scorecardresearch Skip to main content

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

“Graduation parade, Ft. McClellan, Ala., November 1966” by Dick Durrance II is part of “Gun Country” at Addison Gallery of American Art through July 31.Addison Gallery of American Art


Pop & Rock

BETTY WHO This Berklee-trained pop thrush has a velvety voice that gives extra emotional heft to her sighs and smiles. “Ignore Me,” her first single since liberating herself from major-label-land, is sparse and simmering, making its kiss-off lyrics land even harder. March 15, 7 p.m. $25 and up. Paradise Rock Club. March 16, 7 p.m. Brighton Music Hall. $20 and up. 617-562-8800,

MGMT A decade has passed since this New York-based duo lit up music blogs with sinewy, wide-eyed synthpop like “Electric Feel” and “Kids.” Their new album “Little Dark Age” has a slightly more jaundiced worldview, but the hooks still tower and glitter like skyscrapers. March 16, 7 p.m. $39.50 and up. Orpheum Theatre. 617-482-0106,


TY DOLLA $IGN A go-to guy for juicy hooks (he lifts “Psycho,” the much-streamed new single from charmless hip-popper Post Malone, from its doldrums), this California-born enigma lays down playfully singsong rhymes. March 17, 7 p.m. $29.50 and up. Paradise Rock Club. 617-562-8800,


Folk & World

A ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELTIC SOJOURN The shamrock version of the Sojourn moves into its second decade with a fine lineup of musical talent that includes Open the Door for Three, Celtic harpist Maeve Gilchrist (pictured), Brenda Castles, and Keith Murphy. March 14, Showcase Live, Foxborough; March 15, Cabot Theatre, Beverly; March 16, Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford; March 17, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge. For details and ticket links, go to

ANNA & ELIZABETH Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle have already made a mark as talented purveyors of traditional Appalachian mountain music, but on their new album, “The Invisible Comes to Us,” they draw out those ancient roots through sonic reconstitutions and experimentations. What results is, to put it simply, stunning. March 15, 4 p.m. Free. The Writers House, Merrimack College, North Andover. 978-837-5515,


CELTIC ALL OVER THE PLACE If the Sojourn isn’t enough to sate your Celtic music jones, there’s plenty more to be found during St. Patrick’s week: the Karan Casey Trio (March 11) and the Seamus Egan Project (March 14) at the Burren in Somerville; a two-night stand by trad powerhouse Altan at City Winery (March 13-14); and young traditionalists Goitse at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport (March 15). See venue websites for details:,,


Jazz & Blues

LELLO MOLINARI QUINTET The virtuosic acoustic and electric bassist celebrates his compelling new recording “Lello’s Italian Job, Volume 2,” on which he and his band once again explore the music of Italy, from folk to classical and more, through the lens of jazz arrangement and improvisation. With saxophonist Marco Pignataro, acoustic and electric guitarist Sal DiFusco, and drummer Marcello Pellitteri, plus special guest Frank Carlberg on piano. March 13, 7:30 p.m. $14-$18. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

RACKY THOMAS BAND Hearing him sing and play harmonica, you’d never guess Thomas majored in guitar at Berklee. He and his band’s command of Mississippi Delta and Chicago blues and roots has made them an area mainstay for over two decades. March 17, 9 p.m. No cover. Chianti Restaurant, 285 Cabot St., Beverly. 978-921-2233,

JOHN RAMSAY QUINTET: ARTFUL MESSENGER The chairman of Berklee’s percussion department pays tribute to Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Not only did Ramsay spend two years on the road with the drum giant and seminal bandleader, he also literally wrote the book on him, 1994’s “Art Blakey’s Jazz Messages.” With trumpeter Jeff Stout, tenor saxophonist Michael Szoldos, pianist Bruce Sklar, bassist Gregory Ryan, and Ramsay manning the traps. March 18, 2 p.m. $10-$20. Highland Jazz at Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Road, Newton Centre. 781-237-1917,




BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Costa Rican conductor Giancarlo Guerrero returns to the BSO podium with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique,” as well as Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3, “Kaddish.” March 15-17, Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,

THE THREEPENNY OPERA James Darrah directs Boston Lyric Opera’s new production of the Brecht-Weill classic, to be performed in Michael Feingold’s English-language translation. Kelly Kaduce is Polly Peachum and Christopher Burchett is Macheath. David Angus conducts. March 16-25, Huntington Theatre. 617-542-4912, 

BOSTON PHILHARMONIC YOUTH ORCHESTRA Last year Benjamin Zander, a Mahler specialist, made a superb recording of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony with his Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. This Sunday Zander returns to Mahler, leading these intrepid young players through the rarefied worlds of the Ninth, Mahler’s last completed symphony. March 11, 3 p.m., Symphony Hall. 617-236-0999,




RICHARD III As he tackles the title role, the ever-intrepid Steven Barkhimer embraces the all-encompassing theatricality of Shakespeare’s scheming, bloody-minded monarch. Aiming to beguile, deceive, and usurp, Richard delivers what is in effect a nonstop performance while methodically eradicating anyone who stands between him and his goals. Directed by Robert Walsh. Through March 11. Actors’ Shakespeare Project. At Swedenborg Chapel, Cambridge. 866-811-4111,


THE HUMANS Economic and personal anxieties steadily rise to the surface as a middle-class Pennsylvania family gathers in lower Manhattan for Thanksgiving dinner in Stephen Karam’s probing drama, which earned the 2016 Tony Award for best play and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. Directed by Joe Mantello, with a cast that includes Richard Thomas, Pamela Reed, and Therese Plaehn, who played Emily in David Cromer’s production of “Our Town’’ at Huntington Theatre Company. March 13-25. Boch Center. At Shubert Theatre, Boston. 866-348-9738,

OLD MONEY Set in a mansion on New York’s Upper East Side, Wendy Wasserstein’s satire moves back and forth from the present to the early 20th century, offering a then-and-now look at social climbing, snobbery, and the general superficiality of the rich and the would-be rich. Directed by Karen MacDonald, with a cast that includes Will Lyman, Jeremiah Kissel, Amanda Collins, Ed Hoopman, and Eliot Purcell. Through March 18. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. At Sorenson Center for the Arts, Babson College, Wellesley. 781-239-5880,



ROMEO & JULIET Boston Ballet reprises its highly acclaimed production of the beloved ballet choreographed by John Cranko, with Prokofiev’s luminous score played live. Star-crossed lovers, political intrigue, a lively community of colorful characters, and passion around every corner. . . What more could you want? March 15-April 8, $45-$174. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955,


DANZABIERTA The groundbreaking Cuban contemporary dance company makes its Boston debut with the area premiere of “Malson,” which blends sharp, high-energy movement with film vignettes depicting Havana. Evoking the shifts and quirks of human relationships, the work unspools to an original score by Afro-Cuban fusion composer X Alfonso. March 16-17. $44-$48. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-876-4275,

THE WILD DIVINE Choreographer Deborah Abel and her company have been working on this new evening-length work for 10 dancers and eight musicians for two years. The work is about letting go and finding new connections as it portrays the healing quest and spiritual inner journey of a woman as her body is failing from serious illness. March 17-18. $30-$40. Tsai Performance Center. 978-369-4530,



RESIGNIFICATIONS Curator Awam Amkpa asked several contemporary artists to interrogate and respond to the Western art history trope of the blackamoor, an African depicted as servile or decorative. Through May 5. Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art, Harvard University, 102 Mount Auburn Ave., Cambridge. 617-496-5777,

MARDI GRAS INDIANS Painter Robert Freeman and photographer Max Stern portray participants in a New Orleans parade that celebrates African-American and Native American cultures. Freeman’s paint-and-feather-filled canvases stress motion; Stern’s photos capture the flair and intricacy of the costumes. Through April 29. Adelson Galleries Boston, 520 Harrison Ave. 617-832-0633,

HIVE Seth Clark takes inspiration from abandoned buildings and natural disasters. In his multimedia collages, he evokes torn-down architecture, describing destruction, decay, and exposed armatures. The title piece, a sculpture, perhaps poses a new question: How to rebuild? Through April 28. Gallery Bom, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-651-2664,



GUN COUNTRY This timely exhibition, which draws from the Addison’s collection, examines the role and meaning of guns in American society, with imagery reaching as far back as the Civil War and including photographs and prints. Pictured: “Graduation parade, Ft. McClellan, Ala., November 1966” by Dick Durrance II. Through July 31. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, 180 Main St., Andover. 978-749-4015,

THE MYSTERY OF WORCESTER’S LEONARDO The Worcester Art Museum’s “A Miracle of Saint Donatus” is reunited with the Louvre’s “Annunciation.” The companion predella paintings, once attributed to Lorenzo di Credi, are now thought to be partly the work of Leonardo da Vinci. Through June 3. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 508-799-4406,

JAPAN’S GLOBAL BAROQUE 1550-1650 Portuguese traders arrived in Japan in 1543. Import and export influenced Japanese aesthetics. Chinese porcelains and Persian and Indian textiles came in, Japanese lacquers shipped out, and Japanese artists depicted foreign ships on screens. Through May 21. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. 203-432-0600,




THE COMEDY STUDIO AT TAVOLO RISTORANTE Comedy Studio owner Rick Jenkins hosts another in a series of shows at various venues around town before the Studio reopens in its new Somerville location this summer. Bethany Van Delft headlines, with Lamont Price and Terrence Pennington. March 11, 7:30 p.m. $10. Tavolo Ristorante, 1918 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester. 617-822-1918,

PENNY 4 YA THOUGHTS? Penny Oswin hosts this monthly comic storytelling show with a dating theme. Oswin critiques comedians’ Tinder profiles and helps them find a match. With Dillon Walsh, Kelly Vernon, Kirsten Logan, Katie Arroyo, Mike Fahey, Chloe Cunha, Trent Wells, Kevin Quigley, and Jessica Leigh. March 16, 7:30 p.m. $10. Jacques Cabaret, 79 Broadway, Boston. 617-426-8902,

COLIN QUINN Back on tour after a February heart attack, Quinn thinks America is too politically divided and headed for a breakup, one of the ideas he’ll explore in his new show, “One in Every Crowd.” March 15, 7:30 p.m. $27-$35. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700,



BOSTON STEM FAIR For curious parents and creative kids alike, there is an opportunity in STEM for you. Learn about science, technology, engineering, and math programs at all levels from more than 30 exhibitors and enter to win prizes. March 11, 1-4 p.m. Free. Embassy Suites, 550 Winter St., Waltham.

BOSTON FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW Frolic among the flowers this week, because despite the temperature outside, the Seaport World Trade Center provides the perfect spring day. This year’s theme, “Savor Spring,” is a tasty mix of food gardening and the classic floral arrangements and displays. March 14-18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $20. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston.

CHILDREN’S ART DISCOVERY CLASS Bring your little Picasso for a day of learning and art this weekend, as kids explore different techniques, colors, shapes, and more. The discussions and hands-on projects are intended for children ages 5-12. March 17, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. The Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury St., Boston. Register here at



March 29 Wild Child at the Sinclair

March 30 New Politics at Paradise Rock Club

March 30 Dashboard Confessional at House of Blues

March 31 Daughtry at the Hanover Theatre

April 4 Sorority Noise at Paradise Rock Club

April 4-5 Justin Timberlake at TD Garden

April 6 Marshmello at House of Blues

April 9 P!nk at TD Garden

April 10 Franz Ferdinand at House of Blues