Winter arts guide 2019

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Upcoming concerts, shows, performances in theater, music, dance, art, and television.

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// The story behind the ‘Spotlight’ movie

A look at The Boston Globe’s coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the movie “Spotlight,” which is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation.

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© Peabody Essex Museum. Rendering by Ennead Architects. On September 28, 2019, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) will open a 40,000-square-foot wing designed by Ennead Architects, New York. The expansion andrenovation—a component of the museum’s landmark $650M+ Connect Campaign—features new installations, a light-filled atrium, an entry and facilities forschool and group tours, new linkages and traffic flow to existing galleries, and a 5,000-square-foot garden designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.Each gallery offers new perspectives that are designed to create experiences of exploration, discovery, and engagement with exceptional works of art.Share your impressions on social media using #NewPEM.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Sept. 23-Oct. 6

HubWeek brings its annual idea fest to the Seaport, country artist Hunter Hayes plays City Hall plaza, “Disney’s The Lion King” opens in Boston, and more.

Cambridge hip-hop heavyweights STL GLD had a strong showing at the Boston Music Awards this year, earning five total nominations.

Future Teens, Clairo, STL GLD among Boston Music Awards nominees

Voting runs through Nov. 1, culminating in an awards show at House of Blues Dec. 11.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Maren Morris performs onstage at The Greek Theatre on September 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.


For ‘Heavy’ author, collecting is right up there with reading

Author Kiese Laymon will discuss his memoir at Boston College’s Gasson Hall on Wednesday.

Shane Gillis

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What is conservative comedy anyway? ‘SNL’ firing demands the question

The firing of Shane Gillis from “Saturday Night Life” was because of racist comments, but his hiring had to do with a hunger for conservative comedy. Dare I even ask?

Alice Ripley stars as Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard.”

In ‘Sunset Boulevard,’ the talented Ms. Ripley’s star turn has come

Working alongside Broadway’s original Norma Desmond, Alice Ripley witnessed the towering performances of Glenn Close in “Sunset Boulevard.” Now, 25 years later, the role is finally hers.


No Britney Spears, no decisions made at closed court hearing

A hearing Wednesday on the future of the court conservatorship that for 11 years has controlled the pop star’s money and affairs ended with no decisions made and no appearance by her.

FILE - This Jan. 16, 2019 file photo shows Toni Cornell, right, daughter of the late singer Chris Cornell, performing with Ziggy Marley during


Chris Cornell’s teen daughter releases song produced by him

A ballad that Chris Cornell produced for his daughter Toni when she was just 12 is now being released.

At the ICA, walking through tragedy to infinity with art star Yayoi Kusama

The Japanese artist’s selfie-friendly “Love Is Calling” is underpinned by personal, emotional depth.

From left: Laura Carmichael, Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, and Elizabeth McGovern in the movie “Downton Abbey.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Gut check time as ‘Downton Abbey’ leaps to the big screen

Usually when I see a revival movie of a TV show, I am displeased.

book review

Patchett’s ‘The Dutch House’ inhabited by the spirits of the past

Lovers of Dickens and Bronte will feel right at home in Ann Patchett’s intricate and alluring new novel

A promotional photo for the band Milkwood features (from left) Benjamin Orr, Jim Goodkind, and Ric Ocasek.


The Milkwood years: When Ric Ocasek and Ben Orr played ’70s soft rock

Jim Goodkind met Ocasek through an ad, they added Orr, recorded an album as an acoustic trio, then dissolved. He eventually left the business; they became the Cars.

The Avenue Victor Huge bookstore has re-opened in a barn in Lee, N.H.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Avenue Victor Hugo returns, the Dogtown Writers Festival debuts, and buried treasure awaits

The latest news from around the New England literary scene.

Jim Carter in

Things to Do

The Weekender: The Crawleys return, ‘The Crucible’ churns, and ‘Between Two Ferns’

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Women Depicting Women: Her Vision, Her Voice installation as part of the Women Take the Floor exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. September 13, 2019 to May 3, 2021 * Saundra B. and William H. Lane Galleries * Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Art Review

At the MFA, a new show confronts centuries of sexism — including the museum’s own

The museum, like any, has decades of ingrained gender bias. On the eve of the MFA’s 150th anniversary, ‘Women Take the Floor” is its kitchen-sink stab at redress.

Marcel Meyer is going to reprise “The Lady Aoi” at this year’s Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival.

Festival explores Tennessee Williams’s connection to Japanese theater, in all its nuances

This year’s Provincetown festival continues a tradition of illuminating the lesser-known aspects of the playwright’s work.

Actor Mark Wahlberg, amateur playing partner of Rory McIlroy, during the Pro-Am round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)


Mark Wahlberg shares first update from set of new movie

“You’ve all been wondering what I’ve been training for, this is it,” he said on Instagram.

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Brian Jay Jones goes behind the man behind the ‘Cat in the Hat’

The biographer will read from ‘Becoming Dr. Seuss’ on Thursday at the Historic Rotunda at American Ancestors.

Renée Zellweger in

Coming attractions

Movie events coming soon to Boston

Upcoming movie events here and about.

President Clinton came from a middle-class background but now the Clinton family is part of the American elite.

book review

In ‘The Meritocracy Trap,’ a sobering look at what it takes to get ahead

A new book by Yale Law School professor Daniel Markovits argues that the American elite is built atop a precarious ‘foundational myth.’

Connecticut father, son die in fall from cliff

A 71-year-old man tripped atop a cliff and his adult son tried to save him, but both fell about 75 feet to their deaths at an abandoned quarry in Connecticut, police said Thursday.

Members of The 7 Fingers perform during “Passengers.”

With ‘Passengers,’ circus troupe 7 Fingers imagines a train of thought

The US premiere of the show opens ArtsEmerson’s 10th anniversary season.

Brookline public library celebrates 30 years of ‘vital’ film culture at Coolidge Corner Theatre

The exhibition “Only at the Coolidge” l00ks at a beloved local cinematic institution.

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Bedlam’s ‘Crucible’ needs to burn hotter

While Bedlam would appear to be the perfect troupe to revitalize the much-performed “Crucible,” this production drags in places and the performances are a mixed bag.

Alex Hurt (left) and Jeremy Webb in a rehearsal at Huntington Avenue Theatre.


‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’ marries Shakespeare to slapstick

Tom Stoppard's comedy gets a production at the Huntington Theatre Company, directed by Peter DuBois.

On Wednesday, Nneka Nwosu Faison was named executive producer of WCVB Channel 5’s “Chronicle,” the longest-running locally produced news magazine in the country.

Jeneé Osterheldt

With Nneka Nwosu Faison at the lead, WCVB’s ‘Chronicle’ sets a new course

Chronicle named its next executive producer today. She’ll be the first black person to lead the longest-running locally produced news magazine, but she’s so much more than that.

Brian Cox plays the Roy family patriarch on HBO’s “Succession.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Succession’ title sequence offers insights

Best of all is the music, by Nicholas Britell. It’s virtually a character on the show.

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 17, 2019: (center/left - right) Shammua Peter, 15, Roger Curley, 13, and Shawn Eddy, 10, sing in the choir stalls during a rehearsal of the Ashmont Boy Choir at All Saints Church (Parish of All Saints) in Boston, MA on September 17, 2019. Members of the choir with be will be participating in the Ashmont Hill Chamber Music's season opening concert on Sunday. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: Metro reporter:

Performing Bach with musicians who ‘reflect the diversity’ of Dorchester

Under artistic director Mary Beth Alger’s leadership, the long-running Ashmont Hill series has been flourishing, expanding, and forging partnerships in the Dorchester community.

For Chris Smither, it’s been 50 years of digging deep into existential folk-blues

The singer-guitarist-almost-anthropologist returns to Passim Friday for a show drawing on a half-century’s worth of songs.

Colby Charpentier builds experimental ceramics vessels exclusively using glaze.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Glaze is reimagined, reformulated for Harvard ceramics show

Ceramicist Colby Charpentier built vessels from a material normally reserved for the final coat.

Rayna Yun Chou.

A musician and audience member meet in a shipping container for one minute, and it’s a concert

For 10 days at pop-up venues in Cambridge and Boston, you can treat yourself to a Concert for One.

Author Graeme Gibson, longtime partner of Atwood, dead at 85

Graeme Gibson, a Canadian novelist and conservationist and the longtime partner of Margaret Atwood, died Wednesday at age 85.

The ‘superpower’ that sharpens Ezra Furman’s punk perspective

The queer artist has moved back to Boston after scoring Netflix’s “Sex Education” and releasing a new album, “Twelve Nudes.”

Alice Guy-Blaché, left, speaking with actress Bessie Love, on the set of

In Focus

In Focus: Boston Women’s Film Festival helps to reclaim the past

A preview of some of the documentaries at the festival.

Volume 2, Page 13, Picture 4, 10234981, Sport, Football, 1986, World Cup Final, (Mexico City), Argentina Captain, Diego Maradona holds the World Cup trophy whilst being carried on his team-mates' shoulders (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

Doc Talk

Doc Talk: In Southbridge, on the pitch, into the past

A preview of the Shawna Shea Film Festival and the documentary “The Silence of Others.”

A rendering of the Hub Hall food hall coming to Hub on Causeway near TD Garden.

A running list of the 18 food vendors coming to Hub Hall near TD Garden

A new food hall is coming to Boston this winter, and already the lineup is looking delicious.

Boston, MA - 9/17/2019 - Tom Brady makes his entrance to the TB12 Grand Opening Event at the TB12 Performance & Recovery Center in Boston, Mass. on Tuesday, Sept. 17. (Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe) Topic: 18TB12photos


Tom Brady hits the red carpet at the TB12 opening party on Boylston Street

The Patriots QB had plenty of bold-face names on hand for the soiree.

Lizzo performed at Agganis Arena in Boston.


At Agganis Arena, Lizzo seizes the spotlight

Riding high with the No. 1 song in the country, the singer more than proved she was arena-ready.

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Irish theater wasn’t coming here, so I went there. Here’s why you should go, too.

Last fall, I attended the Dublin Theatre Festival. Some of the most memorable moments for a first-time visitor to Dublin were the smaller theaters and lesser-known actors, the pints, and the paintings.

Isaiah Reynolds (right) and cast members of SpeakEasy Stage Company's production of “Choir Boy.”


Finding a solo voice within an ensemble in SpeakEasy’s ‘Choir Boy’

“Choir Boy’’ speaks in its most expressive and resonant voice when the titular ensemble swings into action.


Patriots running back James White hosts Sweet Feet for Strikes benefit

With about 400 people in attendance, including a handful of White’s teammates – Tom Brady among them – the event raised roughly $260,000, which will help inner-city kids get treatment at BMC.

Scott Aiello as Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr., Stephen Berenson as Robert Haxton, and Erick Betancourt as Mickey Corrente in “The Prince of Providence.” (Mark Turek)

Stage Review

In Trinity Rep’s ‘The Prince of Providence,’ a portrait of Buddy Cianci in light and darkness

Scott Aiello delivers an electrifying tour de force performance as the legendary mayor in a world premiere of George Brant’s play.


Diane Keaton, Jeremy Irons film scenes in the Boston Public Garden for new rom-com

“Love, Weddings & Other Disasters” began production in the city this week.

Michelle Dockery and Matthew Goode, in

Movie Review

‘Downton Abbey’ does it right in its big-screen debut

“Downton Abbey,” after six years on PBS, won’t disappoint fans in its movie incarnation.

Brad Pitt in

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Brad Pitt’s rocket misfires in sci-fi ‘Ad Astra’

Neptune is his destination, in search of his missing-astronaut dad, Tommy Lee Jones.

Taylor Swift.

Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover Fest’ tour is only playing 2 US cities — and one of them is in Mass.

Swift announced a series of concerts tied to her new album “Lover,” with the singer planning to visit Belgium, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Poland, France, Portugal, and Brazil starting in June 2020.