Coming Attractions: August 12 through 28 - What Will Light Your Fire


Arts Fuse critics select the best in film, dance, visual art, theater, music, and author events for the coming weeks.

Film

Beautiful coral are a common site around Palmyra Atoll. A scene from “Hidden Pacific.” Photo: Tandem/GSF/USFWS.

Hidden Pacific
Through October
New England Aquarium IMAX Theater at 1 Central Wharf in Boston, MA

The film contains never-before-seen footage of the marine national monuments in the Pacific Ocean — the same national monuments that are at risk of being downsized by the doings of Trump and his administration. The film provides audiences with a glimpse of healthy ecosystems that are relatively untouched by humans and then the impacts generated by climate change and environmental degradation. We see the Pacific Ocean’s most pristine islands and atolls and specks of land bursting with diversity, jungles crawling with exotic animals before plunging beneath the ocean’s surface to see the abundance of marine life in the coral reefs. Learn the storied history of the islands and discover their current role as environmental research centers. Schedule of showtimes

BUFF-o-WEEN
October 20
The Somerville Theatre, Davis Square, Somerville, MA

For the first time in its 22-year history, the Boston Underground Film Festival launches a mid-year mini-fest. It is a selection of seasonally appropriate thrills and chills tailored for New England cinephiles! Complete Schedule Arts Fuse feature

A scene from the documentary “Midnight in Paris.”

Midnight in Paris
October 21 at 7 p.m.
Brattle Theater in Cambridge, MA

Midnight in Paris is an exuberant portrait of the soon-to-be graduates at Flint, Michigan’s Northern High School, centering on their expectations and experiences of the Senior Prom. The students’ humor, style, and expressions of love are seen in stark contrast to what the former automotive boom-town is tragically known for, at least beyond its city limits. Directors James Blagden and Roni Moore  are expected to attend via Skype for Q&A

The B-Film. Low-Budget Hollywood Cinema 1935 – 1959
through November 25
The Harvard Film Archive in Cambridge, MA

This retrospective reconsiders the history and legacy of a singular mode of low-budget filmmaking that was invented within (or around) the Hollywood studio system. These inexpensive efforts served as an ideal, even an inspiration, for diverse filmmakers in the future by show how much can be done with little. Link to series

The Boston Palestine Film Festival
through October 27
Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Brookline Library, Paramount Center, and Brattle Theatre

The festival features a lineup of compelling and politically challenging films, including documentaries, features, rare early works, video art pieces, and new films by emerging artists and youth. These works from directors around the world offer refreshingly honest, independent views of Palestine and its history, culture, and geographically dispersed society. Complete Schedule

All Killer No Filler Halloween Hullabaloo
October 24 – 30
Somerville Theater in Davis Square

Each film in this series was carefully chosen by guest programmer, Julia Marchese, who is an actor, filmmaker, film programmer, and co-host of the weekly podcast Horror Movie Survival Guide.

Oct. 24: Battle Royale at 7:30 p.m., Ju-On: The Grudge at 9:45p.m.

Oct. 25: Fade to Black at 7:30 p.m,, Cutting Class at 9:40 p.m, Psycho at 11:45 p.m.

Oct. 26: Firestarter at 7:30 p.m., The Dead Zone at 9:45 p.m, Carrie at Midnight

Oct. 27: A Nightmare On Elm St at 6:30 p.m.,Craven’s New Nightmare at 8:30 p.m.

Oct. 28: Frozen (2010) at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 29,Freaks, with short subjects at 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 30: Texas Chainsaw Massacre at 7:30 p.m.

The Elephant Queen
through October 24
Brattle Theater in Cambridge, MA

Athena is a mother who will do everything in her power to protect her herd when they are forced to leave their waterhole. This epic journey, narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor, takes audiences across the African savannah and into the heart of an elephant family. A tale of love, loss ,and coming home. Trailer

A scene from “Fast Color.”

Fast Color
October 29
Bright Screening Room in the Paramount Center on Washington Street, Boston, MA

Hunted by mysterious forces, a young woman who has supernatural abilities must go on the run when her powers are discovered. With nowhere else to go, she flees back to her family and the farmhouse she abandoned long ago. There, while being pursued by the local sheriff, she begins to mend the broken relationships with her mother and daughter and learns that the power she needed was inside her all along. Discussion led by assistant professor Rae Shaw and professor Wendy Walters to follow. Free.

Alfre Woodard in “Clemency,” screening at the IFFB Fall Focus Series.

Independent Film Festival Boston Fall Focus Series
November 1–3
Brattle Theater in Cambridge, MA

IFFB presents its mini-festival of advance screenings of some of the best upcoming films. The series includes these promising movies: Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning Clemency, Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach), Wild Goose Lake, Waves, Honey Boy (Shia LaBeouf), The Kingmaker (Lauren Greenfield), The Two Popes, Portrait of A Lady On Fire (Céline Sciamma), and The Truth (Hirokazu Kore-eda). Complete schedule and descriptions

A scene from the way out western “Bacarau.”

New Cinema from Brazil
November 2–9
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA

The most compelling and inspiring films from Brazil today (at least that is the claim). Selections will include: Karim Aïnouz’s The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão, Wagner Moura’s Marighella, Araby by directors Affonso Uchôa and João Dumans, and the Western adventure sci-fi effort Bacurau, a dark horse favorite from this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Complete Schedule

— Tim Jackson


Jazz

Chick Corea Trilogy
October 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

Last year jazz piano god Chick Corea played four nights at Scullers Jazz Club with his Vigilette Trio (bassist Carlitos Del Puerto and drummer Marcus Gilmore). Now he’s returning for a show at Symphony Hall with his Trilogy trio — bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade — on the heels of a new album, released October 4.

The Pedrito Martinez Group will perform in Boston on October 20. Photo: Richard Holstein.

Pedrito Martinez Group
October 20 at 7 p.m.
City Winery, Boston, MA.

The 46-year-old Havana-born singer and percussionist Pedrito Martinez has been a valued sideman with all manner of pop and jazz stars — Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Sting — and has had fancy jazz soloists on his own albums (Marsalis, John Scofield). For this gig, he does his own thing with his quartet.

Kenny Werner & Nat Mugavero with Friends
October 22 at 10:30 p.m.
Lilypad, Cambridge, MA.

The esteemed pianist, composer, and teacher Kenny Werner (these days teaching Berklee kids how to chill) fronts a quintet with drummer Nat Mugavero that includes singer Vivienne Aerts, clarinetist Matt Stubbs, and bassist James Robbins.

Pianist and composer Jason Yeager performs at the Regattabar this week. Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Jason Yeager
October 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Regattabar, Cambridge, MA.

Pianist and composer Jason Yeager has responded to our historical moment with New Songs of Resistance, an ambitious, multi-hued suite mixing traditional Latin American folk songs and probing originals. The formidable cast performing the new CD’s music at the Regattabar includes singers Aubrey Johnson and Farayi Malek, trumpeter Cosimo Boni, flugelhonrist Milena Casado, cellist Catherine Bent, electric bassist Fernando Huergo, and drummer Mark.

The Bad Plus
October 25-26 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club, Boston, MA.

The band that transformed the idea of the jazz piano trio, with its unorthodox repertoire of “covers” (Black Sabbath and Nirvana to Ornette Coleman and Stravinsky) and alternately gnarly and shiny through-composed originals, returns to Scullers with “new” pianist Orrin Evans (since 2017) joining founding members Reid Anderson (bass) and David King (drums).

Dor Herskovits Quintet
October 27 at 7 p.m.
Lilypad, Cambridge, MA.

Israeli-born drummer Dor Herskovits is known around town as a superb accompanist, with a composer’s sense of dynamics and group interplay. His new Flying Elephants is as paradoxically buoyant at the title track. He celebrates its release with the fine saxophonist Hery Paz and bassist Max Ridley (both of whom Herskovits plays with in Bert Seager’s Tetraptych), guitarist Caio Afiune, and pianist Issac Wilson.

Kris Davis
October 29 at 8 p.m.
Lilypad, Cambridge, MA.

The pianist Kris Davis has over the past couple of decades established herself as a fearless experimenter and ideal collaborator. Her latest CD, Diatom Rhythms, includes, in the supporting cast, J.D. Allen, Tony Malaby, Esperanza Spalding, Ches Smith, Marc Ribot, Nels Cine, and Terri Lyne Carrington.  (With Carrington, she works in Berklee’s Institute for Jazz and Gender Studies.) This show will be solo piano.

Dee Dee Bridgewater
October 30 at 8 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA.

When last we saw reigning jazz diva Dee Dee Bridgwater, now 69, back at last summer’s Newport Jazz Festival, she was assaying music from her 2017 Memphis . . . I’m Ready, a call-back to the city of her birth and a jazzy take on Stax-era R&B. But she can — and does — sing anything, all with power, conviction, and regal authority.

Yoko Miwa at the Blue Note. She performs at Scullers on November 1. Photo: Steven Sandick.

Yoko Miwa Trio
November 1 at 8 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club, Boston, MA.

The fine pianist Yoko Miwa’s latest album, Keep Talkin’, is one of her most exuberant, with the usual mix of artfully chosen covers, from Mingus’s “Boogie Stop Shuffle” to Irving Berlin, Joni Mitchell, the Beatles, and exploratory originals. She’s joined by her longtime rhythm-mates, bassist Will Slater and drummer Scott Goulding.

— Jon Garelick


Visual Arts

Lili Almog, Muslim Girl #14, from “The Other Half of the Sky,” 2009. Archival pigment print. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, © Lili Almog.

Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art
Special Exhibitions Gallery, Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Through January 5

How do artists address the parallel concepts of borders and the spaces created by immigration? This exhibit features artists such as Do Ho Suh, Graciela Iturbide, Serena Chopra, and many more, whose work investigates the context of cultural and physical displacement through the lenses of history, identity, language, and belief. Curatorially framed to emphasize individual relationships along with geographic and historical specifics, the show explores spaces of displacement as traumatic and transformative experiences.

Holly Roddenbery, “A Few Drops of Compassion,” 2019. Wood, Silver, Stone, Acrylic. Photo by Melissa Lovingood.

Human Impact: Stories of the Opioid Epidemic
Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301
September 28 through May 3

This exhibit brings together eleven invited artists, who share perspectives on the opioid crisis from the viewpoint of those who are closest to the subject. Working in collaboration with families deeply affected by opiate use, these artists create works that communicate stories of pain, hope, and courage. Jodi Colella’s “Once Was (Remembrance)” is a towering, monolithic poppy field, a monument to the lives lost to this epidemic, while another piece, John Anderson’s “Sacrificial Lamb,” an altar of prescription pill bottles and cage-like wire, illustrates the chaos unleashed by the force of addiction. The Fuller Craft Museum presents this show in cooperation with the District Attorney’s office, Brockton Hospital, High Point Treatment Center, and Stonehill College, which advocate for the spread of awareness and information on this subject.

Yayoi Kusama, “Love Is Calling,” 2013. Photo: courtesy of the ICA.

Yayoi Kusama: Love Is Calling
September 24 through February 7, 2021
ICA Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston MA 02210

Premiering in Japan in 2013, and recently acquired as part of the ICA’s permanent collection, “Love Is Calling” is one of Kusama’s twenty infinity rooms. A darkened space, lined with mirrors and interspersed with repetitive, brightly colored sculptural forms, generates a kaleidoscopic effect that surrounds viewers as they traverse the visually crowded space. The experience is accompanied by a sound recording of the artist reciting her poem “Residing in a Castle of Shed Tears” in Japanese. This vibrant environment explores such themes as love, life, and death. It promises to be a remarkable experience.

Robert Heinecken, “Untitled (Are You Rea),” 1964 – 1968, offset lithograph on white wove paper. Photo © Estate of Robert Heineken, courtesy of Cherry and Martin Gallery.

Photo Revolution: Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman
Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA
November 16 through February, 2020

In the 1950’s, once consumerism, television, and image-sharing became commonplace, a new era of photographic experimentation commenced. Photo Revolution presents a wide range of works at the center of this transformation, featuring a wide range of mediums, from artists whose work centered on photography, such as Chris Burden, Nan Goldin, John Baldessari and many more. These artists used photography and video to make social and political statements, turning what was seen as a practical, secondary medium into the inspiration for a new movements in art. Easy access to photo and video production led to a diversification of format, which stirred artists to not only make work using photography, but to make work about photography.

American Mosaic
Griffin Museum at WinCam
32 Swanton Street, Winchester, MA
through January 19

Melissa Lynn’s photographs address the multicultural heritage of the United States in the face of increasing intolerance. Discarding the phrase “melting pot” in favor of the more heterogeneous term “mosaic,” this series of portraits visualizes the artist’s dream of a country which preserves the unique traditions of its many peoples without becoming homogenized. Lynn visits diverse cultural heritage festivals: she requests to photograph individuals wearing traditional clothing, seeing this as a means to promote dialogue and understanding across cultures.

Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect
Through January 5
The Rose at Brandeis, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA

Gordon Matta-Clark coined the hybrid term “anarchitect” for his site-specific works erected in 1970s South Bronx. They have been celebrated as activist interventions within derelict urban communities. Trained as an architect, Matta-Clark critiqued the treatment of areas and people that capitalism had tragically failed. This exhibit focuses on the political content of these interventions, particularly his pioneering approach to social activism through art. Arts Fuse review

Jonathan Berger, detail of Untitled (Richard Ogust), 2019. Tin, nickel silver. Courtesy of Adams and Ollman, Portland Oregon, VEDA, Florence Italy, and Artist.

Jonathan Berger: An Introduction to Nameless Love
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Harvard University
24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
October 17 through December 29.

Commissioned by the Carpenter Center and PARTICIPANT INC, this exhibit presents an archive of several extraordinary relationships, each of which bears the characteristics of “true love,” but reject traditional romantic associations. Instead, each of the couplings is based on connections established by religion, friendship, or community. This body of work is the largest ever created by the artist, gathering togehter, via different mediums, various kinds of non-fiction and biographical narratives. Berger created, over a five-year correspondence with his subjects, large, intricate, text-based installations that honor the distinctive bonds formed by each relationship.

–- Rebekah Bonner


Theater

The Prince of Providence by George Brant. Based on the book The Prince of Providence by Mike Stanton. Directed by Taibi Magar. Staged by Trinity Rep, 201 Washington Street, Providence, Rhode Island, through October 27.

A new play about a notorious figure in Providence’s history. “The nation knows him from Crimetown and Operation Plunder Dome, but Providence has a deeper and more complicated relationship with Buddy Cianci. A charismatic visionary who was also a corrupt philanderer, the long-time mayor defied the odds time after time – from his very first election to winning again after being arrested on assault charges.” Arts Fuse interview with playwright George Brant. Arts Fuse feature

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Directed by Peter DuBois. Presented by the Huntington Theatre Company at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre (264 Huntington Avenue), Boston, MA, through October 20.

A revival of one of Stoppard’s most popular mind-benders, now over 50 years old: “This modern-day classic tragicomedy imagines the lives of two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. As the story unfolds, they voice their confusion about the play that’s being performed without them, untangling bigger questions about life and death, reality and art.” Arts Fuse review

Aja Wiltshire and Greg Watanabe in the Merrimack Rep presentation of “Cambodian Rock Band.” Photo: MRT

Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee. Directed by Marti Lyons. Staged by the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, a co-production with Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago and City Theatre in Pittsburgh, at the Nancy L. Donahue Theatre, Lowell, MA, through November 16.

The East Coast premiere of Yee’s script. The plot: “In 1978, a father flees Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime. Thirty years later, his daughter attempts to piece together her family history, celebrating the resilient bond of family through hardship and sacrifice and the enduring power of ’70s music.” “The actors play their own instruments with powerful performances of 13 songs in Cambodia’s signature sound: a jubilant mix of melodic pop, 60s psychedelia, and California surf rock.”

King Lear by William Shakespeare. Directed by Doug Lockwood. Presented by Actors’ Shakespeare Project, at Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet Street, Chelsea, MA, through October 27.

“ASP last produced King Lear in its second season in 2005. This production is dedicated to the memory of Alvin Epstein, a true inspiration and driving force in the early development of ASP. Alvin played Lear in the 2005 production, which transferred to La Mama in New York in 2006.” Robert Walsh plays the aging patriarch gone mad.

Trayf by Lindsay Joelle. Directed by Celine Rosenthal. Staged by the New Repertory Theatre in the MainStage Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA, through November 3.

A New England premiere: “Best friends Zalmy and Shmuel spend their days as the Rebbe’s loyal foot soldiers, driving their “Mitzvah Tank” through 1990s Manhattan, performing good deeds. The two young men soon find themselves at odds, as a newcomer wishing to learn more about their Chasidic ways creates discord between them. Juxtaposing the secular and the sacred, the familiar and the unknown, the accepted and the forbidden.”

The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse. Directed by Scott Edmiston. Staged by the Lyric Stage at 140 Clarendon Street, Copley Square, Boston, MA, through November 10.

“Thanksgiving, that most American of holidays: when families gather to celebrate the warmth of home, the bounty of the harvest – and a legacy of genocide and violent colonial expansion. Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in this wickedly funny satire, as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month.”

Coriolanus by William Shakespeare. Co-directed by Audrey Seraphin and Daniel Boudreau. Staged by Praxis Stage at Dorchester’s Little House, 275 E. Cottage St., Dorchester, MA, through November 3.

A very activist-oriented interpretation of the Bard’s study in heroic aristocracy thwarted: “In the stratified, famine-plagued, torn-up-and-on-the-brink society that is the Rome of our play, just as democracy seems about to expand to appease the demands of the riotous underclass, the trumpets of war blast. In this world of haves and have-nots, rulers and ruled, perpetual war maintains the status-quo but threatens all who live within the ceaselessly warring nations depicted.” Of course, Shakespeare didn’t seem to have all that much sympathy for the “underclass.”

Girls, After The Bacchae by Euripides, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Choreography by Raja Feather Kelly. Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz. Staged by Yale Rep at University Theatre, 222 York Street, New Haven, CT, through October 26.

Should Euripides be concerned with this world premiere production of an adaptation of one of his greatest hits by one of our leading playwrights? I suspect he would be delighted by the promised sensual/sound meltdown. “Exiled to boarding schools for his entire life, Deon returns to his birthplace with a vengeance –– luring the women of the town to the woods for a night of uninhibited partying. Meanwhile, a young reactionary with a big social media following condemns the debauchery and vows to restore order.” The script “is an electrifying contemporary spin on the classic Greek tragedy, The Bacchae, with a killer DJ, bumping dance music, and live-streaming video.” Note that the production “contains coarse language and violence, haze, fog, strobe lights, loud music, and gunfire (from a semi-automatic weapon and from pistols). Earplugs will be available.”

A scene from “The Institute for The Opposite of Longing.”

The Institute for The Opposite of Longing, written, directed, and starring Lindsay Beamish and Vanessa Peters. At Chelsea Theatre Works in their Black Box Theater, 189 Winnisimmet St. Chelsea, MA, through November 22

“This show is the inaugural performance of Apollinaire Theatre’s new Resident Artist Program, which was funded by a significant grant from the Boston Foundation’s Open Door Grants program, and is intended to bring new voices to the Boston theatre scene.” We could sure use new voices. Billed as the smash hit and critical darling of the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival, this two-person show “explores the condition of chronic yearning via a fictional “institute” where people come to have the thing they can’t let go of enacted with the Institute’s owners — who play the parts of the longed for. But the owners of the Institute are secretly harboring a loss of their own, and are trapped in an endless longing cycle in which that they can’t stop reenacting and replaying their last day with the son they once had.”

Saltonstall Trials: The Salem Witch Trial’s Untold Story by Michael Cormier and Myriam Cyr. Directed by Cyr. Staged by Punctuate4 Productions at the Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis Street, Beverly, MA, through October 27.

If The Crucible was not enough … The script “tells the true, courageous story of Nathaniel Saltonstall who was appointed to the panel of judges trying dozens of witchcraft cases as fear and hysteria gripped the region. During his first trial, Saltonstall questions the legitimacy of the proceedings, then suddenly he is forced to choose between integrity and self-preservation. The truth will put his loved ones at risk, and himself on trial.” Ben Evett stars.

RESCUE! Or, The Fish by Darcie Dennigan. Directed by Josh Short. A workshop production staged by the Wilbury Theatre Group’s Studio W at 40 Sonoma Court, Providence, R.I., October 30 through November 3.

Slowly but surely a challenging reality is beginning to creep into the New England theater scene. This spanking new script is billed as “a madcap commentary on the hypocrisies’ of a society on the precipice of irreversible climate disaster.” And think of it — the play didn’t have to be produced in New York first.

Admissions by Joshua Harmon. Directed by Paul Daigneault. Staged by SpeakEasy Stage Company at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA October 25 through November 30.

A New England premiere: “The plot centers on Sherri Rosen-Mason and her headmaster husband Bill, who have worked hard to expand the racial diversity of the student body at the small New England prep school where they work. But when their son’s Ivy League dreams are on the line, personal ambition and progressive values collide in this no-holds barred look at privilege, power, and the perils of hypocrisy.” The cast includes Marianna Bassham, Michael Kaye, Maureen Keiller, Nathan Malin, and Cheryl McMahon.

Jordan by Brenda Withers. Directed by Jess Chayes. Staged by Northern Stage at the Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction, VT through  November 3.

“The world premiere of a script that deals with a vital issue that is rarely tackled on stage: “Lara’s world is turned upside down when she discovers that a hacker has invaded her online life. The mysterious presence, however, doesn’t seem interested in her money or her data but something more elusive.” The script “asks its audience to examine how much we give away online and what we risk in our age of technology.” According to the Identity Theft Resource Center — a non-profit organization that helps victims of identity theft and educates the public about cybersecurity — there were 10,818 data breaches in 2018 exposing over a billion records. 1,612,530,601 to be exact.” Who knows? Perhaps Facebook will be targeted on stage next?

X by Alistair McDowall. Directed by Linday Eagle. Staged by Flat Earth Theatre at the Mosesian Center of the Arts in Watertown, MA, November 1 through 16

“On the dark, frigid wasteland of Pluto, a team of astronauts find themselves marooned and out of contact with Earth. With nothing to do but wait, the crew struggles to maintain their sanity as the very fabric of reality begins to unravel around them. Channeling sci-fi horror classics such as AlienEvent Horizon, and Sunshine, Alistair McDowall’s groundbreaking play poses the question: Can you solve for X?”

Pru Payne by Steven Drukman. Directed by Bryn Boyce. A staged reading by The Derrah Theatre Lab the Boston Playwrights Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, October 26.

The rookie production from a company dedicated to the memory of the late great actor Thomas Derrah. The cast includes John Kuntz, Will LeBow, Karen MacDonald, Greg Maraio, and Maurice Emmanuel Parent.

Mariah Freda in “Artemisia’s Intent.” Photo: Hunter Canning

Artemisia’s Intent, written and directed by Melissa Moschitto. Staged by The Anthropologists in the Peabody Black Box, the Arcworks Community Art Center, 22 Foster St, Peabody, MA, October 25 at 8 p.m.

Winner of “Best Solo Drama” (at the FRIGID Festival 2018), this script unearths the life, work and words of 17th century painter Artemisia Gentileschi. “A painter of powerful females, during Artemisia’s lifetime women all over Europe were being accused of witchcraft. With eerie historical coincidence the play features testimony from a 1612 trial in Italy, in which Artemisia was tortured with finger screws, not long before the infamous Salem witch trials. Inspired by every proclamation of ‘Me, too,’ The Anthropologists craft a startling portrait of a woman caught at the intersection of power, assault, and art.” Mariah Freda stars.

TRIPTYCH (Eyes of One on Another) Directed by Kaneza Schaal. At the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont Street Boston, MA, October 30 through November 3.

“Thirty years after Robert Mapplethorpe’s death, the world still cannot turn away from the magnetism and emotional complexity of his influential photographs. With their startling union of erotic heat and cool classicism, his controversial works were images of a generation, shattering mainstream conceptions of conventional beauty.” This show “is the daring collaboration of a group of visionary artists working together for the first time, inspired by and featuring images from Mapplethorpe’s stunning body of work. The show features music composed by Bryce Dessner (guitarist for GRAMMY Award–winning band The National), a libretto by korde arrington tuttle and poetry by Essex Hemphill and Patti Smith, and is sung by the eight-person choral ensemble Roomful of Teeth with Alicia Hall Moran & Isaiah Robinson. TRIPTYCH was commissioned by ArtsEmerson.

The Ink Spot Festival presented by Fresh Ink Theatre at Deane Hall, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, November 1 through 3.

“The festival showcases some of the most exciting voices in New England’s playwriting community through in-process staged readings and conversations, providing a platform for playwrights to hear their scripts out loud and with an audience – often for the very first time.” The line-up: Death Wings — Written by Bess Welden; Transactions: Fantasia on a Theme by Dan Price — Written by Keith Foster;¡MAMÁGUA! — Written by J. Sebastián Alberdi; The Last Ship to Proxima Centauri — Written by Greg Lam. Note: The Ink Spot festival is free, but Fresh Ink Theatre encourages audiences to donate to Fresh Ink. You can attend for free or offer a donation in any amount.

— Bill Marx


Classical Music

Pianist Sergey Schepkin
October 20 at 4 p.m.
At First and Second Church of Boston, 66 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA

Glissando Concert Series presents Beethoven Sonatas II: Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 2 No. 2; Sonata No. 12 in A-flat, Op. 26 (“Funeral March”); Sonata No. 31 in A-flat, Op. 110; and Sonata No. 28 in A, Op. 101.

Emmanuel Music’s Bach Mass in B Minor
October 26 at 8 p.m.
At Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA.

“One of his final compositions, the Mass in B minor reexamines and repurposes music from nearly 35 years of Bach’s compositional output. Ryan Turner, Artistic Director, equates it to Bach’s curriculum vitae, a compendium of every compositional technique he ever used, coupled with ‘enormous depth and musical exploration.’”

Musica Sacra’s Monteverdi Vespers of 1610
October 26 at 8 p.m.
At First Church Congregational Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA.

“Considered by many to be the masterpiece that ushered in the Baroque style of composition, Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers epitomizes the era’s ideal that music should express the full range of emotions inherent in the text.”

Skylark Ensemble’s Rachmaninoff Vespers
October 24 through October 27
At Falmouth, Newburyport, Chestnut Hill, and Cambridge. Check website for performance times and locations.

“Hear the most profound masterwork of a cappella music as it has never been heard before, as Skylark brings together three world-renowned basses for the first time ever.”

Blue Heron’s Si douce a oir: the sweet sound of medieval song
October 30 at 8 p.m.
At Brandeis University/Berlin Chapel, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA

Presented as part of the two-day workshop and residency at Brandeis: “Texture, Surface and Line: The Listener’s Experience of Late Medieval Music.”

Blue Heron’s Songs of Love & Death: Selections from I madrigali a cinque voci by Cipriano de Rore
November 1 at 7:30 p.m.
At District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA

“An evening of madrigals from I madrigali a cinque voci by Cipriano de Rore, celebrating the release of Blue Heron’s world-premiere recording of the complete book. Cipriano’s 1542 publication, conceived as a poetic cycle and organized by mode, features sonnets by Petrarch set in a complex and breathtakingly beautiful web of polyphony.”

Chamber Series: Russian Giants
November 1 at 8 p.m.
At Seully Hall, 8 Fenway, Boston, MA

Boston Conservatory presents faculty members in a program of chamber music by three of the Russian ‘giants’ — Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich — in a collaboration that spans Boston Conservatory’s Woodwind, Piano, and String departments.” On the program: Rachmaninov’s Piano Trio Elegiaque No. 1;Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes, op. 34; Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet, op. 57.

Blue Heron’s Flos florum / Flower of flowers
November 2 at 2 p.m.
At the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage, 51 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA

“A program of 15th-century Franco-Flemish music mirroring the contents of a Book of Hours, featuring both sacred devotional music and secular chansons that were quoted allegorically in Marian works. Music by Guillaume Du Fay, Gilles Binchois, Johannes Ockeghem, Johannes Regis, Alexander Agricola, and Josquin Desprez.”

— Susan Miron


Author

Fatima Farheen Mirza
A Place for Us: A Novel
October 21 at 7 p.m.
Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley MA
Free

A Place for Us tells the story of one family, but all family life is here. Rafiq and Layla must come to terms with the choices their children have made, while Hadia, Huda, and Amar must reconcile their present culture with their parents’ world, treading a path between old and new. And they must all learn how the smallest decisions can lead to the deepest betrayals. This is a novel for our times: a deeply moving examination of love, identity and belonging that turns our preconceptions over one by one. It announces Fatima Farheen Mirza as a major new literary talent.”

Steven Kassels
Addiction On Trial: Tragedy In Downeast Maine
October 22 at 7 p.m.
Newtonville Books, West Newton MA
Free

“Steven Kassels MD has had the privilege of treating patients from all walks of life during his years of practice in both emergency medicine and addiction medicine. He believes that everyone deserves compassion and access to medical care regardless of the nature of the illness. He wrote Addiction on Trial to both entertain and educate, and to depict the struggles of addiction for an audience of avid readers who may expand their understanding of addiction on the basis of evidence. Dedicated to his work in addiction medicine, he is also passionate about tennis, back-country skiing, biking, music, and the Boston Red Sox. Kassels turns his addiction medicine and emergency medicine experiences into a journey of suspense while exploring love and loss, family dysfunction, and the what-ifs of life; the journey will continue in the next Shawn Marks Thriller, Lost to Addiction.”

Ronan Farrow
Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
October 24 at 7:30 (Doors open at 6:30)
Back Bay Events Center, Boston MA
Tickets are $38 with copy of book

“In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move, and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family. This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims of abuse. And it’s the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement.”

Joshua Foer
Atlas Obscura, The Second Edition
October 29 at 7 p.m.
Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner MA
Free

“This revised and updated second edition includes 120 new entries and a fold-out road trip map (with a dream itinerary) to offer readers even more of the most unusual, curious, bizarre, and mysterious places on earth. Oversized, beautifully packaged, compellingly written, scrupulously researched, and filled with photographs, illustrations, maps, charts, and more, this is the book that inspires equal parts wonder and wanderlust.”

Robert Pinsky
The Mind Has Cliffs of Fall- Poems at the Extremes of Feeling
October 29 at 7 p.m.
Porter Square Books, Cambridge MA
Free

“With seven illuminating chapters and succinct headnotes for each poem, Pinsky leads us through the book’s sweeping historical range. Each chapter, with contents chronologically presented from Shakespeare to Terrance Hayes, Dante to Patricia Lockwood, shows the persistence and variation in our states of mind. “The Sleep of Reason” explores sanity and the imagination, moving from William Cowper’s “Lines Written During a Time of Insanity” to Nicole Sealey’s “a violence.” “Grief” includes Walt Whitman’s “When Lilacs last in the Door-yard Bloom’d” and Marie Howe’s “What the Living Do,” and “Manic Laughter” highlights both Lewis Carroll and Martin Espada. Each poem reveals something new about the vastness of human emotion; taken together they offer a sweeping ode to the power of poetry.”

Robert Cocuzzo
The Road to San Donato: Fathers, Sons, and Cycling Across Italy
November 6 at 7 p.m.
Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner MA
Free

The Road to San Donato is an adventurous travel memoir of an American father and son tracing their Italian heritage by bicycle. With only the bare essentials on their backs, author Robert Cocuzzo and his sixty-four-year-old father, Stephen, embark on a torturous 425-mile ride from Florence, Italy, to San Donato Val di Comino, an ancient village hidden in the Apennine mountains from which their family emigrated a hundred years earlier. After getting lost, beaten down, and very nearly stranded, when they finally reach the village the Cocuzzos discover so much more than their own family story.”

— Matt Hanson


Rock, Pop, and Folk

Vivian Girls with Empath and Young Guv
October 20 (doors at 7:30, show at 8)
ONCE Ballroom, Somerville, MA

The Brooklyn noise pop trio Vivian Girls broke up in 2014 after releasing three moderately to very well-received albums between 2008 and 2011. Eight years after they were last heard from as a unit, Cassie Ramone, Katy Goodman, and Ali Koehler are back with Memory and the critics are being at least as kind as they ever were. If you missed them the first time around, climb on board now by devoting 33 minutes to these 12 new songs and catch up on the rest at ONCE on October 20.

Flamin’ Groovies with Richard Lloyd Group and Tiger Bomb
October 25 (doors at 8)
ONCE, Somerville, MA

Cyril Jordan, whom I interviewed for The Arts Fuse in 2015, is the only member of the current Flamin’ Groovies line-up who will be familiar to most fans. Original bassist George Alexander was booted from the band a few years ago, longtime singer/guitarist Chris Wilson (whom I interviewed in 2013) is probably still an official member but is not currently touring, and the drum throne has been occupied by several different people since the band resumed regular activity earlier this decade. Joining Jordan this time around are the popular veteran Bay Area power pop artist Chris von Sneidern (guitar), bassist Atom Ellis (who toured with The New Cars in the mid-aughts and played on Richard Thompson’s 1999 album Mock Tudor), and drummer Tony T. Sales, whose grandfather was Soupy and whose father and uncle recorded with Iggy Pop, Todd Rundgren, and David Bowie’s Tin Machine. If the presence of these un- or only slightly familiar names aren’t enough to get you to ONCE on Thursday, then the the bill’s inclusion of former Television guitarist Richard Lloyd and the all-female Portland, ME quartet Tiger Bomb should unburden you of any doubts.

GA-20 with Big Jon Short
October 25 (show at 10)
Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge, MAGA-20 is a Boston blues trio who released its debut album, Lonely Soul, on October 18. The band will celebrate the occasion at Atwood’s on Friday before heading off on an 18-date trek that includes stops in several New England states, the Midwest, NYC, and Philly. Co-founded by an 11-year veteran of blues harp titan Charlie Musselwhite‘s touring band, GA-20 are the real deal. Worcester’s one-man country/blues-band Big Jon Short will open.

The Fleshtones with GLider, Muck & The Mires, and Baabes
October 26 (doors at 8, show at 8:45)
ONCE, Somerville, MA

Having released their first EP in 1980 and their first LP two years later, The Fleshtones have been at it for nearly 40 years with nary a noticeable gap in their recording and touring résumé. The sound that they’ve honed over that time can be described by almost every adjective in the alternative rock dictionary, including garage, punk, new wave, indie, and jangle. “Warm up” is way too tame a description of what local faves GLiDER, Muck & The Mires, and Baabes will do at The Fleshtones’ Somerville gig on Saturday night.

Soggy Po’ Boys with Say Darling and Rachel Sumner
October 26 (doors at 8, show at 9)
Thunder Road, Somerville, MA

Soggy Po’ Boys were formed on Mardi Gras in 2012 and say that their sound is “New Orleans Jazz, served messy.” This combination might make the fact that they call Dover, NH home seem a bit odd. But as the band also says, “The beauty of New Orleans music is that it’s celebrated and appreciated everywhere.” One need look no further for proof than this septet that includes clarinet, trumpet, tenor and sopranos sax, piano, guitar, stand-up bass, and drums. SPB will preview the October 29 release of All In Favor, their fourth full-length recording in five years, at Union Square’s Thunder Road this Saturday. Self-described “vintage rock ‘n’ roll” New England quintet Say Darling and Boston folk (in the broadest sense of the term) singer-songwriter/guitarist Rachel Sumner will give the attendees their time and money’s worth before the headliners even take the stage.

— Blake Maddox



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