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Things to do in the arts world

Green Day plays the Xfinity Center in Mansfield on Aug. 28.
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Green Day plays the Xfinity Center in Mansfield on Aug. 28.


Pop & Rock

GREEN DAY The Bay Area punkers turned arena-rock agitators are on tour behind “Revolution Radio,” their fired-up return to energetic, opinionated tautness from last year. Aug. 28, 7 p.m. $39 and up. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000,

DAMON & NAOMI The onetime rhythm section for gauze-pop pioneers Galaxie 500 take a break from thought-provoking work on the nature of digital listening (Damon Krukowski’s book “The New Analog” and limited-run podcast “Ways of Hearing”) and heady music videos (visual artist Naomi Yang’s most recent clip is for New York noise titan Lee Ranaldo) to play a couple of tunes from their vast, cerebral catalog. Aug. 28, 7 p.m. $10. Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278,


BILLY JOEL The piano man from Hicksville, N.Y., returns to Fenway Park for a fourth straight year, his rich catalog of song poems about postwar American life and just-being-honest stage banter in tow. Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m. $99.50 and up. Fenway Park. 877-733-7699,

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Folk & World

THE BUMPER JACKSONS For all the music that you may listen to, there’s always more out there beyond your ken. Case in point for this writer: discovering DC-area band the Bumper Jackson via their latest album, “I’ve Never Met a Stranger,” a heady brew of Western swing, country, and straight-up pre-war jazz. Aug. 27, 8 p.m. $18. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679.

SHANNON MCNALLY With a distinctive mix of rootsy styles that she’s been bringing to life with her marvelous, smoky rasp since the turn of the century, it’s hard to know why this woman isn’t better known. Maybe her superb, new mostly-covers record, “Black Irish,” which traverses smoldering blues, murmuring country-folk, propulsive soul, barrelhouse rock ’n’ roll and testifying gospel, will begin to change that. Aug. 30, 10 p.m. $12. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006.

TRAVELLER Calling themselves a grass-roots supergroup, singer-songwriters and friends Robert Ellis, Jonny Fritz, and Cory Chisel have come together to form Traveller. As yet the band has nothing on record, so for now live is the only way to hear ‘em. Hayley Thompson-King, who does have a new record, will open. Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m. $30. Museum of Fine Arts. 800-440-6975.



Jazz & Blues

JOE HUNT QUARTET The master drummer has played with Stan Getz, Bill Evans, and Charles Mingus, among many other jazz greats. His top-notch quartet — featuring tenor saxophonist Rick DiMuzio, alto and baritone saxophonist Alan Chase, and bassist Keala Kaumeheiwa — plays straight-ahead, swinging jazz with fire and finesse. Aug. 27, 8:30 p.m. $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-395-1393,

NOMAD DREAMS The world music and jazz-inflected pan-stylistic cabaret quintet, featuring vocalist Vlada Brofman, evokes the likes of Edith Piaf and Pink Martini, essaying everything from French ballads to Russian lullabies and much more. Aug. 31, 8:30 p.m. $15. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-876-9330,

GREG ABATE QUARTET The sensational, post-bop alto saxophonist served significant stints in the orchestras of Ray Charles and Artie Shaw and plays with both the soul and virtuosity that those two associations suggest. With pianist Ben Cook, bassist Todd Baker, and drummer Gary Johnson. Sept. 2, 8 p.m. $17-$20. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787,




TANGLEWOOD If you’re reading this on Sunday morning, you’ve still got a few hours to zoom down the Pike to hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra close out the Tanglewood season with its customary performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, featuring music director Andris Nelsons and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Also included is Charles Ives’s geographically pertinent “The Housatonic At Stockbridge.” Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Lenox. 617-266-1200,

MAVERICK CONCERTS The widely acclaimed Trio Solisti offers a sampler of piano trios in a historic, rustic concert hall nestled in the New York woods, performing classic trios by Dvorák and Schubert as well as a recent commission by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon. Sunday, 4 p.m. Woodstock, N.Y.

A FAR CRY Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s concert season may be over, but thanks to A Far Cry, there’s one more chance to pack a picnic and hear free classical music at the Hatch Memorial Shell this summer. The conductor-less orchestra previews season opener “Violin Hero” with pieces by Eugene Ysaÿe and Fritz Kreisler. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for String Orchestra round out the evening. Wednesday, 7 p.m. Hatch Memorial Shell.




OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES The New England premiere of Israel Horovitz’s comedy about four women who gather in a Paris apartment before the funeral of a man they all loved, seeking to examine the mysterious hold he had on them. The strong cast includes Debra Wise, Obehi Janice, Paula Plum, and Sarah Hickler. Directed by Horovitz. Through Sept. 2. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433,

COMPANY This 1970 Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical registers today as essentially a song cycle. Ah, but what songs they are, and what brio director Julianne Boyd brings to her vibrant production, starring Aaron Tveit (“Grease: Live’’). Tveit plays Bobby, a commitment-averse bachelor who is wondering, as he turns 35, whether it’s time for him to finally settle down and get married. An undercurrent running through this “Company’’ is how discombobulating it was for not-quite-young people in the late ’60s and early ’70s as they inhaled the heady aroma of the counterculture and were suddenly presented with a social freedom they didn’t quite know what to do with. Through Sept. 2. Barrington Stage Company. At Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, Pittsfield. 413-236-8888,

THE TEMPEST The true storm in this fine production rages within Nigel Gore’s nearly unappeasable Prospero. Gore brings a seething, magisterial fury to his portrayal of the deposed duke turned vengeful island sorcerer, who causes a shipwreck that brings his enemies within his grasp. Allyn Burrows, helming his first production at Shakespeare & Company since he took over as artistic director, makes smart and creative use of the troupe’s -new outdoor theater. Through Sept. 3. Shakespeare & Company. At Roman Garden Theatre, Lenox. 413-637-3353,



CAFÉ RAQS This monthly dance showcase celebrates the diversity of Boston’s belly dance and tribal dance community, and this evening’s show is the last of the summer season. The presentation features up-and-comers as well as established performers from all around New England. Aug. 27, 7 p.m. $5-$10 suggested donation.Arts at the Armory, Somerville. 617-718-2191,

A.R.T. ON THE VINE Dance is featured in two of three concerts in this initiative created by The Yard. Multimedia evenings of new and established work, as well as improvisation, celebrate the musicians, dancers, poets, actors, and choreographers who have found an artistic home on Martha’s Vineyard. Thursday evening is a “Poetry, Music and Improv Dance Jam,” while Saturday’s concert focuses on “Island Grown Dance.” Aug. 31 and Sept. 2. $5-$10. The Yard’s Patricia Nanon Theater, Chilmark. 508-645-9677,

CHATHAM DANCE FESTIVAL If you’re able to head west for Labor Day Weekend, PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century’s annual outdoor festival offers Christopher K. Morgan’s dance theater piece “Pohaku.” The evening-length solo with live music combines modern dance and hula with projection design and storytelling to evoke the history of Hawaii’s native people. Sept. 2-3. $18-$35. PS21, Chatham, N.Y. 518-392-6121,



FIGURE/GROUND Sometimes the ground engulfs the figure. Sometimes the figure is the ground. Whatever the relationship, it suggests a certain spatial and psychological dynamic. Here eight artists approach figure and ground from all angles. Through Oct. 14. Montserrat Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. 987-921-4242,

KAREN LEDERER: CHEETO FISH In paintings and monoprints, Lederer depicts Cheetos and goldfish (the real thing, not the snack). Her eye-smacking colors, simple forms, and contrasting textures wiggle and pop as she ebulliently engages with progenitors such as Matisse. Through Sept. 22. Grant Wahlquist Gallery, 30 City Center, Portland, Maine. 207-245-5732,

THE NEW INFLATABLE MOMENT Inventors, artists, and architects have been making fantastic use of inflatables since the hot air balloon. This show traces that history and highlights recent and contemporary designs by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, Otto Piene, and more. Through Sept. 30. BSA Space, Boston Society of Architects/AIA, 290 Congress St. 617-391-4000, CATE McQUAID


EDWARD AND JOSEPHINE HOPPER FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION A recent gift of nearly 100 drawings by Edward Hopper and more drawings and watercolors by his wife, Josephine, details their life in Truro, where they lived overlooking Fisher Beach. Through Oct. 15. Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 460 Commercial St., Provincetown. 508-487-1750,

MARSDEN HARTLEY’S MAINE The modernist painter who called himself “the painter from Maine,” spent a lot of time elsewhere. He returned when American regionalism was peaking and embraced the landscape with his essential forms and febrile palette. Through Nov. 12. Colby College Museum of Art, 5600 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, Maine. 207-859-5600,

BEAUTIFUL PHYSICS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY BERENICE ABBOTT In the 1950s, MIT enlisted Abbott to illustrate the wonders of physics. She developed technologies to capture some of the science’s fundamental principles, depicting waves, electromagnetism, and mechanics. Through Dec. 17. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, 50 College St., South Hadley. 413-538-2245,




THE SECOND CITY The touring company of Chicago’s legendary improv club, which helped launch the careers of comics from Joan Rivers to Stephen Colbert, performs some classic sketches from the troupe’s repertoire, plus improv. Aug. 27, 7 p.m. $25. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,

LAUGHTER ON TAP Kristen Carnes and Kathleen DeMarle host this monthly night of local comedy and craft beer in Cambridge. This edition features Kristin O’Brien, Chris Post, Carolyn Riley, Corey Saunders, Liam McGurk, and Cathy Coleman. Aug. 28, 7 p.m. Free. Meadhall, 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge. 617-714-4658

THOUGHT BOMB Matthew Flynn brings his storytelling and musical show back to Boston for two nights. Comedian Marina Franklin headlines both nights, with comedians Rick Shapiro and Kenice Mobley on Friday and author Joyce Brabner and comedian Nora Panahi on Saturday. Sept. 1-2, 8 p.m. $29. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,



BEACH AND BELOW Who better to teach your children about the wonders of marine life than the New England Aquarium staff? The kids’ll either get to explore the beach or participate in a “touch tank activity,” depending on the tides. Either way, it should be a fun, educational experience for your little Jacques Cousteaus and Steve Zissous. Aug. 30, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Spectacle Island, 66 Long Wharf.

LIGHT THE WAY! Prepare the young’uns for the next power outage with this workshop, in which they’ll get to make LED paper lanterns. Don’t leave before 2:15, or you’ll miss the chance to put those lanterns to use on a guided tour through the dark tunnel. Sept. 1, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Georges Island, 66 Long Wharf.

ZUMBA Are your children too young to remember The Great Zumba Craze of 2011-12? Never fear; as it turns out, the Latin aerobic fitness phenomenon is still alive and well in Boston! I mean, of course it is. As long as people enjoy dancing to Shakira, Zumba isn’t going anywhere. Sept. 2, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center, 191w Atlantic Ave.



Sept. 11 Roky Erickson at Brighton Music Hall

Sept. 14 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band at TD Garden

Sept. 16 Matthew Sweet at Brighton Music Hall

Sept. 24 Rainer Maria at the Sinclair

Sept. 25-26 Thundercat at Paradise Rock Club

Sept. 27-28 Roger Waters at TD Garden

Sept. 28 Stiff Little Fingers at Brighton Music Hall

Sept. 30 Torres at the Sinclair