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

Veronica Robles brings her mariachi ensemble to Union United Methodist Church Oct. 27.Handout


Pop & Rock

DUTCH REBELLE, OOMPA, AND RES The Mattapan MC (whose new full-length, “Bang Bang,” came out this past Friday), the dynamic poet-slash-storyteller, and the Philadelphia soul-pop alchemist come together for the celebratory “We Rise (The Hip-Hop Feminine).” Oct. 25, 7 p.m. $15-$27. Calderwood Hall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-566-1401,

THE BEVIS FROND Led by psych-pop genius Nick Saloman — whose fuzzed-out pop gems are the A-side for his 10-minutes-plus journeys into guitar bliss — these Brit stalwarts, with their 23rd album due out in December, make a rare US appearance. Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. $35 and up. The Rockwell, Somerville. 617-684-5335,


TWENTY ONE PILOTS The Columbus duo, whose “chuck ’em in a blender” attitude toward genre and diaristic lyrics captivated America’s stressed-out youth in the mid-2010s, return in support of their brooding, high-concept fifth album, “Trench.” Oct. 26, 7 p.m. $39.50 and up. TD Garden. 617-624-1000,


Folk & World

MISSY RAINES/TONY FURTADO A double bill of like-minded, nominally bluegrass artists: Missy Raines has earned a reputation as one of the finest upright bass players in the genre, but she goes further afield on her latest, “Royal Traveller.” She’s tag-teaming with Tony Furtado, who’s long been known for coloring outside the bluegrass lines. Oct. 24, 8 p.m. $10. Red Room at Café 939, Boston. 617-747-2261,

MOUNTAIN MAN It’s been a while since we heard from Mountain Man, on record or live; “Magic Ship” is the first album of the all-female trio’s rustic, predominantly a cappella Appalachia music since 2010. Get there early to hear opener Ryan Gustafson of Hiss Golden Messenger in another guise, as the Dead Tongues. Oct. 27, 9 p.m. $25. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 888-929-7849,

VERONICA ROBLES MARIACHI ENSEMBLE Born and raised in Mexico, Veronica Robles has been bringing the music she grew up on to the Boston area for almost 20 years. Saturday afternoon, she celebrates the Day of the Dead with her all-women mariachi band. Oct. 27, 3 p.m. $5. Union United Methodist Church, Boston. 617-482-6661,



Jazz & Blues

MAGICAL DUETS: DONAL FOX & STEINWAY PLAYER PIANO Pianist and composer Fox effortlessly amalgamates classical and jazz, blending Bach and Scarlatti with Powell and Monk. The state-of-the-art Steinway Spirio player piano allows an artist to play duets with himself and others, giving Fox the opportunity to delve even deeper into his signature musical melange. Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. $23-$30. Regattabar, Cambridge 617-395-7757,

THE VISION FESTIVAL Tufts University Department of Music presents a free jazz summit featuring performances by such legendary instrumentalist/composer/bandleaders as bassist William Parker, pianist Matthew Shipp, and drummer Andrew Cyrille, plus a lecture/performance by renowned theorist Fred Moten. Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. Free. Granoff Music Center, 20 Talbot Ave., Medford.

DIDI STEWART & HER MIGHTY LITTLE TRIO Boston’s own beloved multi-genre vocalist — best known as the lead singer and songwriter for celebrated seven-woman rock band Girls’ Night Out — who has helmed tributes to Bacharach/David, Laura Nyro, and Jacques Brel, will sing her own topical songs on themes including immigration, white supremacy, and creeping autocracy. Oct. 28, 6 p.m. $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-395-1393,



BOSTON SYMPHONY CHAMBER PLAYERS Pianist Garrick Ohlsson has a busy week, performing Rachmaninoff with the BSO at Symphony Hall and then taking the Jordan Hall stage with the orchestra’s first-desk musicians for works by Haydn and Brahms. The program also includes Hindemith’s “Kleine Kammermusik” for wind quintet, and BSO principal double bass Edwin Barker takes a solo turn in Tom Johnson’s “Failing: A Very Difficult Piece for String Bass.” Sunday, 3 p.m. Jordan Hall. 888-266-1200,


CAPPELLA CLAUSURA This local professional vocal ensemble brings oft-neglected works by female composers out of the archives and into the concert hall. Its season starts with “First Ladies,” a program including music from Italian Baroque duets by Francesca Caccini to excerpts from Masses by Amy Beach and Ethel Smyth. In addition, a new work for string quartet and soprano by Patricia Van Ness will receive its world premiere. Sunday, 4 p.m. Lindsey Chapel, Emmanuel Church. 617-993-0013,

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BSO music director Andris Nelsons is in town for a six-week series of Symphony Hall performances. This week’s program begins with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus singing Latvian composer Maija Einfelde’s “Lux aeterna,” led by BSO choral director James Burton. Then Nelsons conducts his first piece of the season: Mahler’s roaring Symphony No. 2, featuring soprano Ying Fang, mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink, the TFC, and a super-sized orchestra. Oct. 25-30. Symphony Hall. 888-266-1200,

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THE TRAGIC ECSTASY OF GIRLHOOD In Kira Rockwell’s jolting new drama, a group of teenage girls in a Texas residential care facility try to come to grips — each in a different way — with the suicide of one of the facility’s residents. Directed by Leila Ghaemi. Through Oct. 21. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre. At Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. 866-811-4111,


WITH GLITTERING EYES World premiere of a drama by Tricia Elam Walker about the impact on an African-American family when the father, a military pilot, asks his wife to raise a biracial child, along with their older son, but keeps the child’s origins a secret for decades. Directed by Dawn M. Simmons. Through Oct. 28. Hibernian Hall, Boston. 617-849-6324,

THE SALONNIERES World premiere of a play by Liz Duffy Adams (“Or,’’). A girl named Madeleine, newly emerged from a convent in pre-revolutionary Paris, is promised in marriage to a nobleman by her debt-ridden father. Madeleine seeks refuge in a literary salon run by her late mother’s aristocratic friends, who wage a rebellion by embedding radical political ideas within folk tales. Oct. 25-Nov. 11. Greater Boston Stage Company, Stoneham. 781-279-2200,



EPHRAT ASHERIE DANCE The Bessie Award-winning Asherie and her company kick off a new Celebrity Series of Boston initiative with the dancer/choreographer’s first full-length piece, “Odeon.” A collaboration with her brother, jazz pianist Ehud Asherie, “Odeon” inventively explores connections among contemporary and street/club dance styles, all fueled by the music of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth, performed live. Oct. 26-27. $50. New England Conservatory’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre. 617-482-6661,


CITY BALLET OF BOSTON The indefatigable Tony Williams’s new multicultural company will be the home of “Urban Nutcracker” and will present other contemporary and classical repertoire. The wide-ranging inaugural program, “Souvenir,” includes Williams’s new “An American Songbook,” as well as his “Ephemera” and works by Gerald Arpino, Isadora Duncan, and Gianni Di Marco. Oct. 26-28. $25.50-$50.50. Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Art. 617-933-8600,

ISLAND MOVING COMPANY The troupe’s upcoming program is “Far to Near: Choreography. Closer.” It features the world premiere of three new commissioned works, two by Italian choreographer Simona De Tullio, as well as Puerto Rico native Rodney Rivera’s “Here’s to Life,” a tribute to the people of his native country in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Artistic director Miki Ohlsen contributes a premiere as well. Oct. 26-27. $25-$65. Casino Theatre, Newport, R.I. 401-847-4470,



IN HER OWN IMAGE: SELF PORTRAITS OF WOMEN FROM 1900 TO 2018 How has the way women see themselves changed over time, and how have innovations in art affected those changes? Artists include Käthe Kollwitz, Lois Dodd, and Dana Clancy. Pictured: Dodd’s “Shadow Painter.” Through Nov. 25. Concord Center for the Visual Arts, 37 Lexington Road, Concord. 978-369-2578,

EMILY EVELETH: PAST IMPERFECT The painter’s last show at Yezerski was titled “Future Tense.” Now, in oil and gouache paintings of hands, frequently holding crystal balls and globes — images that suggest themes of responsibility and yearning — she obliquely reflects on where we’ve come from. Through Nov. 27. Howard Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-262-0550,

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS Where’s the beef? Artists Sofie Elana Hodara and Martha Rettig examine US presidential campaign slogans of the last two centuries, sometimes quirky and provocative, sometimes reassuring, in 50 letter-pressed broadsides, which they animate and comment on with augmented reality. Through Oct. 28. Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-451-3605,



CECILIA VICUÑA: DISAPPEARED QUIPU Centuries ago, Andean peoples used knotted cords called quipus to keep records, which were banned after the Spanish invasion. This Chilean artist considers memory, language, and oppression in an installation composed of her own monumental quipu, ancient ones, and video projection. Through Jan. 21. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300,

SHEILA PEPE: HOT MESS FORMALISM This midcareer survey of an artist with Boston roots spotlights her sprawling crocheted environments and more. Pepe’s art puts a feminist spin on domestic crafts, celebrates family traditions, and taps public participation. Through March 10. DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8355,

INTRODUCING TONY CONRAD: A RETROSPECTIVE This joint exhibition shows the considerable range of an artist best known for minimal music and structural film. Works include painting, video, performance, and installation. Oct. 18-Jan. 6. MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St., Cambridge. 617-253-4680, Through Dec. 30. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, 617-496-5387,




LILY TOMLIN The “Grace and Frankie” star brings her stable of characters, including Ernestine, Edith Anne, Madame Lupe, and herself, to the second of a two-night stand at the Chevalier. Oct. 21, 7 p.m. $33-$59. Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest St., Medford. 781-391-7469,

ZACH SHERWIN It’s a homecoming show, headlined by hip-hop comedian and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” writer Sherwin, who is back from LA. Also on the bill is Joe Wong, back in town from Beijing. With October Studio comic-in-residence Laura Severse. Oct. 21, 8 p.m. $15. The Comedy Studio, 1 Bow Market Way #23, Somerville. 617-661-6507,

OLD SCHOOL GAME SHOW’S HALLOWEEN SPECIAL It has been months since the last edition of this hybrid trivia/sketch comedy/burlesque/music show, but it’s back for Halloween with musical guest Walter Sickert & Devil’s Twins and comedian Lamont Price. Oct. 26, 10 p.m. $26-$27. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,



CASPER: THE ALL WHITE ATTIRE GHOST PARTY Who says you can’t wear white after Labor Day? Don a plain white T-shirt or an elaborate ensemble to channel your inner Casper the Friendly Ghost.The festivities include face painting, dancing, a “best dressed” contest, and more. Refreshments will be served. Oct. 21, 3 p.m. $10-$15. Montserrat Aspirers Club, 358 Washington St., Dorchester Center.

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: FREE PROP AND COSTUME MAKING MEETUP Don’t get caught off guard without a costume this Halloween. At this free meetup, you can crowdsource ideas and tricks for your spooky ensemble, or offer your own tips to others. Already have an outfit in the works? Bring along materials and get an extra hand with your costume and props. Oct. 23, 5 p.m. Free. Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler St., Somerville. 

KIDS’ SHOWS: KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE With spooky season in full force, what’s a witch-in-training to do? Spend a morning at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, of course, with this screening of “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” about a young witch, Kiki, who starts a delivery service aboard her high-flying broom. This heartwarming anime is kid-friendly, too, meaning you don’t have to worry about terrified little ones after the show. Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m. $7-$9. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline.



Oct. 29 Chief Keef at House of Blues

Nov. 2 OK Go at Berklee Performance Center

Nov. 4 Paul Anka at Chevalier Theatre

Nov. 9 Yonder Mountain String Band at Paradise Rock Club

Nov. 12 St. Lucia at Royale

Nov. 24 Thom Yorke at Wang Theatre

Nov. 29 The Beach Boys at Wilbur Theatre