Fall Arts Preview 2012

Fall Arts highlightsOur critics pick some highlights of the upcoming season Click on a category to sort the table.
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