Holiday Arts Preview 2018

Holiday arts preview 2018

// Best things to see, do this holiday season

From dancing sugarplums to a musical “Grinch,” there’s a bounty of theater, music, TV, and other attractions to enjoy.

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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.

Latest Arts headlines

Women in Comedy Festival headliners announced

Phoebe Robinson, Nikki Glaser, and the Wild Horses improv team (Stephanie Allynne, Mary Holland, and Laren Lapkus) were named by the WICF on Tuesday.

Chris Brown

Singer Chris Brown released in Paris after rape complaint

Singer Chris Brown and two other people were released Tuesday from police custody after a woman filed a rape complaint against them, the Paris prosecutor’s office said.

Robert Vaughn stars in “Hustle.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Steal some time to watch ‘Hustle’

I’ve been a huge fan of the giddy British series, which ran from 2004 to 2012, since AMC began importing it in 2006.

With ‘‘Roma,’’ Netflix has scored its first best picture nomination, something the streaming giant has dearly sought.

‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’ lead Oscar nominations with 10 nods

Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani announced the nominees highlighting everything from the best picture and acting performances to production and costume design.

Complete list of nominees for the 91st Oscars

Take a look at the full list of nominees for the 91st Academy Awards.

Gillian Anderson in “The Fall.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Gillian Anderson has left ‘The X-Files’ far behind

The former “X-Files” star has put in a decade and a half of extraordinary work.

The family of Wendy Williams says she is dealing with health issues.

Wendy Williams to take health-related break from TV show

Wendy Williams is taking an extended break from her TV talk show to deal with health issues related to her immune system disorder, her family said Friday.

“Green Book” producer Peter Farrelly (second from left) accepted the award Saturday at the Producers Guild Awards event.


‘Green Book’ wins Producers Guild of America award, amid controversies

The victory over heavy hitters like “Roma” and “A Star Is Born” surprised many in the audience — not least of all Peter Farrelly.

Asa Butterfield (left) and Gillian Anderson in


This week in watching: Gillian Anderson’s ‘seX-Files,’ a Trump ‘halftime’ show, ‘Rent’ countdown

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to the week ahead in television.

Michelle Dorrance

Dance Review

Michelle Dorrance taps moves that energize, electrify

Dorrance has assembled a rock solid crew of impressive, precise technicians with vivid personalities and fabulously expressive flair.

Kacey Musgraves performed during the 52nd annual CMA Awards in Nashville in November.

Music Review

Kacey Musgraves as good as gold at the Wang

Her sold-out performance Saturday was both a well-earned victory lap and a chance to prove that she’s more than earned her hype.

Mr. Young started his career in Memphis, where he was an in-demand session player, before moving to Nashville.

Reggie Young, renowned guitarist for Elvis, dies at 82

Mr. Young’s signature licks defined hit records from Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and many more.

Chris Butler (standing) plays “Othello” and Danforth Comins portrays Iago in American Repertory Theater’s presentation of “Othello.”

Stage Review

A portrait of misplaced male pride and societal prejudice in the ART’s ‘Othello’

Chris Butler delivers a masterly performance in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy, directed by Bill Rauch with a focus on the toll of racism and sexism.

My Instagram: Julz Roth

The artist spoke to the Globe about art therapy, murals, and sharing her work.

2017 New Balance Boston Indoor Grand PrixBoston, Ma January 28, 2017 Photo: Victah Sailer@PhotoRun 631-291-3409 www.photorun.NET

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Jan. 21-27

New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, Harvard Square Taste of Chocolate Weekend, and more.

Connections | Magazine

The magic of musicals

My mother raised me to love Broadway shows. As her memory falters, can we still share that feeling?

R. Kelly performed at the 2013 BET Awards in Los Angeles.

Reports: Sony drops R. Kelly after furor over allegations

Multiple outlets have reported that Sony Music has dropped embattled R&B star R. Kelly from its roster.

Jaena Dellorusso (front) participates at Boston Arts Academy in a master class led by three dancers with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Alvin Ailey dancers continue outreach at local schools

Workshops in Dorchester, Hyde Park, and Brighton included lessons on Alvin Ailey-style dance, as well as history of the troupe’s late founder, who made it his mission to bring dance to everyone.

Actor Sam Elliott attends the 2019 National Board Of Review Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

‘The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot’ is a real movie, and it was filmed in Mass.

Yes, this is an actual movie.

R. Kelly was dropped by his record label, RCA Records.

Commentary | Jeneé Osterheldt

Time may finally be up for R. Kelly

After decades of allegations of abuse and rape, R. Kelly is facing the music.

Conductor Herbert Blomstedt leads the BSO in Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 at Symphony Hall Thursday evening.

Music Review

Brahms, Haydn, and free tickets to furloughed federal employees

With the seemingly tireless nonagenarian conductor Herbert Blomstedt at the podium, the BSO program touched on the hopeful and pleasant, and then reached beyond.

US President Donald Trump speaks alongside fast food he purchased for a ceremony honoring the 2018 College Football Playoff National Champion Clemson Tigers in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, January 14, 2019. - Trump says the White House chefs are furloughed due to the partial government shutdown. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a Thing

White House burgers, irritated men, challenges galore, and more

A review of the week online.

Johnny Galecki (left) and Jim Parsons in “The Big Bang Theory.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Going out with a ‘Big Bang’

While the CBS series “The Big Bang Theory” ends in May, it won’t disappear — thanks to repeats, “Young Sheldon,” and an upcoming musical heading for an opening off-Broadway.

RCA Records has dropped R. Kelly (above).

Record label drops R. Kelly after documentary furor

RCA Records dropped the R&B star after weeks of protests and the aforementioned documentary series.

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s 2017 work was awarded the France Inter-JDD foreign book prize.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Marzano-Lesnevich’s book wins French prize; Grolier moves to become a charity

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich has won the France Inter-JDD foreign book prize for the French translation of her book.


Greater Boston author readings Jan. 20-26

A weekly calendar of literary events.

This July 9, 2013 photo shows singer-songwriter Neko Case posing at a hotel in New York. Case's latest album,

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

book review

In ‘An Orchestra of Minorities,’ birds of a feather in fate

Chigozie Obioma’s saga of a poultry farmer trapped in tragic circumstances embraces African folk tale.

four tAKES

A New Year’s resolution: Just breathe

Capsule reviews of ‘Full Catastrophe Living’; ‘Savor’; ‘10% Happier’; ‘Mindful Work.’


It all started with Studs Terkel’s chats with an athlete and a sex worker

Daniel H. Pink’s “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing” has just been released in paperback.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

Unearthing family secrets in the DNA

In her new memoir Dani Shapiro discovers the father she’d grown up with was not her biological father.

John Martin’s 1828 “The Deluge” is part of “Before the Deluge” at Yale.

Art Review

Visions of rising waters, at Yale

The art exhibit “Before the Deluge: Apocalyptic Floodscapes from John Martin to John Goto, 1789 to Now” reminds us that floods have frightened and obsessed people for centuries.

@Large | Michael Andor Brodeur

How memes help the Internet stay human

Humor — especially opaque, absurd humor — has long been one of humanity’s go-to methods for reclaiming its bearings in uncertain times.

Julia Roberts in season one of the Amazon series “Homecoming.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Julia Roberts won’t return to ‘Homecoming’

The drama was given two seasons right off the bat from Amazon. But Roberts signed on for only one of them, and she has decided to let that be her last.

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

These teen sex comedies have more than one thing on their mind

Netflix’s “Sex Education” and Hulu’s upcoming “PEN15” are reinventing the hormone-fueled genre.

Producer Jason Solowski and his wife Boston 25 Anchor Kerry Kavanaugh welcomed a baby girl.


Boston 25 anchor Kerry Kavanaugh welcomes a baby girl

Kavanaugh gave birth to a baby girl early Tuesday morning, announcing the news that evening on Instagram.

“Angel Woman, Sonora Desert (Mujer Angel, Desierto de Sonora)” (1979)

Photography Review

At the MFA, the pure profusion of Graciela Iturbide

An extraordinary show features nearly 140 works by the Mexican photographer.

Colton Underwood and Aly Raisman attend the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year ceremony in December 2016 in New York.

‘Bachelor’ Colton Underwood says Aly Raisman was his ‘first love’ and his biggest heartbreak

Underwood dated the Olympic champion and Needham native in 2016 and 2017.

Old-fashioned tech deployed in “The End of TV” includes overhead projectors, shadow puppetry, and live-action silhouettes.

Stage Review

Projecting lives of quiet desperation in ArtsEmerson’s ‘The End of TV’

Manual Cinema, the innovative troupe behind “Ada/Ava,’’ returns with another spellbinder.

US actor Chris Evans poses on the red carpet arriving for the European Premiere of the film Captain America: Civil War in London on April 26, 2016 / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

Chris Evans is part of a major cast for an upcoming Netflix film

The Sudbury native will appear in the forthcoming “Midwestern gothic” film “The Devil All the Time.”

Tomasz Kot in a scene from “Cold War.”

Ty Burr

Putting it in black and white

Movies don’t always have to be in color.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: Country singer Kacey Musgraves performs for her Spotify Premium fans at London's historic Spencer House on March 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images for Spotify)

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘The End of TV,’ the future of tap, and a high probability of French toast

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

Mitchell Zuckoff


Former Globe reporter’s new book is a ‘comprehensive’ look at Sept. 11

Mitchell Zuckoff’s “Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11” will be released this spring.

Andrew Bering in “Who Will Write Our History.”

doc talk | peter keough

Doc Talk: The Warsaw Ghetto, World War I, Native American rock stars, coal’s hidden cost

Previews of four upcoming documentaries. 

The Lucas brothers left law school to pursue a comedy career together.

There’s no law that said the Lucas Brothers couldn’t crack comedy

Dropping out of law school was the best thing that ever happened to the twins, whose careers as a comedy duo are blossoming.

Humphrey Jennings’s “Fires Were Started” is part of the Harvard Film Archives series “Poets of Pandaemonium: The Cinema Of Humphrey Jennings and Derek Jarman.”

In Focus: Divergent documentarians at the HFA

Harvard Film Archive retrospective of Humphrey Jennings and Derek Jarman reveals common themes, iconography, and cinematic structure.