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

“The Life Line” is in the “Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England” show at Worcester Art Museum.
John G. Johnson
“The Life Line” is in the “Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England” show at Worcester Art Museum.


Rock & Pop

EMA/THE BLOW Guitarist and composer Erika M. Anderson’s latest album, “Exile in the Outer Ring,” is a vivid portrait of America’s frayed edges, soundtracked with sludgy riffs and droning textures. The duo of songwriters and producers who perform as The Blow take on 21st-century ennui with pointed lyrics and squalls of modular-synth noise on their recent LP, “Brand New Abyss.” Nov. 12, 8 p.m. $15. ONCE Ballroom, Somerville. 617-285-0167,

SLOWDIVE The shoegaze heroes bring their fuzzed-out guitars and dreamy harmonies back to the Boston area for the first time since 2014 — and this time out they’ll have new material to play, courtesy of the self-titled album (their first full-length since 1995) they released earlier this year. Nov. 14, 7 p.m. $38 and up. Paradise Rock Club. 617-562-8800,

BOB DYLAN The rock bard’s last few studio releases — 2015’s “Shadows in the Night,” 2016’s “Fallen Angels,” and this year’s “Triplicate” — have paid faithful tribute to great pop songs of yore. Expect to hear a few of those chestnuts scattered amid his own contributions to the American canon. Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. $46.50 and up. Agganis Arena. 800-745-3000,



Folk & World

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THE DESLONDES Named after the New Orleans street where they first gathered to make music, the Deslondes are touring in support of their sophomore album, “Hurry Home,” a potent collection that sees them refining and expanding their distinctive brew of country and Crescent City soul. Nov. 13, 8 p.m. $15. Middle East (Upstairs), Cambridge. 866-777-8932,

BEDOUINE Azniv Korkejian’s stage name plays off “Bedouin,” a fitting allusion for someone with her wandering background; she was born in Syria and raised in Saudi Arabia before she and her family migrated to the United States. The music she offers on her debut of the same name draws on decidedly American strains to coalesce into murmuring, mesmerizing chamber folk. Nov. 18, 9:30 p.m. $12. Great Scott. 888-929-7849,

THE JUG BAND GIANTS The name is no exaggeration: Geoff Muldaur, John Sebastian, and Jim Kweskin, all icons of ’60s jug band and folk music, come together for this performance, and it’s the first time in years that they’ve done so. The concert is a benefit for Historic Newton. Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. $55-$85. Newton North High School, Newton. 617-796-1450,


Jazz & Blues


DANIELA SCHACHTER QUARTET The Sicilian-born singer-pianist has performed with the likes of Christian McBride, Teri Lyne Carrington, and Regina Carter, and not long ago released a fine album in tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen, Frank Sinatra’s house songwriter. For this concert, her trio will be joined by the marvelous guitarist Julien Kasper. Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. $17-$22. Black Box Theater, Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487,

THE MAKANDA PROJECT WITH CRAIG HARRIS The invaluable Boston-based big band’s fall concert series continues with an appearance by innovative trombonist-composer Harris, rarely heard hereabouts. The program will feature Harris originals as well as numbers from the Project’s namesake, Makanda Ken McIntyre. Nov. 18, 7 p.m. Free. Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building (second floor), 2300 Washington St., Roxbury.

TONI LYNN WASHINGTON WITH PAUL SPEIDEL & FRIENDS Boston’s “Queen of the Blues” celebrates her 80th birthday with a local all-star band headed by guitarist, composer, and producer Speidel, himself a prominent figure on the Boston scene. Nov. 18, 9 p.m. $12. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-9330, KEVIN LOWENTHAL


NEW MUSIC The piano duo Quattro Mani performs “Music for 2 Pianos and Electronics Inspired by Pierre Boulez,” which will feature a section of Boulez’s iconic “Structures” alongside works by three composers who have addressed Boulez’s complex legacy in their own music: Tod Machover, Frederic Rzewski, and Fred Lerdahl (Nov. 13, Le Laboratoire Cambridge); multiple NEC ensembles pay tribute to the late Gunther Schuller (Nov. 17, Jordan Hall); and Dinosaur Annex kicks off its new season with an eclectic program titled “RetroChic” (Nov. 17, Third Life Studio).,,

CELEBRITY SERIES The St. Thomas Choir of Leipzig brings music of Schütz, Bach, and Mendelssohn to Jordan Hall (Nov. 12); the trailblazing Canadian Brass returns to Boston with Renaissance-era staples (Nov. 18); and star violinists Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman join forces for a duo recital in Symphony Hall (Nov. 19). 617-482-6661,


BACH, BEETHOVEN, AND BRAHMS SOCIETY Steven Lipsitt leads his reinvigorated chamber orchestra in a program featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 as well as a Saxophone Concerto by Boston-based composer Osnat Netzer, to be performed with Kenneth Radnofsky as soloist. Nov. 19, 3 p.m., Faneuil Hall. 617-991-8721, JEREMY EICHLER



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. Through Nov. 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,



DANCE COMPLEX TEACHING ARTISTS & STUDENT CONCERT The beloved Central Square institution continues to be a mecca of dance performance and instruction embracing a dazzling variety of movement styles. This concert showcases that diversity with offerings by notable faculty, including Adrienne Hawkins, Anna Myer, Margot Parsons, Brian Feigenbaum, and Sharon Montella. Nov. 18-19. $13-$21. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,

100 YEARS OF MODERN DANCE/THE TEST OF TIME Isadora Duncan, Ted Shawn, Ruth St. Denis, Anna Sokolow — works by these pioneers in the development of modern dance will come to life next to contemporary masters, such as Robert Battle and David Parsons, in this concert by Dance Currents Inc., with guest artist Janelle Gilchrist. Each night’s 50-minute concert will be followed by a moderated panel on how modern dance stands the test of time. Nov. 17-18. $15-$20. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-965-1569,

ORIGINS 2017 This annual showcase by Boston University’s Dance Theatre Group offers a wide variety of original works choreographed by faculty and alumni, as well as mentored student pieces. Styles range from experimental to traditional, featuring both large and small ensembles. Nov. 17-18. $10-$15. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-353-1597,



25th DRAWING SHOW: THE GIG ECONOMY: DEPICTIONS OF LIFE AND RESPONSES TO WORK IN THE DIGITAL BAZAAR Robert Moeller juries and curates this examination of the economic, emotional, and societal ramifications of contract work. Through Jan. 7. Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St. 617-426-5000,

BAI MING: SOLO The renowned Chinese ceramicist grew up near Jingdezhen, where porcelain was invented. He blends Eastern and Western aesthetics, painting on vessels and crafting abstract sculptures in porcelain. He’ll give a gallery talk at 2 p.m. on Nov. 12. Through Dec. 2. Lacoste Gallery, 25 Main St., Concord. 978-369-0278,

JOERG DRESSLER: REVISITED The painter, known for depictions of nature’s potency, returns here to places he has been, framing greenery and rocky vistas amid flat planes and splotches of color, and setting up tension between lush realism and surface abstraction. Through Dec. 2. Clark Gallery, 145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8303,



COMING AWAY: WINSLOW HOMER AND ENGLAND In 1881, Homer traveled to England and settled in Cullercoats, a fishing village. His time there transformed him. This show spotlights works he made in Cullercoats and after, and examines their links to English painting. Through Feb. 4. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 508-799-4406,

GENDER BEND: WOMEN IN WOOD, MEN AT THE LOOM If these two groups are surprising, it’s because the two mediums are still strongly gendered. Artists have been crossing the divide for some time. Jon Eric Riis and Tib Shaw curate. Pictured: David Johnson’s “Transformation.” Through March 11. Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St., Brockton. 508-588-6000,

NAN GOLDIN The artist, now 64, left her Lexington home at 13 and sought a new family in friends and lovers. From hotel rooms to drag bars, she photographs the people she loves, charting her unorthodox approach to kinship. Through Dec. 31. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148,




TRACY MORGAN The debut of his Jordan Peele-produced TBS vehicle “The Last O.G.” has been delayed until 2018, which gives him time to tour with his often outlandish stand-up comedy. Nov. 17, 7 p.m. $50-$69.50. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,

DANA GOULD The Hopedale native and former “Simpsons” writer and producer has a couple of new projects out. He just debuted the second season of his horror-comedy series “Stan Against Evil” on IFC and released his album “Mr. Funny Man.” Nov. 16-17 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $25-$29. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

NICK DI PAOLO He won’t be on the bill at “Comics Come Home” Saturday at the TD Garden, but the politically charged comic and Danvers native will be playing close to home at the Cabot the same night. Nov. 18, 8 p.m. $31.50. The Cabot, 286 Cabot St., Beverly. 866-811-4111.



MAGIC SHOW AND FAIR Got a preschooler who’s itching for new activity? Crafts, games, nail art, tattoos, and more will sure keep them busy — especially the magic show happening twice during the fair. Nov. 18, 9 a.m.- noon. $5. My Weekday School, 2600 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington. 781-862-8489.

DRAG KING AND QUEEN STORYLINE The only thing better than story time is having story time with drag performers. Bring the magic of your kiddos’ favorite books to life with singing, glitter (plenty of it), and photos — feel free to dress up! Nov. 18, 10-11 a.m. Free. Lower Mills Branch of the Boston Public Library, 27 Richmond St., Dorchester. 617-298-7841.

WATSON ADVENTURES’ WIZARD SCHOOL SCAVENGER HUNT FOR HARRY POTTER FANS Yer a wizard, Boston! It’s not the Triwizard Tournament, but it is a scavenger hunt for Harry Potter-esque treasures within the Museum of Fine Arts. Join a team, mount your broom, and go catch the golden snitch — er, search the museum for magical artwork. Wands optional. Nov. 18, 1-3 p.m. $21.50-34.50. Advance purchase required. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 877-9GO-HUNT.



Nov. 30 Hot Tuna at The Wilbur

Nov. 30 Wiki at Sonia

Dec. 2 Nick Offerman at The Wilbur

Dec. 3 A. Savage (of Parquet Courts) at Great Scott

Dec. 3 Do Make Say Think at Sinclair

Dec. 7 Boston Music Awards at House of Blues

Dec. 10 Kiss 108’s Jingle Ball at TD Garden

Dec. 11 Shamir at Great Scott