Rock & Pop

KIIARA Spectral yet beat-heavy pop led by airy female vocals has had a place on pop radio since Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” became Top-40 dynamite. This Illinois-born singer’s alienated “Gold” is the latest exercise in minimalism to sneak its way onto the airwaves, its chopped-up chorus and whispered vocals offering a disorienting quietude. Nov. 17, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20, advance $18. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200, www.sinclaircambridge.com

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS With its self-titled third album, this Los Angeles collective has ditched any neo-soul pretensions in favor of embracing its new wave side, resulting in taut, bouncy tracks that are as ready for house parties as they are for millennial-targeted car commercials. Nov. 15, 7 p.m. Tickets: $35-$55. House of Blues. 888-693-BLUE, www.houseofblues.com/boston


THE MAGNETIC FIELDS Stephin Merritt has always been one for grandly conceptual projects — witness his 1999 project, “69 Love Songs,” which showcased his keen ear for pop, or 2004’s “i,” where every meticulously crafted song’s title began with the alphabet’s ninth letter. Over two nights at Mass MoCA, his group will debut “50 Song Memoir,” which devotes one composition to each year of the tunesmith’s life. Nov. 18-19, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35-$55. Mass MoCA, North Adams. 413-662-2111, www.massmoca.org MAURA JOHNSTON

Folk & World

KINGSLEY FLOOD Friday night’s show celebrates the release of this Boston-born outfit’s new album, “Another Other,” which finds songwriter Naseem Khuri exploring the circumstances and complications of being a man born and raised in America to Palestinian parents. Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents and Leland Sundries join the celebration. Nov. 18, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200, www.sinclaircambridge.com

CANADIAN AMERICAN CLUB BENEFIT This fund-raiser event will offer a full day of traditional Canadian/Celtic music and dance, including performances by Troy MacGillivray and Janine Randall (Cape Breton fiddle/piano), Katie McNally (Scottish fiddle), and Matt and Shannon Heaton (Irish). Nov. 13, 1:15 p.m. Tickets: $20 suggested donation. Canadian American Club of Massachusetts, Watertown. 617-924-9827, www.canadianamericanclub.com


THE DEXATEENS “Ain’t got the hotels and catered food . . . we’re a working band, we drive our own damn van,” declares the autobiographical “Working Hands,” a song from the ’Teens brand-new collection of twang-tinged rock ’n’ roll, “Teenage Hallelujah.” It’s the first full-length since 2009 from this working band, who’ve been maintaining for near-on 20 years. Nov. 13, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com


Jazz & Blues

AN APPRECIATION OF MELODY: CELEBRATING PHIL WILSON’S 80TH A concert honoring the fourscore years of the beloved Bostonian trombonist, arranger, bandleader, and educator Phil Wilson, with a band including longtime colleagues Christine Fawson (vocals and trumpet), John Baboian (guitar and trombone), Mark Shilansky (piano), Marshall Wood (bass), and Les Harris Jr. (drums). Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-$20. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.arsenalarts.org

THE MAKANDA PROJECT The 13-piece orchestra of local luminaries, known for playing the music of Makanda Ken McIntyre, turns its attention to pieces by McIntyre contemporary tenor saxophonist Bill Barron, played from his original big band charts, and to compositions by South African pianist Ndikho Xaba as arranged by Makanda Project leader John Kordalewski. Nov. 19, 7 p.m. Free. Dudley Library Auditorium, 65 Warren St., Roxbury. www.makandaproject.com

WILLIE J. LAWS/ROBERTO MORBIOLI A showdown featuring two powerhouse singers and guitar slingers, Texan Willie J. Laws and Italian native Morbioli, going head to head in a blues band battle. Nov. 19, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Chan’s Fine Oriental Dining, 267 Main St., Woonsocket R.I. 401-765-1900, www.chanseggrollsandjazz.com




BOSTON LYRIC OPERA The company’s Opera Annex production for this season is Mark-Anthony Turnage’s “Greek,” an edgy setting of a libretto that updates the Oedipus story to 1980s East End London. Nov. 16-20, Paramount Center. 617-542-6772, www.blo.org

CANTATA SINGERS In a concert in its Chamber Series, the ensemble explores vocal works that were labeled “Entartete Musik” (“degenerate music”) by the Nazis, including selections by Schoenberg, Weill, and Hindemith. Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge. 617-868-5885, www.cantatasingers.org

BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL Dutch conductor Ton Koopman, a legend in the early music world, brings together performers from the ensemble Juilliard415 and the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague for Bach’s monumental Mass in B Minor. Nov. 18, 8 p.m., St. Paul Church, Cambridge. 617-661-1812, www.bemf.org




MALA In the world premiere of her piercingly honest, exquisitely moving solo show, the gifted Boston 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, www.artsemerson.org

REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. This feels like 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, www.companyone.org


THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS Though it does not rank with Kander and Ebb’s finest work, their 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, www.speakeasystage.com



BOSTON BHANGRA COMPETITION 2016 This 13th annual competition brings together 11 of North America’s top bhangra teams showcasing one of India’s wildest and most colorful folk dance forms. Imagine Indian classical dance mixed with hip-hop and cheerleading and set to Westernized pop-style music. Special guest performance by Amar Sandahu. The show tends to sells out, so plan ahead. Nov. 19, $12-$100. Orpheum Theatre. 617-448-2508, www.bostonbhangra.com

CALL OF COURAGE This new project by Urbanity Dance, created in collaboration with the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum and musician Ryan Edwards, incorporates stories by Massachusetts sixth-graders to depict perseverance and resilience in the face of discrimination and bullying. Nov. 18, $15-$50. Strand Theatre, Dorchester. 617-572-3727, www.urbanitydance.org


ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET The Count lives! North America’s oldest continually running ballet company makes its Worcester debut with the evening-length “Dracula,” a ballet centered on Bram Stoker’s darkly fascinating vampire. The company’s moody, visually striking production is choreographed by Mark Godden and set to the music of Gustav Mahler. Nov. 15, $25-$55. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, Worcester. 508-754-3231, www.musicworcester.org



JUSTIN KIMBALL: ELEGY Kimball’s remarkable photographs of crumbling communities in Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania, stark in content but visually sumptuous, convey the desperation of people who feel left behind and the hope of people determined to move forward. Pictured: “Liberty Street.’’ Through Dec. 21. Carroll and Sons, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-2477, www.carrollandsons.net

ROBERT FREEMAN NEW WORKS Sunny tones and expressionistic gestures executed with a loaded brush vitalize Freeman’s painterly figures, reflecting on African-American high society (in paintings of a formal dance) and his youth in Ghana. Through Dec. 18. Adelson Galleries Boston, 520 Harrison Ave. 617-832-0633, www.adelsongalleriesboston.com

OUT OF THE WOODS: FAIRY TALES RE-IMAGINED Reaching beyond Disney’s sanitized versions, nearly 50 artists celebrate the mythos and mystery of fairy tales, using them as gateways to thorny topics such as gender, sexuality, and personal history. Through Dec. 17. Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St., Somerville. No telephone, www.navegallery.org CATE McQUAID


DORIS SALCEDO: THE MATERIALITY OF MOURNING Recent sculptures by the Colombian artist acclaimed for moving evocations of the trauma and loss of war and political violence. Includes the recently acquired “A Flor de Piel,” a room-size tapestry of thousands of hand-sewn rose petals. Through April 9. Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-9400, www.harvardartmuseums.org

YOSEMITE: EXPLORING THE INCOMPARABLE VALLEY A look at the famous landscape through the lens of science and art. Made up not only of prints, paintings, and photographs, but also geological and botanical specimens brought back by early scientists, the show includes such masterpieces as Albert Bierstadt’s “Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point Trail.” Through Dec. 31. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale.edu

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 Dr. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org




BOSTON COMEDY FESTIVAL The festival’s stand-up competition continues all week at The Rockwell in Somerville, plus much more: shows like “Wacky Science!” and a screening of “Can We Take a Joke?” Sunday; Kyle Kinane and Lenny Clarke Monday and Tuesday; a taping of the podcast “Hold On” with Eugene Mirman Thursday; plus appearances by “Airplane!” director David Zucker, Barry Crimmins, Emo Philips, Patty Ross, and John Ratzenberger. Nov. 13-19. Check www.BostonComedyFestival.com for venues and times.

SUNDAY BEST COMEDY SHOW Boston Comedy Chicks and the Women in Comedy Festival present this free comedy show featuring participants from an afternoon workshop as well as more established performers. Nov. 13, 8 p.m. Free. Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St., Jamaica Plain. www.bostoncomedychicks.com

DON GAVIN This show is topped by one of Boston’s funniest veteran comics, and well-rounded with two staples of the local scene, Craig Murphy and Dan Crohn. Nov. 18 at 8:30 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 7:15 p.m and 9:30 p.m. Giggles Comedy Club, 517 Broadway (Route 1), Saugus. 781-233-9950, www.gigglescomedy.com



THANKSGIVING GLASS FUSING It may be time to retire those old paper Pilgrim decorations and try something new. The Glass Bar wants to (pumpkin) spice up your home with a make-your-own glass turkey class. Nov 17, 4-6 p.m. $25 The Glass Bar Ste 102 Needham, 781-444-2909, www.theglassbarboston.com/event/glass-turkey-decoration-fusing

TREE LIGHTING SPECTACULAR It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and once that Faneuil Hall tree is lit, we’ll really be in the holiday spirit. Get ready for musical performances, dancing, and a flip-of-the-switch by Mayor Marty Walsh. Nov 19, 3-10 p.m. Free. Faneuil Hall Marketplace www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/event/tree-lighting-spectacular/2145480050

PLYMOUTH THANKSGIVING America’s hometown is celebrating turkey day in style with a float parade, food festival, and historic retellings from the first Thanksgiving. Festivities last all weekend, leaving you plenty of time to cook that bird. Nov. 18-20, 10:30 a.m. Free ($12 for New England Food Festival). Downtown Plymouth, Plymouth, 508-746-1818, www.usathanksgiving.com/index.php CARLY SITRIN


Nov. 21 Elle King at House of Blues concerts.livenation.com

Nov. 28 Andra Day at Royale Boston www.ticketmaster.com

Nov. 29 Michael Kiwanuka at Royale Boston www.ticketmaster.com

Dec. 5 The Chainsmokers and Daya at House of Blues concerts.livenation.com

Dec. 7 Twin Peaks at the Sinclair www.axs.com

Dec. 8 Melissa Etheridge at Lynn Auditorium www1.ticketmaster.com

Dec. 10 Norah Jones at Orpheum Theatre www1.ticketmaster.com

Dec. 11 Jingle Ball (Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Diplo, Ellie Goulding, DNCE, Tove Lo, Alessia Cara, Daya, and Niall Horan) at TD Garden www1.ticketmaster.com