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

Tab Benoit plays the Cabot in Beverly on March 8.
Tab Benoit plays the Cabot in Beverly on March 8.(The Spire Center)

MUSIC

Pop & Rock

NINA NESBITT On her new album, “The Sun Will Come Up, The Season Will Change,” this Scottish up-and-comer tells stories of finding love within herself over gauzy synthpop textures and grooves borrowed from ’90s R&B. March 5, 8:30 p.m. $17, $15 advance. Great Scott. 617-566-0914, www.greatscottboston.com

KELLY CLARKSON One of pop’s most utterly enjoyable live presences, this Texas-born singer experienced a career revitalization with her firecracker 2017 album, “Meaning of Life.” She’s still got pipes that are among music’s best, and her ever-rotating selection of cover songs shows off her love of old soul and new rock. March 8, 7 p.m. $29.50 and up. TD Garden. 617-624-1000, www.tdgarden.com

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SIR BABYGIRL “Crush on Me,” the debut full-length by Allston basement-show alum turned New Hampshire resident Kelsie Hogue, is a delightfully loopy collection of bedroom pop, balancing Hogue’s gleefully idiosyncratic instrumentations with hooks that are deliciously sticky in a melting-ice-cream way. March 9, 9 p.m. $12, $10 advance. Great Scott. 617-566-0914, www.greatscottboston.com

MAURA JOHNSTON

Folk & World

JEFFREY MARTIN Not a frequent visitor to these parts, Martin has been lured from his Portland, Ore., base to play a solo set as part of the Charles River Museum’s 2nd SHIFT Music Series. Folks who are partial to the music of John Prine should find a lot to like in what Martin is doing. March 7, 8 p.m. $20. Charles River Museum, Waltham. 781-893-5410, www.charlesrivermuseum.org

LILY & MADELEINE The Jurkiewicz sisters continue to widen the scope of their Americana, this time in a dreamy, soulful direction, on their just-released “Canterbury Girls.” And if in listening you find yourself reminded at times of the big winner at this year’s Grammys, that might reflect the fact that Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk, the co-producers of Kacey Musgraves’s “Golden Hour,” also produced this one. March 9, 8 p.m. $15. Red Room at Cafe 939. 617-747-2261, www.cafe939.com

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CASS MCCOMBS Singer-songwriter McCombs arrives on the heels of his latest release, “Tip of the Sphere,” a beguiling, intense folk-rock mix that swirls together traces of everything from Jackson Browne to psychedelic Beatles to the Dead and, tucked in among his lyrical ruminations, some epic, historically-based storytelling with “The Great Pixley Train Robbery.” March 9, 8 p.m. $18. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 888-929-7849, www.axs.com

STUART MUNRO

Jazz & Blues

TAB BENOIT Louisiana’s own blazing guitarist, singer, and songwriter is a multiple Blues Music Awards winner, having been named B.B. King Entertainer of the Year in both 2007 and 2012, Contemporary Blues Male Artist in 2012 and 2013, and in 2010 was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. March 8, 8 p.m. $29.50-$43.50. The Cabot, 286 Cabot St., Beverly. 978-927-3100, www.thecabot.org

REVOLUTIONARY SNAKE ENSEMBLE MARDI GRAS PARTY Saxophonist and composer Ken Field’s New Orleans-inspired jazz/funk brass band, which brilliantly bridges the booty/brain barrier, hosts its annual “Fat Tuesday” celebration. This year’s special guests are two in-demand up-and-comers: drummer and Crescent City native Brian Richburg Jr., and trumpeter-composer Alonzo Demetrius. March 5, 7:30 p.m. $17-$22. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

BENNY SHARONI TRIO The Israel-born, Boston-based tenor saxophonist and composer plays his Sonny Rollins, Hank Mobley, and Joe Henderson-influenced take on 1960s hard bop with remarkable fervor and freshness. With Hammond B3 organist Shinichi Otsu and drummer Steven Langone. March 7, 7:30. $20-$25. City Winery, 80 Beverly at One Canal. 617-933-8047, www.citywinery.com

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KEVIN LOWENTHAL

Classical

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA It’s a two-premiere week for the BSO. First, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players debut Elena Langer’s “Five Reflections on Water” alongside pieces by Rossini, Barber, and Michael Gandolfi. Later in the week, Thomas Adès conducts the BSO and pianist Kirill Gerstein in the world premiere of his own piano concerto, alongside Liszt’s “Mephisto Waltz No. 1” and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Chamber Players: March 3, 3 p.m. Jordan Hall. BSO: March 7-9, Symphony Hall. 888-266-1200, www.bso.org

BOSTON BAROQUE Lyric tenor superstar Nicholas Phan sings the title role in Handel’s final oratorio, “Jephtha,” with an unshakable supporting cast including Dashon Burton, Ava Pine, Randall Scotting, and Ann McMahon Quintero. Music director Martin Pearlman conducts. March 8 and 10. Jordan Hall. 617-987-8600, www.bostonbaroque.org

RADIUS ENSEMBLE The local chamber band, which turns 20 this year, welcomes poet Regie Gibson to recite selections from Langston Hughes’s poetry during “Portrait of Langston,” by American flutist and composer Valerie Coleman. The program also includes music by Ravel, Joan Tower, and Stephany Svorinic, the latest winner of the ensemble’s annual composition competition. March 9, 8 p.m. Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music, Cambridge. 617-792-7234, www.radiusensemble.org

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MADONNA

ARTS

Theater

BEDLAM’S PYGMALION By changing Eliza Doolittle’s origins from England to India, the inventively freewheeling New York theater company known as Bedlam has yanked George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 comedy into the multicultural present. A play that has always been about the striations and boundaries of class now becomes a trenchantly of-our-moment work about race, immigration, and assimilation as well. Featuring a wonderful Vaishnavi Sharma as Eliza and Eric Tucker, who also directs, as Henry Higgins. Through March 3. Production by Bedlam. Presented by Underground Railway Theater. At Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 617-576-9278 ext. 1, www.centralsquaretheater.org

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THE LITTLE FOXES Scott Edmiston’s sizzling production demonstrates how much voltage can still be generated by Lillian Hellman’s well-constructed 1939 melodrama about the scheming members of a wealthy Southern clan at the turn of the century. A strong cast is led by Anne Gottlieb, who delivers an outstanding performance as the steely, calculating Regina Giddens. As Regina’s malevolent brother, Benjamin Hubbard, longtime Boston theater stalwart Remo Airaldi performs the living daylights out of one of the best roles he’s had in years. Through March 17. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com

SPAMILTON: AN AMERICAN PARODY “Forbidden Broadway’’ impresario Gerard Alessandrini, who has mercilessly skewered countless musical-theater eminentos over the decades, clearly sees “Hamilton’’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda as a kindred spirit in the quest to make Broadway better. But that didn’t stop Alessandrini from creating (and directing) an entertaining sendup of Miranda (played by Adrian Lopez) and his blockbuster musical. Ani Djirdjirian is a cast standout, portraying a gallery of characters who include Julie Andrews, Liza Minnelli, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Barbra Streisand, and the Beggar Woman from “Sweeney Todd.’’ Through April 7. Huntington Theatre Company. At Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org

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DON AUCOIN

Dance

ATE9 DANCE COMPANY Led by former Batsheva Dance Company performer Danielle Agami, this Los Angeles-based troupe is considered one of the boldest and most innovative on the West Coast. For its Boston debut, presented by World Music/CRASHarts and ICA/Boston, the company brings the new “calling glenn,” an eclectic, intensely physical, Gaga-influenced work for nine dancers with music performed live by Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche. March 8-9, $36-$40. Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org

URBANITY NEXT Seven choreographers were chosen from a pool of 40 applicants from around the country for this Urbanity Dance four-month mentored residency. This weekend’s concert showcases the fruits of their creative labors, with new works by Styles Alexander, Hollis Bartlett, Dorothy Cherry, Cayley Christoforou, Alexander Davis, Carrie Kerstein, and Nattie Trogdon. March 8-10, $25-$50. Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge. 617-572-3727, www.urbanitydance.org

ISRAEL FOLKDANCE FESTIVAL OF BOSTON Uniting many diverse streams of Jewish cultural traditions, the festival includes hundreds of dancers, from children to seniors, in a celebration of strength and solidary. Now in its 43rd year, the festival welcomes ensembles from as far away as Brazil and includes a group finale jointly choreographed with the Israeli Dance Festival DC. March 10, 3 p.m., $5-$20. MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge. 617-658-3655, www.bostonfestival.org

KAREN CAMPBELL

Galleries

CREATIVE WORK AS ADVERSARY: THE AI AND MACHINE ART Is it possible to collaborate with a machine? Artist Alexander Reben, an MIT-trained roboticist, examines the artistic implications of artificial intelligence. Works include AI-created paintings, prints resulting from an art-generating algorithm’s reading of the artist’s texts, and more. Through April 14. Emerson Urban Arts: Media Art Gallery, 25 Avery St. 617-824-8667, www.emerson.edu/urban-arts/media-art-gallery

THE CITY INSIDE US In this exhibition about place — how it shapes us, how we shape it, and how it is in constant, sometimes threatening, flux — artists José Ferreira and Asma Kazmi offer virtual and material works that consider emotional geographies, migration, economics, displacement, and wonder. Through March 17. Distillery Gallery, 516 E 2nd St., South Boston. distillerygallery@gmail.com, www.distillerygallery.com

PULP + PROCESS Sam Aldrich, a 2018 graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, organized this survey of paper arts from papermaking to laser-cut paper sculptures, intricate origami, and handmade paper tea bowls. It’s the first show in the Society of Arts + Crafts’ new Emerging Curator Program. Through April 21. Society of Arts + Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd. 617-266-1810, www.societyofcrafts.org

CATE McQUAID

Museums

MATTHEW BARNEY: REDOUBT One of the most-celebrated artists of his generation, Barney checks back in to his Yale alma mater for the first time since graduation in the ’80s with a complex, meditative video work about nature, loss, and cosmic grand schemes. A far cry from his trademark viscerality? Maybe. But don’t be surprised to see entrails or ectoplasm somewhere along the way. Through June 16. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. 203-432-0601, artgallery.yale.edu

THE BAUHAUS AND HARVARD Among several exhibits marking the groundbreaking Modernist design school’s centenary, this is sure to be the meatiest, given the school’s history with Bauhaus cofounder Walter Gropius, the onetime chair of architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Consider it a vision of better living through design a century later, with all the caveats that come with that. Through July 28. Harvard Art Museums. 32 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-267-9300, www.harvardartmuseums.org

NATURE’S NATION: AMERICAN ART AND THE ENVIRONMENT The landscape has been a defining aspect of American identity for centuries — long before there was even a United States of America to define. What happens when that landscape is in distress — physical, or otherwise? In an increasingly fractious nation, that’s what this show seeks to address. Through May 5. Peabody Essex Museum. East India Square, Salem. 978-745-9500. www.pem.org

Murray Whyte

EVENTS

Comedy

KATHLEEN MADIGAN: HOT DOGS AND ANGELS TOUR One of the flat-out funniest comedians on the road, Madigan takes on everything from her Irish Catholic upbringing to modern politics from a no-nonsense, everywoman perspective. Early show is sold out. March 9, 7 and 9:45 p.m. $32-$39. The Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849, www.thewilbur.com

DES BISHOP A formidable comic, Bishop has faced audiences around the world. Raised in Queens, he moved to Ireland in his teens, became a star there, and spent two years in China learning Mandarin to perform for audiences in their native language. March 7 at 8 p.m. and March 8-9 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $28. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St. 617-725-2844, www.laughboston.com

HEMWAY AND LAUGHING LIBERALLY A night of indie rock, courtesy of Hemway, and politically progressive comedy, courtesy of Srilatha Rajamani and Kwasi Mensah at Boston's chapter of Laughing Liberally, a monthly show that has been playing Arts at the Armory in Somerville for the past year. March 8, 7 p.m. $12-$16. The Burren, 247 Elm St., Somerville. 617-776-6896, www.burren.com

NICK A. ZAINO III

Family

LOWELL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: WINTER FAMILY CONCERT This year’s Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra Winter Family Concert, Princesses and Pirates, is a whimsical way to introduce kids of all ages to classical music. The concert includes fan favorite songs from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Star Wars,” “The Pirates of Penzance,” and more. There will also be a “Meet the Instruments” session after the performances, where kids have the opportunity to meet the musicians and learn about their respective instruments. March 3, 2-3:30 p.m. $5-$10. Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Road, North Chelmsford. www.brownpapertickets.com

LEGO THEMED WORKSHOPS: CARS Do you have a lover of both Legos and automobiles? Then you’re in luck. Jump N’ Slide’s cars and trains Lego session combines a love of building with a collaborative lesson plan. While the recommended age range is 4-8, all kids are welcome to participate. Tickets include unlimited playtime at Jump N’ Slide, as well as a $10 game card for arcades. March 3, 3-4 p.m. $20. Jump N’ Slide, 145 Wells Ave., Newton. www.eventbrite.com

SWING DANCE WITH THE LOVE OF DOGS There’s nothing like live music to accompany swing dancing. Swing City is hosting The Love Dogs, a ’30s-and-’40s-era swing band, for a night of dancing. Beginners are welcome, and there will be a swing dance lesson to help them an hour before the dancing begins. March 9, 8 p.m.-midngiht. $14-$18. Swing City, 680 Huron Ave., Cambridge, www.swingcityboston.com

LILLIAN BROWN

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

March 10 Trevor Hall at Wilbur Theatre ticketmaster.com

March 14-17 Dropkick Murphys at House of Blues ticketmaster.com

March 19 Natalie Merchant  and Lúnasa at Wilbur Theatre ticketmaster.com

March 20 Ariana Grande at TD Garden ticketmaster.com

March 21 Indigo Girls at Chevalier Theatre ticketmaster.com

March 26 KISS at TD Garden ticketmaster.com

March 31, April 2  Fleetwood Mac at TD Garden ticketmaster.com

April 10 Muse at TD Garden ticketmaster.com

LILLIAN BROWN