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

Slum VillageAndy Pickering


Pop & Rock

THE KING’S COURT TOUR: A TRIBUTE TO J. DILLA It’s been 10 years since James DeWitt Yancey, the gifted, influential Detroit hip-hop producer better known as J. Dilla, died of a rare blood disease at age 32. A prime mover behind neo-soul’s syncopated bump, Dilla is the subject of this potent tribute tour starring Slum Village (pictured), the groundbreaking crew with which he arrived, plus Detroit peers and proteges like Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, and Black Milk. April 21, 8 p.m. $20, advance $16. Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.mideastclub.com

TOM CARTER The 2ndSHIFT Music Series, a promising new venture curated by roots-music maven Michael Tarbox, hosts a solo set from the psych-folk guitarist responsible for one of 2015’s best things: “Long Time Underground,” a double-vinyl clutch of electric soliloquies teeming with revelation and reverie. April 21, 7:30 p.m. $20-$30, advance $15-$25. Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, Waltham. 781-893-5410, www.charlesrivermuseum.org

2016 ROCK & ROLL RUMBLE It all comes down to this last confrontation among two semifinal winners, Worshipper and Weakened Friends, and one last wild-card contender, usLights. Cheer on your favorite — better yet, cheer ’em all — then get worked up during a set by reconstituted hardcore institution Scissorfight while you wait to hear the outcome. April 22, 9 p.m. $20, advance $15. ONCE Lounge & Ballroom, Somerville. 617-285-0167, www.oncesomerville.com



Folk & World

DAKHABRAKHA Being both rural and avant-garde doesn’t seem like the easiest combination to achieve, but that’s where Ukrainian quartet DakhaBrakha ends up — their name is also a combination, of the old Ukrainian words for “give” and “take.” Their sideways folk-music dismantlings and reconstructions yield what the group calls “a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.” April 21, 8 p.m. $25. Brighton Music Hall. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org

THE SEA THE SEA How many musical duos (or aggregations of any other number) have taken their names from Xenophon’s “Anabasis?” To that point in their favor, Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley add the songs they write and the intricate harmonies they make together. They’re celebrating a new EP, “In the Altogether;” Sean Rowe also performs. April 21, 8 p.m. $20. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679. www.passim.org


SIERRA HULL This singer-mandolinist’s just-released “Weighted Mind,” an all-but-one original affair produced by the estimable Béla Fleck, has been greeted as a “coming of age” record for the musical wunderkind. That could be taken literally, since her last record was released five years ago when she was 19 years old. April 22, 8 p.m. $18. Red Room at Café 939. 617-747-2261. www.cafe939.com


Jazz & Blues

DAVE HOLLAND & THE NEC JAZZ ORCHESTRA: THE MUSIC OF KENNY WHEELER This concert in tribute to the late, great Canadian trumpeter and composer features his frequent collaborators Holland, the famed bass master, and trumpeter Nick Smart, chair of jazz at London’s Royal Academy of Music. The program includes two rare Wheeler compositions, “Windmill Tilter” and “The Sweet Time Suite.” April 21, 7:30 p.m. Free. Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory. 617-585-1122, www.necmusic.edu

ROOMFUL OF BLUES The horn-driven blues octet, currently led by live wire guitarist Chris Vachon, celebrates its 4½ decades of house-rocking and joint-swinging with the release of its new album, “Live 45.” April 22, 7:30 and 10 p.m. $25. Scullers. 866-777-8932, www.scullersjazz.com

MAKANDA SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY The marvelous Makanda Project kicks off Boston’s 2016 Jazz Week with its second annual celebration of the big band ballroom dance soirees of the swing era, with terpsichoreans Mickey Davidson and Dexter Jones to show the way. (For more information on Jazz Week, visit www.jazzboston.org.) April 23, 8 p.m. Free. Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Roxbury. 617-849-6322, www.hibernianhall.org




LES ARTS FLORISSANTS William Christie and his celebrated ensemble return to the Boston Early Music Festival with a semi-staged program titled “Serious Airs and Drinking Songs,” devoted to secular vocal music of 17th-century France, with selections by Charpentier, Lambert, and others. April 24, 7:30 p.m., Sanders Theatre, 617-661-1812, www.bemf.org

BOSTON MUSICA VIVARichard Pittman leads “Mad Scenes,” an evening featuring the premiere of Bernard Hoffer’s “Lear in the Wilderness,” as well as works by Schoenberg and Andy Vores. With baritone David Kravitz. April 23, 8 p.m., Tsai Performance Center. 617-354-6910, www.bmv.org

BOSTON PHILHARMONIC Benjamin Zander concludes his orchestra’s season with Verdi’s Requiem. With the Chorus Pro Musica and vocal soloists Angela Meade, Julia Gertseva, William Davenport, and Daniel Borowski. April 24, 3 p.m. (conductor’s talk at 1:45), Symphony Hall. 617-236-0999, www.bostonphil.org JEREMY EICHLER



OH GOD Will Lyman plays God (seems about right to me) and Maureen Keiller is the psychotherapist to whom the Almighty turns in a time of dire emotional need. This wryly incisive comedy by the late Anat Gov is smoothly directed by Guy Ben-Aharon. Through April 30. Israeli Stage at Black Box Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. www.israelistage.com


SWEET CHARITYDirector-choreographer Ilyse Robbins delivers her trademark pizzazz in a crackerjack production of the Cy Coleman-Dorothy Fields-Neil Simon musical about a dance-hall hostess who is perpetually unlucky in love. Vanessa Dunleavy is simply terrific as the endearingly innocent Charity Hope Valentine, with strong support from the rest of the cast, especially Andrew Giordano as a good-natured movie star. Through April 24. Stoneham Theatre, Stoneham. 781-279-2200, www.stonehamtheatre.org

MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAYAn episode of “The Simpsons’’ looms large as a cultural totem in Anne Washburn’s fascinating, multilayered vision of a post-apocalyptic future. Directed by A. Nora Long, “Mr. Burns’’ is about what we remember, how vital storytelling is to our survival, and why stories change their shape and their meaning over time. Through May 7. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com



ALTERNATIVA: INVISIBLE.INEFFABLE.INEVITABLEThis performance by two longtime San Francisco-based collaborators, dancer Kathleen Hermesdorf and musician Albert Mathias, caps a full week of technique, improvisation, and composition classes by the duo. Presented by the Dance Complex and New Movement Collaborative. April 23, $20-$25. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363, www.brownpapertickets.com

GRANT JACOBY & DANCERSModern dance choreographer Jacoby also mines jazz, ballet, and musical theater to craft stories in movement. He and his dancers present three new works. The program also includes pieces by Brayton Dance and Brookline Academy of Dance. April 22-23, $15-$20. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-775-5006, www.grantjacobyanddancers.com

ISLAND MOVING CONow in its 34th year, the Newport contemporary ballet troupe makes its debut at Providence’s The Vets with “Moment to Moment,” a program performed to live music highlighted by two premieres: Bill Evans’s “For Nana,” featuring an original score by Claudia Queen, and a new work by Mark Harootian.April 23, $60-$500. The Vets, Providence. 401-421-2787,www.islandmovingco.org




HANNAH VERLIN: REMNANTS Verlin’s fragile 3-D works investigate history through the traces left behind. This show delves into New England’s relationship with the ocean, and finds the past as captivating and mysterious as a message in a bottle. Pictured: detail of “Colliding Tides.” Through May 25. Trustman Art Gallery, Simmons College, 300 The Fenway. 617-521-2268, www.simmons.edu/trustman

ANDREW WYETH: DRAWINGS AND WATERCOLORS It’s been nearly 30 years since Wyeth’s solo show — of his infamous Helga paintings — at the MFA. This succinct but career spanning exhibit of the American realist’s works on paper includes figure studies, landscapes, and still lifes. Through May 29. Adelson Galleries Boston, 520 Harrison Ave. 617-832-0633, www.adelsongalleriesboston.com

RADCLIFFE BAILEY Steeped in painful history, ancestral memory, music, and African spirituality, Bailey’s collages and 3-D works synthesize symbols of African-American culture. His mythic “Notes From Tervuren” collages on sheet music feature pictures of African totems, floating on seas of color. Through May 28. Samson, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-357-7177, www.samsonprojects.com CATE McQUAID


GEOFFREY FARMER In a mesmerizing display, Farmer, who has been selected to represent Canada at the 2017 Venice Biennale, presents a room-size installation of hundreds of his small-scale, puppet-like sculptures made of photographic cut-outs, fabric, and various supports, as well as a projection of random photographs from a clippings library, and an installation of cut-out photographs of sculpture. Through July 17. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

MEGACITIES ASIA Sculptures, installations, and other large-scale work grounded in an aesthetic of accumulation, by artists based in Asian cities of 10 million people or more (Mumbai, Beijing, Shanghai, Delhi, Seoul). Includes installations and sculptures by Ai Weiwei, Song Dong, Hema Upadhyay, Subodh Gupta, Asim Waqif, Yin Xiuzhen, Hu Xiangcheng, the collective flyingCity, and Aaditi Joshi. Through July 17. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

OVERGROWTHA look at the phenomenon of growth — both in nature and in the process of creating art — in works from the de Cordova’s permanent collection, by such artists as Jean Arp, Gary Webb, Jebediah Caesar, Edward Steichen, and Rachel Perry Welty. Through Sept. 5. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781-259-8355, www.decordova.org SEBASTIAN SMEE



DAN CROHN The Strange Behavior series, hosted by Ryan Donahue, wraps up its run at the Davis Square Theatre with Crohn’s debut album recording. With Gary Petersen. April 21, 8:30 p.m. $10. Davis Square Theatre, Somerville. 617-684-5335, www.davissquaretheatre.com

STAND UP BREAK IN The Boston Comedy Chicks take over this regular Thursday night showcase for Women in Comedy Month. Featuring Janet McNamara, Pamela Ross, Tooky Kavanagh, Gloria Rose, Jo Galvin, Srilatha Rajamani, Reece Cotton, Paul Landwehr, and Mariel Cabral. Hosted by Laura Severse and Kathe Farris. April 21, 9:30 p.m. $5. The Riot Theater, 146A South St., Jamaica Plain. 617-942-0294, www.theriottheater.com

PETE DAVIDSON The Staten Island native is only 22, and he’s already in his second season on “Saturday Night Live.” Check out his “Weekend Update” appearances for a taste of his style. First of two shows is sold out. April 23, 9:45 p.m. $29. Wilbur Theatre, Boston. 866-448-7849, www.thewilbur.com



Cook’s Science by America’s Test KitchenWhat goes into the perfect burger? There’s the fat ratio to render into that perfect juiciness, and the Maillard reaction, which — actually, why not learn some cool food science yourself? April 21, 7-9 p.m. Free. Broad Auditorium, 415 Main St., Cambridge. 617-253-6847. www.americastestkitchen.com/events

MIT Open HouseThe 100-year-old campus opens its doors to any and all who want to see some science. Whether you’re thrilled by 3-D printing or down for some DNA repair, this is prime access outside the accepted 7.9 percent. April 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-253-1000. mit2016.mit.edu/openhouse

Greenway Spring Food Truck FestivalWould a fleet of food trucks be enough to coax out some spring? At least everyone can get what they want for lunch, with some fresh air on the side. April 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland St. 617-292-0020. www.rfkgc.org/visit/food/spring-food-festival



April 30 Lil Jon at Royale www.ticketfly.com

May 3 Santigold at House of Blues concerts.livenation.com

May 6 Wayne Brady at TheWilbur www.ticketmaster.com

May 7 M. Ward at Royale www.ticketmaster.com

May 8 Speedy Ortiz and Hop Along at The Sinclair www.ticketmaster.com

May 10-29 In the Body of the World at American Repertory Theater ticket.americanrepertorytheater.org

May 22 Sam Beam andJesca Hoop at The Wilbur www.ticketmaster.com