The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

Greater Boston Stage Company’s production of “She Loves Me” runs through Dec. 23 in Stoneham.
Maggie Hall
Greater Boston Stage Company’s production of “She Loves Me” runs through Dec. 23 in Stoneham.


Pop & Rock

SHAMIR Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Shamir’s two albums from this year, “Hope” and “Revelations,” are introspective and bruised, placing the feathery falsetto that powered his previous album’s post-disco amid bulky guitars and hushed, lo-fi intimacy — a stirring reinvention. Dec. 11, 9:30 p.m. $18 and up. Great Scott. 617-566-0914,

DANIELLE BRADBERY The fourth-season winner of “The Voice” stepped out of that talent show’s star-studded shadow and into her own spotlight on “I Don’t Believe We’ve Met,” which adds soulful touches to her sumptuous pop-country. Dec. 14, 7 p.m. $25 and up. House of Blues. 888-693-2583,


KESHA Pop’s most satisfying comeback story of 2017 belonged to Kesha, who rode her feisty, omnivorous album “Rainbow” to critical and commercial success. She’s co-headlining Mix 104.1’s Not So Silent Night with Bleachers, the claustrophobi-pop solo project from 2017’s pop guru of choice (Taylor Swift, Lorde) Jack Antonoff. Dec. 14, 7 p.m. Free with contest win. The Wilbur. 617-248-9700, MAURA JOHNSTON

Folk & World

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JENNI LYN Best known as a member of distaff bluegrass outfit Della Mae, Jenni Lyn Gardner has also been working on a solo career, and on her fine debut, “Burn Another Candle,” you’ll hear not only her mandolin mastery, but her chops as a singer. Dec. 12, 10 p.m. No cover; $7 donation encouraged. Cantab Lounge, Cambridge. 617-354-2685, STUART MUNRO

BOSTON CHRISTMAS CAVALCADE FOR THE HOMELESS An annual event, orchestrated by Chandler Travis, that has reached its 13th year, this show gathers a host of Boston-area musicians to do good, including Travis in his Philharmonic mode, Livingston Taylor, Sarah Borges, Jennifer Kimball, Duke Levine, and Erin Harpe. Dec. 13, 7 p.m. Suggested donation $20 advance, $25 door. ONCE Ballroom, Somerville. 877-987-6487,

ROBINSON & ROHE: THE LONGEST WINTER Among the myriad December offerings of seasonal shows, this one comes with a visual component. Performing with a backdrop of paper-cut light boxes, Brooklyn folk duo Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe bring their annual concert of Christmas carols, some ancient, some new, to Cambridge Wednesday. Dec. 13, 8 p.m. $15. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,


Jazz & Blues


THE COREY PESATURO TRIO Amazing accordion innovator Pesaturo, the only individual ever to win three world championships in acoustic, electronic, and jazz accordion competitions, explores his jazz inclinations in the company of tenor saxophonist Mark Zaleski and drummer Chris Southiere. Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. $10. Jocko’s Jazz at the Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen. 603-898-1591,

A-NO-NE ENSEMBLE Flute-master Hiro Honshuku’s group presents its annual Christmas concert, playing seasonal melodies in arrangements influenced by George Russell’s Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, undergirded by Brazilian jazz grooves. With flutist Yuka Kido, pianist Helio Alves, guitarist Mauricio Andrade, bassist Fernando Huergo, drummer Guillermo Nojechowicz, and guest violinist Rika Ikeda. Dec. 13, 9 p.m. $10. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-9330,

CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT The astonishingly gifted Grammy-winning singer has been hailed as a once-in-a-generation phenomenon, improbably combining the vocal virtuosity of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan with the consummate actress-in-song expressiveness of Billie Holiday and Abbey Lincoln. For this concert she will perform in a duo with pianist Sullivan Fortner. Dec. 15-16, 8 and 10 p.m. $40-$55. Scullers, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 866-777-8932,



RUN AMOC FESTIVAL The newly founded American Modern Opera Company — Matt Aucoin and Zack Winokur, artistic directors — sounds its arrival with a four-day festival hosted by the American Repertory Theater. It begins with a piece for dancer and violinist (Bobbi Jene Smith and Keir Gogwilt, respectively), continues with a night of duos called “Cage Match,” and concludes with “Were You There,” a theatrical work described as “a multimedia meditation on the lives of black men and women lost in police killings over the past year.” Dec. 15-18, multiple venues,


MUSICIANS OF THE OLD POST ROAD This veteran period-instrument chamber ensemble offers “Follow the Star,” an evening of music composed for Epiphany, with works by Telemann, Geist, and Graupner. Dec. 15 in Boston (Emmanuel Church) and Dec. 17 in Worcester (First Unitarian). 781-466-6694,

MUSIC FOR FOOD Now in its seventh season of raising awareness and funds for hunger relief, Music for Food presents an evening of chamber works by Schubert (“Trout” Quintet), Elena Ruehr and Kathryn Salfelder. Proceeds benefit The Women’s Lunch Place. Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., Fenway Center, Northeastern University. 857-269-5587,




SHE LOVES ME This 1963 Bock and Harnick musical is no masterpiece, but it remains a pretty tasty confection, especially as whipped up by director-choreographer Ilyse Robbins. Featuring Jennifer Ellis and Sam Simahk as feuding clerks in a Budapest parfumerie who are unaware they are carrying on an anonymous romantic correspondence. Through Dec. 23. Greater Boston Stage Company, Stoneham. 781-279-2200,

JULIUS CAESAR A darkly compelling all-female production of Shakespeare’s tragedy of power, ambition, and bloodshed that is highlighted by Marianna Bassham’s many-shaded portrayal of Antony and Marya Lowry’s brooding Brutus. Directed by Bryn Boice. Through Dec. 17. Actors’ Shakespeare Project. At Studio 210, Huntington Avenue Theatre, Boston. 617-933-8600,

TARTUFFE As the title character of Moliere’s comedy, a religious fraud and con man, Brett Gelman delivers a performance of comic dexterity that’s a treat to watch. Directed by Peter DuBois. Through Dec. 10. Huntington Theatre Company at Huntington Avenue Theatre, Boston. 617-266-0800,



URBAN NUTCRACKER Tony Williams Dance Center’s intrepid little charmer is in its 17th year of bringing a lively multicultural Boston spin to the familiar tale. Amassing a crew of 150 performers, kids as well as professionals, the production spins through a wide range of dance styles to a mix of Tchaikovsky’s luminous score and Duke Ellington’s jazz interpretation. Dec. 15-28. $25-$85. John Hancock Hall. 888-596-1027,

NUT/CRACKED The Bang Group’s totally irreverent and hilarious “Nutcracker” parody turns the whole enterprise on its ear. Choreographer David Parker and his New York-based company take on Tchaikovsky’s music with tap and other percussive dance as the second half of an evening that begins with selections from Peter DiMuro’s “Gumdrops & The Funny Uncle,” a family-oriented holiday offering with an LGBTQ perspective. Dec. 14-16. $25.50-$35. Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

BANBOCHE In Haitian-Creole, the title refers to a no-holds-barred party, and Jean Appolon Expressions is presenting this celebration and cabaret as a way to bring the Haitian-American community together to fete the end of the year. The evening includes cocktails, video, company performances, and a chance for audience members to get in on the action at the end, with a local DJ spinning Haitian beats. Dec. 15. $15-$50. Oberon, Cambridge. 617-547-8300,



WILLIAM DiBELLO: SCREEN DREAMS In the first show in Carroll and Sons’ new fourth-floor space, this artist finds congruities between the language of abstract painting and the glow and pixilation of computer screens. His canvases explore tensions between structure and fluidity. Through Dec. 22. Carroll and Sons, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-2477,


HEATHER ROWE/ MEREDYTH SPARKS: SHE’S NOT HERE . These two artists investigate absence, implied presence, and the porousness of the figure. Rowe’s video and sculptures spring from paranormal investigations in the 1970s. Sparks’s sculptures reference Dada artist Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. Through Jan. 13. VERY, 59 Wareham St. 617-922-5447,

ALCHEMISTS: AMY FRIEND AND DIANA H. BLOOMFIELD Magic in the prick of a pin. Friend riddles vintage photos with holes; her photographs of them sparkle. Bloomfield, a pinhole photographer, makes gauzy, eerie images with a 19th-century process that mixes in watercolors. Through Dec. 30. Panopticon Gallery, 502c Commonwealth Ave. 617-396-7803,



(UN)EXPECTED FAMILIES Photography has long captured the intimate dynamics of family life. Here 150 years of photos by artists such as Gordon Parks and Diane Arbus explore changing definitions of family and partnership, and more perennial bonds of love and kinship. Through June 17. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300,

MARK DION: MISADVENTURES OF A 21st-CENTURY NATURALIST A survey of three decades of work by Dion. He grounds his conceptual art in the processes of scientific inquiry, taxonomy, and collection upon which society builds knowledge. Then he pulls the rug out. Through Dec. 31. Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive. 617-478-3100,

LIZ GLYNN: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANOTHER POSSIBLE FUTURE In Glynn’s expansive, multilevel installation, a former factory space takes on the conundrum of industry, labor, and living in a physical body in an increasingly virtual economy. Through early September 2018. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111,




MARGA GOMEZ: LATIN STANDARDS A stand-up comedian and solo theater performer, Gomez pays tribute to her father, Willy Chevalier, a composer and comedian who worked with Celia Cruz and Tito Puente, through the songs he wrote. Dec. 14, 8 p.m. $25. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300,

KAYTLIN BAILEY A member of the all-female CAKE Comedy stand-up collective, Bailey started comedy after working in progressive political consulting. With Liam McGurk, Katie Que, and Chris O’Connor. Dec. 15, 7 p.m. $7 advance, $10 door. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 617-566-9014,

CHRIS DISTEFANO The “Guy Code” regular has added sports commentary to his resume with the Sylvester Stallone-produced “Ultimate Beastmaster,” an obstacle course challenge, which starts its second season this month on Netflix. Dec. 15-16, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $20-$25. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,



DICKENS HOLIDAY FESTIVAL Step back in time as if you’ve been visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past. Actors in costumes will read scenes from Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” while Catherine Dickens will give you the scoop about what life was like back in the time of Scrooge. Musical performances and local vendors on-site will top off the merriment. Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $5-$10, free for ages under 5, museum members, and active duty military. Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, Waltham. 781-893-5410.

INTERGALACTIC NIGHT AT ZOOLIGHTS Meeting Santa, photo-ops with reindeer. . . and lightsabers? Volunteers dressed in movie-quality “Star Wars” costumes will be at the Stone Zoo for a special addition to the holiday festivities. Time to break out that fuzzy Yoda hat — for the kids, of course. Dec. 10, 5-8 p.m. $8-$10. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. 617-541-5466.

THE NUTCRACKER STORY HOUR The Boston Ballet School’s Newton studio will be home to the famous “Nutcracker” bear for an afternoon, and storytelling and activities will be in full swing. Dec. 16, 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Boston Ballet Newton Studio, 153 Needham St., Newton. 617-456-6351. KAITLYN LOCKE


Dec. 17 Samantha Fish at Sinclair

Dec. 27 Sammy Adams at Paradise Rock Club

Dec. 31 Dopapod at Paradise Rock Club

Dec. 31 Speedy Ortiz at Great Scott

Jan. 7 Balance and Composure at Sinclair

Jan. 7 The Killers at TD Garden

Jan. 13 Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven at Middle East Downstairs

Jan. 13 Lana Del Rey at TD Garden