|THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN||The seminal Glaswegian noisemakers, led by brothers William and Jim Reid, return to revel in two nights of melody and distortion. Sept. 11-12, 8 p.m. Paradise Rock Club, Boston. (Sarah Rodman) www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000||Pop & Rock||Boston||Sept. 11-12|
|BARRY MANILOW||If you’re a fanilow you’ll want to take in the veteran showman’s performance of his greatest hits in Worcester. Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. DCU Center, Worcester. (Sarah Rodman) www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000||Pop & Rock||Worcester||Sept. 14|
|FLORENCE + THE MACHINE||Touring in support of the superb 2011 album “Ceremonials,” the flame-tressed singer and her band are famous for their vibrant and theatrical live shows. Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. Comcast Center, Mansfield. (Sarah Rodman) www.livenation.com, 800-745-3000||Pop & Rock||Mansfield||Sept. 14|
|KENDRICK LAMAR||The young Compton rapper’s mixtapes have won the favor of names like Dr. Dre and Lil Wayne and built serious buzz for his forthcoming Dre-produced debut album. Sept. 16, 8 p.m. Wilbur Theatre, Boston. (Sarah Rodman) www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000||Pop & Rock||Boston||Sept. 16|
|GLEN HANSARD||The Academy Award-winning Irish singer-songwriter, star of the film “Once,” and Frames frontman hits the road for his latest solo album “Rhythm and Repose.” Sept. 18, 8 p.m. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. (Sarah Rodman) www.berklee.edu/bpc, 617-747-2261||Pop & Rock||Boston||Sept. 18|
|JOE JACKSON||His interests have taken him from the new wave to jump blues to classical composition. This time out Jackson pays tribute to Duke Ellington with his new album, “The Duke,” as well as songs from his entire career. Sept. 19, 8 p.m. Wilbur Theatre, Boston. (Sarah Rodman) www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000||Pop & Rock||Boston||Sept. 19|
|TYGA||The Young Money emcee will get by with a little help from his friends on this hip-hop caravan dubbed the “Closer to My Dreams Tour,” including buzzed-about Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea, Kirko Bangz, Ca$h Out, and Sterling Simms. Sept. 23, 7 p.m. Tickets: $30-$45. House of Blues, Boston. (Sarah Rodman) www.livenation.com, 800-745-3000||Pop & Rock||Boston||Sept. 23|
|PETER GABRIEL||Celebrating his multiplatinum 1986 album, “So,” Gabriel will play the record in its entirety. He has also enlisted several band members from the original tour to help re-create the classic album. Sept. 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $50-$170. TD Garden, Boston. (Sarah Rodman) www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000||Pop & Rock||Boston||Sept. 24|
|THE AFGHAN WHIGS||A reunion finds the dark-hued ’90s rock trio returning to deliver their idiosyncratic blend of guitar grit, humid soulfulness, and noirish atmosphere, all topped by Greg Dulli’s impassioned whispers and howls. Sept. 26, 7 p.m. Tickets: $35-$45. House of Blues, Boston. (Sarah Rodman) www.livenation.com, 800-745-3000||Pop & Rock||Boston||Sept. 26|
|LOS LOBOS||The revered roots rock outfit celebrates the 20th anniversary of its watershed release, “Kiko” — and its recent reissue — with a performance of the album front to back. Sept. 27, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35-$45. Showcase Live, Foxborough. (Sarah Rodman) www.showcaselive.com, 866-973-9612||Pop & Rock||Foxborough||Sept. 27|
|JACK WHITE||The White Stripes mastermind is going it alone, hitting the road to support his top-notch new solo album, “Blunderbuss.” It should prove to be a rollicking night. Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. Tickets:$37.50-$57.50. Agganis Arena, Boston. (Sarah Rodman) www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000||Pop & Rock||Boston||Sept. 28|
|ADAM ANT||Strap on your goody two shoes and apply your white face paint, because the New Romantic is back to entertain, delight, and unsettle with his “ant music.” Oct. 8, 7 p.m. Tickets: $29.50. Royale, Boston. (Sarah Rodman) www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000||Pop & Rock||Boston||Oct. 8|
|BEN FOLDS FIVE||The three men of the Five have reconvened for a new album, “The Sound of the Life of the Mind,” due out Sept. 18, and a tour which should feature the band’s irresitible irresistible and clever piano-pop tunes both new and old. Oct. 13, 6 p.m. Tickets: $40.75-$53.75. House of Blues, Boston. (Sarah Rodman) www.livenation.com, 800-745-3000||Pop & Rock||Boston||Oct. 13|
|RUSH||The veteran Canadian rock trio return for another night of intricate math rock with gloriously thunderous Neil Peart drum solos and Geddy Lee’s inimitable wail. Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $60-$145. TD Garden, Boston. (Sarah Rodman) www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000||Pop & Rock||Boston||Oct. 24|
|CAT POWER||Sultry chanteuse Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power, returns in support of “Sun,” her first album of all new material in six years. Oct. 24, 7 p.m. Tickets: $34.50-$45. House of Blues, Boston. (Sarah Rodman) www.livenation.com, 800-745-3000||Pop & Rock||Boston||Oct. 24|
|ZAC BROWN BAND||On the heels of a new album, “Uncaged,” this Grammy-winning country band based in Atlanta is on the road again. Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $30-$59.50. Comcast Center, Mansfield. (James Reed) www.livenation.com, 800-745-3000||Folk/Country||Mansfield||Sept. 9|
|ANAÏS MITCHELL||Touring behind her erudite latest release, “Young Man in America,” this quirky, Vermont-based singer-songwriter has the weighty task of opening Bon Iver’s new tour. Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$39.50. Bank of America Pavilion, Boston. (James Reed) www.livenation.com, 800-745-3000||Folk/Country||Boston||Sept. 13|
|DAR WILLIAMS & JILL SOBULE||Only one of them kissed a girl long before Katy Perry bragged about doing that, but both Sobule and Williams have had long and distinguished careers as graceful singers and songwriters. Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29. Somerville Theatre. (James Reed) www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000||Folk/Country||Somerville||Sept. 15|
|SEAN ROWE||By turns evocative and ebullient, Rowe sounds like a fully formed artist on his new third album, “The Salesman and the Shark.” Sept. 16, 8 p.m. Tickets: $14, $12 in advance. Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge. (James Reed) www.ticketweb.com, 617-864-3278||Folk/Country||Cambridge||Sept. 16|
|CARRIE UNDERWOOD||She’s got another blockbuster on her hands, “Blown Away,” and that title neatly sums up how Underwood tries to leave her fans after a show. Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $44-$64. DCU Center, Worcester. (James Reed) www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000||Folk/Country||Worcester||Sept. 19|
|VETIVER||All roads lead to Laurel Canyon circa ’72 on this San Franciso band’s latest, “The Errant Charm.” Sept. 20, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12, $10 in advance. Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. (James Reed) www.ticketweb.com, 617-864-3278||Folk/Country||Cambridge||Sept. 20|
|FRESHGRASS BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL||This three-day extravaganza highlights various generations and strains of string bands, from legends (Tony Rice, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience) to bands carrying the torch (Carolina Chocolate Drops, Spirit Family Reunion). Sept. 21-23, various showtimes. Festival passes: $46, $26 for students, $16 for under 16. Day passes: $25/$15/$5. Mass MoCA, North Adams. (James Reed) www.massmoca.org, 413-662-2111||Folk/Country||North Adams||Sept. 21-23|
|ERIC ANDERSEN||The folk icon is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his landmark album, “Blue River.” Sept. 27, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30. Club Passim, Cambridge. (James Reed) www.passim.org, 617-492-7679||Folk/Country||Cambridge||Sept. 27|
|FIRST AID KIT||Two Swedish sisters whose love of old Americana runs as deep as their dulcet harmonies. Spectral troubadour Dylan LeBlanc opens. Sept. 28, 7 p.m. Tickets: $20. Royale, Boston. (James Reed) www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000||Folk/Country||Boston||Sept. 28|
|THE PINES||With “Dark So Gold,” this indie-folk ensemble from Minneapolis made music for the arrival of autumn — and for last call at the bar. Oct. 10, 8 p.m. Tickets: $16. Johnny D’s, Somerville. (James Reed) www.ticketweb.com, 617-776-2004||Folk/Country||Somerville||Oct. 10|
|BIG SANDY & HIS FLY-RITE BOYS||More than 20 years on, Big Sandy is still bopping and rocking his own brand of Western swing, country, and rockabilly. Oct. 11, 9 p.m. Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. (James Reed) www.lizardloungeclub.com, 617-547-0759||Folk/Country||Cambridge||Oct. 11|
|BEN SOLLEE||Cellist, singer, songwriter — Sollee does it all, and he does it incredibly well. Oct. 18, 9 p.m. Tickets: $13. Brighton Music Hall, Allston. (James Reed) www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000||Folk/Country||Allston||Oct. 18|
|LINDI ORTEGA||Loretta Lynn meets Neko Case? Yes, please. In support of a new album, “Cigarettes & Truckstops,” Ortega is the opening act for Social Distortion. Oct. 30, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$45. House of Blues, Boston. (James Reed) www.livenation.com, 800-745-3000||Folk/Country||Boston||Oct. 30|
|IRIS DEMENT||The wait is over. “Sing the Delta,” DeMent’s first new album of original material in 16 years, will be out in early October. Nov. 10, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30. Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River. (James Reed) www.narrowscenter.org, 508-324-1926||Folk/Country||Fall River||Nov. 10|
|JANIS IAN||She learned the truth at 17 and went on to write some of the most perceptive songs of the ’70s. Judging from a recent show, Ian is still pushing forward and sounds terrific. Nov. 11, 7 p.m. Tickets: $30. Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley. (James Reed) www.bullrunrestaurant.com, 978-425-4311||Folk/Country||Shirley||Nov. 10|
|STEPHEN MARLEY||Reggae legend Bob Marley’s second son waited decades before taking center stage, but lately he’s been racking up even more Grammys than older brother Ziggy. Sept. 17, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Paradise Rock Club, Boston. (Franklin Soults) www.ticketmaster.com, 617-562-8800||World||Boston||Sept. 17|
|ANTIBALAS||On their first album in five years, simply entitled “Antibalas,” these 14 accomplished musicians return to their prime inspiration, Fela Kuti’s simmering Afrobeat. Sept. 20, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Paradise Rock Club, Boston. (Franklin Soults) www.ticketmaster.com, 617-562-8800||World||Boston||Sept. 20|
|BEATS ANTIQUE||David Satori plays Balkan and Middle Eastern-derived tunes, Tommy Cappel provides electronic beats, and Zoë Jakes belly dances, completing their tribal performance art. Sept. 20, 8 p.m. Royale, Boston. Tickets: $18 advance, $20 day of show. (Franklin Soults) www.ticketmaster.com, 617-338-7699||World||Boston||Sept. 20|
|ASIAN MUSIC AND CULTURE FESTIVAL||This one-night showcase covers a huge geographic and stylistic span for a moderate price. Sept. 26, 8:15 p.m. Tickets: $8 advance, $12 day of show. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. (Franklin Soults) www.berkleebpc.com, 617-747-2261||World||Boston||Sept. 26|
|HANGGAI||Even though these young Mongolians sometimes slip into pop-rock cheese, their modernization of traditional multi-note throat singing is still as daring as it is rare. Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25. Johnny D’s, Somerville. (Franklin Soults) www.worldmusic.org, 617-776-2004||World||Somerville||Sept. 27|
|BACHACO||Boston’s traveling “rock en español” dance party Clandestino celebrates its ninth anniversary with this fitting Miami band, which eases its ska punch with cumbia lilt. Oct 5, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15 before 10:30, $20 after. Naga, Cambridge. (Franklin Soults) www.clandestino.us, 617-661-4900||World||Cambridge||Oct. 5|
|OBBINI TUMBAO||A very fine local Afro-Cuban dance band, with the old machismo upended by leaders Anita Quinto on percussion and Rebecca Cline on piano. Oct. 5, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $20. Reggata-bar, Cambridge. (Franklin Soults) www.regattabarjazz.com, 617-661-5000||World||Cambridge||Oct. 5|
|THE ROYAL DRUMMERS AND DANCERS OF BURUNDI||The joyous pride of this longstanding troupe underscores its regal name. Oct. 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35. Somerville Theater, Somerville. (Franklin Soults) www.worldmusic.org, 617-625-4088||World||Somerville||Oct. 12|
|TINARIWEN||Recent collaborations with members of TV on the Radio have only enhanced the sad, stoic beauty of these Saharan nomads’ guitar drones. Oct. 13, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of show. Paradise Rock Club, Boston. (Franklin Soults) www.ticketmaster.com, 617-562-8800||World||Boston||Oct. 13|
|STAFF BENDA BILILI||Paraplegic street musicians and abandoned teens who met in the Kinshasa Zoo bring their wonderfully upbeat Congolese rumba to Boston for the first time. Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. (Franklin Soults) www.icaboston.org, 617-478-3103||World||Boston||Oct. 17|
|NOUVELLE VAGUE||Talk about “world fusion:” These French coquettes reinterpret Anglo-American new wave classics as gentle sambas, insulting three continents with their chic cheek. Oct. 27, 6 p.m. Tickets: $22 advance, $25 day of show. Royale, Boston. (Franklin Soults) www.royaleboston.com, 617-338-7699||World||Boston||Oct. 27|
|LUIS ENRIQUE||Nicaragua’s romantic salsa pioneer performs a rare budget-priced show with a large ensemble of Berklee students. Nov. 8, 8:15 p.m. Tickets: $8, $16 advance, $12, $22 day of show. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. (Franklin Soults) www.berkleebpc.com, 617-747-2261||World||Boston||Nov. 8|
|ARTURO SANDOVAL||The Cuban jazz trumpeter just added a set of refined tangos to his huge, diverse repertoire. Nov. 23-24, 8 and 10 p.m. Sculler’s Jazz Club, Boston. Tickets: $40. (Franklin Soults) www.scullersjazz.com, 617-562-4111||World||Boston||Nov. 23-24|
|SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA||This Ottawa sextet always balances its blend of African, Latin, and jazz styles with cool finesse. Nov. 29, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15 advance, $17 day of show. Brighton Music Hall, Allston. (Franklin Soults) www.brightonmusichall.com, 617-562-8800||World||Allston||Nov. 29|
|CHUCHO VALDÉS QUINTET||The virtuoso pianist has long sublimated his Cuban roots in his sophisticated jazz, but he never completely surrenders the clave. Nov. 29, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$58. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. (Franklin Soults) www.celebrityseries.org, 617-482-6661||World||Boston||Nov. 29|
|JOE LOVANO US FIVE||Saxman Lovano’s current working group has two drummers, plus Esperanza Spalding on bass. Their most recent album explored new takes on Charlie Parker. Sept. 13-14, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets: $30-$35. Scullers, Boston. (Siddhartha Mitter) www.scullersjazz.com, 617-562-4111||Jazz||Boston||Sept. 13-14|
|MARK DRESSER||What Dresser does on acoustic bass is rich, generous, and little short of amazing when performed solo, as in the first part of this show, which continues with duets with guitarist Joe Morris. Sept. 14, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lily Pad, Cambridge. (Siddhartha Mitter) www.lily-pad.net,||Jazz||Cambridge||Sept. 14|
|FRED HERSCH TRIO||“Alive at the Vanguard” is the great pianist’s third album back from a six-month coma, but it’s a document of joyous creative renewal, not just fighting another day. Sept. 19, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Scullers, Boston. (Siddhartha Mitter) www.scullersjazz.com, 617-562-4111||Jazz||Boston||Sept. 19|
|JEREMY PELT QUINTET||A notable player in the generational renewal under way on trumpet, Pelt brings his quintet, including ace tenor saxman J.D. Allen, in support of their latest, ballad-led album, “Soul.” Sept. 20, 8 p.m. Tickets: $22. Scullers, Boston. (Siddhartha Mitter) www.scullersjazz.com, 617-562-4111||Jazz||Boston||Sept. 20|
|JOHN SCOFIELD TRIO||The venerable and versatile guitarist, whose work traverses post-bop and jazz-rock, visits with his cornerstone trio. Sept. 20-21, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets: $30-$35. Regattabar, Cambridge. (Siddhartha Mitter) www.regattabarjazz.com, 617-395-7757||Jazz||Cambridge||Sept. 20-21|
|BEN POWELL QUARTET||The young British-born, Boston-based violinist is a devotee of swing-era icon Stéphane Grappelli, whom he honors on his new album, “New Street.” Sept. 23, 5 p.m. Tickets: $15-$28. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. (Siddhartha Mitter) www.rockportmusic.org, 978-546-7391||Jazz||Rockport||Sept. 23|
|A NIGHT OF TWO PIANOS WITH GERI ALLEN AND JOANNE BRACKEEN||Two bold, searching pianists meet fellow female virtuosos Terri Lyne Carrington (drums) and Tia Fuller (sax) to open the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, which continues with free shows the next day on Columbus Avenue. Ave. Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$25. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. (Siddhartha Mitter) www.berkleebpc.com, 617-747-2261||Jazz||Boston||Sept. 28|
|DONNY MCCASLIN||With his quartet, this unfairly under-the-radar tenor saxophonist goes big on his 10th album, “Casting for Gravity,” a jagged, groovy treat at funk’s frontier. Oct. 10, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Scullers, Boston. (Siddhartha Mitter) www.scullersjazz.com, 617-562-4111||Jazz||Boston||Oct. 10|
|LIONEL LOUEKE||It’s past time to get to know the Benin-born guitarist, who’s in full creative voice on his brand-new fourth album, “Heritage,” with Robert Glasper on piano and producing. Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Regattabar, Cambridge. (Siddhartha Mitter) www.regattabarjazz.com, 617-395-7757||Jazz||Cambridge||Oct. 12|
|PAT METHENY UNITY BAND||A generous, expansive show is virtually guaranteed with guitar star Metheny, who shares the front line with saxman Chris Potter in the back-to-basics Unity Band. Oct. 14, 7 p.m. Tickets: $35-$65. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. (Siddhartha Mitter) www.berkleebpc.com, 617-747-2261||Jazz||Boston||Oct. 14|
|ANAT COHEN QUARTET||Now entrenched as a bandleader in New York, the Israeli has become a leading voice on sax and especially clarinet. (Her brother, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, brings his trio Triveni to the same venue on Oct. 25.) Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets: $22-$25. Regattabar, Cambridge. (Siddhartha Mitter) www.regattabarjazz.com, 617-395-7757||Jazz||Cambridge||Oct. 20|
|ERIK TRUFFAZ QUARTET||The French trumpeter and European “nu-jazz” mainstay explores Indian, Arabic, and other palettes off a post-bop and ’70s jazz-rock foundation. Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Regattabar, Cambridge. (Siddhartha Mitter) www.regattabarjazz.com, 617-395-7757||Jazz||Cambridge||Oct. 23|
|JOHN COLTRANE MEMORIAL CONCERT||It’s the 35th anniversary of this Boston rite of fall, where a devoted ensemble explores Coltrane’s repertoire and his spirit. Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. Blackman Auditorium, Boston. (Siddhartha Mitter) www.tickets.neu.edu, 617-373-4700||Jazz||Boston||Nov. 3|
|YOKO MIWA||Sensitive and swinging, the pianist and Berklee prof brings her trio back to Scullers, where her latest, and excellent, live CD was recorded. Nov. 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Scullers, Boston. (Siddhartha Mitter) www.scullersjazz.com, 617-562-4111||Jazz||Boston||Nov. 14|
|DAVE DOUGLAS QUINTET WITH AOIFE O’DONOVAN||New-bluegrass singer O’Donovan (Crooked Still) joins the trumpeter Douglas and his edgy quintet on their hymn-like new album, “Be Still.” Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets: $25-$28. Regattabar, Cambridge. (Siddhartha Mitter) www.regattabarjazz.com, 617-395-7757||Jazz||Cambridge||Nov. 15|
|TRAD KIDS||In Shannon Heaton’s interactive folk musical, a book-loving mouse throws a party for his critter friends that turns into an exercise in creative participation. It’s aimed at children 3 and older, but toddlers will enjoy it too. Sept. 15 and 22, 10:30 a.m. Club Passim, Cambridge. (Joel Brown) www.pasim.org, 617-492-7679||Family||Cambridge||Sept. 15 and 22|
|STORY PIRATES||In Pittsfield, the theater troupe collects stories from kids, no matter how wacky, and turns them into a sketch comedy musical before their eyes. Sept. 15, 2 p.m. Tickets: $15. Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. (Joel Brown) www.berkshiretheatregroup.org, 413-997-4444||Family||Pittsfield||Sept. 15|
|PARTICIPATE||Celebrate exhibits indoors and out at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum as the Okay Mountain artist collective unveils a new work and the “Love Podium,” a sculpture by Dan Peterman, hosts its first reading. Art activities for all ages. Sept. 15. Adults $14, 12 and under free. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. (Joel Brown) www.decordova.org, 781-259-8355||Family||Lincoln||Sept. 15|
|BLUE DISCOVERIES FAMILY DAYS||Art, science, and storytelling as well as favorite marine residents give families at the New England Aquariuma chance to learn more about sharks (Sept. 15), seals (Oct. 14), and sea turtles (Nov. 17). Free with regular admission, which is $22.95 for adults, $15.95 for kids 3-11, free under 3. New England Aquarium, Boston. (Joel Brown) www.neaq.org, 617-973-5200||Family||Boston||Sept. 15, Oct. 14, and Nov. 17|
|FARM DAY AT FRANKLIN PARK ZOO||Rare Poitou donkeys, sheep, goats, and Guinea hogs are among the farm animals on view with zookeeper events, crafts with the Puppet Showplace Theatre, and more. Sept. 15. Admission $17, $12 for ages 2-12, under 2 free. Franklin Park Zoo, Boston. (Joel Brown) www.zoonewengland.org, 617-541-5466||Family||Boston||Sept. 15|
|LIFE IS GOOD FESTIVAL||This music fest organized by the clothing company benefits the Life is good Playmakers charity for kids in need. Dave Matthews headlines, kids’ performers include the Fresh Beat Band and Dan Zanes & Friends, and there are tons of family activities. Sept. 22-23. Tickets are $20 for kids and go to $120 for an adult two-day pass. Prowse Farm, Canton. (Joel Brown) www.lifeisgood.com, 877-435-9849||Family||Canton||Sept. 22-23|
|CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS FESTIVAL||Gloucester celebrates the Rudyard Kipling novel and the city’s maritime heritage with a day of events citywide including gallery talks, readings, performances, and schooner sails, as well as an evening movie screening. Many events are free. Sept. 22. Gloucester. (Joel Brown) www.captainscourageousfestival.org, 978-281-8079||Family||Gloucester||Sept. 22|
|FRAMED: STEP INTO ART||This traveling exhibit at the Boston Children’s Museum allows visitors to step inside the frame of famous paintings and learn about the artists and their work, including Grant Wood and John Singer Sargent. Sept. 25, 2012-Jan. 2, 2013. Free with museum admission, which is ($14 for all over the age of 1). Boston Children’s Museum, Boston. (Joel Brown) www.bostonkids.org, 617-426-6500||Family||Boston||Sept. 25-Jan. 2|
|MARY POPPINS||A touring Disney musical about the magical British nanny and her young charges. Sept. 25-30. Tickets: $35-$93. Hanover Theatre, Worcester. (Joel Brown) www.thehanovertheatre.org, 877-571-7469||Family||Worcester||Sept. 25-30|
|LES 7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN||ArtsEmerson presents the artful circus troupe’s newest performance, “Sequence 8,” featuring trapeze, acrobatics, juggling and more. Sept. 27-Oct. 7. Tickets: $25-$79. Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston. (Joel Brown) www.artsemerson.org, 617-824-8400||Family||Boston||Sept. 27-Oct. 7|
|TOPSFIELD FAIR||Beekeeping, the demolition derby, the giant pumpkin contest, and free grandstand performances by everyone from Frankie Avalon to teen idol Austin Mahone. Sept. 28-Oct. 8. Tickets: $11-$15, kids under 8 free. Topsfield Fairgrounds, Topsfield. (Joel Brown) www.topsfieldfair.org, 978-887-5000||Family||Topsfield||Sept. 28-Oct. 8|
|ANNE OF GREEN GABLES||The musical tale of the plucky orphan adapting to a new life on Prince Edward Island, with a bit of a spin: Adults play the children’s roles. Oct. 19-Nov. 18. Tickets: $20-$30. Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston. (Joel Brown) www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org, 617-879-2300||Family||Boston||Oct. 19-Nov. 18|
|LEGEND OF ZELDA: SYMPHONY OF THE GODDESSES||The popular video game series comes to life on the big screen, with original music from 25 years of the franchise performed by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and concert choir. Oct. 18. Tickets: $34.75 - $107.25. Citi Wang Theatre, Boston. (Joel Brown) www.citicenter.org, 866-348-9738||Family||Boston||Oct. 18|
|PETER AND THE WOLF||Prokofiev’s classic tale performed by the Boston Youth Symphony conducted by Federico Cortese, with narrator Bill Barclay. Nov. 10. Up to four kids under 18 per family get free tickets, otherwise $20. Symphony Hall. (Joel Brown) www.bso.org, 888-266-1200||Family||Boston||Nov. 10|
|LIONS AND TIGERS AND MUSEUMS, OH MY!||A Kidspace at the Clark exhibit riffing on a Peter Paul Rubens painting to explore both the content and background of the work through hands-on activities. Nov. 17-March 31. Adults $15, kids under 18 free. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. (Joel Brown) www.clarkart.edu, 413-458-2303||Family||Williamstown||Nov. 17-March 31|
|THE KITE RUNNER||Adapted by Matthew Spangler from Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel of guilt and redemption, set against the recent history of Afghanistan. Directed by Elaine Vaan Hogue and featuring Nael Nacer, Ken Baltin, Johnnie McQuarley, and Luke Murtha. Sept. 9-30. At New Repertory Theatre, Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. (Don Aucoin) www.newrep.org, 617-923-8487||Theater||Watertown||Sept. 9-30|
|NO ROOM FOR WISHING||A documentary play about the Occupy Boston movement and the broader issues raised by that protest. Created and performed by Danny Bryck, who interviewed activists camped out at Dewey Square, and directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian. Co-production by Company One and Central Square Theater. Sept. 13-22: At Plaza Black Box Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston. (Don Aucoin) www.companyone.org, 617-933-8600||Theater||Boston||Sept. 13-22|
|GOOD PEOPLE||In David Lindsay-Abaire’s taut drama, directed by Kate Whoriskey, a fiftyish, newly unemployed woman from South Boston looks up her old boyfriend, now a physician living in the affluent suburbs with his young wife. Starring Johanna Day, Michael Laurence, Karen MacDonald, and Nancy E. Carroll. Sept. 14- Oct. 14. Presented by Huntington Theatre Company. At Boston University Theatre, Boston. (Don Aucoin) www.huntingtontheatre.org, 617-266-0800||Theater||Boston||Sept.14 - Oct. 14|
|THE [EXPLETIVE] WITH THE HAT||A onetime drug dealer, just out of prison, finds it hard to walk the straight and narrow in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s explosive drama, directed by David R. Gammons. Sept. 14-Oct. 13. Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston. (Don Aucoin) www.speakeasystage.com, 617-933-8600||Theater||Boston||Sept. 14 - Oct. 13|
|MACBETH||Shakespeare’s tragedy of bloodlust and ambition, directed by Paula Plum and starring Allyn Burrows in the title role, with Mara Sidmore as Lady Macbeth. Also featuring Sarah Newhouse, Richard Snee, James Andreassi, and Ross MacDonald. Oct. 3-Nov. 4. Presented by Actors’ Shakespeare Project. At Chevalier Theatre, Medford. (Don Aucoin) www.actorsshakespeareproject.org, 866-811-4111||Theater||Medford||Oct. 3 - Nov. 4|
|WAR HORSE||A British youth traverses the battlefields of World War I in search of his beloved horse, Joey, in this Tony Award winner for best play, which features remarkable life-size horse puppets. Oct. 10-21. Presented by Broadway in Boston. At Boston Opera House, Boston. (Don Aucoin) www.broadwayinboston.com, 800-982-2787||Theater||Boston||Oct. 10 - 21|
|A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE||Martin McDonagh’s play about a man searching for the hand that was cut off decades earlier, and the pair of scam artists in a run-down hotel who claim to have that missing hand. Oct. 12-27. Presented by Theatre on Fire. At Charlestown Working Theater, Charlestown. (Don Aucoin) www.theatreonfire.org, 866-811-4111||Theater||Charlestown||Oct. 12 - 27|
|THE CHOSEN||Adapted by Chaim Potok and Aaron Posner from Potok’s novel about two Jewish boys from different backgrounds and traditions coming of age in 1940s Brooklyn. Oct. 19-Nov. 17. At Lyric Stage Company, Boston. (Don Aucoin) www.lyricstage.com, 617-585-5678||Theater||Boston||Oct. 19 - Nov. 17|
|BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO||Shortly after the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, a soldier finds himself haunted by the ghost of a tiger he has slain. Rajiv Joseph’s play was a Pulitzer Prize finalist two years ago and ran on Broadway in 2011. Directed by Shawn LaCount. Oct. 19-Nov. 17. Presented by Company One. At Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston. (Don Aucoin) www.companyone.org, 617-933-8600||Theater||Boston||Oct. 19 - Nov. 17|
|SEQUENCE 8||The Montreal-based contemporary circus troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main, last seen in Boston with the dazzling “PSY,’’ returns with a new piece that blends acrobatics, theater, and dance. Sept. 27-Oct. 7. Presented by ArtsEmerson. At Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston. (Don Aucoin) www.artsemerson.org, 617-824-8400||Theater||Boston||Sept. 27 - Oct. 7|
|TED HUGHES’ TALES FROM OVID||A remounting of Whistler in the Dark Theatre’s 2010 adaptation, which was widely acclaimed for its energy, imagination, and air of excitement. Directed by Meg Taintor. Nov. 8-18. Presented by Arts-Emerson. At Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre, Paramount Center, Boston. (Don Aucoin) www.artsemerson.org, 617-824-8400||Theater||Boston||Nov. 8 - 18|
|THE LILY’S REVENGE||Written by and starring Taylor Mac alongside an ensemble of more than 30 that includes Remo Airaldi, Thomas Derrah, John Kuntz, and Meghan McGeary, this is a five-act blend of dance, verse, music, and film. Oct. 12-28. Presented by American Repertory Theater. At Oberon, Cambridge. (Don Aucoin) www.americanrepertorytheater.org, 617-547-8300||Theater||Cambridge||Oct. 12 - 28|
|THE HOW AND THE WHY||Playwright Sarah Treem explores the issues facing women in science through the prism of the relationship between a renowned evolutionary biologist and an ambitious graduate student. Directed by Daniel Gidron. Sept. 27-Oct. 21. Presented by Nora Theatre Company. At Central Square Theater, Cambridge. (Don Aucoin) www.centralsquaretheater.org, 866-811-4111||Theater||Cambridge||Sept. 27 - Oct. 21|
|A BRIGHT NEW BOISE||Set in a chain store called the Hobby Lobby, Samuel D. Hunter’s play focuses on a seemingly bland fellow who is intent on summoning the Rapture. Directed by David J. Miller. Sept. 28-Oct. 20. Presented by Zeitgeist Stage Company. At Plaza Black Box Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston. (Don Aucoin) www.zeitgeiststage.com, 617-933-8600||Theater||Boston||Sept. 28 - Oct. 20|
|HAMLET||A fast-paced, two-and-a -half-hour production of Shakespeare’s most loquacious play, in which actors shoulder multiple roles. From Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Oct. 9-21. Presented by ArtsEmerson. At Paramount Center Mainstage, Boston. (Don Aucoin) www.artsemerson.org, 617-824-8400||Theater||Boston||Oct. 9 - 21|
|ORI GERSHT: HISTORY REPEATING||Twenty-five works, both photographs and films, touching on tensions between beauty, violence, and historical memory by the contemporary Israeli artist. Through Jan. 6. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Sebastian Smee) www.mfa.org, 617-267-9300||Art||Boston||Through Jan. 6|
|PAUL KLEE: PHILOSOPHICAL VISION; FROM NATURE TO ART||An exploration of the links between the great Swiss modernist’s thinking and broader currents in philosophy, with major loans from museums in Switzerland and within the US. the United States. Through Dec. 9. McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, Boston. (Sebastian Smee) www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/artmuseum, 617-552-8100||Art||Boston||Through Dec. 9|
|JULIANNE SWARTZ: HOW DEEP IS YOUR||Inventive, poetic, and witty installations and sculptures that play with perception. Through Dec. 30. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. (Sebastian Smee) www.decordova.org, 781-259-8355||Art||Lincoln||Through Dec. 30|
|HATS: AN ANTHOLOGY BY STEPHEN JONES||More than 250 turbans, bonnets and other imaginative hats designed by British “milliner- to- the- stars” Stephen Jones, organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Through Feb. 3. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. (Sebastian Smee) www.pem.org, 866-745-1876||Art||Salem||Through Feb. 3|
|CROSSING CULTURES: THE OWEN AND WAGNER COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIAN ART AT THE HOOD MUSEUM OF ART||More than 100 works of Australian indigenous art from the Hood’s collection, including acrylic paintings, bark paintings, and sculptures. Sept. 15-March 10. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. (Sebastian Smee) www.hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu, 603-646-2808||Art||Hanover||Sept. 15 - March 10|
|SOL LEWITT: THE WELL-TEMPERED GRID||Work from five decades focusing on the importance of the grid to LeWitt’s career, and emphasizing his passion for music — especially Bach. Sept. 15-Dec. 9. Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. (Sebastian Smee) wcma.williams.edu, 413-597-2429||Art||Williamstown||Sept. 15 - Dec. 9|
|DOR GUEZ: 100 STEPS TO THE MEDITERRANEAN||Photographs and video installations by a contemporary, Jerusalem-born artist exploring the overlooked history of Palestinian Christians in the Middle East. Sept. 20-Dec. 9. Rose Art Museum, Waltham. (Sebastian Smee) www.brandeis.edu/rose, 781-736-3434||Art||Waltham||Sept. 20 - Dec. 9|
|AMERICAN VANGUARDS: GRAHAM, DAVIS, GORKY, DE KOONING, AND THEIR CIRCLE, 1927-1942||A look at the influence of John Graham’s circle on American modernism. Sept. 21-Dec. 30. Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover. (Sebastian Smee) www.andover.edu/Museums/Addison, 978-749-4015||Art||Andover||Sept. 21-Dec. 30|
|CARO: CLOSE UP||The first US-organized survey of the work of the seminal British modernist sculptor Sir Anthony Caro since 1975. Oct. 18-Dec. 30. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. (Sebastian Smee) www.britishart.yale.edu, 877-274-8278||Art||New Haven||Oct. 18-Dec. 30|
|IN THE HOLOCENE||A group exhibition featuring artists who have treated art as a kind of speculative science. Includes work by Berenice Abbott, John Baldessari, Sol LeWitt, Man Ray, Joseph Beuys, Uta Barth, and many more. Oct. 19-Jan. 6. List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge. (Sebastian Smee) listart.mit.edu, 617-253-4680||Art||Cambridge||Oct. 19-Jan. 6|
|CHRIS GUSTIN: MASTERWORKS IN CLAY||The first museum survey of the 35-year career of this ceramicist who favors biomorphic forms. Oct. 20-Feb. 24. Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton. (Sebastian Smee) www.fullercraft.org, 508-588-6000||Art||Brockton||Oct. 20-Feb. 24|
|MARIO TESTINO: IN YOUR FACE||A career retrospective of the work of the acclaimed fashion photographer, known for his sexy snapshot style. Oct. 21-Feb. 3. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Sebastian Smee) www.mfa.org, 617-267-9300||Art||Boston||Oct. 21-Feb. 3|
|HEROES AND VILLAINS: THE COMIC BOOK ART OF ALEX ROSS||An overview of the work of this artist who rose to prominence in the mid-1990s and proceeded to revolutionize classic superhero comic book art. The show will also feature work by Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, and Andrew Loomis. Nov. 10-Feb. 24. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. (Sebastian Smee) www.nrm.org, 413-298-4100||Art||Stockbridge||Nov. 10-Feb. 24|
|THIS WILL HAVE BEEN: ART, LOVE & POLITICS IN THE 1980S||An ambitious historical overview of the main currents of art-making in the 1980s, from neo-expressionism and appropriation art to the rise of conceptual photography and abject art. Nov. 16-March 3. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. (Sebastian Smee) www.icaboston.com, 617-478-310||Art||Boston||Nov. 16-March 3|
|WEATHERBEATEN: WINSLOW HOMER AND MAINE||Timed to coincide with the opening of the renovated Winslow Homer Studio at Prouts Neck, this show gathers together 35 major works painted by Homer in the final decade of his life. Sept. 22-Dec. 30. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. (Sebastian Smee) www.portlandmuseum.org, 207-775-6148,||Art||Portland||Sept. 22-Dec. 30|
|ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM||A Far Cry, the dynamic local chamber orchestra, kicks off the Gardner Museum’s Sunday series with an intriguingly eclectic program devoted to works by Hildegard von Bingen, Osvaldo Golijov, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, and Beethoven. With guest clarinetist David Krakauer. 1:30 p.m., Sept. 9. Boston. (Jeremy Eichler) www.gardnermuseum.org, 617-278-5156||Classical||Boston||Sept. 9|
|BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA||Opening night is Sept. 22, with violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman; Bramwell Tovey returns to “Porgy and Bess”; and guest conductors of note this fall include Vladimir Jurowski, Charles Dutoit, and Thomas Adès. Symphony Hall, Boston. (Jeremy Eichler) www.bso.org, 617-266-1200||Classical||Boston||Sept. 22-Dec. 30|
|BOSTON CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA||Steven Lipsitt’s ensemble starts off with Bartok, Brahms, Vivaldi, and Mozart. Sept. 29 and 30. Faneuil Hall, Boston. (Jeremy Eichler) www.bostonclassicalorchestra.org, 617-423-3883||Classical||Boston||Sept. 29-30|
|CELEBRITY SERIES||Pianist Daniil Trifonov opens the Celebrity Series season (Oct. 5) in Longy’s Pickman Hall. Look out as well for fall appearances by the Pacifica Quartet (Oct. 24), Midori (Nov. 4), and the Takacs Quartet with pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin (Nov. 16). Boston. (Jeremy Eichler) www.celebrityseries.org, 617-482-6661||Classical||Boston||Oct. 5, Oct. 24, Nov. 4, and Nov. 16|
|HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY||Harry Christophers kicks off the new H&H season with an all-Bach program that includes the composer’s “Magnificat.” Oct. 12, 14. Symphony Hall, Boston. (Jeremy Eichler) www.handelandhaydn.org, 617-266-3605||Classical||Boston||Oct. 12 and 14|
|DISCOVERY ENSEMBLE||Courtney Lewis’s adventurous orchestra returns with works by Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, Bach, and Mozart. Oct. 21. Jordan Hall, Boston. (Jeremy Eichler) www.discoveryensemble.com, 617-800-7588||Classical||Boston||Oct. 21|
|METROPOLITAN OPERA||The Met opens its new season on Sept. 24 with “L’Elisir d’Amore” and mounts a production of Thomas Adès’s opera, “The Tempest,” directed by Robert Lepage, on Oct. 23. New York. (Jeremy Eichler) www.metopera.org, 212-362-6000||Classical||New York||Oct. 23|
|BOSTON PHILHARMONIC||Benjamin Zander begins the new season with Sibelius’s “Lemminkäinen and the Maidens of the Island,” Strauss’s “Don Quixote,” and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with soloist Stephan Jackiw. Oct 25, 28, Sanders Theatre; Oct 27, Jordan Hall, Boston. (Jeremy Eichler) www.bostonphil.org, 617-236-0999||Classical||Boston||Oct. 25, 28; Oct. 27|
|CHAMBER PLAYERS||Andover Chamber Music Society hosts the Chiara Quartet (Sept. 23); Emmanuel Music embarks on the third season of its Beethoven chamber series (Sept. 30); Radius Ensemble has music by Prokofiev, Weber, Morton Gould, and Mark Schultz (Oct 6); Chameleon Arts Ensemble offers Brahms, Wagner, Schoenberg, and Berg (Oct. 6-7); Mmembers of Boston Chamber Music Society play both Brahms Sextets (Oct 14); the Boston Symphony Chamber Players open with Carter and Brahms (Nov. 18); and Concord Chamber Music Society presents the St. Lawrence String Quartet (Nov. 25). Boston area. (Jeremy Eichler) www.emmanuelmusic.org, www.radiusensemble.org, www.chameleonarts.org, www.bostonchambermusic.org, www.bso.org, www.concordchambermusic.org, 617-536-3356, 617-792-7234, 617-427-8200, 617-349-0086, 617-266-1200, 978-371-9667||Classical||Boston area||Sept. 23, Sept. 30, Oct. 6, Oct. 6-7, Oct. 4, Nov. 18, and Nov. 25|
|BOSTON BAROQUE||Martin Pearlman leads his period instrument band in Handel’s “Partenope,” with vocal soloists Amanda Forsythe and Owen Willetts. Oct. 19, 20. Jordan Hall. (Jeremy Eichler) www.bostonbaroque.org, 617-987-8600||Classical||Boston||Oct. 19-20|
|BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL||BEMF’s fall series begins on Oct. 27 with Concerto Köln and continues Nov. 2 with the return of Jordi Savall and his Hesperion XXI. This year’s annual chamber opera offering in Jordan Hall, Boston. (Nov. 24-25) will be Monteverdi’s “Orfeo.” (Jeremy Eichler) www.bemf.org, 617-661-1812||Classical||Boston||Oct. 27, Nov. 24-25|
|BOSTON LYRIC OPERA||Lillian Groag directs the season-opening production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” with Yunah Lee in the title role. Andrew Bisantz conducts. Nov. 2-11. Shubert Theatre, Boston. (Jeremy Eichler) www.blo.org, 617-542-4912||Classical||Boston||Nov. 2-11|
|CHORAL BOSTON||Blue Heron sings the American premiere of a work by Nicholas Ludford (Oct. 11); Musica Sacra leads off with a Renaissance program (Oct. 27); Boston Cecilia opens (Oct. 27) with a program led by Dan Perkins; the Cantata Singers present works by Bach and Frank Martin (Nov. 9); Masterworks Chorale performs Brahms’s “German Requiem” (Nov. 9); Emmanuel Music presents Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (Dec. 1); and Exsultemus has an Iberian holiday program (Dec 9). (Jeremy Eichler) www.bostonsings.org,||Classical||Boston area||Oct. 11, Oct. 27, Nov. 9, Nov. 9, Dec. 1, Dec. 9|
|MUSIC AT MUSIC SCHOOLS||At Longy, the annual SeptemberFest begins (Sept. 14) with a program of musical portraits; Music for Food’s Dvorak-themed season begins at New England Conservatory on Sept. 17, and NEC’s First Monday series begins Oct. 1; NEC and Northeastern University are presenting a Harry Partch Festival (Sept. 19-21); at Harvard, the Chiara Quartet plays Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Gabriela Lena Frank (Sept. 28); Boston Conservatory’s new music (Nov. 8-11) festival focuses on composers under 40; and Boston University stages Massenet’s opera “Le Portrait de Manon” (Oct. 6) and, next year, Britten’s “Owen Wingrave.” (Jeremy Eichler) ,||Classical||Boston area||Sept. 14, Sept. 17, Oct. 1, Sept. 19-21, Sept. 28, Nov. 8-11, Oct. 6|
|NEW MUSIC IN BOSTON||Intermezzo presents “The Diva Monologues” (Sept. 15-16 at the Modern Theatre); Boston Musica Viva opens with works by Harbison, Lieberson, and Vores (Sept. 28 at Tsai Performance Center); Sound Icon performs Grisey (Oct. 21 at Boston University) and BMOP begins its season on Nov. 10 (in Jordan Hall). Boston area. (Jeremy Eichler) www.intermezzo-opera.org, www.bmv.org, www.soundicon.org, www.bmop.org, 617-354-6910 (Boston Musica Viva), 781-324-0396 (BMOP)||Classical||Boston area||Sept. 15-16, Sept. 28, Oct. 21, Nov. 10|
|SOKOLOW NOW!||The archival dance company of the Attleboro-based Sokolow Dance Foundation performs the works of American choreographer Anna Sokolow, who began her professional dance career in 1929 with Martha Graham. “Black & White” is a program of three of Sokolow’s pieces from the 1980s: “Everything Must Go,” “Homage to Rachmaninoff,” and “From the Diaries of Franz Kafka.” Sept. 15. $18-$22. Boston University Dance Theater, Boston. (Jeffrey Gantz) www.brownpapertickets.com, 800-838-3006||Dance||Boston||Sept. 15|
|BALLET FOLKLÓRICO DE MÉXICO||Founded in 1952 by dancer-choreographer Amalia Hernández and spanning Mexico’s cultural history, from the Mayan and Aztec eras to the present, the company marks its 60th anniversary this year. With a lineup of 48 dancers, musicians, and singers, it brings its colorful folk dances to the Shubert Theatre as part of World Music/CRASHarts’ fall season. Sept. 22. $40-$65. Shubert Theatre, Boston. (Jeffrey Gantz) www.worldmusic.org, 617-876-4275||Dance||Boston||Sept. 22|
|FIRSTWORKS FESTIVAL: ON THE PLAZA IN 2012||Highlighting this festival of music, dance, and performance will be an appearance by Bandaloop. The 21-year-old company, whose specialty is “vertical performance,” will hope to reach new heights as it weaves physicality, choreography, and climbing technology to fly 30 stories overhead. Sept. 29. Free. Greater Kennedy Plaza, Providence. (Jeffrey Gantz) www.first-works.org, 401-421-4078||Dance||Providence||Sept. 29|
|JOSÉ MATEO BALLET THEATRE||The Cambridge-based company’s 26th season opens with “Mysterious Arrangements,” a trio of works that includes Mateo’s “Time Beyond Time” (2005), set to Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time,” and “Dancers’ Overture” (2001), set to the Overture from Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 and not seen since its debut. The third piece will be a Mateo world premiere, one of two the choreographer will present this season. Oct. 5-28. $38. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. (Jeffrey Gantz) www.ballettheatre.org, 617-354-7467||Dance||Cambridge||Oct.5-28|
|THE ROYAL DRUMMERS & DANCERS OF BURUNDI||Performing on drums that are, in some cases, hollowed tree trunks covered with skin, these artists from the small central African nation of Burundi have been touring since the 1960s. They ; appeared on Joni Mitchell’s 1975 album, “The Hissing of Summer Lawns,” and played at the first WOMAD festival, in 1982. World Music/CRASHarts brings them to the Somerville Theatre as part of their first North American tour since 2006. Oct. 12. $35. Somerville Theatre, Somerville. (Jeffrey Gantz) www.worldmusic.org, 617-876-4275||Dance||Somerville||Oct. 12|
|CIRCLES: 4TH QUARTER||Unyted Stylz Productions presents its fourth annual roundup of local choreography, with performances from Unyted Stylz Crew (which has appeared at Boston Celtics games), StreetHype, Contemporarily Out of Order, Dana Fitchett, Boston Tap Company, LBArts Collective, Devon Boucher, and more to be announced. Oct. 12-13. $18-$20. Boston University Dance Theater, Boston. (Jeffrey Gantz) www.brownpapertickets.com, 800-838-3006||Dance||Boston||Oct. 12-13|
|ANNA MYER AND DANCERS||This local outfit, established in 1992, has been presented by the Celebrity Series, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Summer Stages Dance. Now World Music/CRASHarts brings the company to the Institute of Contemporary Art to perform its new “Hoop Suite,” a “rap opera” created in conjunction with the North American Family Institute’s Youth Link that builds on the vibe of Myer’s “Street Talk Suite Talk.” The second piece on the program is the world premiere of Myer’s “Hindsight Now,” a work that calls for nine dancers and three cellists. Oct. 12-14. $40. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. (Jeffrey Gantz) www.worldmusic.org, 617-876-4275||Dance||Boston||Oct. 12-14|
|LAR LUBOVITCH DANCE COMPANY||Lubovitch has done everything from Broadway musicals to choreography for figure skaters. His company, which was established in 1968 and is based in New York, is making its second appearance in the Celebrity Series, and it’s bringing mostly Lubovitch’s recent work: “North Star” (1978), set to Philip Glass’s “Étoile polaire”; “Little Rhapsodies” (2007), set to Schumann’s “Symphonic Etudes”; “Crisis Variations” (2011), set to a score by Yevgeniy Sharlat based on Liszt’s “Transcendental Etudes”; and “The Legend of Ten” (2010), set to the first and last movements of Brahms’s Piano Quintet. Oct. 19-20. $60-$75. Shubert Theatre, Boston. (Jeffrey Gantz) www.celebrityseries.org, 617-482-6661||Dance||Boston||Oct. 19-20|
|BOSTON BALLET’S FALL PROGRAM||The company opens its 49th season with two encores from the 2011-12 season and a world premiere (title TBA) from the company’s resident choreographer, Jorma Elo. Christopher Bruce’s “Rooster” has dancers strutting to Rolling Stones tunes such as “Play With Fire” and “Not Fade Away”; William Forsythe’s “The Second Detail” is a kind of high-school-prom piece with a Carrie-like figure in a white Issey Miyake dress. As for the Elo premiere, the only thing certain is that the choreographer will be working on it till the last minute. Oct. 25-Nov. 4. $29-$132. Boston Opera House, Boston. (Jeffrey Gantz) www.bostonballet.org, 617-695-6955||Dance||Boston||Oct. 25-Nov. 4|
|UNLEASHED||Headlining Boston Conservatory’s fall showcase will be a pair of works by major American choreographers. Bill T. Jones created “D-Man in the Waters” in 1989 in memory of Demian Acquavella, a dancer with his company who died of AIDS; it’s set to Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings, to be played live by students from the conservatory’s music division. Twyla Tharp’s “Eight Jelly Rolls,” which premiered in 1971, is set to the 1920s jazz of Jelly Roll Morton. Rounding out the program are new works by Larry Keigwin, artistic director of Keigwin and Company; former Boston Ballet company member Gianni Di Marco; and New York-based dance artist Colleen Thomas. Nov. 1-4. $15-$30. Boston Conservatory Theater, Boston. (Jeffrey Gantz) www.bostonconservatory.edu, 617-912-9222||Dance||Boston||Nov. 1-4|
|FAYE DRISCOLL||No points for guessing that “You’re Me,” the New York-based Bessie Award winner’s new 90-minute duet, is about identity and how we relate to one another. Pulling clothing, wigs, costume jewelry, and more out of what might be a trunk the kids have found in the attic, Driscoll and Jesse Zaritt dress each other up, make each other up, and act up as they try to figure out who’s who. Nov. 2-3. $18-$20. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. (Jeffrey Gantz) www.icaboston.org, 617-478-3100||Dance||Boston||Nov. 2-3|
|LORRAINE CHAPMAN THE COMPANY||This local troupe is celebrating its 10th anniversary at Green Street Studios with six performances that will include recent works from Chapman’s repertoire (“the changing room,” “Pulp Tango,” “Gilbert & George,” “Safe Space,” “the solemn moment,” and “Good Enough for Me”), a pair of collaborations (“Where’s the Magic?” with Alissa Cardone and Joe Burgio, and “Underneath the blue shirt” with Yo-el Cassell and Chris Alloways-Ramsey), Marcus Schulkind’s “Let Bygones Be,” and new solo works created for Chapman by choreographers Diane Arvanites and David Parker. Nov. 2-11. $15-$25. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. (Jeffrey Gantz) www.lorrainechapman.org, 617-864-3191||Dance||Cambridge||Nov. 2-11|
|DANCE COMPLEX FACULTY SHOWCASE||This annual fall concert in Central Square’s historic Odd Fellows Hall will feature new choreography from Dance Complex faculty members, who teach everything from bharatanatyam to ballet, and who include Anna Myer, Brian Crabtree, Danny Swain, Diane Arvanites, Tommy Neblett, Margot Parsons, Rebecca Rice, and Rozann Kraus. Nov. 9-10. $21. Dance Complex, Cambridge. (Jeffrey Gantz) www.dancecomplex.org, 617-547-9363||Dance||Cambridge||Nov. 9-10.|
|KYLE ABRAHAM/ABRAHAM.IN.MOTION||World Music/CRASHarts brings Bessie Award winner Kyle Abraham and his seven-member company Abraham.In.Motion to the Institute of Contemporary Art for the Boston premiere of “The Radio Show” (2010), a piece that incorporates his father’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease, and the disappearance from the airwaves of the radio station that Pittsburgh native Abraham grew up listening to. Nov. 16-17. $40. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. (Jeffrey Gantz) www.worldmusic.org, 617-876-4275||Dance||Boston||Nov. 16-17|
|IMPACT DANCE COMPANY||This new local troupe headed by Meghan McCaffrey makes its debut with a benefit event for a 5-year-old girl named Hailey, born with cerebral palsy. Headlining the evening will be a piece called “Hailey’s Dance.” Nov. 24. $10-$20. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. (Jeffrey Gantz) www.facebook.com/impactdanceboston, 617-997-3527||Dance||Cambridge||Nov. 24|
Fall Arts Preview 2012
Andrew Dreyfus: The last health care reform optimist
As CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Dreyfus is convinced medical costs can be reined in.
Escape to Cape Ann
For a day trip, a weekend, or longer, Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester-by-the-Sea have loads to offer, minus the travel hassles.
Is that a cougar in your backyard?
Looking for bobcats, lynx, and — yes — even cougars in New England.
Duel of the airplane-boarding dawdlers
Whenever this author flies, he has to be the last one on the plane. No exceptions.
Recipe for Joan Collins cocktail
The recipe is adapted from Pete Polselli, bartender at the cocktail-centric Wink & Nod in the South End.
When temperatures soar, order a summery Tom Collins
Tom Collins is rarely in the hand of someone outside the bar industry. Consider this your periodic reminder.
A taste of NASCAR in N.H.
Experience the thrill of driving a 600-horsepower stock car around the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H.
‘Will’ leaves Shakespeare’s Anne in a haze
Anne Hathaway gets to speak her piece in “Shakespeare’s Will,’’ now at Shakespeare & Company. If only she had more interesting things to say.
From Reggie Wilson, a new exploration of the Exodus tale
“Moses(es),” performed by Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, feels experimental and entirely new.
Shiner Beer comes to Mass.
The iconic brand from the 105-year-old Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas, will enter Massachusetts this month.
A Magna moment at the MFA
One of the earliest copies of the Magna Carta is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts until Sept. 1.
Boston animal shelter found in crisis
Mark Giannangelo, the acting director of animal control, has been suspended with pay while the city investigates.
Art exhibits, documentary put De Niro’s father in the spotlight
With an HBO documentary and exhibitions in Provincetown and New York, Robert De Niro hopes his late father, a painter, will finally get his artistic due.
Firefighters made plunge into ever-growing danger
The heavy lifting, the life-saving, was over in minutes. The harder stuff, dealing with the aftermath, the dead, would go on much longer.
App allows users to claim parking spots, resell them
A new digital service called Haystack, launched in Baltimore in May, is expanding to Boston this week.
Fire victims were fixture on their Lowell block
Neighbors had fond memories of the seven people who died in Thursday’s blaze.
Horrified Lowell residents had little time, few options
Those who had not made it out in the first wave found themselves trapped by flames in the hallway.
In Lowell, search for answers begins after fatal fire
Authorities plan to conduct a “long and thorough” investigation, including a forensic review of the alarm system in the building.
Cancer cells may guide treatment
A Boston-based team published proof Thursday that one of the most alluring ideas in cancer treatment can work.