Winter arts guide 2019

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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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Boston MA 5/20/19 Faye Dunaway winner of the Guest of Honor Award during the Boston Theater Critics Association 37th Annual Elliot Norton Awards at The Huntington Avenue Theatre (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: 21NortonAwards reporter:

Faye Dunaway, Melinda Lopez lead the cast of Elliot Norton honorees

“Hamilton,” “Man in the Ring,” “The Wolves,” “Once,” and “Between Riverside and Crazy” collected multiple awards.

05/16/2019 BOSTON, MA ArtsEmerson leaders David Dower (cq) (right) and David Howse (cq) at the Paramount Center in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Play about Malcolm X’s Boston years set for 2019-20 season at ArtsEmerson

For its 10th season, the presenting and producing organization will stage five new works to go along with five returning shows.

08/20/2017 CAMBRIDGE, MA Author Celeste Ng (cq) poses for a portrait in her home office in Cambridge. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Joshua Jackson has joined the Hulu adaption of Celeste Ng’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’

The Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington project is getting another big name.

FILE - In this April 14, 2018 file photo, Howard Stern speaks at the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland. The shock jock’s “Howard Stern Comes Again” will be published May 14, Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday. It’s his first book in more than 20 years, and was No. 1 on within hours of its announcement. Stern’s previous books, “Private Parts” and “Miss America,” both spent months on The New York Times’ bestseller list. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP, File)


Howard Stern can talk. This new book shows he’s also a good listener

Howard Stern’s hefty all-star tutorial on the art of the interview draws on his work over the past two decades.

Matthew Gilbert

After a season of stumbles, a graceful exit for ‘Game of Thrones’

Unlike too much of the season, the series finale progressed slowly and surely, giving us the human story that had previously been getting short shrift.

This image released by HBO shows Kristofer Hivju, from left, Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke in a scene from

At this Arlington pub, dozens of ‘Game of Thrones’ fans gather for one last episode

A few dozen fans in need of camaraderie, or maybe just lacking an HBO subscription, anxiously watched the very last episode at The Adventure Pub.

Mr. Shore’s career extended from the ‘‘Borscht Belt’’ circuit of the Catskill Mountains to Hollywood studios.

Actor-comedian Sammy Shore, father of Pauly, dies at 92

Sammy Shore, an actor and standup comedian who co-founded the Comedy Store, died Saturday. He was 92.

Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton in the orginal “All in the Family,” an episode of which will be re-created — along with an episode of “The Jeffersons” — live on ABC this week.


This week in watching: Redoing Norman Lear’s sitcoms, binge-watching ‘Dead to Me,’ mourning ‘Killing Eve’

Globe critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to what’s on television.

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in “Game of Thrones.”


Emilia Clarke gets reflective as ‘Game of Thrones’ finale approaches

The actress was “overwhelmed’’ with emotion.


Filming begins downtown on Ryan Reynolds movie ‘Free Guy’

Scenes were shot in the Liberty Square area on Sunday.

“Rabbit” by Jeff Koons is displayed at Christie's in New York on May 3.


Was Jeff Koons’s balloon bunny worth a record $91 million?

The poster boy of art-world excess, Koons set a contemporary-art price record at auction on Wednesday night. Here’s why.

BOSTON, 5/18/2019 - Mezzo Soprano Sophie Michaux is at center stage with fellow members of the Lorelei Ensemble in concert with conductorless string orchestra A Far Cry at Jordan Hall . Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Lifestyle, madonna)

Music review

A Far Cry and Lorelei Ensemble unite for a daring odyssey

The two luminary ensembles embarked on a journey that culminated in the world premiere of Kareem Roustom’s “Odyssey”-inspired chamber epic “Hurry to the Light.”

Actor Matthew McConaughey addressed a commencement ceremony Friday at Longview High School in Longview, Texas.

At last, Matthew McConaughey receives his high school diploma

McConaughey never went back to the school after graduation to pick up the certificate.

Kim Kardashian (left) and Kanye West’s fourth child is named Psalm.


Meet Psalm: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s fourth child

The star couple’s child was born May 9.

The author Herman Wouk at his Palm Springs, Calif., home in November 2012.

Herman Wouk, perennially best-selling author, dies at 103

Mr. Wouk‘s taut shipboard drama “The Caine Mutiny” lifted him to the top of the best-seller lists, where he remained for most of a career that extended past his 100th year.

The Boston Calling Block Party brings free concerts to the Greenway on Thursdays.

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Boston Calling Block Party returns to the Greenway

Free concerts will take place on Thursday evenings through Aug. 29.

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Stage Review

A nightmarish period of Cambodian history evoked in ArtsEmerson’s wrenching ‘See You Yesterday’

The hybrid of physical theater and circus arts powerfully evokes the human toll of the Khmer Rouge genocide.

Provincetown MA. 8/17/06 Big crowds celebrated carnival week Thursday, August 17, 2006 in Provincetown MA. Thousands gathered on Commercial St. to enjoy the parade of fun, floats, music and costume. This was the Cirque Edwige float as the crowds reacts to some free necklacess. (Dominic Chavez/Globe Staff) -- Library Tag 08182006 Metro

Starz will film a gritty crime drama in Provincetown, and it needs 250 extras

Want a chance to be on TV? Head to Provincetown this weekend.

A temporary news kiosk has been erected for filming of the movie Free Guy. (Kevin Slane for the Boston Globe)


Ryan Reynolds movie ‘Free Guy’ sets up to film in Boston

Part of the Financial District is getting a mini makeover.

FILE - This Dec. 1, 2015 file photo shows Grumpy Cat posing for a photo in Los Angeles. Grumpy Cat, whose sour puss became an internet sensation, has died at age 7, according to her owners. Posting on social media Friday, May 17, 2019, her owners wrote Grumpy experienced complications from a urinary tract infection and “passed away peacefully” in the arms of her mother on Tuesday, May 14. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

It’s a Thing

It’s a Thing: Accenting sexy, grieving Grumpy, and more

Michael Andor Brodeur’s review of the week online.

Tourists walked around the pyramid of the Louvre in Paris on Friday.

Louvre museum pays tribute to architect I.M. Pei

Dozens of employees of the Louvre gathered under the pyramid, which serves as the museum’s monumental entrance, for a minute’s applause.

Arlo Guthrie, Keith Lockhart, and Dr. Mae Jemison at the Boston Pops’ Summer of ’69 concert.


Boston Pops celebrate the Summer of ’69

Arlo Guthrie, Keith Lockhart, and Dr. Mae Jemison caught up backstage Wednesday night.

Sanya Malhotra and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in “Photograph.”

Movie Review

A quiet picture of love in Mumbai

“Photograph” another tale from Ritesh Batra of timid souls united by a sweet movie gimmick.

Longtime Harvard Film Archive projectionist Steve Livernash (middle), flanked by founding curator Vlada Petric and current director Haden Guest.


In the golden age of film projection, Steve Livernash was a beacon

Livernash, who died Monday at 77 after a battle with cancer, was among the last of the old-school Boston movie projectionists.

Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont).


The 15 best performances on ‘Game of Thrones’

A ranking of personal favorites from a vast cast.

Kathleen Breen Combes and other Boston Ballet dancers in “ELA, Rhapsody in Blue.”

Dance Review

A ‘Rhapsody’ of inspiring visions at Boston Ballet

An impressive choreographic debut at the Opera House for principal dancer Paulo Arrais.

US actor Robert Pattinson arrives at the Marrakech International Film festival, on November 30, 2018 in the city of Marrakesh (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP)FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images


Robert Pattinson reported to be in talks to star in ‘The Batman’

Pattinson’s potential involvement comes after months of speculation as to who would replace Ben Affleck in the “Batman” franchise.

Passengers, by The 7 Fingers. The group will take part in an early preview of Arts Emerson’s 10th anniversary season.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston May 20-June 2

Preview Arts Emerson’s 10th anniversary season, Duke Ellington’s Sacred Jazz, mock court, and more.

This photo provided by CBS shows Johnny Galecki, from left, Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik in a scene from the series finale of

‘Big Bang Theory’ exits TV airwaves after 12 seasons with emotional episode

Television’s top-rated comedy closed out its run with an emotional final episode that saw some big changes for the show’s group of geeky misfits.

FILE - In this July 7, 2006 file photo, Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine conducts the symphony on its opening night performance at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. Records show conductor James Levine’s company received $936,755 from the Metropolitan Opera in his 47th and final season, a tenure cut short when he was fired as music director emeritus after an investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

James Levine’s company received $936,000 from Met in final season

Levine’s company received the money in his 47th season, a tenure cut short when he was fired after an investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment.

James Charles (pictured) and his former BFF and mentor Tati Westbrook got into an Internet spat.

@Large | Michael Andor Brodeur

James Charles vs. Tati Westbrook — and the art of online feud

How the Internet elevated the art of strangers fighting

David Byrne performs on his “American Utopia” tour at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston in July 2018.

David Byrne bringing ‘American Utopia’ to the Colonial for a pre-Broadway run

The former Talking Heads frontman says the show — scheduled for 18 performances in Boston — will be familiar to anyone who saw his tour last year.

The Stark siblings in a scene from “Game of Thrones.”

How will ‘Game of Thrones’ end? Here’s what you said

More than 150 fans told us how they think the HBO series will end this Sunday. Here’s a look at what they said, and the possibility of the theories coming to fruition.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence will visit Martha’s Vineyard on a slate of performers put together by The Yard.

Summer Arts Preview

Dance picks: From tap to hip-hop, ballet, and beyond

A wide range of performances beckon dance lovers this season.

The Linde Center for Music and Learning will host Tanglewood Learning Institute events.

Summer Arts Preview 2019

Tanglewood Learning Institute sets up to enhance the audience experience, this summer and beyond

It will offer more than 140 events throughout the summer, including lectures, screenings, art classes, and informal pre-concert activities.

Pat Metheny plays the Shalin Liu Performance Center on May 22-23.

Summer Arts Preview

Jazz picks: From Cape Ann to Newport, showcases for masters and upstarts

The summer’s best jazz shows feature the likes of Pat Metheny, Harold Mabern, Joel Ross, and Jeremy Pelt.

Amanda Forsythe will star in a staged production of “Orlando generoso” during the Boston Early Music Festival.

Summer Arts Preview

Classical picks: Helen of Troy, happy endings, and a horn sonata

Recommendations for classical music events this summer.

The main entrance to the Cocoanut Grove nightclub on Piedmont Street shows damage from the fire in 1942 that killed 492 people.

book review

How crisis changes nations, including our own

Jared Diamond’s new book is “Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis’’

John Akomfrah’s multichannel video project “Purple” will be at the ICA’s Watershed May 26-Sept. 2.

Summer Arts Preview 2019

Art picks: Close to the sea, after Stonewall, at war

Work by artists from Renoir to Winslow Homer to Jackson Pollock will be on view this season.

Shawn Mendes comes to Boston Aug. 15-16 for shows at TD Garden.

Summer Arts Preview 2019

Pop and rock picks: From hip-hop to post-punk, and everything in between

Maura Johnston’s 10 concert picks.

book review

Wrestling with the random, accidental death of a two-year-old daughter

Jayson Greene’s heartbreaking memoir about his late daughter Greta is “Once More We Saw Stars.’’

Molly Tuttle is slated to perform at Red Room at Cafe 939 on July 17.

Summer Arts Preview

Country and folk music picks

George Strait is back on the road, Dave Alvin marks an anniversary, and Iris DeMent brings truth and twang.

Paula Poundstone will perform June 21 at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford.


Comedy picks: Homecomings for Jenny Slate, Bill Burr, and Paula Poundstone

The comedy highlights of the summer also include shows by Gina Yashere, Jimmy Tingle, and Guy Branum.

Storm Reid and Jharrel Jerome in “When They See Us,” a four-part Netflix miniseries from Ava DuVernay.

Summer Arts Preview

Television picks: Anticipating Ben Affleck’s Boston crime series ‘City on a Hill’

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert picks 10 of the summer’s most promising shows.

Doug Aitken’s summer project is a hot-air balloon traveling dozens of miles from one Trustees property to the next across Massachusetts.

Summer Arts Preview

Artist Doug Aitken takes to the air, in a reflective mood

His summer project — a hot-air balloon traveling dozens of miles from one Trustees property to the next across Massachusetts — is about the nature of permanence itself.