The Ticket: Music, arts, and events

Johnny Lee Davenport as Thurgood Marshall in New Repertory Theatre’s production of “Thurgood.”
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Johnny Lee Davenport as Thurgood Marshall in New Repertory Theatre’s production of “Thurgood.”


Pop & Rock

ALCEST This French metal outfit has been gradually letting more light emanate from its cacophony of swirling riffs and thunderous drums, turning their shows into events that simultaneously blister the eardrums and soothe the soul. On their fifth album, “Kodama,” their heady, stretched-out music draws inspiration from Hayao Miyazaki’s 1997 anime epic “Princess Mononoke.” Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. $20. Brighton Music Hall. 617-779-0140,

AUDIEN This Connecticut-born DJ-producer specializes in brightly hued dance tracks that remain complex underneath their sugar-spun melodies. In 2015 he hit dancefloor gold with “Something Better,” which fused the harmonies of contempo-country outfit Lady Antebellum with his sweeping beats. Jan. 20, 10 p.m. $20-$25. Royale. 617-338-7699,


THE LEMON TWIGS Power pop revivalism from a pair of Long Island brothers whose debut, “Do Hollywood,” brings to mind the hooky heartbreak of Sloan, Squeeze, and Matthew Sweet. (Which is a very, very good thing.) Jan. 20, 8 p.m. $14, $12 advance. Great Scott. 617-566-0914,

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Folk & World

CATIE CURTIS It’s not often that the same show serves as both a celebration of a new release and a marker of retirement, but that’s what this Sunday date will do. Veteran folkster Curtis is about to release her 15th album, “While We’re Here”; after her current string of shows, she’ll be leaving the life of a touring musician behind. Jan. 15, 5, 8 p.m. $30. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679.

THE BOXCAR LILIES The Boxcar Lilies have been making harmony-prominent acoustic music in Western Massachusetts for several years; Susan Cattaneo has been a steady presence on the Boston roots scene as a solo artist. Last year, East met West when Cattaneo became the newest member of the Lilies, and Friday, that lineup will make its Boston-area debut. Jan. 21, 8 p.m. $22. Chevalier Theatre, Medford. 800-838-3006.

RONSTADT GENERATIONS Y LOS TUCSONENSES Ronstadt Generations was founded by Michael Ronstadt (Linda’s younger brother) and his two sons in 2009 and then expanded in 2012 with the addition of Tucsonians Alex Flores, Sam Eagon, and Aaron Emery. The father recently passed on, but his sons and their compadres continue to explore the Ronstadt family’s five generations of Southwestern musical heritage. Jan. 21, 8 p.m. $20. Belleville Church, Newburyport. 800-838-3006. STUART MUNRO

Jazz & Blues


STAN STRICKLAND BAND: A TRIBUTE TO DR. MARTINLUTHER KING JR. A concert honoring the great man on his holiday, helmed by one of the great men of Boston jazz: saxophonist, flutist, and singer Strickland. Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. Black Box Theater, Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487,

TINSLEY ELLIS Georgia native Ellis is a razor-sharp guitarist who melds British blues-rock voltage with the raw, earthy sounds of the American South — from James Brown funk to Otis Redding soul to Allman Brothers blues jam — as heard on his acclaimed new album, “Red Clay Soul.” Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. $19. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Route 2A, Shirley. 978-425-4311,

THE MOBILE TRIO This avant-groove band features composer, keyboardist, and educator Ben Schwendener, bassist Marc Friedman of The Slip, and Ryan Montbleau Band, and monster percussionist Kenwood Dennard, who’s played with everyone from Miles Davis to George Clinton and currently mans the drum chair with fusion pioneers Brand X. Jan 20, 8 p.m. $15. Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square, Somerville.,



COLLAGE NEW MUSIC “Summer Past and Present” is the theme for the long-running contemporary-music ensemble’s second program of the season, featuring works by Gordon Beeferman, Daniel Strong Godfrey, Marjorie Merryman, Seymour Shifrin, and Carl Schimmel. Jan. 15, 8 p.m., Longy School of Music of Bard College, Pickman Hall. 617-850-2044,


VAN KUIJK QUARTET The French quartet, winners of multiple prizes at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, caps a weeklong residency at New England Conservatory with a concert featuring two works by Schubert: the early Quartet in E-flat (D. 87), and the String Quintet (D. 956), a late masterpiece, with cellist Paul Katz. Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m., Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260,

MUSICIANS FROM MARLBORO The ensemble for this visit by the touring division of the prestigious Vermont chamber music festival includes the superb tenor Nicholas Phan. He’ll sing Vaughan Williams’s “On Wenlock Edge” and a selection of Beethoven’s settings of Irish folk songs. String quartets by Haydn and Beethoven fill out the program. Jan. 22, 1:30 p.m., Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-278-5156, David Weininger



THURGOOD Johnny Lee Davenport’s passionate portrayal of Thurgood Marshall transcends the paint-by-numbers quality of the script by George Stevens Jr. In this one-man show, Davenport’s Marshall is every inch the happy warrior, but what also shines through are the ideals that animated the civil rights giant who became the first African-American Supreme Court justice. Directed by Benny Sato Ambush. Through Feb. 5. New Repertory Theatre, Black Box Theater, Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487,

HAND TO GOD All sorts of demons are unleashed in this sulfurous comedy by playwright Robert Askins, who twists the classic coming-of-age tale into a new and jagged shape with his depiction of a satanic, foul-mouthed sock puppet (picture Kermit the Frog gone very, very bad) and a mild-mannered Texas teenager who is possessed by the puppet. Eliott Purcell excels in both roles. Also featuring Marianna Bassham as the lad’s initially prim, eventually uninhibited mother. Directed with gusto by David R. Gammons. Through Feb. 4. SpeakEasy Stage Company at Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS A return engagement for a production, directed by Paul Daigneault, that I considered one of the top 10 shows of 2016. The entire original cast, including De’Lon Grant, Maurice Emmanuel Parent, and Brandon G. Green, returns for Kander & Ebb’s musical about an infamous episode of racial injustice. Through Jan. 22. SpeakEasy Stage Company, at Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,



ODC/DANCE The acclaimed San Francisco-based contemporary troupe, known for its athleticism and conceptual depth, makes its Boston debut. The program features co-artistic director KT Nelson’s “Dead Reckoning,” a climate change-themed work with original music by former Kronos Quartet cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, and “Triangulating Euclid,” a collaboration between Nelson, ODC founder Brenda Way, and Kate Weare. Jan. 20-21. $36-$40. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-876-4275,

CATALYSTS This Dance Complex program showcases choreography by its current artists-in-residence in revolving repertory over three weekends. Dance styles range from contemporary to tap and flamenco, and participants include Ryan Casey, Lorraine Chapman, Junichi Fukuda, Yosi Karahashi, and Doppelgänger Dance Collective (Danielle Davidson and Shura Baryshnikov). Through Jan. 28. $18-$30. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,

BB@HOME The first of this year’s Boston Ballet series, presented in the company’s grand rehearsal studio, features its second company, Boston Ballet II. Repertoire includes George Balanchine’s rarely-performed “Haieff Divertimento,” Jaime Sierra’s all-male “LEGIÓN” (with music by “avant-garde” cellist Zoë Keating), and Laurie Jones’s classical “Drigo Divertissements.” Jan. 21-22. $55. Boston Ballet. 617-695-6955,



BUILDING A LINEAGE Can influence be seen? These seven photographers, all women, are personally connected in some way to one another (as teacher, friend, or colleague). The impressive lineup includes Sarah Pollman, Allison Cekala, and Jodie Mim Goodnough. Through Jan. 29. Piano Craft Gallery, 793 Tremont St. 330-904-5589,

RE•VOLT•ING: AN ART SHOW IN PROTEST Roving curator Robert Moeller organized this pop-up show for Inauguration Day. It features work by more than 50 artists and curators, including big names such as Annette Lemieux and Franklin Evans. Jan. 20, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Distillery Gallery, 516 East 2nd St., South Boston.

NOT OF THIS EARTH: CONTEMPORARY ART AND SCIENCE FICTION Sci-fi imagines the future. In this show, eight artists play with some of the tropes of sci-fi projections and aesthetics, be they retro, dystopian, communal, or cinematic. Through Feb. 26. Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain. 617-522-6710, CATE McQUAID


AMBREEN BUTT: I NEED A HERO The Pakistan-born painter brings a new mural to the Gardner’s façade, depicting a woman fighting a dragon and a monkey. Butt's inspiration? Pakistani rape survivor and women’s-rights activist Mukhtar Mai. Through June 26. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way. 617-566-1401,

NEW WOMEN FOR A NEW AGE: JAPANESE BEAUTIES, 1890S-1930s This show, featuring color-saturated prints, illustrations, postcards, and more, spotlights Japanese ideals of feminine beauty as the modern era dawned and outside influences grew. Through Aug. 20. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300,

HOLY FOOLS TO WONDERWORKERS: SAINTS OF THE ORTHODOX FAITH Several Orthodox saints are celebrated every day of the year. Thirty icons here celebrate the lives of some, from the familiar (George, Nicholas) to the unusual (Simeon the Stylite,who lived atop a pillar). Through Feb. 26. Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. 978-598-5000,





The Women in Comedy Festival presents this celebration of MacFarland’s second album, “You Woke Up Today,” with guests Kendra Cunningham, Erin Jackson, Bethany Van Delft, Carolyn Plummer, Dan Crohn, Mike Koutrobis, Dana Jay Bein, Mike Whitman, and Tony V. Guests are invited to attend in their PJs. Jan. 18, 8 p.m. $15. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

CASTLE OF COMEDY Host Ethan Marsh rings in the fourth year of this standup showcase at Arts at the Armory in Somerville, and also brings the current monthly format to an end (it’ll be every other month going forward). Al Park headlines with Dan Crohn, Emily Ruskowski, Jere Pilapil, Liam McGuirk, and music from Steve Sarro. Jan. 19, 9 p.m. Donations suggested. Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-718-2191,

WHAT A JOKE A national comedy festival has sprung up in response to the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, taking place in 33 cities, including Boston, Jan. 19-22. The Riot Theater in Jamaica Plain hosts multiple events, and Great Scott, ImprovBoston, The Mendoza Line, and Slumbrew will also take part. Organized locally by Boston comics Kwasi Mensah and Emily Ruskowski. Various times and locations.

STEPHEN LYNCH: THE MY OLD HEART TOUR After taking some time off, Lynch jumped back into the fray last year with his music and comedy special “Hello, Kalamazoo,” his first in a decade.Jan. 20, 10 p.m. $32. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,



FUN WITH ANIMAL FOOTPRINTS AND SIGNS You know the bear scene in “The Revenant”? This will be nothing like that. Brave the cold and come learn how to identify different animal tracks with the Mass Audubon. Jan. 15, 1-2:15 p.m. $8-14. Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., Natick. 508-655-2296.

MLK DAY AT THE MUSEUM Your child might get the day off, but that doesn’t mean his or her brain has to! Learn about Dr. King’s legacy through hands-on activities and a community art project. If you’re not the crafty type, peruse the three levels of exhibits. Jan. 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $9. Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. 508-230-3789.

LA FêTE DES ROIS Put your berets on and eat like royalty during the Feast of Kings, a traditional French holiday. There will be activities for the kids while the “galette des rois” (king’s cake) is warmed up, and word on the street is that a lucky patron will find a surprise in his or her slice. Don’t miss out, because the French know food. Jan. 21, 1-3 p.m. $4-$12. French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St. 617-912-0400.



Jan. 24 Austra at The Sinclair

Jan. 25 Eric Krasno Band at Brighton Music Hall

Jan. 31 Falling in Reverse at House of Blues

Jan. 31-Feb. 12 “Cabaret’’ at Boston Opera House

Feb. 3 Aaron Lewis at House of Blues

Feb. 8 LOCASH at House of Blues

Feb. 9 Marco Benevento at The Sinclair

Feb. 11 SAVOY at Middle East