Summer Arts Preview 2018

Summer Arts preview

// The best in music, theater, art, TV, and more this summer

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

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The restaurant critic Jonathan Gold spoke in 2015 at the Sundance Film Festival.

Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer-winning restaurant critic in Los Angeles, dies at 57

Mr. Gold was the first restaurant reviewer to win the Pulitzer for criticism.

Porcelain teacups by Mark Shapiro of Stonepool Pottery in Worthington.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of July 23-29

Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour & Sale in Western Mass., Circus Smirkus, “A Father’s Lullaby,” and more.


David Spade: Family coming together after Kate Spade’s death

Just a month after his sister-in-law’s funeral, the comic-actor was back to business, promoting his new movie.

Jennifer Hudson at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala in 2016.


Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson to Star in ‘Cats’ Movie Adaptation

The long-running Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is finally getting the full-on cinematic treatment.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.


Gronk teases ‘Shark Week’ appearance, does a mean underwater Darth Vader impression

Some fish are friends, not food, for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Helen Mirren will star in an HBO miniseries called “Catherine the Great.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Helen Mirren takes reign again in HBO miniseries

The limited series will follow Russian empress Catherine the Great in the later part of her long reign.

James Gunn was writer and director of the ‘‘Guardians of the Galaxy’’ franchise from the start.

Director James Gunn fired from ‘Guardians 3’ over old tweets

James Gunn was fired Friday because of old tweets that recently emerged in which he joked about subjects like pedophilia and rape.

Tom Brady (L) and Gisele Brundchen arrive for the 2018 Met Gala on May 7, 2018, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. / AFP PHOTO / Angela WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images


On Gisele’s birthday, Tom Brady wants her to know he loves her a lot. Awww

The Patriots quarterback celebrated the supermodel’s 38th with a photo of a kiss on the beach.

Actor Mark Wahlberg showed reporters some sports bets he placed at the Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., Thursday.


Mark Wahlberg buying auto dealership in Ohio

Mark Wahlberg wants you to see the U.S.A. in a Chevrolet.

Ekkapol Chantawong from the 'Wild Boars' Thai soccer team shook hands with followers on Wednesday after the boys’ first press conference since being rescued from a cave in northern Thailand.

Thailand seeks control over movies about cave ordeal

Thailand’s military government wants to control how movies portray the ordeal of the young soccer players and their heroic rescue from a flooded cave.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

Researching his own life

Novelist Alexander Chee’s latest book is a collection of essays, “How to Write an Autobiographical Novel.”

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Lyrical memoir of Haiti; pairing poets and sculptors; grisly Harvard murder

Marilène Phipps arresting, bewitching new memoir is  “Unseen Worlds.’’

Why solitude is not a bad thing

Capsule reviews of “Art of Wasted Day,’’ “Alone Time,’’ “Lonely City,’’ and “Rise of Robots.’’

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.


Greater Boston author readings July 22-28

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Hannah Gadsby in “Nanette.”

@LARGE | Michael Andor Brodeur

‘Nanette,’ Sacha Baron Cohen, and the limits of laughter

Coming to comedy in unfunny times.

Comcast drops Fox bid, paving way for sale to Disney

Comcast is dropping its bid for Fox’s entertainment businesses, paving the way for Disney to boost its upcoming streaming service by buying the studios behind “The Simpsons” and X-Men.

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 25: (L-R) Actor Ryan Gosling, director Damien Chazelle and actor Claire Foy attend CinemaCon 2018 Universal Pictures Invites You to a Special Presentation Featuring Footage from its Upcoming Slate at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 25, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon)


Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong film to blast off at Venice film festival

“First Man,” starring Ryan Gosling, is set to open the festival on Aug. 29.

Lori McKenna

Album Review

Shadows of ourselves in Lori McKenna’s ‘The Tree’

Her 11th album is rooted in the highs and lows of domesticity from its opening chords.

Sterling K. Brown, left, and Olivia Munn speak at the 20th Century Fox


Comic-Con kicks off with a look at ‘The Predator’

Actors Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn, and Keegan-Michael Key got the first day off to a lively start Thursday with a look at the sequel.

FX’s “Pose” has already been renewed for a second season.

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

For the better TV battle, look to the runway, not the wrestling ring

“GLOW” and “Pose” share some similarities, but only one goes deep.

An image from Nancy Newberry’s “Smoke Bombs and Border Crossings” series.

photography review

At the Griffin, selections and connections

The work of 60 photographers is represented in a wide-ranging juried show.

Joey McIntyre stopped to take selfies outside the State House.


Joey McIntyre snaps ‘selfies for solidarity’ at rally with locked-out workers

The New Kid on the Block supports the National Grid workers affected by last month’s lockout — and he has the selfies to prove it.

The Suitcase Junket — a.k.a. Matt Lorenz

One man’s trash is another man’s orchestra

The Suitcase Junket makes instruments from baby shoes and gas cans, bones and silverware, saw blades and chair legs — the better to accompany his blend of yodeling, whistling, and throat-singing.

Amber Tamblyn. 22Bibliophiles. BOOKS. 7-22-18


Amber Tamblyn is an eclectic reader who views throwing away books as a sin

The actress and poet recently published her first novel, “Any Man.”

Composer Michael Gandolfi remembers friend and mentor Oliver Knussen

Tanglewood Music Center head of composition Michael Gandolfi shares memories of his longtime friend Oliver Knussen, a British composer and conductor with a deep Tanglewood legacy, who died on July 8.

John Stirratt and his partners are set to open a new hotel, Tourists, in North Adams July 30.


Wilco’s John Stirratt is North Adams’s artful lodger

He has channeled his creativity into a brand-new endeavor: totally transforming a rundown hotel in the Berkshires town he’s come to love.

Bill Nace and Kim Gordon of Body/Head.

Without harmony, Body/Head couldn’t create dissonance

Kim Gordon and Bill Nace’s experimental art-noise project embodies an aesthetic the musicians share.

Composer Michael Gandolfi, whose new piece “In America” will premiere at Tanglewood on July 23.

To protest is patriotic in Michael Gandolfi’s new ‘In America’

In the work, to be performed at Tanglewood, Gandolfi set the words of such Americans as Mark Twain, H.L. Mencken, and Parkland school shooting survivor Emma González.

Andre Holland in a scene from “Castle Rock.”

Television review

In the heart of Stephen King country, a creepy trip to ‘Castle Rock’

Even viewers who aren’t students of the Stephen King multiverse will find the Hulu drama worth watching.

Janelle Monáe (pictured July 18 in New York) plays Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Saturday.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Soul superstars, Shakespeare on the Common, and ‘Eighth Grade’

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


A special museum event, a belated trail party, and a prayer vigil

The Discovery Museum in Acton will stage an evening for children who are hard of hearing.

Co-writers and costars Daveed Diggs (left) and Rafael Casal during a late-April visit to town for a screening of “Blindspotting” at Independent Film Festival Boston.

‘Blindspotting’ should open some eyes

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal are on a mission to make audiences empathize.

Sophia Mitri Schloss plays the 13-year-old title character in writer-director Megan Griffiths’s “Sadie.”

scene here | local films, festivals, and faces

At Woods Hole: from unrequited love to teen angst

This year’s Woods Hole Film Festival has a wide range of offerings.

A scene from Nick Davis’s documentary “Ted Williams: ‘The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived.’ ”

Doc Talk | Peter Keough

Great filmmaker, great ballplayer, great musicians

A roundup of recent and upcoming documentaries.

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Gisele Bundchen releases cover of her upcoming book on Instagram

“Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life” will be available this fall.

A scene from Elan and Jonathan Bogarin’s “306 Hollywood”

In Focus

At Woods Hole: a Newark excavation and some LA experimentation

This year’s Woods Hole Film Festival kicks off with two notable documentaries.

Comcast drops out of Twenty-First Century Fox bidding war

The announcement leaves the path open for Disney to buy the Twenty-First Century Fox assets with its $71 billion offer.

Rembrandt’s “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee” was one of the paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

Globe, WBUR team to create Gardner Museum heist podcast

“Last Seen,” a weekly investigative podcast about the notorious art theft, will debut Sept. 17.

VINEYARD HAVEN, MA--071818-- Alan Dershowitz, Professor of Law, Emeritus Harvard Law School speaks at the Katharine Cornell Theater. Dershowitz wanted a civil dialogue with members of the Martha's Vineyard community about his defense of President Trump. (Photo by Steve Haines/For The Boston Globe) Lifestyle Editor Shanahan 8.4.2583495509

Alan Dershowitz concedes: He didn’t realize ‘how emotionally people are invested in opposing Trump’

The former Harvard Law professor spoke to residents on Martha’s Vineyard about his controversial defense of President Trump and how he’s been met with unexpected blowback on the island.

Joaquin Phoenix portrays cartoonist John Callahan.

Movie review

Joaquin Phoenix and Jonah Hill are excellent in ‘Don’t Worry,’ but the film doesn’t quite hold together

Gus Van Sant’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” is about the famously transgressive quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan.

The chairman of the FTC said he is “very interested” in the EU case against Google, so we may see an attack on Android on home soil. Above, Google’s offices at Pancras Square in London.


Will the EU’s get-tough policy on Google end up making Android phones more expensive?

The European Union hit Google with a $5 billion fine because of its Android market dominance. So what does that mean for consumers?

Alice Wetterlund at the Los Angeles premiere of season 2 of “Silicon Valley” in 2015.

TV Critic’s Corner

Former cast member describes a toxic ‘Silicon Valley’

Alice Wetterlund called out actor T.J. Miller in particular, but she said in a series of tweets that his bullying was enabled by other men involved with the show.

Bruce Springsteen won a Special Tony Award this year for his run of solo performances.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Springsteen on Broadway’ coming to Netflix

A filmed version of the Boss’s show will stream on Dec. 15, the date of his final Broadway performance.

Andrea Goldman as Roxane and Jeremiah Kissel as Cyrano.

Stage REview

A ‘Cyrano’ with panache at Gloucester Stage

Jeremiah Kissel tackles the title role with gusto in an adaptation of the classic play.

From left: Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.”

★ ★ ★ | Movie Review

Take a chance on ‘Mamma Mia!’ sequel

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is great summer fun.