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The week ahead: music, theater, art, dance, and others

Kip Moore will perform at Tsongas Arena Thursday night.Eric Jamison/Invision/AP


Pop & Rock

KIP MOORE Georgia-born singer Kip Moore has a whiskey-marinated rasp and a penchant for turning his twangy laments into showcases for shredding guitar solos and arena-size attitude. Even tracks like the wounded “Separate Ways,” which appears in stripped-down form on his new EP “Underground,” are shot through with a swaggering attitude that provides a cushion for life’s lower moments. Oct. 20, 7 p.m. Tickets: $33-$73. Tsongas Center, Lowell. 978-934-5760, tsongascenter.com

QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT True American originals, this pair borne from the swamps of New Orleans employs homemade electronics and bent puppetry in order to give extra oomph to their no-holds-barred forays into psychedelia and soul. Oct. 20, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.mideastoffers.com


BIG FREEDIA This fast-talking diva who serves as the leading ambassador for New Orleans bounce — a call-and-response-heavy style of hip-hop that emphasizes booming bass and strutting sexuality — has ridden a wave of stardom that includes an invitation to get in “Formation” with Beyoncé. Oct. 23, 7 p.m. Tickets: $20. Brighton Music Hall. 617-779-0140, www.crossroadspresents.com


Folk & World

LAURA CANTRELL The Big Apple country traditionalist has become a regular visitor to this East Cambridge establishment, and this time she’ll be celebrating a pair of album releases: a collection of BBC radio appearances, and a “Sweet 16” reissue of her 2000 debut, “Not the Tremblin’ Kind.” Oct. 20, 10 p.m.Tickets: $10. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006. www.brownpapertickets.com

DIEGO EL CIGALA Four-time Latin Grammy winner Diego Ramón Jiménez Salazar has been called one of the great singers of the last century and the “Sinatra of Flamenco,” and he sports a nickname at least as awesome as “Ol’ Blue Eyes” or “Chairman of the Board,” “Cigala” being Spanish for “Norway Lobster.” Oct. 21, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$69. Berklee Performance Center. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org


DERIK HULTQUIST Hultquist is a young Nashville-based singer-songwriter contemplating serious matters on his recent debut full-length, “Southern Iron”; its title, Hultquist says, represents “the triumph of wills that have given me strength in the face of life’s unanswerable questions.” He’ll be playing in solo mode Wednesday. Sean McConnell also performs. Oct. 26,8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Red Room at Café 939. 617-747-2261. www.cafe939.com


Jazz & Blues

ANNIE ROYER SINGS JACQUES BREL For her annual area appearance, the sparkling Parisienne chanteuse performs a retrospective of the songs of international legend Brel, including several from his storied Broadway Show, with her band Les Garçons Musette. Oct. 22,8:30 p.m. Tickets: $27. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-876-9330, www.rylesjazz.com

RAS MOSHE The New York avant-garde tenor saxophonist’s style is informed by the fiery examples of John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, and Sun Ra’s John Gilmore. For this venture north, he’ll be joined by likeminded locals Eric Zinman (piano), Glynis Loman (cello), and drummer Syd Smart. Oct. 22,8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Outpost 186, 186 ½ Hampshire St., Cambridge. www.outpost186.com

MILI BERMEJO/DAN GREENSPAN DUO Partners in life and music, stirring vocalist Bermejo, a Mexican native, and double bassist Greenspan celebrate their new album, “Arte del Dúo,” comprising 12 songs with special meaning for the pair, honed over a series of performances at this venue during the past year or so. Oct. 23, 3 p.m. Tickets: $15. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-395-1393, www.lilypadinman.com



BOSTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Benjamin Zander is on the podium for works by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff — the “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” with pianist Ya-Fei Chuang — while assistant conductor Benjamin Vickers leads the Boston premiere of “Icarus,” by Lera Auerbach. Oct. 20-23, multiple venues. 617-236-0999, www.bostonphil.org


RAPHAËL SÉVÈRE The young French clarinetist comes to the Gardner Museum’s Young Artist Showcase bearing a program of Devienne, Poulenc, Berg, and Weber, accompanied by his fellow Frenchman, pianist Paul Montag. Oct. 23, 1:30 p.m., Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-278-5156, www.gardnermuseum.org

MUSIC FOR FOOD Violist Kim Kashkashian founded this concert series to support local hunger relief. For this concert, benefiting Women’s Lunch Place, she and colleagues offer music of Bach, Brahms, Berio, and Mozart (the great Serenade in C minor for winds, K. 388). Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., New England Conservatory Brown Hall. 857-269-5587, www.musicforfoodboston.org




MAN IN SNOW Will Lyman, compelling as ever, stars in the world premiere of Israel Horovitz’s piercing, elegiac drama about a man newly retired from a career in finance and wrestling with questions of life and death as he guides Japanese honeymooners up a mountain. Directed by Horovitz, the play features the tautness of construction and vividness of expression that have long been among his hallmarks. Through Oct. 23. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.com

REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. The New England premiere of a provocative, strongly feminist work by award-winning British playwright Alice Birch that, through a series of vignettes, reveals and deconstructs the politics of gender, language, social custom, workplace dynamics, the ways that women are seen — and the ways they can rebel against all of it. Directed by Summer L. Williams. Oct. 21-Nov. 19. Company One Theatre. At Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.companyone.org


WARRIOR CLASS Michael Tow (“Chinglish’’) portrays a New York legislator — the son of Chinese immigrants and a decorated war veteran — who is seen as “the Republican Obama.’’ But his image and his future are imperiled when a figure from his past threatens to disclose a damaging episode from his college years. Kenneth Lin’s play is directed by Dawn M. Simmons, with a cast that includes Jessica Webb and the ubiquitous Steven Barkhimer. Oct. 21-Nov. 13. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com



BALLETX The fabulous dancers of this Philadelphia-based contemporary company not only have impressive technical facility and versatility, but loads of personality. For this World Music/CRASHarts engagement, the company presents Joshua L. Peugh’s “Slump,” Amy Seiwert’s “It’s Not a Cry,” Jodie Gates’s “Delicate Balance,” and Matthew Neenan’s “The Last Glass.” Oct. 21-22, $36-$40. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

STAKES IS HIGH This shared evening of dance features Florida’s Jacksonville Dance Theatre alongside james morrow/THE MOVEMENT in athletic repertoire fusing modern, contemporary, and urban dance styles. The concert includes choreography by Morrow, JDT resident choreographers Rebecca R. Levy and Tiffany S. Santeiro, and others. Oct. 21-22, $15-$25. Dance Complex, Cambridge.617-547-9363, www.dancecomplex.org



OLIVER HERRING: AREAS FOR ACTION In May, Herring invited the public to participate in a performance-art event involving food dye, body paint, spitting, and glitter. The project’s final step: his videos and photos of the hijinks. Through Dec. 3. Emerson Urban Arts: Media Gallery, 25 Avery St. 617-824-8667, www.emerson.edu/urban-arts


JUDY PFAFF: DRAWINGS THICK AND THIN How to exhibit the legendary installation artist’s works on paper? As an installation, naturally, which courses over decades and across techniques, making unexpected links and building a story. Through Nov. 11. Beard & Weil Galleries, Wheaton College, 26 E. Main St., Norton. 508-286-3300, www.wheatoncollege.edu/gallery

MIRA CANTOR: INUNDATED Cantor’s abstractions, inspired by the rugged coastline of the Burren, in western Ireland, look like walls of water. The painter infuses them with urgent questions about climate change, imperiled refugees, and the ocean of information we face daily. Through Oct. 30. Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-423-4113, www.kingstongallery.com



AMERICAN IMPRESSIONIST: CHILDE HASSAM AND THE ISLES OF SHOALS Hassam painted the rocky shoals of Appledore Island off the coast of Portsmouth, N.H., over three decades. The exhibition presents 40 oil paintings and related watercolors all made between the late 1880s and 1912. Through Nov. 6. Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. 978-745-9500. www.pem.org

FIRST LIGHT: A DECADE OF COLLECTING AT THE ICA An intelligent, visually stimulating show that presents highlights from the ICA’s 10-year-old permanent collection. Includes recent gifts of work by Kara Walker, Marisol, and Eve Hesse, among others. Through Jan. 4. Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

WILLIAM MERRITT CHASE Paintings and works on paper by one of the most celebrated American painters of the turn of the last century. Through Jan. 16. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300. www.mfa.org




BRIAN REGAN Regan, who broadcast the first live stand-up special in Comedy Central’s history last September, has been consistently hilarious for more than two decades. Bring anyone to his show you want to see laugh. Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $47-$59. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700, www.thewilbur.com

#IAMSUECOSTELLO Feisty and blunt Dorchester native Sue Costello comes home to support the Greg Hill Foundation, which helps families in need, with a production of her one-woman show covering her colorful history. Oct. 21, 8 p.m. $35-$40. Theatre 1 at the Revere Hotel, 200 Stuart St., Boston.617-482-1800, www.thegreghillfoundation.org

RYAN DONAHUE The Rhode Island native cut his teeth in the Boston scene, and just made his late-night network debut on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” this month. If you can’t catch him at Great Scott, he’ll be doing a set at the Comedy Studio, Cambridge, the night before. Oct. 22, 7 p.m. $5. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 617-566-9014, www.greatscottboston.com NICK A. ZAINO III


Silent Film at Trinity Church Halloween is just around the corner, which means it is officially the season of horror films. Trinity Church will screen the 1925 production of Gaston Leroux’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” accompanied live by acclaimed organist Jonathan Ortloff. Get ready for an enchantingly spooky experience. Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. $25. Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St. 617-536-0944, ext. 212. www.trinitychurchconcerts.org/phantom-of-the-opera

The Lemon Climb Need a way for your cooped-up kiddos to have some indoor fun? Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has the answer. The organization is hosting its inaugural Lemon Climb, during which participants climb 29 floors to the top of the Financial District’s 100 High Street building. All climbers must raise a minimum of $100, which funds two hours of childhood cancer research. Oct. 22, 8:30-11 a.m. $100 fund-raising minimum, $25 registration fee. 100 High St.. 610-649-3034. www.alexslemonade.org/campaign/lemon-climb

Narragansett Storytelling Music. Dancing. Crafts. What more could a kid want? Boston Children’s Museum will host Narragansett artist Lorén Spears, who will share stories of regional Native-American tribes and their 13 Thanksgiving celebrations. Visitors will also have the opportunity to make necklaces with pendants inspired by animals from the stories. Oct. 23, 1 p.m. $16. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St. 617-426-6500. www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/calendar/narragansett-storytelling



Oct. 31 Tegan and Sara at House of Blues concerts.livenation.com

Nov. 1 Foals at House of Blues concerts.livenation.com

Nov. 2 Daughter at Royale Boston www.axs.com

Nov. 3 Grouplove at House of Blues concerts.livenation.com

Nov. 4 The Fray and American Authors at Orpheum Theatre www1.ticketmaster.com

Nov. 9 Pentatonix at TD Garden www.ticketmaster.com

Nov. 15 Fitz and the Tantrums at House of Blues concerts.livenation.com

Nov. 15 Stevie Nicks at TD Garden www1.ticketmaster.com

Nov. 18 Two Door Cinema Club at Agganis Arena www.ticketmaster.com

Nov. 19 Ingrid Michaelson at House of Blues concerts.livenation.com