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

12ticketmuseum Painter and Poet: The Art of Ashley Bryant at Portland Museum of Art through Nov. 25, 2018. Ashley Bryan (American, b. 1923) ÒOh, when the children sing in peaceÓ 2006 Let It Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals 24-25 [Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007] Collage of cut colored paper on paper Image: 12 x 20 1/2 in; Object: 14 7/8 x 22 1/8 in.; Mat: 20 x 26 in. Frame: 22 1/8 x 28 1/8 x 3/4 in. Collection of The Ashley Bryan Center Image courtesy of the Portland Museum of Art.
Image courtesy of the Portland Museum of Art
“Oh, when the children sing in peace” is part of “Painter and Poet: The Art of Ashley Bryan,” at Portland Museum of Art through Nov. 25.


Pop & Rock

TEYANA TAYLOR Ten years ago, this Harlem-born singer served as a harbinger of social-media-born stardom with the winking boast “Google Me.” She’s racked up even more results since then, particularly after Kanye West took her under his wing; her late-night-minded “K.T.S.E.” was the last installment in the rapper-producer-provocateur’s recent spate of mini-albums. With the suave loverman Jeremih and the Prince protégé turned hip-hop-soul up-and-comer DaniLeigh. Aug. 14, 7 p.m. $43, $40 advance. Royale. 617-338-7699,

ELLA MAI This year’s array of “summer jams” has been as brutally gloomy as the weather — a seemingly endless parade of moany dudes and horror-house beats. Enter this British singer, whose sweetly crushed-out “Boo’d Up” floats like a feather, with a simple hook that conjures a quickening pulse. Aug. 14, 8:30 p.m. $18 and up. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,


ANITA BAKER The Queen of the Quiet Storm — whose plush “Sweet Love” was one of the best singles of the ’80s — arrives in Boston on her farewell tour. Aug. 16, 8 p.m. $99.50 and up. Boch Center Wang Theatre. 800-982-2787,

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Folk & World

THE LIED TO’S The Lied To’s are the duo of Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler, both of whom went through painful dissolutions of their respective marriages before happening to meet at a folk festival and then beginning to collaborate. There’s a happy ending: Their relationship became personal as well as professional. They’ve just released their second album, “The Lesser of Two Evils.” Aug. 12, 4 p.m. No cover. Plough and Stars, Cambridge. 617-576-0032,

DELLA MAE What’s old is new: Singer-picker Courtney Hartman has decided to part ways with the bluegrass-leaning string band, and in the short term, the remaining members are bringing in various female musicians in her place, among them the group’s original guitarist, Avril Smith, for several shows, including this one. Aug. 15, 8 p.m. $24-$29. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391,

THE RED CLAY STRAYS These boys, who are venturing into Yankee territory from their native Alabama and are working on their debut album, bill themselves as country rock and Southern soul, and profess an affinity for Waylon Jennings, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Drive-By Truckers, and Otis Redding. Check ’em out Thursday and you can say you saw them when. Aug. 16, 9 p.m. $7. The Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 617-547-0759,



Jazz & Blues

GIACOMO GATES QUARTET The late-blooming jazz singer with the burnished baritone is equally adept at swing, scat, and vocalese, earning praise from the likes of Jon Hendricks. With pianist Tim Ray, bassist John Lockwood, and drummer Jim Lattini. Aug. 14. 7:30 p.m. $10. Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen. 603-898-1591,

MASTADONIS PROJECT For the final event in its Medford Summer Concert Series, the Chevalier Theatre Commission presents the sweet and funky jazz sounds of Boston native Adonis Martin, who began playing organ and keyboard at his grandfather’s church at the age of 5 and later went on to a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music. Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m. Free. Medford Condon Shell, 2501 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford

ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY The Tony-nominated singer, songwriter, actress, and cabaret artist is known for her lustrous voice and mastery of the Great American Songbook. For this performance, “Jazz Goes to the Movies,” she focuses on the standards penned for 1930s and ’40s Hollywood. Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m. $60. Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley. 978-425-4311,




TANGLEWOOD In Ozawa Hall, Andris Nelsons and Tanglewood Music Center conducting fellows lead the TMC Orchestra in works by Haydn, Schreker, and Lutowslawski (Aug. 13); pianist Igor Levit partners (Aug. 15) with the Jack Quartet for a sharply etched, politically-minded program devoted to works by Beethoven (“Eroica” Variations), Schoenberg (“Ode to Napoleon”), and Rzewski (“The People United Will Never Be Defeated!”); and the Skride Quartet, a piano quartet led by violinist Baiba Skride, makes its Tanglewood debut (Aug. 16). For the weekend in the Shed, Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in two programs, with works by Beethoven and Shostakovich (Aug. 17) and Bernstein (Aug 18). On Aug. 19, he leads the premiere of a new work for cello by John Williams, featuring Yo-Yo Ma as soloist with the TMC Orchestra. Lenox. 617-266-1200,

LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA This popular series of free al-fresco concerts continues with a sea-themed program led by Christopher Wilkins and featuring works by Handel, Debussy, Ravel, and Bernard Herrmann as well as a premiere by composer Stella Sung entitled “Oceana.” Aug. 15, 7 p.m., Hatch Shell at the Esplanade. 617-987-2000,

BARD MUSIC FESTIVAL This summer Bard is spotlighting the music and cultural milieu of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov through a raft of richly contextualized chamber and orchestral concerts, panel discussions, film presentations, and more. With the American Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leon Botstein. Aug. 17-19, Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. 845-758-7900,




LEFTOVERS In this world premiere of Josh Wilder’s inventive twist on classic fairytales and “The Cosby Show,’’ South Philly teenagers Jalil and Kwamaine are missing their father and wondering what’s next for their beleaguered family when suddenly a giant dandelion erupts from the sidewalk. Pretty soon, things start to change for the brothers and their mother, Raquelle. Directed by Summer L. Williams and featuring strong performances by Kadahj Bennett as Jalil, Christian Scales as Kwamaine, and Lyndsay Allyn Cox as Raquelle, with an indelible turn by Marc Pierre as Cosby’s Cliff Huxtable. Through Aug. 18. Company One Theatre. At Strand Theatre, Dorchester.

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 yield to the imperatives of nature. Through Aug. 12. Presented by Cirque du Soleil. At Big Top, Suffolk Downs, East Boston. 877-924-7783,

CREDITORS For the first time in its 40-year history, Shakespeare & Company is presenting a work by the great Swedish dramatist August Strindberg, translated and adapted by Scottish playwright David Greig (“The Events’’). “Creditors’’ features Ryan Winkles as an artist, Kristin Wold as the novelist to whom he’s married, and Jonathan Epstein as the man trying to undermine their marriage. Directed by Nicole Ricciardi, who helmed last season’s splendid S&C production of Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles.’’ Through Aug. 12. Shakespeare & Company. At Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, Lenox. 413-637-3353,



JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL This is a great week to be in the Berkshires. Houston Ballet holds court in the festival’s Ted Shawn Theatre in its first visit back in almost four decades, bringing a world-premiere festival commission by company artistic director Stanton Welch. The Doris Duke Theatre hosts the cutting-edge choreography of Sonya Tayeh. She brings 10 dancers and six musicians for her new “you’ll still call me by name,” which examines familial friction and acceptance. Aug. 15-19. $25-$78. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745,

OUR EXPERIENCE BEING. . . Wondertwins (Billy and Bobby McClain) and Jamaican-American dancer-choreographer Davalois Fearon offer an evening of dance that plumbs the experience of being black in our culture. It’s being billed as “dancing born of dangerous times” that examines the paradox of hope and struggle of dancing while black. Not appropriate for children. Aug. 16-18. $5-$25. The Yard Nanon Theater, Chilmark. 508-645-9662,

DRUMATIX This one is totally appropriate for kids. With “Rhythm Re-Imagined,” the company presents a range of rhythmic dance, from a cappella tap to movement incorporating drums and other objects. Audience participation encouraged! Part of OnStage Dance Company Summer Performance Series. Aug. 18, 4:30. $12. OnStage Dance Company Studio, 665 Salem St., Malden. 617-410-6732,



 AI WEIWEI: REBAR AND CASE The Fine Arts Work Center’s 50th-anniversary exhibition features Ai’s sculptural response to the deaths of more than 5,000 schoolchildren in the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, who perished in part due to shoddy school construction. Through Aug. 30. Fine Arts Work Center, 24 Pearl St., Provincetown. 508-487-9960,


LIZ GLYNN: OPEN HOUSE Take a seat in a chair historically reserved for the poshest of fannies. In this public art piece, Glynn recasts private ballroom furniture from the Gilded Age in concrete, raising questions about class and access. Through Nov. 4. Commonwealth Avenue Mall, between Kenmore Street and Charlesgate West. 617-982-3860,

CARLY GLOVINSKI: DAY OFF In her trompe l’oeil works, Glovinski evinces the textures and colors of a lazy summer, using paint, ink, and more to re-create the nylon weave of a beach chair or the nubby stripes of a rag rug. Through Aug. 14. Room 68 Design, 377 Commercial St., Provincetown.



PAINTER AND POET: THE ART OF ASHLEY BRYAN The artist, now 95, was one of the earliest to depict African folktales in picture-book form. This exhibition includes original illustrations, handmade puppets, and sketches made while Bryan served in World War II. Through Nov. 25. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland. 207-775-6148,

FRENCH PASTELS: TREASURES FROM THE VAULT A dozen exquisite pastels by Jean-François Millet anchor this rare show of fragile works. Pastels, a versatile medium often used to express the ephemeral, can only be exhibited about once a decade. Through Jan. 6. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300,

ARTHUR JAFA: LOVE IS THE MESSAGE, THE MESSAGE IS DEATH Jafa’s lyrical video embraces the joys and sorrows of being black in America. Weaving together footage from marches, music videos, and police cameras, it pulses to Kanye West’s gospel-tinged “Ultralight Beam.” Through Sept. 30. Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive. 617-478-3100,




OLD SCHOOL GAME NIGHT “Old School Game Show” returns to the Wilbur in October, so this spinoff is your only fix until then, starring Michael D’Angelo and announcer Will Smalley, with comedians Nick Chambers and Nonye Brown-West and musical guests Mary Widow and Gene Dante. Aug. 16, 8 p.m. $18. The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Somerville. 617-684-5335,

KOUNTRY WAYNE The small-town Georgia comic (real name Wayne Colley) built his following with Facebook videos, but onstage he’s more of a manic storyteller. You can get a taste of that on his album, “Help Is On the Way,” which he released July 27. Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 17-18 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $25-$29. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St. 617-725-2844,

COMEDY AND CABERNET The Boston Comedy Festival sponsors this night of some of its regulars, including Sean Sullivan, Lamont Price, Tom Dustin, and founder Jim McCue. Hosted by Mike Whitman, in the Haymarket Lounge. Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m. $25. City Winery, 80 Beverly St. at One Canal. 617-933-8047,



OUT OF THE PARK No need to travel all the way to Maryland to catch the Red Sox-Baltimore Orioles game this week — a quick trip to the Boston Common for a screening of the game will do just fine. Come for the baseball, and stick around for the free food and a full slate of activities, including a batting cage, virtual reality station, and an archery accuracy challenge. The fun starts at 11:30 a.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Aug. 12, 11:30 a.m. Free. Boston Common, 139 Tremont St., Boston,

MOVIE NIGHT AT FENWAY PARK While the Red Sox are away, the dinosaurs play. Trade your popcorn for peanuts and Cracker Jack with the Tyrannosaurus-size blockbuster that started it all: “Jurassic Park.” Paleontology superfans and first-timers alike can marvel at the dino experiment gone awry from the comfort of the ballpark — and walk the warning track before the movie begins. Aug. 14, 8 p.m. $10. Fenway Park, 4 Jersey St., Boston, 

FAMILY FUN ’PROV — IMPROV IN THE PARK Round up the whole family for an evening of side-splitting fun with this outdoor improv comedy game show. Watch as two teams will face off for laughs and quick thinking, and be prepared to whip out your wittiest puns — you just might find yourself joking along with them as an audience participant. Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m. Free. Herbert Park Amphitheater, 1175 Soldiers Field Road, Boston,



Aug. 23 Strangelove at Wilbur Theatre

Aug. 26 G-Eazy with Lil Uzi Vert at Xfinity Center

Sept. 2 Foxing at the Sinclair

Sept. 6 Ozzy Osbourne and Stone Sour at Xfinity Center

Sept. 11 Van Morrison at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Sept. 14-15 Joan Baez at the Wang Theatre

Sept. 19 Shakey Graves at House of Blues Boston

Sept. 21 Owl City at Paradise Rock Club Boston KAYA WILLIAMS