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“The Lincoln Legacy” will take place Saturday  at 8 p.m. at Sanders Theatre.

Sarah Vowell and Tony Kushner to discuss Lincoln’s (very stable) genius

The pair will offer their perspectives about the man who steered the country through the bloody Civil War and the abolition of slavery at Harvard University.

Chris Hemsworth and Thad Luckinbill in “12 Strong.”

Movie Review

Heroes on horseback in ‘12 Strong’

“12 Strong” is a chronicle of unheralded American military retaliation in the weeks immediately following 9/11.

Lorraine Hansberry speaking at an NAACP rally in June 1959 in “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart.”

Boston filmmaker was determined to show Lorraine Hansberry as no one had

“A Raisin in the Sun” made the playwright an “icon of middle-class respectability,” but that’s not who she was, says Tracy Heather Strain.

George R.R. Martin is among the big-name participants in “The Great American Read.”

TV Critic’s Corner

PBS wants you to read some great books, then pick a winner

Which books will be the network’s own Justin vs. Kelly?

Shawn Theodore’s “Being Black Outweighs One’s Blues”

Art Review

Celebrating Barkley L. Hendricks at MassArt

The painter’s influence is seen in “Legacy of the Cool.”

Michal Greenboim’s “Parking — Piano”

Photography review

At the Griffin: diptychs, nature, and transformations

Michal Greenboim, Michael Kirchoff, and Holly Roberts have new photography shows (assuming Roberts’s is photography).

Album Review

Joe Perry’s back in the saddle again with blues-rock ‘Manifesto’

The Aerosmith guitarist and his three guest vocalists stick to his lean, no-frills approach on “Sweetzerland Manifesto.”

Chantal Zakari’s “Synergy”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Chantal Zakari turns pennants into red flag

In her show at Kingston Gallery, the artist looks at corporate speak infecting academe.

Eili Harboe plays the title character in “Thelma,” a thriller from Joachim Trier.

Movie Review

Even without Louise, ‘Thelma’ holds her own against the patriarchy

From director Joachim Trier comes a slow-building but potent Norwegian thriller.

Johnny Winter in 2008.


Eclectic lineup to keep Johnny Winter’s legacy alive at Royale show

On Jan. 27, the Johnny Winter Foundation is hosting its inaugural Generations Gala at Boston club Royale.

Author Stephen King, shown speaking in New York last year, will receive the PEN America Literary Service Award in May.


Stephen King to receive PEN America award

The wildly popular Maine writer is being honored for creating a body of work that “helps us to understand the human condition in original and powerful ways.”

Patriots linebacker James Harrison


Patriots player James Harrison posts picture of assault rifle on Instagram

The burly linebacker is a gun enthusiast.

Ann Curry on

Ann Curry says she wasn’t surprised by Matt Lauer allegations

Former “Today” show anchor Ann Curry said there was an atmosphere of verbal sexual harassment at the NBC show when she worked there.

James Franco directed and stars in “The Disaster Artist.”

Movie Review | ★ ★ ★

James Franco delivers extreme entertainment in ‘The Disaster Artist’

The film tells the story of how a bizarre no-talent named Tommy Wiseau made “The Room,” a 2003 misfire now celebrated as “the worst movie of all time.”


Ashland community theater collaborative Jan. 30

The collaborative will feature theater group members discussing their latest production, “Nearly News,” a comedy focusing on the happenings at a local news station in Massachusetts.

“What’s unique about Pete’s character is he’s a believer who’s very sincere about his faith and is trying to find a way to be a comedian but not lose his soul,” says Judd Apatow. “That forces him to question it all because that’s what comedians do — they call bull on everything.”

Globe Magazine

How Lexington’s Pete Holmes got Judd Apatow’s attention and became a comedy star

An affair ended the evangelical Christian’s marriage and made him question everything he lived by. But out of that wreckage came his hit HBO show, “Crashing,” and a new spirituality of sorts.

Actor Timothee Chalamet (right) said he will donate his salary for an upcoming film by Woody Allen (left) to three charities fighting sexual harassment and abuse.

A growing number of actors distance themselves from Woody Allen

The steps heighten questions about the future of the prolific 82-year-old filmmaker in a Hollywood newly sensitive to allegations of sexual misconduct.

Matt Damon


Matt Damon plans to listen more and opine less

The actor regrets some of his comments related to the #MeToo movement.

A “Moulin Rouge” poster was placed in the lightboxes at the Colonial Theatre in November by Steven Ehrenberg (top) and Justin Bolla.

Colonial Theatre to reopen June 27 with ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’

The world-premiere production has its sights set on Broadway.

Ocean Vuong


UMass Amherst prof wins prestigious T.S. Eliot poetry prize

Ocean Vuong, whose debut collection is titled “Night Sky With Exit Wounds,” teaches in the MFA for Poets and Writers program at UMass Amherst.

Author Celeste Ng


Celeste Ng’s ‘Everything I Never Told You’ gets optioned

The Cambridge writer’s debut novel may be coming to a theater near you.

“Counterpart” stars J.K. Simmons as office drone Howard Silk and super-capable spy Howard Prime, duplicates from parallel universes on the trail of an assassin.

Television Review

Simmons doubles the pleasure, but ‘Counterpart’ is convoluted

The actor plays duplicates who live in parallel universes, but meet to track down an assassin.

Alice Rossiter Lewis and her husband, George Lewis VI.


Alice’s Table makes a splash on ‘Shark Tank’

Company creator Alice Rossiter Lewis reached a deal worth $250,000 with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Spanx founder Sara Blakely.

John Duberstein and Lucy Kalanithi, whose late spouses wrote acclaimed memoirs about their final years.

How a new love grew from the ashes of tragedy

Lucy Kalanithi, whose late husband wrote an acclaimed 2016 memoir of his final years, is now in a relationship with John Duberstein , whose late wife wrote an acclaimed 2017 memoir of her final years.

Carrie Brownstein will write and direct the “Search and Destroy” pilot.

TV Critic’s Corner

Carrie Brownstein to adapt her memoir for Hulu

The Sleater-Kinney guitarist and “Portlandia” star will write and direct the pilot.

Jennifer Ellis and George Olesky in SpeakEasy Stage’s “Shakespeare in Love.’’

Stage Review

A lively, stylish ‘Shakespeare in Love’ at SpeakEasy

The idea of theater-as-intoxicant buoys the SpeakEasy Stage production of the play adapted from the 1998 film.

David Josefsberg (left), Sara Bareilles, and Jason Mraz in “Waitress.”


Musical ‘Waitress’ seeks local Lulu

There was an open call for 4- to 5-year-old girls to play the role of Lulu, and on Wednesday, 40 budding actresses will audition at the Boston Opera House.

President Trump

Thing Tank

One new do, three new don’ts: It’s a thing

A look at the week online.

Ernie and Ronald Isley ended a 10-year layoff from recording last year with a collaboration with Carlos Santana.

The Isleys are all about brotherhood — theirs and ours

Ronald and Ernie Isley, who collaborated with Carlos Santana on 2017’s “Power of Peace,” come to the Wilbur Thursday.

Taraji P. Henson in “Proud Mary.”

Taraji P. Henson sees messages of empowerment in ‘Proud Mary’

“Movies like this, where girls kick ass, are so important, especially with movements going on right now around sexual harassment,” the actress said.

Kelly McIntyre stars in “A Night With Janis Joplin.”


Newton North product has a piece of Janis Joplin’s heart

Kelly McIntyre performs as the rock great in “A Night With Janis Joplin.”

Tim Dillon


Laugh Lines: Tim Dillon

A joke from the comic, who plays Laugh Boston Thursday through Saturday.

Maisie Williams, shown in a scene from “Game of Thrones,” stars in the trailer for “The New Mutants.”


Locally shot ‘New Mutants’ bumped back to 2019

One explanation is that Fox didn’t want the film to play against the highly anticipated “Deadpool” sequel.

Matt Ingebretson, a co-creator and costar of “Corporate.”

TV Critic’s Corner

As a satire of cubicle culture, ‘Corporate’ does the job

The new Comedy Central series premieres Wednesday.

Ms. O’Riordan had a high and breathy voice. Four of her Irish rock band’s albums reached the Billboard Top 20.

Dolores O’Riordan, 46, lead singer of the Cranberries

Ms. O’Riordan wrote lyrics and often music for the band’s 1990s hits, including “Linger,” which remained on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 24 weeks.

The New York Times will figure prominently in Liz Garbus’s Showtime documentary series.

TV Critic’s Corner

Showtime offers an inside look at how the press covers the president

Liz Garbus’s documentary series, which has the working title “The Fourth Estate,” will follow The New York Times as it covers President Trump.

Chad De La Guerra, Jalen Beeks, and Red Sox Scholar Ramyus Peters.


MLK Day brings out athletes old and new

Red Sox rookies and former Bruin Willie O’Ree attended holiday events.

Tonya Harding (left) and Margot Robbie at the LA premiere of


Tonya Harding doesn’t want to hear Sufjan Stevens’s song about her

The figure skater isn’t interested.


Jamie Lee Curtis voices support for Eliza Dushku after account of assault

Dushku wrote that she was sexually abused at age 12 while working on “True Lies.”

Queen Elizabeth II has granted her first televised interview.

Queen Elizabeth II goes rogue with a ‘conversation’

It’s the first televised interview the 91-year-old British monarch has granted during her 65-year reign.

Mark Wahlberg said he’ll donate the money to Time’s Up in the name of his co-star, Michelle Williams, who reportedly made less than $1,000 on the reshoots.

After outcry, Mark Wahlberg donates $1.5 million film fee

The move followed an outcry over a significant disparity in pay between Wahlberg and co-star Michelle Williams.

In part of the performance, dancers wear masks that glitter like disco balls and have knife-like horns.

Dance Review

Hervé Koubi explores night and day at the ICA

The French choreographer’s presentation moves from the spiritual to the historical and political.

David Letterman interviews Barack Obama on “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Letterman launches Netflix show with a disappointing Obama interview

David Letterman covers too much familiar turf with the former president on the debut of “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”

Lana Del Rey

Music Review

California dreaming with Lana Del Rey at TD Garden

Seven years after “Video Games,” the LA singer now has the live chops and deep catalog of hits to put on the arena show of her dreams.

Passion Pit singer Michael Angelakos onstage at the House of Blues.

Music Review

At House of Blues, Passion Pit gets blissfully carried away

Frontman Michael Angelakos connected with the sold-out crowd with an enthusiastic and cathartic performance.

Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg in “All the Money in the World,” for which Williams received less than $1,000 to Wahlberg’s $1.5 million for reshooting scenes.

Ty Burr

The pay gap between Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams is shocking — and business as usual

Coming after the #TimesUp campaign at the Golden Globes, the “All the Money in the World” pay gap is a shocking reminder that Hollywood has a long way to go to achieve gender parity.