Winter Arts Guide 2018

// The best of what to see and do around Boston this winter

From art shows to music performances, theater, TV, and dance, Boston’s scene has you covered.

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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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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed, and a new era dawns in Britain

A thousand-year-old English castle echoed with the exhortations of an African-American bishop and a gospel choir.

Saudi authorities have detained at least six activists, including three of the country's most prominent women's rights campaigners, just weeks before the kingdom is set to lift a ban on women driving, people familiar with the arrests said Friday.

Saudis who sought end to ban on women driving branded traitors

Saudi Arabian officials detained seven people who are being accused of working with “foreign entities.”

James Levine in 2009, when he was the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s music director.

Met says it has evidence James Levine abused or harassed 7 people

The Metropolitan Opera fired Levine as its music director emeritus on March 12, citing evidence of misconduct.

Missouri lawmakers approve measure regulating fake meat

Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that bans companies from labeling lab-grown meat products or meat substitutes as meat.

Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams will be a special guest at Boston’s annual Wounded Veterans Run Motorcycle Ride on Sunday.


Bikers to ride in support of wounded veterans

Marine Corps veteran Hershel “Woody” Williams will be a special guest at Boston’s annual Wounded Veterans Run Motorcycle Ride on Sunday.

Actor Malachi Weir and USES board chair Julia Johannsen


‘Billions’ actor helps raise funds for South End families

Malachi Weir was among the guests at United South End Settlements’ annual gala.

The “City on a Hill” cast includes (from left) Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge, Mark O’Brien, and Jonathan Tucker.


‘City on a Hill’ will let Kevin Chapman be stay-at-home actor

Showtime just announced it’s ordered 12 episodes of the Boston-based crime drama.

Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly at Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield.


Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly tips cap to Marshfield students

The reliever visited the Furnace Brook Middle School to congratulate students on their fund-raising for the Jimmy Fund.

Lia Cirio and Derek Dunn in Boston Ballet’s performance of “Prodigal Son” by George Balanchine at Boston Opera House.

Dance Review

Boston Ballet shines in ‘Classic Balanchine’

The program showcases three aspects of the great choreographer.

Actress-rocker Carrie Brownstein has written and directed “Search and Destroy.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Holding out hope for Carrie Brownstein’s ‘Search and Destroy’

The “Portlandia” star and Sleater-Kinney rocker has written and directed a pilot for Hulu that is loosely based on her memoir, “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.”

Boston, MA - 5/8/18 - The life of BeBe Winans (cq) will be portrayed in the musical


BeBe Winans puts his life onstage in the new musical ‘Born for This’

The musical traces BeBe and sister CeCe’s path from their Detroit home to Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s PTL Network, to their chart-topping successes afterward.

Wynton Marsalis appears with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Symphony Hall June 10.


Critic’s picks: From Newport to Rockport, the best in jazz

10 great concerts to see this summer.

The Wailin' Jennys. Photo credit: Art Turner.


Critic’s picks: Jamey Johnson, Miranda Lambert, and LSD (the legal kind)

10 top summer concerts by performers ranging from the Oak Ridge Boys to the Wailin’ Jennys.

20SummerFolk Parker Millsap Photo credit: David McClister


When the spirit moves Parker Millsap, anything can happen

Over four albums, the Oklahoman raised in a Pentecostal church has crafted his own blend of folk, rock, R&B, country, and blues.

20SummerComedy David Cross Photo credit courtesy “Just For Laughs.”


David Cross doesn’t do ‘dad comedy’ (OK, maybe a little)

The actor, comedian, and new father comes to the Wilbur for two dates, and he promises to not bore you with baby stories.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Taylor Swift performs onstage at the Z100's Jingle Ball 2017 on December 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Pop music

From Taylor Swift to Jay-Z and Beyoncé, big stars on the biggest stages

Here’s a guide to the artists who’ll draw the summer’s largest crowds, including Luke Bryan, Billy Joel, Kenny Chesney, and Journey.

American Modern Opera Company visits Williamstown in August.

Classical music

Critic’s picks: From Bach to ‘The Barber of Seville,’ 10 can’t-miss classical events

Critic’s picks for 10 great performances to take in.

20summerclassical Leonard Bernstein conducting a rehearsal in one of the Tanglewood barns, ca 1971 (Photograph by Heinz Weissenstein, Whitestone Photo, BSO Archives). Photo credit: Heinz Weissenstein Image courtesy of BSO Archives.

Classical music

Tanglewood toasts Leonard Bernstein in a summer-long tribute  

A season of Bernstein centennial programs culminates at the Koussevitzky Music Shed. 



A look at Helen Frankenthaler’s Provincetown connection

The leading Abstract Expressionist spent most summers of the 1960s in Provincetown, and a new show is the first to examine her work in relation to a particular place.

INDIO, CA - APRIL 22: SZA performs with Cardi B onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 22, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)


Critic’s picks: Summer sounds, from Paul Simon to Beck, Kendrick Lamar, and SZA

Hip-hop artists, troubadours, and more: There’s something for everyone on the season’s stages.

Boston Tap Company will be part of “On Tap — Beantown Tapfest Faculty Showcase.”


Critic’s picks: A bounty of ballet, tap, and much more on local stages

10 great performances to follow, from the Berkshires to the Cape.

In this March 22, 2018 photo, comedian Kathy Griffin poses for a portrait in Los Angeles to promote her upcoming “The Laugh Your Head Off World Tour. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) 20SummerComedyPicks


Critic’s picks: Chappelle and Stewart team up, Kathy Griffin speaks up

10 top comedy performances in the Boston area and beyond.

“Disney’s Aladdin” is at the Opera House July 5-Aug. 5.


Critic’s picks: From ‘Moulin Rouge!’ to ‘Mame,’ the summer onstage

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin’s guide to summer productions.

Interplay Choreography by Jerome Robbins New York City Ballet Credit Photo: Paul Kolnik nyc 212-362-7778


Putting their best feet forward for Jerome Robbins, America’s dance ‘genius’

The great choreographer’s centennial is being celebrated this year with programs at Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Boston Ballet.

Paramount network series “Yellowstone.” Pictured: Kevin Costner.


Critic’s picks: Michelle Wolf, a Stephen King-themed miniseries, and more

Matthew Gilbert picks 10 shows to follow.

American jazz musician Charles Lloyd.


Jazz master Charles Lloyd’s never-ending quest leads to Newport

The composer and saxophonist, now 80, will headline all three days at the jazz festival.

BOSTON, MA - MAY 3: Rapper Meek Mill talks with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden on May 3, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeat the 76ers 108-103. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


Robert Kraft’s pal Meek Mill backs out of White House meeting

The rapper was believed to be going to the White House Friday to talk about prison reform.

A robotic dog is among the nature-inspired art and prototypes that will be featured at Peabody Essex Museum’s “Wild Design” exhibit. Sebastian Conran with Tony Prescottand Ben Mitchinson, ConsequentialRobotics, United Kingdom, MiRo,2017. Mixed media. Courtesy of Consequential Robotics.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, May 21-27

Wild Designs at the Peabody Essex Museum, Campfire Festival at Club Passim, Honoring Our Heroes on Memorial Day, and more.

The annual Spring Planting Moon Pow-Wow at the Marshfield Fairgrounds will include intertribal dancers and audience members sharing in the “Two-Step Dance.”

Mark Your Calendar

Spring Pow-Wow brings Native crafts and dance demos to Marshfield

The annual Spring Planting Moon Pow-Wow features inter-tribal and dance demonstrations, an interactive educational workshop, traditional crafts, storytelling and Native food and arts for sale.

FILE - This May 10, 2017, file photo, shows the CBS logo at their broadcast center in New York. CBS Corp. is suing its controlling shareholder in the latest move in a long-running attempt to combine CBS and Viacom. Both companies’ majority shareholder is National Amusements, which is run by media mogul Sumner Redstone’s daughter Shari Redstone. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Judge denies CBS restraining order against major shareholder

A Delaware judge refused Thursday to grant CBS Corp. a restraining order against its majority shareholder in a power struggle that could decide control of the company.

Alden Ehrenreich takes on a role made famous by Harrison Ford in the prequel “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

Han Solo isn’t the only movie character to get the young/old treatment

In “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Alden Ehrenreich tackles the part Harrison Ford made famous.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Graphic novel’s battle between high, low art; celebrating youth writing and 826 Boston

Boston artist Karl Stevens’s new book is “The Winner.’’

book review

The one that got away

Melissa Broder’s witty, brooding debut novel traces a woman in an existential and romantic funk who finds her latest affair in an unexpected place.


Greater Boston author readings May 20-26

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Paramore is one of many bands playing Boston Calling next weekend.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

The loneliness of Robin Williams

A new book gives us an artfully-shaped portrait of the star from his isolated childhood to the adult that battled through depression, addiction, and infidelity.


An accidental book collector

Lawrence Wright says in the course of researching his books, like his most recent, “God Save Texas,’’ he has amassed a ton of books.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

How impeachment came to be

Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe’s latest book, co-authored with Joshua Matz, is titled “To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment.”

Julie Burros, Boston’s chief of arts and culture.

Julie Burros leaving post as Boston’s arts chief

Julie Burros, whose signature achievement was the formation of the sweeping cultural plan known as Boston Creates, is joining a consulting firm.

Ryan Reynolds stars in “Deadpool 2.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: A snarky hero, a rebel pope, and royal to-dos

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


Aaron Schlossberg once called a Mass. native ‘an ugly [expletive] foreigner’

Maybe you read about Aaron Schlossberg, the New York lawyer whose racist rant in a Manhattan restaurant went viral this week.

04JaggedPill Rehearsal photos from American Repertory TheaterÕs world premiere production of Jagged Little Pill. Celia Gooding (Frankie) and members of the Ensemble. Credit: Jimmy Ryan

With ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ songs of the ‘90s speak to today. Isn’t it ironic?

“Jagged Little Pill,” based on Alanis Morissette’s songs, is very much of the present and may just be the most woke musical since “Hair.”

Maggie Stark makes use of praxinoscopes in her work.


Trains of thought in arresting video artworks

Maggie Stark uses imagery of trains, trolleys, and stations to weigh the contradictions of time. 

An al fresco yoga class at The Street Chestnut Hill.

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Free al fresco offerings at The Street Chestnut Hill

Can’t make it to the beach? Go to Route 9 instead.

Actor Kevin Bacon will star in the new Showtime series “City on a Hill.”


Showtime orders 12 episodes of Boston-based crime drama ‘City on a Hill’

The series is based on an idea of Ben Affleck’s.

Indigo Girls Amy Ray (left) and Emily Saliers, with Cabot executive director J. Casey Soward.


Indigo Girls sell out the Cabot

The show was the fastest sellout since the venerable theater in Beverly reopened in 2014.