The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world


Artist Salvador Jiménez-Flores recently conducted pop-up printmaking workshops around the city, using a tortilla press to make prints and food, building community through art and eating. The prints, the press, and a documentary about the project are on view. Through March 2. Urbano Project, 29 Germania St., Jamaica Plain. 617-983-1007, CATE McQUAID


The laid-back observational comedian has been trying to catch a break on TV with shows like “Whitney” and “Bad Judge.” He’s a regular on season one of the Netflix sitcom “Disjointed” with Kathy Bates. Jan. 5 at 8 p.m., Jan 6 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $20-$25. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844, NICK A. ZAINO III

Pop & Rock

DAMN THE TORPEDOES One of music’s most unexpected and unexpectedly gutting passings in 2017 was that of Tom Petty, who’d finished a triumphant 40th anniversary tour a week before his death in October. This New Jersey-based tribute act has been honoring Petty and his crack backing band the Heartbreakers since 2007, with setlists that dig deep into the grizzled rock legend’s catalog. Jan. 1, 7 p.m. $18 and up. City Winery Boston. 617-933-8047,


FUNERAL ADVANTAGE Boston-based multi-instrumentalist Tyler Kershaw pairs giddy, sparkling guitar pop with plainspoken lyrics about a relationship’s slow dissolution on his recent EP “Please Help Me,” which recalls the happy-sad peaks of the New Wave era. Jan. 5, 8 p.m. $10. O’Brien’s Pub. 617-782-6245,

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TALIB KWELI Brooklyn’s hip-hop legend comes to town in support of his lyrically dense, musically fluid album “Radio Silence.” Jan. 5, 8 p.m. $22 and up. City Winery Boston. 617-933-8047,


Folk & World

DAMN TALL BUILDINGS These young bluegrassers have recently decamped from Boston to Brooklyn with their self-dubbed “guerrilla roots music,” but they’ve trekked back to ring in the new year with this Sunday show. They’ll be joined by Twisted Pine, another rising band doing interesting things within (and without) the bluegrass form. Dec. 31, 9 p.m. $20. Lizard Lounge,
Cambridge. 800-838-3006,

LOS LOBOS Long known as “just another band from East LA,” these roots omnivores have ranged through vast musical territories (country, blues, Tex-Mex, rock ’n’ roll, experimental) and brought in a lot of new years since their Mexican trad folk beginnings in the early 1970s. (Tickets are still available for an early show; the late show is sold out.) Dec. 31, 7 p.m. $45-$65. City Winery. 617-933-8047,


IZZY HELTAI There are typically plenty of opportunities to see the tried-and-true to end the old year (see Los Lobos, above, for example); here’s a chance to launch the new one by checking out something up-and-coming, in the form of folk singer-songwriter (and Boston native) Izzy Heltai. He’ll be marking the release of his debut solo EP, “Sweet Apathy.”
Jan. 2, 8 p.m. $12. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,


Jazz & Blues

BERT SEAGAR PRESENTS TETRAPTYCH The seasoned pianist and composer helms this deeply simpatico chamber jazz quartet featuring tenor saxophonist Hery Paz, bassist Max Ridley, and drummer Dor Herskovits. Jan 3, 7:30 p.m. $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge.

FAT CITY BAND The New Orleans-inspired, horn-heavy septet (and occasional octet) hews to the joyous and swinging side of the blues and has been reliably rocking audiences for over four decades. Jan. 5, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. $10-$12. Thunder Road, 379 Somerville Ave., Somerville. 617-776-7623, www.thunder

BLOOD DRUM SPIRIT: JAZZ CONCERT & FILM SCREENING Blood Drum Spirit, a band comprising saxophonist David Bindman, pianist Art Hirahara, bassist Wesley Brown Jr., and percussionist Royal Hartigan, explores the world’s musical traditions through jazz improvisation. Their performance will be paired with a showing of “We Are One,” which follows their journey to Ghana to collaborate with master musicians, dancers, and singers. A post-screening discussion will include director Sara Pettinella and Ghanaian master artist Kwabena Boateng. Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m. $15. Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., Cambridge. 617-577-1400, www.multiculturalarts




BOSTON BAROQUE Under Martin Pearlman’s direction, the period instrument ensemble once again rings in the new year with Baroque staples. This year, Handel’s “Water Music” and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1. Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, Sanders
Theatre. 617-987-8600,

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA After a holiday hiatus, the BSO’s subscription season resumes with a debut by the young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, to be heard as soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21. Also on the program will be Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Francois-Xavier Roth conducts. Jan. 4-9, Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,

BOSTON ARTISTS ENSEMBLE In a meaty program titled “The Art of the String Quintet,” the BAE players gather for two quintets by Mozart along with Brahms’s great G-Major Quintet (Op. 111). Jan. 5 at Hamilton Hall in Salem, Jan. 7 at St. Paul’s Church in Brookline. 617-964-6553, www.bostonartists




HOLD THESE TRUTHS Jeanne Sakata’s drama about Gordon Hirabayashi, who defied the internment of Japanese-Americans by the US government during World War II, provides a roomy showcase for the talented young actor Michael Hisamoto. He immerses himself in the role, delivering a subtly textured portrayal that conveys a vivid sense of the personality, as well as the fervent idealism, of a man who was willing to put himself on the line for a cause. Directed by Benny Sato Ambush. Through Dec. 31. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678,

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Adapted and directed by Debra Wise, this iteration of the Charles Dickens story features puppetry, dancing, and live music, and takes place in what is described as “a city suspended between Victorian London and the vibrantly diverse London of today.’’ Featuring Ken Cheeseman as Scrooge and Ramona Lisa Alexander as Marley. Through Dec. 31. Co-production by Underground Railway Theater and Nora Theatre Company. Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 617-576-9278, ext. 1,

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS DREAM BIG Eight “Disney Princesses” (Cinderella, Ariel, Belle, Tiana, Rapunzel, Jasmine, Aurora, and Snow White) undertake adventurous journeys (and some fancy skating and acrobatics) in pursuit of their dreams. Also on hand: Anna, Elsa, and Olaf from “Frozen.’’ Through Jan. 1. Agganis Arena, Boston. 800-745-3000,



THE NUTCRACKER ON NEW YEAR’S EVE Boston Ballet enlivens its final performance of the beloved production this season with a special version of the balle,t featuring a super-size cast of company all-stars as well as surprise appearances and costume/prop twists. Preceded by a pre-show brass concert at 6:30 and ending with a blast of confetti cannons to ring in the New Year. Dec. 31, 7 p.m., $45-$204. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955,

SHEN YUN This New-York-based classical Chinese dance touring company presents an extravaganza that mines centuries of China’s ancient cultural traditions, with an eye toward both preservation and entertainment. The production features original music played by a live orchestra and eye-popping costumes and sets. The troupe promises an all new 2018 program. Through Jan. 1, $80-$188. Wang Theatre. 888-974-3698,

FROG POND SKATING SPECTACULAR According to USA Today’s “10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards” for 2017, the Boston Common Frog Pond weighs in as North America’s second favorite venue to carve a little ice. But first, you might check out this extravaganza, a free figure skating ice show hosted by the Skating Club of Boston and featuring national and international competitive skaters, synchronized exhibitions, and “Theatre on Ice” performances. Dec. 31, 6 p.m. Free. Boston Common Frog Pond.



JACK LUEDERS-BOOTH: WOMEN PRISONERS Between 1977 and 1985, Lueders-Booth taught a photography class at MCI-Framingham. He became a trusted member of the community there. His photographs document the lives of the women — family visits, prison cells, and relationships. Through Jan. 20. Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-0411,

WORDS BITE Four artists — Maggie Stark, Walter Kopec, John Kramer, and Tony Schwensen — explore love, American values, innuendo, and words to live by in text-based works that explore how slippery language can be, even when it bites. Through Jan. 13. HallSpace, 950 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester. 617-288-2255,



ELIOT PORTER’S NATURE Porter, whose brother was painter Fairfield Porter, was an early proponent of color photography, in part because of his passion for taking pictures of birds. His work blurs the line between nature photography and art photography. Through March 18. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland. 207-775-6148,

LIST PROJECTS: ADAM PENDLETON The video “Just Back From Los Angeles: A Portrait of Yvonne Rainer” revolves around a conversation in a diner between the artist and the choreographer in which they challenge each other about race, aesthetics, and politics. Jan. 3-Feb. 11. MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St., Cambridge. 617-253-4680,

MINDFUL: EXPLORING MENTAL HEALTH THROUGH ART Because art can give form to confounding, inexplicable feelings and ideas, making it — and viewing it — can be healing. Here, 14 artists explore mental health issues and art’s role in treating them. Through April 22. Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St., Brockton. 508-588-6000,




100 FIRST JOKES Fifty local comics get two minutes onstage to tell never-before-told jokes in this New Year’s Day tradition at ImprovBoston. Two shows, each with a new set of comics, which is why it adds up to 100 first jokes. Jan. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $10. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253,

LAMONT PRICE Price is one of Boston’s busiest, and not coincidentally, most consistently funny comedians. He’s worked festivals like Boston Calling and Montreal’s Just for Laughs, and is always popping up in local clubs with new stuff. Jan. 5-6, 8 p.m. $20. Nick’s Comedy Stop, 100 Warrenton St., Boston. 617-963-6261,


FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY An early bedtime is no reason to miss out on the countdown and confetti this New Year’s Eve. Magic shows, games, and activities are scheduled for little ones who still want to ring in the New Year. Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10. The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. 508-230-3789. childrens

FIRST DAY: HATS OFF TO THE NEW YEAR A dance party, a photo booth, fortune tellers, live music, and a ball drop? Sure sounds like a New Year’s party. Kick the year off right the kid-friendly way. Jan. 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free with suggested donation of $5/ person. Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-0100.

FIRST FRIDAY NIGHTS FREE Calling all night owls! Spend a “Night at the Museum” the Discovery Museum way, where admission is free for a few hours the first Friday of each month. Bring non-perishable food items for donation, and give us a ring if any of the exhibits come to life after dark. Jan. 5, 4:30-8 p.m. Free. Children’s Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 978-264-4200. www.discoverymuseums



Jan. 27 Ari Shaffir at Wilbur Theater

Jan. 28 Kimbra at Paradise Rock Club

Jan. 30 Enter Shikari at The Sinclair

Jan. 31 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at Royale

Feb. 1 Funeral Advantage at Great Scott

Feb. 2 Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria at Worcester Palladium

Feb. 2 G. Love & Special Sauce at House of Blues

Feb. 3 Neck Deep at Worcester Palladium

Terence Cawley