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

Ariana Grande (pictured performing last June in Los Angeles) plays TD Garden March 20.
Ariana Grande (pictured performing last June in Los Angeles) plays TD Garden March 20.(Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/file)


Pop & Rock

ARIANA GRANDE 2019’s biggest pop star will be on night two of her “Sweetener” tour, which has now been retrofitted to promote February’s bedroom-pop-gone-maximalist “thank u, next” as well. Note that this show will have a clear bag policy similar to the one enforced at Gillette Stadium events; see the Garden’s website for details. March 20, 7 p.m. $39.95 and up. TD Garden. 617-624-1000,

DILLY DALLY “Heaven,” last year’s second album from this Toronto sludge-pop outfit, is full of gorgeously distorted guitars that get sliced open by lead singer Katie Monks’s curdled, desperate caterwaul. March 20, 7 p.m. $15. Brighton Music Hall. 617-779-0140,


T-PAIN Clad as a one-eyed monster, this hip-pop star beat out a bee-costume-clad Gladys Knight on Fox’s reboot of the mystery-celebrity singing competition “The Masked Singer” earlier this year. In the wake of that victory, he released “1UP,” a collection of peppy tunes laced with barbs toward doubters and anti-vocal-processing purists. March 23, 7 p.m. $30 and up. Royale. 617-338-7699,


Folk & World

SISTERS OF THE STRAWBERRY MOON North Mississippi Allstars mainstay Luther Dickinson has gotten together with a formidable, diverse cast of female artists for his latest project, Sisters of the Strawberry Moon. Amy Helm, Amy LaVere, Birds of Chicago, the Como Mamas and others contribute to the collaboration’s forthcoming “Solstice”; Birds of Chicago and Helm join Dickinson on Monday. March 18, 8 p.m. $25-$35. City Winery. 617-933-8047,

MIKE AND THE MOONPIES If you like your honky tonk high-test and Texas style, don’t miss this one. Mike Harmeier and his compadres pay a rare visit to these northern parts; no doubt you’ll hear some of the Moonpies’ latest, “Steak Night at the Prairie Rose.” March 21, 10 p.m. $10. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006,


THE SEA THE SEA They’re typically described as folk-pop or the like, and while that ballparks it well enough, it’s the interlacing harmonies and inventive songcraft and instrumentation of Mira and Chuck Costa that makes their duo stand out. They’ll be performing bare bones without accompanists for this show. March 21, 8 p.m. $20. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,


Jazz & Blues

DIANE BLUE The double-threat blues singer/harmonica player, currently a member of legendary guitarist Ronnie Earl’s Broadcasters, fronts her own dynamic band featuring fellow Broadcaster Dave Limina on keyboards, guitarist Chris Vitarello of the Bruce Katz Band, and Roomful of Blues drummer Chris Anzalone. March 22, 8 p.m. $19.95-$29.95. 9 Wallis, 9 Wallis St., Beverly. 978-525-9093,

AMANDA CARR WITH MYANNA & THE KEN CLARK ORGAN TRIO Dulcet-voiced vocalist Carr, dubbed “a true jazz singer in a time of wannabes” by no less a jazz maven than Nat Hentoff, joins forces with two other area favorites, soul-jazz sax-woman Myanna and Clark’s Hammond B3 organ-anchored trio. March 23, 8 p.m. $25. Spire Center, 25½ Court St., Plymouth.

GLENN DICKSON: MEDITATIONS & DREAMS The acclaimed clarinetist (Naftule’s Dream and Shirim Klezmer Orchestra) performs a solo show of original music and improvisations in which his warm, woody, and other-worldly clarinet sounds will be extended using the electronic processing techniques associated with Robert Fripp and Brian Eno. March 24, 3 p.m. $10. Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridge.




HAGEN QUARTET The acclaimed Hagen siblings of Salzburg (plus second violinist Rainier Schmidt) make a rare stateside appearance with a program of Schubert, Webern and Beethoven. March 23, 8 p.m. Jordan Hall. 617-482-2595,

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA You’ve only got one chance to see this celebration of composers of color, which includes the first BSO performances of music by Florence Price and Adolphus Hailstork. Works by Roberto Sierra and Duke Ellington complete this subscription series debut of youth and family concerts conductor Thomas Wilkins. March 23, 8 p.m. Symphony Hall. 888-266-1200,

YUKIKO TAKAGI The Callithumpian Consort pianist presents a free performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s dense, colorful, and terrifically difficult “Natural Durations.” March 24, 4 p.m. Theodore Parker Unitarian Universalist Church, West Roxbury.

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY The orchestra makes its last local appearance under the baton of departing music director Michael Tilson Thomas, featuring violinist Christian Tetzlaff in Mendelssohn’s immortal Violin Concerto. March 24, 5 p.m. Symphony Hall. 617-482-2595,




CARDBOARD PIANO As a civil war escalates in Northern Uganda, a young lesbian couple provides refuge to a wounded child soldier in a church, where their encounter results in tragic consequences. The drama by South Korea-born playwright Hansol Jung will be directed by Benny Sato Ambush. March 23-April 14. New Repertory Theatre. At MainStage Theater, Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487,

BIRDY A bird-obsessed young man and his high school buddy are brought together again by the trauma of war in Naomi Wallace’s adaptation of William Wharton’s novel. Steven Maler’s intimate, poetic and beautifully realized production reminds us that, as with love, there can be a mysterious chemistry to friendship, a force of attraction not comprehensible to anyone standing outside that circle of two. Through March 17. Production by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presented by BabsonARTS at Carling-Sorenson Theater, Sorenson Center for the Arts, Babson College, Wellesley. 781-239-5880,


THE LITTLE FOXES Scott Edmiston’s sizzling production demonstrates how much voltage can still be generated by Lillian Hellman’s artfully constructed 1939 melodrama about the scheming members of a wealthy Southern clan at the turn of the century. A strong cast is led by Anne Gottlieb, who delivers an outstanding performance as the steely, calculating Regina Giddens. As Regina’s malevolent brother, Benjamin Hubbard, longtime Boston theater stalwart Remo Airaldi performs the living daylights out of one of the best roles he’s had in years. Through March 17. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678,

SPAMILTON: AN AMERICAN PARODY “Forbidden Broadway’’ impresario Gerard Alessandrini, who has mercilessly skewered countless musical-theater eminentos over the years, clearly sees “Hamilton’’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda as a kindred spirit in the quest to make Broadway better. But that didn’t stop Alessandrini from creating (and directing) an entertaining sendup of Miranda (played by Adrian Lopez) and his blockbuster musical. A cast standout is the blazingly talented Ani Djirdjirian, who portrays a gallery of characters including Julie Andrews, Liza Minnelli, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Barbra Streisand, and the Beggar Woman from “Sweeney Todd.’’ Through April 7. Huntington Theatre Company. At Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800,




BOSTON BALLET Hot on the heels of its groundbreaking contemporary program “Full on Forsythe,” the company forges onward with an undisputed classic, Balanchine’s clever and charming version of the comically fanciful “Coppélia,” in which a young man’s romantic urges are inflamed by the allure of a lifelike mechanical doll. March 21-31. $37-$169. Citizens Bank Opera House. 617-695-6955,

WEBER DANCE Jody Weber’s evening-length “Her Sylvan Ascent” draws on current feminist imagery and traditional archetypes to urge us to consider humanity’s role in the climate crisis. Inspired by “The Hidden Life of Trees,” the work also aims to challenge us to reclaim our power to create change. March 22-23. $13-$26. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,

NATALIE JOHNSON DANCE In its inaugural Boston show since moving from New York, this contemporary company presents a mixed program titled “Nice to Miss You.” In addition to a world-premiere quartet and excerpts from the evening-length “AGEN,” the concert features a new trio by Erin McNulty, a tap and percussion piece by DrumatiX, and a modern duet by ProviDANCE Project. March 23-24. $12-25. Somerville Armory, Somerville. 719-588-4991,



A VISUAL FEAST: THE ART OF LAURA DAVIDSON AND DAVID ESSLEMONT These two artists make books, prints, drawings, and more that explore the everyday sacred. Davidson’s prints of bridges become passageways to the unknown; Esslemont’s books and prints about food and flowers find magic in the grounding details of sensation. Through May 3. Bromer Gallery, 607 Boylston St. 617-247-2818,

WENDY RICHMOND: LIKE THE BACK OF MY HAND When Richmond’s brother was diagnosed with cancer, she began to consider the body’s contradictions. She turned to her own hands, misshapen by an autoimmune disorder, as subject matter, and made sculptures. Breaking them and laboring over the fragments, she wrestles with human strength and frailty. Through April 13. Carroll and Sons, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-2477,

JON IMBER: THERE AND THEN: PAINTINGS , 2002-2012 In 2002, Imber went to Ireland. Landscapes he painted there cracked something open: They were looser, more gestural, and more abstract than his previous work, and set the tone for the next decade. Imber was at the height of his powers in 2012, when he was diagnosed with ALS. He died in 2014. Through April 3. Alpha Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-536-4465,



FRIDA KAHLO AND ARTE POPULAR When you think of Frida Kahlo, do you think of arresting, blazingly-original painting, or do you think of the cascading dramas of her too short life — her brush with death in a bus accident, her philandering husband Diego Rivera, her canny self-positioning as a celebrity steeped in exoticism and mystery? Let’s be honest. Most of us think of the persona first and the paintings second, but this show at the Museum of Fine Arts means to change that, zeroing in on the influences she brought with her as she approached the canvas. Through June 16. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300,

LIZ MAGOR: BLOWOUT A survey of all-new work by the celebrated Canadian sculptor, “Blowout” both elevates and interrogates the role that mundane, everyday objects — a pair of shoes, a stuffed animal, a crumple of plastic packaging — play in our daily lives. Through March 24. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-496-5387.

BOTTICELLI: HEROINES AND HEROES This show at the Gardner Museum travels intimately familiar turf — Isabella Stewart Gardner, the museum’s founder, acquired the first Botticelli to come to America — using strikingly unfamiliar means: Graphic novelist Karl Stevens has created a response to Botticelli more suited to this #MeToo moment. Through May 19. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way. 617-566-1401,




MYQ KAPLAN AT THE GAS The former Boston comic likes to come to this room to try out new material, of which he seems to have an endless supply, mixed with stuff that’s already in his repertoire. Always a fun night. March 22, 7 p.m. $10-$12. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 617-566-9014,

SAM MORRIL The clever, sometimes cutting stand-up said this in a December appearance on “The Late Late Show” about the Founding Fathers and gun control: “They also had wigs. That’s my stance on guns. You can have a gun, but you gotta wear the wig. At least then I can tell who’s dangerous from afar.” March 22 at 7:30 p.m., March 23 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $25. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St. 617-725-2844,

POLY-THEIST Boston comedian Brett Johnson presents his one-man show detailing his experiences growing up in an evangelical family, marrying his college sweetheart, and winding up in an open marriage. March 23, 9:30 p.m. $10. Riot Theater Company at the Rozzie Square Theater, 5 Basile St., Roslindale. 617-942-0294,



FREE FILM FRIDAYS With the support of MathWorks, the Museum of Science’s Mugar Omni Theatre is offering free film screenings every Friday this month. Science and film fans of all ages can enjoy “Cuba,” “Great Barrier Reef,” or “Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation.” Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. March 22, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Museum of Science, 1 Science Park,

STORY TIME WITH “THE COWS GO MOO!” Kids ages 3-8 will love this dairy-filled afternoon. Neighborhood ice cream joint J.P. Licks is hosting local author Jim Petipas for a reading of “The Cows Go Moo!” children’s picture book. There will also be an opportunity to win prizes from both J.P. Licks and Petipas. March 22, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. J.P. Licks, 800 Market St., Lynnfield,

PORTRAIT WORKSHOP Help your kids explore their inner artist with this free Polaroid-inspired portrait workshop. A part of the “Perception(s) of Selfie” exhibit, youth in grades 5-12 will get the chance to photograph themselves or a friend, develop the Polaroid, and learn how to draw their subject. March 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown,



March 26 KISS at TD Garden

March 31 Fleetwood Mac at TD Garden

April 2 Mariah Carey at Wang Theatre

April 3 DMX at House of Blues

April 12 Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons at Chevalier Theatre

April 19 Amanda Palmer at Orpheum Theatre

April 20 Bad Suns at Royale Boston

April 27 Maren Morris at House of Blues