’Tis the season for music, shows, and productions of all kinds, just in time for the holidays.
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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.
Heroes on horseback in ‘12 Strong’
“12 Strong” is a chronicle of unheralded American military retaliation in the weeks immediately following 9/11.
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.
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?
Celebrating Barkley L. Hendricks at MassArt
The painter’s influence is seen in “Legacy of the Cool.”
At the Griffin: diptychs, nature, and transformations
Michal Greenboim, Michael Kirchoff, and Holly Roberts have new photography shows (assuming Roberts’s is photography).
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.”
Galleries | Cate McQuaid
Chantal Zakari turns pennants into red flag
In her show at Kingston Gallery, the artist looks at corporate speak infecting academe.
Even without Louise, ‘Thelma’ holds her own against the patriarchy
From director Joachim Trier comes a slow-building but potent Norwegian thriller.
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.
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 player James Harrison posts picture of assault rifle on Instagram
The burly linebacker is a gun enthusiast.
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.
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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.
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.
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 plans to listen more and opine less
The actor regrets some of his comments related to the #MeToo movement.
Colonial Theatre to reopen June 27 with ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’
The world-premiere production has its sights set on Broadway.
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.
Celeste Ng’s ‘Everything I Never Told You’ gets optioned
The Cambridge writer’s debut novel may be coming to a theater near you.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One new do, three new don’ts: It’s a thing
A look at the week online.
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 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.
Newton North product has a piece of Janis Joplin’s heart
Kelly McIntyre performs as the rock great in “A Night With Janis Joplin.”
Laugh Lines: Tim Dillon
A joke from the comic, who plays Laugh Boston Thursday through Saturday.
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.
TV Critic’s Corner
As a satire of cubicle culture, ‘Corporate’ does the job
The new Comedy Central series premieres Wednesday.
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.
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.
MLK Day brings out athletes old and new
Red Sox rookies and former Bruin Willie O’Ree attended holiday events.
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 goes rogue with a ‘conversation’
It’s the first televised interview the 91-year-old British monarch has granted during her 65-year reign.
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.
Hervé Koubi explores night and day at the ICA
The French choreographer’s presentation moves from the spiritual to the historical and political.
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.”
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.
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.
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.