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.

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The VIP Lounge with Rufus Wainwright

The Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and composer is bringing his “All These Poses Anniversary Tour 2018” to the Emerson Colonial Theatre on Dec. 5.

The company of ExtraOrdinary (Gretjen Helene Photography)

Stage Review

‘ExtraOrdinary’ showcases an eventful decade of Diane Paulus

Alternately pulsing and wistful, the ART revue amounts to a Rorschach test on the subject of the Tony-winning Paulus, featuring performances from “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,’’ “Jagged Little Pill,’’ “Waitress,’’ “Pippin,’’ and other musicals presented there since she became artistic director.

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer in “True Blood,” which ran for seven seasons on HBO.

TV Critic’s Corner

Alan Ball goes behind the scenes of ‘True Blood’

Talking at the Vulture festival, the show’s creator said that he considered casting Benedict Cumberbatch as Bill and Jessica Chastain as Sookie — and Jennifer Lawrence once read for a role.

Peter Simon on a farm in Vermont in an undated photo. This image appeared as part of an essay Simon published in the Globe Magazine in July.

Peter Simon, renowned Martha’s Vineyard photographer and brother of Carly Simon, dies at 71

Simon died Sunday of cardiac arrest, according to a family friend.

Rebecca Wisocky voices eBay, John C. Reilly is Ralph, Sarah Silverman is Vanellope in “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”

Movie Review

Wreck-It Ralph rides again, in ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

The sequel is an improvement on “Wreck-It Ralph.”

Dorie Greenspan will be in Boston in early December.

Celebrated author Dorie Greenspan will be in Boston Dec. 2-4 to talk about ‘Everyday Dorie’

In her new book, “Everyday Dorie,” the author celebrates what she calls “elbows-on-the-table” meals that put people at ease and make them want to linger and share stories.

From left, Ron Chernow, historic biographer; Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., literary scholar, distinguished filmmaker, and cultural critic; Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. at the 39th annual Commonwealth Awards of Distinguished Service. Chernow will speak at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in April.


Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow to speak at White House Correspondents’ dinner

The shift to a featured speaker from a traditional comedic entertainer follows a sharp performance at this year’s event by comedian Michelle Wolf.

CNN’s Jim Acosta spoke to members of the media in Washington, D.C., last week.

White House again threatens Jim Acosta’s pass

The White House sent the CNN reporter a letter saying they had made the ‘‘preliminary decision’’ to suspend his pass when a judge’s temporary order expires.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (L) is cheered by her husband Brad Hall (C) as she arrives during the show for the 21st Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on October 21, 2018. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images


What to watch: A comic genius, an intriguing le Carré miniseries, and a great ‘Escape’

Critic Matthew Gilbert guides you through this week in television.

Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons admired the cake.


BSO gives Andris Nelsons a surprise for his 40th birthday

A cake fit for the occasion was brought onstage at Symphony Hall on Saturday evening.

Alexander Skarsgard and Florence Pugh in “The Little Drummer Girl.”

Florence Pugh relishes playing a spy heroine in AMC’s ‘Little Drummer Girl’

The actress and her co-star, Alexander Skarsgard, have high hopes for the miniseries, an adaptation of the John le Carré thriller.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Nov. 19-25

Mike Epps at the Wilbur, Echo & the Bunnymen at the Orpheum, Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction at MIT’s museum, and more.

Stan Lee in his office in Beverly Hills in 2004.

Ty Burr

Stan Lee helped trap us in eternal adolescence

Thanks in part to the Marvel Comics legend, Hollywood makes ridiculous money convincing audiences never to grow up. And why would we when the real world is such a disastrous mess?


Michelle Obama’s memoir sells more than 725,000 copies

First day sales for Michelle Obama’s ‘‘Becoming’’ topped 725,000 copies, making it one of the year’s biggest debuts.

Auction of paintings will help repair late artist Robert Indiana’s Maine home

The paintings — Ellsworth Kelly’s “Orange Blue” and Ed Ruscha’s “Ruby” — reaped over $6 million at Friday’s Christie’s auction.

Author Junot Diaz.


After investigation, Pulitzer Prize board announces Junot Diaz will remain as a member

The Pulitzer Prize board announced Friday it has found no reason to remove its former chairman, author Junot Diaz, after reviewing the complaints of women writers who alleged mistreatment by him.

Alex Alpharaoh wrote and stars in the solo show “WET: A DACAmented Journey,’’

Stage Review

Tracing an immigrant’s precarious journey in ‘WET’

Alex Alpharaoh’s solo show, presented by ArtsEmerson, recounts a life thrown into turmoil by President Trump’s attempt to rescind the DACA program.

Ingrid Michaelson.


Ingrid Michaelson is going to have herself a merry little Christmas

A holiday tour brings her to the Orpheum, where she’ll perform selections from her recent “Songs for the Season.”


Grouches are ‘Grinch’ actor Gavin Lee’s specialty

“I love the way audiences connect with these outcasts,” says the star of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical,” who also played Squidward in “SpongeBob SquarePants” on Broadway.

Ben Lamb and Rose McIver in “A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding.”


Surprise success of ‘Christmas Prince’ has Netflix planning a royal wedding

The stars of last year’s unlikely holiday hit hope its sequel resonates just as strongly with fans.

FILE--This is a 1963 portrait of U.S President John F. Kennedy. John F. Kennedy is


New John F. Kennedy Library initiative aims to show that a president’s ‘Words Count’

The Twitter handle @JohnFKennedy has been tweeting out quotes from President Kennedy every day.

Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison in February 1968, the year of the White Album’s release.

Ty Burr

Listening to the Beatles’ White Album, 50 years later

The album officially titled “The Beatles” gets a spectacular reissue.

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., walks to member-elect briefings on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

It’s a Thing

From a coat kerfuffle to Dog Cheese

A review of the week online.

BSO with Andris Nelsons conducting while premiering Ariel by HK Gruber, played on Trumpet by Hakan Hardenberger 15-11-2018 Symphony Hall Boston.

Music Review

Letting the trumpets sound at Symphony Hall

Andris Nelsons celebrates his 40th birthday this weekend, and the program reflects his trumpeter background.

TV Critic’s Corner

We’ll hear from Monica Lewinsky in ‘The Clinton Affair’

She is one of the interview subjects in the A&E series, which begins Sunday at 9 p.m.

ROBERT REDFORD (right) as Bob Woodward and DUSTIN HOFFMAN (left) as Carl Bernstein in the 1976 film

Here are some of the most memorable lines from movies written by William Goldman

Goldman authored such screenplays as “All the President’s Men,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” and “The Princess Bride.” He died Friday; he was 87.

Willaim Goldman accepted his Oscar in 1977 for “All The President’s Men.”

Mike Lupica | Appreciation

Remembering William Goldman, storyteller, mentor, friend

The last time I had dinner with my hero was in September, at a restaurant out on Long Island near what had been his summer home for years.

Mischa Santora, Boston Ballet’s new music director, watches a rehearsal for “The Nutcracker.”


Conductor embraces the magic of ‘The Nutcracker’

Mischa Santora, Boston Ballet’s new music director, has never conducted the complete ballet. Now he’s diving into a score he calls “miraculous.”

Julian Schnabel in front of a portrait of Vincent van Gogh at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris in September.

From one painter to another: Julian Schnabel puts viewers in van Gogh’s footsteps

In “At Eternity’s Gate,” Willem Dafoe stars as Vincent van Gogh.

William Goldman.

William Goldman, Oscar-winning screenwriter who penned ‘All the President’s Men’ and ‘The Princess Bride’, dies at 87

Goldman summed up the mystery of making a box office hit by declaring ‘‘Nobody knows anything.”

Rob Delaney.


Rob Delaney honors his late son Henry with a special televised bedtime story

A popular BBC program, where celebrities such as Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom, and Dolly Parton read children’s books, will feature actor-comedian Rob Delaney Friday.

Oprah Winfrey (left) and UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney chatted Thursday at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.


Oprah Winfrey raises more than $3m for UMass Lowell scholarships

Winfrey commanded the stage all night long, speaking with UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, and offering uplifting words and humorous anecdotes.

Stan Lee, left, creator of


Stan Lee knew representation was a modern marvel

Stan Lee understood the superpower of representation and used his heroes to hold space for others.

When your little sister is a psycho

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s rich, dark debut recalls “Arsenic and Old Lace” — only in Nigeria


Always makes time to re-read Dickens

Journalist and historian Ben Macintyre’s newest book is “The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War.”

Jim Lee’s “Low Tide on the Bay of Fundy” is part of “Goldman and Lee: Shadow and Color” at Bromer Gallery.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

Writing stories that move like poems

Maryse Meijer’s latest work is “Northwood,” a novella set mostly in a remote forest cabin.

James Brown and his band at the Sugar Shack on Boylston Street in 1971.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

A history of Boston in flyers and posters and W.E.B. Du Bois’s data visualization

Boston music journalist Brian Coleman’s new book, “Buy Me, Boston,’’ is a kind of time capsule.

Greater Boston author readings Nov. 18-24

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Katherine MacGregor, the scheming Mrs. Oleson of 'Little House,' dies at 93

Ms. MacGregor played petty, gossiping mother Harriet Oleson on TV’s “Little House on the Prairie.”

This cover image released by Riverhead Books shows


Sigrid Nunez’s novel ‘The Friend’ wins National Book Award

Sigrid Nunez’s “The Friend,” a meditative novel about grief, books and, not least, a Great Dane named Apollo, has won the National Book Award for fiction.

Desiree Akhavan plays a politically committed lesbian who hides her bisexuality in “The Bisexual.”


In breaking down a stereotype, ‘The Bisexual’ goes where few shows have

Hulu’s British import from American writer, director, and actor Desiree Akhavan is as amiably engaging as it is enlightening.

@Large | Michael Andor Brodeur

What the Oxford Word of the Year list says in no certain terms

Reading between the lines of the Oxford Dictionary’s shortlist.

Amy Schumer


Amy Schumer cancels Dallas show, is hospitalized for nausea

The comedian-actress says she’s been hospitalized for severe second-trimester nausea and apologized to fans in Dallas for canceling a stand-up show.

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen will host their own holiday special “A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy.”


Holiday Arts Preview: TV picks

From a RuPaul “drag race” to Disney, an array of holiday specials for TV watchers.

Actor Matt Damon waits for Game 5 of the World Series baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers last month in Los Angeles.


Matt Damon talks about getting teary over the Red Sox

In a recent episode of “Off Camera with Sam Jones,” Matt Damon recalled how emotional he got when the Sox won the 2004 World Series — and what it was like watching them play the Dodgers.