Winter arts guide 2019

// Check out the Winter Arts Guide 2019

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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Christina Lynch Markham and Sean Mahoney from Paul Taylor Dance Company

The Ticket

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

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Brendan MacAllister

The 25 year old spends most of his time working three jobs. During his free time, he’s still hard at work — on his illustrations which he highlights on his Instagram.

FILE - In this April 10, 2002, file photo, a vehicle moves along the Extraterrestrial Highway near Rachel, Nev., the closest town to Area 51. The U.S. Air Force has warned people against participating in an internet joke suggesting a large crowd of people

It’s a Thing

Hostile yahoos, horrifying ‘Cats,’ hustling bots, and thriving house plants

Michael Andor Brodeur’s review of the week online.

Chris McCarrell in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical plays July 17 Ñ 28, 2019 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre. (Jeremy Daniel)

Stage Review

‘The Lightning Thief’ is a blast — and that’s no myth

A raucous, freewheeling musical adaptation of Rick Riordan’s popular book series about half-god, half-mortal Percy Jackson comes to the Huntington.

The still-untitled NBC series will star Ted Danson as a businessman turned mayor of LA.

TV Critic’s Corner

Tina Fey, Robert Carlock create comedy for Ted Danson

On the still-untitled single-camera show, Danson will play a wealthy businessman who is unexpectedly elected mayor of Los Angeles.

hot ticket

One to add to your summer beach-read list

WHDH-TV investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan discusses her 11th novel, “The Murder List,” on Aug. 20 at Brookline Booksmith.

The 2018 festival centerpiece creation.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of July 22-28

A sand sculpting festival, the Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts, Shakespeare, and more.

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2008 file photo,


In Maine, ‘Greg Brady’ set to shuck clams at Yarmouth Clam Festival

Greg Brady never ditched his responsibilities as the leader of the “Brady Bunch” kids. This weekend Barry Williams, the actor who played him, tries his hand a shucking clams.

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Location, location, location

On the 50th anniversary of an American landing on the moon, four books take us back to Earth to expore some of our country’s own strange and wonderful places.

Martine Gutierrez’s “Demons, Xochiquetzal, ‘Flower Quetzal Feather,’ p95 from Indigenous Woman”

Photography Review

Sweetness, ferocity, and sparkle in portrait photos since Stonewall

This exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art mines a rich vein.

Tom Cruise spoke Thursday during an appearance at Comic-Con.

Tom Cruise surprises Comic-Con audience with ‘Top Gun’ sequel trailer

“Top Gun: Maverick” is expected to hit theaters in June 2020.

The author seen before and after the FaceApp aging process.

@LARGE | Michael Andor Brodeur

How FaceApp got your data, and why you gave it to them

The resistible rise of FaceApp.

Lauren Grant (front) and the Mark Morris Dance Group in “Prelude and Prelude.”

dance review

An intensely joyful performance from Mark Morris Dance Group at Jacob’s Pillow

This week, the company is performing four works by Morris, spanning nearly four decades.

NEW ENGLAND LITERARY NEWS | nina maclaughlin

Bodies in detail, Kipling in Vermont, and Shakespeare in the park

The latest news from the New England literary scene.


Scenes from 2019: Seven TV moments to relish

Here are a few favorites from some standout series (oh, and the Oscars too).

Olivia Parker,

Photography Review

At the Peabody Essex, marvelousness made visible

Two very different photography shows both display the fantastic.

Chris Rock will head a cast that includes Jason Schwartzman, Jack Huston, and Ben Whishaw.

TV Critic’s Corner

Chris Rock to star in new season of ‘Fargo’

The cast will also include Jason Schwartzman, Jack Huston, Ben Whishaw, and singer-songwriter Andrew Bird.

book review

Buzzy ‘Three Women’ makes for a cryptic triptych

Lisa Taddeo’s deeply reported portrait of female desire isn’t really about that at all.

Bob Marley, seen in 1979, headlined the Amandla Festival at Harvard Stadium.


When Bob Marley came to Allston

Forty years ago, the reggae superstar headlined a concert at Harvard Stadium organized by Boston social justice activists. But when the day came, he almost didn’t go on.

A rendering of Doug Aitken's New Horizon (2019).

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘The Lion King,’ rock royalty, and one fierce queen

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

FILE - In this March 3, 2017 file photo, actress Sally Field poses for a portrait in New York. Iconic actress Sally Field and foundational children’s show Sesame Street top this year’s class of Kennedy Center Honors recipients. Other chosen to receive the award for lifetime achievement in the arts include singer Linda Ronstadt, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the R&B group Earth, Wind and Fire.(Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)

Sally Field, ‘Sesame Street,’ to receive Kennedy Center award

Others chosen to receive the award for lifetime achievement in the arts include singer Linda Ronstadt, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the musical group Earth, Wind and Fire.

When a lifelong record collector reaches his turning point

It’s not a huge collection, around 2,500 LPs. But my wife was right; they take up space, and I didn’t have a functioning turntable. Maybe it was time to sell them.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Actors Matt Damon (L) and Chris Hemsworth attend Amazon Studios' Golden Globes Celebration at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)


Matt Damon shot an arrow at Chris Hemsworth while on vacation - and it didn’t go well

The Cambridge native decamped to Spain with his wife, Luciana Barroso.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019, the Netflix logo is seen on a phone in this photo illustration in Washington, DC. - Netflix shares plunged more than 10 percent in after-hours trade on July 17, 2019, after its quarterly update showed weaker-than-expected subscriber growth for the streaming television sector leader. Netflix said it added 2.7 million new subscribers worldwide in the April-June period, well below expectations, as the sector prepared for offerings from rival groups including Walt Disney, Apple and others. (Photo by Alastair Pike / AFP)ALASTAIR PIKE/AFP/Getty Images

Netflix subscriber drop hints at streaming-service fatigue

A scene from “Who Killed Garrett Phillips?”

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A child’s death, a ruined life, in ‘Who Killed Garrett Phillips?’

A preview of the HBO documentary about a murder in Potsdam, N.Y., and prosecutors attempts to make a case against a local black man.

People took part in a demonstration demanding Governor Ricardo Rossello's resignation in San Juan.

Trump slams Puerto Rico leaders: ‘Under siege,’ ‘despicable’

President Donald Trump weighed in on the upheaval in crisis-stricken Puerto Rico on Thursday, tweeting harsh words for the territory’s leadership.

A scene from the documentary “Apollo 11.”

doc talk | peter keough

Doc Talk: More moon, more Morris, more music

A preview of documentaries that can be seen at various venues.

Allston-set “Gutterbug” will screen at the Woods Hole Film Festival.

scene here | local films, festivals, and faces

Scene Here: Woods Hole screenings, a lunar landing

A look at local film events

Actors Peter Fonda (L) and Dennis Hopper are shown in this undated publicity photograph, in a scene from their 1969 film

At the movies, doing just fine in ’69

Few years have had such a split cinematic personality.

Wellesley Ma 07/11 /2014 Actress Kerry O'Malley (cq) left and Director Steven Maler (cq) right at Rehearsal of

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Babson College end partnership

The six-year residency for the theater company that produces free Shakespeare on the Common will end in January.

Bill Skarsgard in a scene from


‘It: Chapter 2’ trailer amps up the scare factor

In the buzzy horror sequel, again directed by Andy Muschietti (this time adapting the back half of Stephen King’s novel), the Losers’ Club reunites 27 years after they last fought – and seemingly defeated – Pennywise.

Julie Kramer holding prints of Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and Chrissy Amphlett of Divinyls.

Photo exhibit recalls a time when WFNX’s Julie Kramer and rock artists clicked

The “Basement Archives” exhibition will feature over 100 portraits that the radio personality had stored away for years.

Samantha Power, who wrote a book on U.S. roles in handling holocausts titled


Boston Book Festival announces 2019 headlining presenters

The festival announced its headlining presenters on Wednesday, including Samantha Power, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Candace Bushnell, and novelist Susan Choi.

South African musician Johnny Clegg dies at 66

Johnny Clegg, a South African musician who performed in defiance of racial barriers imposed by the apartheid system decades ago and celebrated its new democracy under Nelson Mandela, died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Brother of Manchester Arena suicide bomber arrested in UK

A key suspect in the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing that killed 22 people was arrested Wednesday at a London airport after being extradited from Libya, British police said.

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2004 file photo, conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Andre Previn, conducts the 15th symphony concert during the Lucerne Festival in the concert hall in Lucerne, Switzerland. Previn, the pianist, composer and conductor whose broad reach took in the worlds of Hollywood, jazz and classical music, died in his Manhattan home, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. He was 89. (Urs FlueelerKEYSTONE via AP, File)

A happy reunion, and the journey of ‘Penelope’ to Tanglewood

The world premiere of a piece by Tom Stoppard and the late André Previn, co-commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has a starry cast that includes soprano Renée Fleming and actress Uma Thurman as the narrator.

James Patterson

Tired of ‘dopey’ children’s shows, author James Patterson concocts ‘Kid Stew’

He describes the show, debuting on Boston’s WGBH-2 Saturday, as a kind of hybrid between the Discovery channel and a “more mild form of Saturday Night Live.”

Carly Rae Jepsen at House of Blues.

music review

At House of Blues, Carly Rae Jepsen answers the call

The pop singer was a force of nature onstage, powering through her hits and directing the crowd in call-and-response chants.

The 2019 Emmy Awards will air Sept. 22 on Fox.

TV Critic’s Corner

Will anyone host this year’s Emmy Awards?

Emmy show producers Don Mischer and Ian Stewart told Deadline this week that no decision has been made about the hosting job this year, and no invitations to host have been made.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

An artist’s love letter to feminist forebears

“Tory Fair: Portable Archive” is at Drive-By Projects.

Installation view of Ericka Beckman: Double Reverse at MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA, 2019. Photograph by Peter Harris Studios. Pictured: Cinderella, 1986, 16mm film transferred to HD video, color, sound, 28:00 min.; foam and papier-mache rocks, fiberglass-coated foam tools, wood and fiberglass anvil, Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles.

Art Review

Fairy tales, video games, and hard labor in this artist’s hallucinatory films

“Ericka Beckman: Double Reverse” is on view through July 28 at the MIT List Visual Arts Center.

Album Review

A raw, frenetic debut from singer Ada Lea

The Montreal artist’s “what we say in private” digs deep into her emotions.

John F. Kennedy Jr. with sister, Caroline, and mother, Jackie, in 1989.

book review

‘The Reluctant Prince’ looks fondly back on the life of JFK Jr. 

Historian Steven M. Gillon offers a compassionate and comprehensive reminiscence of JFK Jr.

Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Marc Maron, and Jon Bass in “Sword of Trust.”

Movie Review

In ‘Sword of Trust,’ it’s blade runners on the loose

The comedy stars podcaster Marc Maron.

Awkwafina and Shuzhen Zhou portray a Chinese-American woman and her terminally ill Chinese grandmother in “The Farewell.”

Movie Review

In ‘The Farewell,’ it’s all in the family

Awkwafina stars in BC grad Lulu Wang’s comedy-drama.

From left: Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy, pitcher Rich Hill, Dr. David Sweetser, and Hill’s wife, Caitlin.


MassGeneral specialist throws out first pitch at Fenway to raise awareness of rare disease research

Mass General specialist Dr. David Sweetser threw the first pitch at Sunday’s Red Sox vs. Dodgers game.