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The Ticket: Music, theater, dance, art, and more

Masaharu Takami’s “School Child’s Drawing, Honkawa Elementary School, First Grade, 1953” is part of “Perspectives From Postwar Hiromshima” at Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
Masaharu Takami’s “School Child’s Drawing, Honkawa Elementary School, First Grade, 1953” is part of “Perspectives From Postwar Hiromshima” at Bowdoin College Museum of Art.


Pop & Rock

ISAIAH RASHAD “The Sun’s Tirade,” the 2016 full-length from this Tennessee-born MC, traces a matter-of-fact path through depression and substance abuse over beats that echo the claustrophobia and anxiety he describes in his lyrics. Jan. 30, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. $18, $15 advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200, www.sinclaircambridge.com

MAREN MORRIS This Nashville upstart — who’s up for four Grammy Awards, including best new artist — takes an ecumenical approach to country songwriting, one that incorporates influences from all over the pop spectrum while remaining true to the twang. Feb. 3, 7 p.m. $18. Paradise Rock Club. 617-562-8800, www.crossroadspresents.com


PRIESTS Led by D.C.-based musician, label owner, and agitator Katie Alice Greer, Priests have a fiery punk spirit that’s particularly potent in a live setting. Their first proper full-length, “Nothing Feels Natural” showcases their ability to channel all sorts of musical elements, from the dizzy surf guitar propelling “JJ” to the dime-store-disco groove of “Suck,” into statements about the world that are as pointed as they are righteous. Feb. 4, 9:30 p.m. $14. Great Scott. 617-566-0914, www.greatscottboston.com


Folk & World

BIRDS OF CHICAGO Centered on the married duo of Allison Russell and J.T. Nero, Birds of Chicago mix up various strands of roots music to produce what they call “secular gospel” with appropriately salvific qualities: “We write it to save ourselves,” Nero says, “and we don’t shrink from the idea that it can ‘save’ other people.” Feb. 2, 8:30 p.m. $14-$20. Cinema Salem, Salem. 978-744-1400. www.cinemasalem.com

MIRANDA LAMBERT The reigning queen of country returns to the area on her “Highway Vagabond” tour, which namechecks a tune from her double-disc release “The Weight of These Wings,” an audacious, sprawling album that finds her both coloring outside the lines and still remaining unmistakably country. Old Dominion and Aubrie Sellars also perform. Feb. 2, 7 p.m. Tickets: $36.75-$51.75. Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com


BARNSTAR! The local sideman supergroup with a raucous bluegrass style and a penchant for grassed-up, oddball covers (“I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Sequestered in Memphis,” “Stay With Me”) play an infrequent date with the promise of old favorites and new, as yet unrecorded material. Feb. 3, 9 p.m. Tickets: $24. ONCE Ballroom, Somerville. 877-435-9849. www.ticketfly.com


Jazz & Blues

STEVE KUHN TRIO The incisively lyrical pianist grew up here, gigging from age 13 and eventually graduating from Harvard in 1959, despite musical distractions. A longtime ECM Records artist, he’s played with jazz giants from Coleman Hawkins to John Coltrane. Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. $23-$30. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

AMERICAN CLASSICS: A NOVEL IDEA Highlights from musicals based on books, including “Show Boat,” “The King and I,” and “Pal Joey” — with songs composed by Jerome Kern, Jule Styne, Richard Rodgers, and others — performed by Jean Danton, Michelle Deluise, Davron Monroe, and Benjamin Sears, with pianist Bradford Conner. Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. $20-$25. Follen Community Church, 755 Mass. Ave., Lexington; Feb. 5, 6 p.m. $77 (including dinner). The Hampshire House, 84 Beacon St., Boston. 617-254-1125, www.amclass.org

JOHN KORDALEWSKI TRIO Best known for helming The Makanda Project, the pianist stretches out here with Colombian bassist Carlos Pino and South African drummer Kesivan Naidoo, playing compositions by such pianist/composers as Horace Silver and Cedar Walton, as well as music from his rhythm team’s respective countries. Feb. 4, 8 p.m. $15. Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square, Somerville. www.thirdlifestudio.com




CO-INCIDENCE This weeklong experimental music residency — hosted by the Non-Event concert series and featuring composer Michael Pisaro as resident artist — culminates in “From Sunrise Until Completion,” a daylong concert of music rehearsed and workshopped during the week. It will begin before dawn and run well past sundown. Jan. 29, 6 a.m., Gallery at Washington Street, Somerville. www.coincidenceresidency.com

BETH MORRISON PROJECTS The cutting-edge impresario brings four works by composer Ted Hearne including “Sound from the Bench,” a cantata for chamber choir, guitars, and drums that traces the history of corporate personhood in America, using poetry by Jena Osman and language from Supreme Court decisions. Feb. 2, 7 p.m., Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-278-5156, www.gardnermuseum.org

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Joined by a quartet of vocal soloists and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Andris Nelsons leads the orchestra through one of the greatest works of sacred music: Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Feb. 2-7, 8 p.m., Symphony Hall. 888-266-1200, www.bso.org




HAND TO GOD All sorts of demons are unleashed in this sulfurous comedy by Robert Askins, which twists the classic coming-of-age tale into a new and jagged shape with a depiction of a mild-mannered Texas teenager and his satanic, foul-mouthed sock puppet (picture Kermit the Frog gone very, very bad). Eliott Purcell excels in both roles. Also featuring Marianna Bassham as the lad’s initially prim, eventually uninhibited mother. Directed with gusto by David R. Gammons. Through Feb. 4. SpeakEasy Stage Company at Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com


THURGOOD Johnny Lee Davenport’s passionate portrayal of Thurgood Marshall transcends the paint-by-numbers quality of the script by George Stevens Jr. Davenport’s Marshall is every inch the happy warrior, but what also shines through are the ideals that animated the civil-rights giant who became the first African-American justice on the Supreme Court. Directed by Benny Sato Ambush. Through Feb. 5. New Repertory Theatre in Black Box Theater, Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? An aura of dread pervades Scott Edmiston’s crackling production of the late Edward Albee’s classic 1962 drama. Steven Barkhimer and Paula Plum are riveting as marital combatants George and Martha, weaponizing their words and looking for tactical advantage in their never-ending power struggle. Through Feb. 12. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com DON AUCOIN


PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY A rare area opportunity to see the world premiere of a new work by one of the dance world’s undisputed masters. Taylor’s “The Open Door,” set to Elgar’s beloved “Enigma Variations,” is featured alongside “Airs” and the exuberant “Esplanade,” which will be accompanied live by the Brown University Orchestra. Quite a coup, presented by FirstWorks. Feb. 3, $28-$150. The Vets, Providence. 401-421-2787, www.first-works.org

NERUDA’S BOOK OF QUESTIONS: AN EXPLORATION THROUGH MUSIC AND DANCE Inspired by the poetry of Pablo Neruda, Urbanity Dance presents this cabaret-style dance performance of vignettes that examine the vast range of human emotion over the course of a life. Performances feature live music led by Beau Kenyon and guest dancers ranging in age from 5 to 70. Feb. 3-4, $15-$50. Villa Victoria Center for the Arts. 617-572-3727, www.urbanitydance.org


SOUTH ASIAN SHOWDOWN 2017 If you’re into Bollywood, here’s your chance to check out some of the best dancers in the genre in North America. South Asian Fusion and Hindi-film teams from the United States and Canada compete for the title, bringing with them some virtuosic acrobatics, eye-popping costumes, and toe-tapping music. Indian food on sale as well. Feb. 4, 6-9:45 p.m., $20-$100. John Hancock Hall. 617-687-9181, www.southasianshowdown.com



VITREOUS BODIES: ASSEMBLED VISIONS IN GLASS In site-specific installations, notable artists, including Petah Coyne, Maya Lin, and Arlene Shechet, demonstrate myriad techniques, guises, and uses of the versatile medium. Through March 4. Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 621 Huntington Ave. 617-879-7337, www.massart.edu/galleries

PERCY FORTINI-WRIGHT: IDENTITY CRISIS Fortini-Wright straddles two worlds: street art and fine art. In this show, which takes the national pulse, the painter draws on nostalgic imagery and present-day politics as he mixes and matches realism, abstraction, and graffiti. Through Feb. 17. Rafius Fane Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 508-843-2184, www.rafiusfanegallery.com

QUEER PAINTING How better for a painter to explore issues of personal identity than through figure painting? For these five artists (including Hannah Barrett, known for figures but here showing interiors suggestive of people), myth, narrative, and style shape a queer aesthetic. Through Feb. 25. How’s Howard, 450 Harrison Ave. 603-498-7736, www.howshoward.com



PERSPECTIVES FROM POSTWAR HIROSHIMA: CHUZO TAMOTZU, CHILDREN’S DRAWINGS, AND THE ART OF RESOLUTION In the early 1950s, Tamotzu established a drawing exchange between schoolchildren in Hiroshima and Santa Fe, hoping to heal rancor between Japan and the United States. Through April 16. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Maine St., Brunswick, Maine. 207-725-3275, www.bowdoin.edu/art-museum

THE THRILL OF THE CHASE: THE WAGSTAFF COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS AT THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM From Edgar Degas to Diane Arbus, daguerreotypes to paper prints, the collection of Samuel J. Wagstaff, Jr. (1921-1987) is eclectic and inventive. Feb. 3-April 30. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland. 207-775-6148, www.portlandmuseum.org

WILSON/CORTOR Prints and drawings by Boston’s own John Wilson, whose graceful pen often addressed wrenching social justice issues, and Eldzier Cortor, whose work celebrated the African diaspora in the United States and the Caribbean. Both died in 2015. Through Aug. 6. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org




SAM MORRIL The New York-based comic had a standout set of smartly written jokes that needled at propriety on “Conan” in December, and he appears on shows like Comedy Central’s “@Midnight” and Fox News’s “Red Eye.” Feb. 2-3 at 8 p.m., Feb. 4 at 8 and 10:15 p.m. $29-$39. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

HUMOR FOR HUMANITY: JIMMY TINGLE IN THE AGE OF TRUMP Boston’s preeminent progressive satirist, and a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Tingle plays his recent alma mater with two weeks of a Trump presidency to talk about. Feb. 4, 8 p.m. $32.25-$40.50. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-496-2222, www.boxoffice.harvard.edu

OLD SCHOOL GAME SHOW This variety-trivia-music-comedy show has always had high production value, with a cast headed by Michael D’Angelo and Ginny Nightshade that includes burlesque dancers, musicians, and sketch comedians, supported by a writing staff for the comedy and the trivia. This week, it gets a big stage at the Wilbur. Feb. 4, 10 p.m. $24. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700, www.thewilbur.com



THE FAIRY CIRCUS BY TANGLEWOOD MARIONETTES Are you a puppet expert? Me neither. Good thing the Tanglewood Marionettes, a renowned traveling puppeteer troupe, are putting on this educational performance showcasing the best the puppet world has to offer. Socks with googly eyes stuck on are so amateurish. Jan. 29, 2-3 p.m. $9-$10. Aidekman Arts Center, Cohen Auditorium, 40 Talbot Ave., Medford. 617-627-3518. secure.touchnet.net/C21525_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=480

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN! The Newton Theatre Company is putting on Peanuts like you’ve never seen it before. Come for a live musical version of Charles Schulz’s classic cartoon, and let’s just hope Pig-Pen cleaned himself up a little. Feb. 3, 7:30-9 p.m. $10-$20. Newton Cultural Center at City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton. 617-796-1540. www.newtontheatrecompany.com/

CRUSH-WORTHY CLASSROOM VALENTINE WORKSHOP Don’t let your kid be that person who hands out shoddily-cut construction paper for Valentine’s Day. Bring them here instead, where they’ll emboss, stamp and paper punch their cards. They’ll be the star of the class party. Feb. 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $25. Paper Source, 1361 Beacon St., Brookline. 617-264-2800. www.papersource.com/workshops/Crush-Worthy-Classroom-Valentine-Workshop/500215.html



Feb. 5 Conspirare at Boston Symphony Hall bso.org

Feb. 8 Alex Preston at Great Scott axs.com

Feb. 18 Rick Astley at House of Blues concerts.livenation.com

Feb. 23 Tribal Seeds at House of Blues concerts.livenation.com

Feb. 26 We the Kings at Brighton Music Hall ticketmaster.com

March 2 Excision at House of Blues concerts1.livenation.com

March 3 Ariana Grande at TD Garden ticketmaster.com

March 3-April 1 Grand Concourse at Roberts Studio Theatre bostontheatrescene.com