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

House of Hamill plays the Burren Aug. 23.
House of Hamill plays the Burren Aug. 23.Anthony J. Vanden Berghe


Pop & Rock

THIN LIPS This Philadelphia trio pairs chunky, classic-indie-rock guitar lines with plainly melodic vocals that make the post-millennial-angst-ridden lyrics of neurotic anthems like “It’s Hard to Tell The Difference When You’re Afraid of Literally Everything” and “What’s So Bad About Being Lonely” land even harder. Aug. 23, 7 p.m. $17, $15 advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200, www.sinclaircambridge.com

MIGUEL “War & Leisure” may have come out at the tail end of 2017, but it’s an ideal end-of-summer album, packed with steamy grooves, swaggering hooks, and apocalypse-anticipating lyrics — and, most crucially, the California-born pop alchemist’s voice, which can soar as high as a late-August moon. Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. $25 and up. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 617-728-1600, www.livenation.com


BEACH HOUSE “7,” the seventh album from this Baltimore dreampop duo, keeps the haziness but ups the intensity; with the right type of headphones it could double as a protective cocoon. Aug. 24, 7 p.m. $35 and up. House of Blues. 888-693-2583, www.houseofblues.com/boston


Folk & World

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO/JOE ELY These two Austin, Texas, icons have teamed up a number of times in recent years to tour song-swap-style, but this is the first time the pair have done it in Boston. Expect some unusual song choices, with each playing off the other’s selections, and lots of stories in between. Aug. 19, 7 p.m. $35-$42. City Winery. 617-933-8047. www.citywinery.com/boston

ZAK TROJANO New Hampshire native Trojano, who marries classic finger-style guitar-playing to his low-slung voice and the foreboding sound of his songs, has just released his third album, “Wolf Trees,” on which he opted to go solo in every respect. He celebrates its release with this Wednesday show. Aug. 22, 8 p.m. $15. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org

HOUSE OF HAMILL Brian Buchanan and Rose Baldino met when their respective bands (Buchanan fronting Enter the Haggis, Baldino with trad outfit Burning Bridget Cleary) crossed paths. One thing led to another, including marriage and a musical partnership that has produced an expansive variant of Celtic music. Aug. 23, 7 p.m. $18. The Burren, Somerville. 617-776-6896, www.burren.com



Jazz & Blues

CHARLIE KOHLHASE’S EXPLORERS CLUB The multi-saxophonist/composer, a mainstay of Boston jazz, tackles his own engagingly thorny bop compositions, plus neglected numbers by Elmo Hope, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Roswell Rudd, John Tchicai, and more, with his septet featuring some of the area’s most intrepid improvisers. Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m. $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-395-1393, www.lilypadinman.com

BT/ALC BIG BAND Trombonist Brian Thomas and trumpeter Alex Lee-Clark’s ensemble, a boisterous bunch of Boston’s best players, merges the instrumentation and musical strategies of Duke Ellington and Count Basie with the rhythmic undertow of James Brown, the Meters, and Parliament-Funkadelic for a unique jazz/funk/soul orchestral groove. Aug. 23, 7 p.m. $10. Sally O’Brien’s, 335 Somerville Ave., Somerville. 617-666-3589, www.sallyobriensbar.com

23rd ANNUAL NORTH RIVER BLUES FESTIVAL The latest edition of this dog days blues bash showcases, among others, Ronnie Earl, Biscuit Miller & the Mix, Luther Junior Johnson, and Michelle Rockwell Band (Saturday); Southern Avenue, Nikki Hill, Sonya Rae Taylor, and Tyler Morris Band (Sunday). Aug. 25-26, noon-8 p.m. $10. Marshfield Fair, Route 3A (Main St.), Marshfield. 781-834-6629. www.rhythmroomentertainment.com/north-river-blues-festival.html



TANGLEWOOD This week in Ozawa Hall brings two fully staged performances of Bernstein’s “Candide” performed by The Knights under the direction of Eric Jacobsen (Aug. 22 and 23). Then in the Shed, Andris Nelsons leads the BSO, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in Mahler’s epic Third Symphony (Aug. 24), and Christoph Eschenbach presides over the traditional season-closing traversal of Beethoven’s Ninth (Aug. 26). Between the two performances will be the summer’s culminating Bernstein tribute event, a gala program hosted by Audra McDonald and featuring a parade of classical luminaries performing Bernstein’s own music or works closely associated with him. Players from the different orchestras Bernstein led over the course of his career will join the BSO for the occasion. Lenox. 617-266-1200, www.tanglewood.org


AMERICAN MODERN OPERA COMPANY The Clark Art Institute turns over its campus to this newly minted opera company for an enticing afternoon of performances across its grounds, with a program featuring music and dance works spanning centuries, from Handel to Matthew Aucoin. Aug. 26, 2 p.m., Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. 413-458-0524, www.clarkart.edu

BERKSHIRE OPERA FESTIVAL Now in its third season, Berkshire Opera Festival offers three fully staged performances of Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” to be conducted by Brian Garman and directed by Jonathon Loy, with a cast that includes Sebastian Cantana, Maria Valdes, and Jonathan Tetelman (who was heard earlier this summer as Rodolfo in the BSO’s “Bohème.”) Aug. 25-31, Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, www.berkshireoperafestival.org




BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA Boston Ballet II, Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion, and the Dance Complex are among the artistic partners for “Symphonic Dances,” a free dance-oriented outdoor concert. Featuring music to move to from diverse cultures, it includes two danceable favorites by Leonard Bernstein to honor the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Aug. 22, 7 p.m. Free. Hatch Memorial Shell. 617-987-2000, www.landmarksorchestra.org


JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL On the big stage, Daniel Ulbricht and his Stars of American Ballet collaborative celebrate the centennial of legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins, performing his “Suite of Dances,” “Interplay,” “Concertino,” and other works. In the Doris Duke Theatre, San Francisco’s acclaimed OCD/Dance returns to the festival for the first time since 1994 with KT Nelson’s mesmerizing “Dead Reckoning.” Aug. 22-26, $25-$100. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

TAYLOR 2 This young touring company brings a free program of four classic works by one of the modern dance world’s most accomplished and influential choreographers, Paul Taylor. The evening will feature “Party Mix,” “3 Epitaphs,” “Runes,” and the ever-popular “Aureole,” set to the music of Handel and arguably Taylor’s first major success. Performances take place on Windhover’s outdoor stage (indoors in inclement weather). Aug. 24-25. Free (contributions welcomed). Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, Rockport. 978-546-3611, www.windhover.org



JILL POYOUROW: RED BIKINI AND OTHER WORKS Poyourow’s paintings are derived from photographs, such as old family snapshots and prints from old encyclopedias. Devoting time to re-creating images captured in an instant, she dives deep into moments and reflects on tensions between personal and universal. Through Sept. 15.Grant Wahlquist Gallery, 30 City Center, Portland, Maine. 207-245-5732, www.grantwahlquist.com


KARNES, HOLE, AND KASTEN: PERSPECTIVES IN SCULPTURE Three generations of innovative ceramicists include modernist Karen Karnes, Nina Hole, a Danish artist who built and fired monumental works on site, and Ani Kasten, who mixes repurposed materials with her clay. Through Sept. 1. Lacoste/Keane Gallery, 25 Main St., Concord. 978-369-0278, www.lacostegallery.com

MARTIN MANNIG: DOUBLE BOTTOM VARIETÉ This German artist’s paintings draw on his native folklore, Japanese manga, and American pop culture. He presents a fey and absurd cast of characters, often part human and part animal, in natural and mysterious settings. Through Sept. 4. Gaa Gallery Provincetown, 494 Commercial St. 508-413-9621, www.gaa-gallery.com



CLAES OLDENBURG: SHELF LIFE “Shelf Life,” made in 2017, features 15 sculptures, each an arrangement of miniatures of the Pop artist’s previous works. It’s juxtaposed with 17th-century Dutch still life paintings, which likewise recycle motifs, rearrange compositions, and contemplate mortality. Through Dec. 2. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

AMERICANS ABROAD, 1860-1915 They traveled to Europe to paint, tour, and train. Prints, paintings, and watercolors (the quickest medium, and the most portable) by artists such as John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, and Winslow Homer are on view. Through Dec. 2. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148, www.portlandmuseum.org

TITUS KAPHAR: LANGUAGE OF THE FORGOTTEN Kaphar shines a light on hidden histories quietly entangled with the ones that shaped us. For this sculpture, Kaphar turns to Thomas Jefferson and the people he enslaved at Monticello. Through May 2019. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, www.massmoca.org




WILL SMITH 2: A COMEDY VARIETY SHOW Nonye Brown-West returns to host this new edition of her variety show/Will Smith homage with comedians Lamont Price, Chanel Ali, Rob HaZe, and Alyssa Al-Dookhi, plus special guest Nick Chambers and burlesque. Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m. $15-$25. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org/venue/oberon

KATE QUIGLEY Onstage, Quigley explores her dating and daily life as a single woman after 10 years of marriage, and explores similar territory with famous guests on her podcast, “#DateFails.” Aug. 23-24 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $20-$25. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

BRIAN REGAN Regan’s return to Comics Come Home was just announced for November, but if you want to get the full experience of one of the most consistently funny, wonderfully silly comedians working today, see him headline his own show. Aug. 24, 8 p.m. $42-$66. South Shore Music Circus, 130 Sohier St., Cohasset. 781-383-9850, www.themusiccircus.org. Aug. 25, 8 p.m. $42-$66. Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 West Main St., Hyannis. 508-775-5630, www.melodytent.org



2018 QUINCY AUGUST MOON FESTIVAL Grab the kids for this signature Quincy event. The festival features cultural performances and oversize backyard games, as well as petting zoo animals and pony rides. For the first time in the festival’s 31-year run, there will be a beer garden for parents. Aug. 19, noon-5 p.m. Free. Coddington St., Quincy, quincyasianresources.org 

END OF SUMMER BASH End the summer in celebration with an afternoon of family fun. Spend some time at the beautiful waterfront for face painting, games, and food. The Stacey Peasley Band will also be there to provide live music. Aug. 25, noon-2 p.m. Free. Waterfront Plaza, 290 Congress St., Boston,  atlanticwharfboston.com

WATSON ADVENTURES’ WIZARD SCHOOL SCAVENGER HUNT FOR HARRY POTTER FANS  Head to the MFA for an art scavenger hunt that features work reminiscent of the Harry Potter series. Kids ages 10 and up can explore the museum, and grown-ups are welcome to join too. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Aug. 25, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. $21.50-$34.50. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston,  watsonadventures.com



Aug. 30 5 Seconds of Summer at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion  livenation.com

Sept. 2-4 Pearl Jam at Fenway Park  mlb.com 

Sept. 7-9 Drake with Migos at TD Garden  ticketmaster.com

Sept. 8 Niall Horan at Xfinity Center  vipnation.com

Sept. 14-15 Ed Sheeran with Snow Patrol at Gillette Stadium  ticketmaster.com 

Sept. 17 Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band at Boch Center Wang Theatre  ticketmaster.com

Sept. 20 Lady Antebellum with Darius Rucker and Russell Dickerson at Xfinity Center  livenation.com

Sept. 27-28 Bruno Mars at TD Garden  ticketmaster.com