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

An untitled photo from “Let Us March On: Lee Friedlander and the Prayer Pilgrimage,” which is at Boston University’s Faye G, Jo, and James Stone Gallery through March 25.
Yale University Art Gallery
An untitled photo from “Let Us March On: Lee Friedlander and the Prayer Pilgrimage,” which is at Boston University’s Faye G, Jo, and James Stone Gallery through March 25.


Pop & Rock

KELELA While this D.C.-born singer’s firm yet lithe voice brings to mind the era when Janet Jackson was in control and Pebbles was inviting boys into her Mercedes, the wobbling beats and spaced-out synths surrounding it point to R&B’s future. Feb. 26, 7 p.m. $27, $25 advance. Royale. 617-338-7699,

RHYE Toronto-based producer and songwriter Michael Milosh crafts ice-cube-cool, sparse R&B that curls around his airy, wounded murmurs; Rhye’s latest album, “Blood,” kicks up the tempo a bit, with the slinky “Count to Five” using handclaps and a snaky bassline to bridge the gap between Spotify’s “Peaceful Indie Ambient” playlist and the dancefloor. Feb. 28, 7 p.m. $25 and up. Paradise Rock Club. 617-562-8800,


SHOPPING “The Official Body,” the latest album from this wiry UK trio, is one of the young year’s most exciting releases, expanding on the bare-bones dance-punk of their previous records with fuzzed-out synth bass and programmed beats while amping up their lyrical urgency. March 1, 9 p.m. $12. Great Scott. 617-566-0914,

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Folk & World

BUCKLEY The press sheet for Buckley’s new record, “Las Cruces,” parses it thusly: “for fans of Neil Young, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Steve Earle, Whiskeytown, Wilco, Ryan Adams, ZZ Top, and the Crossroads.” If that sounds like your sweet spot, the ex-Somervillian alt-country troubadour is returning to his native locale to play its songs for you. March 1, 8 p.m. $10. Thunder Road, Somerville. 866-777-8932,

ROBERT ELLIS AND COURTNEY HARTMAN Americana singer-songwriter Ellis and Della Mae member Hartman discovered a mutual love of the music of John Hartford, which brought them together for a tribute project they’ve named “Dear John.” Friday, they sing and play songs from their fine new album of the same name. March 2, 8 p.m. $20. Red Room at Café 939, 617-747-2261,

OLDEN YOLK This New York group, fronted by songwriter-vocalist pair Shane Butler and Caity Shaffer, make a species of music, rooted in psych-folk but venturing elsewhere, too, that sounds like what its name conjures. The band is celebrating the release of its self-titled debut. March 3, 7:30 p.m. $10. The Lilypad, Cambridge. 617-955-7729,



Jazz & Blues

THE LEGACY OF BOB BROOKMEYER The NEC Jazz Orchestra fêtes the late valve trombonist, composer, and arranger, who taught at New England Conservatory from 1997 to 2007, with a concert of his own music plus pieces by several of his former NEC composition students, including a world premiere by Doris Duke Artist Award recipient Darcy James Argue. March 1, 7:30 p.m. Free. NEC’s Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260,

MIGUEL ZENÓN The celebrated saxophonist-composer — a MacArthur and Guggenheim fellow — performs with the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, directed by Fred Harris. The concert will include the world premiere of Zenón’s “En Pie De Lucha,” dedicated to the courage and resiliency of the people of his native Puerto Rico. All proceeds benefit the Puerto Rico Recovery Fund. March 2, 8 p.m. $15-$20. MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Mass. Ave., Cambridge.

SHEILA JORDAN WITH THE HARVEY DIAMOND QUARTET Legendary singer and NEA Jazz Master Jordan performs with seasoned and inventive pianist Diamond and his marvelous quartet, filled out by trumpeter Phil Grenadier, bassist Jon Dreyer, and master drummer Joe Hunt. March 3, 8 p.m. $20. New School of Music, 25 Lowell St., Cambridge.




BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Alan Gilbert returns to the podium with a program featuring John Adams’s “Scheherazade.2,” which the composer describes as a “dramatic symphony for violin and orchestra.” Also on the bill will be Sibelius’s early tone poem “En Saga” and Debussy’s ballet “Jeux.” Violinist Leila Josefowicz will be this week’s soloist. March 1-3, Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,  

EARLY MUSIC Martin Pearlman leads Boston Baroque in Telemann’s rarely spotted St. Luke Passion of 1744 (March 2, Jordan Hall), and Blue Heron offers the next installment of its estimable series devoted to the works of Johannes Ockeghem (March 1-3, various locations).  

CHAMBER MUSIC Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov partners with his own teacher, Sergei Babayan, for a two-piano Celebrity Series recital (March 3, Jordan Hall); Radius Ensemble has works by Strauss, Brahms, and others (March 3, Longy School of Music); Chameleon Arts Ensemble anchors its next program with Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence” (March 3-4, First Church in Boston); and the Parker Quartet offers works by Hans Tutschku, Chaya Czernowin, and Vijay Iyer (Paine Concert Hall, March 4).  JEREMY EICHLER



FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF This impassioned production makes clear that Ntozake Shange’s 1970s “choreopoem’’ has lost none of its vitality, delivering a powerfully moving portrait of women of color striving to forge an identity in a world that often seems intent on erasing that identity. Directed by Dayenne C. Byron Walters and choreographed by W. Lola Remy, with a luminously expressive cast that includes Walters. Through Feb. 25. Presented by Praxis Stage. At Hibernian Hall, Roxbury. 617-997-7796,,

RICHARD III Playing the title role, the ever-intrepid Steven Barkhimer embraces the all-encompassing theatricality of Shakespeare’s scheming, bloody-minded monarch. Aiming to beguile, deceive, and usurp, Richard delivers what is in effect a nonstop performance while methodically eradicating anyone who stands between him and his goals. Directed by Robert Walsh. Through March 11. Actors’ Shakespeare Project. At Swedenborg Chapel, Cambridge. 866-811-4111,

BAD DATES As Haley Walker, a restaurant manager and divorced mother who dives back into the choppy waters of the dating world and encounters one Mr. Wrong after another, Haneefah Wood delivers a performance of confidence, inventiveness, and inexhaustible brio. Theresa Rebeck’s solo comedy is directed by Jessica Stone. Through March 3. Presented by Huntington Theatre Company. At Huntington Avenue Theatre. 617-266-0800,



CIRCA The circus is coming to town, but this one has a real twist. The superbly talented Australian contemporary circus troupe brings its innovative 2012 production “S.” Inspired by the shape, sound, and function of plurality suggested by the 19th letter of the alphabet, this sinuously sophisticated work unfolds to music from Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen, and the Kronos Quartet. March 2-4. $60-$75. Boch Center Shubert Theatre. 617-482-6661,

DOPPELGÄNGER DANCE COLLECTIVE The Providence-based company founded by Shura Baryshnikov and Danielle Davidson presents “Untitled Scores: Experiments in Improvisation.” The company’s third evening-length program, it features three collaborative pieces, including a quartet by Baryshnikov, Heidi Henderson, Cathy Nicoli, and Lila Hurwitz. March 1-3. $15-$25. Granoff Center at Brown University, Providence. 401-368-3695,

PART Choreographer Ali Kenner Brodsky and her dancers team up with longtime musical collaborator MorganEve Swain and graphic artist Cyrus Highsmith for this multifaceted performance with live music. It reflects on memories within movements, music, and visual landscapes. March 1-4. $10-$20. Wilbury Theatre Group, Providence. 401-400-7100,



LET US MARCH ON: LEE FRIEDLANDER AND THE PRAYER PILGRIMAGE FOR FREEDOM Friedlander photographed the 1957 civil rights rally at the National Mall, snapping demonstrators and speakers such as Martin Luther King Jr. Through March 25. Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery, Boston University, 855 Commonwealth Ave. 617-353-3329,

ARAB COMICS: 90 YEARS OF POPULAR VISUAL CULTURE Comics reflect Middle Eastern culture and societal upheaval. They adapt from Western sources (a Lebanese Clark Kent), serve up original characters, and address issues of Arab identity. Through March 17. Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. 978-921-4242,

 GREEN STREET GALLERY 20TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION EXHIBITION The nonprofit gallery spearheaded by curator James Hull in the Jamaica Plain MBTA station ran from December 1997 to December 2006. Here are artwork, snapshots, and a “Social Space” to meet, reminisce, and kindle new ideas. Through March 25. Laconia Gallery, 433 Harrison Ave.,



FRA ANGELICO: HEAVEN ON EARTH This show celebrates the early Renaissance master’s genius for visual storytelling. The 13 vibrant paintings include a reliquary from the Gardner’s collection, reunited with three from Florence, which together depict the Virgin Mary’s life. Through May 20. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way. 617-566-1401,

KLIMT AND SCHIELE: DRAWN Sixty works on paper explore the confluences and differences between Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. Both Austrian artists died in 1918 (though Klimt was a generation older) and took a forthright, sometimes raw, approach to the body. Through May 28. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300,

CLARENCE H. WHITE AND HIS WORLD: THE ART AND CRAFT OF PHOTOGRAPHY, 1895-1925 The Pictorialist photographer and teacher prized beauty and atmosphere. This show contextualizes him among contemporaries such as Alfred Stieglitz and students such as Laura Gilpin. Through June 3. Davis Museum, Wellesley College, 106 Central St., Wellesley. 781-283-2051,  CATE McQUAID



JESS SALOMON The whip-smart Canadian transplant — a former United Nations war crimes lawyer turned stand-up and writer — headlines this free show, hosted by Sam Ike and Anjan Biswas, and featuring Eman El Husseini. Feb. 26, 8:30 p.m. CitySide, 1960 Beacon St., Boston. 617-566-1002,

DES BISHOP Born in New York City, Bishop was raised in Ireland and learned Mandarin to do comedy in China. He’s had a colorful career, and life, starring in comedy specials abroad and shows like “The Des Bishop Work Experience,” which showed him trying to survive on a series of minimum-wage jobs. March 1 at 8 p.m., March 2-3 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $25-$29. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

THE MADS FROM MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff, Dr. Clayton Forrester and the voice of Crow T. Robot and TV’s Frank on the classic show “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” continue their tradition of movie riffing, taking aim at a feature-length film and a film short. March 3, 8 p.m. $33-$40. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849,



MUSIC FOR TOTS Start the week off right with song and dance at The Boston Synagogue. Dance with your toddler in a class led by Berklee School of Music student Ariel Wyner, and stick around for the refreshments. Feb. 25, 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. Free. The Boston Synagogue, 55 Martha Road, Boston.

RIDE FOR A REASON Hop on your bike and help save lives, all while staying warm inside. Join Life Time Fitness and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the third annual indoor cycling relay race, open to all ages (who are off training wheels!). Make sure to register on the official website. March 3, 8 a.m.-noon. Free to register and fund-raise. Life Time Athletic Chestnut Hill, 300 Boylston St., Newton.

ARCHERY AT THE MUSEUM Exercise your inner Katniss Everdeen and Princess Merida and learn how to shoot arrows like a pro. Ages 9 and up are welcome to shoot on a live range and use provided equipment. Instructors from On the Mark Archery will be there to help and teach in small groups, or participants can shoot on their own. March 3, 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $20. Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, 154 Moody St., Waltham. SOPHIE CANNON


March 6 The Mowglis at Brighton Music Hall

March 10 Judah and the Lion at the House of Blues

March 19 Miguel at the House of Blues

March 20 Joshua Radin at City Winery Boston

March 24 Billie Eilish at Paradise Rock Club

March 26 Demi Lovato and DJ Khalid at TD Garden

March 30 New Politics at Paradise Rock Club

March 31 Timeflies at the House of Blues