Hot Tickets: Farnsworth Invention, Magnetic Fields, Aretha Franklin

aretha Hot Tickets: Farnsworth Invention, Magnetic Fields, Aretha FranklinTHEATER

Now that the Broadway strike is over, there’s going to be a mad rush for tickets and most of this weekend’s shows will be sold out. But throw some elbows and get a good spot on line for Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention, which is opening on Monday, Dec. 3. It’s so good, it’ll make you forget Studio 60.

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Boston’s post-punk fogies Mission of Burma are coming to the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Jan. 19. Okay, so maybe they were way more important, and more attractive, in the early 80’s, but Mission of Burma is still worth seeing, if only so you can get sore singing/moshing to “That’s When I Reach For My Revolver.” Classic! [On sale: Since noon today. Hurry!]

The Foo Fighters are making their Madison Square Garden debut on Feb. 19 in support of their new album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, released in September. Check them out while they rock their special brand of guitar-driven pop against stoic dudes in riot gear in the video for "The Pretender," the first single off the album. [On sale: Fri. Nov. 30 at noon.]

The Magnetic Fields added another date to their series of shows in February! The other shows sold out, so bookmark ticketmaster.com. The Town Hall on Feb. 24 is the place to be to hear Stephin Merritt’s droopy love songs that we sad bastards love to put on repeat. We’re looking forward to their 8th album, Distortion, set to be released on Jam. 15 on Nonesuch. "The impetus started with a lunch with Nonesuch, where they said, ‘Why don’t you make a record quickly?’" Mr. Merritt told Billboard.com. "So I thought to myself, ‘What could I record in a month? What would I do if I was forced to be a normal person and have a band that sounded the same from song to song, and not be bored?’ I would be the Jesus & Mary Chain." Silly Stephin, you’re not normal! But we aren’t mad that the new album will be inspired by the Reid brothers. [On sale: Fri. Nov. 30 at noon]

Have R.E.S.P.E.C.T. for "Lady Soul" Aretha Franklin, who’s playing Radio City Music Hall—for the gazillionth time, but we’re not complaining!—on March 21. We hope she wears a sparkly, fringed dress like the one in this performance from the 90′s. [On sale: Monday Dec. 3 at noon]