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

Kacey Musgraves (pictured at the 2015 Outside the Box festival in Boston) plays the Boch Center Wang Theatre Jan. 19.
Kacey Musgraves (pictured at the 2015 Outside the Box festival in Boston) plays the Boch Center Wang Theatre Jan. 19. Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff/file


Pop & Rock

KACEY MUSGRAVES On last year’s “Golden Hour,” this boundary-breaking singer-songwriter shed the “country” tag, crafting dreamy, hooky gems that manage to harness and disperse light in a fashion similar to the title time’s final pre-sunset moments. Jan. 19, 8 p.m. $35 and up. Boch Center Wang Theatre. 800-982-2787, www.bochcenter.org

CRACKER/CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN Singer-guitarist David Lowery weathered the early-’90s shift of “modern rock” into “alternative” quite well, transitioning from the bent pop act Camper Van Beethoven to the more revved-up Cracker as the decade flipped. (Please save the deep discussions about which act’s catalog better stands the test of time for the between-bands and after-show periods, college radio alums.) Jan. 17, 7 p.m. $22. Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.mideastoffers.com


DEAD PREZ The fiercely independent hip-hop duo has been grinding since the ’90s, and the socially minded lyrics of stic.man and M-1 still strike a powerful chord. Jan. 18, 8 p.m. $22. Brighton Music Hall. 617-779-0140, www.crossroadspresents.com


Folk & World

AMANDA ANNE PLATT AND THE HONEYCUTTERS You will likely find this band lumped into that amorphous, catch-all category “Americana,” but make no mistake, what you’ll hear in the music of Platt and company is plenty of country, starting with the songs she writes and on into the edgy twang that they play. Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m. $18. The Burren, Somerville. 617-776-6896, www.burren.com

BCMFEST The Boston Celtic Music Festival returns for a 16th time with another four days and nights of music and dance. Along with the usual cavalcade of local talent, this year’s featured artists will be a pair of famous fiddlers in Liz Carroll and Kevin Henderson. Jan. 17-20, various day and evening start times. Tickets priced per individual event. Club Passim, the Atrium, the Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org

PARIS COMBO Paris Combo has been a going concern for over two decades now and, led by the vocals of singer Belle du Berry, continues to deliver a sometimes swinging, sometimes melancholy mix of gypsy jazz, lounge, pop Francaise, cabaret, and world beats. The group is focusing on its sixth album, “Tako Tsubo,” on this tour. Jan. 19, 8 p.m. $28-$48. Berklee Performance Center. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org



Jazz & Blues

FRANK CARLBERG The New England Conservatory presents a faculty recital by adventurous pianist, composer, and Helsinki native Carlberg, who teaches jazz performance and composition and directs the school’s Jazz Composers’ Workshop Ensemble, which allows student composers to realize their works for large jazz orchestra. Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m. Free. NEC’s Jordan Hal. 617-585-1260, www.necmusic.edu

ED CHERRY TRIO The soulful, melodic guitarist first came to prominence in the latter-day bands of bebop titan Dizzy Gillespie, and is a past and present master of groovy and greasy Hammond B3 organ trios, having played with the likes of Jimmy Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and John Patton, as well as leading his own triumvirates. Jan. 18, 8 p.m. $30. Scullers. 866-777-8932, www.scullersjazz.com

RACKY THOMAS BAND Leader Thomas’s command of Mississippi Delta and Chicago blues has made him and his band an area mainstay for over two decades. And hearing him sing and play harmonica, you’d never guess he was a guitar major during his stint at Berklee. Jan. 18, 8 p.m. $12-$18. Chan’s Fine Oriental Dining, 267 Main St., Woonsocket, R.I. 401-765-1900, www.chanseggrollsandjazz.com




BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA This week at Symphony Hall, 91-year-old conductor Herbert Blomstedt leads Brahms’s Symphony No. 1, and Norwegian cellist Truls Mork returns to the BSO stage for the first time since 2007, performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C (Jan. 17-22). Also of note: Composer John Harbison celebrates his 80th birthday at Jordan Hall with his own music and a Bach cantata, featuring the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, pianist Gilbert Kalish, and soprano Amanda Forsythe (Jan. 13). 888-266-1200, www.bso.org

BOSTON MODERN ORCHESTRA PROJECT The Gil Rose-led new music orchestra presents the Boston premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s opera “Haroun and the Sea of Stories,” based on the book by Salman Rushdie. Soprano Heather Buck stars as Haroun. Jordan Hall. Jan. 19, 8 p.m. 781-324-0396, www.bmop.org

CO-INCIDENCE FESTIVAL For the third year in a row, a host of radical experimental musicians will converge on Somerville for a week of collaboration. A guest-artist showcase and a final concert are scheduled for Jan. 13 and Jan. 19, respectively, but in the spontaneous spirit of the festival, last-minute happenings are likely. Watch the website for updates. Jan. 13-19. Washington Street, Somerville. www.coincidenceresidency.com




SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS Bess Wohl’s seriocomic gem of a play, in which six lost or wounded souls try to get whole again at a New Age-y spiritual retreat while navigating connections and conflicts that only complicate their elusive quest for inner peace. Featuring Marianna Bassham as their autocratic, unseen teacher, who does most of the talking — well, that and the sextet’s body language — in a play characterized by long stretches of expressive silence. Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara. Through Feb. 2. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com


HEARTLAND After an Afghan refugee (portrayed by Shawn K. Jain) shows up at the home of a retired professor (Ken Baltin), claiming to have known his adopted daughter (Caitlin Nasema Cassidy), their relationship is dramatized in a series of flashbacks. This new drama by Gabriel Jason Dean, based on a true story, seeks to explore what is described as “America’s controversial impact on education in Afghanistan.’’ Directed by Bridget Kathleen O’Leary. Jan. 12-Feb. 9. New Repertory Theatre. At BlackBox Theater, Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org

WELL Long before her well-deserved Tony Awards for penning the book and lyrics for “Fun Home,’’ Lisa Kron wrote (and starred) in this autobiographical play that explores the concepts of illness and health — for a person and for a community — while using her own family life as the jumping-off point. Featuring Sebastian Ryder as Kron and Lisa Foley as her mother, Ann, who often speaks up to dispute Lisa’s version of events. Directed by Marta Rainer. Jan. 17-Feb. 10. Wellesley Repertory Theatre. At Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, Wellesley College, Wellesley. 781-283-2000, www.wellesleyrepertorytheatre.org



DORRANCE DANCE World Music/CRASHarts presents Michelle Dorrance’s dynamite tap troupe in the Boston premiere of the innovative new “Myelination,” for 12 dancers and live music. Under Dorrance’s imaginative artistic direction, the company is acclaimed for putting the most solid of technical chops to the service of choreography that pushes tap to the next level. Jan. 18-19. $40-$65. Cutler Majestic Theatre. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org


BOSTON DANCE THEATER If you missed this new contemporary repertory company’s lively sold-out Boston debut at the Institute of Contemporary Art in November, here’s another chance to experience provocative choreography performed by a troupe of dazzling dancers. Co-directed by Boston-born dancer Jessie Jeanne Stinnett and internationally acclaimed Israeli choreographer/dancer Itzik Galili, the program features works by Galili, Sidra Bell, and Yin Yue. Jan. 17. $15-$20 (under 18 free). Salem State University’s Sophia Gordon Center, Salem. 978-542-6365, www.bostondancetheater.com

ONSTAGE DANCE COMPANY This troupe of enthusiastic, mostly avocational performers provides a platform for experienced dancers and emerging choreographers to express themselves in front of an audience. For viewers, it offers original choreography in styles ranging from jazz and tap to hip-hop and contemporary. Jan. 19, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $15-$25. Boston University Dance Theater. 800-838-3006, www.onstagedanceco.com/performance.html



ALAN SCHALLER: METROPOLIS The London-based photographer uses a hint of surrealism and an astute attention to geometric form in high-contrast black-and-white prints that locate small, often isolated figures in large, rhythmic cityscapes. His theme: social disconnection in urban and digital life. Through Jan. 27. Leica Gallery Boston, 74 Arlington St. 857-305-3609, www.leicagalleryboston.com

HOLLOW POINT: NANCY BAKER CAHILL Come step inside the drawings of this Boston-bred, Los Angeles-based artist. Cahill makes large, motion-filled abstract drawings on paper, then renders them in three-dimensional virtual reality and offers them to the public through an augmented-reality app. All three versions are in the gallery. Through Feb. 17. Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain. 617-524-2109, www.bostoncyberarts.org

FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE: TRAJECTORIES OF THE WHITNEY INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM This powerhouse program, launched in the late 1960s, has helped shape contemporary art. Alumni and instructors in this show include Glenn Ligon, Martha Rosler, and Alfredo Jaar. Through March 8. University Hall Gallery, University Hall Room 1220, University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd. 617-287-5707, www.umb .edu/in_the_community/arts/university_gallery



JACE CLAYTON: THE GREAT SALT 1638 marked the arrival in the Massachusetts Bay Colony of at least two things: a piece of fine silver, owned by John Glover, and the first slaves from Africa. That polarized pairing — finery versus oppression, humanity at its best and absolute worst — piqued the interest of Jayce Clayton, who selected the piece (called “The Great Salt,” a fine vessel for the then-valuable mineral) as a symbol of the Middle Passage, where privilege assigned value to things over human lives. His response, an algorithmic thrumming of Afro-Cuban beats that emanate from a tangle of wires and components, haunts his installation like a ghost, and freights an object with meaning well beyond its form. Through Feb. 4. Lightbox Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St. 617-495-9400, www.harvardartmuseums.org

AMERICAN MODERNS IN WATERCOLOR: EDWARD HOPPER AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES An exhibition of works by American masters Hopper, Stuart Davis, and the wonderfully eccentric Charles Burchfield, all in the fussiest of media: watercolor, which forgives nothing. Not that these artists need it. Through March 17. Wadsworth Athenaeum, 600 Main St., Hartford. 860-278-2670, www.thewadsworth.org

TURNER AND CONSTABLE: THE INHABITED LANDSCAPE The 2014 film “Mr. Turner” says all you need to know about the position the painter J.M.W. Turner holds in the popular imagination — and his chief rival, John Constable, less so. A new exhibition makes the quiet case for Constable as an artist just as persuasive, though by wildly different means. Through March 10. Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, www.clarkart.edu




SALEM COMEDY & SPIRITS FESTIVAL Founder Mark Scalia brings together an appreciation for fine drink and a couple of dozen comedians, many of them from out of state, for three nights at Far From the Tree, Finz Seafood and Grill, and Deacon Giles Distillery. Jan. 17-19, 7:30 p.m. $25-$35. 617-466-6070, www.salemcomedyfestival.com

DERAY DAVIS The Chicago native can work blue or charm an audience with a goofy story from his childhood, sometimes at the same time. He’s also had a career that goes all over the map, from the “Barbershop” franchise to comic interstitials on Kanye West albums. Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. $32. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St. 617-248-9700, www.thewilbur.com

THE JACKIE & LAURIE SHOW WITH JACKIE KASHIAN & LAURIE KILMARTIN They are great as podcast cohosts and even better as stand-up comedians. Fans will get to see them do both on this show, starting with the comedy and ending with a live episode taping. Jan. 19, 6 p.m. $25. Sonia, 10 Brookline St., Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.mideastoffers.com/sonia



SNOWFLAKE FESTIVAL Cozy up with hot cocoa and crafts. Try your hand at drawing comics, making jewelry, sculpting, and more. Jan. 13, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Free. Brookline Arts Center, 86 Monmouth St., Brookline,  brooklineartscenter.com

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Bring your kids to the candy factory. Catch the national touring cast in a performance of Roald Dahl’s classic before it leaves town. Through Jan. 20. $20 and up. Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St. boston .broadway.com

SKYSCRAPER CHALLENGE The sky isn’t the limit at Boston Society of Architects’ family design day. Learn about some of the city’s tallest buildings and then build your own skyscraper model. Jan. 19, 10:30 a.m,-12:30 p.m. $2-$10. BSA Space, 290 Congress St.  architects.org



Jan. 23 Gnash at Brighton Music Hall  ticketmaster.com

Feb. 6 Tribalistas at House of Blues Boston  livenation.com

Feb. 8 Sharon Van Etten at Royale  songkick.com

Feb. 12 Beirut at House of Blues Boston  songkick.com

Feb. 14 Boyz II Men at Orpheum Theatre  ticketmaster.com

Feb. 15 Cherry Glazerr at Brighton Music Hall  ticketmaster.com

Feb. 19 Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness at House of Blues Boston  songkick.com

Feb. 20 James Blake at House of Blues Boston  songkick.com