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

Caitlin Canty performs at City Winery Jan. 8.
Caitlin Canty performs at City Winery Jan. 8.Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images/file


Pop & Rock

NONAME Chicago-born storyteller Fatimah Warner’s 2018 album, “Room 25,” was one of last year’s hip-hop standouts, its sun-dappled backing tracks adding extra warmth to her closely told slice-of-life tales. Jan. 10-11, 8 p.m. $30 and up. Royale, Boston. 617-338-7699, www.royaleboston.com

TYLER CARTER The former vocalist of electro-metallers Issues has plunged into downer pop with his recent singles like “Moonshine” and “Focus,” which combine the spacious, swirling beats of trap’n’b with impassioned, twangy vocals. (They’re ripe to be remixed into next-generation country-radio hits, if anyone’s looking for a sequel to that Florida Georgia Line/Bebe Rexha smash.) Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m. $15. Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.mideastoffers.com


BIG UPS These raucous Brooklyn punkers head up a power-packed Saturday night lineup that also includes sludge-yowlers Kal Marks and crunch-pop duo Lilith. Jan. 12, 8:30 p.m. $14, $12 advance. Great Scott, Allston. 617-566-0914, www.greatscottboston.com


Folk & World

CAITLIN CANTY The Vermont-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter returns to the area, presumably with a continued focus on her fine 2018 release, “Motel Bouquet,” and this time through she’ll have the irrepressible Miss Tess and pedal steel man Rich Hinman helping her make the music. Maine’s Oshima Brothers open. Jan. 8, 8 p.m. $18-$25. City Winery, Boston. 617-933-8047, www.citywinery.com/boston

MILE TWELVE If you want proof that this Boston-area bluegrass band is on the rise, you need only consider their 2017 award as Momentum Band of the Year from the International Bluegrass Music Association. The quintet is doing a double shift Thursday night, but if you want to see them, you’ll have to hit the late show; the early one is sold out. Jan. 10, 9:30 p.m. $20. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org

MATT HANNIGAN/PRATEEK/THE COACH POTATOES A lineup at this Inman Square room that taps three varieties of folk music: acoustic, instrumental fingerstyle guitar from Matt Hannigan; music in the singer-songwriter vein from the uni-named Prateek; and originals and covers centered on two-part harmonies from duo the Coach Potatoes. Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m. $10. The Lilypad, Cambridge. 617-955-7729, www.lilypadinman.com



Jazz & Blues

THE GRAY SARGENT QUARTET The acoustic swing guitar master is a longtime rhythm player in Tony Bennett’s band. For this gig he’ll stretch out with tenor saxophonist Arnie Krakowsky, fellow Bennett-backer bassist Marshall Wood, and drummer Jim Gwin. Jan. 8, 7:30 p.m. $10. Jocko’s Jazz at the Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen. 603-898-1591, www.jockosjazz.com

JERRY BERGONZI QUINTET Hosted by Mandorla Music and Greater Ashmont Main Street, the Dot Jazz Series kicks off its latest season with world-class tenor sax master, composer, and educator Bergonzi, perhaps best known for his stint in Dave Brubeck’s Quartet. With trumpeter Phil Grenadier, keyboardist Plamen Karadonev, bassist Greg Loughman, and drummer Austin McMahon. Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m. $15. Peabody Hall, Parish of All Saints, 209 Ashmont St., Dorchester. www.mandorlamusic.net

SETH ROSENBLOOM The burning, Boston-based blues guitarist and vocalist, who’s been called a younger and rawer version of Matt Schofield, celebrates his first full-length release, the forthcoming “Keep on Turning.” With special guests the Taylors: Sonya Rae and Ryan. Jan. 12, 7 p.m. $15-$19. The Burren, 247 Elm St., Somerville. www.burren.com



BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA English conductor Andrew Davis leads symphonies by John Harbison and Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Italian pianist Alessio Bax makes his BSO debut with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24. Symphony Hall. Jan. 10-12. 888-266-1200, www.bso.org


A FAR CRY For this concert, “Legacy,” Jamaica Plain’s free-flying string orchestra welcomes Curtis Institute of Music faculty violinist Pamela Frank, the teacher of multiple players in the ensemble. Music by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, and Haydn celebrates the bond between teacher and student and pays a memorial tribute to Frank’s teacher Shirley Givens. Jordan Hall. Jan. 11, 8 p.m. 617-553-4887, www.afarcry.org

FRESH INKLINGS At Inman Square’s cozy the Lilypad, composer-performers Francine Trester (violin) and Eric Sawyer (piano) present their own duets and song cycles, with soprano Kristen Watson. The Lilypad, Cambridge. Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. www.lilypadinman.com




TWO MILE HOLLOW Prize-winning playwright Leah Nanako Winkler takes satirical aim at what she calls the “white people by the water’’ genre of theater. In “Two Mile Hollow,’’ secrets spill out when the members of a privileged, dysfunctional white family — portrayed by actors of color — gather together in order to divvy up their belongings after the clan’s waterfront mansion has been sold. Directed by Danielle Fauteux Jacques. Pictured (from left): Jasmine Brooks, Paola Ferrer, Mauro Canepa, and Armando Rivera during a dress rehearsal. Through Jan. 20. Apollinaire Theatre Company. At Chelsea TheatreWorks, Chelsea. 617-887-2336, www.apollinairetheatre.com

THE WOLVES Sarah DeLappe’s drama about the interactions among teenage girls on a suburban soccer team was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2017 — all the more impressive because it was DeLappe’s debut play. Among others, the cast includes Lydia Barnett-Mulligan (known for her work with Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Sarah Elizabeth Bedard (“Barbecue’’), and Laura Latreille as a soccer mom. Directed by A. Nora Long. Jan. 11-Feb. 3. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com


WHAT ROUGH BEAST When an ultra-conservative professor is invited to speak at a university, it opens up fissures on the campus that extend to a pair of brothers. This play by Alice Abracen (“The Tour’’) is directed by Lelaina Vogel. Jan. 12-19. Underlings Theatre Company. At Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. 866-811-4111, web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1003683



CATALYSTS The Dance Complex showcases the fruits of this rigorous eight-month residency program with a series of concerts beginning next weekend. The four artists-in-residence — Ali Kenner Brodsky, Dawn Kramer, Rebecca McGowan, and Aysha Upchurch — explore themes ranging from history and home to mortality and searching for a sense of belonging. Jan. 12-26, $13-$26. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363, www.dancecomplex.org

SAND Now based in Boston, interdisciplinary artist Victoria Lynn Awkward sets her four-person evening-length dance installation in art-filled galleries that she hopes will bring the audience more intimately into the experience. She says this iteration of the work emphasizes diversity “. . . as sand is made up of a multitude of grains existing together, while still upholding the integrity of individuality.” Jan. 11-12, $12-$28. Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave., Boston. 508-315-9833, www.victoriaawkward.com


AMIRAH SACKETT The Chicago-based Muslim B-girl brings her distinctive style of breaking to the Winter Yard. Best known for her striking ensemble dance “We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic,” Sackett explores her Muslim-American identity through choreography that infuses hip-hop movement with traces of Islamic culture. Jan. 12, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., $5-$25. Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center, Oak Bluffs. 598-645-9662, www.dancetheyard.org



WILDLIFE FASHION ART SAFARI Peter Morgan and Adam Hinterlang began making animal designs in trendy tones for T-shirts and purses in 2005. The business never took off but the art did, as the duo tumbled into a delirium of color theory and clay, crafting large tiled grids. Through Jan. 27. 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughn St., Portsmouth, N.H. 603-766-3330, www.3sarts.org

KIM FALER: GIVE ME YOUR ANXIETY Faler preserves little tangled gestures we normally discard or take for granted — grapevines, the chicken scratch on notes, lists, and Post-its — and memorializes them in metal. Paintings on steel, flocked iron prints, and an electroplated sculpture consider glory, erosion, and the mundane. Through Feb. 5. LaMontagne Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-487-3512, www.lamontagnegallery.com

MATERIAL LAMENTATIONS: ART, GRIEF, AND THE LAND We humans tend to set ourselves apart from the natural world, rather than see ourselves as intrinsic to it. Here, nine artists, including Michelle Lougee and Julie Poitras Santos, mourn the consequences of that estrangement, and find hope. Through Feb. 2. Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge Art Association, 25 Lowell St., Cambridge. 617-876-0246, www.cambridgeart.org



KAY SAGE: SERENE SURREALIST Surrealism, like virtually eveything else of its era, was a male-dominated affair, a sad fact that, also like everything else, surely weakened and narrowed its output. That being the case, this exhibition of Sage’s work offers a glimpse of what those blinders left out. The show re-creates the artist’s 1950 exhibition, with its Daliesque nightmarescapes, nearly in full (two of its 14 original pieces were lost, one in a fire, one by a collector), which serves, it seems, as a nice metaphor for the incomplete history of which Sage is part. Through Jan. 13. Williams College Museum of Art, 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2, Williamstown. 413–597–2429, wcma.williams.edu/kay-sage-serene-surrealist/

NINE MOMENTS FOR NOW An urgent call “to remember that democracy, time and memory are as poetic, unruly and fragile as body and breath,” as curator Dell Marie Hamilton wrote, this show of mostly Boston-based artists grappling with engrained, systemic racism hit the top 10 of the year list at Hyperallergic.com, and it should be on yours, too. Smart and incisive but never pedantic or preachy, it’s exactly what this fraught moment demands. Through Jan. 21. Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art, Harvard University, 102 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge. 617-496-5777, www.coopergalleryhc.org

LOVE STORY To tell the story of six refugees fleeing persecution from all parts of the globe, Candice Breitz chose Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore to serve as Cyrano de Bergerac-style surrogates, banking that their celebrity status would give greater pause than six otherwise ordinary people suffering extraordinary trauma. Baldwin and Moore give the performances of their lives, submerging so completely into their subjects’ tales as to almost vanish completely. Stirring. Through Jan. 21. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org




MYQ KAPLAN A smart comic with a sweet tooth for puns, Kaplan has a new one-man show, “All Killing Aside,” that gets its Boston debut after a run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in July. It’s a contemplation of kindness and preserving life, veering from silly to spiritual. With special guest J. Smitty. Jan. 6, 8 p.m. $10. The Comedy Studio, 1 Bow Market Way #23, Somerville. 617-661-6507, www.thecomedystudio.com

SAMUEL J. COMROE His material about living with Tourette syndrome made the Los Angeles native a finalist on “America’s Got Talent” in 2018, but Comroe also does a lot of observational material about dancing at parties, marriage proposals, and rudeness. Jan. 10 at 8 p.m.; Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 12 at 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 9:45 p.m.; and Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. $20-$25. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

FORTUNE FEIMSTER Down to earth and effortlessly funny, Feimster has been a regular in projects from Chelsea Handler and Mindy Kaling, including playing Colette on “The Mindy Project” and Sarah Huckabee Sanders on “Chelsea.” Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m. $27. Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849, www.thewilbur.com



SONGBEAT CIRCLE SongBeat Circle is back for 2019! The song and drum circle welcomes all, with no experience necessary, for an evening of wellness and community. The circle will be run by an expressive therapist. While donations are encouraged, the evening is free and open. Jan. 8, 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. Parish Hall, First Church in Jamaica Plan, 6 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain, facebook.com

SOMERVILLE WINTER FARMERS MARKET If you’re looking to start the New Year with some local goodies, the Somerville Winter Farmers Market is the place to go. With over 30 booths full of New England farmers and producers, spread out over two floors; the market is sure to satisfy all culinary cravings. Jan. 12, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Somerville Winter Farmers Market, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville, www.somwintermarket.org

BEGINNER CHARLESTON LESSONS Anyone, even those with two left feet, can learn the Charleston with Cambridge’s Free Dance Studio. The 90-minute class will cover basic Charleston footwork; combination steps including tandem Charleston, cross-hand Charleston, and sailor kicks; authentic Charleston styling; and more. Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Free. Swing City, 680 Huron Ave., Cambridge,  freedancestudio.wordpress.com



Jan. 12 Emo Night at Brighton Music Hall  ticketmaster.com

Jan. 23 Damien Rice at Orpheum Theatre  ticketmaster.com

Jan. 25 King Princess at Royale Boston  ticketmaster.com

Jan. 27 Petal at Brighton Music Hall  ticketmaster.com

Jan. 31 Gryffin at House of Blues  livenation.com

Feb. 1-2  Eric Church at TD Garden  ticketmaster.com

Feb. 5 Colin Blunstone at City Winery  citywinery.com

Feb. 7 Galactic at House of Blues  livenation.com