The Ticket: music, theater, art, dance, comedy, and more

New Repertory Theatre’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” runs through Jan. 1 at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown.
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New Repertory Theatre’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” runs through Jan. 1 at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown.


Pop & Rock

KRISTIN HERSH The Throwing Muses/50 Foot Wave leader has taken to releasing albums as book-CD combinations; the music on “Wyatt at the Coyote Palace,” her latest self-produced release, is wracked with urgency and immediacy. This solo show will offer a mix of music and storytelling. Dec. 18, 8 p.m. $20. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547- 5200,

WHEN PARTICLES COLLIDE This duo’s take on rock emphasizes the heavy, the loud, and the hooky. Their rip-roaring live sets are a showcase for the prowess of vocalist-guitarist Sasha, who brings together disparate subgenres through the power of her arena-ready swagger. Dec. 20, 9:30 p.m. $7. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 617-864-2792,


TYLER HILTON AND KATE VOGELE Two folk-poppers who received their big break from The CW’s new-millennium sudser “One Tree Hill” take their guitars on the road for a show that, separately and together, spotlights their sweet soul-tinged pop. Dec. 21, 6 p.m. $20-$50. Brighton Music Hall. 617-779-0140,

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Folk & World

JIM AND SAM Los Angeles Americana duo Jim Hanft and Samantha Yonack arrive in Cambridge in the early stages of an audacious undertaking, which they’ve labeled the “Anywhere Everyday Tour.” The pair are trying to play a show a day for a year, setting up wherever necessary to get one in. Monday’s show is number 47. Dec. 19, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge. 866-777- 8932.

THE SWEETBACK SISTERS COUNTRY CHRISTMAS SINGALONG Non-sibling purveyors of swinging vintage honky-tonk sounds, Emily Miller and Zara Bode return with their annual holiday show. Festive matching outfits will be donned, songbooks will be provided, audience participation will be actively encouraged. Dec. 19, 7 p.m. Tickets: $25. Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport. 978-462-7336.

VICTORIA RIOS This San Francisco-born and -raised singer-songwriter comes with some pedigree: She’s a member of the Gastoreña family of flamenco musicians and the daughter of one of them, Augustin Rios. Her own music combines that heritage with influences drawn from Americana and coffeehouse folk. Dec. 21, 10 p.m. No cover. Plough and Stars, Cambridge. 617-576-0032.



Jazz & Blues

THE KEVIN HARRIS PROJECT The Kentucky-born, Boston-based pianist-composer’s delectable music melds the soul of gospel and the fire of Afro-Latin rhythms with the architecture of Scott Joplin, Thelonious Monk, and J.S. Bach. Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-$20. Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487,

CONSTRUCTION PARTY FEATURING DAVE REMPIS In what has become an annual tradition, adventurous alto saxophonist Dave Rempis returns from Chicago to reunite with hometown friends and former bandmates. With trumpeter Forbes Graham, pianist Pandelis Karayorgis, bassist Nate McBride, and drummer Luther Gray. Dec. 21, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-395-1393,

SETH ROSENBLOOM An up-and-comer still in his early 20s, the searing blues-rock guitarist hails from Waltham, where he began on classical violin before turning to guitar. Awarded a scholarship to Berklee at 16, he now performs and teaches in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., area. With special guest Jimmy Bez, the rising star guitarist-singer and winner of the 2016 Boston Blues Society Blues Challenge. Dec. 23, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Thunder Road, 379 Somerville Ave., Somerville. 617-776-7623,




MUSICIANS FROM MARLBORO The distinguished summer festival’s traveling cohort closes out the Gardner’s 2016 concerts with a program of Schubert, Haydn, Reger, and Schumann. Dec. 18, 1:30 p.m., Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

A CELEBRATION OF YEHUDI WYNER The distinguished composer, a longtime Bostonian, will be feted in a concert by the innovative performing arts group ECCE. On the program are Wyner’s “Concert Duo,” “Refrain,” and “Trio 2009,” as well as works by Martin Boykan and Martin Brody. Dec. 19, 6 p.m., Boston Athenaeum. 617-227-0270,

BOSTON CAMERATA “In Dulci Jubilo,” the early-music consort’s second holiday program of the season, explores German Christmas music from the 15th through the 17th centuries. Dec. 19, 8 p.m., First Church in Cambridge, Congregational. 617-262-2092,




FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Austin Pendleton, who was in the original 1964 Broadway cast of “Fiddler,’’ directs a vibrantly alive production of the classic musical that adds up to one of the most rewarding theatrical experiences of the year. Jeremiah Kissel gives it everything he’s got — and that’s a lot — as Tevye, a Jewish dairyman in the early-20th-century Russian shtetl of Anatevka, sweating and struggling to cope with convulsive change in every corner of his life and his world. Through Jan. 1. New Repertory Theatre, Mainstage Theater, Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487,

BLACK NATIVITY For nearly half a century, this musical retelling of the Christmas story, based on a “gospel song-play” by the great African-American writer Langston Hughes, has served as the beating heart of the Yuletide season in Boston. This year is no exception. Under the direction of Voncille Ross, “Black Nativity’’ enfolds us in a joyously affirmative embrace that simply lifts the spirit, in every sense of that word. Through Dec. 18. Presented by National Center of Afro-American Artists. At Paramount Center Mainstage, Boston. 617-824-8000,

MURDER ON THE POLAR EXPRESS Ryan Landry plays Shirley Holmes, “the world’s greatest she-tective,’’ whose imperious presence on a North Pole-bound train does absolutely nothing to prevent a spate of mysterious murders. Twisted versions of familiar Christmas characters emerge as suspects and victims alike in Landry’s most fully realized musical sendup-mashup since 2013’s “Mildred Fierce.’’ Directed by Larry Coen, with a terrific cast and costumes by the indispensable Scott Martino that are downright inspired. Through Dec. 21. Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans at Machine nightclub, Boston.

MURDER FOR TWO A clever musical spoof of the murder-mystery genre that allows actor Jared Troilo to showcase his comedy chops while portraying an ambitious police officer determined to solve the fatal shooting of a hated novelist in a New England mansion. The versatile Kirsten Salpini portrays more than half-a-dozen suspects. Directed by A. Nora Long. Through Dec. 24. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678, DON AUCOIN


WHAT THE DICKENS! Last chance for this lively show by Deborah Mason’s Cambridge Youth Dance Program. It combines tap dance, flamenco, African dance, and other styles in an irreverent reimagining of “A Christmas Carol.” Set in a contemporary urban environment, the show features professional guest performers and choreography by Mason, Leslie Woodies, and tap whiz Khalid Hill. Dec. 18. $30-$75. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-616-5124,

URBAN NUTCRACKER Arguably Greater Boston’s most diverse reimagining of the E.T.A. Hoffmann tale, Anthony Williams’s lively “Urban Nutcracker” is a multicultural mix of classical ballet, flamenco, tap, hip-hop, and jazz. Set to a score alternating between Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington, the ballet traces the journey of young Clarice through a magical urban landscape. Through Dec. 31. $25-$85. Tony Williams Dance Center at John Hancock Hall. 888-596-1027,

THE NUTCRACKER Dance Prism weighs in with its 34th annual presentation of the ballet classic. Family-friendly and affordable, the production is fully staged and features a cast of more than 120, both professional dancers and ballet students. After the performance, young audience members are invited to meet Clara and the Nutcracker Prince. Dec. 18. $20-$26. Collins Center, Andover. 978-371-1038, KAREN CAMPBELL


PAINTING IS NOT A GOOD IDEA Abstract painter Jo Ann Rothschild curates her first public exhibition, centered upon artists’ relationship with material and the dialogue they have with the canvas as they work. Artists include Emily Berger and Colleen Randall. Through Jan. 7. HallSpace, 950 Dorchester Ave. 617-288-2255,

BECOMING REAL OR LOVED OFF? This show, organized by Brooke Erin Goldstein, shares themes with the children’s book “The Velveteen Rabbit,” exploring how people imbue meaning and sentiment into things such as toys, food, and more. Through Jan. 7. Yellow Peril Gallery, 60 Valley St., Providence. 401-861-1535,

CHRIS “DAZE” ELLIS: THE ASPHALT JUNGLE Ellis started out as a graffiti writer, but has long since made the leap to fine art. He still uses spray paint (along with acrylics and oils), and his subject is still the street and subways. Through Jan. 7. Childs Gallery, 169 Newbury St. 617-266-1108,



DORIS SALCEDO: THE MATERIALITY OF MOURNING Recent sculptures by the Colombian artist acclaimed for her 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,

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.

GESTURAL ENGINEERING: THE SCULPTURE OF ARTHUR GANSON A gallery devoted to the ever-popular maker of poetic kinetic sculptures has been reopened after a major upgrade. Many sculptures have been restored, controls have been added to make it easier to activate the works, and a new display allows viewers to touch some of the work. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-253-5927,




A VERY MARY CHRISTMAS Petey Gibson comes home from Los Angeles, and she’s bringing the 86-year-old, often inappropriate but always funny Mary Dolan persona with her for this holiday-themed variety show. With guitarist Brendan Burns, burlesque troupe the Glitter Bombs, comedian Nick Chambers, and character actors Gregory Hoyt and Lisa Cordner. Dec. 19, 8 p.m. $20. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-495-2668,

NO REST FOR THE WICKED FUNNY The Improv Asylum presents 24 hours of improvised comedy, with special guests and interviews, starting at 7 p.m. Dec. 22, to benefit Globe Santa. Your ticket allows you to come and go during the performance. Dec. 22-23, 7 p.m. $25. Improv Asylum, 216 Hanover St., Boston. 617-263-6887,

JOE LIST The former Boston comedian and cohost of the “Tuesdays With Stories” podcast writes smart, often self-deprecating stuff about his anxieties and insecurities as he tries to navigate everything from romantic relationships to meditation. Dec. 22-23 at 8 p.m. $12.50-$25. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,



A CHRISTMAS CAROL READING AND DINNER Tuck into a four-course meal with Scrooge himself as he celebrates his newfound holiday cheer. A spirited time awaits! Dec. 20-23, 6 p.m. Adult $57, Child $29. Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Ave., Plymouth. 508-746-1622 x8359.

SNOWMAZING Chill out at Boston Children’s Museum with plenty of cool activities. Take a spin at the sock skating rink, sing along with a Frog and Toad musical, and sip some hot chocolate with the Museum Elves. This year, everyone’s a winter! Dec. 22, 4:30-8:30 p.m. $25. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St.

GRINCH IN A PINCH All the Whos down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, so the folks at The Children’s Musuem sat down and thought. “Maybe Christmas,” they said, “doesn’t come from a store, but rather a museum with three separate floors.” So zip up your coats and gather this season for a Grinch-themed event in good old North Easton. Dec 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free with admission. The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. 508-230-3789.



Dec. 28 The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at House of Blues

Dec. 30-Jan. 22 “The Scottsboro Boys” at Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion

Dec. 31 Diarrhea Planet and Vundabar at The Sinclair

Jan. 6-Feb. 4 “Hand to God” at Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion

Jan. 6-Feb. 5 “A Doll’s House” at BU Theatre

Jan. 12-15 Guster at Paradise Rock Club

Jan. 13 Kings of Leon and Deerhunter at TD Garden

Jan. 17-29 “Something Rotten!” at Boston Opera House


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