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The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

T-Pain, shown performing in San Diego last month, plays The Sinclair on Oct. 25.
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T-Pain, shown performing in San Diego last month, plays The Sinclair on Oct. 25.


Rock & Pop

T-PAIN In the late ’00s and early ’10s, this Florida-born rapper and singer was a radio fixture, with his voice often refracted through the vocal-processing tool Auto-Tune — he was so associated with digitally manipulated vocals, he lent his name to a branded iPhone app that could have been called “Auto-Tune: The Home Game.” A stripped-down session with NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts in 2014 showed off the pure vocal talent behind the machine, and this “unplugged” tour will allow Boston to hear his voice in close-up. Oct. 25, 9 p.m. $30 and up. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,

ALGIERS Urgently political and musically omnivorous, this agit-gospel-punk band puts out visceral, pointed music. Their combustible hybrid of genres and dual roots in the United States and the United Kingdom help their latest album, “The Underside Of Power,” take on the unrest enveloping the world with a wise, yet no less compelling perspective. Oct. 24, 7 p.m. $13 and up. Sonia, Cambridge. 617-864-3278.


MICHAEL MCDONALD The king of soulful smoothness’s new album, “Wide Open,” shows off his legendary instrument, honed from years as a session singer and star of blue-eyed soul, amid warm arrangements. Expect cuts from that album and selections from his storied career — “What A Fool Believes,” “I Keep Forgettin’,” other grown-up pop standards — during this headlining show. Oct. 26, 7 p.m. $47 and up. Lynn Auditorium, Lynn. 781-599-7469,

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Folk & World

JON LANGFORD’S FOUR LOST SOULS The latest project from prolific, inveterate collaborator Jon Langford found him in Alabama with some fellow Chicagoans (including phenomenal singers Bethany Thomas and Tawny Newsome) hooking up with Muscle Shoals legends for some sweet country soul. This Tuesday, his Four Lost Souls reprise what resulted. Oct. 24, 9:30 p.m. $15. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 800-838-8006,

THIS IS THE KIT Paris-based English artist Kate Stables has been using the moniker This Is The Kit for a decade now, gathering a shifting collective of players to make four records. She visits in support of “Moonshine Freeze,” the latest offering of her murmuring, understated version of folk music. Oct. 24, 9:30 p.m. $12. Great Scott. 888-929-7849,

JULIET SIMMONS DINALLO AND MICHAEL DINALLO This isn’t a “Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos” show, but “Juliet and Michael and the Blue Lonesome Romeos,” which suggests that what’s on tap is not just Simmons Dinallo’s fine Americana, but some of the soulful roots fare that Michael Dinallo essays on his debut solo release, “Crooked Road Songs,” as well. Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. No cover. Toad, Cambridge. 617-497-4950,



Jazz & Blues

JORRIT DIJKSTRA/JEB BISHOP/JUNKO FUJIWARA Three highly skilled and adventurous improvisers — reed player Dijkstra, trombonist Bishop, and cellist Fujiwara — engage in a collective exploration of musical space, from a whisper to a shout. Plus saxophonist Tony Malaby, cellist Daniel Levin, and drummer Randy Peterson. Oct. 25, 8 p.m. $10. Outpost 186, 186½ Hampshire St., Cambridge.

THE YOKO MIWA TRIO Born in Kobe, Japan, the classically trained jazz pianist and composer, known for her supple, straight-ahead swing and streak of lyricism, leads her near-telepathic trio in a show supporting her critically acclaimed album “Pathways,” a mix of originals, tunes by the Beatles and Joni Mitchell, and more. Oct. 26, 8 p.m. $25-$40. Scullers. 866-777-8932,

THE MAKANDA PROJECT WITH MICHAEL GREGORY JACKSON The Boston-based big band’s ongoing exploration of Makanda Ken McIntyre’s music also brings rare visitors to the area, in this case eclectic guitar innovator Jackson, who first came to notice as part of the ’70s New York loft jazz scene and has played with everyone from Julius Hemphill to Nona Hendryx. Oct. 28, 7 p.m. Free. Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building (2nd floor), 2300 Washington St.,




BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Distinguished Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit returns to the BSO podium and to a composer he knows well: Hector Berlioz. On the agenda will be “The Damnation of Faust,” with vocal soloists Susan Graham, Paul Groves, John Relyea, and David Kravitz as well as the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and The Choir of St. Paul’s, Harvard Square. Oct. 26-28, Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,  

ODYSSEY OPERA The company’s ambitious Joan of Arc-themed season continues with Donizetti’s rarely spotted “L’assedio di Calais,” in a fully staged production directed by Joshua Major and with a cast featuring James Westman, Magda Gartner, and Lucia Cesaroni. Gil Rose conducts. Oct. 26 and 28, 7:30 p.m., Huntington Avenue Theatre. 

BEETHOVEN TRIOS As part of the Gardner Museum’s Sunday afternoon chamber music series, the veteran Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio embarks on a three-part survey of the Beethoven Piano Trios. Oct. 29, 1:30 p.m. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-278-5159,




LOST TEMPO Directed by Diego Arciniegas, this high-voltage production of Cliff Odle’s new drama vividly brings to life the world of jazz in the 1950s, when it had been displaced by rock ’n’ roll. Omar Robinson brings a fiery intensity to his portrayal of a gifted saxophonist trying to stay off drugs and make the most of a golden opportunity, and Evelyn Howe nicely balances warmth and steel in her portrayal of the club manager who gives him a second chance. Through Oct. 22. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. 866-811-4111,

IN THE HEIGHTS Before he created a national sensation with “Hamilton,’’ Lin-Manuel Miranda (and his collaborator Quiara Alegria Hudes) made a splash on Broadway with this Tony-winning musical about several eventful days and nights in the lives of Latino residents of Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood. Diego Klock-Perez portrays the bodega proprietor Usnavi, the role played by Miranda on Broadway. Directed and choreographed by Rachel Bertone, with musical direction by Dan Rodriguez. Oct. 27-Nov. 19. Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston. 617-879-2300,

A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK Ken Urban’s probing new drama is a study of guilt as both a terrible individual burden and as an unlikely source of connection. McKinley Belcher III (delivering one of the most searing performances in recent memory) and Samuel H. Levine play Bostonians who meet in Amsterdam and discover they are each unable to move on from something in their past. A world premiere astutely directed by Colman Domingo. Through Nov. 4. Huntington Theatre Company. At Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800,



PILOBOLUS No company has explored the sculptural possibilities of the human body as provocatively, expressively, and often humorously as this one, and a visit by the troupe is always a chance to witness some eye-popping creativity. The program includes the Boston debut of “The Inconsistent Pedaler,” the company’s absurdist acrobatic collaboration with writer Etgar Keret and filmmaker Shira Geffen. Oct. 27-29. $35-$75. Boch Center Shubert Theatre. 617-482-6661,

ROUTE 95 DANCES The Dance Complex rounds up a talented and diverse cadre of area dancers and dance-makers for four performances over the next two weekends. Styles range from Bharatanatyam to modern dance, and participating choreographers include Ali Kenner Brodsky, Audra Carabetta, Brian Crabtree, Alexander Davis, Junichi Fukuda, Kellie Ann Lynch, Betsy Miller, Lynn Modell, Dante Brown, and Soumya Rajaram. Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 4-5. $13-$21. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,

BIG DANCE THEATER Annie-B Parson’s and Paul Lazar’s Obie Award-winning troupe presents a sneak preview performance of its latest work, “17c.” It’s billed as a fast-paced romp that imagines a day in the life of a 17th-century British playboy, based on the diaries of Samuel Pepys. This co-presentation between Jacob’s Pillow Dance and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art should be worth the drive west. Oct. 28, 8 p.m. $5-$54. MASS MoCA Hunter Center, North Adams. 413-662-2111,



SPACE AS NARRATIVE How do paintings about space also tell stories? Through evocations of time, place, and personal association. Artist Joel Janowitz curates a show featuring Eric Aho, Rackstraw Downes, Yvonne Jacquette, and more. Through Nov. 26. Concord Center for the Visual Arts, 37 Lexington Road, Concord. 978-369-2578,

ROBERT FRANK: BOOKS AND FILMS, 1947-2017 A rare exhibition of work by the great photographer (“The Americans”) and filmmaker. Frank has authorized it to be staged with DIY alacrity, with images on newsprint and films beamed from small projectors. Through Nov. 5. Tisch Library, Tufts University, 35 Professors Row, Medford. 617-627-3347,

 GEOFFREY CHADSEY: HEROES AND SECONDARIES Chadsey begins with social-media images of men. His peculiarly naked and surreal portraits, in watercolor pencil and crayon on translucent Mylar, riff on gender and identity’s malleability. Through Dec. 10. Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery, Boston University, 855 Commonwealth Ave. 617-353-3329,



TAKASHI MURAKAMI: LINEAGE OF ECCENTRICS The Japanese artist, known for his so-called superflat pop style and for erasing boundaries between high art and low, partners with art historian Nobuo Tsuji to reveal his art-historical progenitors in the MFA’s Japanese collection. Through April 1. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300,

 HENRY JAMES AND AMERICAN PAINTING The great chronicler of transatlantic high society wrote like a painter. His heady circle included Isabella Stewart Gardner, John Singer Sargent, John La Farge, and James McNeill Whistler. This show investigates how they influenced one another. Through Jan. 21. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way. 617-566-1401,

LIZ GLYNN: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANOTHER POSSIBLE FUTURE Glynn’s expansive, multilevel installation in a former factory space takes on the conundrum of industry, labor, and living in a physical body in an increasingly virtual economy. Through early September, 2018. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111,




LAUGHTER ON TAP Rob Crean usually hosts The Gas on Fridays at Great Scott, but you can catch him on a Monday night headlining this show, which also features Sarah Francis, Ryan Ellington, Dom Smith, and Ryan Chani. Hosted by Kristin Carnes and Kathleen DeMarle. Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. Free. Meadhall, 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge. 617-714-4658.

JONO ZALAY AT GREAT SCOTT Zalay received two educations in Boston — he earned a doctorate in neuroscience and learned how to tell jokes. Now a full-time comedian in New York City, he returns for two shows at the Gas. Oct. 27 and 28, 7 p.m. $5. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 617-566-9014,

COLIN JOST The “Saturday Night Live” writer and cast member spends most of his time onscreen delivering topical commentary as co-anchor of “Weekend Update.” He returns to the city where he cut his teeth at the Harvard Lampoon. Oct. 28, 7 p.m. $33. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,



Spooky Science Get out your witch’s cauldron and brew up something frightening — and educational. Educators will take your little ones through science lessons they’ll one day see in school, with the Halloween theme to keep them hooked. Oct. 26, 10-11 a.m. Free with museum admission. The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. 508-230-3789.

Frightful Fridays: Spooky Tales Told in the Mansio Not quite up for a haunted house thrill trip? What about a spook-filled (but not gruesome) stroll through the Gore mansion at night? Halloween stories and activities will abound for those who want to get in on the fun, but don’t want to overdo it on the creepy factor. Oct. 27, 7-8 p.m. and 8-9 p.m. $10-15. Advanced tickets suggested. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798.

SoWa Spooktacular Face painting and costumes and pumpkins, oh my! It’s the motherlode of afternoon Halloween activities with the last SoWa Open Market of the season. Bring your kid — and your pet — in for costume contests, cupcake decorating, and even a magic show. Oct. 28 and 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. SoWa Open Market, 460 Harrison Ave.



Nov. 8 Pile at Middle East Downstairs,

Nov. 9 The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die at Middle East Downstairs,

Nov. 19 Turnover at Royale,

Nov. 20 Kamasi Washington at Royale,

Nov. 20 Yelawolf at Paradise Rock Club,

Nov. 21 American Football at Royale,

Nov. 25 Jay-Z at TD Garden,

Nov. 25 mewithoutYou at Sinclair,