Pop & Rock


Boston’s favorite rocker-litterateurs have a lot to celebrate right now: 10 years of making friends and influencing people; five fine albums, including the newest, “A Band Is Something to Figure Out”; and at last a drummer who’s stuck around for two straight LPs. Hallelujah! May 12, 9 p.m. $10. Great Scott. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com


With “Amen & Goodbye,” issued on Mute in April, this whimsical Brooklyn cabal tied together strands from previous albums — Beatlesque earworms, neon electronica, fuzzy ballads, alien-world music — into a gently and generously wonky serving of art-pop gems touching on the political, the personal, and where the two meet. May 13, 8 p.m. $25. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com



Opening night for this weeklong festival of technology, art, and music brings a live set from Floating Points, a.k.a. UK producer/DJ Sam Shepherd. Madame Gandhi, the fierce duo of LA drummer-vocalist Kiran Gandhi and Berklee-schooled sound designer Alexia Riner, shares the bill. (For a complete schedule, see www.togetherboston.com.) May 15, 8 p.m. $20, advance $18. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200, www.sinclaircambridge.com


Folk & World

CHORO DAS 3 This Brazilian group is a family affair: Along with their father, Eduardo da Silva Ferreira, sisters Corina, Elisa, and Lia Meyer Ferreira have been practitioners of choro, the Brazilian instrumental music often likened to a jazz-bluegrass cross, since 2003. They’ve won acclaim at home and abroad for their renditions of the form. May 12, 7 p.m. Free. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391. www.rockportmusic.org

OLD 97S + HEARTLESS BASTARDS A simpatico pairing of bands that put a whole lot of rock in their roots: 20-plus years in, Old 97s frontman Rhett Miller keeps on singing about girls to the pace of a runaway-locomotive beat; Erika Wennerstrom’s performances with her band Heartless Bastards never fail to be mesmerizing and cathartic. May 13, 6:30 p.m. $30. Royale. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com


HARD WORKING AMERICANS The first Hard Working Americans project had a one-off air about it: Todd Snider, Neal Casal, and some other notables got together and covered an album’s worth of songs about the working life. Now they’ve made themselves a going concern by writing a bunch of songs and putting out another record. May 18, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Paradise Rock Club. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com


Jazz & Blues

THE MAKANDA PROJECT & OLIVER LAKE Pianist John Kordalewski’s invaluable repertory band not only spotlights the neglected compositions of the late, Boston-born multi-instrumentalist Makanda Ken McIntyre, but also brings in soloists rarely heard in the area: here, alto saxophonist Lake, a founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet. May 13, 7 p.m. Free. Dudley Branch Library, 65 Warren Street, Roxbury. 617-442-6186, www.makandaproject.com

PETER PARCEK TRIO On the first anniversary of B.B. King’s passing, incendiary blues guitarist Parcek and his guests will play a suite of King classics, as well as a passel of originals. May 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $18-$20. The Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest St., Medford. 781-391-7469, www.chevaliertheatre.com

NEVILLE DICKIE The British boogie-woogie and stride piano master who plays in the tradition of James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, and Meade Lux Lewis makes his 15th annual Bay State appearance with the assistance of fellow stride specialist Ross Petot, clarinetist-saxophonist Stan McDonald, trumpeter-cornetist Jeff Hughes, and drummer Steve Taddeo. May 15, 7:30 p.m. $15, The Heritage of Sherborn (formerly Sherborn Inn), 33 North Main St., Sherborn. 508-655-9521, www.heritageofsherborn.com




CHORAL BOSTON Masterworks Chorale performs Bach’s B-Minor Mass on Friday at Sanders Theatre; Musica Sacra offers a program titled “The Joke’s On. . . Choral Music to Tickle Your Funny Bone” on Saturday at First Church in Cambridge; and Back Bay Chorale joins forces with the New Bedford Symphony for a concert featuring Beethoven’s Ninth and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, on Sunday afternoon (May 15) in Sanders Theatre. www.masterworkschorale.org, www.musicasacra.org, www.bbcboston.org

NEW MUSIC New Gallery Concert Series wraps up its season on Thursday with works by Marti Epstein, David Rakowski, and David Cucchiara, alongside video art by Deb Todd Wheeler, at the Community Music Center of Boston. And the Lorelei Ensemble joins forces with the Boston Percussion Group to offer works by Reiko Yamada, Steve Reich, Björk, and others, on Friday and Saturday at Boston Conservatory’s Ipswich Hall. www.newgalleryconcertseries.org, www.loreleiensemble.com

BOSTON CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY Jesse Mills (violin), Marcus Thompson (viola), Raman Ramakrishnan (cello), and Rieko Aizawa (piano) team up for a program devoted to works by Mozart, Schumann, and John Harbison. May 15, 7:30 p.m., Sanders Theatre. www.bostonchambermusic.org




BLOOD ON THE SNOWSome top-notch actors — Dale Place, Ken Baltin, Daniel Berger-Jones, Lewis Wheeler, Bill Mootos — star in a new drama by local playwright Patrick Gabridge about the difficult choice faced by Acting Governor Thomas Hutchinson in the aftermath of the Boston Massacre. May 12-June 5. The Bostonian Society in partnership with National Park Service. Old State House, Boston. 617-720-1713 ext. 29, www.bostonmassacreplay.com


LAURAA detective, portrayed by Alexander Cook, is assigned to investigate the murder of Laura Hunt, a glamorous advertising executive played by Jasmine Rush, and becomes obsessed with her. This stage adaptation of the 1944 film noir is directed by Sarah Gazdowicz. Through May 22. Stoneham Theatre, Stoneham. 781-279-2200, www.stonehamtheatre.org

PETER AND THE STARCATCHERIn this prequel to the story of Peter Pan, written by Rick Elice and based on a novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, an orphan called Boy teams up with a girl named Molly on a mission to protect a trunk of magical “starstuff’’ from the villainous pirate Black Stache. Directed by Spiro Veloudos, with choreography by Ilyse Robbins and music direction by Catherine Stornetta. May 20-June 26. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com DON AUCOIN


RIVERDANCE: 20TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR After a four-year absence from the North American dance scene, the rousing Irish dance spectacle comes back to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The show has been updated with new costumes, new lighting, new projections, and a new a cappella hard-shoe number featuring the troupe’s women. Through May 15, $35-$110. Citi Wang Theatre. 800-982-2787, www.citicenter.org

MAYFAIR The annual Harvard Square event, now in its 33rd year, features activities for all ages, and for dance fans, there is a continuous series of performances on a special stage erected at Brattle and Eliot Streets from 12:30 through 6 p.m. Performers include dancers from José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s youth program, BoSoma Dance Company, Boston Tap Company, Triveni Dance, and Rainbow Tribe Inc. May 15, Free. www.harvardsquare.com


MALPASO DANCE COMPANYWho can resist the lively music and dance of Cuba? This concert by one of the country’s top troupes promises a vivid look at Cuban contemporary dance with a live music bonus, by Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble. May 14-15, $60-$75. Citi Shubert Theatre. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org



TODD MCKIE: SUITABLE FOR FRAMING The painter, a dreamy, pungent colorist, often depicts simplified figures — or just floating heads — in sly works that explore how invigorating and deeply challenging it is to be alive, social, and yearning to grow. Pictured: “Ever Been to Venus?’’ Through May 28. Gallery NAGA, 67 Newbury St.

617-267-9060, www.gallerynaga.com

RANDOM INTERNATIONAL:150 MILLISECONDS What’s the least amount of visual information we need to identify an animated form as a figure? This show documents the process behind the British art collective’s “Fifteen Points” sculpture series about perception, motion, and technology. Through June 25.Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall St., Cambridge. 617-945-7515, www.lelaboratoirecambridge.com

MAGGIE STARK: TIME LOCK Stark, a multimedia artist, investigates the nature of time: Is it ever present? Does it trap or liberate us? In the title video, figures enclosed in dodecahedrons try to navigate uncertain space. Time ticks on. Through June 4. HallSpace, 950 Dorchester Ave. 617-288-2255, www.hallspace.org 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, www.pem.org

YEAR OF THE MONKEY Fifty-six works celebrating the Year of the Monkey in the East Asian Calendar Cycle, drawn from the museum’s stupendous collection of Japanese prints. Through Oct. 10. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

REVOLUTION OF THE EYE: MODERN ART AND THE BIRTH OF AMERICAN TELEVISION More than 260 objects open a window onto the ways in which avant-garde art affected the look of early television, and the ways in which TV in turn spread people’s awareness of modern art. Through July 31. Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover. 978-749-4015, www.andover.edu/museums/addison




CHRIS D’ELIA The “Undateable” star and dance meme king’s career has really come to life since his breakout role in Whitney Cummings’s sitcom “Whitney.” Check out his Twitter account to see him break down his moves. May 12 at 7:15 p.m. and May 13 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. $30. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700, www.thewilbur.com

OWEN BENJAMIN Always in a smartly pressed suit, Benjamin gives the impression he’s just come from his day job in sales to present his clever comedy. He’s also a talented songwriter, and stands at about 6-foot-6, which is why his website is HugePianist.com. May 13 at 7:30 p.m. and May 14 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. $29-$39. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

CHRISTINE HURLEY An apt pairing at Giggles, with Hurley headlining there for the first time and Boston veteran John David returning. Dan Miller rounds out the bill. May 13-14 at 8:30 p.m. $20. Giggles Comedy Club, 517 Broadway (Route 1), Saugus. 781-233-9950, www.gigglescomedy.com



Azize’s First Birthday How would it feel if you were turning 1, and Franklin Park’s gorilla baby Azize didn’t come to your birthday party? Probably not great. Print out a gorilla mask online and stay for cake, at least. May 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $13-$20. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road. 617-541-5466. www.zoonewengland.org

Tiny Tall Ships Festival With storytelling, tattoo contests, a pirate-themed obstacle course, and more, this is the sort of nautical nonsense that will ruin you for regular-size boats. May 14, 3-6 p.m. Free. Union Square, Somerville. 617-625-6600. www.somervilleartscouncil.org/artsunion/2016/tinytallships

Revere Beach Kite Festival Up in the sky, look! It’s kites, obviously. Build and bring your own, or stop by instead for other family-friendly activities while you take in the flights. May 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Revere Beach, Revere. 781-902-9742. www.reverebeachpartnership.com/events

Joe Incollingo


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

May 27 The Smithereens at The Center for Arts in Natick www.natickarts.org

May 27-29 Boston Calling Music Festival at City Hall Plaza www.eventbrite.com

June 3-4 CHVRCHES at House of Blues www.livenation.com

June 4 Nada Surf at Paradise Rock Club www.ticketmaster.com

June 9-19 Carousel at Reagle Music Theatre www.reaglemusictheatre.com

June 10 CeeLo Green at Paradise Rock Club www.ticketmaster.com

June 12-13 Motion City Soundtrack at Paradise Rock Club www.ticketmaster.com

Joe Incollingo