The Ticket: The week ahead in the arts world

“Merrily We Roll Along” runs through Oct. 15 at the Huntington Avenue Theatre.
T Charles Erickson
“Merrily We Roll Along” runs through Oct. 15 at the Huntington Avenue Theatre.


Rock & Pop

MOSES SUMNEY “Aromanticism,” the debut from this singer and composer, is one of the year’s most audacious albums, an extended rumination on solitude that gilds its metaphor-laced poetry with woozy drones and sparkling harps. Oct. 9, 8 p.m. $25, $20-$22 advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,

SYD Whether she’s leading the funk collective The Internet or making music on her own, this Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter is one of R&B’s most future-minded artists. Her just-released EP, “Always Never Home,” pairs her matter-of-fact lyrics with beats that bring to mind robo-soul 45s played at 33 rpm. Oct. 11, 8 p.m. $28, $25 advance. Royale. 617-338-7699,


WEAVES Led by the charismatic, kinetic Jasmyn Burke, this Toronto foursome established themselves as one of alt-pop’s most compelling live acts upon their 2013 arrival. Their brand-new album, “Wide Open,” is full of twisted anthems for misfits of all stripes. Oct. 13, 8 p.m. $12. Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278,

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Folk & World

GARY ALLAN Here’s a name we haven’t seen in a while; Gary Allan hasn’t put a record out since 2013, and he hasn’t toured much since then, either, at least in these parts. His edgy, West Coast traditionalism is still one of the better things to come out of turn-of-the-century mainstream country. Oct. 10, 8 p.m. $35. Royale. 888-929-7849,

THE DUSTY 45s They’ve been at it for a couple of decades, but they don’t make it out this way from their Seattle home very often, so mark your calendar if you’re a fan of classic honky-tonk, rockabilly, and swing, in this case leavened with the sound of bandleader Billy Joe Huels’s trumpet. Oct. 10, 7 p.m. $12. The Burren, Somerville. 617-776-6896,

EILEEN JEWELL Eileen Jewell’s version of Americana has always included a healthy quotient of the blues, and she’s emphasizing that underpinning with her new record, “Down Hearted Blues,” a collection of covers that finds her and her crack band putting their own spin on the likes of Memphis Minnie, Bessie Smith, and Little Walter. Oct. 10, 8 p.m. $20-$25. Laugh Boston. 877-987-6487,



Jazz & Blues

JAZZ COMPOSERS ALLIANCE ORCHESTRA: THE DEATH OF SIMONE WEIL The JCA Orchestra’s 32nd season opens with composer Darrell Katz’s epic song cycle, performed in its entirety for the first time since its 2001 debut. Dedicated to the French writer-philosopher, the kaleidoscopic composition is set to texts by the late poet Paula Tatarunis, sung by crystalline-voiced alto Rebecca Shrimpton. Oct. 12, 8 p.m. $8-$12. Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-2261,

CHARLIE KOHLHASE’S EXPLORER’S CLUB The adventurous alto, tenor, and baritone saxophonist and composer’s intrepid ensemble will play an al fresco concert of music by Elmo Hope, Makanda Ken McIntyre, John Tchicai, and Kohlhase himself. Oct. 14, 8:30 p.m. Free. Chelsea Square Park, Broadway and 2nd Street, Chelsea.

ANNIE ROYER & LES GARÇONS MUSETTE The sparkling Parisienne chanteuse makes her annual area appearance to present “A Night in Paris at the Moulin Rouge.” Dancer Patrice Monahan joins Royer and the boys for the second set to encourage the audience to bolero, cha cha, rumba, and more. Oct. 14, 8:30 p.m. $28. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-876-9330,




TOSCA Boston Lyric Opera’s fall season opens with a new Crystal Manich production of the Puccini staple, conducted by David Stern and featuring Russian soprano Elena Stikhina in the title role. Oct. 13-22, Cutler Majestic Theater. 617-542-4912, 

QUATUOR MOSAIQUES Even with its thriving early music scene, Boston rarely gets to hear period-instrument string quartets of international standing. This week Celebrity Series of Boston presents this noted Austrian ensemble in works by Mozart and Haydn. Oct. 14, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-482-6661,

RUSSELL SHERMAN For his next solo recital, the legendary Boston pianist turns toward heady late-Beethovian terrain, with the Piano Sonatas Opp. 90, 101, and 111. Oct. 15, 8 p.m. Free, Jordan Hall. 617- 585-1260 




MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Maria Friedman’s production captures the (broken) heart and (damaged) soul of this elusive, melancholy, funny, and challenging Stephen Sondheim musical about as well as anyone is likely to do. Based on a staging by Friedman in London that was widely acclaimed, “Merrily’’ is toplined by two of the three stars from that West End production and fortified by a crackerjack ensemble. Through Oct. 15. Presented by Huntington Theatre Company. At Huntington Avenue Theatre, Boston. 617-266-0800,

CONSTELLATIONS After raising the bar time and again during her career, the great Marianna Bassham does it once more. Bassham delivers a spellbinding performance as a theoretical physicist who falls in love with a beekeeper, played by Nael Nacer, in Nick Payne’s what-if drama of lives unfolding in parallel universes. Directed by Scott Edmiston. Through Oct. 8. Underground Railway Theater at Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 617-576-9278,

A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY This early play by Tony Kushner is an unwieldy but nonetheless absorbing work that steadily builds suspense as Hitler’s rise to power in 1930s Germany forces a group of left-wing friends to ponder the best course of action, politically and personally. A solid cast, led by Lindsay Eagle as an idealistic actress, is directed by Dori A. Robinson. Through Oct. 14. Flat Earth Theatre at Black Box Theater, Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487,

GYPSY As the deluded but unstoppable Mama Rose, Leigh Barrett carries this production — which is sometimes in need of carrying — with the avidity and assurance of a supremely skilled performer who knows she is tackling one of the juiciest roles in all of musical theater. Directed and choreographed by Rachel Bertone. With a book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and music by Jule Styne — each of them working at the top of his game. Through Oct. 8. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678,



TINY & SHORT: A DROP IN THE BUCKET This Dance Complex initiative celebrates the idea that great things can come in small packages. The show challenges choreographers to experiment with confining movement to a 4-by-4-foot stage over a condensed time frame, kind of like a terpsichorean elevator pitch. At the end, audience members get to support their favorites by dropping a vote in a bucket. Oct. 13-15, $13-$26. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,

RHYTHM IN THE NIGHT Sean Fielder’s feisty little Boston Tap Company celebrates its 10th anniversary with a promising show featuring the talent of its diverse young dancers plus a wide range of guest artists. Performers include “So You Think You Can Dance” winner Russell Ferguson, Ian Berg’s Subject:Matter, Touch é Taps, Phunk Phenomenon, and Boston Community Dance Project. Oct. 14, 7 p.m. $25. Strand Theatre. 617-635-1403,

SELMADANSE Joanie Block and Dancers’ new work is a Jewish-Muslim collaboration called “Emerge Dancing.” With an aim to highlight the beauty and shared goals of both cultures, the multimedia production with all live music features an international cast performing five dances punctuated by text from the Torah and Quran. Oct. 14-15. $20-$25. Green Street Studios. 617-794-8184, KAREN CAMPBELL


LUXURY WATERS Last year, artist Pat Falco turned a Faneuil Hall storefront into a snarky campaign headquarters. He’s at it again, this time transforming OPEN Gallery into a condo developers’ marketing space, exploding fantasies of waterfront development with black humor. Through Oct. 27. OPEN Gallery, 201 South St.

PORTAL TO AN ALTERNATIVE REALITY: CHINATOWN STATION WITH SERVICE TO WUHAN John Craig Freeman’s sculptural subway station beckons viewers inside to experience virtual reality evoking Wuhan, China. Also: Freeman’s augmented reality take on the US-Mexican border. Through Nov. 18. Emerson Urban Arts: Media Art Gallery, 25 Avery St. 617-824-8667,

HEMLOCK HOSPICE The eastern hemlock, besieged by an insect called the hemlock woolly adelgid, is dying. Artist David Buckley Borden partners with ecologist Aaron Ellison on a trail of site-specific sculptures to explore the larger implications of the loss. Through Nov. 18, 2018. Harvard Forest, Harvard University, 324 N. Main St., Petersham. 978-724-3302,



SCREENS: VIRTUAL MATERIAL Screens shape our lives. In this show, some screens carry projections, some pull us into their worlds, and others are see-through. They all delve into the uneasy territory between physical and virtual, and ponder touch, longing, and limits. Through March 18. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. 781-259-8355,

LINES OF THOUGHT: DRAWING FROM MICHELANGELO TO NOW FROM THE BRITISH MUSEUM This exhibit shines a light on drawing as a foundational process, from mindless doodling to decision-making. It includes works by Leonardo da Vinci, Paul Cézanne, Bridget Riley. Through Jan. 7. RISD Museum, 20 North Main St., Providence. 401-454-6500,

BARBARA TAKENAGA Takenaga’s intricately designed, swirling, and psychedelic patterned paintings might render cosmic scenes, or microscopic ones. Her luminous, transcendental works tap Op Art, decorative art, Japanese printmaking, Tantric painting, and more. Through Jan. 28. Williams College Museum of Art, 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown. 413-597-2429,




TINDER LIVE WITH LANE MOORE The comedian, writer, and musician gives her audiences a real-time look into her Tinder account and provides a bit of a cautionary tale of love and dating. Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. $24. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,

ROD FERGUSON The standup and cabaret act brings to Club Cafe his musical comedy show “Some Others I’ve Seen,” featuring stories about love and growing up gay in Bermuda, plus swing music. Thursdays in October. Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave., Boston. 617-536-0966,

OLD SCHOOL GAME SHOW’S HALLOWEEN HELLRAISER The retro trivia/comedy/music show returns with this spooky edition, featuring special guest comedian Bethany Van Delft, guest band The Devils Twins, plus the Swinging OSGS House Band and the Cubic Zirconia Dancers. Oct. 14, 8 p.m. $19-$24. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 617-625-5700,



MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS FALL OPEN HOUSE Spend the holiday celebrating art and Hispanic Heritage Month with your little ones. Grab a Family Art Cart — a tote bag filled with family-friendly museum activities — and hop on a guided tour, join a Latin dance line, or view a special gallery about Mexican families and draw your own family afterward. Oct. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300.

COLUMBUS DAY GAME AND FAMILY TOURS Have you ever taken your child to a museum and spent more time preventing them from touching anything than actually looking at the art? If so, Gore Place’s Totally Touchable Tour is the one for you. Get a hands-on experience at this early-1800s country estate with several family activities. Oct. 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $5 (tickets at Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798.

BENEATH OUR FEET: NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY Got a couple of “Jurassic Park” enthusiasts or a budding history buff at home? Bring ’em in to learn about how fossils are formed, make their own fossil-like imprints, and look at real fossils from the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Oct. 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Children’s Library, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. 617-859-2387.



Oct. 21 Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions at Royale

Nov. 3 Hamilton Leithauser at Royale

Nov. 6 The English Beat at Brighton Music Hall

Nov. 6 King Crimson at Orpheum Theatre

Nov. 7 The Used at House of Blues

Nov. 8 Joyce Manor and Wavves at Paradise Rock Club

Nov. 9 Tegan and Sara at Orpheum Theatre

Nov. 10-11 Hassle Fest 9 at ONCE Ballroom