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

Luz Elena Mendoza of Y La Bamba, which plays the Middle East Upstairs on April 15.
Luz Elena Mendoza of Y La Bamba, which plays the Middle East Upstairs on April 15.Steffanie Walk


Pop & Rock

Y LA BAMBA “Mujeres,” the latest album from the Portland-based band led by singer-songwriter Luz Elena Mendoza, is full of thrilling left turns. Fusing psychedelia-dappled dreampop, south-of-the-border rhythms, and intricate guitar work with forthright lyrics about Mexican-American womanhood, it’s one of 2019’s most stunning — and catchy — musical statements. April 15, 7 p.m. $12. Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.mideastoffers.com

LEGGY This Cincinnati band’s fuzz-covered new album “Let Me Know Your Moon” is punchy and longing, distilling anxieties and existential musings into fiercely emotional distorto-pop gems. They open for Brooklyn’s Habibi, who pair girl-group harmonies with stripped-for-parts surf-rock. April 16, 8:30 p.m. $10. Great Scott, Allston. 617-566-0914, www.greatscottboston.com


ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. These descendants of Japan’s freak-psych kings Acid Mothers Temple specialize in heady, lengthy trips to riff heaven. The Montreal-based performance-prog collective Yamantaka // Sonic Titan opens. April 18, 8:30 p.m. $14, $12 advance. Great Scott, Allston. 617-566-0914, www.greatscottboston.com


Folk & World

KINLOCH NELSON Fingerstyle guitarist Nelson channels a multitude of idioms — jazz, blues, classical, folk — through his instrument. He’s been doing so for some five decades, as his recent Tompkins Square album, “Partly On Time,” which takes us back to the beginning via previously unreleased late ’60s recordings, attests. He plays solo Monday. April 15, 7 p.m. $10. Lilypad, Cambridge. 617-955-7729, www.lilypadinman.com

SUSTO “But I am just a singer/With an electric guitar in my hands/Trying to work through my own set of problems/Trying to do the best that I can.” So sings Justin Osborne on the latest from his SUSTO project, “Ever Since I Lost My Mind.” The result of that working through: a splendid mixed bag of crunchy, sometimes rootsy rock, moody, echoing pop, and reverberating twang. April 17, 9 p.m. $18. Great Scott. 888-929-7849, www.axs.com


KRIS KRISTOFFERSON AND THE STRANGERS A chance to see a towering presence in country music, now nigh on 83 years of age; how many more will there be? This time, he’s touring with a band — one that, for half a century, had its name attached to another member of the country pantheon, the late, great Merle Haggard. April 19, 8 p.m. $39-$79. Chevalier Theatre, Medford. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com


Jazz & Blues

HERE’S TO THE LADIES: FROM LADY DAY TO LADY GAGA Cabaret specialists the Follen Angels celebrate great American female singers, from the headlining ladies (Billie Holiday and Stefani Germanotta), to Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, and more. Proceeds will benefit Upstage Lung Cancer. April 18, 7:30 p.m. $25-$30. Black Box Theater, Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-0100, www.mosesianarts.org

WALTER TROUT The veteran singer, guitarist, and songwriter played with Canned Heat and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers before inaugurating his own band in 1989, weathering numerous ups and downs before receiving two well-deserved Blues Music Awards in 2016. April 19, 8 p.m. $38-$42. The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick. 508-647-0097, www.natickarts.org

THE MAKANDA PROJECT FEATURING CHICO FREEMAN Pianist John Kordalewski’s invaluable big band, featuring a baker’s dozen of Boston’s best players, not only revives neglected compositions by Hub native Makanda Ken McIntyre but also brings in musicians rarely heard hereabouts, such as Chicago tenor saxophone master Freeman. April 20, 7 p.m. Free. Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building (2nd floor), 2300 Washington St., Roxbury. www.makandaproject.com




BOSTON SYMPHONY CHAMBER PLAYERS The Chamber Players’ Jordan Hall season concludes with music by Mozart, Françaix, and Beethoven. April 14, 3 p.m. Jordan Hall. 888-266-1200, www.bso.org

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA It’s a duo of BSO debuts this week, as Andrew Manze stands on the podium and Francesco Piemontesi sits at the piano for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19 in F. Manze also leads the first BSO performances of music by 20th-century Polish composer Grazyna Bacewicz; Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, “Reformation,” rounds out the program. April 18-20. Symphony Hall. 888-266-1200, www.bso.org

ODYSSEY OPERA Odysseus’s voyage with Helen of Troy continues with a concert performance of Strauss’s often overlooked “Die ägyptische Helena” (“The Egyptian Helen’’), which imagines Helen’s life after her return to Menelaus, her husband. Rising Straussian luminary Kirsten Chambers sings the title role. April 19, 7:30 p.m. Jordan Hall. 617-826-1626, www.odysseyopera.org

Zoë Madonna



PHOTOGRAPH 51 There’s no better actress around than Stacy Fischer, and she has done some of her most memorable work at Central Square Theater over the years: “Insignificance,’’ “Distracted,’’ “Hysteria, or Fragments of an Analysis of an Obsessional Neurosis.’’ To that stellar record of Cambridge performances can now be added Fischer’s intricately absorbing turn as pioneering British biophysicist Rosalind Franklin in “Photograph 51.’’ Anna Ziegler’s smart and probing play tracks Franklin’s groundbreaking research into the structure of DNA and the pervasive sexism she had to deal with along the way. Barlow Adamson is superb as Franklin’s colleague, Maurice Wilkins. Directed by Rebecca Bradshaw. Through April 14. Nora Theatre Company, at Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 617-576-9278, www.CentralSquareTheater.org


TRIGGER WARNING For the last show of its final season, Zeitgeist Stage Company commissioned this drama from Connecticut playwright Jacques Lamarre, which explores the impact on the family of a boy who perpetrated a mass shooting. Tensions rise within the family as they ask whether they missed warning signs and could have done anything to prevent the shooting. The cast includes Steve Auger (who excelled as a Donald Trump-like billionaire-turned-politician in Zeitgeist’s recent production of Jon Robin Baitz’s “Vicuna’’), Liz Adams, Lilly Brenneman, Holly Newman, Kelley Estes, and Naeemah White-Peppers. Directed by David J. Miller. April 12-May 4. Zeitgeist Stage Company. At Plaza Black Box Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.zeitgeiststage.com

AMERICAN MOOR A deep-from-the-heart spellbinder, created and performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb, that delivers a blisteringly eloquent and penetrating meditation on the ever-urgent matter of race in America. The prism through which Cobb tells his deeply personal yet far-reaching story is an audition for “Othello’’ at which a 50-something black actor is vying for the title role before a young white director intent on instructing him on how to play Othello. What Cobb executes so brilliantly in “American Moor’’ is to connect the experience of not being truly seen as an actor with the larger frustration, anguish, and fury of African-Americans at being unseen, or not accurately seen (which amounts to the same thing, as Ralph Ellison taught us long ago with “Invisible Man’’). Through April 21. ArtsEmerson. At Robert J. Orchard Stage, Paramount Center, Boston. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org




COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET To celebrate its 15th season, Providence’s FirstWorks presents Dwight Rhoden and Desmond’s Richardson’s internationally acclaimed company in “From Bach to Bowie.” The program features “StarDust,” last season’s glam and glitter-infused tribute to David Bowie, inspired by and set to songs by the iconic musician. Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence, April 17. $25-$200. 401-421-2787, www.first-works.org

ELEVATE: A TRIPLE BILL OF FEMALE CHOREOGRAPHERS Seasoned choreographers Heather Bryce, Erin Carlisle Norton, and Shana Simmons join forces for an evening of dance that explores female empowerment and the impact of dance as a persuasive voice to inspire social change. Dance Complex, Cambridge, April 19-20. $17-$25. 617-547-9363, www.dancecomplex.org

YUKO KASEKI & ZACK FULLER The Boston Butoh Festival is presenting this program highlighting the artistry of the Berlin-based Kazecki and New York-based dancer/choreographer Fuller, who collaborates with Emily Smith and percussionist Michael Evans in a new work that evokes fractured fairy tales and twisted memories. Green Street Studios, Cambridge, April 20, $20. 617-407-2333, www.brownpapertickets.com



WORLD MEMORY: THE ART OF DATA VISUALIZATION Sometimes, the most effective way to convey complex information is graphically. Artists here take sly, inventive approaches to depicting data, charting environmental degradation, weather, how the media desensitizes the public to disasters, and the architectural composition of cities. Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, through May 5. 617-524-2109, www.bostoncyberarts.org

KATHERINE MITCHELL DIRICO: INSTRUMENTS OF SYNESTHESIA What might an overloaded nervous system look like? This mixed-media artist uses neon-orange embroidery thread (taut or snarled), monofilaments, glinting slivers of mylar, and sound to evoke our taxed bodily receptors trying to process today’s information onslaught. Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave, through April 28. 617-820-5173, www.abigailogilvy.com

PETER T. BENNETT: THE LURE OF ALUMINUM Bennett’s aluminum relief sculptures range from brightly painted modernist abstractions to moody, textured landscapes and narratives. His new, surreal “Strangeman-Everyman” series — call it sculptural noir — revolves around a single mysterious character in a trench coat and fedora. Society of Arts + Crafts, 100 Pier Four Blvd., through May 5. 617-266-1810, www.societyofcrafts.org



BOUCHRA KHALILI: 22 HOURS In 1970, Jean Genet, the French poet/activist, was met with an unusual request: Leading members of the Black Panther Party traveled to meet him at his Paris flat, asking him to lend his voice to the plight of Bobby Seale, their jailed leader. Genet was in the United States the next day, agitating on the Panthers’ behalf for fair trials and equal rights. ‘22 Hours,’ Khalili’s film, looks back at an incendiary moment while wondering what the future may hold. Through Aug. 25, Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

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. 617-566-1401, www.gardnermuseum.org

KAPWANI KIWANGA: SAFE PASSAGE For this show, the Paris-based Kiwanga researched Boston’s “lantern laws,” an 18th-century regulation that required slaves to carry lit candles if they were to be outdoors after dark. It was a primitive form of surveillance. Kiwanga’s show considers the difference between being visible and being watched — a distinction of which African-Americans have been painfully aware for centuries. Through April 21. MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge. 617-253-4380, listart.mit.edu

Murray Whyte



XAZMIN GARZA AT THE GAS Garza was once disappointed when the younger man she was dating didn’t notice a recent weight gain — not because he was sweet, but because he rejected unfair beauty standards. “Men of my generation, they save their progressiveness for the right woman,” she says. “Call me old-fashioned, but I want a man to lose his misogyny to me.” With Sam Ike, Brian Higgenbottom, and Liz Hall, hosted by Rob Crean. April 19, 7 p.m. $10-$12. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 617-566-9014, www.greatscottboston.com

BEST OF THE BOSTON COMEDY FESTIVAL Veteran Boston comic Frank Santorelli (a.k.a. “Georgie” from “The Sopranos”) headlines with feature Tim McIntire and emcee Emily Ruskowski, presented by the Boston Comedy Festival. April 20, 8 p.m. $20. The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Somerville. 617-684-5335, www.therockwell.org

LAMONT PRICE AND FRIENDS: THE 4/20 COMEDY SPECIAL A trio of some of the most consistently hilarious comedians in Boston play City Winery, led by Price (check out his “Lamont’s Boston” series on NBC 10) with Bethany Van Delft and Dan Boulger. April 20, 8 p.m. $20. City Winery, 80 Beverly St., Boston. 617-933-8047, www.citywinery.com



WGBH 5K RUN FOR PUBLIC MEDIA With a 5K for adults and a one-mile fun run for kids, the entire family can get some fresh air and exercise at WGBH’s fourth annual road race. This year’s run is in support of public media. April 14, 9-11:30 a.m., $20-35, DCR Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton,  wgbh.org

EASTER EGG HUNT Easter comes early with this egg hunt. Kids fifth grade and under are encouraged to head to Mt. Hope Belmont for a classic Easter egg hunt with prizes. There will also be coffee and doughnuts post-hunt for all members of the family, as well as the option to attend a worship service. There are peanut-free and dairy-free basket options for children with food allergies. April 14, 10-11 a.m., Free, Mt Hope Belmont, 51 Lexington St, Belmont, mounthope.org/egghunt 

DROP-IN GLASS FUSING LESSONS Kids, teens, and parents are invited to learn the art of glass fusing at The Glass Bar. The drop-in classes involve creative brainstorming, glass safety, glass cutting and grinding lessons, and lots of designing. April 14, noon-5 p.m., $25+, The Glass Bar, 60 Dedham Ave, Ste 102, Needham,  theglassbarboston.com

Lillian Brown


April 26 Patti Smith at Orpheum Theatre ticketmaster.com

April 29 Snow Patrol at Orpheum Theatre ticketmaster.com

May 9 Sara Evans at City Winery citywinery.com

May 11-12 Josh Ritter at Wilbur Theatre ticketmaster.com

May 19 Aly & AJ Paradise Rock Club ticketmaster.com

May 22 Lizzo at House of Blues livenation.com

May 23 Passion Pit at House of Blues livenation.com

May 24 Imogen Heap at Colonial Theatre us.atgtickets.com

Lillian Brown