Fall Arts Preview 2018

Fall arts preview 2018

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Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/spotlight-S_09159_rgb.jpg 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

Boston Philharmonic artistic adviser arrested on child pornography charges

David St. George is accused of storing online 83 images and videos depicting abuse of children, including a 1-year-old girl. He has been suspended by the orchestra.



Mel Gibson to direct, co-write remake of ‘The Wild Bunch’

It will be Gibson’s first time directing since his 2016 World War II drama ‘‘Hacksaw Ridge,’’ for which he earned a best directing Oscar nomination.

Dave Heard (left) and Michael Jennings Mahoney in “Being Earnest” at Greater Boston Stage Company.

Stage Review

Swinging ’60s ‘Being Earnest’ never quite lifts off

A musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic, now receiving its East Coast premiere, transposes the setting to the London of the mid-1960s.


‘Top Chef’ host Padma Lakshmi goes from Bravo to MIT

Lakshmi, a graduate of Clark University in Worcester, was recently named a visiting scholar at MIT’s Center for Gynepathology Research.

Mourners on Monday carried flag-draped caskets during a mass funeral for victims of Saturday's terror attack on a military parade, in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, Iran.

Iran video threatens missile strikes on UAE, Saudi Arabia

The video comes as Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed Riyadh and Abu Dhabi for the attack in the city of Ahvaz on Saturday, which killed at least 24 people.

The case of Steven Avery is picked up in 10 new episodes.

TV Critic’s Corner

When ‘Making a Murderer’ returns next month: Will he be exonerated?

Netflix is bringing the series back for a second set of 10 episodes, in which Steven Avery’s post-conviction lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, works to prove that Avery was wrongly convicted.

Chris Evans poses at the premiere of 'Captain America: Civil War' in London.


Chris Evans shared a hilariously retro video of his first professional role from 20+ years ago

The Sudbury native starred in an educational video about biodiversity.

Oprah Winfrey


Oprah to speak at UMass Lowell to raise money for scholarships

A Conversation With Oprah Winfrey will be moderated by UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney Nov. 15.

Luminarium Dance Company presented the world premiere of its production “Hiveland” at Cambridge’s Multicultural Arts Center.

Dance Review

Dance company dives into group dynamics with compelling ‘Hiveland’

The world premiere by Luminarium Dance Company is unpredictable, provocative, and gratifyingly visceral.

True-crime writer Sarah Weinman’s “The Real Lolita” works to reclaim the story of a real kidnap victim and motivate a reconsideration of Nabokov’s.

Book Review

The real ‘Lolita’ gets her due

Sarah Weinman works to reclaim the story of a real kidnap victim and motivate a reconsideration of Nabokov’s. 

Susan Kelechi Watson and Sterling K. Brown in “This Is Us.”

TV Critic’s Corner

A look ahead at the third season of ‘This Is Us’

Get your juggling skills up to speed: New episodes will include a regular future timeline, which we saw in last season’s finale, along with the current and past eras of the family.

Ryan Landry in “Brokelahomo!’’

Off-Broadway runs set for ‘Brokelahomo!’ and ‘Inferno!’

Ryan Landry’s musical spoof and James Hansen Prince’s play about the Cocoanut Grove fire will both be presented in Theatre 80 St. Marks this fall.

BHS Register editors, from left, Julia Shannon-Grillo, Halle Newman, Nataleigh Noble, and Jenna Peterson stand outside the Burlington High School in Burlington, Vt.

High school journalists stand up to censorship — and win

Four Vermont high school journalists have gotten a lesson of a lifetime after they stood up to censorship in their school newspaper and won based on a new law.

Bill Cosby’s sentencing hearing begins Monday.

Bill Cosby’s accusers say they hope he is sentenced to jail time

Cosby, who was convicted of drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004, faces a sentencing hearing beginning Monday.

Kara Shay Thomson as Queen Balkis in Odyssey Opera’s presenation of “La reine de Saba.”

Opera Review

After 150 years, a majestic Queen of Sheba arrives in America

Odyssey Opera launched its season in grand style with the US premiere of Charles Gounod’s “La reine de Saba.”

Quincy Jones

TV Critic’s Corner

On BET and Netflix, singing the praises of Quincy Jones

BET will air a concert marking the music icon’s 85th birthday, and Netflix has a new documentary out.

Trajal Harrell

Trajal Harrell lays bare the hootchy-kootchy in ‘Caen Amour’

“Caen Amour” imagines “a fictional encounter between early modern dance pioneer Loïe Fuller, butoh creator Tatsumi Hijikata, and Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo.”

Hank Green explores Internet, fame, isolation in debut novel

The newly-minted author spoke with the Globe on his new book, “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.” 

Shoppers check out the American Field pop-up.

hot ticket

Holiday shopping comes early this year

Pop-up market American Field arrives at the Seaport’s Innovation and Design Building, Sept. 29-30.

Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, and Michael Bivins of RBRM performing at the Boch Center Wang Theatre.

Music Review

RBRM retraces the steps that other boy bands followed

The older edition of the New Edition put on a dazzling show at the Wang.

FILE - In this June 22, 2018 file photo, former first lady Michelle Obama speaks at the American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans. Michelle Obama is marking the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by urging Americans to participate in a week of action to get people signed up to vote. The former first lady announced Monday that the When We All Vote Week of Action will be held Sept. 22-29. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


Michelle Obama’s book tour tickets sell fast

Within an hour, the majority of spots in the 19,600-seat TD Garden arena were sold out.

Boston, MA - 02/23/17 - Producing artistic director of the Lyric Stage Spiro Veloudos recently lost a leg to diabetes. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (Don Aucoin) Topic: (27spiro)

Lyric Stage to take City Stage under its wing

The longtime children’s theater company and the adult professional theater company have announced plans to merge.

On Saturday, the family-friendly BostonFIG Fest showcases more than 100 independent game developers and their digital and tabletop creations.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Sept. 24-30

Family-friendly BostonFIG Fest, Cemetery Cinema at Mount Auburn, free Boston Pops concert, and more.

Members of the cast of “The Black Clown.” (Maggie Hall)


‘The Black Clown’ unveils America’s three-ring circus of racism

A.R.T.’s “The Black Clown” isn’t just a stirring performance of the Langston Hughes poem. From Botham Jean to Colin Kaepernick to Reginald Andrade, it’s the circus of racism in America.

Eric Hofbauer will be among the artists scheduled to perform at “Jazz Along the Charles.”

A jazzy serenade for a stroll on the Esplanade

The Celebrity Series has created a unique way to enjoy a Boston-centric set list from 25 artists and ensembles.

Chris Evans will also executive produce “Defending Jacob.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Chris Evans to star in Boston-centric miniseries ‘Defending Jacob’

The series will be an adaptation of the novel by Boston author William Landay.

FILE - In this Wed., Sept. 2, 2015 file photo, Chris Evans attends the LA Premiere of

Chris Evans to star in new thriller series based on local author’s book

The author, William Landay, is a former assistant district attorney.

Michael Moore sprays water from Flint, Mich., on the governor’s lawn in “Fahrenheit 11/9.”

★ ½ | Movie Review

Michael Moore takes on Donald Trump in incendiary film

“Fahrenheit 11/9” is Michael Moore’s latest polemical documentary, and it’s pretty awful.

TV’s new shows this fall, from binge to cringe

TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to the new shows debuting during television’s peak season.

Rapper Joyner Lucas.


Here are the nominees for this year’s Boston Music Awards

Carlisle-bred chanteuse Clairo, rising Worcester rapper Joyner Lucas, and Boston-based indie breakout Sidney Gish are among the artists vying for multiple awards.

@large | Michael Andor Brodeur

That hand symbol you’re seeing everywhere? Not OK

It’s a cheery, neighborly, borderline bumpkiny way to signal interpersonal affirmation, so naturally it’s been co-opted by racist trolls. 

book review

A horribly wounded Marine and a tottering marriage

National Book Award finalist Elliot Ackerman’s “Waiting for Eden” is a ghost story rooted in the particulars of war.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

A tennis great and an American hero

Raymond Arsenault, author of “Arthur Ashe: A Life,” points out that the tennis great was also an activist, philanthropist, and public intellectual.

What makes a leader great? Sharing lessons from 4 presidents

Doris Kearns Goodwin distills lessons from a study of four presidents who overcame withering challenges.

21Riverside SpeakEasy Stage Company production of BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY. Tyrees Allen, Maureen Keiller and Lewis D. Wheeler. Credit: Nile Scott Studios

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Olivia Wilde and Oscar Isaac in “Life Itself.”

movie review

‘Life’ and death (lots and lots of death)

“Life Itself” takes romance in an unexpected direction.

Boston, MA - 10/04/2016 - Director Jim Petosa during a rehearsal of New Repertory Theatre's

Jim Petosa to step down from New Rep at season’s end

He also plans to relinquish his post at BU’s School of Theatre “to allow room for new artists to rise and lead.”

FILE - In this July 7, 2015, file photo, Marion Hugh

Suge Knight pleads to manslaughter over fatal confrontation

Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to voluntary manslaughter for running over and killing a Compton businessman.

Kristen Bell as the title character of “Veronica Mars.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Marshmallows haven’t seen the last of ‘Veronica Mars’

According to star Kristen Bell, who posted the news first on social media, Hulu has ordered eight new episodes of the series, which left the air in 2007.

Hal Ashby in the early 1970s.

Remembering one of the great ’70s directors, Hal Ashby

Amy Scott’s documentary about Ashby, “Hal,” serves as a welcome reminder for filmgoers of a certain age — and revelation for younger ones.

Marsha Mason will direct “Talisman Roses.”

With Mason and Plummer aboard, Tennessee Williams Festival to stage another premiere

“Talisman Roses,” a never-produced early play, is one of this year’s Provincetown festival highlights.

From top: Roger Minick’s “Woman With Scarf at Inspiration Point, Yosemite National Park, California”; Mark Klett’s “Contemplating the View at Muley Pt., Utah”; and Leon Levinstein’s “New York.”

Photography review

At the Addison, going back to the land

Excellent new shows at the Addison Gallery of American Art look at landscape and the body.


Southie native Deirdre Devlin takes home Emmy for ‘Robot Chicken’

“Robot Chicken” won the Outstanding Short Form Animated Program Emmy for its Christmas special.

From left: Eddie Hick, Tom Skinner, Shabaka Hutchings, and Theon Cross of Sons of Kemet.

Hutchings and Sons of Kemet flavor their jazz with just about everything

The music the British saxophonist and his band make together is ecstatically danceable, with healthy doses of reggae, soca, hip-hop, and other pop influences.

Jeremy Alliger, founder of Dance Umbrella.

Dance Umbrella’s adventurous legacy showcased in Emerson College exhibit

For two decades, Dance Umbrella treated New England audiences to some of the most exciting and adventurous contemporary dance around.

21hamilton Company -HAMILTON National Tour - (c) Joan Marcus.

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Hamilton,’ ‘Lizzie,’ Bobby, and Chick

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