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

“The Sea” is among the works in the Julian Opie show at Krakow Witkin Gallery through Nov. 3.Image courtesy of the Krakow Witkin Gallery.


Pop & Rock

88RISING: 88DEGREES AND RISING The multimedia collective — which features a slew of hip-hop and hip-hop-adjacent artists, including the boastful Indonesian MC Rich Brian, the Chinese rap collective Higher Brothers, and the viral-video-jokester turned serious crooner Joji — brings its party to Boston. (This show was rescheduled from Oct. 5.) Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. $33.50 and up. Orpheum Theatre. 617-482-0106, www.crossroadspresents.com

THE BETHS This New Zealand band’s debut, “Future Me Hates Me,” is gooey and acerbic, its ear-grabbing jangle beautifully playing off lead singer Elizabeth Stokes’s pointed lyrics. Oct. 10, 10 p.m. $12, $10 advance. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 617-864-2792, www.atwoodstavern.com


PHIL COLLINS The bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, Disney-musical hired hand, and Alamo historian has emerged from retirement to celebrate his lengthy, at times era-defining catalog of maximalist pop with shows that will no doubt conjure air drumming from the crowd. Oct. 9, 8 p.m. $54.50 and up. TD Garden. 617-624-1050, www.tdgarden.com


Folk & World

GRANT-LEE PHILLIPS/JOSH ROUSE Two veterans team up for a co-headlining tour, each supporting this year’s model (Phillips, last February’s “Widdershins”; Rouse, April’s “Love in the Modern Age”), each playing a solo set, and then coming together for a bit of collaboration to close the evening. Oct. 10, 8 p.m. $20-$30. City Winery, Boston. 617-933-8047, www.citywinery.com/boston

SONA JOBARTEH BAND Sona Jobarteh has griot lineage — she’s the granddaughter of Amadu Bansang Jobarteh, sister of Tunde Jegede, cousin of Toumani Diabate — and, as the first woman professional kora player to come from a griot family, she has trailblazing credentials as well. This is her first appearance in the Boston area. Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. $35. Somerville Theatre, Somerville. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

LUCERO They’ve been playing together for 20 years — the gray in their beards is testament to that fact — but the ramshackle energy this Memphis band brings to their rootsy rock ’n’ roll amalgam remains unabated, both live and on record (consult the just-released “Among the Ghosts” for the latest example). Oct. 13, 9 p.m. $27.50. Paradise Rock Club, Boston. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com



Jazz & Blues

KYLE NASSER SEXTET The accomplished tenor saxophonist, a New Bedford native and Harvard and Berklee grad, appears in support of his new recording “Persistent Fancy,” a collection of thoughtful and passionate modern jazz originals informed by classical music and classic literature, from Shostakovich to Shakespeare and more. Oct. 11, 8 p.m. $12-$15. The Red Room, Café 939, 939 Boylston St., Boston. www.berklee.edu/events

WOMEN IN BLUES: ILANA KATZ, RAE GORDON & PAM TAYLOR Blues fiddler and singer Katz, who was discovered by Ronnie Earl busking at a Boston T station, celebrates her third CD, “Subway Stories,” with the help of powerhouse singer Rae Gordon and sizzling guitarist Pam Taylor. Oct. 12, 8 p.m. $15-$20. 9 Wallis, 9 Wallis St., Beverly. 978-525-9093, www.gimmelive.com

THE MAKANDA PROJECT WITH FEZILE “FEYA” FAKU The 13-piece, Boston-based big band welcomes prominent South African trumpeter Faku for a concert featuring bandleader/pianist John Kordalewski’s new arrangements of several Faku pieces, plus selections from the band’s repertoire of Makanda Ken McIntyre compositions. Oct. 13, 7 p.m. Free. Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building (second floor), 2300 Washington St., Roxbury. www.makandaproject.com



SPHINX VIRTUOSI The critically feted young chamber orchestra of Black and Latinx musicians makes its Boston debut with “Music Without Borders,” a program of 20th- and 21st-century works from all over the map. Annelle Gregory, Sterling Elliott, and Thomas Mesa will be featured soloists. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.Oct. 7, 1:30 p.m. 617-278-5156, www.gardnermuseum.org


MAX RICHTER AND AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ENSEMBLE This composer-performer’s emotionally evocative post-minimalism has graced stages and screens around the globe. (If you cried at the beginning or end of the film “Arrival,” you did so to “On the Nature of Daylight.”) Celebrity Series of Boston brings Richter to the city for the first time, as he and a quintet from American Contemporary Music Ensemble perform works from his releases “Infra” and “The Blue Notebooks.” Berklee Performance Center. Oct. 11, 8 p.m. 617-482-2595, www.celebrityseries.org

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The BSO is finally home! The regular season opens with works that highlight the skill of the orchestra’s instrumental sections, including Stravinsky’s “Symphonies of Wind Instruments,” Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, and Bartók’s late-period magnum opus Concerto for Orchestra. Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu makes his BSO debut. Symphony Hall. Oct. 11, 8 p.m. 888-266-1200, www.bso.org

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THE TRAGIC ECSTASY OF GIRLHOOD Five teenage girls in a Texas residential care facility try to come to grips, in different ways, with the suicide of one of the facility’s residents. Kira Rockwell’s new drama is directed by Leila Ghaemi. Oct. 11-21. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre. At Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. 866-811-4111, www.bostonplaywrights.org


EQUIVOCATION A drama by Bill Cain, who founded and ran the Boston Shakespeare Company before going on to write such plays as “9 Circles’’ and “Stand-Up Tragedy.’’ After Catholic rebels are accused of planning to blow up Parliament and kill King James I in 1605, prime minister Robert Cecil (portrayed by Maurice Emmanuel Parent) directs Shakespeare to write a propagandistic dramatization of the so-called Gunpowder Plot. But Shakespeare (here called Shagspeare, and played by Steven Barkhimer) starts to do some digging of his own, uncovers a conspiracy — and ends up writing a tale of tyranny called “Macbeth.’’ Directed by Christopher V. Edwards, and featuring Ed Hoopman as King James I, Nael Nacer as actor Richard Burbage, Kai Tshikosi as actor Armin, and Kimberly Gaughan as Shakespeare’s daughter, Judith. Oct. 11-Nov. 11. Actors’ Shakespeare Project. At United Parish, Brookline. 866-811-4111, www.actorsshakespeareproject.org

FRANKENSTEIN This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s gothic novel. John Kuntz stars as Victor Frankenstein in Nick Dear’s adaptation, directed by one of the most audacious and visually creative directors around, David R. Gammons. The Creature will be played at various times during each performance by Kuntz and by cast members who include Remo Airaldi, Ashley Risteen, Omar Robinson, Debra Wise, and David Keohane. Through Nov. 4. Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater. At Central Square Theater, Cambridge . 617-576-9278, www.centralsquaretheater.org



DANCING THROUGH THE GALLERIES The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s first choreographer-in-residence, Peter DiMuro, animates the galleries with a series of twelve 45-minute dancer-led tours inspired by Gardner’s life, spirit, and extraordinary collection of art. Each choreographed tour includes performance installations as well as a grand “chorus of Isabellas" finale. Oct. 11-25. Free with museum admission and advanced registration. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-278-5156, www.gardnermuseum.org


THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL PASSION Aeronaut Brewery and WGBH inaugurate the second season of the popular “pindrop sessions” with David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Co-presented by Emmanuel Music and Boston Dance Theater, this intimate version of the hourlong piece tells the powerful story of the starving young girl in a kind of danced mini-opera. Oct 7. $10-$25. Aeronaut Brewing Company, Somerville. 617-987-4236, www.aeronautbrewing.com

THE DAVIS SISTERS PRESENT: ETHEL! The Davis Sisters (Alexander and Joy Davis) and guests explore the legacy of Ethel Merman via the last album she recorded before her death — “The Ethel Merman Disco Album.” A camp classic of gay culture, the album touches on a range of issues, which the evening-length production recalls in a high-energy dance theater cabaret. Oct. 12 and Nov. 16. $7-$34. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363, www.dancecomplex.org



JULIAN OPIE In his trademark, quirky, minimalist Pop aesthetic, the British artist explores dichotomies between the city and the coastline, the virtual world and the natural landscape, and the universal and the particular. His installation includes paintings, prints, computer animations, and sculptures.Through Nov. 3. Krakow Witkin Gallery, 10 Newbury St. 617-262-4490, www.krakowwitkingallery.com

WHITE RUSH: LAINE RETTMER Rettmer’s two-channel video and sculptures take a contemporary approach to gender through the Greek myth of Leda, raped by Zeus disguised as a swan. In her version, grunge rocker Kurt Cobain is a character. Rettmer plays the video’s principal roles. Through Oct. 21. A R E A, 460 Harrison Ave., 857-209-1321, www.area.gallery

 MANTRA: SNEHA SHRESTHA The painter, who also goes by the tag Imagine, is from Kathmandu. She joins Sanskrit teachings to street art, making graffiti using the Nepali alphabet. Her prompts for mindfulness in “Mantra” weave bold, fluid text into intricate patterns. Through Oct. 28. Distillery Gallery, 516 East 2nd St., South Boston. 617-835-8255, www.distillerygallery.com/mantra



COMMON THREADS: WEAVING STORIES ACROSS TIME Fiber art has come a long way since Mrs. Gardner allotted a room in her palace for tapestries. On view: cutting-edge, tech-savvy, meaning-laden textiles by artists such as El Anatsui, William Kentridge, and the Raqs Media Collective. Through Jan. 13. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way. 617-566-1401, www.gardnermuseum.org

BEYOND THE PEDESTAL: ISAMU NOGUCHI AND THE BORDERS OF SCULPTURE The modernist sculptor (and landscape architect, set designer, and furniture designer) forged new formal frontiers as he studied how people addressed, avoided, and moved around objects in space. Through Jan. 6. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148, www.portlandmuseum.org

GEORGE SHAW: A CORNER OF A FOREIGN FIELD The Turner Prize nominee is celebrated for depopulated scenes of Coventry, his hometown in the British Midlands. His enamel paintings shrewdly meld art-historical references with contemporary meditations on time, class, and the British landscape. Through Dec. 30. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. 877-274-8278, britishart.yale.edu




DAVID SPADE If you know Spade only from his cocky persona on “Saturday Night Live,” his more vulnerable and self-effacing stand-up, and his new memoir, “A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World,” might surprise you. Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. $39-$59. Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849, www.thewilbur.com

KATIE HANNIGAN On her “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” debut in August, the New York comedian joked that she knows she’s lonely because she used to get targeted ads for dating sites. “Now,” she says, “I’m just getting a weird ad for a weighted blanket that simulates the feeling of being held by a person.” Hosted by Dan Alten, with Courtney Baka, Julia Prescott, Jose McCall, and Conor Delehanty. Oct. 8, 8:30 p.m. Free. CitySide, 1960 Beacon St., Brighton. 617-566-1002, www.citysidebar.com

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 LIVE For the first time since he left the original incarnation of the show in 1993, Joel Hodgson will be riffing movies on the show he created, along with the host of the current reboot, Jonah Ray, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “MST3K.” Oct. 10-11, 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$52.50. Boch Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738, www.bochcenter.org



FALL FOLIAGE FUN AT FRESH POND The times, they are a-changin’ — and the colors of the leaves are, too. Learn a bit about fall foliage while you create leaf-rubbing art to commemorate the morning. You can enjoy the scenic views of Fresh Pond and soak up the fall weather while you explore, too. Oct. 7, 11 a.m. Free. Fresh Pond Reservation, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge, eventbrite.com

FALL FESTIVAL FOR KIDS Celebrate the season with an afternoon jam-packed with activities, including games, face-painting, and music. The festival kicks off with a parade around Christopher Columbus Park at noon, led by one very tall clown, and the fun lasts all afternoon with a magician, puppet show, and singing and dancing. Oct. 13, noon. Free. Christopher Columbus Park, 110 Atlantic Ave., northendwaterfront.com

BOSTON ART BOOK FAIR Coffee tables looking bare? Swing by the Boston Art Book Fair to scope out the selection of books, zines, and other creative projects from nearly 100 different exhibitors. With a selection this wide, you’re bound to find something for everyone — and you can keep the little ones occupied with pages upon pages of mesmerizing art. Oct. 13-14, noon. Free. Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., bostonartbookfair.com



Oct. 19-20 Nine Inch Nails at Wang Theatre  ticketmaster.com

Oct. 27 Hippo Campus at House of Blues  livenation.com

Oct. 30 Violent Femmes at Royale  axs.com

Nov. 2 Billie Eilish at House of Blues  livenation.com

Nov. 6 Elton John at TD Garden  ticketmaster.com

Nov. 9 Toro Y Moi at Royale  axs.com

Nov. 10 Hanson at Orpheum Theatre  ticketmaster.com

Nov. 14 KT Tunstall at The Sinclair  axs.com