Music

Week ahead: Music, theater, art, and more

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JD McPherson

JD MCPHERSON

Is JD McPherson’s music rock ’n’ roll? Is it rhythm & blues? Rockabilly, with a dash of hillbilly thrown in? It’s all that and more, and when McPherson unleashes his jittery mish-mash update of older styles and his inner Little Richard onstage, it makes for a blistering live show. Oct. 7, 9 p.m. Tickets: $18. Royale. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

STUART MUNRO

STUART MUNRO

POP & ROCK

KRAFTWERK With founding member Ralf Hütter still at the helm, Kraftwerk was a progenitor of electronic music starting in the early 1970s, with an uncanny ability to foresee the rise and dominance of our digital age. The German band’s live shows are typically just as innovative. Oct. 3, 8 p.m. $59.50-$79.50. Citi Wang Theatre. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

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IBEYI Twin sisters and Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz make music with no fixed provenance or genre. As Ibeyi, their soulful songs draw on their French-Cuban heritage and its connections to Yoruba culture. The only constant is the young artists’ desire to explore how their roots have informed who they are. Oct. 3, 7 p.m. $23, $20 in advance. Royale. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

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THE ZOMBIES With a new album, “Still Got That Hunger,” coming next week, these English psychedelic pop legends are back on the road with the remaining original members on board. The Zombies are playing “Odessey and Oracle,” their 1968 classic that gave the world “Time of the Season,” front to back on this new tour. Oct. 6, 8 p.m. $45-$65. Wilbur Theatre. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

JAMES REED

Folk & World

DARLINGSIDE You’ll hear the four members of Darlingside — Don Mitchell, Dave Senft, Harris Paseltiner, and Auyon Mukharji — playing guitar banjo, violin, mandolin, piano, cello, and more on their new record, “Birds Say.” But nothing will overshadow the luminous, omnipresent ensemble vocal work that is at the heart of their music. Oct. 1, 8 p.m. $19. Arts at the Armory, Somerville. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

CHESSBOXER Not a bad gig for a band that just released its debut EP: Nashville progressive string trio Chessboxer (which grew out of similarly minded outfit Cadillac Sky) opens for Warren Haynes and then serves as backing band on his current acoustic tour. Justin Townes Earle also performs. Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. $28-$34.50. Orpheum Theatre. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

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STUART MUNRO

Jazz & Blues

ANTHONY GERACI & THE BOSTON BLUES ALL-STARS The smoking pianist, who has backed a blues who’s who, celebrates the release of his new CD, “Fifty Shades of Blue,” with a cast of the Hub’s finest: Sugar Ray Norcia, Toni Lynn Washington, Monster Mike Welch, and many more. Oct. 2, 8 p.m. $20-$35. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Neck Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311, www.bullrunrestaurant.com

ARTHUR BROOKS ENSEMBLE V The trumpeter and composer, a veteran of New York’s 1960s free-jazz scene, has worked with the likes of Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, and Sonny Sharrock. The current incarnation of his longstanding group includes two bassists and a percussionist. Oct. 3, 8 p.m. $10. Outpost 186, 186½ Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-0860. www.outpost186.com

DONNA BYRNE A powerful vocalist who beautifully balances improvisation and interpretation, Byrne was discovered early on by renowned pianist Dave McKenna, took time off to raise a family, then returned to singing to the delight of everyone from lay audiences to fellow performers like Tony Bennett. Oct. 4, 2 p.m. $17-$20. Newton South High School Auditorium, 140 Brandeis Road, Newton Centre. 781-237-1917, www.highlandjazz.org

KEVIN LOWENTHAL

Classical

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BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Andris Nelsons opens the BSO’s new season with a program devoted to Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony, Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances” and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with Evgeny Kissin as soloist. Oct. 1-3, Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org

BOSTON LYRIC OPERA The company kicks off its season with a new Rosetta Cucchi production of “La Boheme,” which the action amid the 1968 student protests in Paris. With Kelly Kaduce (Mimì), Jesus Garcia (Rodolfo), Jonathan Beyer (Marcello), and Emily Birsan (Musetta). David Angus conducts. Oct. 2-11, Shubert Theatre. 617-542-4912, www.blo.org

HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY Harry Christophers leads H&H in a season-opening program featuring Haydn’s Symphony No. 99 and Mozart’s Requiem. With vocal soloists Lauren Snouffer, Hannah Pedley, Robert Murray, and Dashon Burton. Oct. 2 and 4, Symphony Hall. 617-266-3605, www.handelandhaydn.org

JEREMY EICHLER

Theater

MR. JOY

Currents of urgency run through Daniel Beaty’s solo play about the impact on a Harlem neighborhood of a brutal assault on a Chinese-American owner of shoe-repair shop. Beaty’s message — about racial and economic injustice, a generation that feels adrift, and the need to remember our common humanity — is delivered in multiple voices, all of them channeled by the talented Tangela Large. Directed by David Dower. Through Oct. 18. ArtsEmerson at Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre, Paramount Center. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

Tony Estrella’s insightful production of the 1947 Tennessee Williams classic features a wrenching, exquisitely calibrated portrayal of Blanche DuBois by Marianna Bassham, who captures Blanche’s escalating desperation and psychological disintegration so completely that even when she laughs, it half-sounds like a sob. Through Oct. 18. Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, Pawtucket, R.I. 401-723-4266, www.gammtheatre.org

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

A first-class production directed with flair by Peter DuBois, demonstrating his understanding that this 1973 musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler is fundamentally about sexual desire and the silly things it can make people do, whether that desire is acted upon or repressed. Through Oct. 11. Huntington Theatre Company at BU Theatre. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org

DON AUCOIN

Dance

SPEAKING FROM THE SOLE

The Dance Complex showcases the music of the feet in this special presentation starring two dynamite performers — flamenco artist Nino de los Reyes and tap dancer/body percussionist Sean Fielder — plus other dancers and live music. Oct. 3, $40-$45. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363, www.dancecomplex.org

FROM SPAIN TO CUBA AND BACK

Flamenco dancer Eve Costarelli joins the Boston Arts Consort in an evening that explores the rich cultural interchange between Spain and colonial Cuba. Performers include pianist/director Linda Papatopoli, tenor Christian Figueroa, clarinetist Liz Leehey, guitarist Roberto Rios, and mezzo-soprano Clara Sandler. Culinary delights are included. Oct. 3, $18. Democracy Center, Cambridge. 857-350-6003, www.bostonartsconsort.org

TWIST & SHOUT

OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center’s annual benefit features NIA Dance Troupe, Girlz of IMANI, IMANI, Jr., and Aleye Boyz Troupe in “An Evening of Dance, Spoken Word & Music.” The concert celebrates the organization’s 21st year of promoting youth leadership and empowerment through dance. Oct. 3. $25-$100. Roxbury Community College’s Main Stage Theater. 617-522-3900. www.originationinc.org

KAREN CAMPBELL

Galleries

SEEING THE ELEPHANT

An international array of artists takes inspiration from Indian culture, while in “Looking In/Looking Out: Contemporary Indian Photography From the Gaur Collection,” Indian artists reflect on their own society. Through Dec. 5. Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 621 Huntington Ave. 617-879-7339, www.massart.edu/galleries

CURIOUS SOUND OBJECTS — SELECTED WORKS

In this largely interactive exhibition, viewers can play with sculptures on the edge of art and science that emit sound. Artists include instrument maker Ranjit Bhatnagar and sound deconstructionist Thessia Machado. Through Oct. 25. Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain. 617-522-6710, www.bostoncyberarts.org

LISTS

Works on paper by Danica Phelps, Sharon Kaitz, and Alexis Golino address the many properties and meanings of lists: As records of accumulation, as incentives to get things done, and as their own kind of poetry. Through Oct. 31. Drive-By Projects, 81 Spring St., Watertown. 617-835-8255, www.drive-byprojects.com

CATE McQUAID

Museums

MADE IN THE AMERICAS: THE NEW WORLD DISCOVERS ASIA

A show of nearly 100 objects from across the colonial Americas, demonstrating the influence of Asia on American creativity from the 17th to the early 19th centuries. Features furniture, silverware, textiles, ceramics, and painting from Mexico City, Lima, Quito, Ecuador, Quebec, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. Through Feb. 15. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

JIM SHAW: ENTERTAINING DOUBTS

A wide range of work by the superb Los Angeles-based artist, emphasizing his interest in fallen heroes, disgraced political figures, and broken economies. The show is centered on new work utilizing old theatrical backdrops, but includes much more. Through January. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. 413-662-2111, www.massmoca.org

THE KRIEG CYCLE: KäTHE KOLLWITZ AND WORLD WAR I

The seven woodcuts that make up Kollwitz’s acclaimed World War 1 series, which was published nine years after her son was killed on the battlefield in 1914, are displayed alongside preparatory drawings, trial proofs, and supporting lithographs and sculpture. Through Dec. 13. Davis Museum of Art, Wellesley College, Wellesley. 781-283-2051, www.wellesley.edu/davismuseum

SEBASTIAN SMEE

Comedy

ZACH SHERWIN He has dropped the “MC Mr. Napkins” stage name he used in his early days in Boston, but he’s still dropping comic beats on the Web series “Epic Rap Battles of History” and on his new album, “Rap!” He’ll also be dropping by the Comedy Studio Sunday. Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. $12. Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant & Music Club, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com

DAN SODER Cohost of Sirius XM’s “The Bonfire” and a regular on MTV2’s “Guy Code,” Soder has observational riffs on things like the under-30 set ruining the tough-guy image of tattoos, and 2-year-olds with iPads. Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $25-$35. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

LENNY CLARKE AND JOE YANNETTY Yannetty, now recovered from throat cancer, headlines Giggles on Friday and returns on Saturday to middle for headliner Clarke at Clarke’s home club. Oct. 2 at 8:30 p.m. $20. Oct. 3 at 7:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $27.50. Giggles Comedy Club, 517 Broadway (Route 1), Saugus. 781-233-9950, www.gigglescomedy.com

NICK A. ZAINO III

Family

Topsfield Fair Come enjoy America’s oldest agricultural festival, which has run every fall since 1818. Bring the family for food, games, and more. Oct. 2-12 1 p.m.-11 p.m. $11-$15. Children under 8 with an adult are free. 207 Boston St., Topsfield. topsfieldfair.org

Fall Festival at Gore Place Celebrate the start of autumn with beer and food vendors, as well as live music. There will also be a pumpkin drop and handmade crafts for sale. Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $10. 52 Gore St., Waltham. goreplace.org/mojo

Homestead HayfestLocated at the Jackson Homestead, this annual event celebrates the 19th century. Learn how to weave wool, press your own cider, make your own candles, and more. Oct. 4, noon-

4 p.m. Free. 527 Washington St., Newton. www.historicnewton.org

Mackenzie Cummings-Grady

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Oct. 15 Timeflies and Kalin and Myles at House of Blues, Boston www.livenation.com

Oct. 17 Glass Animals at House of Blues, Boston www.livenation.com

Oct. 18 Nero at House of Blues, Boston www.livenation.com

Oct. 21 Chris Cornell at Shubert Theatre, Citi Performing Arts Center, Boston www.citicenter.org

Oct. 24 38th John Coltrane Memorial Concert at Northeastern Center for the Arts neu.universitytickets.com

Mackenzie Cummings-Grady