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

Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook play a Squeeze show at the Wilbur Nov. 21.
Rob O'Connor
Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook play a Squeeze show at the Wilbur Nov. 21.


Pop & Rock

SQUEEZE Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook have been crafting finely wrought, sharply observed pop tunes like the winkingly manic “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)” and the heady slice of synthpop “Hourglass” for nearly four decades, including on their latest album, the ornate, moment-minded “The Knowledge.” Nov. 21, 8 p.m. $55 and up. The Wilbur, Boston. 617-248-9700,

POPPY Her surreal videos caused her to become a YouTube sensation; she’s since transferred that notoriety over to the pop world, with her debut, “Poppy.Computer,” combining her arch ruminations on the virtual world with thrillingly detailed electropop. Nov. 22, 9 p.m. $17 and up. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,


LIAM GALLAGHER The former frontman of Oasis and Beady Eye brings his swaggering solo debut, “As You Were,” and his outsize rock star persona on the road. Nov. 25, 7 p.m. $34.25 and up. House of Blues, Boston. 888-693-2583, MAURA JOHNSTON

Folk & World

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SHARON SHANNON Shannon, who wields accordion and fiddle in service to an expansive version of traditional Irish music that pushes into country, folk, and even reggae, happened to be coming through the area and wanted to play. So she’s dropping into Brian O’Donovan’s Backroom Series for a pair of short-notice Sunday afternoon shows. Nov. 19, 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. $33. The Burren, Somerville. 800-838-3006,

THE TEXAS GENTLEMEN Band as accident: This group of Dallas studio cats, whose rootsy, loose groove is at times evocative of the great Little Feat, originally came together as backup players for other artists, and recorded the songs on their debut release when they happened to grab studio time that a cancellation made available. Nov. 20, 8 p.m. $22. Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River. 508-324-1926,

CHRIS THILE The ridiculously prolific — not to say eclectic — mandolin virtuoso hits Cambridge in support of his about-to-be-released “Thanks for Listening,” a selection of the songs he’s written, one every week, to perform as host of radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” It’s the third he’s released this year, following a duo record with Brad Mehldau and a collection of Bach Trios with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer. Nov. 21, 8 p.m. $35-$71. Sanders Theatre, Cambridge. 617-496-2222, STUART MUNRO

Jazz & Blues

TRIO NOW Bassist, composer, and educator Bruce Gertz is perhaps best known for his longtime association with saxophone giant Jerry Bergonzi, but he also leads this seasoned, searching, and soulful trio with pianist Steve Hunt and drummer Jack Diefendorf. Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. $10. Jocko’s Jazz at the Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen. 603-898-1591,


BEES DELUXE Boston’s own “acid blues & jazz collective” writes originals with titles like “Roll Over Stockhausen” and “Blues for the Decline of Western Civilization” as well as re-imagining numbers by the likes of Cannonball Adderley, B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, and Amy Winehouse. Nov. 24, 8 p.m. $10. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-9330,

HARVEY DIAMOND, PHIL GRENADIER, JOE HUNT, JON DREYER Pianist Diamond, among the last students of jazz guru Lennie Tristano, plays with melodic invention, subtlety, and heart. He’ll be improvising here, sans setlist, with terrific trumpeter Grenadier and the propulsive and responsive rhythm section of bassist Dreyer and drum master Hunt. Nov. 25, 8 p.m. $20. New School of Music, 25 Lowell St. Cambridge., KEVIN LOWENTHAL


BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Andris Nelsons and the BSO, back from their tour of Japan, offer Bruckner’s “Romantic” Symphony No. 4 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Rudolf Buchbinder as soloist. Nov. 21-25, Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, 

BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL BEMF returns to Handel’s rarely spotted early opera, “Almira,” to be offered in a concert performance with a cast featuring Sherezade Panthaki, Amanda Forsythe, Colin Balzer, and Christian Immler. Nov. 25 at 8 p.m., Nov. 26 at 3 p.m. Jordan Hall. 617-661-1812,

WINSOR MUSIC The veteran chamber troupe offers works by Jacob Druckman, Bernstein, Copland, and Milhaud as well as the premiere of Marti Epstein’s “Komorebi,” whose title, according to the group, is taken from “the perfectly concise and poetic Japanese word for sunlight that is filtered through the leaves of trees.” Nov. 26, 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brookline. 781-863-2861,





IN THE HEIGHTS Even though it’s destined to be remembered as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s other musical, this production offers a dazzling reminder that “In the Heights’’ was no mere warmup for Miranda. Superbly directed and choreographed by Rachel Bertone, with standout performances by Diego Klock-Perez, Iliana Garcia, Laura Lebron Rojas, and Darren Bunch. Through Nov. 19. Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston. 617-879-2300,

GARDENS SPEAK A profoundly moving sound installation devised by Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury. She interviewed friends and relatives of 10 citizens of Syria who died in the uprising against the Assad regime, then constructed oral histories that tell the stories of the deceased as they themselves might have told them. It’s a reminder of the power of one human voice, unstilled, speaking the truth to one listener. Through Nov. 19. ArtsEmerson. Robert J. Orchard Stage, Paramount Center, Boston. 617-824-8400,

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 by a versatile 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, DON AUCOIN


THANGSGIVING 2017 Before we take a deep dive into “Nutcracker” season (Boston Ballet, José Mateo Dance Theatre, and Commonwealth Ballet all open their productions this weekend) there’s other dance to give thanks for, like this annual day of experimental dance, music, and spoken word organized by Paul Kafka-Gibbons. It rounds up more than two dozen artists for seven hours of provocative performance, with a little audience participation thrown in. Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Center for the Arts at the Armory, Somerville. 617-893-2793,

WAMPANOAG NATION SINGERS AND DANCERS In honor of Native American Heritage Month, this powwow invites everyone to share in the stories — of both old and contemporary culture — as well as the songs and dances of this Southeastern Massachusetts/Rhode Island tribe, which once encompassed more than 67 distinct communities. Thanksgiving takes a different cast here. Nov. 24, 10:30 a.m. Free with registration. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. 617-514-1600,

LOLLIPOPS FOR BREAKFAST Looking for something fun to do with young kids? Dancer, choreographer, and award-winning puppetry artist Bonnie Duncan lends her imaginative physicality and quirky humor to her original children’s production about a young girl who discovers an enchanted cookbook that inspires a mission to create the perfect lollipop. Part of the ICA “Play Date” series, the show features live music by Brendan Burns and Tony Leva. Nov. 25, 1 p.m. Free with museum admission, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 617-478-3100,



KATHY KISSIK: AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL Kissik combines photography and assemblage to portray architecture as the outcome of our societal dreams and nightmares. She manipulates perspective and weaves in unexpected materials to amplify threats of chaos and decay. Pictured: “NYC Divide.” Through Nov. 29. Alpha Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-536-4465,

SEBASTIÃO SALGADO: KUWAIT: A DESERT ON FIRE During the Gulf War, Iraqi troops torched hundreds of Kuwaiti oil wells. The fires raged on after the war ended. Salgado arrived in April 1991 to photograph the effort to quash them. Through Nov. 29. Robert Klein Gallery, 38 Newbury St. 617-267-7997,

WENDY ARTIN — HERE TODAY The watercolorist, who has previously turned a keen eye on classical bas-reliefs, considers contemporary wall works in her paintings of city walls covered in graffiti, rust, and fliers. She compares rendering their complexity to playing improvisational jazz. Through Dec. 10. Gurari Collections, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-367-9800,



DRAWN FROM NATURE & ON STONE: THE LITHOGRAPHS OF FITZ HENRY LANE The celebrated Luminist, best known for his marine paintings, was also an avid printmaker. This exhibition looks at his illustrations, his cityscapes, and where his paintings and prints intersect. Through March 4. Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester. 978-283-0455,

NEVER ABANDON IMAGINATION: THE FANTASTICAL ART OF TONY DITERLIZZI More than 200 paintings and drawings by the illustrator known to legions of gamers for his Dungeons and Dragons renderings and to fantasy readers for “The Spiderwick Chronicles.” Through May 28. Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100,

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: PROMPTS, PROPS, PERFORMANCE In this show, art objects have theatrical agency — as props, as actors, as spurs for audience involvement. It includes real props from national opera houses, alongside works by Richard Serra and Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Through Jan. 7. Williams College Museum of Art, 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown. 413-597-2429,  CATE McQUAID



KELLY MACFARLAND Mondays aren’t usually a day you can see headlining stand-up shows, but that’s what CitySide provides every week, for free. Up this week, Kelly MacFarland, who just played the Boch Center with Lenny Clarke, Steve Sweeney, Mike Donovan, and Corey Rodrigues. Nov. 20, 9 p.m. Free. CitySide Comedy at CitySide Bar, 1960 Beacon St., Boston. 617-566-1002,

MIKE EPPS The comedian and actor has a full filming schedule lately, with last month’s “Where’s the Money,” a supporting role in Eli Roth’s “Death Wish” remake opening in March, and shooting the “Meet the Blacks” sequel “The House Next Door.” Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. $45. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,

JOSH GONDELMAN The Emmy-winning “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” writer is a genial but sharp stand-up, a self-described “comedian, writer, pal.” He comes back to Boston, where he started out, for two nights at Laugh Boston. Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $29. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,



VANESSA TRIEN & THE JUMPING MONKEYS Coolidge Corner Theatre once again hosts these musical guests for a morning full of song, dance, and audience participation — though no actual monkeys, we’re told. Nov. 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $10-$13. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2501,

FRANKLIN PARK TURKEY TROT Let’s get ready to grumble — get our bellies ready, that is. Warm up for a holiday dinner by running or walking a scenic 5K with the family on Thanksgiving morning. Nov. 23, 9-11 a.m. $12-$30 (free for children 5 and younger). Franklin Park, 1 Circuit Drive. 617-442-4141,

FESTIVAL OF TREES AND SNOW VILLAGE The best way to spend the day after Thanksgiving? Getting ready for the next holiday. Enter the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s winter wonderland on the festival’s opening day for horse-drawn wagon rides and a visit from Santa himself. Nov. 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $8-$10 (free for children 11 and younger). The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington St., Wellesley. 617-933-4988, KAITLYN LOCKE


Nov. 30-Dec. 2 Tedeschi Trucks Band at Orpheum Theatre

Dec. 7 The Bouncing Souls at the Sinclair

Dec. 8 Busty and the Bass at Paradise Rock Club

Dec. 10 Reverend Horton Heat & Junior Brown at the Sinclair

Dec. 16 Bent Shapes at Great Scott

Dec. 16 Municipal Waste at Brighton Music Hall

Dec. 20-21 Lil Uzi Vert & Playboi Carti at House of Blues

Dec. 22 The Hotelier at the Sinclair