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

Mark Morris Dance Group will perform “Pepperland” Feb. 8-10 at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre.Mat Hayward


Pop & Rock

POPPY “Am I A Girl?,” the latest album from this cult hero/android-presenting human/pop muse, is a delightfully unnerving ride, full of sticky hooks and hairpin turns like the mind-bending “X,” which giddily veers between sunshine-pop naivete and bloody-knuckle riffage. Feb. 4, 7 p.m. $20 and up. Paradise Rock Club. 617-562-8800, www.crossroadspresents.com

JOHN MAUS The chilly textures and absurdist lyrics of this synthpop intellect’s recent album “Addendum” barely hint at the nearly-uncomfortable street-preacher intensity of his live performances. Feb. 5, 7 p.m. $20 and up. Paradise Rock Club. 617-562-8800, www.crossroadspresents.com

SHARON VAN ETTEN “Remind Me Tomorrow,” this Brooklyn singer-songwriter’s first album since 2014, surrounds her quivering alto in glitchy synths and unnerving noise that add a world-weary wisdom to her already-knowing lyrics. Feb, 8, 6 p.m. $35, $30 advance. Royale. 617-338-7699, www.royaleboston.com



Folk & World

H.C. MCENTIRE The Mount Moriah frontwoman released her fine solo debut, “LIONHEART,” last year, and per the PR for the release, it was animated by “a desire to reclaim ‘country’ music from the . . . schtick of tailgates and six-packs and men chasing women.” Pull up a chair; that table, call it “Americana,” “alt-country,” or whatever term suits you, is a crowded one. Feb. 6, 9:15 p.m. $13. Great Scott, Allston. 888-929-7849, www.axs.com

KASEY CHAMBERS In concert, the Aussie purveyor of countryish Americana always talks about her unconventional upbringing in a peripatetic family that roamed her homeland’s Nullarbor Plain. Her latest record, the stripped-down acoustic affair “Campfire,” reflects that experience; the campfire, she says — where she ate, went to school, played, sang — was at the center of her life. Feb. 8, 8 p.m. $25-$40. City Winery. 617-933-8047, www.citywinery.com/boston

CHELY WRIGHT Any discussion of Chely Wright invariably mentions the once-mainstream country singer’s coming-out several years ago. But musically speaking, Wright left the mainstream country world behind (or it left her behind) before that, and like many others who went down the same road, she’s made less confined and ultimately more interesting music as a result. Feb. 9, 8 p.m. $25. Crossroads Music Series, 190 Academy Road, North Andover. www.crossroadsmusicseries.org



Jazz & Blues

MATT WILSON’S SALT AND HONEY The seriously playful drummer outdid himself with last year’s acclaimed “Salt and Honey,” a tribute to the poetry of Carl Sandburg — like Wilson, an Illinois native — resulting in one of the most joyous and successful mergers of jazz and poetry ever. Feb. 7, 8 p.m. $30. Scullers. 866-777-8932, www.scullersjazz.com

MARCIA BALL The rollicking pianist-singer and 2018 Texas Musician of the Year is a prime exponent of her native Lone Star State’s Gulf Coast blues as well as the New Orleans R&B of her Louisiana youth. Feb. 9, 8 p.m. $32-$36. Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick. 508-647-0097, www.natickarts.org

JOHN FUNKHOUSER SEXTET The accomplished Boston-based pianist, composer, and bandleader celebrates his engaging new album “Brothers” with the players on the recording, collaborators of over two decades: trumpeter Jerry Sabatini, alto saxophonist Chris Veilleux, guitarist Phil Sargent, bassist Greg Loughman, and drummer Mike Connors, essaying standards and originals in modes and moods ranging from soulful to cerebral. Feb. 9, 8 p.m. $10-$20. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787, www.amazingthings.org




CHAMELEON ARTS ENSEMBLE An Up Close recital series concert features violinist Robyn Bollinger, violist Scott Woolweaver, and cellist Rafael Popper-Keizer in a program of Schnittke and Bach, including Sitkovetsky’s string trio arrangement of the Goldberg Variations. Feb. 3, 4 p.m. Mary Norton Hall, Old South Church. 617-427-8200, www.chameleonarts.org

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BSO music director Andris Nelsons returns to Symphony Hall this week. His first program of 2019 consists of Olly Wilson’s colorful “Lumina,” Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with soloist Lisa Batiashvili, and Copland’s sweeping Symphony No. 3. Feb. 7-12. Symphony Hall. 888-266-1200, www.bso.org

CANTATA SINGERS This Cantata Singers Chamber Series recital offers music by a far-ranging assortment of European women, from Clara Schumann and Alma Mahler to Judith Weir and Thea Musgrave. Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Somerville. 617-868-5885, www.cantatasingers.org





WHO IS EARTHA MAE? The utterly singular actress, singer, and activist Eartha Kitt is the subject of a cabaret-style exploration of her remarkable life and career. Created and performed by Jade Wheeler, the world-premiere production is directed by Cailin Doran, with choreography by Jenna Pollack and music direction by Seulah Noh. Through Feb. 23. Bridge Repertory Theatre. At Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge. www.bridgerep.org

OTHELLO Because questions of race and gender sit squarely at the center of this Shakespeare tragedy, watching it in 2019 underscores the extent to which his plays somehow manage to seem torn from any era’s headlines as well as from the fathomless depths of the human soul. Those dual qualities of timeliness and timelessness run through Bill Rauch’s sinewy production of “Othello,’’ which features a masterly performance by Chris Butler in the title role and a portrayal of Iago by Danforth Comins that is very nearly as impressive. Through Feb. 9. Production by Oregon Shakespeare Festival presented by American Repertory Theater at Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org


THE WOLVES In this splendid group portrait of a girls’ soccer team, playwright Sarah DeLappe demonstrates an uncanny grasp of the everything-at-once nature and pace of teenage conversation. More important, DeLappe shows how those torrents of talk are the girls’ way of trying on personae while figuring out how to live in the wider world. Director A. Nora Long and her topnotch Lyric Stage cast make movingly clear how a team can function as a kind of surrogate family. Through Feb. 3. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com



PEPPERLAND Colorfully psychedelic, this full-evening work by Mark Morris Dance Group commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ extraordinary “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” But don’t expect to sing along. Ethan Iverson’s original chamber music score (performed live) totally transforms some of the original music and adds new material inspired by the album. Feb. 8-10. $35-$75. Boch Center Shubert Theatre. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

NACHMO! BOSTON This seventh annual celebration of new dance created during January’s National Choreography Month is spread over two evenings. Each showcases a unique roster of creators and spans a wide range of styles with the aim of forging new artistic connections among local choreographers. Feb. 8-9. $10-$15. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363, www.dancecomplex.org


IPSWICH MOVING COMPANY Visual artist Peggy Badenhausen’s Labanotation-inspired monotypes are the inspiration for the company’s production “Point of Departure.” Audiences will see the interplay between the artistic images and seven dances that explore elements and structures of dance notation. Feb. 8-9. $25-$30. Ipswich Moving Company Studio, Ipswich. 978-356-5565, www.ipswichmovingco.org



ANDREW FISH: IN THE MEMORY PALACE Fish brings a painter’s insights to this image-saturated moment. His paintings, which refer to common motifs in digital photography, are deliberately vague in details of people and place. They read like mirages: Swimming in color and populated with shadowy figures, they’re emotionally laden and ungraspable as memories. Pictured: “Blue Bench.” Through March 10. Childs Gallery, 169 Newbury St. 617-266-1108, www.childsgallery.com

MELT Isabel Beavers, whose art revolves around climate science, and Laine Rettmer, who makes work about performance, gender, and power, collaborate here, using phenomenology and imagery of the Icelandic landscape to reinterpret Norse origin mythology from a feminist, sci-fi angle in video, photos, and sculpture. Through March 7. Fort Point Arts Community Gallery, 300 Summer St. 617-423-4299, www.fortpointarts.org

JESS DUGAN: EVERY BREATH WE DREW Dugan uses photography to explore identity, gender, sexuality, and human connection. This series of portraits, made in the homes of their subjects, probes how individual identity is shaped in response to others — and perhaps especially in intimate relationships. Through March 16. Montserrat Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. 987-921-4242, www.montserrat.edu/galleries



NATURE’S NATION: AMERICAN ART AND THE ENVIRONMENT The landscape has been a defining aspect of American identity for centuries — long before there was even a United States of America to define. What happens when that landscape is in distress? That’s what this show seeks to address. Through May 5. Peabody Essex Museum. East India Square. 978-745-9500, www.pem.org

JOAN JONAS: I KNOW WHY THEY LEFT In 2017, Jonas was the artist in residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, mining its collection for representations of animals. Why? To create a small suite of mournful drawings that capure “the importance of nature’s life-force and our disruptive human presence,” a long-standing feature of humanity’s relationship to the wild that seems poised to only get worse. Through Oct. 14. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way. 617-566-1401, www.gardnermuseum.org

TURNER AND CONSTABLE: THE INHABITED LANDSCAPE The scenery-chewing portrayal of J.M.W Turner by Timothy Spall in the 2014 film “Mr. Turner” says all you need to know about the position the painter holds in the popular imagination — and his chief rival, the much more subdued and genteel John Constable, whose position in contemporary popular culture barely exists. This 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




EDDIE IFFT The Pittsburgh native has been known to throw a politically incorrect bomb or two, which is what makes “Walking on Eggshells” an apt title for the new hourlong special he’s currently working on. Feb. 7 at 8 p.m., Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $25. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

RONNY CHIENG A versatile performer, Chieng is a “Daily Show” correspondent, costarred in “Crazy Rich Asians,” headlined the sitcom “Ronny Chieng: International Student,” and tours with his incisive stand-up, commenting on everything from Asian stereotypes to smartphones. Feb. 9, 9:45 p.m. $25. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St. 617-248-9700, www.thewilbur.com

BOSTON COMEDY CHICKS SHOWCASE SallyAnn Hall headlines this edition of the showcase, produced by the Women In Comedy Festival. Kindra Lansburg hosts with Tooky Kavanagh, Laura Severse, Sabrina Wu, and Will Martin. Feb. 9, 8 p.m. $12. Doyle’s Café, 3484 Washington St., Jamaica Plain. 617-524-2345, www.doylescafeboston.com



SCIENCE ON SCREEN, JR Dr. Daniel Davis, from Harvard’s Natural Sciences Lecture Demonstrations team, is ready to teach the physics of sound to all ages using the 1952 classic “Singin’ in the Rain.” Grab the kids (ages 6+) or go alone for a childhood throwback at the Coolidge. Feb. 3, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $6. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. www.coolidge.org

CUBAN DANCE WORKSHOP If you’re looking to have more dance in your life this year, then Eli Pabon/Lady and Francois Noel at MetaMovements have the answer. Dancers of all levels and ages are welcome to attend the afternoon workshop. Feb. 3, 4-5:30 p.m. $12-$15. The Dance Complex, 536 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. squareup.com

MFA LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION Ring in the Year of the Pig at the MFA! The Lunar New Year celebration will combine hands-on activities and performances from Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions. The museum will also highlight the Art of Asia galleries in a variety of languages. Feb. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. www.mfa.org



Feb. 7 Ana Popovic at City Winery citywinery.com

Feb. 20 James Blake at House of Blues livenation.com

Feb. 23 Jacob Banks at Royale Boston ticketmaster.com

Feb. 23 Anderson .Paak at Orpheum Theatre ticketmaster.com

March 1 The Monkees at Chevalier Theater ticketmaster.com

March 2 Chelsea Cutler at Paradise Rock Club ticketmaster.com

March 8 Kelly Clarkson at TD Garden ticketmaster.com