Theater & art

The week ahead: Theater, galleries, and museums

“Armitage Gone! Dance” at ICA/Boston.
Devlin Shand
“Armitage Gone! Dance” at ICA/Boston.

Punk premieres

ARMITAGE GONE! DANCE Called the “punk ballerina” for her edgy, seamlessly inventive blending of styles, Tony Award-winning choreographer Karole Armitage and her company bring two Boston premieres to this engagement — the starkly lyrical “Ligeti Essays” and the neon-colored “Rave,” which also features 19 dancers from the Boston Conservatory. Presented by World Music/CRASHarts and Institute of Contemporary Art. Oct. 18-20, $50. ICA/Boston. 617-876-4275,



MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET It’s got all the structural weaknesses of the jukebox musical genre, and the performers playing Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis aren’t nearly as electrifying as their real-life counterparts were. But flaws and all, this show manages to deliver on one of the promises that’s always been at the heart of rock ’n’ roll: the simple pleasures of a good time. Through Oct. 20. Broadway in Boston. At Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre. 866-348-9738,



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BARITONES UNBOUND Move over, tenors — in this show subtitled “Celebrating the UnCommon Voice of the Common Man,” Marc Kudisch, Jeff Mattsey, and Ben Davis trace the history of the baritone voice, from plainchant, opera, and operetta to Broadway and popular music. The trio — all outstanding singers — are educational as well as entertaining. In the second act, which takes place in a baritone “man cave,” they ham it up while reminding us that Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis Presley were baritones. Through Oct. 20. Paramount Center Mainstage, Boston. 617-824-8400,


BURNING In Ginger Lazarus’s commanding new play, a Cyrano-style lesbian romance leads to a probing look at the risks that enlisted women face. Directed by Steven Bogart. Through Oct. 20. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. 866-811-4111,




FALL IS RISING: FACULTY & FRIENDS Representing styles ranging from ballet and modern to flamenco and jazz, the teaching artists of Dance Complex come together for this promising showcase. One expected highlight is the chance to see local flamenco master Ramón de los Reyes on the same slate as his son, Madrid-based Nino de los Reyes, who walks on flamenco’s more contemporary side. Oct. 18-19, $20. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE TOUR 2013 Looks like the closest the current SYTYCD live tour gets to Boston is this show at Mohegan Sun. But for fans of the insanely popular television competition, the chance to see the top 10 finalists from the show’s 10th season should be worth the trip. Oct. 18, 7 p.m. $39.50. Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. 888-226-7711,

ICE:DANCE Men’s 2011 US figure skating champion Ryan Bradley and a cast of ice dance teams from Ice Theatre of New York show just how poetic dance can be when it takes to the ice. The event offers a sneak peak at new figure-skating choreography by ballet legend Edward Villella. Presented by The Skating Club of Boston. Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. $30 ($75 VIP pass includes reception with cast). The Skating Club of Boston, 1240 Soldiers Field Road. 617-782-5900,



BÁLINT BOLYGÓ The Hungarian artist makes his US debut with two exhibitions. Bolygó builds drawing-machine sculptures that inscribe intricate patterns using mechanisms dependent on gravity, optics, and other forces. Through Dec. 15. Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, and Huret & Spector Gallery, Emerson College, 10 Boylston Place. 617-522-6710

Adelson Galleries
Jules Olitski at Adelson Galleries through Dec. 22 Memoirs: Yellow, Orange and Purple, 2003 Acrylic on canvas 24 x 30 inches 17weekgaller

Last works


OLITSKI IN THE 21st CENTURY Jules Olitski, the color field painter whose career hit its apex in the late 1960s, died in 2007. In his last works, he synthesized earlier processes, and smeared thick orbs of color on canvas with his hand. Pictured: “Memoirs: Yellow, Orange and Purple, 2003.” Oct. 18-Dec. 22. Adelson Galleries Boston, 520 Harrison Ave. 617-832-0633,

Cate McQuaid

THE STRANGEST FRUIT In paintings and drawings, Valdez portrays people close to him to explore real events, such as the lynching of Latinos in Texas between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. Oct. 19-Dec. 8. David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, 64 College St., Providence. 401-863-2932,

ME TIME Young artist/curators Susan Metrican and Nicholas Sullivan organized this group show, which examines the cultural forces, such as the ubiquity of technology, that prompt the idea of “me time” and attempts to redefine the term. Through Nov. 17. Laconia Gallery, 433 Harrison Ave.



AMY SILLMAN: ONE LUMP OR TWO The brilliant and restlessly inventive New York-based artist’s first museum solo show. Paintings, works on paper, cartoons, and animated drawings. Through Jan. 5. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100,

LIGHT YEARS: JACK WHITTEN 1971-1973 Large-scale abstract paintings, never previously exhibited, as well as smaller canvases and drawings from a turning point in the career of the celebrated experimental painter. Through Dec. 8. Rose Art Museum, Waltham. 781-736-3434,

2013 PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART BIENNIAL: PIECE WORK Thirty artists, most of them resident in Maine, show work that emphasizes process and time-intensive labor. Through Jan. 5. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148,


Museum of Fine Arts

Winning combination

JOHN SINGER SARGENT WATERCOLORS More than 90 of Sargent’s beloved watercolors in a show that combines the superb Sargent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Pictured: detail of “Villa di Marlia, Lucca: A Fountain” (1910). Through Jan. 20. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300,