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

Tegan and Sara perform at the Orpheum Nov. 9.
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Tegan and Sara perform at the Orpheum Nov. 9.


Rock & Pop

TEGAN & SARA: THE CON X TOUR The Quin sisters celebrate their 2007 release “The Con,” an urgent, hooky album that let the pair experiment artistically while also channeling heavier emotions on songs like the anxiety-driven “Back in Your Head.” (It was recently celebrated on “The Con X,” on which artists like the synth-gaze outfit CHVRCHES and the punchy rocker Ryan Adams offered up makeovers.) Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. $30.50 and up. Orpheum Theatre, Boston. 617-482-0106,

H.E.R. While this velvet-voiced, pseudonymic vocalist performs in shadows, the music she’s been releasing over the past two years — now collected, along with some B-sides, on a self-titled compilation album — is vulnerable and open, showcasing her wide-ranging knowledge of soul music and her ability to zero in on the specifics of everyday life’s tiniest triumphs and tragedies. Nov. 6, 9 p.m. $20 and up. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,


KELELA This buzzed-about R&B singer just released her full-length debut, “Take Me Apart,” which showcases her rich voice and disarming honesty against sometimes-hazy, sometimes-jittery backdrops that feel time-warped from the future. Nov. 11, 8 p.m. $16 and up. Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278,

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Folk & World

JEREMY PINNELL Kentuckian Pinnell is a card-carrying member of a burgeoning group of artists engaged in reviving, reusing, and repurposing past forms of hard country music; on his latest, “Ties of Blood and Affection,” he spends a fair amount of time (“Ballad of 1892,” “Different Kind of Love”) worshiping at the church of Waylon. Nov. 5, 9 p.m. $8. O’Brien’s Pub. 877-987-6487,

LEE ANN WOMACK East Texas native Womack is also a card-carrying member, in her case, of major label expatriates who have gone on to make some of the best music of their careers since leaving those confines behind. She’s just released her second album since doing so, “The Lonely, The Lonesome & the Gone”; the title tells you what you’re going to hear. Nov. 10, 8 p.m. $45-$59. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391,

BLITZEN TRAPPER Earlier this year, Blitzen Trapper channeled their alt-country from the rock end of the spectrum into, yes, a rock opera titled “Wild and Reckless” that they staged in their Portland, Ore., hometown. They collected the songs from the musical, added a few more, and are now touring behind an album of the same name. Lilly Hiatt opens. Nov. 7, 9 p.m. $20. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 888-929-7849,



Jazz & Blues

LE NGOMA (THIS MUSIC): JAZZ FROM SOUTH AFRICA Internationally known South African trumpet star Fezile “Feya” Faku performs in a quintet with trombonist Bill Lowe, pianist John Kordalewski, bassist Carlos Pino, and South African drummer Kesivan Naidoo in the latest installment of the BHCC Jazz Fest. Nov. 9, 1 p.m. Free. Bunker Hill Community College, A300 Auditorium, 250 New Rutherford Ave., Charlestown. 617-228-2219,

ANTHONY GERACI & THE HIPNOTICS This exciting new blues and roots ensemble — helmed by the founding keyboardist of Sugar Ray and the Bluetones and Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters — features a cast of local luminaries: singer-harmonica player Dennis Brennan, singer-guitarist Willie J. Laws, bassist Michael “Mudcat” Ward, and drummer Osi Brathwaite. Nov. 11, 8 p.m. $20. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311,

JEFF “TAIN” WATTS The drummer-composer and Guggenheim fellow, who’s played with everyone from Betty Carter to Ravi Coltrane, culminates his current Harvard Arts residency by leading and performing in a concert with the Harvard Jazz Bands. Nov. 11, 8 p.m. $5-$10. Lowell Hall, 17 Kirkland St., Cambridge. 617-496-2222,




BOSTON LYRIC OPERA Next up for BLO is the world premiere of Julian Grant’s new opera “The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke and Mr. Hare” — a tale of murder and medical science in 1820s Scotland — with a libretto by Mark Campbell, direction from David Schweitzer, and conducting by David Angus. Nov. 8-12. The Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-542-4912,

A FAR CRY  The self-directed chamber ensemble performs the local premiere of its newly commissioned project “The Blue Hour,” an evening-length collaborative song cycle written by composers Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider. Based on a poem by Carolyn Forché and featuring the eloquent jazz vocalist Luciana Souza. Nov. 10, Jordan Hall, 8 p.m. 

BOSTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Boston’s own star violist Kim Kashkashian returns to BPO as soloist in Berlioz’s “Harold in Italy,” on a program that also features Sibelius’s Second Symphony under the baton of Benjamin Zander. Nov. 9 and 12 in Sanders Theater, Cambridge, Nov. 11 in Jordan Hall. 617-236-0999,




THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME The young actor Eliott Purcell, who excelled in “Hand to God’’ as a Texas teenager possessed by a demonic sock puppet, impressively shoulders another role with daunting, nonstop demands, both verbal and physical. Playing a 15-year-old math genius who has to wend his way through a thicket of familial secrets and lies after he sets out to solve the murder of a neighbor’s dog, Purcell is ably abetted in “Curious Incident’’ by a versatile and uniformly fine cast. The adaptation by Simon Stephens of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel is directed by Paul Daigneault, with crucial contributions by the design team and movement director Yo-El Cassell. Through Nov. 25. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

GARDENS SPEAK Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury interviewed friends and relatives of 10 citizens of Syria who died in the 2011 uprising against the Ba’athist government, then constructed narratives that tell the stories of the deceased as they themselves might have told them. Nov. 8-19. ArtsEmerson. Robert J. Orchard Stage, Paramount Center, Boston. 617-824-8400,

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,



ANNA MYER AND DANCERS Veteran Boston choreographer Anna Myer and her nine dancers offer the world premiere of a new work that combines hip-hop and contemporary dance to explore society’s ever-shifting cultural differences. It is set to a score featuring live viola that has its own unique moves, from the lyricism of Bach to recordings spun by a Trend Stream Entertainment DJ. Nov. 10-11. $32-$36. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-876-4275,

ELEPHANT JANE DANCE Renowned dancer and dance maker Heidi Henderson brings her Rhode Island-based company to the area for a program of eclectic contemporary work set to music ranging from Franz Schubert to David Bowie and Justin Timberlake. Nov. 11-12. $13-$26. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,

BOSOMA DANCE COMPANY Katherine Hooper’s company opens its 14th season with a study of grief and betrayal, secrets and suspense. “The Dinner Table: Vignettes of Betrayal” features choreography by Hooper, with a story by Rachel McKeon and music by former Kronos cellist Joan Jeanrenaud. Nov. 11-12. $19-$29. Larcom Theatre, Beverly. 978-922-6313, KAREN CAMPBELL


USCO: THE COMPANY OF US Michael Callahan and Gerd Stern founded the high-tech artists collective USCO in the early 1960s, working with such luminaries as Marshall McLuhan, Timothy Leary, and Harold Edgerton. On view: USCO videos, light installations, and more. Pictured: “Contact Is the Only Love,” by Gerd Stern and Michael Callahan. Through Dec. 10. Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain. 617-522-6710,

TRANSMUTATIONS Drawing on touchstone imagery from film and popular culture, Esteban del Valle, Sean Downey, and Jose de Jesus Rodriguez make paintings, animations, videos, and prints that examine ruptures and confluences in our rapidly changing society. Through Jan. 20. Montserrat Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. 978-921-4242,

TIMOTHY HARNEY: DIALOGUE & CORRESPONDENCES — A SELECTION OF COLLAGES 1987-2017 Harney is a representational painter; his abstract collages, lush with antique paper and piquant tone, speak to the particular process of organizing form, texture, and color that underlies all his work. Through Nov. 19. Flatrocks Gallery, 77 Langsford St., Gloucester. 978-879-4683, CATE McQUAID


WWII VETERANS: PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHS BY JASON GROW This exhibition of black and white portraits of Cape Ann vets, mostly in their 90s, includes brief biographies: how they went to war, how they fell in love, how they landed on Cape Ann. Through Nov. 26. Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester. 978-283-0455,

MARK TOBEY: THREADING LIGHT Tobey was a modernist ahead of the game: His “white writing” and other all-over compositions predated Jackson Pollock. World travels and his Bahá’i faith, emphasizing the interrelationships of all humans, informed his paintings. Through March 11. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, 180 Main St., Andover. 978-749-4000,

THE IMPRESSIONIST LINE: FROM DEGAS TO TOULOUSE-LAUTREC When we think of Impressionism we may picture sun-dappled paintings, but drawings and prints, built on line more than color, convey a grittier energy and aesthetic. On view: Gauguin’s woodcuts, Manet’s etchings, and more. Through Jan. 7. Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303,




MICHAEL IAN BLACK Black moves easily between genres and formats. He’s a comedic actor (“Wet Hot American Summer”), a sketch actor with The State and Stella, a standup comedian who talks about personal quirks and politics, and a talented essayist. Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 10-11 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $25-$29. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

RAW FISH COMEDY Rasheed Townes hosts this showcase featuring Dan Boulger, Zenobia Del Mar, Matt Miller, Josh Filipowski, Allie Dick, Dom Smith, Sarah Francis, and Crew Ryan with music from Bill Dwyer. Nov. 10, 8:30 p.m. $7. Koto, 90 Washington St., Salem. 978-498-4826,

SINBAD He’s well-known for his appearances on TV (“A Different World”) and in movies (“Jingle All the Way”), but Sinbad’s bread and butter has always been standup comedy, and he puts on a great show, often stretching to two hours. Nov. 11, 7 p.m. $39. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700, NICK A. ZAINO III


MAKE A MESS: SQUASH SCIENCE Ooey, gooey fun is being promised — counting pumpkin seeds, exploring the buoyancy of gourds, and more. Make a science experiment out of your leftover squashes. Nov. 7, 2-4:30 p.m. Free with museum admission. Children’s Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 978-264-4200.

HONOR, COURAGE, COMMITMENT This Veterans Day weekend, drop your anchor at the USS Constitution Museum to experience the daily life of a soldier from 1812 and meet a real Navy sailor for a tour of the museum. Help prepare care packages and thank-you cards for soldiers overseas with the nonprofit Operation Gratitude. Nov. 11-12, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Suggested donation $3-$10 for museum admission. USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown. 617-426-1812.

MAGIC BY BONAPARTé Come one, come all to experience the magic and comedy of family magician Bonaparté and Fluffy, his fuzzy, carrot-loving companion. We’ve heard he encourages audience participation, so if the stage has caught your kiddo’s fancy, this is the place for them. Nov. 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $13. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline.



Nov. 12 Chief Keef at House of Blues

Nov. 13 The Mountain Goats at House of Blues

Nov. 14 The Drums at Sinclair

Nov. 17, 19 Dead & Company at TD Garden

Nov. 29 Scarface at Brighton Music Hall

Dec. 4 Angel Olsen at House of Blues

Dec. 4 Gary Numan at Paradise Rock Club

Dec. 7 Mogwai at Royale TERENCE CAWLEY