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

Boston Ballet presents “Swan Lake” April 29-May 26.
Boston Ballet presents “Swan Lake” April 29-May 26. (Rosalie O’Connor Photography/file 2014)


Pop & Rock

DOPAPOD Last year’s three-night homestand by this charismatic Boston-born jam band ended with a nearly hourlong Pink Floyd cover that twisted through reggae, trance, and disco mutations. Will Dopapod attempt to top that feat? Find out here. April 28-30, 8 p.m. $20, advance $18, three-show pass $50. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,

HORSE LORDS This Baltimore quartet mixes egghead notions (just intonation, minimalist repetitions) with gangly guitar, art-blurt sax, and West African grooves, with infectious results; for proof, lend an ear to “Truthers,” the preview cut from new LP “Interventions.” The band tops a four-deep bill of emerging avant-rock acts. April 30, 8 p.m. $10. Out of the Blue Too Gallery, Cambridge.

BOB MOULD “Patch the Sky,” released in March, finds this punk-rock veteran swinging for the fences with his customary mix of buzzy guitars, bubblegum melodies, and ferocious drive. Ted Leo, another indie-rock perennial, raises the curtain. May 1, 7 p.m. $25. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000,



Folk & World

PARKER MILLSAP What this Oklahoman’s debut record presaged, his follow-up, “The Very Last Day,” begins to fulfill. His songs — the rocket-paced, desperation-fueled corner-store holdup song “Hands Up,” the mythology-and- fiddle blast “Hades Pleads” — are powerful; his ecstatic, whole-body rendering of Fred McDowell’s “You Gotta Move” is transcendent. Caroline Rose opens. May 3, 9:30 p.m. $15. Great Scott. 800-745-3000.

THE NATIONAL PARKS A young band out of Provo, Utah, with a sound very much in the vein of new-folk groups such as the Lumineers, as well as moments that don’t sound all that different than the buoyant pop so prominent on today’s country radio. This is the group’s first visit to the Boston area. April 30, 9 p.m. Tickets: $7. Thunder Road, Somerville. 866-777-8932.

THE YOUNG IRELANDERS Another group brought to these shores by the ongoing Burren Backroom Series of traditional-music concerts, the Young Irelanders are eight members strong, all handpicked as premier exponents of traditional Irish music, song, and dance, who’ve added folk, country, and other strains to that trad form. May 4, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $28. The Burren, Somerville. 800-838-3006.


Jazz & Blues

TRIBUTE TO THREE BOSTON JAZZ GIANTS Honoring a trio of living legends — vocalist Mae Arnette; composer, educator, and pianist Ran Blake; and drummer Roy Haynes — with a panel discussion and a musical tribute by drummer Yoron Israel’s quartet featuring saxophonist Lance Bryant, pianist Laszlo Gardony, and bassist Henry Lugo, along with special guests including vocalist Dominique Eade and cornetist Graham Haynes, Roy’s son. April 29, 6:30 p.m. $5-$10. Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St., Beacon Hill, Boston.


AN EVENING OF CABARET An intimate night of song by a lineup of Boston Association of Cabaret Artists singers: Thomas Casey, Bob DiCicco, Phil Kassel, Stevie Kay, Linda Marks, Carol Robinson, Ethel Ryerson, Stephen Smith, and Leni Webber, with pianist Tom LaMark. April 29, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10-$20. Newton City Hall Memorial Auditorium, 1001 Comm. Ave., Newton. 617-796-1540,

A-TOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL MAIN EVENT The culminating concert of the fifth annual, Arlington-based three-day jazz celebration (April 29-May 1) features acclaimed vocalist Louise Grasmere and up-and-coming trumpet star Jason Palmer. May 1, 8:30 p.m. $10-$15. Regent Theatre Underground, 7 Medford St., Arlington. KEVIN LOWENTHAL


VOICES Alexander Joel conducts a new Boston Lyric Opera production of Lehar’s “The Merry Widow” directed by Lillian Groag, with Erin Wall taking on the role of Hanna Glawari (Shubert Theatre, April 29-May 8); Harry Christophers leads the Handel and Haydn Society in performances of Handel’s oratorio “Saul” (April 29 and May 1, Symphony Hall); and Scott Metcalfe directs Blue Heron in a program titled “Songs About Hope,” devoted to 14th-century songs by Machaut, Senleches, and others (April 29-May 1, multiple venues).,,


SOLO + CHAMBER The Celebrity Series presents Jordan Hall recitals by mezzo-soprano Susan Graham (April 29) and pianist Emanuel Ax (May 1); A Far Cry partners with pianist Simon Dinnerstein to reimagine Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” (April 30, St. John’s Church, Jamaica Plain; May 1, Gardner Museum); and Emmanuel Music hosts the Arneis String Quartet in an all-Mendelssohn program (May 1, Emmanuel Church).,,

SOUND ICON This incisive new music group teams up with engineers from IRCAM on a program featuring works by Beat Furrer, Tristan Murail, and Pierre Boulez. April 28, 7:30 p.m., ICA Boston.




OH GOD Will Lyman plays God, which 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.

SHOLOM ALEICHEM: A FAMILY PUPPET SHOW The life and travels of the legendary author are depicted by Caravan Puppets in this participatory show, during which kids can also learn some Yiddish. With a post-performance conversation on how the puppets were created. May 1 at 11 a.m. Jewish Arts Collaborative, at JCC Riemer-Goldstein Theater, Newton. 617-531-4610,

MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY Anne Washburn’s fascinating, multilayered vision of a post-apocalyptic future in which an episode of “The Simpsons’’ looms increasingly large as a cultural totem. Dynamically directed by A. Nora Long, “Mr. Burns” is about what we remember, how much we need to tell ourselves stories to survive, and the way that stories change their shape and their meaning over time. Through May 7. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678, DON AUCOIN



SWAN LAKE Boston Ballet brings back Mikko Nissinen’s popular version of this cherished classic. Arguably the most beloved ballet in history, the story of the Swan Queen, her evil lookalike, and her adored Prince Siegfried is chock-full of romance, magic, betrayal, and transcendence. Opening performances feature New York City Ballet principal Gonzalo Garcia partnering Misa Kuranaga. The production’s premiere in 2014 sold out some performances, so plan ahead. April 29-May 26, $35-$220. Boston Opera House., 617-695-6955.

SARA JULI The irreverent, groundbreaking performance artist has been cited by The New Yorker as a “light of the downtown dance and theatre scene.” For this most recent work, “Tense Vagina: An Actual Diagnosis,” Juli shines a beacon on the travails and rewards of motherhood through movement, music, text, audience participation, and perhaps most importantly, humor. April 29-30, $20-$25. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,

DIDIAN VALDES & JUAN DAVID BEDOYA As part of their first performance tour in the United States, these two tango dance champions from Colombia lend their sultry elegance and fiery footwork to an intimate show that also includes Colombian dance troupe Bajucol and a post-performance tango workshop for those inspired enough to try out their own moves. April 29, $20 ($35 for couples). Nahant Community Center, Nahant. 781-599-1476,




CATHERINE KEHOE:VECTORS AND BLIND SPOTS This painter’s austere portraits and blocky, light-suffused still lifes blend awkwardness with grace, simplicity with mystery. Her compositions lay bare how juxtapositions of form and color coalesce into a surprising, vivid whole. Through May 24.Miller Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-262-0550,

CLAIRE BECKETT: CONVERTS Beckett has previously turned her camera lens on the US military, creating inquisitive, compassionate images of soldiers. With her new portraits of converts to Islam, she asks how American Muslims relate to their religion and to their nation. Through May 28. Carroll and Sons, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-2477,

RE: DEVELOPMENT In this group show, curator Maggie Cavallo dives into the nexus of urban development and the arts: art as a mark of renewed vitality; artists displaced by gentrification. Artists include Maria Molteni, Jose Santos, and Elisa Hamilton. Through June 27. The Gallery at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St. 617-423-4299, CATE McQUAID


ASIA IN AMSTERDAM: THE CULTURE OF LUXURY IN THE GOLDEN AGE A collaboration with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, this exhibition of around 170 objects addresses the rich connections between luxury goods imported from Asia and paintings and objects made in response by the Dutch in the 17th century. Through June 5. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 978-745-9500,

MAC CONNER: A NEW YORK LIFE Hand-painted illustrations for ad campaigns and women’s magazines by McCauley Conner, a celebrated illustrator who is now 103 years old. His images were made during the years after World War II — the “Mad Men” era — when commercial artists helped to redefine American style and commerce. Through June 5. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100,

THE IDEA OF NORTH: THE PAINTINGS OF LAWREN HARRIS The great Canadian visionary landscape painter is the subject of a retrospective organized by the comedian, actor, novelist, playwright, and art collector Steve Martin. Through June 12. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300,




LADIES IMPROV JAM To promote April as Women in Comedy Month, ImprovBoston is hosting its first female improv jam, welcoming all women in the improv community to join their players onstage. April 28, 7 p.m. $5. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253,

ADAM RAY The comedian pops up in Hub-filmed movies like “The Heat” and the upcoming “Ghostbusters” remake. April 28 at 8 p.m., April 29 at 7:30 p.m., and April 30 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. $24-$34. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

OLD SCHOOL GAME SHOW Part game show, part variety show, and a complete free-for-all, the monthly “OSGS” returns with a ’70s edition, with burlesque troupe Lipstick Criminals and musical guest Cotton Candy. April 30, 8 p.m. $16.82-$27.37. Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville. 617-684-5335,



New England Right Whale Festival The North Atlantic right whale is among the most endangered whales in the world, and that’s wrong. Learn about our nautical neighbors through hands-on activities and meet scientists and activists helping to save them. (Aquarium admission isn’t required!) May 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf. 617-973-5200.

Sensory-Friendly Brainprints Ever think about how thinking about your brain is your brain thinking about itself? If you and your brain join MIT scientists in a science-centric art project inspired by the parts of the brain, is it a self-portrait? May 1, 1-3 p.m. Free. MIT McGovern Institute for Brain Research, 550 Main St., Cambridge. 617-324-2077.

The Ultimate Jam Session Bucket drumming is an exceptional form of artistic expression. Boston’s Beat Bus super-charges the instrument, turning regular plastic buckets into a symphony of electronic excitement. May 4, noon-2 p.m. Free. Dewey Square. 617-292-0020. Joe Incollingo


May 7 Ben Folds and yMusic at Orpheum Theatre

May 8 Speedy Ortiz and Hop Along at The Sinclair

May 10-15 Riverdance at Citi Wang Theatre

May 13 Yeasayer at Paradise Rock Club

May 15 and 19 The Kills at Paradise Rock Club

May 22 Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop at The Wilbur

May 27-29 Boston Calling Music Festival at City Hall Plaza

Joe Incollingo