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

Josh Homme and Queens of The Stone Age play Agganis Arena Oct. 21.
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Josh Homme and Queens of The Stone Age play Agganis Arena Oct. 21.


Pop & Rock

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Josh Homme has one of rock’s most compelling voices, and its tendencies toward the serpentine are used to great effect on “Villains,” the groove-packed 2017 album from the band he’s led for more than two decades. Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. $36.50 and up. Agganis Arena. 800-745-3000,

BILLIE EILISH This 15-year-old upstart lends her hyper-girlish voice to dark, swirling pop songs that recall Lana Del Rey’s sullenness, Lorde’s carefully arranged sonic landscapes, and Rihanna’s take-no-prisoners attitude. Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. $15 and up. Sonia, Cambridge. 617-864-3278.


ALA.NI “You & I,” the debut from the Paris-based composer and singer ALA.NI, frames her smoky voice in minimalist jazz-combo arrangements that allow ample room for her arresting skill and lyrical vulnerability to sparkle. With R&B alchemist Son Little. Oct. 21, 8 p.m. $18, $15 advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,

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Folk & World

BALKANIZED This is a good week for those interested in (or curious about) traditional and other dance music from the countries of the Balkan region. Accordion player Melinda Fields and her group Balkan Fields play Sunday; singer Kasia Sokalla and Gogofski perform Saturday. Oct. 15, 4 p.m. Tickets $12. The Burren, Somerville. 617-776-6896.; Oct. 21, 8 p.m. Free. Arts at the Armory, Somerville. 617-718-2191.

CALEB CAUDLE/ELIOT BRONSON A double bill of Southern singer-songwriters: North Carolinian Caleb Caudle’s recent work has had a distinct country vibe, while Eliot Bronson, who currently hangs his hat in Atlanta, offers a more expansive version of Americana with his latest release, “James,” than he has on previous efforts. Oct. 18, 9:30 p.m. Tickets $10. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-3006.

DIANE CLUCK/SAM MOSS Two fellow travellers, both combining instrumental prowess (Diane Cluck on a variety of instruments, including guitar, piano, harmonium, and home-made; Sam Moss on guitar and banjo) with distinctive singing styles in the service of marvelously idiosyncratic, ranging versions of folk music. Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10. The Lilypad, Cambridge. 617-955-7729. STUART MUNRO

Jazz & Blues


LASZLO GARDONY The lyrical pianist celebrates his new solo album, “Serious Play,’’ with a concert of music from the record, including “Georgia on My Mind,” “Naima,” and “Over the Rainbow,” as well as improvisations. Oct 19, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

MONK’S DREAM: THELONIOUS MONK AT 100 New England Conservatory celebrates the jazz giant’s centennial with a concert featuring solo performances of Monk compositions by NEC alumni and faculty, including pianists Ran Blake, Anthony Coleman, and Fred Hersch; saxophonist Matana Roberts; and vocalist Dominique Eade. Also, the NEC Jazz Orchestra performs Monk’s “Round Midnight” featuring vocalist Nedelka Prescod and his “Little Rootie Tootie” with Hersch on piano, as well as originals by and featuring pianists Blake and Frank Carlberg. Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. Free. NEC’s Jordan Hall. 617-585-1122,

JEFF PITCHELL & TEXAS FLOOD The dynamite guitarist, singer, and bandleader has played with everyone from blues giant Buddy Guy to Monkee Peter Tork and always rocks the house wherever he goes. Oct. 20. 8 p.m. Tickets $20-$22. Chan’s Fine Oriental Dining, 267 Main St., Woonsocket R.I. 401-765-1900,



BOSTON PHILHARMONIC Benjanin Zander’s orchestra begins its season boldly with John Harbison’s Symphony No. 3, to be heard in the company of two works by composers that have influenced Harbison’s musical journey: Stravinsky (“Petrushka”) and Gershwin (“Rhapsody in Blue” with pianist Kevin Cole). Oct. 19 and 22 in Sanders Theatre, Oct. 21 in Jordan Hall. 617-236-0999,


MARTHA ARGERICH The revered pianist is slated to make a rare Boston appearance with one of her signature works, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, to be performed with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the direction of Antonio Pappano. Also on the program will be selections by Verdi and Respighi. Oct. 22, 5 p.m., Symphony Hall. 617-482-6661, 

BOSTON BAROQUE The period instrument orchestra and chorus under Martin Pearlman’s veteran direction opens its new season with an all-Mozart program devoted to the Requiem (in Robert Levin’s completion), the Symphony No. 40, and the concert aria “Exsultate, Jubilate.” With vocal soloists Amanda Forsythe, Ann McMahon Quintero, Thomas Cooley, and Kevin Deas. Oct. 20 and 22, Jordan Hall. 617-987-8600, 




A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK Sam Levine and McKinley Belcher III star in the world premiere of a drama by Ken Urban (“A Future Perfect’’) in which an aid worker returning to the United States after a year in Africa has a tryst in an Amsterdam hotel room with a fellow American. That leads both of them to a confrontation with some hard personal truths about their past betrayals of people who relied on them. Directed by Colman Domingo. Through Nov. 4. Huntington Theatre Company. At Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800,

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME Evidently no small challenges will suffice for young actor Eliott Purcell. Having excelled in the dual role of a Texas teenager and his demonic sock puppet in “Hand to God’’ earlier this year, Purcell returns to SpeakEasy Stage Company for Simon Stephens’s adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel about a 15-year-old math genius with limited social skills who sets out to solve the murder of a neighbor’s dog, only to find the answer to several other mysteries along the way. Directed by Paul Daigneault. Oct. 20-Nov. 25. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

ALLIGATOR ROAD A comedic drama by Maine playwright Callie Kimball about a widow who decides to give away the family hardware store to a complete stranger, triggering a showdown with her college-age daughter. Directed by Weylin Symes. Through Oct. 29. Greater Boston Stage Company, Stoneham. 781-279-2200, DON AUCOIN


PROMETHEUS DANCE The acclaimed company presents “Project I.I.I.,” the culminating performance of a years-long collaboration with visual designers Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison. The three “I’s” stand for “influence, impact, and imprint,” and the creators hope the visceral visual imagery of movement, props, and video tap into a collective consciousness. Oct. 19-21. $20-$25. Delbridge Family Center for the Arts, Natick. 508-650-5048,

FAYE DRISCOLL The provocative New York-based choreographer returns to the Institute of Contemporary Art with “Thank You For Coming: Play.” The second installment of a series, “Play” features five dancers and explores our sense of self via the stories we tell one another. Oct. 20-21. $15-$25. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103,

BANDALOOP Based in Oakland, Calif., this intrepid troupe has become renowned for turning dance on its ear. These highly skilled daredevils take their vertical movement up and down the sides of skyscrapers, cliffs, bridges, you name it. Six performances with live music at Wellesley College next weekend feature the dancers traversing the outside walls of the school’s newly renovated building for the arts, Pendleton West. Oct. 20-21. Free. Wellesley College, Wellesley. 781-283-1000,



YUAN YUNSHENG: CHINESE MYTH, FOLKLORE & HISTORY In 1983, Chinese artist Yuan Yunsheng painted an enormous, six-panel mural at Tufts, an allegorical critique of turbulence under Mao’s leadership. For the first time since 1994, see it restored and complete. Through Dec. 3. Tufts University Art Gallery, 40 Talbot Ave., Medford. 617-627-3518,

THE LONG NOW David Michalek’s “Figure Studies” videos dramatically slow human movements. Danny Hillis documents and mythologizes his project “The Clock of the Long Now,” intended to last thousands of years inside a Texas mountain. Through Dec. 16. Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall St., Cambridge. 617-945-7515,

ROSALYN DRISCOLL: NIGHT MIND, ANDY ZIMMERMANN: REBAR Two solo shows in counterpoint. Driscoll’s sculptures evoke beds — softness, intimacy, reverie, retreat. Zimmermann’s photo/sculpture installation depicts building construction and destruction — hardness, action, the public square. Both address structure, containment, and life cycles. Through Nov. 6. Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave. 617-482-7781,



REDISCOVERING AN AMERICAN COMMUNITY OF COLOR: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF WILLIAM BULLARD Portraits of the residents of Worcester’s Beaver Brook neighborhood, printed from a trove of recently discovered negatives that were taken by an itinerant photographer between 1897 and 1917. Through Feb. 25. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 508-799-4406,

JOE BRADLEY This dexterous, Maine-born painter pivots from color field to grease-pencil iconography, constantly changing his style. All of his work links his protean inner rumblings to a larger conversation with the history of painting. Through Jan. 28. Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, 415 South St., Waltham. 781-736-3434,

XYZT: A JOURNEY IN 4 DIMENSIONS Artists, performers, and computer scientists Adrien Mondot and Claire Bardainne created 10 virtual environments in which sensations from nature are abstracted into an interactive experience, all in the dark. Through April 22. Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, 161 Essex St., Salem 978-745-9500, CATE McQUAID



THROWING SHADE LIVE Hosts Erin Gibson and Brian Safi bring their podcast turned TV show, which puts issues affecting women and the LGBTQ community front and center with a heap of snark, on the road. Oct. 15, 7 p.m. $25. Royale Boston, 279 Tremont St., Boston. 617-451-7700,

LEA DELARIA The “Orange Is the New Black” star is an accomplished jazz singer and an outrageously funny stand-up comedian and storyteller. Those who know her only from her acting roles can catch her live act and see just how dynamic a performer she can be. Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m. $27.50-$47.50. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,

DAN SODER There is no lack of outlets to see and hear this endearing goofball. He’s a regular on Showtime’s “Billions,” has a new half-hour special on Netflix, and cohosts “The Bonfire” with Big Jay Oakerson on satellite radio. Oct. 19-20, 8 p.m. and Oct. 21, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $25-$29. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,



GRIDIRON GLORY Does your child have a favorite football jersey they refuse to take off? Do they look forward to Sunday games even more than you do? Then it’s high time to visit this extensive exhibit, which features more than 200 football artifacts, footage from the NFL archives, and stories about the biggest names in the game (including the Patriots). Through Jan. 7. . 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibit halls tickets $20-$25. Museum of Science, 1 Science Park. 617-723-2500.

BOSTON BENEATH OUR FEET Get your archeology cap on with this hands-on activity. Boston city archeologist Joe Bagley will teach your kiddo how to form an arrowhead, make sparks from flint and steel, and more. Next stop, dinosaur excavations. Oct. 15. 2-4 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. 617-859-2387.

TOE JAM HALLOWEEN SHOW Song, dance, and the Toe Jam Puppet Band. Celebrate being only a week away from Halloween weekend with a kid-centered, interactive concert that every mini monster and little witch is bound to enjoy. Oct. 21. 10 a.m.-noon. $6 in advance, $8 day of. The Orpheum Theatre, 1 School St., Foxborough. 508-543-2787.



Oct. 27-28 Big D and the Kids Table at Brighton Music Hall

Nov. 8 David Bazan at Brighton Music Hall

Nov. 9 White Reaper at Brighton Music Hall

Nov. 15 Dream Theater at Orpheum Theatre

Nov. 15 The Jesus and Mary Chain at Paradise Rock Club

Nov. 15 John Carpenter at Royale

Nov. 16 Bob Dylan at Agganis Arena

Nov. 16-18 Letters to Cleo at Paradise Rock Club TERENCE CAWLEY