Arts

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

Nicholas Petricca and Walk the Moon play the House of Blues Jan. 14.
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Nicholas Petricca and Walk the Moon play the House of Blues Jan. 14.

MUSIC

Pop & Rock

WALK THE MOON This Cincinnati-born band’s 2014 single “Shut Up and Dance” was one of the few rock songs to truly hit it big this millennium — its commanding chorus and gleaming Edge-echoing riff summoned even the most dour audience members onto their feet. Last year’s “What if Nothing” musses things up slightly, an aesthetic choice that makes their hooks land even harder. Jan. 14, 7 p.m. $35 and up. House of Blues, Boston. 888-693-2583, www.houseofblues.com/boston

FETTY WAP While the modern-day outlaw love song “Trap Queen” still looms large over the rest of his discography, this Jersey-based rapper-singer is a captivating live presence whose bellow recalls gravel-voiced greats like the late Levi Stubbs. Jan. 16, 7 p.m. $35 and up. House of Blues, Boston. 888-693-2583, www.houseofblues.com/boston

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DEERHOOF The noise-pop stalwarts bring their unabashedly political, typically ecstatic 2017 album, “Mountain Moves,” on the road. Jan. 18, 8 p.m. $16 and up. Paradise Rock Club. 617-562-8800, www.crossroadspresents.com

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MAURA JOHNSTON

Folk & World

LLOYD COLE Cole will be in the mode suggested by the title of his just-released live collection, “My Austere Demeanor” — solo, with guitar. He’ll be presenting a retrospective look at his work prompted by his recent labors on putting together two career-overview box sets. Jan. 18, 8 p.m. $22-$28. City Winery, Boston. 617-933-8047, www.citywinery.com/boston

BCMFEST The 2018 rendition of this mid-winter Celtic music festival will offer four days of music and dance, including an emerging artists showcase on Thursday, “roots and branches” explorations and an “Urban Ceilidh” on Friday, daylong fests on the weekend, and a finale concert to wind things up. Jan. 18-21, various day and evening start times.Ticket prices vary by event. Club Passim, The Atrium, The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org

UMALALI & THE GARIFUNA COLLECTIVE An evening of the sounds of Garifuna from these artists, who through their music explore and celebrate a culture that spans the borders of several Central American countries and originated with the shipwreck-deposit of a slave trader’s cargo on the Caribbean coast some 300 years ago. Jan. 20, 8 p.m. $25. Villa Victoria Center for the Arts. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org STUART MUNRO

Jazz & Blues

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NICHELLE MUNGO & THE JEREMY TURGEON QUINTET The Mosesian Center’s Berklee faculty artists showcase continues its 10th season with a concert honoring the spirit and accomplishments of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., featuring powerful vocalist Mungo — three-time winner of Showtime at the Apollo, among many other accolades — backed by up-and-coming trumpeter Turgeon’s band.Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m. $17-$22. Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.mosesianarts.org

PETER PARCEK The incendiary blues guitarist celebrates the release of his acclaimed new CD, “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven,” with a special show featuring guest singers and guitar slingers including Danielle Miraglia, Julie Rhodes, Jay Scheffler, Brendan Hogan, and Ryan Lee Crosby. Jan. 20, 4 p.m. $5. Atwood’s Tavern, 877 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-864-2792, www.atwoodstavern.com

JOHN FUNKHAUSER SEXTET The pianist, bassist, and composer’s alternately swinging, funky, and lyrical music incorporates elements of Western classical, world music, and American jazz, folk, and pop. And lately he’s been exploring North Indian classical music. Jan. 20, 8 p.m. $10-$20. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787, www.amazingthings.org

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

Classical

NEW MUSIC On Thursday, Dinosaur Annex offers “Eco Muse,” an evening of new music and ecopoetry (Jan. 18, Third Life Studio, Somerville); on Friday, the Co-Incidence Festival kicks off a week of experimental music including an outdoor public installation/performance work titled “Sound Bridges” to be performed one hour each day in Somerville’s Union Square (Jan. 19-28); and Saturday, Cantata Singers unveils its newly commissioned work by Peter Child alongside two Bach Cantatas (Jan. 20, Jordan Hall). www.dinosaurannex.org, www.coincidencefestival.com, www.cantatasingers.org

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BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Andris Nelsons returns to the podium to lead the BSO, vocal soloist Susan Graham, and the women of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in Mahler’s epic Third Symphony. Jan. 18-20, Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org

A FAR CRY The pure-voiced tenor Nicholas Phan will be the visiting soloist for A Far Cry’s next program, which includes works by Purcell and Vaughan Williams alongside Britten’s haunting Serenade. Jan. 19, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall. www.afarcry.org

JEREMY EICHLER 

ARTS

Theater

MALA Written and performed by Melinda Lopez, inspired by the final year of her mother’s life, this exquisite solo drama (which premiered at ArtsEmerson in 2016) blends the intimacy of a deeply personal story with a universality of experience and emotion that will resonate with anyone who has had to navigate through the final goodbye to a parent. Directed by David Dower. Extended to Feb. 4. Huntington Theatre Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org

BRODSKY/BARYSHNIKOV Mikhail Baryshnikov recites selections from the works of his late friend the poet, essayist, and Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky. Conceived and directed by Alvis Hermanis. Performed in Russian, with English supertitles. Jan. 17-21. Presented by Cherry Orchard Festival and coproduced by New Riga Theatre and Baryshnikov Productions. At Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston. 617-824-8400, www.cutlermajestic.org

WINTER PANTO 2018: 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA Kiki Samko portrays Captain Nemo in this family-friendly production, an irreverent take on Jules Verne’s classic novel of sci-fi and underwater adventure. Directed by Matthew Woods and written by Woods and the ensemble. Through Feb. 4. Imaginary Beasts. At Charlestown Working Theater, Charlestown. 866-811-4111, www.imaginarybeasts.org

DON AUCOIN

Dance

CATALYSTS This Dance Complex program showcasing an impressively wide range of talented dance artists promises to be a lively affair, featuring works by tap dancer Ian Berg, street dance pioneers The Wondertwins, EgoArt, Inc. founder Nicole Pierce, jazz tap dancer-improviser Jenny Herzog, and modern/classical Indian dancer and choreographer Chavi Bansal. Jan. 20-Feb. 3. $13-$26. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363 www.dancecomplex.org

HEATHER STEWART Having performed around the world but currently based in Boston, the Canadian dancer-choreographer offers the Boston premiere of two new contemporary dance works: “pull | tirer” and “they have taken nothing,” a trio examining holding on vs. giving in. Jan. 19-20. $13-$15. Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge. 617-577-1400, www.heatherstewartdance.com

RUN OF THE MILLS | RAINBOW COLLAPSE Anya Smolnikova and Jared Williams are calling their collaborative event an evening of durational performance and participatory installation, set within an immersive environment that includes a birch forest and a pyramid of televisions. It’s an examination — both dark and hopeful — of how a utopian vision might arise from the ashes of environmental and societal collapse. Jan 19, 7-9 p.m. $20. Boston Center for the Arts Mills Gallery. 617-426-5000, www.bcaonline.org

KAREN CAMPBELL

Galleries

A DECOLONIAL ATLAS: STRATEGIES IN CONTEMPORARY ART OF THE AMERICAS Artists from the United States and Latin America use video and other mediums to challenge the entrenched systems of power and belief that colonialism has left in its wake. Jan. 16-April 15. Tufts University Art Galleries, 40 Talbot Ave., Medford. 617-627-3518, artgallery.tufts.edu

KILLERS & THRILLERS Once tiny Kabinett inaugurates its commodious new digs in SoWA with an eclectic lineup of works about sex and death, including sheet music by Billy Strayhorn, shanks collected in Folsom Prison, and works by artists from Henri Matisse to Matthew Barney. Through Feb. 23. Kabinett, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-826-9377, www.kabinettgallery.com

CATE McQUAID

Museums

LIZ GLYNN: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANOTHER POSSIBLE FUTURE Glynn’s expansive, multilevel installation in 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. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, www.massmoca.org

JUDITH BARRY: UNTITLED (GLOBAL DISPLACEMENT: NEARLY 1 IN 100 PEOPLE ARE DISPLACED FROM THEIR HOMES) In Barry’s digital collage, made from images shot from drones and adorning the Gardner Museum’s façade, scores of refugees gaze up hopefully from a giant inflatable boat. Jan. 17-June 27. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way. 617-566-1401, www.gardnermuseum.org

 

JEFFERSON PINDER: LAZARUS In this performance video from the artist’s “Inertia Cycle” series, he tries to start a broken old car. The car’s inertia is an allegory for the pall of systemic racism. What will it take to move things? Through Feb. 18. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale.edu

CATE McQUAID

EVENTS

Comedy

BARON VAUGHN The multitalented former Boston comic has landed more than one dream job in the past couple of years — voicing Tom Servo on the reboot of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” and working with Lily Tomlin on “Grace and Frankie.” Jan 14 at 8 p.m. $20. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

STARSTRUCK STORIES In this monthly show hosted by Bethany Van Delft and Nick Chambers, comedians tell stories about making fools of themselves in front of celebrities, sometimes their idols. The audience votes on the winner, and an improv group tries to reconstruct the encounter in a more positive light. Jan. 17, 7 p.m. $15. The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Somerville. 617-684-5335, www.therockwell.org

SANDRA BERNHARD’S SANDEMONIUM The comedian, singer, SiriusXM talk show host, and actor performs her new one-woman show with some “best-of” bits from previous shows. Jan. 19, 8 p.m. $40-$55. City Winery, Boston. 617-933-8047, www.citywinery.com

NICK A. ZAINO III

Family

THE WIZARD OF OZ Travel down the yellow brick road with Dorothy and company at the Boston Opera House. Sing along to the classic songs and be enchanted by the magic of Munchkinland as you go over the rainbow. Jan. 14, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., prices vary. Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. www.bostonoperahouse.com/upcoming-events/

MLK DAY ACTIVITIES AT THE FRANKLIN PARK ZOO Take advantage of the day off from school and learn about the history behind Martin Luther King Day. With free admission to the Franklin Park Zoo, guests are invited to write messages of hope, peace, and tolerance on an interactive mural and explore the zoo with family and friends. Jan. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. www.zoonewengland.org/engage/martin-luther-king-day-at-fpz

SNOWFLAKE FESTIVAL Let it snow at this annual festival, hosted by the Brookline Arts Center. Sip on hot cocoa and cut out unique flakes, watch a live pottery demonstration, and listen to music by Hugh Hanley. This event doubles as the reception for the annual Student Exhibition, and attendees are encouraged to browse through artwork made by kids, teens, and young adults throughout the year. Jan. 20, 1-3 p.m. Free. Brookline Arts Center, 86 Monmouth St., Brookline. www.brooklineartscenter.com/events/OpenHouse

SOPHIE CANNON

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Jan. 31 Mod Sun at Sonia www.mideastoffers.com/sonia

Feb. 3 ICCA Northeast Quarterfinals at Berklee Performing Arts Center www.berklee.edu

Feb. 5 Grace VanderWaal at the Sinclair www.sinclaircambridge.com

Feb. 5 BROCKHAMPTON at House of Blues www.houseofblues.com

Feb. 11 BORNS at House of Blues www.houseofblues.com

Feb. 14 Phillip Phillips at the Sinclair www.sinclaircambridge.com

Feb. 16 Of Mice and Men at Paradise Rock Club www.paradiserock.club

SOPHIE CANNON