The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

Herman Maril’s “Gull on a Red Boat” is part of “Herman Maril: The Strong Forms of Our Experience,” at Cahoun Museum through Oct. 28.
Herman Maril’s “Gull on a Red Boat” is part of “Herman Maril: The Strong Forms of Our Experience,” at Cahoun Museum through Oct. 28. (Image courtesy of Cahoun Museum.)


Pop & Rock

FOXING Calling this St. Louis outfit a rock band shortchanges the sheer ambition running throughout their latest album, “Nearer My God,” an expansive look at post-millennial existential crises that searches for life’s big answers while serving up squiggly minimalism (“Trapped in Dillards”), hazy drone (“Five Cups”), and massive, bagpipe-assisted choruses (“Bastardizer”). Sept. 2, 8 p.m. $18, $15 advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,

NIALL HORAN The former One Direction member puts a charming, self-assured spin on soft pop. With country singer-songwriter Maren Morris, who followed up her adventurous 2016 album “Hero” with a vocal turn on Zedd’s big bounce “The Middle” that was forceful enough to make her a near-constant (and pleasant!) radio presence this year. Sept. 8, 7:40 p.m. $29.50 and up. Xfinity Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000,


EX HEX The title of this D.C. power trio’s great 2014 album — “Rips” — describes their appeal: They make tightly wound rock songs that derive momentum from big riffs, streetwise vocals, and boundless energy. Sept. 8, 9 p.m. $20. Great Scott. 617-566-0914,


Folk & World

JIMMY C. NEWMAN TRIBUTE A tribute to the man who put Cajun and country music together, and whose career stretched from the Louisiana Hayride to the Grand Ole Opry, courtesy of Joel Savoy (who has been doing his part to keep that melding alive), his wife Kelli Jones, steel player Rusty Blake, and the Foghorn Stringband. Sept. 6, 7 p.m. $20. The Burren, Somerville. 617-776-6896,

THE LYNNES With the same first name but different spellings, Canadian folk singers Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson’s solution for an accommodating duo tag was to mash them together as “the LYNNeS.” They’ve just released their debut record as such, “Heartbreak Song for the Radio,” which they’ll highlight Friday. Sept. 7, 8 p.m. $25. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,


DAYNA KURTZ Take a glance at Dayna Kurtz’s catalog, which includes an album of late-night chanteuse jazz (“American Standards”), a roots-dive (“Secret Canon, Vol. 1”), and a tribute to rough-hewn folk-bluegrass singer Hazel Dickens, and you’ll see that her characterization of herself as a “genre outlaw” is no exaggeration. Sept. 8, 8 p.m. $12. Riverwalk Café, Nashua, N.H. 603-578-0200,


Jazz & Blues

CHICO PINHEIRO TRIO The acclaimed guitar virtuoso, singer, composer, and arranger is among the brightest lights in today’s Brazilian jazz scene, and he’s collaborated with everyone from Esperanza Spalding to the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Sept. 5, 8 p.m. $25. Scullers, 400 Soldiers Field Road. 866-777-8932,

LEGENDS OF DEEP SOUL STARRING WILLIE HIGHTOWER & THELMA JONES Eli “Paperboy” Reed presents two veteran 1960s R&B vocalists who are still going strong: Alabama’s Sam Cooke-influenced Hightower and Jones, originator of “The House That Jack Built,” later recorded by Aretha. Reed will lead an all-star band while the Natural Wonders provide backup vocals. Sept. 7, 6 p.m. $16-$20. Sonia, 10 Brookline St., Cambridge. 866-777-8932,, the Middle East box office, and Skippy White’s Records in Jamaica Plain

GREG ABATE QUARTET The seasoned and swinging post-bop alto saxophonist served significant stints in the orchestras of Ray Charles and Artie Shaw and plays with both the soul and savvy that those two associations suggest. Sept. 8, 8 p.m. $10-$20. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787,




BOSTON BACH INTERNATIONAL ORGAN COMPETITION In this inaugural event, 16 young professional organists will descend on Boston for eight days of competition rounds, master classes, and recitals by jury members. They’ll be sitting at some of the area’s finest organs, including the 1971 C.B. Fisk at Old West Church and the 1936 Aeolian-Skinner at the Church of the Advent. All events are open to the public, and most are free. Sept. 2-9, various locations.

A FAR CRY The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s resident chamber orchestra opens the fall concert season with a gallery of visual art-inspired pieces. This includes Mussorgsky’s quintessential “Pictures at an Exhibition,” William Grant Still’s “Mother and Child” after Sargent Johnson’s 1932 lithograph, and a new work by composer Jessica Meyer written in response to pieces in the museum’s collection. Calderwood Hall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Sept. 8-9. 617-278-5156,

MIMI RABSON AND THE STRING THEORY TRIO/NEIL HAVERSTICK Fresh, strange, and invigorating new music is on the docket at Inman Square’s Lilypad. On this double bill, Berklee College of Music faculty violinist Mimi Rabson and the String Theory Trio’s improvisation-heavy original compositions stand next to the microtonal guitar wizardry of Denver’s Neil Haverstick. Presented by the Creative Music Series. Sept. 7, 8 p.m. Lilypad, Cambridge.

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KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN Rachel Bertone directs and choreographs the musical adaptation of the novel by Manuel Puig, with music and lyrics by the fabled team of John Kander and Fred Ebb and a book by playwright Terrence McNally. Eddy Cavazos plays Molina, an imprisoned gay man who tries to keep grim reality at bay by fantasizing about a film star and her portrayal of a spider woman who kills with a kiss, while Taavon Gamble portrays Molina’s cellmate, Valentin, a hard-nosed Argentine revolutionary. With a stellar supporting cast that includes Diego Klock-Perez, Davron S. Monroe, and Lisa Yuen as the spider woman. Aug. 31-Oct. 7. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678,


TIMBUKTU, USA The premiere of a comedy by Kenneth Prestininzi, whom Boston theatergoers know from such conceptually audacious works as “Birth Breath Bride Elizabeth’’ and “Ugmo and Eenie Go Down the Ruski Hole.’’ Described as “part farce, part horror story,’’ the new play is about a woman and her pet monkey who “play Russian Roulette with the lives of others in a struggle for world domination.’’ Directed by Prestininzi. Through Sept. 2. Production by Sleeping Weazel. At Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. 866-811-4111,

TRUE WEST Sam Shepard’s spiky drama about the combustible rivalry and eventual role-reversal that occurs between a pair of very different brothers: straight-arrow Hollywood screenwriter Austin (Alexander Platt) and thieving drifter Lee (Nael Nacer). In his Globe review, Joel Brown observed that this “darkly funny’’ play “never gets old.’’ From Sept. 5-8, when Nacer is unable to perform due to prior commitments, Platt will switch into the role of Lee and Josh Short, the brother of director Joe Short, will step into the role of Austin. Through Sept. 8. Gloucester Stage Company. 978-281-4433,




GENIUS AT PLAY Boston Ballet’s season opener is a colorful program celebrating the centennial of legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins. The program features Robbins’s octet “Interplay,” set to a jazz score by Morton Gould, the irrepressible “Fancy Free,” the first of many collaborations with Leonard Bernstein, and the company premiere of “Glass Pieces.” Choreographed for 42 dancers, the ballet is an ode to urban energy set to music by Philip Glass. Sept. 6-16. $37- $169. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955,

SHORT & SUITE Tap dancer Ryan P. Casey, along with his charming crew of rhythmic tappers, shows off his movement invention, technical flair, and gift for whimsical storytelling in this concert of new and repertory pieces. Sept. 8. $27-$32. Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit. 508-428-0669,

CROSSING CUSTOMS: IMMIGRANT MASTERS OF MUSIC & DANCE This Mass Cultural Council showcase celebrates the diversity of music and dance traditions from other lands that are flourishing in Massachusetts. The concert features cultural traditions from Asia, Nepal, Greece, and Latin America. Sept. 8. $20. Rockport Music’s Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391,



EXPRESSIONS UNBOUND: AMERICAN OUTSIDER ART FROM THE ANDREW AND LINDA SAFRAN COLLECTION This recent gift to Tufts, which highlights work by African-American artists, features some of the best-known self-taught artists of the 20th century, including Bessie Harvey and Jimmie Lee Sudduth. Through Dec. 16. Tufts University Art Galleries, 40 Talbot Ave., Medford. 617-627-3518,

A FEW CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN WOMEN Female faculty at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts chose work by former students and mentors to create a show about cross-generational influence, artistic lineage, and professional support among women. Artists include Josephine Halvorson, Lucy Kim, and Deborah Cornell. Sept. 4-28. 808 Gallery, Boston University, 808 Commonwealth Ave. 617-353-3329,

THE IN-BETWEEN: SETH RAINVILLE Call Rainville a narrative potter: He inscribes illustrations on vessels and sculptures, sometimes in series. Each tale dictates its own form, along with such details as atmosphere in the kiln and firing temperature. Through Sept. 30. Gallery 224, Ceramics Program, Harvard University, 224 Western Ave., Allston. 617-495-8680,



HERMAN MARIL: THE STRONG FORMS OF OUR EXPERIENCE The 20th-century modernist, known for lyrical, pared-down paintings of seascapes and cityscapes, also made prints and drawings, including sweet postcards sketched during summers on the Cape. This show features nearly 90 works. Pictured: “Gull on a Red Boat.” Through Oct. 28. Cahoon Museum of American Art, 4676 Falmouth Road, Cotuit. 508-428-7581,

ADOLPH GOTTLIEB IN PROVINCETOWN From 1946 to 1956, the Abstract Expressionist painter summered on the tip of the Cape. His Commercial Street studio was small, and he worked mostly on paper, but some trenchant projects developed there. Through Oct. 21. Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 460 Commercial St., Provincetown. 508-487-1750,

IN THE ROUND: ANCIENT ART FROM ALL SIDES This show examines the canny designs that ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian artists used to convey movement and depth. The trick had to do with anticipating the viewer’s shifting vantage point. Through Oct. 13. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Maine St., Brunswick, Maine. 207-725-3275,




JEFF DUNHAM The ventriloquist brings his cast of popular puppets, including cranky old man Walter, fuzzy nutball Peanut, and Jose, a jalapeno pepper on a stick, to the Cape and South Shore on his new “Passively Aggressive” world tour. Sept. 7, 8 p.m. $78.50-$136.50. Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 W. Main Street, Hyannis. 508-775-5630,; Sept. 8, 8 p.m. $78.50-$136.50. South Shore Music Circus, 130 Sohier St., Cohasset. 781-383-9850,

THE BOSTON PODCAST FESTIVAL The first-year festival featuring comedy podcasts takes place all this week at Laugh Boston with Ken Reid’s “T.V. Guidance Counselor,” Erin Foley’s “Sports Without Balls,” Will Noonan’s “High Pathetically,” “The Lisa Ann Experience,” “30 Jobs Later,” and more. Hometown comic Robert Kelly records an episode of his “You Know What Dude!” Thursday and headlines as a stand-up Friday and Saturday. Sept. 2-10. Various times and prices. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

CLARK JONES The explosively funny Chicago native and cohost of the regular "Comedy at the Knitting Factory" show in New York headlines CitySide's free comedy night. With Jack Burke and Kathe Farris. Hosted by Rob Greene. Sept. 3, 8:30 p.m. Free. CitySide, 1960 Beacon St., Boston . 617-566-1002,



SWING DANCE NIGHT WITH THE EASY WINNERS  Interested in learning some new dance moves in a fun, low-pressure setting? Join Dan and Mike Legenthal for a 45-minute lindy hop dance lesson, followed by 90 minutes of dancing to the live music of the Easy Winners. Part of Faneuil Hall Marketplace’s Summer Sampler, the evening is open to all, regardless of dance experience. Sept. 6, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 South Market St., 

HANCOCK-ADAMS COMMON DEDICATION Join Quincy Mayor Thomas P. Koch, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker, and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough for an unveiling of Quincy’s much-anticipated green space. In addition to statue reveals and granite fountain displays, the celebration will include live performances from the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and Quincy Choral Society. Sept. 8, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. The Hancock-Adams Common, 1306 Hancock St., Quincy,

SECOND-SATURDAY STORYTELLING Kids of all ages will enjoy either of the story sessions at the ICA Watershed this weekend. Community partners will use the art of storytelling to relate Diane Thater’s artwork to children, creating a fun learning experience for all. Sept. 8, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free. ICA Watershed, 256 Marginal St., East Boston,



Sept. 12 Childish Gambino with Rae Sremmurd at TD Garden

Sept. 14-15 Ed Sheeran with Snow Patrol at Gillette Stadium

Sept. 19 Shakey Graves at House of Blues Boston

Sept. 27-28 Bruno Mars at TD Garden

Oct. 2 The Neighbourhood at House of Blues Boston

Oct. 4 Leon Bridges at Agganis Arena

Oct. 7 Maroon 5 at TD Garden

Oct. 8 Christina Aguilera at Wang Theatre