The Week Ahead: music, theater, art, and more

Salvador Jimènez-Flores’s “Dust to Dust,” from “I Am Not Who You Think I Am” at Urbano Project through June 10.
Salvador Jimènez-Flores’s “Dust to Dust,” from “I Am Not Who You Think I Am” at Urbano Project through June 10.


Pop & Rock

BENT KNEE “Say So,” the third album from this young Boston art-rock sextet, is due on Friday; one night earlier, the wise, witty, and skillful group heralds the landing of a record that confirms its eloquence and ebullience, while also breaking new stylistic and temperamental ground. May 19, 7:30 p.m. $15, advance $12. ONCE Lounge & Ballroom, Somerville. 617-285-0167,

TOGETHER BOSTON This weeklong festival of technology, art, and music heads into the home stretch, with performances by Giraffage and Negative Gemini (May 19, Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge), Jon Hopkins and KiNK (May 20, Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge), Matthew Dear (May 21, Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge), and Bicep and Ben UFO (May 22, Middlesex Lounge, Cambridge). Times, prices vary.


WEAKENED FRIENDS This snappy Portland, Maine, trio came in second place at this year’s Rock ’n’ Roll Rumble, earning a spot in the competition’s not-winners pantheon alongside Mission of Burma, the Lemonheads, and Morphine. An addictive new EP, “95,” arrives in July, but is worth celebrating now; righteously raggedy folk-punk four-piece Tigerman WOAH and atmospheric alt-rock outfit Doom Lover complete the bill. May 22, 9 p.m. $10. Great Scott. 800-745-3000,

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Folk & World

BLUEGRASS ON THE BOGS The 11th edition of this mid-May event kicks off the outdoor festival season with another fine lineup of local and regional bluegrass and roots acts. Lonely Heartstring Band, Chasing Blue, Damn Tall Buildings, and RiLeY CoYoTe are among those scheduled to perform. May 20-22, starting times vary by day. Tickets: $25- $45 (single day), $70 (full weekend). Camp Kiwanee, Hanson. 508-207-3457.

CANADIANS INVADE PASSIM A week for friendly incursions from the north at the Harvard Square venue: Sultans of String offer their “ragas, reels and rhumbas” mashup Saturday afternoon, followed by the folk-pop of Royal Wood that evening. Tuesday, rising Toronto roots duo the Young Novelists stop in. May 21, 3 and 8 p.m.; May 25,” 8 p.m. Prices vary, see website for details. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679.

MICHAELA ANNE The name of Anne’s buzzed-about new record, “Bright Lights and the Fame,” brings to mind one of Bill Anderson’s finest contributions to the ’60s heyday of honky-tonk, “Bright Lights and Country Music.” Like that classic, it’s chock full of unalloyed country music. She celebrates its release with a full-band show Tuesday. May 24, 9 p.m. $10. Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 800-838-3006. STUART MUNRO

Jazz & Blues


JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR Born in 1986, the British native began playing guitar in her early teens, inspired by Albert Collins, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Discovered at age 16 by Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), she’s been on the rise ever since, with her stinging guitar virtuosity and sweet and gritty voice earning her acclaim from blues musicians and fans. May 19, 8 p.m. $20. Thunder Road, 379 Somerville Ave., Somerville. 617-776- 7623,

PANDELIS KARAYORGIS QUINTET The dynamic pianist and engagingly thorny composer takes his new quintet out for a spin, comprising a first-class cast of adventurous improvisers: tenor saxophonist Seth Meicht, trombonist Jeb Bishop, bassist Jef Charland, and drummer Curt Newton. May 21, 8 p.m. $10. Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square, Somerville.

THE ART OF JAZZ PIANO Hear three marvelous pianists in one concert — the soulful sounds of George W. Russell Jr., the fluid post-bop of Laszlo Gardony, and the elegant lyricism of Yoko Miwa — to benefit the this summer's third annual free Cambridge Jazz Festival. May 22, 6 p.m. $20-$30. Abundant Life Church, 47 Howard St., Cambridge.



VOCAL MUSIC David Hoose leads the Cantata Singers in works by Bach and Arvo Pärt on Friday night at First Church in Cambridge; Commonwealth Lyric Theater performs Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” at two locations (May 20-26); and Boston Camerata devotes itself to early American folk hymnody in a program titled “The American Vocalist” on Sunday at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul.,,


NEW MUSIC Sound Icon with guest pianist Marilyn Nonken takes on Gerard Grisey’s masterwork “Vortex Temporum” on Thursday night at Tufts University; A Far Cry has a new Derek Bermel score titled “Murmurations” as part of an all-American program on Friday night in Jordan Hall; and Guerilla Opera unveils Hannah Lash’s new contemporary adaptation of “Beowulf” at Boston Conservatory’s Zack Box (May 20-28).,,

CHAMBER MUSIC The Chameleon Arts Ensemble offers a characteristically eclectic program of works by Bloch, Messiaen, Saint-Saens, Elena Firsova, and David Ludwig (Saturday at First Church in Boston, Sunday at the Goethe Institute). And Sarasa has music by Purcell, Britten, and Barber, as well as a premiere by Thomas Vignieri (Saturday at Friends Meeting House in Cambridge, Sunday at First Parish in Concord).,




DOGFIGHT An appealingly big-hearted musical, directed by Paul Daigneault, about the relationship between a Marine named Eddie and a San Francisco waitress named Rose. One day before he ships out to Vietnam in 1963, Eddie faces a test of character: Can he transcend his blinkered macho code and expand his definition of beauty? Through June 4. SpeakEasy Stage Company at Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

LETTICE AND LOVAGE Lindsay Crouse and director Benny Sato Ambush, who collaborated on “Driving Miss Daisy,’’ team up again in a comedy by Peter Shaffer (“Amadeus’’) about a guide who spices up her tours of an inconsequential British mansion with tall tales, triggering the ire of her employer. Also featuring Marya Lowry, Mark S. Cohen, and Janelle Day Mills. May 19-June 11. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433,

MUD BLUE SKY The rigors of air travel and aging form the backdrop of Marisa Wegrzyn’s comedy, starring Leigh Barrett, Adrianne Krstansky, and Deb Martin as weary middle-age flight attendants who connect with a teenage pot dealer during a layover. Directed by Bridget Kathleen O’Leary. Through June 5. Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston. Deane Hall, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts., 617-933-8600. DON AUCOIN


GREEN STREET STUDIOS SHOWCASE Through four different shows in two evenings, this program showcases the dancers, choreographers, students, and experimenters who make Green Street one of the area’s leading hot spots for dance. Styles range from performance art to ballet and flamenco. May 20-21, 7 and 9 p.m. $15. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-864-3191,

NEWTON DANCE CONCERT Part of the Newton Festival of the Arts, this concert and reception organized by Kathy Hassinger and Joanie Block features performances by four Newton-area troupes: CreationDance, Dance Currents Inc., Selmadanse, and Thillai Fine Arts Academy. May 22. $10-$20. Newton Highlands Congregational Church, Newton Highlands. 617-965-1569,

PROMETHEUS DANCE Following a weeklong collaborative residency with visual artists Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, the company presents this informal public showing. Knowing the dance company’s predilection for vivid, provocative choreography and the ParkeHarrisons’s edgy visuals, this one should be quite intriguing. May 21, 8 p.m. $10. Boston Conservatory Studio Theatre. 508-405-4085,



Salvador Jimènez-Flores: I Am Not Who You Think I Am Working in several mediums, Jimènez-Flores weaves myth and history with popular culture and politics, turning up the volume on what it means to be Mexican in America today. Through June 10. Urbano Project, 29 Germania St., Jamaica Plain. 617-983-1007,

JOHN C GONZALEZ:WORKS WELL WITH OTHERS The conceptual artist celebrates collaboration and labor, bringing behind-the-scenes workers to the forefront. This show spotlights several projects, including a new garden designed with Brown University’s regular landscapers. Through June 12. David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, 64 College St., Providence. 401-863-2932,

LESTER JOHNSON IN PROVINCETOWN As Abstract Expressionism overtook the art world, Johnson (1919-2010) remained faithful to figure and landscape, which he depicted with an expressionist’s rawness and urgency. Here, in watercolor and ink, he explores his summer refuge. May 20-July 2. ACME Fine Art, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-585-9551,



GEOFFREY FARMER 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 and fabric, 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,

RODIN: TRANSFORMING SCULPTURE A survey of sculptures in plaster, bronze, and marble, along with related drawings, by the greatest sculptor of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Through Sept. 5. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 978-745-9500,

N.C. WYETH’S MEN OF CONCORD The 12 panels N.C. Wyeth painted for the book “Men of Concord and Some Others, as Portrayed in the Journal of Henry David Thoreau” (1936) have been reunited for the first time in almost 80 years. They will be accompanied by drawings, sketches, and studies. Through Sept. 18. Concord Museum, Concord. 978-369-9763,




SOMETHING BIG Nick Chambers and Al Park have officially taken over this monthly slot at the Davis Square Theatre (it used to be Ryan Donahue’s “Strange Behavior”). This month’s headliner is Tim Dillon of “Last Comic Standing,” with Chris Scopo and Emily Ruskowski. May 19, 8:30 p.m. $10. Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville. 617-684-5335,

ALONZO BODDEN The frequent “Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me” panelist and former “Last Comic Standing” contestant released a new special of political and social commentary called “Historically Incorrect” on Showtime in February. May 19 at 8 p.m. and May 20-21 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. $29-$39. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

TRUMP VS. BERNIE Anthony Atamanuik and James Adomian have been making the most of this contentious election season by staging live debates as Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, respectfully. May 21 at 7 p.m. $20. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,



Radio 92.9 EarthFest Kid’s Planet While the grown-ups are watching Fitz and the Tantrums, kids can take in a special Kid’s Planet music lineup, meet Sid and Scrat from “Ice Age,” learn about sustainability, and have more fun than they would watching Fitz and the Tantrums. May 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, 47 David G. Mugar Way. 617-822-9600.

PorchFest 2016 For one day only, Somerville will become the biggest music festival in Massachusetts, as the city’s songsters take to their porches. Stick east of Central Street from noon-2 p.m., between Central and Willow streets from 2-4 p.m., and west of Willow Street from 4-6 p.m. (A full schedule is available online.) May 21, noon-6 p.m. Free. Somerville. 617-625-6600.

Puppets Take the Pops Give the Pops a hand for stringing together a program including Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” and various works by Leroy Anderson, all accompanied by original puppets. May 21, 3-5 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. $24-99. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave. 617-266-1492. Joe Incollingo


June 3-4 CHVRCHES at House of Blues

June 10 CeeLo Green at Paradise Rock Club

June 12-13 Motion City Soundtrack at Paradise Rock Club

June 16 The Cure at Agganis Arena

June 17 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at Agganis Arena

June 17-18 Brian Wilson at Symphony Hall

Joe Incollingo