The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more

Ms. Lauryn Hill plays Blue Hills Bank Pavilion July 11.
Ms. Lauryn Hill plays Blue Hills Bank Pavilion July 11.Nicole Schoen


Pop & Rock

MS. LAURYN HILL “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” the soulful, expansive solo debut from this Jersey-born vocalist and songwriter, turns 20 next month. Modern pop is celebrating with Canadian hip-hop king Drake’s New Orleans-tinged “Nice for What,” the current front-runner in this year’s Song of the Summer horse race, which pivots on a sample from the “Miseducation” lament “Ex-Factor”; Hill’s on an anniversary tour that will spotlight the album and bring along high-wattage opening acts, including (at press time) fast-talking Brooklyn MC Busta Rhymes and pop provocateur M.I.A. in Boston. July 11, 5 p.m. $49.50 and up. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 617-728-1600, www.livenation.com


SHANIA TWAIN Canada’s country queen is back on the road behind 2017’s “Now” and her sizable catalog of line-dancing standards (“Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” “Any Man of Mine”) and swoopy ballads (“You’re Still the One,” “It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing”). Swiss troubadour Bastian Baker opens. July 11, 7:30 p.m. $39.95 and up. TD Garden. 800-745-3000, www.tdgarden.com

DJ JAZZY JEFF “Summertime,” the drowsy 1991 cut this Philly beatmaster made with his former foil Will “The Fresh Prince” Smith, remains one of pop’s best sweaty-season odes to this day. At this early-evening ICA gig, he’ll show off his crate-digging prowess (which he chronicles in his online video series “Vinyl Destination”) and party-starting ability. July 13, 6:30 p.m. $20, $10 members. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org


Folk & World

NEW BEDFORD FOLK FESTIVAL This annual two-day affair wraps up Sunday with myriad themed workshops (Shape Note singing and “songs of hope, commitment and faith” are just a couple), a tribute to Bert Jansch, and performances by John Gorka, J.P. Cormier, Cliff Eberhardt, Kristin Andreassen, and many others. July 8, 11 a.m. $30. Zeiterion Performing Arts Center and other nearby locations (see website for details), New Bedford. 508-994-2900, www.newbedfordfolkfestival.com


SUMMER BCM FEST Music outdoors and in is once again on tap with the summer edition of Passim’s semi-annual daylong Celtic music celebration: a music brunch, a free outside afternoon concert, and evening duo performances from Matt and Shannon Heaton and Ari & Mia. July 8, 10 a.m. (brunch, free), 2:30 p.m. (Palmer Street, free); 7 p.m. ($18). Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org

GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL Green River has always had plenty of world music on offer, and this year it has added a special Latin highlight, with Orquesta Akokan, Las Cafeteras, and Orquesta El Macabeo scheduled to play “Latin Night” on Friday evening. July 13, 5:15 p.m., July 14-15, 12:30 p.m. $110-$130 (weekend) $35-$70 (day). Greenfield Community College, Greenfield. 413-341-5995. www.greenriverfestival.com


Jazz & Blues

JASON YEAGER & RANDAL DESPOMMIER QUINTET Pianist Yeager and alto saxophonist Despommier celebrate their compelling new album, “All at Onceness,” with the band featured on the record: bassist Danny Weller, drummer Jay Sawyer, and vocalist Aubrey Johnson. Both leaders are accomplished composers and improvisers, though Yeager’s background is predominantly jazz and Despommier’s classical. For this project, they merge those influences, as demonstrated by Despommier’s arrangement combining Ray Noble’s jazz standard “Cherokee” and Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” July 11, 7:30 p.m. $17-$22. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

VANESSA COLLIER BAND The saucy, smoky-voiced singer and searing saxophonist, still in her 20s, has been making a big splash on the blues circuit with her top-notch songs and charismatic performances. July 14, 8 p.m. $20. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311, www.bullrunrestaurant.com


PAUL BROADNAX TRIO The native Bostonian is a longtime New England favorite, esteemed for his seasoned, Joe Williams-influenced voice and for accompanying himself on piano, like his idol Nat King Cole. July 15, 2 p.m. $20. Maudslay Arts Center, 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. 978-499-0050, www.maudslayartscenter.org



TANGLEWOOD Tanglewood tends to sprint out of the gates in early July, as if having stored momentum in reserve during a long offseason. For its first full week: Andris Nelsons leads the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in Bernstein and Strauss (July 9), pianist Jeremy Denk arrives for an Ozawa Hall recital (July 11), Jamie Bernstein directs a semi-staged performance of her father’s one-act opera “Trouble in Tahiti” (July 12), pianist Paul Lewis plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 with the BSO under Moritz Gnann’s direction (July 13), and Nelsons leads Puccini’s “La Bohème” with a cast that includes Kristine Opolais, Piotr Beczala, and Susanna Phillips (July 14). Lenox. 617-266-1200, www.tanglewood.org. The July 13 performance will also be presented as a free simulcast on Boston Common.

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL The festival’s final week looks to be highly eventful, with British cellist Colin Carr traversing the complete Bach Cello Suites (July 12); the Dover String Quartet performing works by Viktor Ullmann, Mozart, and Dvorak (July 13) and a family concert the following morning; and Igudesman and Joo, described as a “classical-comedic duo” bringing their show to Rockport (July 14) capped by a late-night classical cabaret. The festival’s main season wraps up on July 15 with the Emerson Quartet offering a heady pairing: Beethoven’s towering late Quartet (Op. 130) and Schubert’s beloved Cello Quintet (featuring Carr as guest artist). Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391, www.rockportmusic.org


ASTON MAGNA FESTIVAL The venerable period-instrument festival offers works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Bernhard Romberg. July 12, 7 p.m., Brandeis University’s Slosberg Music Center. 413-528-3595, www.astonmagna.org




THE CAKE Debra Jo Rupp (“That ’70s Show’’) delivers a gem of a performance as Della, a deeply devout North Carolina baker who finds herself in a wrestling match between religious conviction and personal loyalty when the beloved daughter of her deceased best friend announces that she is a lesbian, that she’s about to marry her girlfriend, and that she would like Della to bake the wedding cake. Directed by Jennifer Chambers, this comedy by Bekah Brunstetter is loaded with wit, humanity, and bipartisan heart. Through July 15. Barrington Stage Company. At St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. 413-236-8888, www.barringtonstageco.org

LUZIA This Mexico-themed production features the dazzling stunts by acrobats and aerialists that we expect from Cirque du Soleil, those movements of bodies through space at impossible speeds and angles that add up to a kind of airborne dance. But director Daniele Finzi Pasca also carves out a place for stillness, giving us quietly spellbinding moments when the performers stand beneath an onstage downpour as if human activity, however virtuosic, must humbly yield to the imperatives of nature. Through Aug. 12. Presented by Cirque du Soleil. At the Big Top, Suffolk Downs, East Boston. 877-924-7783, www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia


PETER PAN The musical tale of the boy who wouldn’t grow up, staged by the husband-and-wife team of Bob Richard (director) and Diane Laurenson (choreographer), who combined for a vibrant production of “The Music Man’’ at North Shore Music Theatre last summer. “Peter Pan’’ will star Elena Ricardo as Peter, Kate Fitzgerald as Wendy Darling, Paul Castree as Mr. Smee, and Beverly native James Beaman (utterly hilarious as the craven Sir Robin in NSMT’s 2016 production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot’’) in the dual roles of Mr. Darling and Captain Hook. July 10-22. North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly. 978-232-7200, www.nsmt.org



SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI’S EASTMAN Belgian dance artist and Ballet Flanders artistic director Cherkaoui is one of the hottest choreographers out there (“Jagged Little Pill,” a Beyoncé and Jay-Z’ video). Cherkaoui and his contemporary company Eastman — five internationally diverse male dancers with wide-ranging movement backgrounds — perform “Fractus V,” an examination of information and manipulation, with live music. July 11-15. $45-$78. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

ONSTAGE DANCE COMPANY SUMMER PERFORMANCE SERIES Over the next two months, the company is presenting an ambitious slate of performances by a variety of companies. This coming weekend provides a showcase for Kelley Donovan and Dancers’ “Tarot Dance” and other works, as well as Rozann Kraus’s “Waltz News (sounds like).” July 14. $12. OnStage Dance Company Studio, 665 Salem St., Malden. 617-410-6732, www.onstagedanceco.com

THE WILD DIVINE Deborah Abel Dance Company presents a free “Performance in the Park” of excerpts from this provocative piece, with live music by Sweet Rasa. The performance is followed by a drum circle and dancing, so bring a blanket/chair for watching and dancing shoes to join in. July 14, 2 p.m. Free. Kennard Park, Newton. 617-796-1500, www.newtonma.gov/gov/parks/default.asp



JUDY PFAFF: × × × ÷ ÷ ÷ = + + + , The artist, a MacArthur Fellow, is best known for her dense, intricate installation works. Here, she employs shapes and symbols, setting works on paper against photographic backdrops. Through Aug. 11. Gaa Gallery Wellfleet, 230B Main St., Wellfleet. 508-214-0281, www.gaa-gallery.com

NATURESTRUCTURE Architecture can seek to dominate nature, or it can work in concert with it. The international projects spotlighted in this show do the latter, aiming to rejuvenate ecosystems. They include 3-D-printed reefs and an absorbent parking garage. Through Sept. 23. BSA Space, Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress St. 617-391-4000, www.architects.org/bsaspace

TREES II In a follow-up to an exhibition the gallery staged 12 years ago, 40 artists contemplate arboreal mysteries and delights in painting, sculpture, drawing, and photography in an array of processes. Through July 28. Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-0411, www.gallerykayafas.com



CASANOVA’S EUROPE: ART, PLEASURE, AND POWER IN THE 18TH CENTURY Legendary seducer, wit, and man of letters Giacomo Casanova provides entryway to a world of opulence and romance in an exhibition of more than 250 objects, including masterworks by Tiepolo and Boucher. T hrough Oct. 8. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

NAM JUNE PAIK: SCREEN PLAY Paik, considered the father of video art, actually experimented across disciplines, and frequently worked with collaborators. His work tweaks the idol we make of technology, and plays with how it affects our sense of time. Through Aug. 5. Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-9400, www.harvardartmuseums.org

YAYOI KUSAMA: WHERE THE LIGHTS IN MY HEART GO The 89-year-old Japanese artist had a 2017 blockbuster show at the National Gallery. This is the first one of her intimate yet expansive “Infinity Mirror Rooms” to be shown in this area. Through Oct. 28.DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8355, www.decordova.org




FUNNIEST PERSON IN MASSACHUSETTS The competition is on all week at Laugh Boston to find the funniest comedian in the state from a field of nearly 100 participants. Semifinals are Friday, final round is Saturday. July 10-12 and July 14 at 8 p.m., July 13 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $15-$20. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

THE COMEDY STUDIO PRESENTS AT REMNANT BREWING As the Studio gets closer to opening its new Union Square location, owner Rick Jenkins hosts this benefit for the Community Action Agency of Somerville with comics Lamont Price, Kathleen DeMarle, Andrew Mayer, Terence Pennington, Carolyn Riley, Sean Rosa, and J. Smitty. July 11, 8 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Remnant Brewing, Bow Market Way, Somerville. 617-661-6507, www.thecomedystudio.com

BOBBY BONES RED HOODIE COMEDY TOUR Standup is just one of Bones’s jobs — he also interviews country music stars on his popular, eponymous radio show and recently released his best-selling inspirational memoir, “Fail Until You Don’t: Fight. Grind. Repeat.” July 14, 6:30 p.m. $32.50-$82.50. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700, www.thewilbur.com



MATT HEATON & THE OUTSIDE TOYS CONCERT Matt Heaton is the latest musician to bring his funny and eclectic music to the free 2018 Summer Concert Series. With a mix of traditional Irish and American roots music, among other styles, Heaton’s set is appealing to the whole family. July 11, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Ray Mellone Park, 300 North Harvard St., Allston. www.edportal.harvard.edu/summer-concert-series

KERPLUNK! Join improv comedians and musicians for a choose-your-own adventure musical, where kids are encouraged to interact with the show and can even eat food from home during the performance. It’s a family haven that’s bound to engage everyone, young and old. July 14, 11 a.m.-noon. $15. The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Somerville. www.catalystcomedy.com/kerplunk

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN Looking for a way to enjoy some tasty treats while learning about Boston’s culinary scene? The folks at Boston Public Market’s The Kitchen are teaming up with local vendors to provide classes for kids ages 6-12 to explore local ingredients, both in taste and cultural history. Nella Pasta’s Chef Avery kicks off the series with local pasta and dough. July 14, 10-11 a.m. $15. The Kitchen, Boston Public Market.  www.eventbrite.com/e/kids-in-the-kitchen-tickets



July 20-21  The Eagles at TD Garden  www.ticketmaster.com

July 20  Rhett Miller at City Winery  www.citywinery.com

July 21  Janelle Monae at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion  www.concerts.livenation.com

July 28-29  Radiohead at TD Garden  www.ticketmaster.com

Aug. 5  Beyoncé and Jay-Z at Gillette Stadium  www.ticketmaster.com

Aug. 10  Billy Joel at Fenway Park  www.ticketmaster.com

Aug. 11  Journey and Def Leppard at Fenway Park  www.ticketmaster.com