The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

21Riverside SpeakEasy Stage Company production of BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY. Tyrees Allen, Maureen Keiller and Lewis D. Wheeler. Credit: Nile Scott Studios
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Tyrees Allen, Maureen Keiller, and Lewis D. Wheeler in SpeakEasy Stage Company’s “Between Riverside and Crazy,” which runs at Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, through Oct. 13.


Pop & Rock

HATCHIE One of this year’s most pleasant surprises has been this young Australian singer-songwriter’s debut EP, “Sugar & Spice,” which tethers its fuzzed-out hooks to assertive strumming and hopeful-against-hope romanticism. With the chiming Canadian popsters Alvvays and the charmingly acerbic Snail Mail. Sept. 25, 8 p.m. $28, $25 advance. Paradise Rock Club. 617-562-8800,

BRUNO MARS “24K Magic,” this pop chameleon’s 2016 love letter to the era of robot rock and talkbox funk, is still a deliciously fun album, and Mars’s powerhouse pipes and boundless energy will undoubtedly make this show a too-hot time. With Ciara, whose top-notch run of 2018 singles continued earlier this month when she released the brassy, bossy “Dose.” Sept. 27-28, 8 p.m. $59.50 and up. TD Garden. 617-624-1050,


RECOVERY FEST The addiction-awareness foundation Above the Noise’s inaugural music festival (a drug- and alcohol-free zone) will feature performances by the hip-hop striver Macklemore, pop n’ b outfit Fitz and the Tantrums, and Lowell-bred alt-electro act PVRIS. Sept. 29, 2 p.m. $23 and up. McCoy Stadium, Pawtucket, R.I.

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Folk & World

CLIFF WESTFALL Cliff Westfall was born in Kentucky, but he didn’t stay there to play country music, moving to New York City instead. His “Baby You Win” will at times remind you of the electric hillbilly music of another Kentuckian, named Yoakam, who also left for the bright lights of a big city. Sept. 25, 10 p.m. $7. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006,

BIRDS OF CHICAGO J.T. Nero and Allison Russell, who perform as Birds of Chicago, have been covering a lot of ground of late, relocating to Nashville (from, yes, Chicago), and releasing a quieter acoustic EP, “American Flowers,” last November, followed by another full-length offering of their variegated roots music with “Love in Wartime” this spring. Sept. 26, 8 p.m. $15-$22. City Winery. 617-933-8047,

FIELD REPORT/JADE BIRD She has only an EP and a handful of singles to her credit, but British youngster Jade Bird has been attracting some attention with her version of countryish Americana. Chris Porterfield periodically ditches the colleagues with whom he makes spare, lyrical roots music under the anagram Field Report for a solo run, and supports Bird in that mode. Sept. 27, 7 p.m. $15. Brighton Music Hall. 800-745-3000, STUART MUNRO

Jazz & Blues


JAZZ ALONG THE CHARLES: A WALKABLE CONCERT The Celebrity Series of Boston presents 25 jazz ensembles, each interpreting the same setlist in their own fashion, arrayed along a 2-mile loop on the Charles River Esplanade. Artists will include Jason Palmer Quintet, Charlie Kohlhase’s Explorers Quintet, Novick/Nieske Duo, Krewe de ROUX, Yoron Israel Connection, Funkacademy, Receita de Samba, Rebecca Cline Trio, Kevin Harris Project, and more. Sept. 23, 2-4 p.m. Free. Memorial Drive, Cambridge.

TERI LYNE CARRINGTON The celebrated jazz and R&B drummer-composer — a Medford native — kicks off the fourth season of RISE, the Gardner Museum’s pop, rock, and hip-hop series featuring emerging artists. While Carrington is far from a newcomer, she has mentored many such, including recent Berklee College of Music graduate Jas Kayser, who will open the show. Sept. 27, 7 p.m. $15-$27 (includes museum admission). Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston. 617-278-5156,

PETER PARCEK TRIBUTE TO BUDDY GUY The pyrotechnic blues plectrist pays homage to one of the most influential and incendiary string-slingers of them all. Sept. 29, 4 p.m. $10. Atwood’s Tavern, 877 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-864-2792,



LAURENCE LESSER BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION New England Conservatory celebrates the 80th birthday of its president emeritus, cellist and educator Laurence Lesser. The man of the hour will appear as soloist in Bloch’s “Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque for Violoncello and Orchestra” with the NEC Philharmonia under the baton of Hugh Wolff. The program also includes music by Revueltas, Ives, and Bernstein. Admission is free with tickets. Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. Jordan Hall.


PERMADEATH Local librettist and impresario Cerise Lim Jacobs (“Madame White Snake,” “REV. 23”) launches possibly her most ambitious project yet. This “video game opera” features music by composer Dan Visconti, animated characters that appear to sing in real time through facial motion capture, and a companion augmented-reality smartphone app. Sept. 27-29. Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre. 

HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY Throwing open the doors on its new season, the period-instrument ensemble presents an all-Bach program with director Harry Christophers at the helm. Selections come from all over Bach’s body of work: a Brandenburg concerto, two cantatas, a Mass. The Concerto for Two Violins will feature two perpetually excellent soloists, concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky and assistant concertmaster Susanna Ogata. Sept. 28 and 30. Symphony Hall. 617-266-3605,  

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BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY Virtually every character in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s perceptive and humane play can be counted as among the walking wounded, half-broken but not beyond repair — or, crucially, redemption. This outstanding production is directed by Tiffany Nichole Green and features Tyrees Allen as Pops, a retired black police officer who was shot years earlier by a white cop and is now battling attempts to evict him from his rent-controlled New York apartment. The excellent cast also includes Stewart Evan Smith, Octavia Chavez-Richmond, Alejandro Simoes, Celeste Oliva, Maureen Keiller, and Lewis D. Wheeler. Through Oct. 13. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

THE NICETIES A black student (Jordan Boatman) and a white professor (Lisa Banes) clash in this didactic but provocative and blisteringly smart drama by Brookline native Eleanor Burgess. The playwright generates a verbal whirlwind with a words-per-minute velocity that rivals Aaron Sorkin as she explores questions of race, American history, power, language, generational conflict, and the tricky matter of identity politics. “The Niceties’’ is also about the difficulty of being heard, in the fullest sense. Directed by Kimberly Senior. Through Oct. 6. Huntington Theatre Company. At Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800,

STRAIGHT WHITE MEN Young Jean Lee’s flawed but intriguing take on questions of white-male status, privilege, and discontent, as seen in the lives of a Midwestern widower and his three adult sons. There’s a fifth figure in the play who plays a crucial role in framing “Straight White Men’’ by complicating and sharpening our perspective on characters and events that might otherwise seem banal. Directed by Elaine Vaan Hogue. Through Sept. 30. New Repertory Theatre. At MainStage, Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487,

JEKYLL & HYDE The director of this musical thriller based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novel certainly knows the material: It is Robert Cuccioli, who earned a Tony nomination in 1997 for his portrayal of the title figures on Broadway. Starring as London scientist Henry Jekyll and his murderous alter ago Edward Hyde will be Constantine Maroulis, a former “American Idol’’ contestant who was nominated for a Tony for his performance in “Rock of Ages’’ and who played Che in last year’s North Shore Music Theatre production of “Evita.’’ Costarring Diana DeGarmo and Newton native Tess Primack, with choreography by Kelli Barclay, music by Frank Wildhorn, and a book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. Sept. 25-Oct. 7. North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly. 978-232-7200,



DANCING WITH THE FUTURE Choreographer Gloria Benedikt, who leads the Science and Art Project at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, combines her passion for dance with her scientific acumen in this world premiere examining the mechanics of cooperation. The work fuses movement with principles of evolutionary dynamics and interactive gaming. (A subsequent performance, at the International Conference on Sustainable Development in New York on Sept. 27, is set to be live-streamed.) Sept. 25, 7 p.m. $5-$10. Harvard’s Farkas Hall, Cambridge. 617-496-2222,

SUPPER, PEOPLE ON THE MOVE This acclaimed work for eight dancers by Philadelphia-based choreographer Silvana Cardell explores the powerful emotions of the immigrant journey. The work brings the audience into the action with a “migration” through the performance space, ending with everyone joining together in a humble community meal. Sept. 28-30. $13-$26. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,

LORD OF THE DANCE: DANGEROUS GAMES After superstar Michael Flatley left the groundbreaking “Riverdance,” he choreographed a new show that takes Irish step dance into darker dramatic waters. This one is not always convincing conceptually, with theatrical elements that veer way over the top, but past productions have showcased some truly dynamite dancing. Sept. 28. $49-$134. Emerson Colonial Theatre. 888-616-0272,



EVERYONE HAS MOVED OFF TO ONE SIDE: NEW PAINTINGS BY JOE WARDWELL The painter weaves song lyrics with landscapes; the text adds commentary and bounces image into abstraction. Here he laces local landscapes with words from Boston bands (such as the Lemonheads) and local figures (such as Malcolm X). Through Oct. 16. LaMontagne Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-487-3512,

SOMERVILLE TOY CAMERA FESTIVAL Events and exhibitions celebrate photographers from around the world who tempt fate using the most rudimentary of tools. Shows at Nave Gallery and Washington Street Art Gallery run through Sept. 30. The largest, at Brickbottom, has a longer run. Through Oct. 13. Brickbottom Gallery, 1 Fitchburg St., Somerville. 617-776-3410,

TRANSACTIONS II: PERFORMANCE ART ON THE GREENWAY Mobius Artist Group joins forces with Belfast’s Bbeyond to present several public performance art pieces and celebrate the relationship between the sister cities. A panel discussion on public performance follows at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24 at 70A Sleeper St. Noon-5 p.m., Sept. 22-23.Rose Kennedy Greenway. CATE McQUAID


WINNIE-THE-POOH: EXPLORING A CLASSIC Where did that tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff come from? Where has he been? Close to 200 objects explore Pooh’s considerable scope and delve into the lively collaboration between his creators, writer A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard. Through Jan. 6. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300,

 SARGENT ON LOCATION: GARDNER’S FIRST ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE In 1903, at the invitation of Mrs. Gardner, John Singer Sargent painted five portraits in the museum’s Gothic Room. This small show revisits the artist’s sojourn there and returns his painting of Gretchen Osgood Warren to the place it was made. Through Jan. 14. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way. 617-566-1401,

JASON MORAN Moran, best known as a jazz pianist and composer, has collaborated with visual artists such as Joan Jonas,Theaster Gates, Glenn Ligon. He also creates his own sculptural vignettes inspired by the improvisational collaboration of a jazz set. Through Jan. 21. Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive. 617-478-3100,




AIDA RODRIGUEZ The “Last Comic Standing” contestant didn’t start doing stand-up until she was in her 30s, when she was able to bring a more mature persona to her comedy, referencing her experience as a Latina and single mother. Sept. 27 at 8 p.m., Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $20-$25. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

THE COMEDY STUDIO The Studio opened its new location this month, and welcomes back younger up-and-comers and veterans this weekend, including Brian Longwell, Tooky Kavanagh, Kathe Farris, Mike Dorval, Al Park, Reece Cotton, Steve Brykman, and others, plus September “Comic in Residence” Liam McGurk. Sept. 27-29, 8 p.m. $12-$15. The Comedy Studio, 1 Bow Market Way #23, Somerville. 617-661-6507,

COLIN MOCHRIE & BRAD SHERWOOD The veteran improvisers and staples of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” do a two-man show they called “Scared Scriptless,” playing some games from the old show and some they made up, with a heavy dose of audience participation. Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. $29-$50. Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849, NICK A. ZAINO III


MAGIC FAMILY FUN DAY AT FINAGLE A BAGEL Sometimes a good bagel and cream cheese is all it takes to elicit “oohs” and “ahs” from hungry kiddos. With live magic to boot, your young ones’ eyes will be as round with wonder as the bagels they’re eating. Local magician Bonaparte brings his humor and talents to Finagle a Bagel for an afternoon snack the kids won’t soon forget. Sept. 25, 3 p.m. Free. Finagle a Bagel, 77 Rowe St., Newton,

AN ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE THING WITH JOHN AND HANK GREEN The dynamic duo behind VlogBrothers, Crash Course, and SciShow take the stage to discuss Hank Green’s literary debut, “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.” The brothers will discuss Hank’s first YA novel, about a young woman who becomes famous overnight; audience members will also have the chance to ask questions. Sept. 26, 7 p.m. $42. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St.,

BOSTON FIG FEST Got game? Scope out this festival full of video games, tabletop games, and more from independent developers. Exhibitors will showcase everything from zombie apocalypse board games (“Good Dog, Bad Zombie”) to improvisational storytelling games (“Someone Has Died”); the festival also features artist vendors and a “boffer arena” where attendees can learn to safely fight with foam swords. Sept. 29, 9:30 a.m. $15. MIT Johnson Athletic Center, 120 Vassar St., Cambridge, KAYA WILLIAMS


Oct. 3 The Vamps at Paradise Rock Club

Oct. 5 The Decemberists at Orpheum Theatre

Oct. 12 Troye Sivan at Wang Theatre

Oct. 18 Justin Timberlake at TD Garden

Oct. 21 Courtney Barnett at House of Blues

Oct. 24 The Wombats at House of Blues

Oct. 26 Aqueous at the Sinclair

Oct. 30 Violent Femmes at Royale KAYA WILLIAMS