Pop & Rock

HELLRAZOR This Connecticut trio, led by Speedy Ortiz drummer Mike Falcone, hides a bubblegum center underneath its scuzz-punk crust on its just-released single “Landscaper.” With Brooklyn foursome UV Rays, who combine shoegaze shimmer with pop-punk agitation. May 5, 8 p.m. $8. O’Brien’s Pub, Allston. 617-782-6245, www.obrienspubboston.com

GZA The Wu-Tang Clan member performs his 1995 album “Liquid Swords,” which fused together martial-arts imagery, street-life chronicles, and chilly, atmospheric beats (courtesy of his Clan-mate RZA) and became a landmark release of ’90s hip-hop. May 5, 7 p.m. $30. Sonia, Cambridge. (Also May 6 at Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge.) 617-864-3278, www.mideastoffers.com


ZARA LARSSON “Wow,” the bristly, Marshmello-produced new single from this Swedish belter, is an instantly familiar slice of brooding electropop that pairs her saltwater-taffy voice with marauding synth horns. With Norwegian pop muse Astrid S. May 8, 7 p.m. $28, $25 advance. Paradise Rock Club. 617-562-8800, www.crossroadspresents.com


Folk & World

SARA EVANS AND THE BARKER FAMILY BAND As advertised, it is a family affair: Sara Evans, who showed up as a country traditionalist in the mid-1990s before expanding her repertoire in a pop direction, started out in a family band and has returned to her roots with a current formation that includes her children Olivia and Avery Barker. May 9, 6:30 and 10 p.m. $55-$68. City Winery. 617-933-8047, www.citywinery.com/boston

CHE APALACHE A multinational band that Joe Troop formed with three of his students after he moved from North Carolina to Argentina to teach music, Che Apalache’s raison d’etre became the fusion of bluegrass strains and Latin American music. They’re working with Bela Fleck on their sophomore record. May 9, 7:30 p.m. $20. Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center, Foxborough. 508-543-2787, www.marilynrodmanperformingartscenter.org

AMY RIGBY Thanks to her classic album “Diary of a Mod Housewife” and what has come since, Amy Rigby has earned recognition as one of America’s most incisive songwriters, but she’s been putting her pen to different use of late, writing a soon-to-be-released memoir, “Girl to City.” May 11, 8 p.m. $25. Crossroads Music Series, 190 Academy Road, North Andover. www.crossroadsmusicseries.org



Jazz & Blues

KURTIS RIVERS & ALAIN PACOWSKI QUARTET Dot Jazz’s final show of its 2018-19 series features Boston jazz eminences alto saxophonist Kurtis Rivers and guitarist Alain Pacowski. The two first met at Wally’s and have played together for decades. Their longtime quartet includes versatile bassist Paul Dilley and magical drummer Miki Matsuki. May 9, 7:30 p.m. $15. Peabody Hall, Parish of All Saints, 209 Ashmont St., Dorchester. www.mandorlamusic.net

ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ & PEDRITO MARTINEZ/ARTURO O’FARRILL QUINTET The Celebrity Series of Boston presents a Cuban jazz double bill: the dynamic duo of classically trained pianist Rodriguez and street-schooled percussionist-singer Martinez; and Grammy-winning pianist-composer O’Farrill, son of famed bandleader Chico O’Farrill, who appears for the first time with his quintet including sons Adam (trumpet) and Zack (drums). May 10, 8 p.m. $55-$65. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

ALEXIS P. SUTER BAND Booming bass-baritone vocalist Suter — a favorite of the likes of B.B. King and Levon Helm — is easily the gutsiest female blues singer since Koko Taylor. Delta Generators open. May 10, 8 p.m. $24. Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan St., Fall River. 508-324-1926, www.narrowscenter.org




BOSTON LYRIC OPERA The city’s floating opera company concludes its season with composer Poul Ruders and librettist Paul Bentley’s operatic adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on Margaret Atwood’s uncomfortably relevant book. The Anne Bogart-directed production is staged in a Harvard gymnasium, a haunting reflection of the book’s indoctrination facility for Handmaids called the Red Center. May 5-12. Ray Lavietes Pavilion, Harvard University.617-542-6772, www.blo.org

ARNEIS QUARTET The local formidable foursome of string players teams up with soprano Tony Arnold for the world premiere of “Hunger,” written for the group by Aaron Travers. Program also includes quartets by Haydn and Ravel. Free performance; suggested donation $20. May 9, 8 p.m. First Church in Boston. www.arneisquartet.com

JAMESON SINGERS Former Harvard University director of choral activities Jameson Marvin leads Brahms’s immortal “Ein deutsches Requiem” in his final concert with the ensemble he founded in 2010. May 10, 8 p.m. Jordan Hall. www.jamesonsingers.org

PINDROP SESSIONS For the season finale of Aeronaut Brewery and WGBH’s intimate concert series, they’re cooking up a seasonal sensory feast including orchestra Phoenix and soprano Margot Rood performing the world premiere of Mary Bichner’s “Senses of Summer” and Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville, Summer of 1915.” The team of chefs at Tasting Counter, in the same building, will be serving a tasting menu inspired by Bichner’s music, and Aeronaut will be pouring a special IPA for the occasion. May 5, 7 p.m. Aeronaut Brewery, Somerville. www.aeronautbrewing.com/pindrop

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THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART Becca A. Lewis, one of Boston’s best and most venturesome actresses, adds to her record of distinctive and memorable performances. Lewis throws herself into the role of Prudencia Hart, a specialist in the study of Scottish folklore and ballads who has a fateful encounter with a mysterious stranger (Keith James Foster) one snowy night. Director Danielle Fauteux Jacques skillfully juggles the disparate elements of David Greig’s eerily absorbing, otherworldly — make that underworld-y — play. Also featuring the protean Brooks Reeves as Prudencia’s academic nemesis. Music direction by David Reiffel. Through May 5. Presented by Apollinaire Theatre Company. At Chelsea Theatre Works, Chelsea. 617-887-2336, www.apollinairetheatre.com


SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY High school girls — including the queen bee of their clique — are readying to compete for the title of Miss Ghana of 1986 when into their midst comes a light-skinned American student. The newcomer’s presence sets in motion a story that grapples with issues of colorism and internalized racism. Summer L. Williams directs the play by Jocelyn Bioh. Through May 25. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com

PACIFIC OVERTURES Spiro Veloudos, who has long specialized in the works of Stephen Sondheim, takes the helm for one of Sondheim’s most challenging works, which features a book by John Weidman. Beginning in the middle of the 19th century, “Pacific Overtures’’ traces the aggressive Westernization and exploitation of Japan by the US, a story told from the point of view of the Japanese. With choreography by Micheline Wu and music direction by Jonathan Goldberg. May 10-June 16. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com




CINDERELLA Boston Ballet’s production choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton is packed not just with fairytale magic, but tons of fanciful whimsy and laugh-out-loud humor. Soaring on the wings of Prokofiev’s colorful score, performed live, this one is not to miss. May 10-June 8. $37-$169. Citizens Bank Opera House. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org

BALLETX With a cast of versatile, committed, and technically adept performers serving up a range of challenging choreography, the Philadelphia-based contemporary ballet troupe makes a welcome return to Boston. The World Music/CRASHarts program includes three Boston premieres: Matthew Neenan’s “Increasing,” Cayetano Soto’s “Schachmatt,” and Nicolo Fonte’s “Steep Drop, Euphoric.” May 10-12. $44-$48. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

AGAINST HARD AIR Canadian dancer-choreographer Heather Stewart culminates her Boston Dancemakers Residency with this immersive movement and sound production exploring themes of shelter, adaptation, relationships, and the shifting concept of “home.” Inspired by images of barren landscapes and decaying houses, the work features three dancers. May 8-10. $20. Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-426-5000, www.bcaonline.org



KIM-LOCKE-RICH Byron Kim, Steve Locke, and Matt Rich make paintings in which abstraction flirts with imagery, symbol, and freighted historical content. Kim’s nearly monochromatic black works contain shadowy still lifes, Rich blows up the ampersand, and Locke’s grid-based paintings reference slave auction blocks. Through May 28. LaMontagne Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-487-3512, www.lamontagnegallery.com 

AVATARS//FUTURES How we represent ourselves online says something about us. How do those digital figments of self, so much more changeable than our physical forms, influence community, consumerism, and social constructions of race, gender, and class? This exhibition examines how artists project themselves into the virtual world. Through May 18. Nave Gallery, 155 Powderhouse Blvd., Somerville. www.navegallery.org 

A TURNING POINT: THE CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE Paradise is burning. Artists in this show explore the sustaining power of natural beauty and the threat inherent in humanity’s demands on the earth, already manifesting in disaster and destruction. Among the artists: Neeta Madahar, Nell Campbell, and Esther Pullman. Through June 16. Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant St., Gloucester. 917-902-4359, www.janedeeringgallery.com



HUMA BHABHA: THEY LIVE Bhabha fuses castoffs with a modernist aesthetic that muddies the purity of the latter with the alarming accretion of the former, making her often-monumental works the ideally complex totems for our very troubling times. Add in some Francis Bacon, Philip Guston, Alberto Giacometti, David Cronenberg, and a sharp eye for the ravages of war, and you’ll find a show like no other. Pictured: “Four Nights of a Dreamer.” Through May 29. Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

BOUCHRA KHALILI: 22 HOURS In 1970, Jean Genet, the French poet/activist, was met with an unusual request: Leading members of the Black Panther Party traveled to meet him at his Paris flat, asking him to lend his voice to the plight of Bobby Seale, their jailed leader. Genet was in the United States the next day, agitating on the Panthers’ behalf for fair trials and equal rights. “22 Hours,” Khalili’s film, looks back at an incendiary moment while wondering what the future may hold. Through Aug. 25. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

RELATIONAL UNDERCURRENTS Less a group show than a gathering of works vaguely related by accident of geography — some of them great — this exhibition of contemporary Caribbean art is as scattershot as you might imagine. It samples the cultural output of more than a dozen distinct countries and clusters them all under the same rubric. It does make its point, whether intentionally or not: that the First World notion of only mildly varying sameness among the archipelago is as muddled as the show itself. Through May 5. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148, www.portlandmuseum.org




ALONZO BODDEN It makes sense that Bodden, a frequent guest on “Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me” whose comedy often lampoons headline news, would play the new WBUR CitySpace. Bethany Van Delft opens. May 5, 7 p.m. $27. WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave. 617-358-8672, www.wbur.org/events

DAN CUMMINS The native Idahoan says he decided he needed to lose weight when he saw a photo of himself shirtless in profile, and it didn’t match what he looked like from the front. “From the front, I look like a dude who lifts weights,” he says. “From the side I look like a dude who shouldn’t, ’cause it’s probably bad for the baby.” May 9 at 8:30 p.m., May 10-11 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. $25. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

THE NO SEGUES COMEDY TOUR Former Boston comedian Gary Petersen is an incredibly sharp writer. Now based in LA, he comes home to co-headline this show with comedian and artist Scott Marvel Cassidy. May 10, 7 p.m. $10-$12. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 617-566-9014, www.greatscottboston.com



NEW ENGLAND RIGHT WHALE FESTIVAL Celebrate community efforts to protect North Atlantic right whales, which are endangered. This year’s event is focusing on “youth activation.” Programming will include family-friendly activities and a whale-themed art project. May 5, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf. facebook.com

BOOK SALE Grab some used books and DVDs at bargain prices at the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library’s annual book sale. Items will be from a variety of genres, with options for all ages. May 10-11. Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., Jamaica Plain. friendsjplibrary.org

BOSTON BUBBLE FESTIVAL Pop into this year’s bubble festival for live entertainment, giveaways, and, of course, bubbles. Festivities will include giant bubble demonstrations and make-your-own bubble stations. May 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Parkman Bandstand, Tremont and Winter streets. facebook.com



May 12 Snarky Puppy at House of Blues Boston livenation.com

May 23 Passion Pit at House of Blues Boston livenation.com

May 24 Imogen Heap at Colonial Theatre ticketmaster.com

May 30 The 1975 at Agganis Arena livenation.com

May 31 Lady Lamb at Royale Boston ticketmaster.com

June 5 Leslie Odom Jr. with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall bso.org

June 11 Jane Lynch with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall bso.org

June 14 Billie Eilish at Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion songkick.com