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

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Srin Chakravorty and Steve Auger in Zeitgeist Stage Company’s production of “Vicuna,” which runs through Oct. 6 at Boston Center for the Arts.


Pop & Rock

OZUNA “Aura,” the latest album from this San Juan-born Latin trap star, is a glittery, guest-studded display of his loverman style and agile voice. Sept. 30, 8 p.m. $59 and up. Agganis Arena. 800-745-3000,

LEON BRIDGES The Texas-born soul singer’s second album, “Good Thing,” released in May, is a heartfelt, melodic bridge between the days of Stax and “I Can’t Get Next to You” and the present, with Bridges’s assured voice steering the ship on jittery rave-ups like “If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)” and stretched-out ballads like “Shy.” Oct. 4, 8 p.m. $37 and up. Agganis Arena. 800-745-3000,


TOVE STYRKE Pure pop bliss is the name of the game on “Sway,” this Swedish singer’s latest album, which balances its ear-candy hooks with gloriously geeky production (check out the disarmingly lifelike new-message sounds buried within “Mistakes”) and insouciant lyrics. Oct. 5, 8 p.m. $20, $18 advance. The Red Room at Café 939. 617-747-2261,

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Folk & World

GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS These Canadian indie folksters arrive on the heels of releasing their seventh album, “The Waves, The Wake,” for which frontman Tony Dekker discarded his usual method of writing songs, putting down his acoustic guitar and introducing new sonic textures to the band’s atmospheric roots music through the use of woodwinds, pipe organ, and assorted other instruments. Oct. 3, 9 p.m. Tickets $15. Great Scott. 888-929-7849.

BROTHER DEGE Louisiana outlier Dege Legg calls what he does “psysouthern” roots music, a concoction of swamp, folk, rock, country, and Delta blues that, he claims, has yet to be fully shared with the public, although it did manage to show up in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” Oct. 5, 9 p.m. Tickets $10. Sally O’Brien’s, Somerville. 617-666-3589.

BU GLOBAL MUSIC FESTIVAL Boston University’s inaugural world music festival offers a packed lineup over two days, from the “New Egyptian Folk” of Dina Elwedidi and the salsa of Orquesta El Macabeo to Boston debuts from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Jupiter & Okwess, Hawaii’s Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole, and China’s Zhou Family Band. Oct. 5-6. Tickets free, with registration. Boston University, various venues; see website for details.



Jazz & Blues

SARA SERPA & RAN BLAKE DUO Nonpareil pianist, composer, and educator Blake has performed in duos with many a female singer since his very first recording with the great Jeanne Lee in 1961. Portuguese native Serpa is a worthy successor, her searching, crystalline vocals meshing marvelously with Blake’s flinty yet ethereal film noir-inspired moods. Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20-$25. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

MARCIA BALL The multiple Grammy and Blues Music Award winner is a rollicking pianist and soulful vocalist who remains among our prime exponents of the Gulf Coast blues of her native Texas and the New Orleans R&B of her formative years in Louisiana. Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $35-$40. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Route 2A, Shirley. 978-425-4311,

BILLY NOVICK & GUY VAN DUSER Driving yet elegant clarinetist Novick and fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Van Duser have been dazzling audiences for decades with their ever-swinging, near-telepathic duets on classic jazz numbers and Great American Songbook standards. Oct. 6, 8 p.m. $10-$20. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787,




CHANTICLEER The acclaimed vocal ensemble illuminates Rockport’s Shalin Liu Performance Center at sunset with “Then and There, Here and Now,” a program that includes Renaissance polyphony, South American baroque music, and newer pieces by Mason Bates and Steven Stucky.  Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. Sept. 30, 6 p.m. 978-546-7391,

NEWTON BAROQUE This concert represents a rare opportunity to hear the infrequently performed chamber music and lieder of Clara Schumann. The 1870s Streicher piano at Second Church in Newton will be used in performance. Second Church in Newton, West Newton. Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.

TRUE PEARL This opera “in five tapestries” was commissioned by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and designed to be experienced individually through headsets in the exquisite Tapestry Room, where it will be available Oct. 4 through Jan. 13 as part of the special exhibition “Common Threads: Weaving Stories Across Time.” The only scheduled live performance of the opera, which has music by David Lang and libretto by Sibyl Kempson, will take place in the museum’s Calderwood Hall with Grammy-winning vocal octet Roomful of Teeth and local musical mavericks Callithumpian Consort. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Oct. 4, 7 p.m. 617-278-5156,

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VICUNA A Trump-like presidential candidate pressures two New York tailors of Iranian descent into making him the perfect suit for an upcoming TV debate against his female opponent. Steve Auger brings a knife-edge of danger to his first-rate portrayal of the candidate in David J. Miller’s darkly compelling production of Jon Robin Baitz’s satire. Through Oct. 6. Zeitgeist Stage Company. At Plaza Black Box Theatre, 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,

DELICATE PARTICLE LOGIC The East Coast premiere of Jennifer Blackmer’s exploration of entwined lives, illustrating the connections and tensions between science and art. The play is built around a meeting between German physicist Lise Meitner (Christine Power), who was associated with chemist Otto Hahn (Thomas Grenon), and whose experiments led to the discovery of nuclear fission. In “Delicate Particle Logic,’’ Meitner visits the painter Edith Hahn (Barbara Douglass), Otto Hahn’s wife, in a psychiatric hospital, and the two embark on reminiscences that grow increasingly charged. Through Oct. 13. Flat Earth Theatre Company. At Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487,



LION’S JAW New Movement Collaborative’s dance and performance art festival is now in its third year of bringing together a diverse group of choreographers, performers, educators, and students for five days of intensive study and creativity. For the public, the festival offers two performances by festival artists that suggest a range of imaginative choreography. Oct. 5-6. $20-$25. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 857-207-8127,

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. 30. $13-$26. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,

EVERETT The acclaimed Rhode Island company/school is back in action for the season with a Friday night doubleheader. “Friday Night Live!,” at 7 p.m., is an all-ages show featuring improvised dance, music, comedy skits, interactive scenes, and on-the-spot musicals. “Open Stage!,” at 8 p.m., provides an open forum for young performers to showcase their best. Oct. 5. $5 per show, $8 for both. Everett Stage, Providence. 401-831-9479,



MONSTER A.: VICTORIA FU & MATT RICH The artists and domestic partners mingle imagery and materials from their studio practices on apron-shaped printed fabric photocollages that viewers are invited to wear, touching on themes of labor, gender, and performance. Through Oct. 26. University Hall Gallery, University Hall Room 1220, University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd. 617-287-5707,

FASHION FORWARD This exhibition highlights the art of fashion and the juncture between fashion and art. It includes sketches by Givenchy and Alexander McQueen, clothing worn by Josephine Baker and by Mr. Rogers, a dress printed with Andy Warhol’s soup cans, and sculptural garments by Patrice Yourdon. Through Nov. 17. Kabinett, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-826-9377,

INFINITE PRESENT: REVELATIONS FROM ISLAMIC DESIGN IN CONTEMPORARY ART Curator Marie Costello brings together an international roster of contemporary artists who engage Islam’s traditionally non-representational approach to art-making, employing intricate Islamic patterns and calligraphy to grapple with history and the current moment. Through Nov. 30. Gallery 344, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Cambridge. 617-349-4380,



CHRISTIANE BAUMGARTNER: ANOTHER COUNTRY This maverick German printmaker investigates time, vision, and image-making itself, crafting labor-intensive prints (such as monumental woodcuts) of split-second imagery found in movies and television. This is her first monographic museum show in America. Through Dec. 16. Davis Museum, Wellesley College, 106 Central St., Wellesley. 781-283-2051,

FROM STARFIELD TO MARS: PAUL MANSHIP AND HIS ARTISTIC LEGACY A two-part exhibition: the Art Deco sculptor’s works along with pieces by artists at the Manship Artists Residence + Studios program, in Gloucester, including Abelardo Morell and Barbara Bosworth. Through Jan. 20. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, 180 Main St., Andover. 978-749-4000,

BECOMING A WOMAN IN THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT: FRENCH ART FROM THE HORVITZ COLLECTION This exhibition grapples with a hot topic in the 18th century and now: What is a woman’s role? Work, love, motherhood, and sexuality are considered in paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Through Jan. 6. Smith College Museum of Art, 20 Elm St., Northampton. 413-585-2760,




ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE WITH ERIC IDLE Former Monty Pythoner Idle has had an ideal creative life, from the early days on the hit sketch show to movies and the musical stage, and he’s finally gotten around to writing a memoir, which takes its title from one of Idle’s best songs. Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. $40. Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849,

BRODY STEVENS A West Coast stand-up who is as silly as he is intense, Stevens doesn’t often make it out East. Sample his stuff on last year’s “Live From the Main Room” special or his offbeat 2014 Comedy Central documentary series, “Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!” Oct. 5, 7 p.m. $16-$18. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 617-566-9014,

CAMERON ESPOSITO: PERSON OF CONSEQUENCE The former Boston comic hit a new stride with her deeply personal new special, “Rape Jokes,” which is available through her website for an encouraged donation to RAINN, an anti-sexual violence organization. Bethany Van Delft opens. Oct. 6, 7 p.m. $31.50. Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849,



SSYC 5K FAMILY FUN RUN WALK Do you have a Halloween costume that you’re looking to use again, or are you looking to try out this year’s getup a month early? Dress up in costume (or not!) and head down to Jamaica Pond for a family fun 5K. Join the South Street Youth Center and the Greater Jamaica Plain Association of Real Estate Professionals to help raise money for the youth center. The morning also includes a post-run party with music, activities, light food, and refreshments. Sept. 30, 9:30 a.m. $10-$35. Jamaica Pond Boathouse, 507 Jamaicaway, Jamaica Plain,

BOSTON PAN-MASS KIDS RIDE Ride for research! Bring the kids and the bikes for a day of fall activities at the fourth annual Boston PMC Kids Ride. In addition to bike riding, the day includes BBQ, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and music. Proceeds go to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to help fund research and treatment. Participants can also donate their lightly worn Halloween costumes for kids at Dana-Farber. Oct. 6, 11 a.m. $25. Pope John Paul II Park Reservation, Hallet Street, 

LET’S TALK ABOUT FOOD: FEEDING THE FUTURE Harvard University Dining Services and The Food Voice are joining together to help lead an informative and interactive day devoted to learning about food. The entire family can enjoy the activities, which include demos and conversations with local chefs, cook-offs between college dining teams and restaurant staffs, tastings, hands-on lessons for skills applicable to everyday life, and other fun times. Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Free. The Plaza at the Science Center, Harvard University, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge,



Oct. 12 Florence and the Machine at TD Garden

Oct. 17 Goo Goo Dolls at House of Blues Boston

Oct. 19 Passenger at Paradise Rock Club

Oct. 20 Mitski at House of Blues Boston

Oct. 22 Jessie J at House of Blues Boston

Oct. 25 Marc Anthony at Agganis Arena

Nov. 2 Wu Tang Clan at Tsongas Center

Nov. 9 Josh Groban with Idina Menzel at TD Garden LILLIAN BROWN