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

Ezekiel’s Wheels (from left: Abigale Reisman, Jonathan Cannon, Pete Fanelli, Nat Seelen, and Kirsten Lamb) will perform at the Bread & Roses Heritage Festival.
Amy Seibel
Ezekiel’s Wheels (from left: Abigale Reisman, Jonathan Cannon, Pete Fanelli, Nat Seelen, and Kirsten Lamb) will perform at the Bread & Roses Heritage Festival.


Pop & Rock

BUTCH WALKER While his songwriter-for-hire duties have him spinning gold for the likes of Fall Out Boy and Keith Urban, this rock lifer cannily keeps his best material for himself. “Stay Gold,” his eighth solo record, is stuffed with crunchy riffs and towering hooks, perfect for cranking up at an end-of-summer blowout. Sept. 1, 8 p.m. $27, advance $25. The Sinclair. 800-745-3000,

STARLABFEST VII This all-day fest’s music lineup boasts locals like the dream-gazers Mini Dresses and the garage-sludge outfit GYMSHORTS alongside powerhouse out-of-towners like the scrappy So So Glos and the power shredders Screaming Females. A flea market and video games set to free play will keep attendees busy between sets. Sept. 3, noon. $15, advance $12. ARTfarm, 10 Poplar St., Somerville.


KANYE WEST America’s favorite pop provocateur also happens to be one of its greatest hip-hop producers, and February’s sprawling, boastful “The Life of Pablo” shines a bright light on that duality. Expect a lot of riffing on fame as attendees buy up Saint Pablo Tour merch in bulk. Sept. 3, 8 p.m. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

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Maura Johnston

Folk & World

TD BANK BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL There’s a full evening of bluegrass on tap on the South Shore Saturday, with local varieties of the music from Cold Chocolate, Twisted Pine, and the Wildcat Bogstompers along with a visit to the sacred side of the genre from Vermont's Bluegrass Gospel Project. Sept. 3, 7 p.m. $20. The Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth. 508-746-4488.

BREAD & ROSES HERITAGE FESTIVAL This annual Labor Day festival commemorating the 1912 “Bread and Roses” textile strike marks its 32nd year with another multi-genre offering, including reggae from Duppy Conquerors, klezmer from Ezekiel’s Wheels, folk from Tracy Grammer, and the Latin jazz of Miguel Andres Tejada. Sept. 5, 11:30 a.m. Free. Downtown Lawrence, various stages. 978- 309-9740.

JOSIENNE CLARKE AND BEN WALKER This British duo comes to America just ahead of the October release of their latest album, “Overnight,” which combines the crystalline singing of Clarke with the guitar and arranging work of Walker on songs that move from spare to orchestrated and span the sounds of American and English folk. Sept. 7, 8 p.m. $15. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679.


Stuart Munro

Jazz & Blues

LINDA MARKS The singer, songwriter, and cabaret artist, known for her heartfelt style and repertoire ranging from Carole King to Andrew Lloyd Webber, celebrates her new album, “Coming Full Circle,” featuring saxophonists Dave Birkin and Geoff Wadsworth, cellist Junko Fujiwara, pianist Doug Hammer, bassist Dave Landoni, and the marvelous Miki Matsuki on drums, plus 13-year-old vocalist Claire McFarland. Sept. 1, 8 p.m. $25. Scullers Jazz Club. 866-777-8932,

RUSS GERSHON TRIO We’re accustomed to hearing saxophonist, composer, Ethiopian jazz maven, and Either/Orchestra leader Gershon in larger groups. Here’s an opportunity to hear him stretch out, performing originals and tunes by Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Sonny Rollins, and Jimmy Webb, among others, with bassist Blake Newman and drummer Phil Neighbors. Sept. 2, 8 p.m. No cover. Aeronaut Brewing Co., Somerville.

JUDITH MURRAY & STEVE HECK For the first offering from a new jazz venue, vocalist Murray and pianist/vocalist Heck perform timeless tunes by the likes of Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, and more. Sept. 3, 8 p.m. Aurora Vietnamese Cuisine & Wine Bar, 140 Washington St., Salem. 978-594-1812,




SOUTH MOUNTAIN CONCERTS Even older than Tanglewood, the annual South Mountain Concerts take place in late summer, bringing top-flight chamber music to the Berkshires right after the BSO’s summer season has ended. This year’s series begins with an afternoon of piano trios by Beethoven and Schubert, performed by pianist Wu Han, cellist David Finckel, and violinist Philip Setzer. Sept. 4, 3 p.m., South Mountain Concert Hall, Pittsfield. 413-442-2106,

‘OUROBOROS TRILOGY’ Two freshly minted operas — Scott Wheeler’s “Naga” and Paola Prestini’s “Gilgamesh” — join Zhou Long’s “Madame White Snake” to make up the ambitious “Ouroboros Trilogy.” All three works have librettos by Cerise Lim Jacobs. Michael Counts directs. Sept. 10-17, Cutler Majestic Theatre. 617-824-8400,

A FAR CRY As the Gardner Museum’s resident chamber orchestra, A Far Cry kicks off the museum’s popular Sunday concert series with a characteristically eclectic program that moves from Haydn’s Symphony No. 22 to Reich’s “Clapping Music” and beyond. Sept. 11, 1:30 p.m., Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-278-5156,




THE TOTALITARIANS Jeff Zinn directs the New England premiere of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s political satire about the topsy-turvy campaign of a power-mad, Sarah Palin-like candidate in Nebraska. Featuring Amanda Collins, Breean Julian, Alex Portenko, and Lewis D. Wheeler. Sept. 1-24. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433,

BROADWAY BOUNTY HUNTER Waves of raucous energy course through this gonzo new musical by Joe Iconis about a down-on-her-luck Broadway actress, played by Annie Golden, who transforms herself into a bounty hunter and goes searching for a fugitive drug lord in South America. Featuring excellent performances by Alan H. Green and Jeff McCarthy, plus a dynamic young ensemble that is absolutely essential to this show’s success. Directed by Julianne Boyd. Through Sept. 4. Barrington Stage Company at St. Germain Stage, Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, Pittsfield. 413-236-8888,


NOTES FROM THE FIELD: DOING TIME IN EDUCATION In her new solo show, Anna Deavere Smith explores the school-to-prison pipeline, shedding light on a system that sets little children on a path to the penitentiary. Playing a myriad of characters, Smith gives a virtuoso performance, and while the piece has some gaps and breaks for an earnest yet frustrating audience discussion, it is chilling and timely and addresses critical issues that cannot be ignored. Through Sept. 17. American Repertory Theater, at Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge. 617-547-8300,



DANCETHEYARD This presentation by The Yard showcases the artistic endeavors of executive director and co-producer Alison Manning, and director of island programs and education Jesse Keller. The duo perform multiple characters in “At Home in the Clouds,” and the full company creates a moving landscape in “Vantage Point.” The concert also features a new collaboration by The Yard’s talented artistic interns. Sept. 1 and 3. $5-$25. Patricia Nanon Theater, Chilmark. 508-645-9662,

NIU RAZA & THE WILDER PROJECT Harborwalk Sounds presents this contemporary dance performance by the award-winning Wilder Project. For this event, the dance, film, and stage company founded by Holly Wilder and her cinematographer brother Duncan joins forces with the Madagascar-born singer-songwriter Niu Raza. Sept. 1. Free. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103,

BOSOMA DANCE COMPANY Last week to catch the company at the Peabody Essex Museum, where for 101 days it has been presenting gestural performances in response to the museum’s headlining exhibit “Rodin: Transforming Sculpture.” Taking inspiration from the works of the artist, the dancers weave human limbs into intricate shapes to complement Rodin’s sculptural masterpieces. Through Sept. 5. Free with admission ($10-$18). Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 866-745-1876,



MASH-UP: OBJECTS IN DIALOGUE Ceramic artists Christina Pitsch, Molly Hatch, and Liz Alexander upend the freighted history of porcelain: its denotations of power and class, its association with decorative arts, and its more recent appearance as kitsch. Through Sept. 24. 301 Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, 301 Cabot St., Beverly. 978-921-4242,

IN SEARCH OF LOST MEMORY Proust linked memory to our senses. As more digital tools take on tasks we once used our brains for, curator Arlinda Shtuni wonders how the intangible, virtual world has altered personal and cultural memory. Through Oct. 1. French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St. 617-912-0400,

LIKE FATHER UNLIKE SON: TWO CONTRASTING MODES OF EXPRESSION Richard Bornemann’s spare digital prints depict simple architecture in rich tones washed with light. His son Erik likewise tunes to sumptuous color, but in atmospheric paintings inspired by landscape. Through Oct. 7. Fort Point Arts Community Gallery, 300 Summer St. 617-423-4299,



FIRST LIGHT: A DECADE OF COLLECTING AT THE ICA A smartly curated, stimulating show that presents highlights from the ICA’s 10-year-old permanent collection. Includes recent gifts of work by Kara Walker, Marisol, and Eve Hesse, among others. Through Jan. 4. Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive. 617-478-3100,

O’KEEFFE, STETTHEIMER, TORR, ZORACH: WOMAN MODERNISTS IN NEW YORK This excellent 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,

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 Monday. Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. 978-745-9500.




JEFF DUNHAM The immensely popular ventriloquist brings his stable of puppets, including Walter, Achmed, Jose (a jalapeno pepper on a stick), and Peanut to the Cape and South Shore on his new “Perfectly Unbalanced” tour. Sept. 1, 8 p.m. $72.25-$111.50. Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 W. Main St., Hyannis. 508-775-5630, Sept. 2, 8 p.m. $72.25-$111.50. South Shore Music Circus, 130 Sohier St., Cohasset. 781-383-9850,

COMEDY STUDIO AT THE HYATT Giulia Rozzi tops the bill at this show at the Hyatt Regency, a satellite room of The Comedy Studio, with Rich Gustus, Jordan Handren-Seavey, Rick Jenkins, and Will Miles. Sept. 1, 8 p.m. $15. Hyatt Regency Cambridge, 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. 617-661-6507,

DON GAVIN One of the funniest of Boston’s stand-up veterans, Gavin has been making people laugh for decades, stretching back to the Ding-Ho scene. This is a rare chance to see him play a club in the city. Sept. 2-3, 7:30 p.m. $20. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,



Outdoor Neighborhood BBQ and Dance Party Burgers! Hot dogs! French fries! Summer is almost at an end, and Labor Day weekend is the last chance to party before school starts. Get ready to whirl, twirl, and not hurl (please eat after dancing). Sept. 3, 4:30-7 p.m. $5 per child, parents attend for free. Neighborhood Restaurant and Bakery, 25 Bow St., Somerville.

Travel Tuesday: Egypt Let the Green Line transport you to ancient Egypt on Tuesday afternoon, when the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center will explore the country’s geography and history. Kids of all ages are invited to join, but those versed in Egyptian mythology might enjoy it even more. Sept. 6, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.

Pint-Sized Science: Urban Wildlife The Boston Children’s Museum is taking the phrase “concrete jungle” quite literally by hosting an event about the city’s wildlife habitat. Young kiddos will have the chance to see and touch fur, feathers, bones, and shells. Sounds wild! Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-noon. $16. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St.



Sept. 14 Adele at TD Garden

Sept. 17 KT Tunstall at Royale Boston

Sept. 18 Young the Giant at House of Blues

Sept. 20 Don Henley at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Sept. 23 Lynyrd Skynyrd at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Sept. 24-25 Meghan Trainor at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Sept. 24 Puff Daddy, Lil’ Kim, and French Montana at TD Garden

Sept. 29 Chance the Rapper at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Oct. 1 Lauryn Hill at Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre

Oct. 1 Alessia Cara at Orpheum Theatre