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MUSIC

Pop & Rock

ALCEST The French shimmer-metal act will perform its 2016 album, “Kodama,” which takes cues from the airy textures of dreampop even as its riffs get heavier, in full. Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. $22. Brighton Music Hall. 617-779-0140, www.crossroadspresents.com

KYLE The California-born rapper-singer-songwriter seems to operate on a policy of openness — he’s collaborated with heavy hitters in pop ranging from new-school crooner Khalid to gospel vocal group Take 6 to surrealistic MC Lil Yachty, while his lyrics embrace a realistic optimism. Oct. 30, 7 p.m. $25 and up. House of Blues. 888-693-2583, www.houseofblues.com/boston

YAEJI The New York-based house producer specializes in thudding, trap-tinged music with disarmingly honest, gently uttered lyrics. Nov. 3, 8 p.m. $20 and up. Paradise Rock Club. 617-562-8800, www.crossroadspresents.com

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MAURA JOHNSTON

Folk & World

PETER MULVEY’S LAMPLIGHTER SESSIONS Two-thirds of Mulvey’s eighth edition of his Lamplighter Sessions remains this week, and as usual the unusual is on tap, including a debut performance of a multimedia radio play, “Transmissions From Fish City” (Sunday) and a re-imagination of the Bach Cello Suites (Tuesday). Oct. 28, 7 p.m.; Oct. 29-31, 8 p.m. $25. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679. www.passim.org

COLTER WALL His debut album made Colter Wall’s regionalism plain, but it is the dominant theme of his follow-up, “Songs of the Plains,” which finds him using his songs (along with a few choice covers) and his resonating baritone to provide a musical introduction to his Saskatchewan home and its prairie environs. Nov. 2, 8 p.m. $24. Somerville Theatre, Somerville. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

THE WAR AND TREATY Married couple Michael and Tanya Trotter, a.k.a. the War and Treaty, offer a spectacular combination of fervent gospel, pounding, Ike & Tina-style R&B, and sweet, steel-flecked country-soul. They’re touring behind marvelous new album “Healing Tide,” which documents the aforesaid combination. Bonus: the sublime Courtney Marie Andrews is also on the bill. Nov. 2, 9:15 p.m. $20. Great Scott. 888-929-7849. www.axs.com

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STUART MUNRO

Jazz & Blues

PABLO ABLANEDO OCTETO Melding the music of his native Argentina with a cool school sensibility, the acclaimed pianist/composer creates an intriguing flavor of chamber jazz. Nov. 3, 4:30 p.m. $15. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-395-1393, www.lilypadinman.com

AARDVARK JAZZ ORCHESTRA Boston’s venerable progressive big band celebrates its 15th CD, “Democratic Vistas,” with an election-themed concert featuring music director Mark Harvey’s compositions “Bullythug Ramble,” “Fake News Blewz,” “Trumputin Tango,” and more. Nov. 3, 8 p.m. Free. Killian Hall at MIT, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. 617-452-3205, www.aardvarkjazz.com

AMERICAN CLASSICS PRESENTS IRVING BERLIN’S ‘YIP! YIP! YAPHANK!’ Boston’s premier light music specialists present the American Songbook titan’s 1918 World War I revue, which they first revived in 2010 and have now reprised for its centenary. Berlin composed his beloved “Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning” for this show, as well as the original version of “God Bless America,” definitively dusted off decades later for Kate Smith. Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m, First Parish Church, 75 The Great Road, Bedford; Nov. 4, 3 p.m., Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. $20-$25. 617-254-1125, www.amclass.org

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

Classical

EMANUEL AX It’s just him and his piano at Symphony Hall, presented by Celebrity Series. Works by Brahms, Ravel, Schumann, Chopin, and George Benjamin. Oct. 28, 3 p.m. Symphony Hall. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

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BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BSO music director Andris Nelsons’s stretch on the Symphony Hall podium continues, as the orchestra looks toward London. This week’s program includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 93, Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations, and the American premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s “Remembering: In Memoriam Evan Scofield.” Nov. 2’s Casual Fridays series concert includes free receptions before and after the show, but omits the Turnage. Nov. 1-6. Symphony Hall. 888-266-1200, www.bso.org

CANTATA SINGERS With this concert, Cantata Singers celebrates the 80th birthday of acclaimed composer and former Cantata music director John Harbison, performing his “Sacred Trilogy.” The three cantatas that make up the trilogy, including the Pulitzer-winning “The Flight Into Egypt,” were all commissioned by the ensemble, but this is the first time the trilogy will be performed in its entirety. Nov. 3, 8 p.m. Jordan Hall. 617-868-5885, www.cantatasingers.org

MUSICIANS OF THE OLD POST ROAD When Thomas Jefferson was “off getting high with the French,” as “Hamilton” puts it, what was he listening to? “Jefferson in Paris” presents a flute concerto by Niccolò Piccinni, variations on La Marseillaise by Claude-Bénigne Balbastre, a string trio by the early 1770s’ favorite violin virtuoso, Maddalena Sirmen, and more. Velvet frock coats optional. Nov. 3, First Parish of Sudbury, Sudbury; Nov. 4, Old South Church, Boston. 781-466-6694, www.oldpostroad.org

Zoë Madonna

ARTS

Theater

THE PECULIAR PATRIOT A powerful solo show, written by and starring Liza Jessie Peterson, that turns a searing spotlight on the racial injustice undergirding mass incarceration in the United States. Playing a woman with the historically freighted name of Betsy LaQuanda Ross, Peterson delivers a richly layered, all-out performance that incisively dramatizes the impact of wide-scale imprisonment on the African-American community, as measured by promise unrealized, families disrupted, and lives derailed. Directed by Talvin Wilks. Through Oct. 28. Production by National Black Theatre and Hi-Arts. Presented by ArtsEmerson at Jackie Liebergott Black Box, Emerson Paramount Center, Boston. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org

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FUN HOME Paul Daigneault’s exquisite production proves that when this groundbreaking musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel is in the right hands, it remains as moving and rewarding as ever. “Fun Home’’ tells an emotionally gripping coming-of-age story as Alison, a self-described “lesbian cartoonist,’’ journeys back through her family history in hopes of finally understanding the tormented, closeted gay father who committed suicide. What Jeanine Tesori (music) and Lisa Kron (book and lyrics) have created ranks among the greatest musicals of our time. Through Nov. 24. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com

EQUIVOCATION and MACBETH Undertaking one of the most ambitious projects of the fall theater season, Actors’ Shakespeare Project presents “Macbeth’’ in repertory with Bill Cain’s “Equivocation,’’ which imagines a back story laced with political intrigue about how Shakespeare came to write “the Scottish play.’’ Nael Nacer’s fiery, full-throttle performance as Macbeth in a production that employs a “modern verse translation’’ by playwright Migdalia Cruz ranks among Nacer’s best. In “Equivocation,’’ Steven Barkhimer is his usual alertly expressive self as the beleaguered Shag (Shakespeare), who is forced into what seems like a no-win situation in the aftermath of the failed Gunpowder Plot. “Equivocation’’ runs through Nov. 10, “Macbeth’’ through Nov. 11. Actors’ Shakespeare Project. At United Parish, Brookline. 866-811-4111, www.actorsshakespeareproject.org

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DON AUCOIN

Dance

SANKOFA DANZAFRO Sankofa means “return to the roots,” and this 21-year-old company from Colombia takes this to heart. In the evening-length “City of Others,” it becomes a lens through which to examine issues of economics, gender, and sexual orientation among the country’s minority communities. The Celebrity Series of Boston presentation features edgy Afro-contemporary dance, live drumming and singing, and striking theatrical imagery. Nov. 3-4. $50. New England Conservatory’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

BB@HOME: CHOREOGRAPHER The latest iteration of Boston Ballet’s initiative to provide support and a showcase for the choreographic talents of its dancers is dedicated to emerging women dance-makers. The program features original works, set to a wide range of music, by Hannah Bettes, Jessica Burrows, Lia Cirio, Lauren Flower, Sage Humphries, and Haley Schwan. Nov. 1-2. $55. Boston Ballet, 19 Clarendon St. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org

WILD TYPE: DANCES ABOUT WHO WE ARE Boston Moving Arts Productions presents this performance exploring the science of being human and how it affects work, emotions, and the dynamics of power. The production features a world premiere by Jenna Pollack and the Boston debut of New York choreographer Adam Barruch, as well as works by Joy Davis and Junichi Fukuda. Nov. 2-3. $40. Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.bostontheatrescene.com

KAREN CAMPBELL

Galleries

C LARA WAINWRIGHT & ROGER KIZIK: 154 YEARS OF SERENDIPITY These two stalwarts of the Boston art scene, a quilt maker and a painter, make work that shares sparkling color, jaw-dropping tactility, and an effervescent exuberance expressed with wit and humanity. Through Dec. 1. Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-0411, www.gallerykayafas.com

TRACE MATTER Six artists contemplate relics, residue, and what’s left behind. There are broken ceramics, cremated remains, afterimages, audio snippets from a hidden performance, and more. Artists include Jimena Bermejo, Meredith Morten, and Scott Nedrelow. Through Nov. 20. Mont-serrat Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. 978-921-4242, www.montserrat.edu/portfolio-item/trace-matter/

 MARK SHEINKMAN: NEW WORKS ON PAPER The painter, who has long worked in black and white, steps into color. He’s known for exploring the expressive potential of line with ribbony tangles and lattices, and for working in layers, adding and subtracting, marking time’s passage. Through Nov. 17. Steven Zevitas Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-778-5265,  www.stevenzevitasgallery.com

CATE McQUAID

Museums

MONSTERS & MYTHS: SURREALISM AND WAR IN THE 1930S AND ’40S Surrealism sprang from Dada’s anti-rationalist reaction to the horrors of World War I; and in the following decades, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Max Ernst, and more made lush, bizarre works reflecting a world struggling with hardship. Pictured: Andre Masson’s “There Is No Finished World.” Through Jan. 13. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main St., Hartford. 860-278-2670, www.thewadsworth.org

LARRY FINK: PRIMALEMPATHY The photographer, now 77, has always had an eye for the way people are with each other. This exhibition of his candid black-and-white images highlights such themes as adolescence, political protests, and desire. Through March 10. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8355, www.decordova.org  

OPULENCE REDISCOVERED: THE ROMANOV LITURGICAL SILVER The set, from the dowry of Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna Romanova,daughter of Russian Emperor Alexander II, for her 1874 marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh, was dispersed in the 1960s. It has been reassembled for this show. Through Jan. 13. Museum of Russian Icons, 230 Union St., Clinton. 978-598-5000, www.museumofrussianicons.org

CATE McQUAID

EVENTS

Comedy

MEHRAN You may have caught the always outrageous Mehran on the debut of the Comedy Central series “This Week at the Comedy Cellar.” Now you can see him back in the town where he started his stand-up career, getting material ready to record an album at the Comedy Studio, his first headlining set here since he left for New York three years ago. Oct. 28, 8 p.m. $15. The Comedy Studio, 1 Bow Market Way #23, Somerville. 617-661-6507, www.thecomedystudio.com

ABBI JACOBSON: I MIGHT REGRET THIS BOOK TOUR The “Broad City” and “Disenchantment” star is coming to town in support of her new book, which officially hits stores Tuesday. Oct. 31, 8 p.m. $45. Chevalier Theater, 30 Forest St., Medford. 781-391-7469, www.chevaliertheatre.com

COMICS COME HOME Denis Leary hosts this annual fund-raiser for the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care. This year’s lineup includes Brian Regan, Jim Breuer, Billy Gardell, Lenny Clarke, Christine Hurley, Robert Kelly, Jessica Kirson, and Pete Correale. Nov. 3, 8 p.m. $45-$145.50. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000, www.tdgarden.com

NICK A. ZAINO III

Family

PRU BOO Trick-or-treat for a cause! Head over to the Prudential Center the Sunday before Halloween for an extra round of trick-or-treating. More than 50 stores are opening their doors for trick-or-treaters to help fund-raise for the Play Brigade. In support of the Teal Pumpkin Project, a nonprofit devoted to making Halloween safer for kids with allergies, many participating Prudential stores will be giving out non-food-related goodies. The day includes face painting, magic shows, and a concert. Oct. 28, 11 a.m., $5. Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St. prudentialcenter.com

MAKE A MESS: SPOOKY SCIENCE & PUMPKIN TAKE-APARTS The Discovery Museum is the place to be for young, mad scientists on the eve of Halloween. Come in the morning for all kinds of pumpkin play, or the afternoon for some “spooky science” with strange substances. Either way, kids will be elbow-deep in excitement as part of the Make a Mess program, which helps teach kids about STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). Oct. 30, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. $14.50. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. discoveryacton.org

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS/DAY OF THE DEAD OPEN HOUSE In sponsorship with the Consulate General of Mexico in Boston and the Mexico, Central America, and Caribbean Program at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology is hosting a Day of the Dead celebration. Head over for an open house and an evening celebration of departed loved ones, featuring live music and traditional treats. Nov. 1, 4 p.m., Free. Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, peabody.harvard.edu

LILLIAN BROWN

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Nov. 6 Katharine McPhee at City Winery  citywinery.com

Nov. 10 Hanson at Orpheum Theatre  ticketmaster.com

Nov. 12 Hoobastank at Brighton Music Hall  ticketmaster.com

Nov. 17 Toto at Lynn Memorial Auditorium  ticketmaster.com

Nov. 24 Kurt Vile at House of Blues Boston  livenation.com

Nov. 25 John Legend at the Wang Theatre  ticketmaster.com

Dec. 2 Travis Scott at TD Garden  ticketmaster.com

Dec. 5-6 Pentatonix at Agganis Arena  ticketmaster.com

LILLIAN BROWN