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 “Carrie Mae Weems: I Once Knew a Girl” is up at Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art through Jan. 7.
Carrie Mae Weems and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
“Carrie Mae Weems: I Once Knew a Girl” is up at Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art through Jan. 7.


Pop & Rock

MARGO PRICE This honky-tonk revivalist has a sweet-and-sour voice that brings to mind Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, which perfectly complements the tales of late nights and romantic regrets on her debut, “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter.” Nov. 11, 8 p.m. $16. Brighton Music Hall. 617-779-0140,

PET SHOP BOYS For their last two albums, including this spring’s “Super,” this British duo who came to prominence with mid-’80s ball of dancefloor tension “West End Girl” has been focusing squarely on electronics. The results have included some of the pair’s most perfectly crafted pop songs yet, with tracks like “Sad Robot World” and “Love Is a Bourgeois Construct” lacerating ideas of humanity while providing hooky bliss. Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. $38-$58. Orpheum Theatre. 617-482-0106,


TROYE SIVAN “Youth,” the biggest hit from this willowy Aussie actor-musician, is designed to appeal to the under-25s who know just what he’s talking about. Sonically, it splits the difference between the skeletal beats that landed Lorde’s “Royals” in the top 10 and the poppy scream-along choruses that send arena crowds into a frenzy, while its lyrics offer up starlit images of escape and surrender. Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. $37. Agganis Arena. 800-745-3000,

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Folk & World

CHATHAM COUNTY LINE Play for long enough and you might get a beer named after you. Or at least, after your latest record: this North Carolina band, in business now for almost 20 years, has collaborated with a homestate brewery on a seasonal offering named after their latest serving of mournful bluegrass and acoustic country, “Autumn.” Nov. 6, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,

TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS Jamaican reggae legend Toots Hibbert stopped touring in 2013, not for reasons of retirement after a five-decade career but because of the effects of taking a bottle to the head during a concert performance. After three years of recovery, he and his Maytals are back on the road. Nov. 6, 8 p.m. Tickets: $29.50. The Paradise. 800-745-3000,

LYDIA LOVELESS/AARON LEE TASJAN The first reason to go to this show is to see Ms. Loveless in action. But another reason is to see the latest emanation from East Nashville, opener Aaron Lee Tasjan, play songs like the sway-inducing “Memphis Rain” and the John Prine-worthy “12 Bar Blues” from his just-released “Silver Tears.” Nov. 10, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. Great Scott. 617-566-9014,



Jazz & Blues

SHAKESPEARE IN SONG American Classics performs Broadway and Hollywood tunes inspired by the Bard, including numbers from “The Boys From Syracuse,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “West Side Story,” and “The Lion King.” With singers Caroline Musica, Cynthia Mork, Eric Bronner, and Benjamin Sears, accompanied by pianist Bradford Conner. Nov. 6, 3 p.m. Tickets: $20-$25 Pickman Concert Hall, Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Cambridge.

CELEBRATING RANDY WESTON Harvard welcomes seminal pianist and composer Randy Weston to mark its acquisition of his invaluable archives. The evening will open with a showing of collection highlights and a Q&A between Weston and historian Robin D.G. Kelly, and close with a set by Weston’s mesmerizing African Rhythms Quintet. Nov. 9, 7 p.m. Free – tickets required. The Horner Room, Agassiz Theater, 5 James St., Cambridge. 617-496-2222,

EITHER/ORCHESTRA WITH TESHOME MITUKU Saxophonist and composer Russ Gershon’s percolating 10-piece little big band welcomes Ethiopian singer Mituku as part of its continuing exploration of Ethiopian jazz and pop, of which it is the world’s foremost non-Ethiopian performing group. Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-$20. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,




ISABELLE FAUST, ALEXANDER MELNIKOV The violinist and pianist begin a traversal of Beethoven’s complete sonatas for these instruments, a pinnacle of the repertoire. Nov. 6, 1:30 p.m., Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-278-5156,

BOSTON PHILHARMONIC YOUTH ORCHESTRA The superb young violinist In Mo Yang plays the Sibelius Concerto with the talented ensemble of young instrumentalists; also on the program are the same composer’s “Finlandia” and the Fifth Symphony of Prokofiev. Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., Symphony Hall. 617-236-0999,

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Andris Nelsons leads a full-scale Brahms immersion, including all four symphonies and the two piano concertos (with the French pianist Hélène Grimaud), as well as world premieres by Eric Nathan and Timo Andres. Nov. 8-19, Symphony Hall. 888-266-1200,




MALA In this world premiere of her piercingly honest, exquisitely moving solo show, the gifted playwright-actress Melinda Lopez navigates the wrenching terrain of what can amount to an emotional earthquake: the loss of a parent. Directed by David Dower. Through Nov. 20. ArtsEmerson. At Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre, Paramount Center, Boston. 617-824-8400,

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS Though it does not rank with Kander and Ebb’s finest work, this musical about an infamous episode of racial injustice exerts considerable emotional power in a New England premiere directed by Paul Daigneault. Actor De’Lon Grant makes a welcome return to a Boston stage after a four-year absence, and Brandon G. Green and Maurice Emmanuel Parent deliver characteristically vivid performances. Through Nov. 26. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. This dismal Trumpian moment — with tens of millions of Americans prepared to vote Tuesday for a man who sees women as “a collection of sex toys,’’ in the words of Samantha Bee — is the perfect time for the New England premiere of Alice Birch’s feminist play. A series of trenchant sketches in which women rebel against the roles they are expected to play, “Revolt.’’ is directed by Summer L. Williams and features a superbly versatile cast. Through Nov. 19. Company One Theatre at Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,



BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE COMPANY Provocative and intrepid, choreographer/dancer Bill T. Jones brings the US premiere of his latest work to the ICA. “A Letter to My Nephew” mines both Jones’s deeply personal convictions and his concerns about today’s social/political issues. The work’s live music ranges from lullabies to house music. Nov. 11-13, $30-$40. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103,

LUMINARIUM DANCE COMPANY This venturesome troupe, led by Merli V. Guerra and Kimberleigh A. Holman, presents “Portal: Stories From the Edge.” The concert features five new works plus an octet commissioned by TedXCambridge to open its massive conference last June. Nov. 11-12, $22-$27. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-477-4494,

SHAILESH BAHORAN Imagine hip-hop and funk meeting Indian classical dance, and you have a sense of the aesthetic of this provocative Dutch dancer/choreographer. In “Lalla Rookh,” he and his company depict the trek of 19th-century Indian migrants led to believe they were traveling to the land of God, only to end up as indentured workers in Suriname. Nov. 10, 6 p.m., Free. Wellesley College’s Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium. 781-283-2629,



CARRIE MAE WEEMS: I ONCE KNEW A GIRL. . . Weems, winner of a MacArthur “genius” grant in 2013, uses narrative-driven photographs and videos to investigate the way society frames race, power, and beauty. Through Jan. 7. Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art, 102 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge. 617-496-5777,

MARTINE GUTIERREZ: TRUE STORY In her videos, this performance artist plays roles that exaggerate female sexuality, exposing how such images shape a woman’s sense of self and society’s expectations of women. Through Dec. 11. Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery, Boston University, 855 Commonwealth Ave. 617-353-3329,

RICHARD ARTSCHWAGER: BOOKS, PUNCTUATION, SPLATS & TIME This subversive artist, who died in 2013, dug into the strange territory between picture and object. His 3-D punctuation marks and wood-veneer-covered book sculptures question perceptions of space, and indeed reality. Through Dec. 3. Barbara Krakow Gallery, 10 Newbury St. 617-262-4490,



NICK CAVE: UNTIL A massive installation – the largest yet by the artist previously celebrated for his “Soundsuits” – made up of thousands of found objects and beads. The installation, in Mass MoCA’s largest gallery, will be in place for one year; it will be used as a performance space during that period. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111,

EDGAR ARCENEAUX: WRITTEN IN SMOKE AND FIRE The Los Angeles-based artist uses historical records, sculptural objects, and fictional texts to complicate received ideas about truth, politics, and race. Through Jan. 8. MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St., Cambridge. 617-253-4680.

BEYOND WORDS: ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS IN BOSTON COLLECTIONS This three-venue exhibition displays medieval and Renaissance illustrations that appear in rare books held in local libraries and museums. The exhibition, which inaugurates the new home of Boston College’s McMullen Museum of Art, is also at Harvard’s Houghton Library and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The most extensive selection is at the McMullen, with more than 180 exquisite works on display, many for the first time. Through Dec. 11. (At the Gardner through Jan. 16.) McMullen Museum of Art, 2101 Commonwealth Ave. 617-552-8587,




HARI KONDABOLU On his new album, “Mainstream American Comic,” Kondabolu has a laugh at his own expense explaining why so much of his material is political. “I can’t help it,” he says. “I’m a killjoy who does comedy. This is how I’m hard-wired.” With opener Carmen Lagala. Nov. 12 at 9:45 p.m. $22. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,

SARAH COLONNA The Arkansas native approaches stand-up as a storyteller, closer to what she’s written in her two autobiographical books than the quick-hit stuff she did as a regular on “Chelsea, Lately.” Nov. 10 at 8 p.m., Nov. 11-12 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. $29-$39. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

BROAD COMEDY This all-female touring musical and sketch comedy troupe packs a satirical/political punch with adult-appropriate humor (no one under 18 will be admitted to the show). Nov. 10, 8 p.m. $10. Boston University’s Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-353-8725,



GAME OVER Respawn over to Laugh Boston for a night of every possible video game imaginable. Love to “Double Dash”? Big fan of Pinball? Or prefer to go analog with “Cards Against Humanity”? They’ve got it all. Nov. 8, 7 p.m. Free. Laugh Boston 425 Summer St.

CRANKSGIVING Helmet up and get ready for an adventure! Part group ride, part scavenger hunt, and part food drive, this grassroots event has something for everyone. Nov. 12, noon-5 p.m. free with $10-15 suggested donation Paul Revere Park,

HOGWARTS AT THE LIBRARY Kicking off on the Quidditch pitch, Hogwarts night at the Brookline Library will feature Sorting Hat antics, an explorable Diagon Alley, and an Ollivander’s wand for all. Nov. 13, 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Free. Public Library of Brookline, 361 Washington St., Brookline,



Nov. 13 Good Charlotte at House of Blues

Nov. 15 Fitz and the Tantrums at House of Blues

Nov. 15 Stevie Nicks at TD Garden

Nov. 18 Two Door Cinema Club at Agganis Arena

Nov. 18 Ingrid Michaelson at House of Blues

Nov. 21 Elle King at House of Blues

Nov. 28 Andra Day at Royale Boston

Dec. 8 Melissa Etheridge at Lynn Auditorium

Dec. 10 Norah Jones at Orpheum Theatre

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