Midsummer Night’s Dream Nevada Ballet Theatre kicks off its season in high comedic fashion, with Act 1 of Shakespeare’s carnivalesque classic, choreographed by George Balanchine and paired with Paul Vasterling’s Seasons, set to the music of Vivaldi. September 20, 7:30 p.m.; September 21, 2 p.m., $29-$128, Smith Center.
Wu-Tang Clan Whatever you think of the Wu’s recent output, the members’ alleged infighting or the group’s reported release of a one-copy album, surely we can all agree that when Ghost, Meth, Rae and the rest get onstage together, they still rule everything around them. With Dirty Dozen Brass Band. September 18 & 19, 9 p.m., $61-$66, Brooklyn Bowl.
Sean Hayes From breakup lamentations to musings on prison, it’s the San Francisco songwriter’s lyrics that get you. Like this line from 2006’s “Politics”: “Your mama mistook you for a lion/She cut off your head/She don’t know you’re dead/All the streets you rule run red.” September 20, 8 p.m., $22-$25, Backstage Bar & Billiards.
Blitzen Trapper Wish you were a Portlander, so you could catch the experimental folksters perform every song on Neil Young’s Harvest in October? Hell, road trip for that after whetting your appetite at Beauty Bar, maybe with tastes of latest album VII. With Cassorla, Crimson Balladeers. September 22, 9 p.m., $12.
Jennifer Coolidge American Pie. Best in Show. Legally Blonde. 2 Broke Girls. She’s been serving up knee-slapping one-liners for two decades, and now Stifler’s mom will be behind the mic at the Venetian this weekend, for the hotel’s female-focused Lipshtick comedy series. September 19, 10 p.m.; September 20, 7:30 p.m., $52-$96.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The second season of the TV series spun off from the Marvel Comics movies promises more superhero action, with new characters played by Lucy Lawless, Adrianne Palicki, Kyle MacLachlan and more. Tuesdays, 9 p.m., ABC; season premiere September 23.