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

“Bridging, Bridges” is part of “Barry Moser: The Storied Artist,” at Bromer Gallery through Aug. 16.
“Bridging, Bridges” is part of “Barry Moser: The Storied Artist,” at Bromer Gallery through Aug. 16.(Courtesy of Bromer Gallery)

MUSIC

Pop & Rock

TASH SULTANA This Australian busker-gone-bigtime’s 2018 album, “Flow State,” is still a stunning testament to what a musician can do when left wholly on their own. May 22, 7:30 p.m. $29.50 and up. Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

HALFSOUR Pairing spiky rhythms with dreamy guitar fuzz, this trio is one of Boston DIY’s stalwarts, and their inventive songcraft and plucky spirit make their presence always welcome. They’re celebrating their new album, “Sticky,” which comes out Friday. With fellow hook-heavy locals Lilith. May 22, 8:30 p.m. $12, $10 advance. Great Scott, Allston. 617-566-0914, www.greatscottboston.com

MAYA JANE COLES This producer, DJ, label head, and remixer creates electronic music that hits as hard on the dance floor as it does in headphones. Her late-2018 EP, “Waves and Whirlwinds,” is a great jumping-off point into her vast catalog, its plush grooves given jolts by unexpected textures. May 23, 10 p.m. $15. The Grand. 617-322-0200, www.thegrandboston.com

MAURA JOHNSTON

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Folk & World

DON STIFFE Don Stiffe has been called one of the greatest singers that Ireland has ever produced. The Galway folk singer appears as part of the Burren Backroom Series of Celtic trad music. May 19, 7:30 p.m. $23. The Burren, Somerville. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com

THE SUPER STANLEY BROS! This one qualifies as pure homage: a group of young area ’grassers (including members of Mile Twelve and the Lonely Heartstring Band) come together with the sole purpose of rendering as close an approximation as they can of the music of bluegrass legends the Stanley Brothers. May 21, 10 p.m. No cover, $7 donation encouraged. Cantab Lounge, Cambridge. 617-354-2685, www.cantab-lounge.com

ORIGINAIRE This Atlantic City acoustic trio blends guitar, violin, and male/female vocal harmonies. Their version of “Ring of Fire” shows what they can do with that blend, and if you think the world doesn’t need yet another cover of the Johnny Cash chestnut, go find theirs on YouTube; you just might change your mind. May 22, 10 p.m. No cover. Toad, Cambridge. 617-497-4950, www.toadcambridge.com

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STUART MUNRO

Jazz & Blues

ANTHONY GERACI & THE BOSTON BLUES ALL-STARS The veteran keyboardist-composer and his group of Hub luminaries have been nominated for the Blues Foundation Music Awards’ 2019 band of the year. With Dennis Brennan on vocals/guitar/harmonica, guitarist Troy Gonyea (the Fabulous Thunderbirds), bassist-singer Michael “Mudcat” Ward, and drummer-singer Jeff Armstrong. “Monster” Mike Welch opens. May 22, 8 p.m. $14-$16. City Winery. 617-933-8047, www.citywinery.com

DAVE DOUGLAS & ELAN MEHLER SEXTET WITH DOMINIQUE EADE Trumpeter Douglas, a Doris Duke Artist among other distinctions, join forces with pianist Mehler for a merger of words and music featuring nonpareil vocalist Eade, setting to music a panoply of poets from Basho to Kerouac. May 23, 8 p.m. $30-$45. Scullers. 866-777-8932, www.scullersjazz.com

RAGE THORMBONES Known for their exploration of outré brass techniques and technologies, trombonist-composers Matt Barbier and Weston Olencki, in town for a new music symposium at Harvard, take time out to collaborate with two locally based adventurous brass improvisors: trombonist Jeb Bishop and trumpeter Forbes Graham. May 24, 10:30 p.m. $15. Lily Pad, Cambridge. 617-395-1393, www.lilypadinman.com

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

Classical

BOSTON POPS Last July 4, roots music superstar Rhiannon Giddens wowed audiences on the Esplanade. Now she joins the Boston Pops for a four-night residency, “Redefining American Music.” The first two nights (May 22-23) feature Giddens and her band performing with the Pops; the final two nights, she curates a program celebrating black composers including Florence Price, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Hazel Scott, and she’s joined by singer Darius de Haas and pianist Lara Downes. May 22-25. Symphony Hall. 888-266-1200, www.bostonpops.org

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IN STILE MODERNO In the 17th century, southern Italy was ruled by Spain, and much of the region’s music from has a distinct Spanish influence, including Spanish guitar and castanets. This program, “La Vesuviana,” celebrates this confluence of styles and traditions with Italian folk music and 17th-century songs and dance tunes. May 25, 7:30 p.m. Friends Meeting at Cambridge, Cambridge. www.instilemoderno.com

SKYLARK VOCAL ENSEMBLE The Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble commemorates Memorial Day with “Remembrance,” featuring music from times of war and conflict throughout American history. The program includes folk hymns, bluegrass tunes, and Herbert Howells’s memorial motet for John F. Kennedy, “Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing.” May 24, Newburyport; May 25, Cambridge; May 26, Chatham; May 27, Falmouth. www.skylarkensemble.org

Z MADONNA

ARTS

Theater

THE EBONIC WOMAN If you’re exhausted or enraged by the presidency of Donald J. Trump, you may find the ferocious lampooning of 45 in Ryan Landry’s new musical sendup to be a cathartic experience. If you’re a fan of Qya Marie, you’ll be gratified to see the panache with which this Gold Dust Orphans regular portrays Hennessey Brown, a science whiz who develops superpowers after accidentally ingesting too much of her anti-racism serum. Transformed into the Ebonic Woman, she sets out to thwart Trump’s alter ego, Bald Eagle (both are played by Tim Lawton), who has sinister designs on the fair city of Lynn. Directed at an invigoratingly frenetic pace by Kiki Samko. Through May 26. Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans. At Machine, Boston. ebonicwoman.brownpapertickets.com

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THE RETURN Directed by Guy Ben-Aharon, this is a taut, politically charged two-hander about a fraught encounter between a Palestinian man (Nael Nacer) and an Israeli woman (Philana Mia) in an auto repair garage in Israel. Co-written by Hanna Eady and Edward Mast, “The Return’’ underscores the ways that simple one-on-one human relationships are often the principal casualties of unending conflict, while raising wider questions about what such conflicts can do to a nation’s soul. Those are among the themes that have defined Israeli Stage, which is ringing down the curtain after an impressive nine-year run spearheaded by the indefatigable Ben-Aharon.

Through May 19. Presented by Israeli Stage. At Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800, www.israelistage.com

SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY A first-rate production, directed by Summer L. Williams, of Jocelyn Bioh’s play about the competition within a girls’ boarding school to become contestants in the 1986 Miss Ghana pageant. Though deceptively small in scale and often comic in tone, “School Girls’’ packs a considerable emotional wallop as it tackles the issue of “colorism,’’ both outside and inside the black community, and asks us to consider the ways in which discriminatory beauty standards can damage self-image. Through May 25. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com

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INDECENT Written by Paula Vogel and directed by Rebecca Taichman — the term “dream team’’ doesn’t seem out of place — “Indecent’’ is a richly textured work whose galvanizing event is a real-life Broadway production that was whipsawed by the forces of censorship in the 1920s because it included a lesbian relationship. Seldom has theater’s soul-nourishing quality, its power to endure and to help us endure across the generations, been more stirringly evoked than in this gravely beautiful, quietly moving, altogether exquisite play. Through May 25. Coproduction by Huntington Theatre Company and Center Theatre Group. At Huntington Avenue Theatre, Boston. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org DON AUCOIN

Dance

RHAPSODY Boston Ballet showcases its neoclassical and contemporary chops in this program. It features a world premiere for 15 performers choreographed by principal dancer Paulo Arrais and set to Gershwin’s jazzy “Rhapsody in Blue.” Three works by Balanchine contemporary Leonid Yakobson illustrate the rebellious Soviet choreographer’s impressive artistic range, and the rich icing on the cake is Balanchine’s glorious “Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2.” Through June 9. $37-$169. Citizens Bank Opera House. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org

DANCE SATURDAYS: MATTER OF SPIRIT José Mateo Ballet Theatre continues its wide-ranging community presentation series with this program by the movers and shakers of Benkadi Drum and Dance, dedicated to sharing the vibrant rhythms and cultural traditions of West Africa. Expect to be dancing in your seat! May 25. $35-$125. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. 617-354-7467, www.ballettheatre.org

NEXT GENERATION Boston Ballet School’s 10th annual showcase features its most accomplished young student dancers as well as the budding professionals of Boston Ballet II, with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra providing live music. The program includes works by Bournonville and Bruce Wood, as well as the world premiere of Boston Ballet principal dancer Lia Cirio’s “the peppermint wind,” set to music by violist Anna Stromer. May 22. $29-$114. Citizens Bank Opera House. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org

KAREN CAMPBELL

Galleries

BARRY MOSER: THE STOIED ARTIST This printmaker and illustrator calls himself a booksmith. His Pennyroyal Press in North Hatfield has published illustrated editions of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” “Frankenstein,” and the Bible. In illustrations for more than 200 books, he applies a bold aesthetic that’s simultaneously intimate and mythic. Pictured: Through Aug. 16. Bromer Gallery, 607 Boylston St. 617-247-2818, gallery.bromer.com

TODD McKIE: PARDON ME FOR PAINTING McKie labors over deceptively simple canvases populated by basic figures. His dry, sweet humor about the human condition and the artist’s plight is winning, but it’s his alluring and sometimes shocking palette and astute compositions that have made McKie, in more than 50 years in the studio, a painter’s painter. Through June 1. Gallery NAGA, 67 Newbury St. 617-267-9060, www.gallerynaga.com 

THE FASHION SHOW Fashion photographers often have terrific leeway with content and method. The five artists in this show run the gamut. For his photos of Hari Nef, Dan Estabrook hand-colored the actress’s makeup and clothing, and used a 19th-century salt printing technique. Other photographers on view include Patricia Heal, Luciana Pampalone, Maxine Helfman, and Ally Schmaling. Through June 25. Panopticon Gallery, 502c Commonwealth Ave. 617-396-7803, www.panopticongallery.com 

CATE McQUAID

Museums

DECORDOVA NEW ENGLAND BIENNIAL 2019 A modestly-sized, glorious mess of vaguely-related (if at all) works, this regional biennial groups together artists across generations, media, and backgrounds across six states. It feels genuine in its lack of resolution, trying less to cast the region across an artificial notion of similarity than making a point of highlighting its breadth of difference. Through Sept. 15. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8355, www.decordova.org

TOULOUSE-LAUTREC AND THE STARS OF PARIS It’s fair to be wary of the same old crowd-pleasing Lautrec show warmed over and served up dozens of times, but this Museum of Fine Arts show is not one of those. Brought to life by digitally remastered fin-de-siecle films by the Lumiere Brothers, the show is a lively and surprising look at the much-hyped artist’s gift as a proto-brand builder, as well as his resonance with artists much more exalted — if not as well-loved — like Edgar Degas and Pierre Bonnard. Through Aug. 4. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

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. Through May 29. Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

MURRAY WHYTE

EVENTS

Comedy

ROSEBUD BAKER The New York City-based comedian was part of the New Faces showcase at the Just For Laughs Festival in 2018, and a standout on the Amazon documentary “Inside Jokes,” which followed comics auditioning for it. May 19, 7:30 p.m. $20. Beacon Hill Pub, 149 Charles St. www.thebeaconhillpub.com

THE NOT LOOKING FOR ANYTHING SERIOUS TOUR Jeff May (a former eighth-grade history teacher in Charlton) and Valerie Tosi (a former 911 dispatcher in Newbury) are back from Los Angeles to revisit their roots on this tour, which also features stops in Worcester, New Hampshire, and Maine. May 20, 8 p.m. Free. CitySide, 1960 Beacon St., Brighton. 617-566-1002, www.citysidebar.com

ERICA RHODES On her new album, “Sad Lemon,” out next month, Newton native Rhodes says it wasn’t a great year to be a creepy male comic. “I think it’s soon going to be the ‘Who’s Left’ movement. . . . Is anyone left? Did anybody not do something inappropriate?” May 22, 8 p.m. $20. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

NICK A. ZAINO III

Family

KIDS BIKE RODEO Come one, come all on two wheels. Pedal to MassBike’s rodeo for an obstacle course, a bike decorating contest, and treats from local businesses. May 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Seaport Common, 85 Northern Ave., Boston. eventbrite.com

ANNUAL KITE FESTIVAL Fly high with Revere Beach’s annual kite festival. Enjoy live music, professional kite flyers, kite decorating, and, of course, flying your own kite. May 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Revere Beach, Revere. facebook.com

HIP-HOP DANCE JAM Hop over to the Codman Square Branch to watch dancers battle for a $400 prize. All ages and levels of dancers are welcome. May 25, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Free. Codman Square Branch of the Boston Public Library, 690 Washington St., Dorchester. facebook.com

JENNI TODD

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

May 18 Nils Lofgren at City Winery songkick.com

May 30 Florence + The Machine at Xfinity Center songkick.com

June 3 Empire of the Sun at Royale songkick.com

June 18 Kim Petras at the Sinclair songkick.com

June 20 TOKiMONSTA at Charles Hayden Planetarium songkick.com

June 24 The Lonely Island at Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion livenation.com

June 27 Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra at Wilbur Theatre ticketmaster.com

June 28 New Kids on the Block at TD Garden tdgarden.com

JENNI TODD