When the leaves turn, this city comes back to life. Find your arts adventure in this modest smattering of excuses to hit the town come fall, from pop art and photography to Mozart and Tolstoy and everything in between.
In the Steps of the Master
August 29, 2015–February 15, 2016
Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.
An exhibition focusing on work by pupils of the great Japanese painter and printmaker Katsushika Hokusai. See online for prices.
Black Chronicles II
September 2–December 11
Cooper Gallery, 102 Mt. Auburn St.
An exhibition of black subjects in 19th- and early 20th-century British photography, featuring many never-before-seen images. The Cooper Gallery is free and open to the public.
Corita Kent and the Language of Pop
September 3, 2015–January 3, 2016
Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St.
An exhibition of works by screenprint artist and Catholic nun Corita Kent, a contemporary of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein perhaps best known for the iconic 1971 “rainbow swash” design that decorates the National Grid gas tank next to I-93 just south of Boston. The Harvard Art Museums are free for Cambridge residents at all times, and for all Massachusetts residents on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
Seeing the Elephant
September 28–December 5
Bakalar Gallery at MassArt, 621 Huntington Ave.
Inspired by the famous Indian parable of the blind men describing an elephant, this exhibition features the work of a dozen artists, each offering his or her unique perspective on the vast and varied nation of India. The Bakalar Gallery is free and open to the public.
Rosa Barba: The Color Out of Space
October 23, 2015–January 3, 2016
MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St., Bldg E15
A survey of Sicilian artist Rosa Barba’s recent work, which combines film and sculpture in an exploration of the physical qualities of the film medium. The List Visual Arts Center is free and open to the public.
MassArt Film Society
Wednesdays, 8 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Art, 621 Huntington Ave.
A weekly series of films by experimental filmmakers, from the classic to the contemporary. $4 suggested donation.
Page One: Inside the New York Times
September 2, 7:40 p.m.
Science Center D, Harvard University.
Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson presents a screening of this acclaimed documentary on the inner workings of the Grey Lady. Free and open to the public.
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Opening September 2
Kendall Square Cinema, 355 Binney St.
The first feature-length documentary about the Black Panther Party. Director Stanley Nelson will appear in person September 12 & 13. See online for details.
The Quay Brothers in 35mm
September 25–October 1
The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St.
A selection of darkly comic short films by stop-motion masters the Quay Brothers, curated by Christopher Nolan. Tickets $8-11, see online for showtimes.
Manhattan Short Film Festival
September 27, 3 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.
A series of 10 short films, shown simultaneously in theatres around the world. $9 for members, $11 for nonmembers.
Concert in Memory of Fay Chandler
September 15, 7 p.m.
DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, Esplanade
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra pays tribute to local artist, activist and philanthropist Fay Chandler with a spirited, eclectic program including Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. Free and open to the public.
September 18, 7 p.m.
House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St.
A special stateside appearance by the beloved Belgian singer and hip-hop artists. Tickets $35–45.
City Hall Plaza
The Avett Brothers headline this autumn’s iteration of Boston’s very own music festival. See online for prices.
October 2, 7:30 p.m. & October 4, 3 p.m.
Symphony Hall, 301 Mass Ave.
The Handel and Haydn Society kicks off its bicentennial season with Mozart’s immortal final work. See online for prices.
November 7, 7:30
Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Place
The legendary folk duo appears in the flesh. Tickets $23.50 in advance.
Ernest Shackleton Loves Me
September 20–October 4
Paramount Theatre, 559 Washington St.
Arts Emerson presents a surreal, quirky new musical about a beleaguered single mother who strikes up a love affair with famed Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton. See online for times and prices.
Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St.
The Boston Lyric Opera reimagines Puccini’s masterpiece against the backdrop of the 1968 Paris student revolts. See online for times and prices.
A Confederacy of Dunces
November 11–December 13
Boston University Theatre Mainstage, 264 Huntington Ave.
Nick Offerman stars in a stage adaptation of John Kennedy Toole’s hilarious classic. See online for times and prices.
Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
December 6, 2015–January 3, 2016
Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St.
The American Repertory Theatre presents a raucous, cabaret-style electro-pop musical based on a 70-page excerpt from Tolstoy’s War and Peace. See online for times and prices.