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Arts: the week ahead

CAMILLE A. BROWN AND DANCERS One of the hottest new creative voices in dance, this pixie powerhouse is known for athletic, theatrical choreography with an edge. Her wide-ranging program includes the world premiere of an African-inspired women’s quartet to M.I.A.’s “Boyz’’ and excerpts from “The Groove to Nobody’s Business,’’ commissioned by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Through July 4. $31-$36. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Doris Duke Theatre, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org CAMILLE A. BROWN AND DANCERS One of the hottest new creative voices in dance, this pixie powerhouse is known for athletic, theatrical choreography with an edge. Her wide-ranging program includes the world premiere of an African-inspired women’s quartet to M.I.A.’s “Boyz’’ and excerpts from “The Groove to Nobody’s Business,’’ commissioned by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Through July 4. $31-$36. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Doris Duke Theatre, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org (Matthew Karas)
July 1, 2010

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THEATER
SWEENEY TODD Julianne Boyd serves up a poisonously delectable staging of the gruesome tale by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, with standout work from Jeff McCarthy and Harriet Harris. Through July 17. 413-236-8888, www.barringtonstageco.org WOMEN OF WILL Tina Packer mixes performance and discussion to create an exhilarating evening with Juliet, Lady Macbeth, Rosalind, and more. For anyone who cares about women, Shakespeare, or especially women in Shakespeare, it’s not to be missed. Through July 24. Shakespeare & Company, Lenox. 413-637-3353, www.shakespeare.org

JOHNNY BASEBALL A Red Sox musical at the American Repertory Theater? Sweet Caroline! Artistic director Diane Paulus helms the premiere of this lively, slightly old-fashioned tale of race relations and the fabled curse. Extended through July 11. Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org

MENGELBERG AND MAHLER Robert Lohbauer plays the disgraced Dutch conductor in Daniel Klein’s one-man play, which poses tricky questions about art and morality in an occasionally too tricky but still engaging style. Through Sept. 10. Shakespeare & Company, Lenox. 413-637-3353, www.shakespeare.org LOUISE KENNEDY

THE DONKEY SHOW If disco be the food of love . . . oh, wait, wrong play. Diane Paulus’s local debut transmogrifies “A Midsummer Night’s Dream’’ into a Studio 54-style phantasmagoria. Extended through the summer. American Repertory Theater. Oberon, Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org DON AUCOIN

DANCE
LES BALLETS JAZZ DE MONTRÉAL This sleek, spirited, and versatile company brings an especially provocative program to Jacob’s Pillow, with Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Zip Zap Zoom,’’ which creates a virtual video game on stage, and “Les Chambres des Jacques,’’ a work exploring love and lust by the witty and unpredictable Aszure Barton. Through July 4. $52-$63. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Ted Shawn Theatre, Becket. 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

YARDARTS! FESTIVAL This venerable and visionary dance organization celebrates the fifth anniversary of its multidisciplinary festival series with a Friday gala evening of dinner and performance, featuring excerpts from YardArts! Opera, a special appearance by actress Amy Brenneman, Martha Graham’s iconic solo “Lamentation,’’ and the virtuosic “Ella,’’ by Robert Battle, chosen to succeed Judith Jamison as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s new artistic director. If you can’t swing tickets for the gala, a Saturday family matinee offers a free chance to see Battle’s tour de force ode to Ella Fitzgerald as well as Donavon Dietz in Heathcote Williams’s popular one-man theater piece “Whale Nation.’’ Gala July 2, $75-$150. Matinee July 3, 4 p.m., free. The Yard, Chilmark. 508-645-9662, www.dancetheyard.org KAREN CAMPBELL

GALLERIES
LINDA PRICE-SNEDDON: SOON . . . OUR SALVATION An artist known for her vibrant, overflowing installations of simple craft materials turns to video. This six-part work parlays Price-Sneddon’s low-tech aesthetic into an ontological examination that sifts through sci-fi, home movies, and scavenged source material. Through July 10. HallSpace, 950 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester. www.hallspace.org

MATT CONDRON: AD INTERIM Condron’s sparse, beautifully lit paintings of empty chairs are ripe with suggestions of waiting — ‘‘ad interim’’ is Latin for ‘‘in the meantime.’’ Chairs can be read as stand-ins for their occupants, conveying absence and presence at the same time. Through July 30. Arden Gallery, 129 Newbury St. 617-247-0610, www.ardengallery.com PATH TO GROUND: AN EXHIBITION OF ELECTRONIC ARTWORKS Electricity flows to ground, through the path of least resistance. This show features interactive, kinetic, installation, and sound art by students from Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Studio for Interrelated Media. Through July 10. Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain. 301-455-3722, www.axiomart.org HYPO TYPO Text in visual art can be provocative, distracting, or consuming. This sprawling group exhibit curated by Snow Project (a.k.a. Michael Dacey and Alex Feinstein) spotlights artists using text in two-dimensional and three-dimensional work. Through July 15. The Distillery Gallery, 516 E. 2nd St., South Boston. 978-270-1904, www.gallery.distilleryboston.com CATE McQUAID

MUSEUMS
PICASSO LOOKS AT DEGAS A brilliant, revelatory show about the many ways in which the example of Edgar Degas fired the work of Pablo Picasso at regular intervals throughout his career. Through Sept. 12. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. 413-458-2303. www.clarkart.edu.

JOHN STORRS: MACHINE-AGE MODERNIST Approximately 40 sculptures and drawings by the American who studied with Rodin and then played an important role in the development of modernist sculpture in America. Through Sept. 3. Boston Athenaeum. 617-227-0270. www.bostonathenaeum.org

DR. LAKRA A survey of the work of the Mexican tattoo artist Dr. Lakra, whose complex designs are inscribed on various found imagery, and also applied directly to the gallery wall in two massive wall drawings. Through Sept. 6. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100. www.icaboston.org

EARLY EXPRESSIONS: DRAWINGS BY EDWARD HOPPER Early drawings and illustrations by this beloved American realist, most of them from the collection of the Rev. Arthayer Sanborn, a close friend of the Hopper family. Through July 4. Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown. 508-487-1750. www.paam.org. SEBASTIAN SMEE