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

Swans play Royale July 7.
Samantha Marble
Swans play Royale July 7.


Pop & Rock

SWANS The swansong arrives for Michael Gira (with hat) and the present configuration of his reactivated art-rock band, touring in support of a fourth and final album, “The Glowing Man.” Potent as the new disc is (and its predecessors have been), the stage is where the group comes to life, the terrible beauty of its teeming drones and monolithic beats approaching transcendence. July 7, 7 p.m. $25, advance $23. Royale Boston. 800-745-3000,

AND THE KIDS A Northampton indie-rock trio whose star has been on a precipitous rise in recent years, And the Kids celebrates the arrival of its second LP, “Friends Share Lovers,” an instantly appealing collection of snappy tunes in smart arrangements. July 7, 8:30 p.m. $12. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,


STEELY DAN+ STEVE WINWOOD Do you remember a time when Steely Dan wasn’t the hardest-touring band in show biz? Neither do we. For this latest jaunt, waggishly dubbed “The Dan Who Knew Too Much Tour,” the formerly reclusive Walter Becker and Donald Fagen will be joined by a legendary support act worth the ticket price all by himself. July 7, 7 p.m. $29.95-$125. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000,

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Folk & World

NEW BEDFORD FOLK FESTIVAL This annual event will cram performances by some 50 local and national acts onto seven stages this weekend. Among those featured will be a couple of Taylors (Kate and Livingston), the Stray Birds, Rev. Robert Jones Sr., Rory Block (pictured), John Gorka, and Spuyten Duyvil. July 9, 10, 11 a.m. $20 (day), $25 (weekend). Zeiterion Performing Arts Center; Whaling National Historical Park, New Bedford. 508-994-2900.

TONY TRISCHKA’S EARLY ROMAN KINGS Something new and different from the banjo giant: Trischka puts together a band with his son Sean, Stash Wyslouch, and Jared Engel, cops a song title from Dylan’s “Tempest” to name it, and marks the 75th birthday of His Bobness with a panoptic, peaks-and-crannies survey of his music. July 9, 3 p.m. $25. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679.

HONEYSUCKLE Rising progressive-folk trio Honeysuckle will soon add an appearance at Lollapalooza to its resume after being selected in a Berklee College Popular MusicInstitute competition for four national summer festival slots. Another competition winner, electro-pop singer-songwriter noé,also plays Wednesday. July 13,8 p.m. No cover. Red Room atCafé 939. 617-747-2261.



Jazz & Blues

THE MAKANDA PROJECT An outdoor concert kicking off the summer season of pianist John Kordalewski’s marvelous repertory band, presenting the late, Boston-born Makanda Ken McIntyre’s compositions as performed by a roster of the area’s finest: saxophonists Kurtis Rivers, Arni Cheatham, Sean Berry, Seth Meicht, and Charlie Kohlhase, trumpeters Jerry Sabatini and Phil Grenadier, trombonists Bill Lowe, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, and Sarah Politz, bassist John Lockwood, and drummer Yoron Israel. (Rain location: church parish hall). July 9, 1 p.m. Free. First Church grounds, Roxbury.

LUTHER “GUITAR JUNIOR” JOHNSON Johnson is today’s foremost proponent of the influential West Side Chicago blues guitar style, pioneered by Otis Rush and Magic Sam, which alternates searing single-note lines with raucous chords. July 9, 6 p.m. $15. Thunder Road, 379 Somerville Ave., Somerville. 617-776-7623,

BEN MONDER For this rare area appearance, the strikingly original guitarist/composer, who’s played with everyone from Paul Motian to Jack McDuff, will perform originals old and new, as well as re-imagined standards. July 12, 8 p.m. $18. Outpost 186, 186½ Hampshire St., Cambridge.




TANGLEWOOD Canadian conductor Jacques Lacombe returns 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,

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL The versatile Calder Quartet arrives with works by Debussy, Beethoven, and Anders Hillsborg (Thursday); gambist Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI team up with the Mexican folklore group Tembembe Ensamble Continuo (Friday); and violinist Cho-Liang Lin and friends explore the tango through works by Lalo Schifrin and Astor Piazzolla (Saturday). Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391,

MOHAWK TRAIL CONCERTS The Chiara Quartet visits this little-known but worthy chamber series with a program of works by Ravel, Bartok, and Beethoven — all played by memory. July 8 and 9, 7:30 p.m. Federated Church in Charlemont, 413-625-9511,




CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF Rebecca Brooksher delivers a scorching performance as Maggie the Cat in Tennessee Williams’s classic drama, trying desperately to rekindle the passion of her alcoholic husband, Brick, whose self-willed oblivion is so complete that he has renounced not just Maggie but life itself. Directed by David Auburn. Through July 16. Berkshire Theatre Group at Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. 413-997-4444,

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 Big Top, Suffolk Downs, East Boston. 877-924-7783,

MY JANE Chester Theatre Company opens its season with the world premiere of producing artistic director Daniel Elihu Kramer’s contemporary adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre,’’ starring 19-year-old Rutgers student Camila Cano-Flavia as Jane. Through July 10. Chester Theatre Company, at Town Hall, Chester. 413-354-7770,




This edgy, exuberant contemporary company sold out its Jacob’s Pillow engagement last season. This time, the program includes works by Po-Cheng Tsai, Cayetano Soto, and Mauro Bigonzetti. Through July 10, $45-$75. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745,


This world premiere, an evening-length collaboration among master tappers Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Derick K. Grant, and Jason Samuels Smith, honors the influence of jazz on the rich history of tap. It features live music, improvisation, and guest artist Camille A. Brown. Through July 10, $25-$45. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745,


For Martha’s Vineyard visitors and residents, The Yard continues its celebration of rhythm-based dance with the Bang Group’s new “Turing Tests” and Caleb Teicher’s “Variations (Excerpt),” set to the luminous Goldberg Variations of J.S. Bach. July 7 and 9, $5-$25. The Yard’s Patricia Nanon Theater, Chilmark. 508-645-9662,



CLARK DERBES: NEW WORK Many artists push 2-D pieces toward 3-D. Derbes goes the other way with his wood sculptures, which narrow, angle, and broaden to skew perspective and suggest flatness, an effect intensified by busy, colorful grids. Through Aug. 6. Clark Gallery, 145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8303,

IRENE LIPTON: PAINTINGS; TABITHA VEVERS: CURIOSA ONCE, LATELY, LATER Two solo shows from painters whose work is fluid, slippery, and erotic. Lipton’s abstractions swerve, curve, and loop. Vevers paints cautionary myths laced with grief, romance, and danger. Through July 21. Albert Merola Gallery, 424 Commercial St., Provincetown. 508-487-4424,

BOSTON YOUNG CONTEMPORARIES This juried show, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, spotlights artists from graduate programs across New England. It’s an opportunity to scope out where contemporary art is going, and who might be taking it there. Through Aug. 6. Stone Gallery, Boston University, 855 Commonwealth Ave. 617-353-3329, CATE McQUAID


O’KEEFFE, STETTHEIMER, TORR, ZORACH: WOMEN MODERNISTS IN NEW YORK Organized by the Norton Museum of Art, in Florida, this show examines the parallel careers of Georgia O’Keeffe, Marguerite Thompson Zorach, Florine Stettheimer, and Helen Torr in New York in the early 20th century. Through Sept. 18. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, Maine.207-775-6148,

EXPLODE EVERY DAY: AN INQUIRY INTO THE PHENOMENA OF WONDER More than 20 contemporary artists from the United States, as well as Canada and France, feature in an ambitious show designed to explore — and activate! — the condition of wonder. Through April 3. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111,

SPLENDOR, MYTH, AND VISION: NUDES FROM THE PRADO Twenty-eight Old Master paintings, all representing the nude, on loan from Spain’s great museum. Includes work by Titian, Tintoretto, Rubens, Velazquez, Ribera, and Poussin. All but four have never previously been seen in the United States. The Clark is the show’s only venue. Through Oct. 10. Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303.




BEN HAGUE The Rhode Island native, one of the stars of the Web series “I’ll Call You,” jokes about his daily frustrations, especially concerning relationships and family. July 8-9, 8 p.m. $20. Nick’s Comedy Stop, 100 Warrenton St., Boston.617-963-6261,

LAUGHING LIBERALLY This politically minded show takes place the second Saturday of the month in Jamaica Plain. This month’s edition features Srilatha Rajamani, Kwasi Mensah, Emily Ruskowski, Wes Hazard, Gary Petersen, and Kenice Mobley. July 9, 8 p.m. $8. The Riot Theater, 146A South St., Jamaica Plain. 617-942-0294,

THUNDERFEST: A COMEDY BACCHANAL This comedy festival from the folks who produce comedy at Wonder Bar in Allston kicks off Tuesday with Sean White hosting “Altered Egos,” followed by Kelly MacFarland hosting “Town Hall” on Wednesday. July 12-16, 7 p.m. $10-$50. Wonder Bar, 186 Harvard Ave., Allston. 617-351-2665,



World Class Frisbee Show Watch two-time world champion Todd Brodeur send some frisbees whizzing in a gravity-defying display of disc tricks. Think he makes it look easy? Give it a shot in the field after the show. It’s the ultimate form of entertainment. July 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. 978-468-5577

Movies at the Mansion They’re cute. They’re cuddly. They evolved from single-celled organisms to serve the most despicable humans. They’re here. Bring your own chairs and blankets and watch these globe-trotting yellow beans take over the big screen in “Minions” at Lyman Estate. July 7, 8:30 p.m. Free. Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman St., Waltham. 617-994-5912

Go Fly a Kite Bring your own or build one onsite and send it soaring from the highest point in the harbor at Spectacle Island. The fun is just a ferry ride away, no tuppence required! July 9, noon-1 p.m. Free. Spectacle Island, 66 Long Wharf.

Carly Sitrin


July 16 Emily King at Brighton Music Hall

July 17 Paul McCartney atFenway Park

July 20 Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas at TD

July 21 M83 at Blue Hills BankPavilion

July 26 Yanni at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

July 28 Fifth Harmony at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

August 1 Hiatus Kaiyote atParadise Rock

August 10 Drake at TD Garden