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The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

Caitlin Canty performs at Club Passim on April 25.Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images


Pop & Rock

KATE NASH For about a decade, this cheeky Brit has been releasing chaotic, yet ruminative pop that gets an extra jolt from her spilling-out-of-her-head lyrics. At this point, Nash is probably better known Stateside for her role on Netflix’s grappler-centric dramedy “Glow,” but her new album “Yesterday Was Forever” is a giddy run through emotional highs and lows that’s designed for screech-along sessions. April 25, 8 p.m. $25 and up. Royale. 617-338-7699, www.royaleboston.com

BRETT ELDREDGE This Illnois-born country crooner has a velvet-trimmed voice and a catholic attitude toward his preferred genre, adding synthpop filigrees and disco strings to the banjo-picked party-starters and heartfelt ballads on his latest album. April 27, 7:30 p.m. $28 and up. Orpheum Theatre. 617-482-0106, www.crossroadspresents.com


THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS The kings of quirk-pop are touring behind their 20th studio album, “I Like Fun,” which shows off their still-sharp hooks and ever-acerbic wit (a la the ripostes on the dirt-smeared “An Insult to the Fact Checkers”). April 27, 8 p.m. $27 and up. House of Blues. 888-693-2583, www.houseofblues.com/boston


Folk & World

CAITLIN CANTY Canty has called her newly released “Motel Bouquet” a Nashville record. She made it with a bunch of Nashville cats after moving there, and it features the sustained sound of Russ Pahl’s steel guitar. The upshot is a bit more country in her spare, rootsy mix this time around. April 25, 7 and 9:30 p.m. $22. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org

THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS There’s a bit of geographic dislocation in a pair of Minnesotan brothers taking their name from a plant most often associated with the desert. The music Jack Torrey and Page Burkum make has a dislocating effect as well, to an era in which brothers named Everly and Louvin were harmonizing to thrilling effect. April 22, 8 p.m. $15. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 888-929-7849, www.axs.com


IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE Expect compelling concoctions of West African and funky electronic elements from this London-based, multicultural group fronted by fiery singer Eno Williams, who draws on her Nigerian Ibibio heritage for lyrical inspiration (and sings some of what results in Ibibio). The band kicks off a short US tour in Boston. April 25, 8 p.m. $20. Brighton Music Hall. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org


Jazz & Blues

GINA SICILIA The Philadelphia singer-songwriter ranks among the most striking female blues voices of recent years. Her latest album, “Tug of War,” reached the top spot on the Roots MusicReport. April 28, 7 p.m. $19.50-$23.50. 9 Wallis, 9 Wallis St., Beverly. 978-525-9093, www.gimmelive.com

MYRA MELFORD Lexington Community Education presents a solo performance by the acclaimed pianist and composer whose unique sensibility is informed by everything from having grown up in a Chicago-area house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright to blues, world music, and avant-garde classical and jazz. April 28, 7:30 p.m. $10.Follen Community Church, 755 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington. 781-862-8043

ARLINGTON JAZZ FESTIVAL: JOHN & GREI PATITUCCI The seventh edition of this annual musical celebration, presented over four days throughout town, culminates with a concert headlined by world-famous bass guitarist Patitucci and his singer-songwriter daughter. Openers include the Arlington High School Jazz Band, led by Tino D’Agostino, and the pianistic duo of Kevin Harris and Steve Langone. (Additional events can be found on the festival’s website.) April 29, 7 p.m. $5-$20.Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington.www.arlingtonjazz.org




LA PHILHARMONIC AND BSO The ever-dynamic Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic return to Symphony Hall (April 25) with a program of works by Shostakovich and Varèse along with Esa-Pekka Salonen’s “Pollux” in its East Coast premiere. And the Boston Symphony Orchestra is led by Tugan Sokhiev in selections by Brahms and Prokofiev (April 26-28). www.celebrityseries.org, www.bso.org

MORE ORCHESTRAS Pianist André Watts performs Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra under Federico Cortese’s direction (April 27, 5:30 p.m., Sanders Theatre, free); and A Far Cry has an imaginatively curated art-meets-music program with works by Scarlatti, Rossini, Berio, and others (April 29, 1:30 p.m. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum). ofa.fas.harvard.edu,www.gardnermuseum.org

EMMANUEL MUSIC David Lang’s Pulitzer-winning “The Little Match Girl Passion” will be performed under the direction of Ryan Turner. With vocal soloists Margot Rood, Emily Marvosh, Matthew Anderson, and Jesse Blumberg and choreography by Jessie Jeanne Stinnett and Boston Dance Theater. April 27, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St. 617-536-3356, www.emmanuelmusic.org




STUART LITTLE In this adaptation by Joseph Robinette of E.B. White’s beloved children’s tale about a plucky mouse born into a New York family, Stuart embarks on a quest to find his good friend, Margalo the bird, who has disappeared. Featuring Felton Sparks (pictured) as Stuart, Alexandria King as Margalo, Bill Mootos as Mr. Little, Lisa Yuen as Mrs. Little, and Kippy Goldfarb as Dr. Carey. Directed by Nick Vargas. Through May 13. Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston. 617-879-2300, www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org

CABARET In Rachel Bertone’s darkly compelling production of the Kander & Ebb classic, which unfolds in early 1930s Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, Aimee Doherty captures the ragged edge of desperation that lies beneath the flamboyant self-dramatization of Kit Kat Klub singer Sally Bowles. Through April 29. Moonbox Productions. At Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.moonboxproductions.org


MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Director Christopher V. Edwards helms a sprightly, gender-switching production in which Claudio and Hero are a same-sex couple, played by Esme Allen and Lydia Barnett-Mulligan. Most of the fun, however, lies in the rapid-fire badinage between a splendidly well-matched Brooke Hardman and Omar Robinson as Beatrice and Benedick, those quick-witted precursors to Sam and Diane of “Cheers.’’ Through May 6. Actors’ Shakespeare Project. At Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge. 866-811-4111, www.actorsshakespeareproject.org



RUCKUS DANCE Michael Figueroa’s Cambridge-based troupe makes its evening-length debut with the aptly named “Baby’s First Show.” The program includes solos, duets, and group works tackling themes ranging from honesty and loneliness to the end of the world, with choreographed works interspersed with improvisational events. April 27-29. $15-$40. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363, www.ruckusdance.org

HARVARD DANCE PROJECT Under the artistic direction of Jill Johnson, this promising student performance ensemble presents three wide-ranging world premieres. Former Trey McIntyre Project dancer Chanel DaSilva, Gaga teacher and former Batsheva Dance Company member Shamel Pitts, and multifaceted choreographer Peter Chu each created works especially for the students during residencies at Harvard Dance Center. April 26-29. $5-$20. Farkas Hall, Cambridge. 617-495-8683, www.boxoffice.harvard.edu


EVERY BODY DANCES For decades, veteran choreographer Lynn Modell has been crafting accessible dances of humor and heart, with choreography that reflects Modell’s belief that everyone can — and should — dance. Focusing on dances that explore social conventions and expectations, from disco fever to online dating, the concert features 16 professional and avocational dancers, with live music by Eli Sundae. April 27-28. $15-$25. United Parish in Brookline. 617-969-4455, www.brownpapertickets.com



CODE-STITCH: RESISTANCE IN APPAREL Melanie Bernier, Katarina Riesing, and Sophie Treppendahl make paintings, garments, and sculptures addressing the complexities of the #MeToo movement. They seek agency in self-representation and consider the juncture of power, vulnerability, and sexuality. Through April 28. How’s Howard, 515 East 2nd St., South Boston. john@howshoward.comwww.howshoward.com

ELAINE BUCKHOLTZ: INTRACTABLE Two new works from the light artist involve video projected onto stills. Buckholtz spun images of post-Impressionist paintings and recorded the turning from above with a shaking video camera to make an animated abstraction that unfolds in super-slow motion. Through May 24. VERY, 59 Wareham St. 617-922-5447, www.galleryvery.com

SARAH MALAKOFF: PERSONAL HISTORY This photographer has long investigated what domestic interiors reveal about their inhabitants. Here she zeroes in on the display of cultural and historic objects. What do they signify about their owners’ relationship to history and society? Through May 22. Howard Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-262-0550, www.howardyezerski.com



ALLISON JANAE HAMILTON: PITCH In her first solo museum show, Hamilton conjures up the deep South as a site of dream and mystery. Her sculptures, videos, photographs, and installations evoke pine forests, alligators, and the turpentine industry. Through February 2019. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, www.massmoca.org

LIST PROJECTS: GORDON HALL The artist replicates one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture, investigating their cultural and kinesthetic resonance. The bench he re-creates twice here will be the subject of a movement piece on April 28 at 3 p.m. Through May 20. MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St., Cambridge. 617-253-4400, listart.mit.edu

SCULPTING WITH AIR: IAN McMAHON AND JONG OH In these temporary, site-specific installations, McMahon inflates plaster molds, here creating a gargantuan pillow overflowing a metal corral, and Oh suspends fine-boned structures of fishing wire, Plexiglas, rods, and thread. Through Sept. 30. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8355, www.decordova.org




SAMANTHA RUDDY AND KATE WILLETT Willett, a correspondent on “The Jim Jefferies Show” who has a 15-minute special coming up on Netflix, and Ruddy, who has written for CollegeHumor.com and Reductress, are sticking around after the Women in Comedy Festival to headline CitySide Comedy. April 23, 8:30 p.m. Free. CitySide, 1960 Beacon St., Brighton. 617-566-1002, www.citysidebar.com

ANTHONY JESELNIK: FUNNY GAMES The bomb-throwing comic has said he likes to test himself by making jokes in the midst of tragedies. “I don’t believe in ‘too soon,’ ” he says. “I’m on a tight schedule.” The first show is sold out. April 26, 10 p.m. $32. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700, www.thewilbur.com

BOSTON COMEDY FESTIVAL ALL STARS A showcase of regulars from the Boston festival (which comes around again in September). The lineup features Lamont Price, Bethany Van Delft, Andrea Henry, and Spike Tobin. April 28, 8 p.m. $15. The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Somerville. 617-684-5335, www.therockwell.org



AGRICULTURAL FESTIVAL Celebrate Earth Day and experience fresh food like never before at the first ever Boston Public Market agricultural festival. Enjoy activities like apple pressing, flower crown making, and beekeeping all while wandering around the marketplace. Crafts for the kids and a cash bar for the adults — what could be better? April 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St. bostonpublicmarket.org

MAC ’N CHEESE BOWL The best kind of bowl is one that is filled to the brim with cheesy pasta goodness. Join the Woburn Business Association hospitality group HERE (Hospitality Entertainment & Restaurant Exchange) to help judge local chefs’ best takes at the classic dish. The event, which benefits the North Suburban YMCA summer food program, includes games and prizes and a 21+ cash bar. April 26, 6-8 p.m. $5-$25. Courtyard Marriott Woburn Boston North, 700 Unicorn Park Drive, Woburn. www.woburnbusiness.org

PINOCCHIO Don’t lie . . . you know you want to see the classic Disney story of Pinocchio this weekend. The Boston Conservatory at Berklee School of Music invites all ages to this opera adaptation. Directed by Nathan Troup, opera students will be performing two shows. April 28, noon and 2 p.m. Free. Seully Hall, 8 Fenway, Floor 4. bostonconservatory.berklee.edu/events/pinocchio



April 27 Brett Eldredge at the Orpheum Theatre www.ticketmaster.com

May 3 Hop Along at Royale Boston www.axs.com

May 3 Jaden Smith at the Middle East Downstairs www.ticketmaster.com

May 11 Art Garfunkel at City Winery Boston www. citywinery.com

May 12 AJR at House of Blues www.ticketmaster.com

May 18 The Fratellis at Paradise Rock Club www.ticketmaster.com

May 24 Post Malone and 21 Savage at the Xfinity Center www.ticketmaster.com