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

A detail of “Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin killed February 2012 in Sanford, Florida’’ is among the works featured in Sylvia Maier: The Circle of Mothers Project at gallery josephine in Oak Bluffs.
A detail of “Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin killed February 2012 in Sanford, Florida’’ is among the works featured in Sylvia Maier: The Circle of Mothers Project at gallery josephine in Oak Bluffs. (ANDRE MAIER)


Pop & Rock

RHYS CHATHAM The 2nd SHIFT Music Series welcomes the punk-minimalist visionary, an auteur of symphonies for armies of electric guitars. Paradoxically, in his first local appearance since 2007 he’ll play enhanced solo-guitar music of the sort found on his entrancing new LP, “Pythagorean Dream.” May 26, 7:30 p.m. $20-$30. Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, Waltham. 781-893-5410,

DEBO BAND In the face of a challenging year including a contentious election at home, the refugee crisis abroad, and the deaths of musical heroes, “Ere Gobez,” the new album by this Boston Ethio-jazz outfit, serves as a hard-charging call to celebration. This World Music/CRASHarts concert marks Debo Band’s 10th anniversary as well as the LP's arrival, so you know spirits will be soaring. May 26, 8 p.m. $15. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-876-4275,


BOSTON CALLING What we love the most about the latest installment of the fest that’s changed the city’s landscape: You won’t find a more female-forward lineup, yet they’re treating this as business as usual. Headliners include Sia and Sufjan Stevens (May 27), Robyn and Odesza (May 28), and Disclosure, Haim, and Janelle Monáe (May 29) — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. May 27-29. Tickets: $60 (May 27), $85 (May 28, 29), VIP $150 (May 27), $185 (May 28, 29); two- and three-day passes available. City Hall Plaza.


Folk & World

CAMPFIRE. Another Memorial Day weekend means another four days of Passim's spring-into-summer version of campfire. festival and its gather-round, collaborative focus on bringing together new faces and proven vets from the Boston folk scene. May 27, 6 p.m.; May 28-30, noon. $10, weekend pass $25. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679.

MATT HAECK Haeck's bio suggests that he has experienced the highest highs and the lowest lows, all of which influenced his new record, “Late Bloomer.” The son of missionaries was following in their footsteps before leaving divinity school and subsequently falling into the depths of addiction. Recovery opened the way to the songs he’s collected on his debut. May 29, 10 p.m. $7. Atwood's Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006.


LOLA MARSH They’ve only got a single release (and an EP at that) to their credit, but Israeli eclecto-folksters Lola Marsh, fronted by the pair of Gil Landau and Yael Shoshana Cohen, have generated enough buzz that they’re already being booked into one of the larger clubs in town. Tall Heights open. June 1, 7:45 p.m. $20. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-876-4275.


Jazz & Blues

HARVEY DIAMOND TRIO The pianist, among the last students of jazz innovator Lennie Tristano, plays with great melodic invention, subtlety, and heart. Featuring the elegant rhythm section of bassist Dreyer and drummer Miki Matsuki. May 27, 8 p.m. $20. Outpost 186, 186½ Hampshire St., Cambridge.

ANTHONY GERACI & THE BOSTON BLUES ALL-STARS Pianist Geraci's recent recording as leader, “Fifty Shades of Blue,” received three nominations for the 2016 Blues Foundation/Blues Music Awards, and the highly regarded sideman has been nominated as Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year. With Sugar Ray & the Bluetones, “Monster” Mike Welch, Michael “Mudcat" Ward, Darrell Nulisch, and Michelle “Evil Gal” Willson. May 28, 8 p.m. $20-$25. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Route 2A, Shirley. 877-536-7190,

PETER & WILL ANDERSON TRIO The identical twins both play clarinet and saxophone with preternatural poise, bringing to mind the likes of Artie Shaw and Lester Young. With guitarist Gabe Schneider. May 31, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Jocko's Jazz at the Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen 603-898-1591,




OPERA OLD AND NEW Guerilla Opera presents Hannah Lash’s new contemporary adaptation of “Beowulf” at Boston Conservatory’s Zack Box (May 27, 28) and Commonwealth Lyric Theater performs Mussorgsky's “Boris Godunov” at Newton City Hall (May 26).,

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL The opening of Rockport always marks the unofficial start of the summer classical season. This year, the festival kicks off with the Parker Quartet performing works by Haydn and Bartok alongside Dvorak's A-major Piano Quintet with guest artist Menahem Pressler. June 3, 7 p.m., Shalin Liu Performance Center. 978-546-7391,

WHEN IN ROME Odyssey Opera offers a mini-festival devoted to opera seria, with rarely spotted works by Gluck (“Ezio”) and Mozart (“Lucio Silla”) in fully staged performances under the baton of Gil Rose. June 3-12, Boston University Theatre. 617-826-1626,




PETER AND THE STARCATCHER It turns out there is a cure for Peter Pan fatigue, and it can be found in Rick Elice's high-spirited, hard-to-resist prequel, which traces the transformation of an unnamed orphan into The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. There are no special effects on display in Spiro Veloudos's lively production, unless you consider charm and whimsy to be special effects. Added bonus: The return to a Boston stage of the gifted Erica Spyres, as Molly, an apprentice “starcatcher’’ in Victorian England. Through June 26. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678,


DOGFIGHT A big-hearted musical, directed by Paul Daigneault, about the relationship between a Marine named Eddie and waitress Rose. 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,

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



STRETCH/HOOK For this world premiere collaboration, Kairos Dance Theater choreographer/performer DeAnna Pellecchia dances within visual artist John Cira's sculptural installation of floor-to ceiling bands of illuminated spandex. Jazz pianist Kenny Werner provides the live improvised score. May 28, 8 p.m. $20-$25. Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit. 508-428-0669,

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL The Montreal company’s upcoming Boston show, “Kurios,” unleashes its imaginative blend of movement/circus arts and storytelling within a steampunk-flavored “Cabinet of Curiosities” presided over by a visionary inventor. May 26-July 10, $35-$305. Suffolk Downs. 877-924-7783,


BOSTON BALLET Last week for two of the company’s strongest programs to date, Mikko Nissinen's splendid production of “Swan Lake” and the contemporary program “Mirrors,” which includes two striking world premieres, Yury Yanowsky's stunning “Smoke and Mirrors” and Karole Armitage's “Bitches Brew.” Norbert Vesak's exquisite “Belong” is the icing on the cake. Through May 28. $35-$220. Boston Opera House., 617-695-6955.



BARBARA GRAD: OFF ROAD This painter’s abstracted landscapes play with space, structure, and stratification. Aerial views, shimmering reflections, and discrete blocks of color and pattern coalesce into scenes alive with meaning. In her latest work, she adds manmade elements. May 27-July 5. Miller Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-262-0550,

SYLVIA MAIER: THE CIRCLE OF MOTHERS PROJECT Kicking off the season at a Martha’s Vineyard gallery with a social justice aesthetic, this exhibition of portraits spotlights members of a support network for women who have lost children to police brutality. May 28-June 13. Gallery josephine, 91 Dukes County Ave., Oak Bluffs. 508-687-0187,

FRANK POOR: SCULPTURES AND PRINTS Poor’s imagery springs from the farms, homes, and steeples that framed his Southern childhood. He pares them down to lines and patterns that evoke the rootedness of domestic life, yet hover on the verge of vanishing. Through June 24. Rafius Fane Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 508-843-2184,



ASIA IN AMSTERDAM: THE CULTURE OF LUXURY IN THE GOLDEN AGE A collaboration with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, this exhibition 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, East India Square, Salem. 978-745-9500.

MEGACITIES ASIA Sculptures 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, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300,

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, 180 Main St., Andover. 978-749-4015,




KEN REID ALBUM RELEASE SHOW Pop culture genius Reid celebrates “The Vanity Project, Vol. 1” with Nick Chambers doing “Fake Songs” with a full band, a look at Nick Lavallee's high school yearbook, a live “TV Guidance Counselor” with Sean Sullivan, and character comic Nate Johnson. May 27, 7 p.m. $10. Middle East Upstairs, 472 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-864-3278,

PLASTIC CUP BOYZ Joey Wells, Will “Spank” Horton, and Na'im Lynn are Kevin Hart’s opening acts and friends, and now they tour as a unit. May 28, 9:45 p.m. $25. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,

THOUGHT BOMB Comedian Matthew Flynn hosts a night of storytelling and karaoke with author Joyce Brabner, writer and musician Lydia Lunch, and fine arts musician Cassie J. Sneider. The band Elephants provides the music. May 28, 7 p.m. $20. Middle East Upstairs, 472 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-864-3278,



Food Truck Rodeo The tastiest food on four wheels descends on Weymouth’s SouthField development for good clean summer fun. Face painting, lawn games, and “The Voice” finalist Kristen Merlin are set to fill out the evening. May 27, 6-10 p.m. Free. SouthField, 26 Memorial Grove Ave., South Weymouth. 617-249-1105.

Star Wars Day It is a dark time for the Franklin Park Zoo. Imperial troops have descended on the park, tightening their grip on the Boston system with scavenger hunts and other “Star Wars” fun. Little do they know, a band of fighters is en route, bringing with them the galaxy’s only hope for peace and justice. . . May 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $14-$20. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road. 617-541-5466.

Music in the Courtyard Local jazzman Henri Smith brings his brand of Big Easy bombast to the free Harbortown Arts Festival. May 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester. 978-283-0455.


Mark your calendar

June 3-4 CHVRCHES at House of Blues

June 7 Modern English at The Middle East Downstairs

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 24 Paul Simon at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Joe Incollingo