s innovative Joan of Arc-themed season culminates with two fully staged performances of Verdi’s “Giovanna d’Arco.” Conducted by Gil Rose, directed by Beth Greenberg, and featuring soprano Haeran Hong in the title role. April 5 and 7, Huntington Avenue Theater. 

    STRING QUARTET CELEBRATION As part of the festivities around its 150th anniversary year, New England Conservatory is spotlighting its much-admired String Quartet Training Program with three nights of free performances by ensembles that have graduated from it. First up are the Jupiter and Parker Quartets (April 1), followed by the Harlem and Omer Quartets (April 4), and the Ariel and Verona Quartets (April 8). Jordan Hall. 617- 585-1260,




    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, skillfully 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,

    THE BAKELITE MASTERPIECE A smart and twisty two-hander by Kate Cayley, directed by Jim Petosa, about a Dutch art forger (played by Benjamin Evett) in postwar Amsterdam who is desperately trying to convince his interrogator (Laura Latreille) that he did not sell a Vermeer painting to a Nazi leader, but rather a counterfeit of his own creation. Directed by Jim Petosa. Through April 8. New Repertory Theatre. At MainStage Theater, Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487,

    ANNA CHRISTIE Eugene O’Neill won the second of his four Pulitzer Prizes for this drama about a one-time prostitute, played by Lindsey McWhorter, who is reunited with her long-estranged father (Johnny Lee Davenport), the captain of a coal barge. Featuring Dan Whelton as the Irish shipman who falls in love with Anna and Nancy E. Carroll as a woman involved with Anna’s father. Directed by Scott Edmiston. April 6-May 6. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678,



    CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS This Boston Center for the Arts commission by Wendy Jehlen and ANIKAYA Dance Theater explores the experiences of travelers. Inspired by the Persian allegory of the same name, the collaborative world premiere draws from stories collected from local refugees and features dancers from as far away as Brazil and Egypt. It features an original score by Shaw Pong Liu. April 5-8. $25-$35. Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

    JOSÉ MATEO BALLET THEATRE As Mateo shifts his focus from company to school and outreach, the upcoming “Moving Violations” marks his 32-year-old company’s last program under his directorship. Going out with a bang, the concert features an as-yet-unnamed world premiere, as well as two of Mateo’s most requested works: the rousing “House of Ballet” and the poignant “Schubert Adagio.” April 6-9. $45. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. 617-354-7467,

    IN TRANSIT Dance Complex inaugurates its new “Living Legacies” series by honoring 50 years of creativity by choreographer Margot Parsons. The program, which includes premieres by Parsons and DanceVisions Inc. repertory favorites, also features a new aerial silks trio by Marin Orlosky Randow, marking the first time (but hopefully not the last) the Dance Complex will install rigging for an aerial work. April 6-7. $13-$26. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,



    EDIE BRESLER: BASED ON A TRUE STORY Bresler’s photographs come at you from afar. She makes cyanotypes of strangers’ hands, like ghosts waving. She embroiders clothing over nudes found in 19th-century photos, sprinkling the past with fairy dust. Through April 19. Trustman Art Gallery, Simmons College, 300 The Fenway. 617-521-2258,


    #SAYHERNAME: WATCH US WERK Performance artist Dell Hamilton organized this show featuring artists who work as agents of social justice, breaking down notions of race and shining light on the lives of black women. Through April 21. VanDernoot Gallery, Lesley University, 1815 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-349-8076,

    SIMULACRUM In this group show, curator Jeremy J. Starn investigates the increasingly porous ground between simulated worlds and actual ones. Artists consider what goes into making the virtual so real in works using maps, algorithms, and projections. Through April 29. A R E A, 460 Harrison Ave. 857-209-1321,



    ART IN THE AGE OF THE INTERNET, 1989 TO TODAY The Internet has altered our perceptions of self and community. This show overflows with three decades of evolving Internet art addressing what it means to be human in a digitally networked world. Through May 20. Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive. 617-478-3100,

    CANDICE BREITZ: LOVE STORY Breitz juxtaposes videos of refugees telling their stories with videos of actors Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin narrating those same stories. How does the message change when the messenger is a celebrity, not a displaced person? Through Jan. 21, 2019. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300,

    FRA ANGELICO: HEAVEN ON EARTH This show celebrates the early Renaissance master’s genius for visual storytelling. Among the 13 vibrant paintings, a reliquary from the Gardner’s collection is reunited with three from Florence, which together depict the Virgin Mary’s life. Through May 20. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way. 617-566-1401,




    ZACH SHERWIN The former MC Mr. Napkins got his start in Boston, but now works his hip-hop comedy magic in LA under his real name. He’s been featured in “Epic Rap Battles of History” and written for “My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” April 2, 8 p.m. $10. The Riot Theater, 146A South St., Jamaica Plain. 617-942-0294,

    CRAIG ROBINSON AND THE NASTY DELICIOUS Robinson is a funny man, and the Nasty Delicious is a formidable band, which makes for a unique, soulful night of comedy. April 6, 8 p.m. $27-$39. Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest St., Medford. 800-838-3006,

    LEAGUE OF LAUGHS Somerville’s Comicazi comic book shop has long supported stand-up that appeals to the nerd set. This showcase features Mark Gallagher, Jere Pilapil, Carrie Ross, Robert Pooley, Nora Panahi, David McLaughlin, and Elisha Siegel. April 7, 7:30 p.m. $7. Comicazi, 407 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-666-2664,



    EGGS-TRAVAGANT EGG HUNT Looks like the Easter bunny decided it was too cold for kiddos to search for eggs outside this year, and hopped to the nearest hotel. Join the Mandarin Oriental Boston in a lobby egg-hunt and photo-op with the big bunny himself. There are treats for parents too! April 1, noon-12:30 p.m. Free. Mandarin Oriental, Boston, 776 Boylston St.

    NEWw LEGO NINJAGO MASTER OF THE 4TH DIMENSION Out of the toy box and onto the big screen come the tiny yellow people of the Lego universe. Be a part of the premier of the new movie in 4-D, transporting you to the dojo with Lego Master Wu and friends. April 7, multiple showtimes. $18.50- $29.95. LegolandDiscovery Center Boston, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

    NATIONAL KITE MONTH Let’s go fly a kite! Celebrate national kite month this April with a kite walk in the scenic Great Hill Conservation Land. Bring your own kite, or borrow one from the museum. April 4, 11 a.m. Free with admission to the museum. 177 Main St., Acton.



    April 8 5 Seconds of Summer at Paradise Rock Club

    April 9 Pink at TD Garden

    April 13 Audra McDonald at Boston Symphony Hall

    April 23 Andrew McMahon at Paradise Rock Club

    April 26 Matt and Kim at the House of Blues

    April 29 Camila Cabello at the Orpheum Theatre

    May 3 Haim at Agganis Arena

    May 4 Brandi Carlile at the Orpheum Theatre