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Things to do in Greater Boston this spring

Your calendar of events, music, theater, museum exhibitions, and more for early April through mid-June.

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Tig Notaro headlines the ninth annual Women in Comedy Festival.

EVENTS

Piff the Magic Dragon / April 6

You never know what Piff will pull out of his red magic box, but whatever he has in store is sure to elicit laughs. The magician from Season 10 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent brings his racy act and Chihuahua sidekick to The Wilbur. $29. 617-248-9700; thewilbur.com

Newton Open Studios / April 7-8

More than 150 artists welcome visitors for this long-running annual event. Check out handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, paintings, clothing and accessories, and more. View the map of locations online. Free. newtonopenstudios.org

Michael Carbonaro / April 14

If you can’t believe what you see on his truTV show, The Carbonaro Effect, witness Michael Carbonaro’s act in person at The Wilbur. The magician is known for shocking unsuspecting audiences on hidden cameras. From $45. 617-248-9700; thewilbur.com

Boston Marathon / April 16

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Find a spot along the route between Hopkinton and Copley Square in Boston to watch the 122nd Marathon. The Boston Athletic Association has designated 2018 as a year to honor all those who serve, including military service members, law enforcement, firefighters, medical professionals, and Marathon volunteers. Free. Start times 8:50 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.; finish-line timing stops at around 5:30.617-236-1652; baa.org

Women in Comedy Festival / April 19-22

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Grammy-nominated standup Tig Notaro headlines the ninth annual Women in Comedy Festival, to be held at locations in and around Boston. Women take the lead — though performers of any gender are welcome — in standup, improv, sketch, short films, panel discussions, and workshops. Medford’s Chevalier Theatre plays host to Wanda Sykes on April 20 (from $27) and Notaro on April 21 (from $25). Ticket prices vary; some events free. wicf.com

Arts First Festival / April 26-29

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead receives the 2018 Harvard Arts Medal on April 26, kicking off four days of performances by Harvard students and staff as well as arts-focused exhibitions and hands-on activities. Multiple locations on the Cambridge campus. Most events free; some require registration. 617-495-8676; ofa.fas.harvard.edu

Boston Tattoo Convention / April 27-29

Searching for the right tattoo artist? Hundreds of ink experts from around the world will attend the 17th annual Boston Tattoo Convention at the Hynes Convention Center. Get tattooed or take in the live music, tattoo contests, seminars, and more. $30, $25 in advance; passes available. 978-744-9393; bostontattooconvention.com

Gore Place Sheepshearing Festival / April 28

Rain or shine, watch sheep lose their winter coats at the 31st annual festival at Gore Place in Waltham. The fleeces will then be up for sale. Browse other wool products, see border collies demonstrate sheepherding, or roam dozens of booths showcasing crafts, jewelry, home accessories, and more. $20, children free. 781-894-2798; goreplace.org

Massachusetts Poetry Festival / May 4-6

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Join more than 150 poets for the 10th annual festival in downtown Salem. Among the headliners is award-winning poet and social activist Sonia Sanchez. The schedule includes readings, workshops, and panels. $30, students and seniors $10. 617-402-0812; masspoetry.org

Cambridge Arts River Festival / June 2

East Cambridge gets creative with artist exhibitions, staged performances, hands-on craft activities, and more, plus food vendors. In Lechmere Canal Park and on Cambridge Parkway, along the Charles near the Longfellow Bridge. Free. 617-349-4380; cambridgema.gov

Worcester Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival / June 2

Get your street-food fix on Worcester Common during the seventh annual festival. Expect dozens of food trucks and craft brewers, plus live music and family-friendly activities. From $10, from $5 in advance (not including food and drink). 617-254-9500; foodtruckfestivalsofamerica.com

Deon Cole / June 16

You may recognize Deon Cole from his role as Andre’s double-life-leading co-worker on ABC’s hit series Black-ish and its Freeform spinoff, Grown-ish. The Emmy-nominated comedian heads to The Wilbur for a night of standup. From $25.617-248-9700; thewilbur.com

FAMILY

Big Apple Circus / April 7-May 6

The one-ring sensation relocates to Assembly Row in Somerville with its literal dog and pony show (the production doesn’t use wild or exotic animals) and troupe of hypertalented humans. The April 8 performance is autism-friendly. $19-$100, under 2 free.800-745-3000; bigapplecircus.com

NanoDays / April 7

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Turn the little ones into quantum scientists with a day of presentations and hands-on activities at the Museum of Science. Among many other things, learn about atomic structures through the Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show, and discover the science behind the colors in a butterfly’s wings. Included in museum admission. $25, seniors $21, children $20, under 3 free.617-723-2500; mos.org

Stuart Little/ April 13-May 13

Wheelock Family Theatre wraps up its season with E. B. White’s classic children’s story. A mouse born into a family of humans explores New York, encountering animals as well as people on his adventures. From $20.617-879-2300; wheelockfamilytheatre.org

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day! / April 17

Join Daniel Tiger and friends in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe for a silly musical adventure. The theatrical performance based on the PBS Kids television series draws the preschool set to Medford’s Chevalier Theatre. $27-$75.781-391-7469; chevaliertheatre.com

Duckling Day Parade / May 13

In honor of Mother’s Day and the Robert McCloskey children’s book, Boston Common and the Public Garden will “make way for ducklings.” Families dressed as characters from the book parade through both parks, led by the Harvard Marching Band. Spectators free; $40 per family, $35 in advance. 617-723-8144; friendsofthepublicgarden.org

Lilac Sunday/ May 13

The Lilac Sunday celebration at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain is over a century old and marks the only day when the 281-acre botanical garden allows picnicking. Check out the park’s hundreds of lilac plants and participate in family activities such as memory games and making Mother’s Day cards. Free. 617-524-1718; arboretum.harvard.edu

Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl / June 5-7

Fight cancer on Boston’s City Hall Plaza during the 36th annual all-you-can-eat ice cream festival. Enjoy live music during breaks from indulging in frozen treats. The Jimmy Fund, which benefits research and care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, turns 70 this year. $15, $10 in advance; $10 children, $5 in advance; under 3 free. Passes available.617-632-3863; scooperbowl.org

MUSIC

Celtic Woman: Homecoming / April 5

World-music favorite Celtic Woman is a force to be reckoned with in DVDs, albums, and PBS specials. The act — three vocalists and a violinist — visits the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in support of new album Homecoming: Live From Ireland. From $42.50. 978-937-8688; lowellauditorium.com

Jay and the Americans / April 6

The Cabot in Beverly plays host to a “magic moment” with the 1960s doo-wop darlings performing their greatest hits. From $32.50. 978-927-3100; thecabot.org

Eric Owens & Lawrence Brownlee / April 7

*Lawrence Brownlee will now be performing solo.

In a display of world-class versatility, opera and spirituals will fill New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall when bass-baritone Eric Owens and tenor Lawrence Brownlee come to town. From $35.617-482-6661; celebrityseries.org

Ethan Bortnick / April 8

In 2010, 9-year-old Ethan Bortnick set a Guinness World Record as the “youngest musician to headline a solo concert tour.” Now 17, the singer-pianist brings his act to The Wilbur. From $27. 617-248-9700; thewilbur.com

Maurizio Pollini / April 8

*This event was canceled on April 5.

The acclaimed Italian pianist, touring in support of his new album, Debussy: Preludes II, plays Symphony Hall. Maurizio Pollini won a Grammy interpreting Chopin, whose music opens the program. From $60. 617-482-6661; celebrityseries.org

Grace Kelly / April 21

The 25-year-old child prodigy turned bandleader, who grew up in Brookline, brings her high-energy saxophone act to City Winery in Boston. From $28. 617-933-8047; citywinery.com

Martin Sexton / April 27

The singer-songwriter started his career performing on the streets of Harvard Square. Martin Sexton’s latest national tour winds down with a performance at The Cabot in Beverly. From $28.50. 978-927-3100; thecabot.org

Great Clarinet Summit / May 11

Grab your licorice stick and head to MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, where professional clarinetists, the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, and the MIT Wind Ensemble put on a night of jazz and chamber music. Break out your own clarinet (visit the website to register) for a play-along piece that includes the audience. $15; free for play-along participants. arts.mit.edu

Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti / May 18

Then a student and pizza deliveryman, Sal Valentinetti made his way into the limelight in 2016 by channeling Frank Sinatra on Season 11 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent.His national tour stops at The Cabot in Beverly. From $38.50. 978-927-3100; thecabot.org

Vance Joy / June 15

You may have heard Vance Joy’s popular single “Riptide.” On a world tour backing his 2018 album, Nation of Two, the Australian singer-songwriter will run down to Boston Harbor to perform at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. Alice Merton opens. From $39.50. 617-728-1600; livenation.com

Concert in the Park / June 14

The educational nonprofit Inspire Arts & Music takes over Norman B. Leventhal Park in Post Office Square for a free concert. The Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps headlines the fifth annual event, which features other youth ensembles and soloists. 617-268-4600; concertinthepark.org

FILM

William Shatner Live / April 3

Calling all Trekkies. No matter how many times you’ve seen Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, watching with Captain Kirk is a whole new experience. The screening at The Hanover Theatre in Worcester precedes a Q&A with William Shatner. From $47.10. 877-571-7469; thehanovertheatre.org

Berkshire International Film Festival / May 31-June 3

The 13th annual festival offers a full slate of features, documentaries, shorts, family films, and panel discussions. Events take place at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center and the Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington and the Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield. Prices vary; passes available. 413-528-8030; biffma.org

Jesus Christ Superstar/ June 15-17

What’s the buzz? Funny you should ask. Arlington’s Regent Theatre screens the 1973 film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera with “Jesus” himself, Ted Neeley, in the house. The “Sing-A-Long” event includes a costume contest and mini cast reunion. From $17.50, seniors and students from $12.50. 781-646-4849; regenttheatre.com

DANCE

 

Moving Violations / April 6-29

Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre wraps up its season with three pieces choreographed by the company’s founder, including Schubert Adagio and House of Ballet. $45. 617-354-7467; ballettheatre.org

Stomp / April 20-21

The eight-person Stomp troupe combines dance and percussion using everything but drums. The international tour of the show, which recently wrapped up a 15-year run in London’s West End, visits the Shubert Theatre. From $49.866-348-9738; bochcenter.org

Boston Children’s Chorus / Movement Art Is / April 27-28

The centerpiece of the Boston Children’s Chorus 15th-anniversary celebration is Have You Seen Me, a performance commissioned from the multimedia performance artists and social activists of Movement Art Is. The piece, about missing and exploited children, features Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, the acclaimed choreographers who cofounded Movement Art Is. At the Institute of Contemporary Art. $30, students $27. 617-478-3103; icaboston.org

Classic Balanchine / May 17-June 9

Thirty-five years after his death, iconic choreographer George Balanchine remains a giant of dance. Boston Ballet performs three of his 400-plus works — Chaconne, Prodigal Son, and Stravinsky Violin Concerto — at the Boston Opera House. From $35.617-695-6955; bostonballet.org

La Sylphide / May 24-June 10

The classic story ballet is only part of Boston Ballet’s tribute to choreographer August Bournonville. La Sylphide is accompanied by Bournonville Divertissements — the dance equivalent of greatest hits by the Danish master — at the Boston Opera House. From $35. 617-695-6955; bostonballet.org

THEATER

Much Ado About Nothing/ April 11-May 6

The classic romantic comedy about two couples plagued by mischief and misunderstandings stars BU grad Brooke Hardman as Beatrice and Emerson grad Omar Robinson as Benedick. The Actors’ Shakespeare Project production plays the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge. From $25. 617-776-2200; actorsshakespeareproject.org

The Sound of Music / May 1-13

Very few musicals can stand up to film and live TV adaptations, revivals everywhere from the West End to your local grade school, and even the “Sing-A-Long” treatment — and still merit an international tour. The Sound of Music, which stops at the Wang Theatre, is one such musical. From $35. 617-482-9393; bochcenter.org

The Last Five Years / May 4-12

Cathy’s story of her doomed marriage starts at the breakup and works backward as Jamie recounts their relationship from the beginning; they cross at the wedding. Priscilla Beach Theatre opens its season with Jason Robert Brown’s influential musical (“Say No to This,” from Hamilton, quotes “Nobody Needs to Know,” which Lin-Manuel Miranda has called “the ultimate infidelity jam”). $32, seniors $28.508-224-4888; pbtheatre.org

The Wiz / May 19-June 24

Follow the yellow brick road to the Lyric Stage Company of Boston to catch this modern classic. The musical based on L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz won seven Tony Awards. From $25. 617-585-5678; lyricstage.com

Parade / May 4-20

The Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord wraps up its season with Parade, the true story of Leo Frank, an innocent Jewish man convicted of rape and murder in Atlanta in 1913 — an unexpected subject for a musical. Alfred Uhry (book) and Jason Robert Brown (original score) both won Tony Awards for the 1998 Broadway production. $30, seniors $25, students $15. 978-371-0820; theumbrellaarts.org

Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage / June 13-17

Johnny and Baby will have the time of their lives at the Shubert Theatre. In this adaptation of the beloved 1987 movie, Frances “Baby” Houseman finds her rhythm and falls head over heels for her dance instructor. From $35. 617-532-1116; bochcenter.org

MUSEUMS

“Sculpting With Air: Ian McMahon and Jong Oh” / April 4-September 30

Spring is in the air at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln. Sculptors Ian McMahon and Jong Oh will produce temporary works specific to deCordova in the two-plus weeks leading up to the formal opening of their exhibition on April 20. McMahon, an American, works in sprayed plaster; the New York-based Korean-Mauritanian Oh uses string, wire, and Plexiglas in his minimalist creations. $14, seniors $12, students $10, under 13 free. 781-259-8355; decordova.org

“Lived Space: Humans and Architecture” / April 4-September 30

Pieces from the permanent collection at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum make up this exhibition focusing on architecture and the mind. $14, seniors $12, students $10, under 13 free.781-259-8355; decordova.org

“Exploring the Myths of James Dye” / April 7-September 2

Massachusetts artist James Dye, who draws with a dip pen and brush, claims he was raised by a family of wild boars. Work by the 2017 ArtsWorcester Biennial winner, an Art Institute of Boston graduate, will be on display at the Worcester Art Museum. $16, seniors $14, ages 4-17 $6, under 4 free. 508-799-4406; worcesterart.org

“A yellow sun A green sun a yellow sun A red sun a blue sun” / Opening April 7

Poetry and paintings by the Lebanese-American artist Etel Adnan combine at MASS MoCA. Expect to see small-scale oil paintings as well as ink drawings that stretch across 14-foot-long leporellos, which fold out like accordions. $20, seniors $18, students $12, kids $8, under 6 free.413-662-2111; massmoca.org

“Harold Rotenberg: An American Impressionist” / April 14-June 17

Seven years after his death at 105, the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester looks back at the work of landscape painter Harold Rotenberg, an Attleboro native who traveled the world in search of inspiration. $12; seniors, students, and Cape Ann residents $10; under 18 free.978-283-0455; capeannmuseum.org

Art in Bloom / April 27-30

The Museum of Fine Arts and local garden clubs join forces to flood the galleries with flowers. Feast your eyes, then stick around for demonstrations, tours, workshops, and kids’ activities. Included in museum admission. $25, seniors and students $23, ages 7-17 $10, under 7 free. 617-267-9300; mfa.org

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This story has been updated to include information about changes in certain events.