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

    17ticketgaller Michael Mazur: Along the Shoreline at Albert Merola Gallery through July 4, 2018. Busy Beach 2008 60 x 96 oil paint on canvas. Image courtesy of the Albert Merola Gallery.
    Albert Merola Gallery.
    “Busy Beach” Is among the works in “Michael Mazur: Along the Shoreline” at Albert Merola Gallery through July 4.


    Pop & Rock

    KISS CONCERT 2018 Boston’s top pop radio outlet is heading up its annual showcase of the moment’s biggest hits with no-longer-a-boy-band Backstreet Boys; while they’re still a live powerhouse, their veteran status doubles as a leading indicator of how much faith parent company iHeart has in the current Hot 100 crop’s star power. Be sure to get there for producer-singer Bazzi, whose giddy “Mine” is one of the few currently charting songs sung by a male protagonist who’s — heavens be! — romantically content. June 17, 4:30 p.m. (parking lots open at 1:30 p.m.) $23.50 and up. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000,

    HARRY STYLES The swaggering Brit, whose self-titled debut showed that he was closely studying Bowie and Jagger while in Simon Cowell’s pop-star boot camp, returns. With genre-defiant Nashville singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves. June 18, 8 p.m. $39.50 and up. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,


    NEKO CASE One of the best pure singers in modern music writes songs as brilliant as her formidable voice; her latest album, “Hell-On,” is both endlessly quotable (“Chipped my tooth on an engagement ring/ and that’s bad luck,” she muses on the defiantly chiming “Bad Luck”) and rich with detail. June 23-24, 7:30 p.m. $39.50 and up. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 617-728-1600,

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    Folk & World

    HALEY HEYNDERICKX It took several stops and starts before this Portland, Ore., singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitar player managed to capture the sometimes sparsely acoustic, sometimes urgently electric folk music on her striking debut album, “I Need to Start a Garden.” She comes to town for the first time in support of that debut. June 18, 8 p.m. $15. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 888-929-7849,

    JESSE DAYTON On his new album, “The Outsider,” Dayton continues to put plenty of kerrang in his twang as he sings about classic country music matters — smoking, drinking, cheating, killing, and trying to quit those bad habits. This time, though, he adds a bit of general (“Belly of the Beast”) and particular (“Charlottesville”) social commentary to the proceedings. June 19, 7 p.m. $12. Once Lounge, Somerville. 877-987-6487,

    CELTIC BLUE Tradition meets tradition: Celtic Blue is not the name of a band but a collaboration, taking place Saturday between the New England Irish Harp Orchestra and bluegrass traditionalists the Sandy Ridge Boys. June 23, 7 p.m. $15. The Burren, Somerville. 617-776-6896,



    Jazz & Blues

    JIMMY VIVINO & THE EAST COAST BLUE SOUL ROCKERS The versatile and vivid guitarist and bandleader, best known for his long association with Conan O’Brien, swings through Somerville on his current East Coast tour to play some deep blues and roots music. With guitarist “Monster” Mike Welch and guests. June 20, 8 p.m. $10-$15. Once Lounge, Somerville. 617-285-0167,

    THE MAKANDA PROJECT Pianist and arranger John Kordalewski’s invaluable big band’s mission is to air the unheard compositions of the late, great Bostonian jazz multi-instrumentalist Makanda Ken McIntyre. That they do so in free neighborhood concerts is the icing on the cake. June 23, 1:30 p.m. Free. Mildred Hailey Apartments, Columbus Avenue and Heath Street, Jamaica Plain.

    RAS MOSHE The New York-based avant-garde tenor saxophonist’s music is in the mode of such masters as John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, and Sun Ra’s John Gilmore. For his latest venture north, he’ll be joined by cellist Glynis Lomon, bassist Damon Smith, and drummer Luther Gray. June 24, 8 p.m. $20. Outpost 186, 186½ Hampshire St., Cambridge.




    MAKE MUSIC BOSTON This collaborative one-day event features performances by hundreds of musicians at indoor and outdoor venues across the city. It will culminate in “Water Music,” described by organizers as a newly commissioned, site-specific work inspired by Handel and the Charles River. Created by five composers, the piece will be played at sunset by 50 musicians situated along the Esplanade walkway. June 21, multiple locations,

    ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL This week brings an evening of chamber works by Brahms capped by a late-night “classical cabaret” performance by mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey (June 21); the Attacca Quartet with a hard-hitting “War and Peace” program devoted to music by Shostakovich, Reich, and Pärt (June 22); a Bach-themed piano recital by Stephen Prutsman (June 23); and an evening of Handel’s love duets with soprano Suzie LeBlanc and countertenor Daniel Taylor (June 24). Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391,

    SICK PUPPY  This annual new-music seminar at New England Conservatory draws its memorable nickname from its acronym, SICPP, or the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice. Julian Anderson is this year’s guest composer, and his works are featured in free performances at NEC’s Jordan Hall June 20-22. Additionally, Tuesday’s concert will feature Stockhausen’s “Originale” and Monday brings Frederic Rzewski’s “The Fall of the Empire.” The festival culminates Saturday in Brown Hall, with a six-hour-plus marathon concert aptly dubbed the “Iditarod.” 




    THE NETHER A first-rate production of Jennifer Haley’s powerfully disturbing drama, which explores the line between virtual and real, forcing us to consider the dark uses to which technology can be put as a detective confronts the operator of a pedophilic fantasy realm. Directed by Sarah Gazdowicz, with exceptionally compelling performances by Bob Mussett, Regine Vital, Julia Talbot, Jeff Gill, and Arthur Gomez. Advisory from the theater: “Not suitable for children. Parental discretion advised.’’ Through June 23. Flat Earth Theatre. At Black Box Theater, Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487,

    NOIR HAMLET Framingham playwright John Minigan has reimagined Shakespeare’s immortal drama in the manner of film noir and set it in 1949 Los Angeles, with Paul Melendy as Hamlet, Liz Adams as Gertrude, Bob Murphy as Claude, and Cristhian Mancinas-Garcia as Rae Chio, Hamlet’s secretary. Directed by Joe Antoun. Through June 30. Presented by Centastage at Plaza Black Box Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

    THE WIZ A rousing and exuberant production that delivers a dose of irreverent fun — some of it at the expense of its fabled progenitor, “The Wizard of Oz’’ — while tapping into the qualities that have given “The Wiz’’ itself an enduring appeal. Directed with elan and a New Orleans flavor by Dawn M. Simmons, and featuring buoyantly propulsive choreography by Jean Appolon, with a vibrant cast that includes Davron S. Monroe as the Wiz and Salome Smith as Dorothy. Through July 1. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678,



    ONSTAGE DANCE COMPANY The company is designed to give highly trained recreational dancers opportunities to perform, and this show promises stylistically diverse original choreography for every taste, from tap and hip-hop to jazz and modern. June 17, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $20-$25. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-358-2500,

    THE FESTIVAL OF US, YOU, WE & THEM 2018 For this ambitious initiative, the Dance Complex throws open its doors to the community for three days of performances, classes, and presentations celebrating movement in all its glorious multiplicity. Daytime events are free, with each evening capped by ticketed performances. June 23-25. Free-$20. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,

    THROUGH THIS LENS Project 31, which explores the boundaries between contemporary and jazz dance, makes its full evening debut with this performance. Featuring choreography by artistic director Kenzie Finn, as well as Julia Amaral, Rachel Buffer, Kate McShea, Noelle Patten, Lacey Sasso, and Adrienne T. Hawkins, the evening examines how emotion affects perception. Linx Dance Company is the special guest. June 22-23. $18-$25. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-358-2500,



    MICHAEL MAZUR: ALONG THE SHORELINE The Cambridge artist, who died in 2009, summered in Provincetown, working in a studio overlooking the harbor; at high tide, the sea washed in beneath him. Water, sand, and rocks are his subjects in these paintings and monotypes. Through July 4. Albert Merola Gallery, 424 Commercial St., Provincetown. 508-487-4424,

    PUSHING PAINTING Elise Ansel translates scenes from Old Master paintings into abstractions; Nicole Duennebier approaches undersea life through the lens of 17th-century still lifes, and Duane Slick brings Native American visual grammar to bear on American Modernism. Through July 8. David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, 64 College St., Providence. 401-869-2932,


    LIZ SHEPHERD: THE WAIT In the wake of caring for her father as he died, Shepherd has crafted paintings and etchings that grapple with absence, as well as silk-screened papier-maché chairs against a silk-screened landscape addressing the fear and expectation of loss. Through July 15. Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave. 617-482-7781,



    LIFE, DEATH & REVELRY This spotlight on the Farnese Sarcophagus, carved by Romans around 225, reveals the work’s original colors and other scientific discoveries, and features a new, 3-D digital projection by artists Paul Kaiser and Marc Downie, of OpenEndedGroup. Through Sept. 3. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way. 617-566-1401,

    JOCELYN LEE: THE APPEARANCE OF THINGS Lee’s genre-bending photographs revel in the sensuality of the body — in the world and as a part of networks and cycles of many other tender lives, plant and animal. Through Oct. 14. Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St., Rockland, Maine. 207-701-5005,

    MODERN WONDER: THE JOHN MARIN COLLECTION Marin, a pioneering American Modernist and master watercolorist, imbued paintings and works on paper with propulsive gestures, building dynamic scenes of the Maine coastline and New York bridges and skyscrapers. Through Aug. 19. Colby College Museum of Art, 5600 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, Maine. 207-859-5600,




    EMILY WINTER If you missed Winter last month at the Women in Comedy Festival, you can catch her headlining at Great Scott this week. The Midwest-born feminist co-created the national anti-Trump “What a Joke” comedy festival. You can also catch her Saturday at the same venue for “One Liner Madness,” in which 64 comedians deliver the titular jokes. June 22, 7 p.m. $5. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 617-566-9014,

    DAVID CROSS The “Arrested Development” star brings his new “Oh Come On” tour and his mix of politically charged and downright silly stand-up back to Boston, where he spent some of his formative years in comedy. June 17, 8 p.m. $31-$41. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,



    HARVARD MUSEUMS OF SCIENCE & CULTURE’S SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION 2018 The longest day of the year means there’s plenty of time to fill your day with learning, discovery, and other wholesome educational activities. The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard Semitic Museum, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments will all have free admission for the evening. June 21, 5-9 p.m. Free. Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge. 

    BOSTON JERKFEST Calling all Jamaican foodies: The Boston JerkFest is back in town this week, serving up heaps of spice, brew, and fun times under the sun. Enjoy beer and rum tasting, live reggae music, and, of course, lots and lots of beautiful, flamin’ hot jerk food. June 22-23. $20. Benjamin Franklin Institute, 41 Berkeley St. 

    FATHER’S DAY BLUEGRASS BASH Treat Dad to some outdoor fun and join the Railroad House band on Father’s Day for an afternoon of music and lawn games. Barbecue, pastries, and beer will be available for purchase, so the day can end with a picnic dinner. June 17, 4-7 p.m. $6-$15, dads free. The Stevens-Coolidge Place, 137 Andover St., North Andover,  SOPHIE CANNON


    June 27  Styxand Joan Jett at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

    July 11  Ms. Lauryn Hill  at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

    July 13  Charlie Puth at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

    July 15  Snail Mail  at Sinclair

    July 20  Eagles  at TD Garden

    July 21-22  Foo Fighters  at Fenway Park

    July 25  Punch Brothers  at House of Blues

    July 27  Arctic Monkeys  at TD Garden