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Pop & Rock

ELTON JOHN The Rocket Man’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour was just in town last month, it’s true — but the spectacle of his piano playing and the durability of his catalog are worth taking in, whether for the first time or the 50th, before they’re gone for good. Nov. 6, 8 p.m. $55 and up. TD Garden. 617-624-1000, www.tdgarden.com

MAGGIE ROGERS This Maryland native’s thoughtful music and kinetic stage presence have lit up small clubs, massive festival stages, and the “Saturday Night Live” set since her debut single, “Alaska,” made an online splash two years ago. The self-assured Rogers appears in advance of her debut album, set for release in January. Nov. 5-6, 7 p.m. $29.50 and up. Royale. 617-338-7699, www.royaleboston.com


BOYGENIUS Three of indie rock’s finest practitioners of modern-day melancholia — the catharsis-inducing Julien Baker, the blackly witty Phoebe Bridgers, and the velvet-voiced Lucy Dacus — celebrate the eve of their collaborative EP’s release with a jointly headlined show. Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m. $28.50 and up. Orpheum Theatre. 617-482-0106, www.ticketmaster.com


Folk & World

GREG FARLEY Former Felice Brother Farley strikes out on his own with his debut album, “Taker Easy,” a collection of amped-up, ramshackle roots music that at times might make you think of Springsteen, Dylan, or various predecessors from the rock end of the alt-country spectrum. Nov. 5, 9 p.m. $8. O’Brien’s Pub, Allston. 877-987-6487, www.ticketfly.com

TOMMY AND SAUNDRA O’SULLIVAN These married purveyors of traditional Irish folk had transcontinental beginnings: Tommy O’Sullivan had an established career as a touring musician, solo artist, and member of Sliabh Notes when he happened to meet his future wife, Saundra, at an Irish music retreat in Midlothian, Texas. Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. $23. The Burren, Somerville. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com


BILLY WYLDER Avi Salloway and his Billy Wylder project play a hometown release show for “Strike the Match,” an engaging mash-up of various strains of American folk and rock and Taureg desert blues (the latter element the product of a familiarity Salloway gained firsthand via his tenure in Omara “Bombino” Moctar’s band). With light and art installations, Friday’s show will be a multimedia affair. Nov. 9, 8:30 p.m. $18-$22. Oberon, Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org


Jazz & Blues

JUDITH LORICK The veteran singer, whose burnished vocals, while more ample, recall the restraint of Shirley Horn, celebrates her new album, “The Second Time Around,” an exploration of long-lost love renewed, as well as a fine collaboration with pianist Eric Reed and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. $23-$30. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

NEW BLACK EAGLE JAZZ BAND Among the world’s finest traditional jazz groups, New England’s own Black Eagles are past masters of early New Orleans, 1920s Chicago, and 1930s small band jazz styles. Their massive repertoire includes blues, rags, spirituals, and vintage pop. Nov. 9, 8 p.m. $11-$22. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787, www.amazingthings.org

THE MAKANDA PROJECT FEATURING KU-UMBA FRANK LACY In recent years, the Boston-based big band has frequently included unique trombonist, trumpeter, and vocalist Lacy in its ranks. This concert puts him in the spotlight, showcasing three of his pieces previously performed by the band — “Requiem,” “Settegast Strut,” and “Spirit Monitor” — plus two more. Nov. 10, 7 p.m. Free. Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington St., Roxbury. www.makandaproject.com





H+H celebrates the local community with the free concert Every Voice, directed by countertenor Reginald Mobley, in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry and Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción. In a subscription concert later this week, Harvard University professor emeritus and historical keyboard specialist Robert Levin takes the spotlight for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor.” Academy of Ancient Music director Richard Egarr conducts. Every Voice:  Nov. 3, First Church in Roxbury; Nov. 4, Union United Methodist Church. Subscription concert: Nov. 9 and 11, Symphony Hall. 617-266-3605, www.handelandhaydn.org


In this intimate Debut Series recital, the rising young countertenor knits together his expertise in the baroque, 20th-century, and contemporary repertoires. The program includes works by Handel, Glass, Poulenc, and more. Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston.  Nov. 7, 8 p.m. Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall, Longy School of Music, Cambridge. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Christmas comes early to the BSO as music director Andris Nelsons leads Act II of “The Nutcracker.” (That’s the act with the sweets and the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.”) Also the orchestra’s celebration of Latvia’s centenary continues with the US premiere of composer Andris Dzenitis’s “Mara.” Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 rounds out the evening. Nov. 8-13. Symphony Hall. 888-266-1200, www.bso.org




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 a 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

UNIVERSE RUSHING APART: BLUE KETTLE & HERE WE GO A double bill of short works by the brilliant British dramatist Caryl Churchill. In “Blue Kettle,’’ Churchill explores the breakdown of language in her depiction of a con man masquerading as the long-lost son of several different women who once put up infants for adoption. “Here We Go’’ begins with a gathering of friends at a funeral and develops into a meditation on aging, mortality, and the afterlife. Nov. 7-18. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. At Sorenson Black Box, Babson College, Wellesley. 781-239-5880, www.commshakes.org




ABBY Z AND THE NEW UTILITY Drawing from hip-hop, tap, punk, and West African dance styles with a distinctly postmodern eye, Bessie Award-winning choreographer Abby Zbikowski sets her nine dancer-athletes loose in “abandoned playground,” a hyperkinetic tour de force that is both competitive and collaborative. Nov. 9-10. $15-$25. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org

DANCE HEGINBOTHAM Former veteran Mark Morris Dance Group performer John Heginbotham offers a mixed program of works by his own acclaimed company. A Boston debut, the Celebrity Series program features live music by New England Conservatory faculty and affiliates — guitarist Jérôme Mouffe, the Verona Quartet, flamenco artist Yosi Karahashi and castanet choir, and jazz pianist-composer Ethan Iverson. Nov. 10-11. $50. New England Conservatory’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

FALL DANCE CONCERT: FROM THE GROUND UP Boston Conservatory’s annual student concert gives audiences a sneak peek at emerging dance talents plus the opportunity to see world premieres by a range of choreographers from around the world. The program includes new works by Jon Ole Olstad (Norway), Joseph Toonga (England), Dam Van Huynh (Vietnam/England), Korhan Basaran (Turkey), Catherine Coury (Spain), Roderick George (Germany), as well as a new contemporary ballet by Dance Division faculty members Adriana Suarez and Gianni Di Marco. Nov. 8-11, $25-$30. Boston Conservatory Theater. 617-912-9222, www.bostonconservatory.edu



DANNY LYON: THE ONLY THING I SAW WORTH LEAVING The photographer and filmmaker, known for immersing himself in the lives of his subjects, started in the 1960s, shooting these images of civil rights workers, motorcycle gang members, prisoners in Texas, and Manhattan in transition. Through Dec. 19. David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, 64 College St., Providence. 401-863-2932, www.brown.edu/campus-life/arts/bell-gallery

NINE MOMENTS FOR NOW Dell Marie Hamilton curates this examination of art’s intersection with politics. The show is part of For Freedoms, a nationwide campaign exploring Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s four tenets of human rights, famously depicted by Norman Rockwell. Through Jan. 21. Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, 102 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge. 617-496-5777, www.coopergalleryhc.org

JUSTIN FREED: SACRED TREE HABITAT Freed, 82, a photographer and video artist, turns the gallery into a kind of black-box theater, projecting meditations about the arboreal life cycle onto theater scrims on the walls and ceiling. The installation also includes sculptures and prints on metal. Through Dec. 2. Galatea Fine Art, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-542-1500, www.galateafineart.com



WILLIAM FORSYTHE: CHOREOGRAPHIC OBJECTS Coinciding with the choreographer’s residency at Boston Ballet, this exhibition features interactive architectural installations, kinetic sculptures, and video projections that prompt viewers to move, think with their bodies, and coincidentally create their own dances. Through Feb. 21. Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

ROTHERWAS PROJECT NO. 4: YINKA SHONIBARE MBE, THE AMERICAN LIBRARY COLLECTION (ACTIVISTS) Shonibare — a finalist for Boston’s Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial — contemplates how immigrants have shaped America, wrapping 234 books in Dutch wax print fabric and emblazoning them with names of activists. Through Jan. 6. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, 220 South Pleasant St., Amherst. 413-542-2000, www.amherst.edu/museums/mead

THE LITTLE HOUSE: HER STORY This exhibition celebrating Virginia Lee Burton (1909-68), children’s book author and illustrator and founder of the Folly Cove Designers, originated in Tokyo at Takenaka Corporation Gallery A4. It features a scale model of the home in Burton’s 1942 book “The Little House.” Through March 31. Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester. 978-283-0455, www.capeannmuseum.org




JIMMY CARR The English comedian is an incredibly sharp joke writer, and he’s showing off some of his best stuff from the last 15 years along with some new material. Nov. 4, 9:45 p.m. $29. Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849, www.thewilbur.com

TEAM COCO PRESENTS: CONAN & FRIENDS Conan O’Brien is hitting the road with a revolving group of stand-up comedians with ties to the “Conan” show. In Boston, he’ll have Rory Scovel, James Veitch, Marina Franklin, and Flula Borg. Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. $53-$850. Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849, www.thewilbur.com

BOSTON COMEDY CHICKS SATURDAY STAND-UP SHOWCASE Kathe Farris hosts Erika Welch, Michelle Sui, Brett Johnson, Isha Patnaik, and headlining comedian Erin Maguire for this edition of the monthly showcase. Nov. 10, 8 p.m. $12. Doyle’s Café, 3484 Washington St., Jamaica Plain. 617-524-2345, www.doylescafeboston.com



MEET JULIA CHILD Get to know the master behind the art of French cooking — kind of. Introduce your older ones to Julia Child in this live performance, as Lynne Moulton portrays the cooking legend. Audiences can also see Child on the set of her television show “The French Chef” and engage in a conversation with the cast about her life. Nov. 5, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library, 365 Bremen St., bpl.bibliocommons.com

CIDER IN THE CITY Apple season isn’t over yet. Celebrate fall’s favorite fruit at an urban farm with hot cider, pastries, music, cheese, and apple samples galore — plus hard cider for the grown-ups. Plenty of vendors will be present to showcase their wares, so come hungry and ready for a cozy evening of autumn fun. Nov. 7, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Allandale Farm, 259 Allandale Road, Chestnut Hill, allandalefarm.com

PUPPET MAKING WORKSHOP Ever dream of having a Pinnochio of your own? Join puppeteer Tarish “Jeghetto” Pippins for one of two puppet-making sessions on Saturday, where you can learn about the craft from an experiencenced puppeteer. Basic materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own — and stick around for the “Puppet Slam” to showcase your work that evening at 8 p.m. Advance registration is required. Nov. 10, 10 a.m-1 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. George Sherman Union Lower Level, 775 Commonwealth Ave., bu.edu/arts/jeghetto



Nov. 12 Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians at Berklee  berklee.edu

Nov. 16 Boz Scaggs at the Wilbur  thewilbur.com

Nov. 20 Echo & the Bunnymen at Orpheum Theatre  ticketmaster.com 

Nov. 26 The Wrecks at the Sinclair  axs.com

Nov. 29 Rosanne Cash at the Cabot  ticketmaster.com

Dec. 5 Mutual Benefit at Great Scott  axs.com

Dec. 9 Mumford and Sons at TD Garden  ticketmaster.com