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Bruno Mars plays TD Garden Oct. 7 and 8.
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Bruno Mars plays TD Garden Oct. 7 and 8.

MUSIC

Rock & Pop

BRUNO MARS This charismatic, extroverted singer-songwriter-everything-elser has only been a presence in pop since 2010, but in that short time he’s managed to put quite a dent into radio playlists with his hooky, R&B-tinged pop, which gets an extra jolt from his all-in live performances. (Should you attend this show, don’t expect to stay seated for long.) Oct. 7-8, 8 p.m. $49.50 and up. TD Garden. 800-745-3000, www.tdgarden.com

HANSON The brothers from Tulsa, Okla., celebrate their 25th anniversary as a band — and the 20th anniversary of their major-label debut, “Middle of Nowhere,” which spawned the decade-defining singalong “Mmmbop” and the scruffy soul-pop jam “Where’s the Love” — with a retrospective tour and a new greatest hits album, “Middle of Everywhere.” Oct. 1, 7 p.m. $40 and up. House of Blues. 888-693-2583, www.houseofblues.com/boston

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PARAMORE “After Laughter,” the most recent offering from spitfire vocalist Hayley Williams and her pop-rock team, cuts its gimlet-eyed lyrics with wiry, sunshine-bright hooks. Oct. 7, 8 p.m. $39.50 and up. Boston Opera House. 617-259-3400, www.bostonoperahouse.com

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MAURA JOHNSTON

Folk & World

BANDITOS The Banditos are now residents of Nashville, but their new record, “Visionland,” looks back to where they came from in copping its title from a short-lived Birmingham-area theme park. Like their debut, it’s stuffed full of old-time, mongrel alt-country from the rock side of the aisle. Caroline Rose opens. Oct. 4, 9:30 p.m. $10. Great Scott. 888-929-7849, www.axs.com

MANDOLIN ORANGE On their latest record, “Blindfaller,” Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin expand their rootsy Americana sound with the addition of several players, including Allyn Love on pedal steel guitar, whose contributions help to give several of its songs — “Picking Up Pieces,” “Hard Travelin’,” and others — a distinct country feel. Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m. $20. Royale. 888-929-7849, www.axs.com

THE TANNAHILL WEAVERS Now on the doorstep of half a century of musical existence, and with two of its original members in Roy Gullane and Phil Smillie still on board, the Tannahill Weavers’ claim to be “Scotland’s premier traditional band” is no idle boast. Oct. 6, 8 p.m. $22. Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham. 508-405-2787, www.amazingthings.org

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STUART MUNRO

Jazz & Blues

THE MARK ZALESKI BAND The alto and soprano saxophonist and bassist (Dave Brubeck, Either/Orchestra) celebrates his kinetic new recording, “Days, Months, Years,” with the band on the CD: keyboardist Glenn Zaleski, tenor saxophonist Jon Bean, guitarist Mark Cocheo, bassist Danny Weller, and drummer Oscar Suchanek. Oct 5, 8 p.m. $25-$40. Scullers. 866-777-8932, www.scullersjazz.com

THE BURTON GREENE TRIO Free jazz piano avatar Greene, whose music encompasses everything from classical to klezmer, makes a rare Boston area appearance with bassist Damon Smith and drum legend Ra-Kalam Bob Moses. Improviser Eric Zinman opens with a solo piano set. Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. $15. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. www.lilypadinman.com

AARDVARK JAZZ ORCHESTRA Boston’s own progressive big band commences its 45th season with a concert of compositions by leader Mark Harvey, featuring “Swamp-a-Rama Suite” — including “Trumputin Tango,” “Fake News Blewz,” and “Perseverance Pavanne” — and peace anthem “No Walls,” written in tribute to Doctors Without Borders and inspired by Duke Ellington’s belief in transcending categorization in art and life. Oct. 7, 9 p.m. Free. Killian Hall, MIT, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. 617-452-3205, www.aardvarkjazz.com

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

Classical

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FIRST MONDAY Cellist Laurence Lesser’s all-free concert series, featuring performances by New England Conservatory faculty and guest artists, opens with an all-Mozart program. Performers include soprano Erica Petrocelli, pianists George Li and Alex Beyer, violist Marcus Thompson, and violinist Soovin Kim. Oct 2, 7:30 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617- 585-1260, www.necmusic.edu 

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The BSO subscription season continues with Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, Arlene Sierra’s “Moler,” and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with soloist Gil Shaham — all under the baton of Andris Nelsons. Oct. 5-7, Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org 

BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL BEMF’S high-powered chamber ensemble celebrates its new recording of Agostino Stefani’s duets with a local performance of the same repertoire. Featuring Amanda Forsythe, Emoke Barath, Colin Balzer, and Christian Immler as vocal soloists. Oct. 6, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-661-1812, www.bemf.org 

JEREMY EICHLER

ARTS

Theater

A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY An early play by Tony Kushner, who went on to write a modest little drama called “Angels in America,’’ among others. In “A Bright Room Called Day,’’ a circle of left-wing artists and film-industry employees in 1932 Berlin ponder their choices and actions as Hitler and the Nazis rise to power. Directed by Dori A. Robinson (“Silent Sky’’). Through Oct. 14. Flat Earth Theatre, at Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.flatearththeatre.org

GYPSY As the deluded but unstoppable Mama Rose, Leigh Barrett carries this production — which is sometimes in need of carrying — with the avidity and assurance of a supremely skilled performer who knows she is tackling one of the juiciest roles in all of musical theater. Directed and choreographed by Rachel Bertone. With a book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and music by Jule Styne — each of them working at the top of his game. Through Oct. 8. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Maria Friedman’s production captures the (broken) heart and (damaged) soul of this elusive, melancholy, funny, and challenging Stephen Sondheim musical about as well as anyone is likely to do. Based on an innovative staging by Friedman in London that was widely acclaimed, “Merrily’’ is toplined by two of the three stars from that West End production and fortified by a crackerjack ensemble. Through Oct. 15. Huntington Theatre Company, at Huntington Avenue Theatre, Boston. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org

DON AUCOIN

Dance

JOSÉ MATEO BALLET THEATRE The company opens its 32nd season with “Assault on the Senses,” which showcases its founder’s penchant for the mysterious. The program features Mateo’s 2006 “Covens,” set amid the hysteria of a witch hunt; “Fearless Symmetries” (2008), to music by John Adams, and the powerful “Isle of the Dead” (1993), fueled by Sergei Rachmaninoff’s score of the same name. Oct. 6-29. $45. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. 617-354-7467, www.ballettheatre.org

BB@HOME Boston Ballet showcases some of the most promising choreographers within its ranks with “Dancer/Dance-makers.” The program features new works by principal dancer Paulo Arrais; soloists Isaac Akiba, Roddy Doble, and Florimond Lorieux; and dancers Reina Sawai and Matthew Slattery. Followed by a post-performance discussion moderated by company artistic director Mikko Nissinen. Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. $55. Boston Ballet Studios Black Box. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org

LION’S JAW The second annual incarnation of New Movement Collaborative’s dance/performance festival caps five days of extensive interdisciplinary training and exploration with two set performances plus an evening of informal showings and improvisations followed by a dance party. The three “r’s” of this ambitious initiative are risk, rigor, and rebellion. Oct. 6-8. $5-$25. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 857-242-6789, www.lionsjaw.com

KAREN CAMPBELL

Galleries

ANDY WARHOL: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE Another title might be “Warhol: Unauthorized.” These large-scale screenprints are test proofs and extras, set aside on the way to making the final, anointed artworks. Warhol saved them because he saved everything. Pictured: “Karen Kain.” Through Oct. 11. Trustman Art Gallery, Simmons College, 300 The Fenway. 617-521-2268, www.simmons.edu/trustman

TARA DONOVAN: COMPOSITIONS (CARDS) The newly renamed Krakow Witkin Gallery, formerly Barbara Krakow Gallery, kicks off its season with Donovan, known for cumulatively building beauty from mundane materials. Here, she uses thousands of plastic cards to create shimmering strata in a painting format. Through Nov. 4. Krakow Witkin Gallery, 10 Newbury St. 617-262-4490, www.krakowwitkingallery.com

 

THE EVOLUTION OF AN URBAN LANDSCAPE: RECENT PAINTINGS OF FOREST HILLS BY ANDREW HAINES The artist charts 30 years of changes in infrastructure and development of green space between Franklin Park and the Arboretum in paintings attuned to light and atmosphere. Through Oct. 8. Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 125 Arborway. 617-384-5251, my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=1618&DayPlannerDate=9/16/2017

 CATE McQUAID

Museums

THE PARIS OF TOULOUSE-LAUTREC: PRINTS AND POSTERS FROM THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec inhabited a Paris filled with wine, song, dance, and prostitutes. His legendary depictions portray the city’s beauty, its ribaldry, and its underside. Through Jan. 7. Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester, N.H. 603-669-6144, www.currier.org

 

SEEKING STILLNESS The new installation in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art highlights art that stirs contemplation, including works by Edward Weston and Agnes Martin, and opens to the quiet of “Joan Jonas: Ice Drawing” and “Mark Rothko: Reflection.” Through July 1, 2018. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

 

THIS EVER NEW SELF: THOREAU AND HIS JOURNAL The bicentennial celebration of Henry David Thoreau’s birth continues with a careful examination of his journals, letters, and other writings displayed in context with personal possessions, in a show co-organized with the Morgan Library & Museum. Through Jan. 21. Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord. 978-369-9763, www.concordmuseum.org

 CATE McQUAID

EVENTS

Comedy

BOSTON STRONG COMICS: BENEFIT FOR TEXAS FLOOD VICTIMS Carl Yard hosts this benefit for Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Help for Houston charity. Comics include Mike McDonald, Chance Langton, Bill Campbell, Corey Manning, Gerroll Bennette, Kelly Morse, and Max Docelli. Oct. 2, 8 p.m. $35. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

MIKE BIRBIGLIA Tickets are sold out for most of Birbig’s five-night run with his one-man show “The New One,” the followup to his “Thank God for Jokes,” but there were some available for Wednesday and Sunday. Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. $35. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700, www.thewilbur.com

STAND UP BREAK IN The Riot Theater’s Thursday nightshow gives way to comedians “covering” other comics’ bits. Scott McLaughlin does Kyle Kinane, Zenobia del Mar does Sebastian Maniscalco, Nate Davis does Norm Macdonald, with several more. Headliner Nick Ortolani’s choice will be a surprise. Oct. 5, 9 p.m. $5. The Riot Theater, 146A South St., Jamaica Plain. 617-942-0294, www.theriottheater.com

NICK A. ZAINO III

Family

KIDS REALLY ROCK 5TH ANNUAL BOSTON FAMILY FESTIVAL It’s the music festival that will make your kids beg you for Lollapalooza tickets in 15 years — about a dozen performers, along with arts and crafts, a healthy snack station, fitness games, and giant bubble activities with someone called The Bubble Guy, will make this event one to remember. Even better, bring a donation of Play-Doh for the Horizons for Homeless Children Play-Doh drive to pass on the love to a kid in need. Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Lawn on D, 420 D St. www.kidsreallyrock.com

BSO + BOSTON POPS FREE CONCERT AND COMMUNITY ARTS FESTIVAL Your kid need to brush up on their Shostakovich? No? What about their favorites from “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars”? Either way, this concert will be a great time for music lovers young and old. Get there at 1 p.m. for arts and crafts, a photo booth, and instrument fun, and the concert begins at 3. Oct. 1, 1-3 p.m., 3-6 p.m. Free. Franklin Park Playstead, Pierpont Road. 617-266-1492. www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/90407

THE RED SOX SHOWCASE Bring your kids to hit the batting cages and live out their dream of playing for the Red Sox. A mini Green Monster on a 15-foot panel truck will park in front of Faneuil Hall to create a reimagining of a kid-size version of Fenway Park, complete with virtual reality technology and other interactive games and activities to put the kids’ baseball skills to the test. Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Faneuil Hall, 4 South Market Building. 617-226-6900. boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/fan_forum/mobile-showcase/#

KAITLYN LOCKE

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Oct. 26 Florist at Middle East Upstairs www.ticketweb.com

Oct. 27 ZZ Top at Orpheum Theatre www.ticketmaster.com

Oct. 31 Boris at Brighton Music Hall www.ticketmaster.com

Oct. 31 Cypress Hill at House of Blues concerts.livenation.com

Oct. 31 Tera Melos and Speedy Ortiz at Sinclair www.axs.com

Nov. 1 Grizzly Bear at House of Blues concerts.livenation.com

Nov. 1 The Hotelier at Middle East Downstairs www.ticketweb.com

Nov. 2 Ariel Pink at Brighton Music Hall www.ticketmaster.com

TERENCE CAWLEY