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

Peter Gabriel (left) and Sting
Peter Gabriel (left) and StingKevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live Nation


Pop & Rock

BOB DYLAN + MAVIS STAPLES Here’s a case of iconic performers venturing toward new horizons while moving in opposite directions: Dylan with classic-pop standards made famous by Sinatra, Staples in songs by modern-day troubadours and alt-rockers. July 2 at 7 p.m. Koussevitzky Music Shed, Tanglewood, Lenox. $37.50-$149.50. 888-266-1200, www.bso.org. July 14 at 7:30 p.m. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. $39.50-$129.50. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

TREDICI BACCI Composer, arranger, and guitarist Simon Hanes is the creative force behind Tredici Bacci, a 14-piece pop orchestra that specializes in the slinky, seductive sounds of Italian sex-romp soundtracks. Sharing this Boston Hassle bill are Erica Eso, the new synth-pop project from Weston Minissali (Hanes’s bandmate in indie-rock sextet Cloud Becomes Your Hand), plus locals JOSS and Sydney Kinchen. June 30, 8 p.m. $10. Out of the Blue Too Gallery, Cambridge. www.outoftheblueartgallery.com


PETER GABRIEL + STING They’re playing together and even doing each other’s songs; if you’ve ever wanted to hear Gabriel (left) sing “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free” or Sting do “Shock the Monkey,” here’s your chance. The tour’s called “Rock Paper Scissors” so presumably the match ends in a draw. July 2, 8 p.m. $45-$250. DCU Center, Worcester. 800-653-8000, www.ticketmaster.com


Folk & World

NIKHIL P. YERAWADEKAR & LOW MENTALITY A longtime member of New York outfit Antibalas, Yerawadekar channels the Afrobeat sensibilities of that band and a whole lot more in the music he makes with his own group, the Low Mentality. Reggae, calypso, rock and soul, hip-hop, and folk all find their way in. June 30, 9 p.m. $10. The Milky Way, Jamaica Plain. 866-777-8932, www.ticketweb.com

DRYMILL ROAD+ GOOD MORNING BEDLAM Virginia ’grassers Drymill Road appear as the venue’s Tuesday night bluegrass feature act, followed by a “special guest set” from Good Morning Bedlam, a young, four-piece acoustic folk band out of Minneapolis. July 5, 10 p.m. No cover; donations encouraged. Cantab Lounge, Cambridge. 617- 354-2685. www.cantab-lounge.com


HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN Whit Smith and Elana James began their collaboration 20 years ago by putting together a typical multi-member ensemble to play the music that Bob Wills made famous. They soon pared things down to the bare essentials: a guitar-fiddle-bass trio offering lean versions of western swing and Gypsy jazz. July 6, 7:30 p.m. $30. Museum of Fine Arts. 800-440-6975, www.mfa.org


Jazz & Blues

OSCAR STAGNARO BAND While it’s been said that Peruvian bass player, educator, and four-time Grammy winner Stagnaro literally wrote the book on Latin jazz bass, that’s not quite accurate: He’s written more than one. Join him and his band for the most danceable master class you’ll likely witness. June 30, 9 p.m. No cover. The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston. 617-423-0069, www.beehiveboston.com

ELAN TROTMAN Born in Barbados and educated at Berklee, the alto saxophonist specializes in sunny pop jazz that sways to island rhythms. For this holiday weekend, he and his Boston-based band return to their favorite local venue. July 1, 8 and 10 p.m. $25. Scullers. 866-777-8932, www.scullersjazz.com

MATT SCHOFIELD The Mancunian guitar virtuoso, still in his 30s, is a British Blues Awards Hall of Famer, after garnering its Guitarist of the Year award three years running. And Guitar and Bass Magazine has named him an all-time Top 10 British blues guitarist, alongside the likes of Eric Clapton and Peter Green. July 6, 8 p.m. $24-$27. Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Road, Fall River. 508-324-1926, www.narrowscenter.org




ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL On Thursday pianist Jeremy Denk brings two Mozart Sonatas to Rockport along with Beethoven’s “Tempest” Sonata and Schubert’s “Wanderer Fantasy”; and on Friday the Harlem Quartet is joined by Cuban jazz pianist Aldo López-Gavilán. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391, www.rockportmusic.org

ASTON MAGNA Next up at the venerable early-music festival will be an all-Mozart program featuring the Horn Quintet, the Divertimento K. 287, and “A Musical Joke.” June 30, 7 p.m., Slosberg Music Center. 888-492-1283, www.astonmagna.org

TANGLEWOOD Canadian conductor Jacques Lacombe returns next weekend to open the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer season at Tanglewood with help from violinist Joshua Bell, who will play Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto No. 3. The program also includes Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 and Ravel’s “Alborada del gracioso.” July 8, 8 p.m., Lenox. 617-266-1200, www.tanglewood.org




Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities This Cirque du Soleil show conjures an entrancing world that is equal parts steampunk fantasia, “Alice in Wonderland,’’ Federico Fellini, and Jules Verne. That world is brought to vaulting life by dozens of performers who manage to find loopholes in the laws of gravity, physics, and probability while using their bodies to deliver a geometry lesson. Through July 10. Cirque du Soleil at the Big Top, Suffolk Downs, East Boston. 877-924-7783, www.cirquedusoleil.com/kurios

ALBATROSS In an adaptation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,’’ Benjamin Evett re-creates his solo performance as Coleridge’s anguished seaman, which won him an Elliot Norton Award from the Boston Theater Critics Association. Directed by Rick Lombardo. Through July 3. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.com



SHOW BOAT You can’t have a great “Show Boat” without a great rendition of “Ol’ Man River,” and in this production from Fiddlehead Theatre Company, Brian Kinnard delivers. But that’s just the beginning. Fiddlehead gives you more music than any film version of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s 1927 musical, plus an accomplished cast of 50, a sumptuous 27-piece orchestra, a towering riverboat set, 300 period costumes, and a Charleston kickline that’s a vision of an integrated America. The only drawback to this fun show is that it runs a little over three hours. Through July 3. Fiddlehead Theatre Company at the Citi Shubert Theatre. 866-348-9738, www.fiddleheadtheatre.com



CHE MALAMBO With fiery footwork and thundering drums, this dazzling troupe of 14 Argentine gauchos reimagines and reinvigorates traditions of the South American cowboy that date back to competitive duels of agility, speed, and strength from the 17th century. Through July 3, $39-$69. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

BEREISHIT DANCE COMPANY This contemporary dance troupe from Seoul, which is making its Pillow debut, is known for work that pairs sleekly muscular physicality with smooth control and a cool urban edge. The program includes a singer and traditional Korean drummers. Through July 3, $25-$45 . Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org


DORRANCE DANCE The remarkably talented and creative tapper Michelle Dorrance and her company take tap to a whole new level and way outside the box with “ETM: Redux,” which continues a multi-year collaboration involving the electronic tap “instruments” of Nicholas Van Young. These performances open The Yard’s “TapTheYard Week 1.” July 2, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., $5-$75. Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center, Chilmark. 508-645-9662, www.dancetheyard.org



FAMILY OUTING Photographers Astrid Reischwitz, Gail Samuelson, and Alysia Macaulay plunder old family closets and photo albums for source material. Their images weave together generations, celebrate the imprints family members have left behind, and mourn time’s quick passage. Through July 16. 555 Gallery, 555 East 2nd St., South Boston. 857-496-7234, www.555gallery.com

SOLANGE BRAND: CHINA’S CULTURAL REVOLUTION, 1966 When Mao Zedong launched the ultimately disastrous Cultural Revolution, Brand, then a 19-year-old secretary at Beijing’s French embassy, captured the moment, photographing rallies, the Red Guard, and theatrical propaganda. Through Aug. 20. Robert Klein Gallery @ Ars Libri, 500 Harrison Ave., 617-267-7997, www.robertkleingallery.com

BRANDON CLIFFORD:GOTHICNESS, ON THE STRANGENESS OF RIB DETAILS The architect homes in on a defining element of Gothic buildings, the rib, examining its transition from functional to expressive and finding parallels in digital culture. Through Aug. 19. Wolk Gallery, MIT School of Architecture + Planning, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-258-9106, sap.mit.edu/resources/galleries



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, East India Square, Salem. 978-745-9500, www.pem.org

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, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, 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, 465 Huntington Ave., 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org




TONY V AND CHRISTINE HURLEY Longtime headliner Tony V joins Hurley, who more recently made that jump to the top slot, for two nights of homegrown comedy at Laugh Boston. June 30 and July 2 at 8 p.m. $24-$34. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

JUST SUSPECTS BEACH PARTY A summer-themed, fully scripted sketch and character comedy show from Boston’s Just Suspects comedy troupe, a group of very silly people. July 1, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. $20-$30. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-495-2668, americanrepertorytheater.org/oberon

SLEEPOVER The folks behind “Old School Game Show,” Ginny Nightshade and Will Smalley, host this night of games, comedy, and burlesque. With stand-up comedy from Rob Crean, Kofi Thomas, and Emily Ruskowski. July 2, 8 p.m. $15. Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville. 617-684-5335, www.davissquaretheatre.com



Live Music and ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ Screening Kick off the holiday weekend with a little outdoor song and dance, courtesy of Boston Harborfest. No promises on the presence of ponies or macaroni, but James Cagney’s George M. Cohan belting out familiar patriotic tunes will at least make for a lively reenactment on the ride home. July 1, 6-10 p.m. Free. Christopher Columbus Park, 105 Atlantic Ave. 617-439-7700, www.bostonharborfest.com/highlights

Chinatown Main Street Festival Swap out fireworks and apple pies for lion dances and martial arts at Saturday’s celebration of Chinese heritage. A quick trip down the Orange Line gets your family an entire afternoon of fun. July 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Chinatown Main Street, 2 Boylston St. 617-350-6303, www.chinatownmainstreet.org

Baseball Day Fluff? Air? A little bit of both? If you’ve ever wondered what’s on the inside of various sports balls, Baseball Day at the Children’s Museum is one way to find out. And maybe bring the kids along while you’re at it. July 6, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $16. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St. 617-426-6500, www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/calendar/baseball-day-2



July 16 Emily King at Brighton Music Hall www.ticketmaster.com

July 20 Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas at TD Garden www.ticketmaster.com

July 21 M83 at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion www.livenation.com

July 28 Fifth Harmony at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion www.livenation.com

July 30 Josh Groban at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion www.livenation.com