The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

Sturgill Simpson (pictured at Boston Calling in 2015) performs at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Sept. 16.
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Sturgill Simpson (pictured at Boston Calling in 2015) performs at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Sept. 16.


Rock & Pop

SHOWTIME GOMA Jen Goma’s first solo album, “Smiley Face,” is both a showcase for her effervescent soprano and a kitchen-sink reimagining of pop’s potential, slamming together R&B grooves, high-speed beats, and stadium-ready choruses into joyous, clamorous anthems for 21st-century living. She opens for the restless theatri-pop outfit Of Montreal. Sept. 10, 7 p.m. $25, $22 advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,

ALISON MOYET The British belter, who first hit US radio as part of the synthpop hitmakers known over here as Yaz, is touring behind “Other,” a gutsy, majestic showcase for her towering alto. Sept. 13, 7 p.m. $39, $35 advance. Royale. 617-338-7699,


BLOOD ORANGE Dev Hynes has engineered some of this decade’s best tracks that woozily straddle the gap between synthpop and R&B — Sky Ferreira’s sullen “Everything Is Embarrassing,” Carly Rae Jepsen’s longing “All That,” Solange Knowles’s hazy EP “True.” His most recent release as Blood Orange, 2016’s “Freetown Sound,” adds found sounds and his forceful vocals (as well as cameos by the likes of Jepsen and Debbie Harry) to the mix. Sept. 16, 8 p.m. $35, $29.50 advance. Paradise Rock Club. 617-562-8800,

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Folk & World

PENNY & SPARROW/LOWLAND HUM If you’re looking for a raucous Friday night show, this is not it. But if you’d prefer to end your busy week with lulling, pastoral folk and gorgeous harmonizing, this pair of pairs — married couple Daniel and Lauren Goans as Lowland Hum, and onetime college roommates Kyle Jahnke and Andy Baxter as Penny & Sparrow — should do nicely. Sept. 15, 8 p.m. $20. Red Room at Café 939. 617-747-2261,

WILLIAM CLARK GREEN Red Dirt artist William Clark Green heads north from his native Texas, where the inevitably triple-named singer-songwriter has built a thriving career through a DIY ethic and a combination of heartland rock and songs that could easily find a place on today’s country radio. Sept. 16, 9:30 p.m. $10. Great Scott. 888-929-7849,

STURGILL SIMPSON Simpson has expanded the confines of his music with each successive record he’s made, to the point where some have suggested that it should no longer be considered country. Not Simpson, though; according to him, “as soon as I open my mouth, it’s going to be a country song.” Sept. 16, 8 p.m. $29.50-$49.50. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 800-745-3000,



Jazz & Blues

KATIE THIROUX TRIO The skyrocketing young star is an enchanting singer, a poised and polished acoustic bassist, and an accomplished composer. Her sophomore CD, “Off Beat,” is sure to appear on many a list of the year’s best albums. Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

THE MAKANDA PROJECT Pianist John Kordalewski’s invaluable big band pays tribute to the musical legacy of the late, great Bostonian jazz composer Makanda Ken McIntyre. This third and final outdoor concert of the season will feature audience participation — a drum circle and mural-making — along with food and arts and crafts vendors. Sept. 16, 1 p.m. Free. First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam St., Roxbury.

PETER PARCEK, DANIELLE MIRAGLIA & FRIENDS: A BLUES TRIBUTE TO BOB DYLAN Fiery guitarist Parcek and soulful vocalist Miraglia offer up a celebration of the Nobel Prize-winning troubador’s vast catalog of definitive Americana. Sept. 16, 8 p.m. $20. Spire Center for the Performing Arts, 25½ Court St., Plymouth. 508746-4488,




SARASA In honor of the 250th anniversary of Telemann’s death, the veteran Sarasa chamber ensemble pays tribute to the Baroque composer with a program placing his music in the context of works by Lully, Campra, Corelli, and Bach. Sept. 17, 3:30 p.m. First Parish in Lexington. 617-429-0332, 

 GARDNER MUSEUM The Gardner’s Sunday afternoon concert series continues with the gifted young pianist Charlie Albright performing an all-Chopin program. Sept. 17, 1:30 p.m. Calderwood Hall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-278-5159, 

ODYSSEY OPERA Gil Rose and his adventurous company embark on their Joan of Arc-themed season with a concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s rarely spotted “The Maid of Orléans.” Sept. 16, 7:30. Jordan Hall.




GYPSY As the deluded but unstoppable Mama Rose, Leigh Barrett carries this production — which is sometimes in need of carrying — with the avidity and assurance of a supremely skilled performer who knows she is tackling one of the juiciest roles in all of musical theater. Directed and choreographed by Rachel Bertone. Book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and music by Jule Styne — all three of them doing some of their finest work. Through Oct. 8. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678,

THE WEIRD Responding to themes and ideas devised by the cast with director Steven Bogart, playwrights Kirsten Greenidge, John Kuntz, Obehi Janice, and Lila Rose Kaplan combined their considerable talents to create a new play that “communes with the contentious time our nation is in through the lens of magic and witchcraft.’’ Through Sept. 16. Off the Grid Theatre Company. At Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Maria Friedman directs a production of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical about three decades (which unspool in reverse chronology) in the tangled and turbulent friendships of composer and movie producer Frank Shepard, lyricist Charlie Kringas, and theater critic Mary Flynn. Choreography by Tim Jackson. Sept. 8-Oct. 15. Huntington Theatre Company. At Huntington Avenue Theatre, Boston. 617-266-0800,



LET’S DANCE BOSTON! For four nights, Wednesday through Saturday, plus Sunday afternoon, the Celebrity Series’s free outdoor dance event for all ages features a different dance style, from swing to salsa, accompanied by live music and starting with a 45-minute group dance lesson to help you get your groove on. Sept. 13-17. Free. Dewey Square Park, Rose Kennedy Greenway. 617-482-6661,

SALEM STATE DANCE FACULTY CONCERT Meghan McLyman, Betsy Miller, and James Morrow offer a very promising evening of original choreography. And as if their choreography isn’t enough of a draw, check out the guest artists: Caitlin Corbett Dance Company and Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion. Sept. 16. Free to $20. Salem State University’s Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, Salem. 978-542-6385.

THIRD LIFE STUDIO CHOREOGRAPHER SERIES This ambitious little series, curated by Kelley Donovan, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a one-night-only showcase of wide-ranging talent from around the area. Participants include Donovan, Disco Brats/Honey Blonder, Cambridge Dance Company, Alex Davis, Slow Motion Dancers, Evolve Dynamicz, Nozama Dance Collective, and OnStage Dance Company. Sept. 15. $12-$20. Third Life Studio, Somerville. 617-388-3247,



DREAM STATES: VIDEO AND THE POLITICAL IMAGINARY Film and video can evoke surprising currents of a society’s unconscious. This screening program explores social projections on the national stage, politics, and the id. Through Oct. 14. School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, 230 The Fenway, through Oct. 14. 617-627-0075,

BERNARD CHAET: FIRST LIGHT The Boston Expressionist, who died in 2012, summered on Cape Ann and made a regular practice of painting the rugged shore at sunrise. In these abstracted landscapes, light rocks have equal weight and form. Through Oct. 4. Alpha Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-536-4465,

SEAN DOWNEY: WHOLLY IDLE Life is like painting: Downey fills his canvases with images of picture-making machinery such as cameras, examining how we conjure versions of our lives on film and digitally, and drawing a parallel with his own studio practice. Through Oct. 28. Steven Zevitas Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-778-5265, CATE McQUAID


DANA SCHUTZ In March, Schutz’s painting in the Whitney Biennial of the murdered Emmett Till’s body set off fierce debate about the representation of race in America. Her lusciously painterly, expressive canvases blend abstraction and sometimes nightmarish figuration. Through Nov. 26. Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive. 617-478-3100,

KEVORK MOURAD: IMMORTAL CITY The Syrian-Armenian painter uses monoprinting and finger-painting to contend with the devastation in Aleppo. His seething abstracted imagery blends scenes of war and scraps of Syrian culture, such as calligraphy and architecture. Through Jan. 21. Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, 415 South St., Waltham. 781-736-3434,

SUBLIME NORTH: ROMANTIC PAINTERS DISCOVER NORWAY Nineteenth-century artists Johan Christian Dahl, Thomas Fearnley, and Peder Balke extolled the beauty of Norway. This show sets them among other Romantic landscape painters, such as Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Thomas Cole. Through Jan. 15. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St., Hartford. 860-278-2670,




ADAM FERRARA Onstage, Ferrara comes off as a charming chops-buster from Queens. Boston fans know him from his roles on Denis Leary TV vehicles like “Rescue Me” and “The Job.” Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $25-$29. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

THE COMEDY STUDIO The club where a lot of current staples of the scene — and where some notable alums like Eugene Mirman and Brendon Small worked out the kinks — has a few months left in its current Harvard Square location. Saturday, it features quality regulars Casey Crawford, Val Kappa, “Corporate Comedian” Brian Longwell, Al Park, Carolyn Riley, and James S. Patterson, who is working on material for his upcoming special. Sept. 16, 8 p.m. $15, The Comedy Studio, 1238 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-661-6507,

ANDREW DICE CLAY One of the most controversial comedians of the ’80s continues his resurgence as an older, somewhat more relatable character. Season two of his Showtime sitcom, “Dice,” premiered last month. Sept 16, 9:45 p.m. $55. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,



SOMERVILLE DOG FESTIVAL Among the host of canine-related activities at this festival is something called the Doggie Fun Zone, which is described as “American Ninja Warrior for your dog!” If that doesn’t appeal to your furry friend, perhaps the best trick contest or “Kibble Quest” will. Mmmm, kibble. . . Sept. 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Trum Field, 541 Broadway, Somerville.

RICK’S FALL FESTIVAL Have you noticed how, in recent years, fall has overtaken summer as the default favorite season? It’s probably because of festivals like this one, full of food, games, raffles, hiking, live music, and more. Proceeds go to ALS ONE, so bring all your friends. Sept. 10, 3-7 p.m. $20. Wright-Locke Farm, 82 Ridge St.,

DUDLEY CAFE’S 2ND ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL The sheer amount of free stuff you can get for your child here is staggering. We’re talking free haircuts, free professional photographs, free manicures, free bike repairs, and of course, free food. What a nice thing for the Dudley Cafe to do for the community. Thank you, Dudley Cafe. Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Dudley Cafe, 15 Warren St..



Sept. 20-21 Gogol Bordello at Paradise Rock Club

Sept. 28 Thievery Corporation at House of Blues

Oct. 7 Glass Animals at Agganis Arena

Oct. 7 Sun Kil Moon at Sinclair

Oct. 8 Strand of Oaks at Sinclair

Oct. 10-11 Against Me! at Paradise Rock Club

Oct. 11 Japanese Breakfast at Sinclair

Oct. 14 The Feelies at Sinclair