The Must List
DANCE Alvin Ailey
For more than half a century, the Ailey company has drawn on African-American heritage to astonish the world with its mesmerizing dance. Dorchester’s Kirven James Boyd has been one of the troupe’s brightest stars since 2004; for two nights this month, he and other Ailey principal dancers make their only Hub appearance of the year at BU’s Tsai Performance Center. They’ll be performing with about 30 kids from the Boston Youth Moves program, where Boyd himself learned his steps. $65–$125, 6/3–6/4.
BOOK Silver Girl
Every summer, Nantucket resident Elin Hilderbrand cranks out another bestselling novel about her fair isle. Tough life. In this latest one, the lead character discovers her husband is a Bernie Madoff type, whereupon she moves in with friends, and an old flame reemerges. Hilderbrand peppers her tale with local flavor like mentions of the White Elephant (the “research” must’ve been grueling). $27, out 6/21.
RAWK Air Guitar Regionals Battle
Let the simulated shredding begin: The regionals of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships are coming to Brighton Music Hall. Watch the mimicking maestros perform on their ersatz axes, earning points for technical merit, stage presence, and “airness.” Or you can enter yourself — instruments not provided.
MUSIC Early Music Festival
The BSO’s season is done and Tanglewood is a month away. But classical purists can relax: The world-renowned Boston Early Music Festival is back. This biannual weeklong extravaganza features musicians from all over the world performing the types of baroque works that inspired great composers like Bach. Fans of organs, lutes, and harpsichords will sing hallelujah. 6/12–6/19.