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Critic's picks

Ben Rudnick & Friends. Ben Rudnick & Friends.
By James Reed
Globe Staff / April 10, 2011

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ELIZABETH MITCHELL Smithsonian Folkways releases her music, which seems fitting since Mitchell’s acoustic repertoire draws heavily on traditional folk and blues classics. April 16, 11 a.m. Tickets: $10, $6 for children under 12. Brattle Theatre. 617-876-6837,

JUDY PANCOAST Nominated for this year’s Grammy for best musical album for children, Pancoast didn’t win but it was still deserved recognition for her latest offering, “Weird Things Are Everywhere!’’ April 23, 10:30 a.m. Tickets: $10, $8 for children and seniors. Regent Theatre, Arlington. 781-646-4849,

IMAGINATION MOVERS This popular Disney Channel TV show comes to life when the four-piece pop band takes its act on the road to perform smart, kid-friendly songs from its various albums. April 23, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $23.50-$33.50. Orpheum Theatre. 800-745-3000,

BEN RUDNICK & FRIENDS Playing everything from guitar and mandolin to accordion and percussion, Rudnick and his pals like to say they’re “jamming for the next generation.’’ April 30, 10:30 a.m. Tickets: $9.75, $7.75 for children. Coolidge Corner Theatre. 617-734-2500,

SOL Y CANTO Just in time for Mother’s Day, Sol y Canto’s Rosi and Brian Amador will present their fourth annual “Gracias, Mamá: A Concert Celebrating Mothers & Daughters,’’ featuring the Amadors’ twin daughters and the Sol y Canto Sextet. May 6, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

SOUNDSCIENCE FUN! As part of the Cambridge Science Festival events, this duo will explore the science of sound through singalongs and interactive demonstrations. May 7, 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $5. Club Passim. 617-492-7679,

MADE IN THE SHADE The spirit of New Orleans is celebrated on “Stellar Jazz Safari,’’ this local band’s new album full of lively jazz, folk, and swing music. May 7, 10:30 a.m. Tickets: $12, $10 for children and seniors. Regent Theatre, Arlington. 781-646-4849,

VANESSA TRIEN & ALASTAIR MOOCK Coming out of Cambridge’s folk scene, Trien and Moock have since focused their energies on entertaining families with original and classic songs. Their joint performance is part of Cambridge Center for Adult Education’s programming. May 7, 10:30 a.m. Tickets: $12. Brattle Theatre. 617-547-6789,

THE GUY MENDILOW BAND Led by Israeli-born musician Mendilow, this ensemble with local roots is known for its contemporary interpretation of world music. Following a children’s performance in the afternoon, the band’s evening concert will unveil its latest album, “The Ladino Project.’’ May 8, 4:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. Club Passim. 617-492-7679,

BARNEY LIVE IN CONCERT The perennially purple one is back, this time with a music and dance extravaganza called “Birthday Bash!’’ May 21, 1 and 4:30 p.m. Tickets: $17-$60. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, Worcester. 877-571-7469,