The week ahead: Pop, theater, dance, art, and more

“Tabor Shoon” is part of “Sandy Litchfield: Deciduous City” at Carroll and Sons.
“Tabor Shoon” is part of “Sandy Litchfield: Deciduous City” at Carroll and Sons.


Pop & Rock

KT TUNSTALL “It Took Me So Long to Get Here, But Here I Am” is not only one of the more ebullient tracks on this Scottish pop-rocker’s sixth album, “KIN”; it sums up the record’s overall buoyancy, and Tunstall’s return to the Highland-flecked singalongs that made her a 2000s radio staple. Sept. 17, 7 p.m. $28, $25 advance. Royale. 617-338-7699, www.royaleboston.com

THE FEELIES These New Jersey-based janglers predicted the more nervous strains of indie rock with their jittery 1980 debut, “Crazy Rhythms.” After parting for a while, they got back together to tour, with music from 2011’s less manic but still riff-heavy “Here Before” augmenting their older material. Sept. 16, 8 p.m. Tickets: $22, $20 advance. The Sinclair. 617-547-5200, www.sinclaircambridge.com


ALICE IN CHAINS The relentless gloom offered up by these Seattleites has persisted for a good 2½ decades now. 2013’s “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” finds the haunting moans of guitarist-vocalist Jerry Cantrell and frontman William DuVal twisting in harmony over heavily distorted riffs and extended journeys into darkness. Sept. 16, 7 p.m. $75. House of Blues. 888-693-BLUE, www.houseofblues.com/boston

Maura Johnston

Folk & World

MUSIC CITY RISING STARS This in-the-round roundup — part of the Martha’s Vineyard Songwriting Festival — brings together Nashville household-name hopefuls (Logan Brill, Native Run, and four others) for acoustic renditions of their own material and full-band covers of hits they’re partial to. Sept. 15, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Loretta’s Last Call. www.marthasvineyardsongwritingfest.com

JAMEY JOHNSON When will Johnson make a new record? At this point, six years since his last album of original music, it’s anyone’s guess. But no guesswork is needed about what will happen Friday night: The singer will stand stock-still center-stage, say almost nothing, and play a marathon show of hardcore country music. Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: 32.50-$45. Indian Ranch, Webster. 508-943-3871, www.indianranch.com


THE SAINT JOHNS The duo of Jordan Meredith and Louis Johnson were here last October as openers for the White Buffalo, before the release of their debut album this past spring. Their short set — just the two of them singing, accompanied by electric guitar — was mesmerizing. Sept. 17, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Red Room at Cafe 939. 617-747-2261, www.cafe939.com


Jazz & Blues

MUSIC OF DAVE HOLLAND The legendary bassist/composer, who first came to prominence with Miles Davis, has played with everyone from Anthony Braxton to Herbie Hancock, and leads his own acclaimed groups as well. For this concert, Holland has coached student ensembles on several of his works. Sept. 15, 8 p.m. Free. Brown Hall, New England Conservatory. www.necmusic.edu

BRUCE KATZ BAND The Hammond B3 organist/pianist and four-time nominee for the “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year” Blues Music Award celebrates the release of his latest CD, “Out From the Center,” which brings his longtime guitarist Chris Vitarello to the fore as both singer and co-composer. Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

BRIAN CALHOON’S MARIMBA CABARET The classically trained percussionist, joined by fellow mallet-wielder Greg Jukes, presides over an eclectic evening of show tunes, art songs, and pop numbers — ranging from Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim on the one hand to Radiohead and Outkast on the other — performed on marimba, vibraphone, and voice, and in heels to boot! Sept. 21, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35. OBERON, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. www.cluboberon.com




ODYSSEY OPERA The latest rarity to be unearthed by this audacious company is Dvorak’s “Dimitrij,” an opera whose plot could almost be a sequel to Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov.” Gil Rose conducts a concert performance that will be the work’s Boston premiere. Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-826-1626, www.odysseyopera.org

MISTRAL The Andover-based chamber music organization begins its 20th-anniversary season with a concert that includes “The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind,” a seminal 1994 work for klezmer clarinet and string quartet by Osvaldo Golijov, who will introduce the work at the Brookline performance. Music of Turina, Ginastera, and Piazzolla rounds out the program. Sept. 17, 5 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brookline; Sept. 18, 5 p.m., Temple Emanuel, Andover. 978-474-6222, www.mistralmusic.org

GUERILLA OPERA Austin Regan directs a new production of Nicholas Vines’s “Loose, Wet, Perforated,” a contemporary take on medieval morality plays that Guerilla Opera premiered in 2011. Sept. 21-24, 8 p.m., Zack Box Theater at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. 617-912-9222, bostonconservatory.berklee.edu/events/ticketing

David Weininger



SIGNIFICANT OTHER In Joshua Harmon’s comically incisive journey across the jagged landscape of 20-something friendship, dating, and love, Greg Maraio delivers a multifaceted performance as Jordan, a single gay man who feels adrift when his three female friends start getting married. Directed by Paul Daigneault. Through Oct. 8. SpeakEasy Stage Company at Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com


REGULAR SINGING This is the fourth and final installment of Richard Nelson’s Apple Family Plays, and it’s a beauty, a kind of meditation on death, memory, history, and the vexations and consolations of family. The production features the first-rate actors who starred in the previous three plays, meshing as smoothly as a well-honed chorus, and is directed by Weylin Symes, who was also at the helm for “That Hopey Changey Thing,’’ “Sweet and Sad,’’ and “Sorry.’’ Through Sept. 25. New Repertory Theatre in association with Stoneham Theatre at Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org


NOTES FROM THE FIELD: DOING TIME IN EDUCATION In her new solo show, Anna Deavere Smith explores the school-to-prison pipeline, shedding light on a system that sets little children on a path to the penitentiary. Playing myriad characters, Smith gives a virtuoso performance, and while the piece has some gaps and breaks for an earnest yet frustrating audience discussion, it is chilling and timely and addresses critical issues that cannot be ignored. Through Sept. 17. American Repertory Theater, at Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org PATTI HARTIGAN


HALAU ‘O KEIKIALI’I For more than two decades, this San Francisco troupe has been dedicated to showcasing the rich cultural traditions of the Hawaiian people. To cap off the company’s weeklong residency at Wellesley College, the music and dance ensemble presents “Ho’okupu — The Offering,” which highlights Hawaii’s deep historical connections to New England. Sept. 17. Free. Wellesley College’s Jewett Auditorium. 781-283-2028, www.wellesley.edu


FRIDAYS @ TWO For the next entry in this inviting series at Green Street Studios, dancer/choreographer Janelle Gilchrist creates a free mini performance of solos, duets, and trios danced by Betsy Boxberger, Rachel Burke, and Colleen Edwards. Christopher Brown contributes live guitar accompaniment. Sept. 16, 2 p.m. Free. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 857-242-6789, www.greenstreetstudios.org

TANGO IN THE PARK Saturday marks the last night of the season to enjoy this summer tradition of tango dancing under the stars on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. It starts at 6 p.m., with a short performance at 6:45 p.m. Newbies can take advantage of a free group beginner tango lesson by Ultimate Tango at 7 p.m., then try out moves to a DJ mix of traditional and alternative tango tunes. Sept. 17, 6-9 p.m. Free. High Street and Atlantic Avenue. 347-228-7856, www.bostontangointhepark.com



SANDY LITCHFIELD: DECIDUOUS CITY Inspired by old maps, tales of mythic places, and her own photos, Litchfield paints communal landscapes. With unexpected juxtapositions, vertiginous aerial views, and saturated colors she envisions shifting infrastructures, layers of history, and imagined futures. Through Oct. 1. Carroll and Sons, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-2477, www.carrollandsons.net

JOHN O’REILLY: THE WAR YEARS The master collage artist explores the dark cloud World War II cast over his childhood, piecing together scraps from old coloring books and scribbled drawings by young children to evoke innocence and mayhem. Through Oct. 11. Miller Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-262-0550, www.milleryezerskigallery.com

ANDY FREEBERG: ART FARE In Freeberg’s photographs, art plays a dramatic backdrop and a startling contrast to the subjects: dealers and their staff, artists, and collectors at art fairs — scrutinizing, working around, and sometimes oblivious to the art around them. Through Oct. 3. Clark Gallery, 145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8303, www.clarkgallery.com



FIRST LIGHT: A DECADE OF COLLECTING AT THE ICA A smartly curated, stimulating show that presents highlights from the ICA’s 10-year-old permanent collection. Includes recent gifts of work by Kara Walker, Marisol, and Eve Hesse, among others. Through Jan. 4. Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

O’KEEFFE, STETTHEIMER, TORR, ZORACH: WOMAN MODERNISTS IN NEW YORK Organized by the Norton Museum of Art in Florida, this excellent show examines the parallel careers of Georgia O’Keeffe, Marguerite Thompson Zorach, Florine Stettheimer, and Helen Torr in New York in the early 20th century. Through Sept. 18. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq., Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148, www.portlandmuseum.org

THE THRILL OF THE CHASE: THE WAGSTAFF COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS AT THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM A selection from what was once one of the world’s finest private photography collections, which later became a cornerstone of the Getty’s celebrated photographic holdings. Wagstaff was a curator of paintings and sculpture at the Wadsworth Atheneum, a friend and lover of Robert Mapplethorpe, and a champion of photography as an art form. Through Dec. 11. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main St., Hartford. 860-278-2670, www.thewadsworth.org SEBASTIAN SMEE



JIM GAFFIGAN “The Jim Gaffigan Show” may have aired its final original episode on TV Land, but we’ll still get plenty of stand-up from the good-natured comic on the six local dates from his “Fully Dressed” tour. Sept. 15 at 7 and 9:45 p.m., Sept. 16 at 7:30 and 10 p.m., Sept. 17 at 7 and 9:45 p.m. $59-$79. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700, www.thewilbur.com

MS. PAT The former “Last Comic Standing” contestant has had some good luck on TV, appearing on BET’s “Comic View” and AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live,” but much of her comedy comes from hard luck, from growing up poor to getting shot twice. Sept. 15 at 8 p.m., Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 17 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. $29-$39. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

OLD SCHOOL GAME SHOW The game show parody/comedy-music-dancing variety show continues its monthly fall residency at Oberon with a heavy-metal-themed edition called “Headbanger’s Balls to the Wall Free-For-All!” Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m. $10-$30. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org



Worldwide Day of Play Shut down, log off, unplug, and get active this weekend! At the Children’s Museum kids (and adults) can build a crazy cool fort, channel their inner Aly Raisman on the balance beams, and create new inventions in the MakerSpace. Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $9. The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. 508-230-3789. www.childrensmuseumineaston.org

Batman Day Be the hero Boston deserves at the third annual Dark Knight celebration. All cosplay is encouraged including the classic cape, a slick catwoman suit, or Alfred’s perfectly pressed sweater vests. Sept. 17, 2 p.m. Free. Barnes and Noble, 800 Boylston Street Suite 179. 617-247-6959. stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/|9780061806430-0

Revels RiverSing Fall is nearly here and what better way to greet the new season than a huge group singalong? Celebrate the autumnal equinox along the Charles with puppets, magical illuminated butterflies, and plenty of music. Sept. 18, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Winthrop Park, Havard Square, Cambridge, 617-972-8300 www.revels.org/shows-events/riversing

Carly Sitrin


Sept. 23 Lynyrd Skynyrd at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion concerts.livenation.com

Sept. 24 Puff Daddy , Lil’ Kim , and French Montana at TD Garden www1.ticketmaster.com

Sept. 27 Miike Snow and Zella Day at House of Blues concerts.livenation.com

Sept. 29 Chance the Rapper at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion concerts.livenation.com

Sept. 30 Glass Animals at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion concerts.livenation.com

Oct. 1 Lauryn Hill at Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre www1.ticketmaster.com

Oct. 4 “Jersey Boys” at Boston Opera House boston.broadway.com

Oct. 12 Charlie Puth at House of Blues concerts.livenation.com

Oct. 12 Christine and the Queens at Paradise Rock Club www1.ticketmaster.com

Oct. 19 Saint Motel at Royale Boston www.ticketmaster.com

Sonia Rao