The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world this week

Mark S. Howard

Will McGarrahan and Leigh Barrett in “Souvenir,” which is at Lyric Stage through Nov. 19.


Rock & Pop

KAILTYN AURELIA SMITH This composer and electronic musician’s latest release, “The Kid,” is full of starlit synths and fluttering rhythms, both of which add a feeling of pleasant airiness to Smith’s glittering left-of-center pop songs. Nov. 1, 8 p.m. $15, $12 advance. The Red Room at Café 939. 617-747-2261,


TORI AMOS “Native Invader,” the new album from this storyteller and pianist, is a wrenching, yet beautiful meditation on the ways humanity has altered the Earth — and how nature is correcting the course so that said changes aren’t irrevocable. Its cacophony, led by Amos’s spectral soprano and her omnivorous musical knowledge, reflects the chaos of 21st-century life while also standing as a bulwark against it. Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. $45 and up. Orpheum Theatre. 617-482-0106,

NIALL HORAN The latest One Direction member to offer up his vision of pop’s present is this guileless strummer, whose self-titled album pulls from the softer sounds of the ’70s adult-pop boom. Nov. 3, 7 p.m. $39 and up. Orpheum Theatre. 617-482-0106,


Folk & World

PETER MULVEY’S LAMPLIGHTER SESSIONS The veteran singer-songwriter’s annual attempt to spark magic continues this week with three shows: a venture beyond the musical with a staged reading of Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros,” a co-bill collaboration with Carol Noonan, and to finish up, a Halloween throwdown. Oct. 29, 7 p.m., Oct. 30-31, 8 p.m. $25. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,

MAX BACA AND LOS TEXMANIACS Max Baca contributed his baja sexto talents to the Texas Tornados back in the day, and formed his group Los Texmaniacs to continue on the musical trail blazed by those Tex-Mex giants, using a potent mix of conjunto, country, and rock ’n’ roll to do so. Nov. 3, 8 p.m. $30. Belleville Congregational Church, Newburyport. 800-838-3006,


SHAWN COLVIN On its 20th anniversary, Colvin reprises “A Few Small Repairs,” the breakup record that launched her into the big time with its Grammy-winning hit “Sunny Came Home.” Larry Campbell, who opens with partner Teresa Williams, played on a bunch of Colvin records, but not that one; the duo just released their fine sophomore effort, “Contraband Love.” Nov. 3, 8 p.m. $39-$59. Cabot Theatre, Beverly. 866-811-4111,


Jazz & Blues

JOE MCPHEE & JEB BISHOP Eminent avant-garde saxophonist McPhee makes a rare area appearance in a duo with accomplished trombonist Bishop. They’ll be joined for a second set by three of Boston’s most adventurous improvisers: trumpeter Forbes Graham, vibraphonist Andria Nicodemou, and bassist Damon Smith. Nov. 2, 8 p.m. $10-$15. First Parish in Cambridge (Helverson Chapel), 3 Church St., Harvard Square.

MATT SCHOFIELD The Mancunian guitar whiz was inducted into the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame after winning its “Guitarist of the Year” award three years running. And Guitar and Bass Magazine has named him a top 10 British blues guitarist, in the company of such greats as Eric Clapton and Peter Green. Nov. 3, 8 p.m. $25-$27. Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Road, Fall River. 508-324-1926,

STANLEY SAGOV: SABBATICAL JAZZ REFLECTIONS The South African pianist-composer, physician, and pedagogue’s joyful jazz contains echoes of his native land, and his buoyant band includes some of the area’s finest players: trumpeter Mike Peipman, bassist John Lockwood, drummer Bob Gullotti, and vocalist Wannetta Jackson. Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. $23-$30. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,




BOSTON MUSICA VIVA In a program titled “Northeast by Far East,” Richard Pittman leads the premiere of Peter Child’s “10 Basho Poems” as well as a work by Zhou Long — “Metal, Stone, Silk, Bamboo” — that incorporates a wide array of traditional Chinese woodwind instruments, to be played by guest artist Yazhi Guo. Nov. 4, 8 p.m., Longy School of Music of Bard College. 617-354-6910, 

CANTATA SINGERS So what are you doing to celebrate David Hoose Day in the City of Boston? That’s right, it’s official: City Hall will honor Hoose with a declaration for the start of his 35th season at the helm of this estimable chorus. And if you’re looking for a way to mark the occasion, conveniently enough, the group will be throwing its own celebration that night, with music by Mozart, Haydn and — a Hoose specialty — Zelenka. Nov 3, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-868-5885,

CHAMBER MUSIC On Monday, the innovative string quartet Brooklyn Rider performs works from its new album, “Spontaneous Symbols,” at the Harvard Ed Portal; on Saturday, the Parker Quartet returns to Jordan Hall with works by Mozart, Schubert, and Prokofiev; and on Nov. 5, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues its traversal of the Beethoven Piano Trios at the Gardner Museum., 




SOUVENIR Making a triumphant return to roles they played a decade ago, Leigh Barrett delivers a sublime performance as Florence Foster Jenkins, the New York socialite and obliviously off-key soprano, while Will McGarrahan is just as good as Cosme McMoon, her long-suffering but deeply loyal piano accompanist. This warm and funny production of Stephen Temperley’s play is once again directed by Spiro Veloudos. Through Nov. 19. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678,

FUN HOME If you have a heart, “Fun Home’’ will break it. If you have a soul, “Fun Home’’ will touch it. And if you hunger for musicals that get under the skin rather than blandly skim the surface, you should hie yourself to the Boston Opera House to see this altogether exquisite work. It’s about a self-described “lesbian cartoonist’’ (played at different ages by Kate Shindle, Carly Gold, and Abby Corrigan) trying to come to terms with the long-ago suicide of her father (portrayed by Robert Petkoff). Based on the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, and music by Jeanine Tesori. Directed by Sam Gold. Through Oct. 29. Broadway in Boston. At Boston Opera House. 800-982-2787,

A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK Ken Urban’s probing new drama is a study of guilt as both a terrible individual burden and as an unlikely source of connection. McKinley Belcher III (delivering one of the most searing performances in recent memory) and Samuel H. Levine play Bostonians who meet in Amsterdam and discover they are each unable to move on from something in their past. This world premiere is astutely directed by Colman Domingo. Through Nov. 4. Huntington Theatre Company. At Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800,

IN THE HEIGHTS Before he created a national sensation with “Hamilton,’’ Lin-Manuel Miranda (and his collaborator Quiara Alegria Hudes) made a splash on Broadway with this Tony-winning musical about several eventful days and nights in the lives of Latino residents of Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood. Diego Klock-Perez portrays the bodega proprietor Usnavi, the role played by Miranda on Broadway. Directed and choreographed by Rachel Bertone, with musical direction by Dan Rodriguez. Through Nov. 19. Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston. 617-879-2300,



OBSIDIAN TEAR Boston Ballet opens its season with this contemporary program highlighted by the North American premiere of Wayne McGregor’s provocative title work and the world premiere of resident choreographer Jorma Elo’s “Fifth Symphony of Jean Sibelius.” Both feature music by prominent Finnish composers (“Obsidian Tear” is set to scores by Esa-Pekka Salonen) performed live. Nov. 3-12. $35-$164. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955,

FROM THE GROUND UP Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s fall dance concert showcases some of the school’s most talented dancers in five new works created by a range of notable choreographers, including former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performer Uri Sands and Madboots Dance artistic directors Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz. Nov. 2-5. $15-$30. Boston Conservatory Theater. 617-912-9222,

MIGRATIONS: AN EVENING OF DANCE INSPIRED BY WRITER HENRY JAMES As part of its “Henry James and American Painting” exhibit, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum presents a concert of four new dance works exploring the concept of migration. The program features works by Haitian immigrant Jean Appolon, Iranian-American Ida Saki, the noted Martha Graham interpreter Richard Move, and former Boston Ballet principal dancer Yury Yanowsky. Nov. 2, 7 p.m. $15-$40 (includes museum admission). Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-278-5156,



FANTASY ARCHITECTURE: SCULPTURAL BOXES Jay Rogers’s thematic wooden boxes are full of secret compartments. Taking a cue from Escher and Piranesi, he designs intricate miniature feats of architecture that might be taken as metaphors for inner lives. Through Jan. 6. Society of Arts + Crafts, 100 Pier 4, Suite 200. 617-266-1810,  

MATT KEEGAN: REPLICATE We may agree on a word’s definition and still bring different associations to it. In his video installation and sculptures, Keengan explores how meaning can be open-ended, in language, form, and sound. Through Jan. 7. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-496-5387,


WOLE SOYINKA: ANTIQUITIES ACROSS TIMES AND PLACE The Nobel Prize-winning playwright’s collection of art made by the Yoruba people is installed alongside work by several contemporary African artists inspired by his writing. Through Dec. 21. Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art, Harvard University, 102 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge. 617-496-5777,



HEIMO ZOBERNIG: CHESS PAINTING Zobernig, an Austrian multimedia artist, riffs on Modernism’s romance with the grid while upending expectations for museum display by toppling walls, turning them into stages, and inviting visitors up to enjoy the view. Through Dec. 31. MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St., Cambridge. 617-253-4680,


RONA PONDICK AND ROBERT FEINTUCH: HEADS, HANDS FEET; SLEEPING, HOLDING, DREAMING, DYING Pondick’s sculptures and prints and Feintuch’s paintings hinge on flesh as a vessel for psychology, in the couple’s first major museum show together. Through March 23. Bates College Museum of Art, Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St., Lewiston, Maine. 207-786-6158,


MIGRATION AND MEMORY: JEWISH ARTISTS OF THE RUSSIAN AND SOVIET EMPIRES Close to 100 objects from Vladimir and Vera Torchilin’s collection focus on upheaval between the dawn of World War I and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Through Jan. 28. Museum of Russian Icons, 208 Union St., Clinton. 978-598-5000,




GOREFEST XV: HORROR HOUSE Two chances left to see ImprovBoston’s annual blood-soaked musical tribute to Halloween. This year, the premise is a faux reality show called “The House Always Wins.” Bring a poncho, or pick one up at the door, if you want to keep dry. Oct. 29 and Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. $20-$25. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253,

ANDY ZALTZMAN The longtime John Oliver collaborator is also a keen observer of current events, and relaunched the popular satirical podcast “The Bugle,” billed as “an audio newspaper for a visual world,” last year with a revolving cast of contributors. Nov. 1, 9 p.m. $25. Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave, Boston. 617-779-0140,

HARI KONDABOLU The satirist comes to town a few weeks before the TruTV debut of his documentary “The Problem With Apu,” which takes aim at the most offensively stereotypical “Simpsons” character. With Liz Mele. Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. $28. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,



PRU BOO! Trick-or-treating two whole days before Halloween? Who could pass that up! Get yourself a special candy bag from the Prudentail Center soon, because more than 50 stores and restaurants will be giving out goodies to costumed kiddos in partnership with the nonprofit The Home for Little Wanderers. Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $5 donation. Prudential Center Boston, 800 Boylston St. 800-746-7778.

GHOOLIDGE CORNER PUMPKIN FESTIVAL Bit late on the jack-o’-lantern front this year? Ghastly. Never fear, for this “urban pumpkin patch” has you covered. Join in for some pumpkin pickin’, carvin’, and paintin’ just in time for Halloween. Oct. 29, 1-5 p.m. and Oct. 30, 2-6 p.m. Free. Brookline Grown, 10 Waldo St., Brookline. 617-487-8687.

DíA DE LOS MUERTOS/DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION AT THE PEABODY MUSEUM Celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed with rich, traditional Mexican hot chocolate and pan de muerto. Go dressed as a catrina or a catrín for the costume contest and hear Harvard professor Davíd Carrasco’s presentation during this festive evening. Nov. 1, 4-8 p.m. Free (reservation required at Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge. 617-496-1027.



Nov. 25 Slaughter Beach, Dog at Great Scott

Nov. 26 Cut Copy at Royale

Nov. 26 Thrice and Circa Survive at House of Blues

Nov. 28 Biffy Clyro at Paradise Rock Club

Nov. 28 Cannibal Corpse at Royale

Nov. 30 Beach Slang at Sinclair

Nov. 30 St. Vincent at House of Blues

Dec. 1 Maximo Park at Brighton Music Hall