Winter arts guide

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

Haneefah Wood in “Bad Dates” at Huntington Theatre Company.
T. Charles Erickson
Haneefah Wood in “Bad Dates” at Huntington Theatre Company.


Pop & Rock

PALM “Rock Island,” the new album from this Philadelphia quartet, combines swooning pop with abstracted riffing in thrilling, hypnotic fashion; “Composite” sounds like a swimming-pool refraction of “Caroline No,” while “Bread” spins out of crystallized bliss into churning prog. Feb. 16, 10:30 p.m. $15 and up. Great Scott, Allston. 617-566-0914,

GIRL RAY This teenage trio from London’s 2017 debut, “Earl Grey,” was one of the year’s best surprises; their fuzzed-out vocal harmonies highlight their keen pop instincts, which take cues from “Tapestry”-style balladry (the quietly crushed-out “Stupid Things”) and heart-on-sleeve twee (the slowly blooming “Waiting Ages”) and other great hook-centered musical movements from the past few decades. Feb. 17, 8 p.m. $15 and up. Brighton Music Hall. 617-779-0140,


GEORGE CLINTON AND PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC The Mothership touches down in Boston for a groove-heavy, spaced-out show with a “New Orleans funk party” twist. Feb. 17, 8 p.m. $29.50 and up. House of Blues. 888-693-2583,

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Folk & World

PURE DEAD BRILLIANT FIDDLE CONCERT A kickoff concert for a weekend Scottish fiddling workshop, this show will gather a formidable roster of local talent that includes Hanneke Cassel, Natalie Haas, and Katie McNally, along with Shetland Islands ringer Kevin Henderson and step dancer Abbie MacQuarrie. Feb. 15, 8 p.m. $25. Log Cabin Chapel at Grotonwood, Groton. 800-838-3006,

JOE VAL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL The Boston Bluegrass Union’s annual Metrowest winter warmer returns with another weekend of bluegrass acts from near and far. Among the offerings this year: progressive icons Hot Rize, the aptly named All-Stars of Bluegrass, rising act Town Mountain, and, making their Joe Val debut, the Italian pickers in Red Wine. Feb. 16, 7 p.m., Feb. 17-18, 10 a.m. $120 weekend pass, $45-$70 individual days. Sheraton Hotel, Framingham. 617-782-2251,

PATRICK COMAN An active part of the local roots-music scene for many years before recently moving to Virginia, Coman made “Tree of Life,” his first full-length album of his bluesy Americana, just prior to that relocation. He comes back to celebrate its release on Saturday. Feb. 17, 7 p.m. $12. The Burren, Somerville. 617-776-6896,



Jazz & Blues

REVOLUTIONARY SNAKE ENSEMBLE MARDI GRAS PARTY Saxophonist-composer Ken Field’s infectious New Orleans-inspired brass band hosts its annual “Fat Tuesday” celebration, with guest saxophonist Amadee Castenell, a Crescent City veteran who’s accompanied the likes of Dr. John, the Neville Brothers, and Allen Toussaint, plus soulful New Orleanian vocalist Henri Smith. Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. $22. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

ERIC HOFBAUER QUINTET Mandorla Music’s Dot Jazz Series presents the ambitious, acclaimed guitarist-composer’s accomplished crew of improvisers: clarinetist Todd Brunel, trumpeter Jerry Sabatini, cellist Junko Fujiwara, and drummer Curt Newton. Over the course of four superb “Prehistoric Jazz” albums, the quintet has explored the compositions of 20th-century masters Charles Ives, Igor Stravinsky, Olivier Messiaen, and Duke Ellington. Feb. 15, 7 p.m. Tickets $15. Peabody Hall, Parish of All Saints, 209 Ashmont St., Dorchester.

MARCIA BALL The rollicking pianist and soulful vocalist is a multiple Grammy and Blues Music Award winner well-versed in the Gulf Coast blues of her native Texas and the New Orleans R&B of her Louisiana youth. Feb. 17, 8 p.m. $30-$35. The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick. 508-647-0097,




HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY H&H’s period instrument orchestra returns to Bach’s much-loved Brandenburg Concertos, offering a complete survey of all six works, co-directed by Aisslinn Nosky (violin) and Ian Watson (keyboard). Feb 16 in Sanders Theatre, Feb 17-18 in Jordan Hall. 617-266-3605, 

ODYSSEY OPERA The company’s Joan of Arc-themed season arrives at Honegger’s theatrical oratorio “Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher,” to be offered in a semi-staged, English-language performance. Gil Rose conducts, the actor and dancer Shura Baryshnikov takes on the title role, and the chorus features singers from the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum and the Boston Children’s Chorus. Feb 17, 7:30 p.m., Sanders Theatre. 617-826-1626,

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Jacques Lacombe leads an all-French program featuring Ravel’s complete “Daphnis et Chloé” and his Piano Concerto for the Left Hand (with guest soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet). Also on the program will be Ravel’s orchestration of Debussy’s “Sarabande et Danse.” Feb. 15-17. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, 




BAD DATES As Haley Walker, a restaurant manager and divorced mother who dives into the choppy waters of the dating world and encounters one Mr. Wrong after another, Haneefah Wood delivers a performance of confidence, inventiveness, and inexhaustible brio. Theresa Rebeck’s solo comedy is directed by Jessica Stone. Through Feb. 25. Presented by Huntington Theatre Company. At Huntington Avenue Theatre. 617-266-0800,

HYPE MAN: A BREAK BEAT PLAY In this probing, electric drama by Idris Goodwin, the bond between performers in a hip-hop trio starts to fracture after a police shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Shawn LaCount directs an outstanding world-premiere production that stars Kadahj Bennett, Michael Knowlton, and Rachel Cognata. Through Feb. 24. Company One Theatre. At Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

HEAR WORD! NAIJA WOMAN TALK TRUE Inspired by the real-life experiences of Nigerian women, including some members of the vibrantly committed cast, “Hear Word!’’ is a portrait of women engaged in an ongoing battle against toxic masculinity and a sexist power structure. Directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa, who also co-wrote the script. Recommended for audiences 14 and up. Through Feb. 11. Presented by American Repertory Theater in association with iOpenEye. At Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www



BB@HOME: PREVIEW OF PARTS IN SUITE This intimate showing in a black box setting at Boston Ballet’s Clarendon Street studios offers a sneak peak at the company’s upcoming Boston Opera House program of works by Justin Peck, Jorma Elo, and William Forsythe. In addition to the teaser performances, the event includes informal talks about each work to give audiences some insight into contemporary ballet. Feb. 15-16. $55. Boston Ballet Studios. 617-695-6955,

SANKOFA In Ghana, the word means “go back and get it,” and that sense of reclaiming history is the driving force behind this Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts production. In honor of Black History Month, the show uses dance to examine the experience of trailblazers of the past in order to better understand the present and plan for the future. Feb. 17. $20-$30. Strand Theatre, Dorchester. 617-282-4561,

DANCE AT THE CINEMA: ROMEO AND JULIET This film showing of the Bolshoi Ballet’s version of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, should provide a fascinating comparison with Boston Ballet’s performances choreographed by John Cranko coming up next month (March 15-April 8). Filmed live in January, the Bolshoi production focuses on the personal struggle of the two lovers, aiming for choreography that is urgent and physical yet highly detailed and poetic. Feb. 18, 10 a.m. $20-$23. Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline. 617-734-2500,



DENISE MARIKA: BODY WAVES Photographs of the artist’s body, borrowed from her performance videos investigating physical endurance, are overlaid with sound-wave charts from recordings made of other people’s lives. The spiky waves veil and reveal, making a mysterious fleshly landscape. Through March 6. Howard Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-262-0550,

FORMS & ALTERATIONS This show examines how clothes make the man, or the woman, or the nonbinary person, and where fashion and performance intersect to express gender. Artists play with notions of personal style and subvert fashion’s inclination to commodify bodies. Through March 25. 808 Gallery, Boston University, 808 Commonwealth Ave. 617-353-3329,


THROUGH THE EYES OF A COLLECTOR Steve Alpert has been collecting contemporary ceramics for more than 40 years, and this selection featuring work by seven leading and emerging artists ranges from Kyungmin Park’s puckish figures to Rick Hirsch’s sculptural vessels. Through Feb. 28. Lacoste Gallery, 25 Main St., Concord. 978-369-0278,



BEFORE PROJECTION: VIDEO SCULPTURE, 1974-1995 Video artists used to contend with boxy television monitors. They compounded screens; they put screens in dialogue. Since projection, many early works — by Tony Oursler, Nam June Paik, and others — have been largely forgotten. Through April 15.MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St., Cambridge. 617-253-4680,


INVENTUR–ART IN GERMANY, 1943-55 Art history has neglected postwar German art because during World War II many German artists were killed or exiled. But the artists who remained grappled with the war and its aftermath and shaped German modernism. Through June 3. Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-9400,


PLAYTIME Play is intrinsic to making and viewing art, it’s increasingly infiltrating the workplace, and it’s a go-to online. Here 40 works by 20 artists, including large-scale installations, explore the changing role of play in society. Through May 6. Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, 161 Essex St., Salem. 978-745-9500,




THORNS Now in its 10th year, this is the variety show for people who might not have a date for Valentine’s Day and aren’t too happy about it, featuring stand-up, sketch, song, and more. Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. $18. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253,

MATTHEW BROUSSARD He is a smart and amiable stand-up, an artist who enjoys visual puns, and yes, he is aware that he looks like every bully from an ’80s teen comedy. Feb. 15-16 at 8 p.m., Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $20-$25. Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844,

CHAMPIONS OF THE BOSTON COMEDY FESTIVAL Four winners of the Boston Comedy Festival’s stand-up competition — Dan Boulger, Dave Mcdonough, Andrew Mayer, and Peter Martin — come together for a bill at one of the festival’s main venues, the Rockwell. Feb. 17, 8 p.m. $15. The Rockwell Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville. 617-684-5335,



LEGOLAND VALENTINE’S DAY Nothing says “I love you” better than a big red heart made of Duplos. Bring your toddler this Tuesday to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center for a Valentine’s Day-theme build, instructed by a master model builder, followed by a story time for the kids and mingling for the parents. Feb. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $16 per person, children 2 and under are free. LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville.

DOGGY DAYS: ABBY GETS A CHECK-UP It’s never too early to explore your career options, especially at the Discovery Museum. Take your little doctors and veterinarians and meet Abby, a therapy dog in need of some TLC. Check her heartbeat, look in her ears, and get some petting and hugging in as well. Feb. 15, 10-11 a.m. $14.50.Discovery Museum, 177 Main St. (Route 27), Acton.

ANIMAL ADVENTURES FEBZOOARY BREAK Days off from school aren’t just for your little monkeys at home. Take them to see the real thing this February break at Animal Adventures. See more than 200 animals, become a zookeeper for a day, and enjoy themed animal shows every hour. Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $14.Animal Adventures, 336 Sugar Road, Bolton.



Feb. 22 Quinn XCII at the House of Blues

Feb. 24 New England Winter Blues Festival at Blue Ocean Music Hall, Salisbury

March 2 Aaron Carter at the Claddagh Pub, Lawrence

March 2 Hippie Sabotage at the House of Blues

March 12 Mat Kearney at the House of Blues

March 15 Dropkick Murphys at the House of Blues

March 16 MGMT at the Orpheum Theater SOPHIE CANNON