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

“Abe Catherson Pursues Masten Across the Desert” is part of “Frank E. Schoonover: American Visions,” at the Norman Rockwell Museum through May 27.
“Abe Catherson Pursues Masten Across the Desert” is part of “Frank E. Schoonover: American Visions,” at the Norman Rockwell Museum through May 27.Image courtesy of the Norman Rockwell Museum


Pop & Rock

STEADY HOLIDAY Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dre Babinski’s second album as Steady Holiday, “Nobody’s Watching,” peers inside humanity’s darkest corners, framing its storytelling in intricately detailed pop. Nov. 12, 8 p.m. $12, $10 advance. Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.mideastoffers.com

CHARLOTTE LAWRENCE The “Grease” rave-up “You’re the One That I Want” seems like an unlikely candidate for a brooding makeover, but this Los Angeles-based model-singer’s 2017 remake retained enough of its essential warmth for it to work beautifully. Her debut, “Young,” thoughtfully paces across that line on songs like the dreamy “I Bet” and the punchy “Sleep Talking.” Nov. 13, 9 p.m. $12. Great Scott, Allston. 617-566-0914, www.greatscottboston.com


TASH SULTANA “Flow State,” the first full-length from this musically omnivorous Aussie, is a dizzying showcase for her musical prowess, whirling through styles with an effortless zeal that energizes 10-minute-plus riff maelstroms and simmering-to-a-boil R&B alike. A self-made talent who’s one of rock’s most exciting stars. Nov. 16, 7 p.m. $45 and up. House of Blues, Boston. 888-693-2583, www.houseofblues.com/boston


Folk & World

ATWOODS ALL WEEK Take your pick of various shades of country this week at this East Cambridge spot, and a CD release show as well. Austin Lucas plays his heartland country rock Sunday, Adam Hood brings what he calls “Southern songs” Tuesday, and classicist Laura Cantrell follows the next night. Saturday, local heroine Sarah Borges, reunited with the Broken Singles, celebrates “Love’s Middle Name.” Nov. 11, Nov. 13, Nov. 14, Nov. 17, various start times and covers. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com

JIM LAUDERDALE It’s been a little over a year since Lauderdale visited these parts, and in that time he’s put out two records, the first, “Time Flies,” a marvel of eclecticism even by his standards, the second, “Jim Lauderdale and Roland White,” the very first album he made, which went unreleased and then missing for 39 years. Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m. $22. Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley. 877-536-7190, www.bullrunrestaurant.com


YOU DONE ME WRONG: THE MUSIC OF BILLIE HOLIDAY AND GEORGE JONES Two of American music’s premier purveyors of hurt are the subject of what promises to be a kaleidoscopic performance by the American Roots Ensemble and other members of the New England Conservatory Contemporary Improvisation department, along with special guests. Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. Free, with a reservation. Jordan Hall, Boston. 617-585-1122, www.necmusic.edu/concerts


Jazz & Blues

AYN INSERTO JAZZ ORCHESTRA The kaleidoscopically imaginative composer, arranger, and bandleader, a protégé of the great trombonist, arranger, and composer Bob Brookmeyer, celebrates the release of “Down a Rabbit Hole,” her first album in a decade at the helm of her own band. With special guest trombonists John Fedchock and Jennifer Wharton, who appear on the recording. Nov. 12, 7 p.m. $10-$15. The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. www.lilypadinman.com

MIGUEL ZENÓN & SPEKTRAL QUARTET The MacArthur fellow, Puerto Rican native, and New England Conservatory faculty member celebrates his new album, “O Soy la Tradición,” an eight-movement suite for Zenón’s alto saxophone and string quartet that brilliantly merges jazz, classical, and Puerto Rican vernacular musics. Presented by Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción. Nov. 15, 7 p.m. $35. First Church, 66 Marlborough St., Boston. www.eventbrite.com

LIL’ ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS With his stinging slide guitar and gritty vocals, Lil’ Ed and his band uphold the rough-and-ready Chicago blues tradition of Elmore James, Hound Dog Taylor, and Ed’s uncle, J.B. Hutto. Nov. 16, 8 p.m. $19-$29. 9 Wallis, 9 Wallis St., Beverly. 978-525-9093, www.gimmelive.com




SCHOENBERG IN HOLLYWOOD A world premiere from Boston Lyric Opera’s New Works Initiative, this intermissionless opera imagines the world of composer Arnold Schoenberg after he fled Hitler’s Germany and landed in sunny California. Composed by MIT professor of music Tod Machover with a libretto by Simon Robson and original scenario by Royal Exchange Theatre founder, the late Braham Murray. Tony-nominated “punk ballerina” Karole Armitage directs. Omar Ebrahim stars as the composer, and BLO emerging stars Sara Womble and Jesse Darden play multiple roles. Nov. 14-18. Emerson Paramount Center. 617-542-6772, www.blo.org

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA It’s time for top brass at Symphony Hall. Swedish trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger takes center stage in HK Gruber’s “Aerial”: Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra. After intermission, it’s Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, of the famous Adagietto. Nov. 15-17, Symphony Hall. 888-266-1200, www.bso.org

GIL SHAHAM AND AKIRA EGUCHI These longtime recital partners make their fourth Celebrity Series of Boston appearance, with a program including music by Prokofiev, Kreisler, and Boston composer Scott Wheeler. Nov. 16, 8 p.m. Jordan Hall. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org 






HAIRSPRAY Musicals that deliver a genuinely good time while advocating for racial justice are to be cherished, especially now, when we need both. “Hairspray’’ belongs in that useful category, a fact driven home by director-choreographer Jeff Whiting’s exuberant and timely production, starring Brooke Shapiro as the idealistic, unsinkable Tracy Turnblad, who sets out to integrate a TV dance program in Baltimore in 1962. Based on the John Waters film, with a terrific score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, “Hairspray’’ is an unabashed celebration of the power of music, dancing, love, and young people determined to bring about social change. Through Nov. 11. North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly. 978-232-7200, www.nsmt.org


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

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




BOSOMA DANCE COMPANY Under the direction of Katherine Hooper, the contemporary troupe is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a “Tapestry” of dances drawing from the more than 30 works in its repertoire. The concert includes “Amygdala,” one of Hooper’s earliest pieces, as well as the premiere of her latest work. Nov. 17-18. $25-$35. Larcom Theatre, Beverly. 978-922-6313, www.bosoma.org

ANOTHER PIECE APART Bessie Award winners Jennifer Nugent and Paul Matteson, both former Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company dancers, have been exploring the nuances, intricacies, and blurred edges of duet partnering for nearly two decades. Their most recent piece, being given its Boston premiere, examines intimacy amid fractured connections. Nov. 17-18. $13-$26. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363, www.dancecomplex.org

BETH SOLL & COMPANY Dance Projects Inc. and the Boston Center for the Arts present an informal performance of the provocative dancer/choreographer’s “Dance for Ina,” created last year to honor the late Rockport dance luminary Ina Hahn. The company also performs Soll’s new work, “The Window: Visions and Ordinary Rituals,” inspired by life’s meditative practices and daily rituals. Nov. 11, 2:30 p.m., $10 suggested donation, RSVP online. Boston Center for the Arts. 617-426-5000, www.bcaonline.org



ALEXANDRIA SMITH: A LITANY FOR SURVIVAL Smith’s paintings and drawings explore the internal experiences of black women. They often use mirror images of figures, which can be seen as doubling, hybridity, or splitting parts of the self. Through Jan. 27. Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery, Boston University, 855 Commonwealth Ave. 617-353-3329, www.bu.edu/art

WANDERING IN THE LAND OF OBLIVION Constanza Aguirre, born in Colombia and based in Paris, makes large-scale, black-and-white works on paper that celebrate how creative acts and the simple gestures of labor sustain one’s humanity in the face of conflict and displacement. Through Jan. 11. Urbano Project, 29 Germania St., Jamaica Plain. 617-983-1007,  www.urbanoproject.org

OLE BRODERSEN: TRESPASSING The photographer grew up on an island along the coast of Norway. His grandfather was a sea captain, his father a sail maker. Brodersen recently moved home and set up a darkroom in his father’s sail loft. These photographs depict his homeland. Through Dec. 1. Soprafina Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-728-0770, www.soprafina.com



FRANK E. SCHOONOVER: AMERICAN VISIONS Schoonover, a luminary of Golden Age illustration, made adventure paintings for stories and novels by Jack London, Zane Grey, and others, that reflected his own experiences in the Alaskan wilderness and along the Northern Plains. Pictured: “Abe Catherson Pursues Masten Across the Desert.” Through May 27. Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, www.nrm.org

PRESERVED PAGES: BOOK AS ART IN PERSIA AND INDIA, 1300-1800 For centuries, art and books went hand in hand in Islamic societies. Histories and epic poems were illustrated. In time, collectors assembled single pages into bound albums, which prompted the development of individual artistic styles. Through Jan. 6. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 508-799-4406, www.worcesterart.org

EXTREME NATURE! One consequence of the 19th-century fascination with life sciences and natural history was an explosion of fantastical art about how far nature might go. In this show, prints, drawings, photographs, and books detail how exploration and science lit up artists’ imaginations. Through Feb. 3. Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, www.clarkart.edu




COMIC VS. COMIC Sean Sullivan hosts the return of this head-to-head roasting competition. On the fight card: Tyler Swain vs. Kindra Lansburg, Kenny Capozzi vs. Logan O’Brien, Rob Green vs. Mike Holmes, and Dylan Krasinski vs. Arty P. Nov. 14, 8 p.m. $10. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

THE DOLLOP On their podcast, Dave Anthony and cohost Gareth Reynolds provide informal history lessons on topics like Tammany Hall corruption or the Texas oil boom with plenty of humorous commentary. The early show was close to sold out at press time. Nov. 17, 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $32-$57. Wilbur Theatre, Boston. 866-448-7849, www.thewilbur.com

BOSTON COMEDY BLOWOUT The roster of this Boston headliner showcase expands to six comedians for this edition, with Tony V, Don Gavin, Steve Sweeney, Dave Russo, Chris Tabb, and Christine Hurley, who is coming off a strong showing at Comics Come Home. Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. $34-$43. Boch Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738, www.bochcenter.org



BOSTON RIVER RUN Looking for a chance to get a new 5K personal best while raising money for charity? If so, then head to the Charles River for an early morning run over Veterans Day weekend. The race, on mostly flat terrain, is open to all. Proceeds go to the Andrew Graham Semper Fi Fund, and the top three registered male and female runners will receive trophies. Nov. 11, 9 a.m.-11 a.m, $40-$45. Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Road. bostonriverrun.com

BARKHAPPY BOSTON: FALL DOGGY FASHION SHOW The folks at BarkHappy and Nordstrom have partnered to put together a dog fashion show, benefiting Missing Dogs MA and PAWS New England. Attendees are encouraged to bring their pooches to Nordstrom South Shore Plaza for an hour of private shopping before heading to the fashion show. The canine runway stars will be found dogs from Missing Dogs Massachusetts, who are now able to be adopted, in addition to select BarkHappy users and their pups. Dog-less attendees are also welcome. Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-noon, $18. Nordstrom South Shore Plaza, 350 Granite St., Braintree. BostonDoggyFashionShow.eventbrite.com

BOSTON INTERNATIONAL KIDS FILM FESTIVAL Head over to the Somerville Theatre on Friday night to kick off the sixth annual weekend-long Boston International Kids Film Festival. The films are made by and for kids, from feature-length documentaries to short movies. The festival begins with “Making the Grade” on Friday night, and includes a variety of other events, workshops, and screenings. Nov. 16-18, $10-$50. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. bikff.org



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

Nov. 25 John Legend at Wang Theatre  ticketmaster.com

Dec. 2 Travis Scott at TD Garden  ticketmaster.com

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

Dec. 7-8 Brett Young at House of Blues Boston  livenation.com

Dec. 9 Like Moths to Flames at Palladium Worcester  ticketmaster.com

Dec. 15 Ingrid Michaelson at Orpheum Theatre  ticketmaster.com

Dec. 16 Jorja Smith at House of Blues Boston  livenation.com