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Tarriona "Tank" Ball will perform as part of Brooklyn Academy of Music's 35th annual MLK tribute.
Tarriona "Tank" Ball will perform as part of Brooklyn Academy of Music's 35th annual MLK tribute.Amy Harris/Invision/AP/file


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BOSTON CELTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL A motley crew of musicians playing in various Celtic traditions takes over Club Passim this weekend for a vibrant lineup of concerts (Jan. 15-16) and workshops (Jan. 17-18). Featured performers include Solas founding singer Karan Casey, balladeer Molly Pinto Madigan, and the cello-fiddle duo of Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. www.passim.org

THE RADIATORS REUNION Order in some Cajun grub and lean back for the three-night annual reunion of New Orleans swamp rock icons the Radiators at legendary venue Tipitina’s. Jan 15-17. www.tipitinas.com

BROOKLYN 35th ANNUAL MLK TRIBUTE As it does every year, Brooklyn Academy of Music gathers in speakers, musicians, civil servants, and more for a tribute to the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; unlike most years, the event is online only. Musicians PJ Morton and Tarriona “Tank” Ball are among those who will perform at the free virtual event, which is anchored by a keynote speech by Black Lives Matter movement cofounder Alicia Garza. www.bam.org




BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The next installment of BSO Now, the orchestra’s series of prerecorded performances from Symphony Hall, arrives this week. On this occasion, Stefan Asbury, who in a typical summer has a ubiquitous presence at the Tanglewood Music Center, steps in to lead the ensemble in a program of works by Thomas Adès, Debussy, Vaughan Williams, and Smetana, with Elena Urioste as violin soloist. Also on the bill, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players under Jorge Soto will perform Elena Langer’s “Five Reflections on Water.” www.bso.org




MARTHA MITCHELL CALLING If the presidential corruption of the Watergate era has been on your mind recently for some mysterious reason, this virtual presentation of Jodi Rothe’s play may be of interest. Annette Miller portrays Martha Mitchell, the outspoken wife of Attorney General John Mitchell (Kale Browne), a role Miller created at Lenox’s Shakespeare & Company in 2006. The play is set on the night before John’s trial for Watergate-related crimes, as Martha alternates between dictating her memoirs into a tape recorder and making phone calls to political reporters. When “Martha Mitchell Calling” was presented in Cambridge in 2008, Globe theater critic Louise Kennedy praised Miller for her “astonishingly fierce, bawdy, and committed portrayal.” The encore presentation of this virtual production by Shakespeare & Company is directed by Mark Farrell and produced by Elizabeth Aspenlieder. Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. Register at www.shakespeare.org. Donation suggested.


A BINTEL BRIEF A staged reading of letters published in a Yiddish advice column that was launched in the early 20th century by Abraham Cahan, the founding editor of the Jewish Daily Forward, and helped Jewish immigrants adapt to their new nation. “A Bintel Brief” is directed by Dori Robinson and features Annette Miller, Lyndsay Allyn Cox, Barbara Grossman, Shoshana Narva, Stuart Hecht, Jesse Garlick, Rebecca Smith, and Joshua Luckens. Presented by JArts TheatreWorks in partnership with the Yiddish Book Center and the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. At https://youtu.be/CAzZJSZgTWc



LOOK BACK, FOCUS FORWARD This next program in Boston Ballet’s virtual BB@yourhome season is designed as a “reflective collage” that chronicle’s the company’s rich history and explores its plans for the future. The program documents Boston Ballet’s international touring and includes performances representing special relationships over the decades, such as with groundbreaking choreographer Jiří Kylián. It also includes landmark works by Leonid Yakobson and a sneak peek at a new piece by Ken Ossola. Jan. 21-31, $120 subscription for four remaining programs. www.bostonballet.org



Visual Arts

ANDREW WYETH: MAINE LEGACY The pandemic has upended museum schedules all over the country, but in Maine, its timing was particularly poor, dampening the state’s 2020 bicentennial celebrations — not to mention the extensive art exhibitions assembled to accompany it. In Rockland, the Farnsworth Museum’s cluster of shows for the occasion have necessarily bled over into 2021, including this show of likely the state’s favorite adopted son. Andrew Wyeth’s work is so entwined with rural Maine that you can hardly think of either without the other. Through March 14, Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St., Rockland, Maine. 207-596-6457, farnsworthmuseum.org


FIGURATIVELY PROVINCETOWN The storied art colony, more than a century old, is best known for its early plein-air paintings and its mid-century abstractions. But figurative art has been a gleaming thread throughout. This show, curated by sculptor Romolo Del Deo, assembles dreamy works by recent generations of artists that capture the sunlight, the camp, and the introspection of the town. Through Feb. 6. LaMontagne Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-487-3512, www.lamontagnegallery.com




DUMB PEOPLE TOWN LIVE The Sklar Brothers (hosts of “The Cheap Seats”) and Daniel Van Kirk present this live virtual version of their podcast exploring idiotic human behavior, with special guests comedian Zach Galifianakis and musician John Paul White. Jan. 16, 9:30 p.m. $20-$40. nowherecomedyclub.com


ROLLERCOASTER COMEDY An intriguing premise for those looking for new voices and a Sunday morning adventure — this show collects comics from open mics around the world, from El Paso to Argentina, San Francisco to Italy, for one big stand-up jam. Jan. 17, 11 a.m. Free. www.facebook.com/rollercoastercomedy

BOOZY NEWS Niki Luparelli hosts this freewheeling look at the headlines, as she describes it, “weird and offbeat news from around the world with a cocktail,” with some outspoken friends including stand-up comedian Zenobia Del Mar and drag queens Poise’N Envy and Lady Sabrina. Jan. 20, 8 p.m. Free. www.twitch.tv/spookyloopy and www.facebook.com/nikiluparellimusic



The Boston Children's Chorus will present its annual MLK Tribute Concert virtually this year
The Boston Children's Chorus will present its annual MLK Tribute Concert virtually this yearGretjen Helene Photography

BOSTON CHILDREN’S CHORUS MLK CONCERT With the addition of Broadway actor-vocalist Roman Banks and actress-vocalist E. Faye Butler, the 18th annual MLK concert will be sure to bring music to your homes. The free concert aims to deliver music that speaks to the resilience of Black people and reflects on the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 17, 4 p.m., Free. www.bostonchildrenschorus.org

WINTER GREENS WATERCOLOR Gather a bouquet and learn how to paint it at Tower Hill this weekend. Kids will be tasked with finding winter greens, arranging them in mason jars, and bringing their greens alive on a page with watercolor. All you need is a willingness to learn color theory and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Jan. 16, 10:30 a.m., $18-$23. towerhillbg.com


KRISTEN CASHORE: WINTERKEEP BOOK LAUNCH The author of the “Graceling Realm” children’s series, Kristin Cashore, is talking about her new novel (which is complete with queens, telepathic foxes, and spies) online at Brookline Booksmith. She will be discussing her book with fellow young adult novelist Sarah Enni. Jan. 19, 7 p.m., $0-$29. www.eventbrite.com