‘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.

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Boston pianist Eric Lu wins Leeds piano competition

Lu, 20, was the youngest of the five finalists who performed over the weekend.

Andris Nelsons led the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw on Monday.

A scramble, then ovations as BSO salvages its European tour finale

When mechanical problems grounded the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s plane in Paris, quick thinking and resourceful teamwork ensured that the show went on.

Joan Baez onstage at the Boch Center Wang Theatre on Saturday.

Music Review

Joan Baez’s songs and stories add up to a stirring show

The singer captivated an adoring audience at the Boston stop of her “Fare Thee Well” tour.

Latest Music 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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Fall Arts Preview 2018

Fall arts preview 2018

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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.

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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.

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Things to Do

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

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

Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald hears echoes of an earlier era, and it’s inspiring

The pop crooner talks about how his recent album came together, the artists whose records he’s wearing out, and keeping his remarkable voice in shape.


Greater Boston author readings Sept. 23-29

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Album Review

On Christine and the Queens’ ‘Chris,’ revelations you can dance to

The second album from Héloïse Letissier’s synth-pop project is refreshing and empowering.

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Ed Sheeran makes a visit to young fans at Boston Children’s Hospital

Gillette Stadium wasn’t the pop star’s only performance venue this past weekend.

Carrie Underwood.

Carrie Underwood reveals she had three miscarriages in two years

The 35-year-old country singer says she turned to God after the experience.

“Whistle Down the Wind” is the 25th studio album by Joan Baez (pictured at her northern California home).

Joan Baez on retiring from the road, hitting those high notes, and why she’s still protesting

As she embarks on her farewell tour, the singer reflects on a career that began in Cambridge almost 60 years ago.

From left: Joe Spaulding, Kara Elliot-Ortega, Joan Baez, and Betsy Siggins, founder of FOLK New England, at the Boch Center Wang Theatre on Friday.


Mayor Walsh declares Sept. 14 to be Joan Baez Day in Boston

The mayor lauded Baez for her leadership in establishing Greater Boston’s folk music scene in the late 1950s and for her work as a humanitarian.

Ed Sheeran might have delivered one of the gutsiest shows ever performed in a football stadium.

Music Review

No band, no problem for Ed Sheeran at Gillette

Armed with nothing but his guitar and real-time sampling pedals, the shaggy troubadour might have delivered one of the gutsiest shows ever performed in a football stadium.

Taylor Dayne and Paul English outside Wally’s Cafe.


Singer Taylor Dayne takes the (very small) stage at Wally’s

Dayne first broke onto the pop scene in 1987 with her hit “Tell It to My Heart.”

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic opens at the MFA on Saturday.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston the week of Sept. 17-23

Winnie-the-Pooh at the MFA, Champions of Magic, the Boston Film Festival, and more.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Childish Gambino is pictured at a stop on his “last tour ever.”

Music Review

A heady mix from Childish Gambino at TD Garden

He gave the show a veneer of multimedia performance art, with disturbing contradictions underlying the infectious grooves and pretty melodies.

Ben Dickey portrays Blaze Foley and Charlie Sexton is Townes Van Zant in “Blaze,” a film directed by Ethan Hawke.

Ethan Hawke directs C&W biopic ‘Blaze’

His latest film is about singer-songwriter Blaze Foley.

Cellist and New England Conservatory president emeritus Laurence Lesser.

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Celebrating Laurence Lesser, a guiding spirit at NEC

The cellist, a venerated teacher and the conservatory’s former president, will turn 80 in October, but the school is getting a head start on the celebration with a concert.

Legendary folk music artist Joan Baez, at her northern California home, is on her final tour. MUST CREDIT: Photo for The Washington Post by Ramona Rosales

Things to Do

The Weekender: Folk heroes, good dogs, and ‘SNL’ stars’ reunion

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

Mike Nesmith

Mike Nesmith gets the old band back together (no, not that one)

The former Monkee is on the road celebrating the belated interest in his country-rock albums of the early 1970s.

Peter Buck and Joseph Arthur of Arthur Buck.

The teaming up of Joseph Arthur and Peter Buck was no one’s best-laid plan

Though the singer and former R.E.M. guitarist have known each other for years, it took a misplaced guitar to bring them together artistically.

Actor Mark Wahlberg is man on a schedule.


Mark Wahlberg’s daily schedule is just like mine — with a couple of small fixes

I mean, you don’t work out twice a day while devoting one hour to actual work?

Wayne Shorter

Album review

At 85, Wayne Shorter is still pursuing the unknown

With “Emanon,” the jazz legend has crafted the most ambitious release of his career.

MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer circa 1974.

Wayne Kramer aims to recapture the anarchic spirit of MC5

To mark the 50th anniversary of the group’s debut, Kramer has assembled an all-star band that plays the Paradise Thursday.


Local athletes joined Drake for a splashy after-party at a Boston nightclub

The worlds of sports and music repeatedly mixed in Boston last weekend.

FILe - In this Jan. 27, 2018 file photo, Olivia Newton-John attends the 2018 G'Day USA Los Angeles Gala at the InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles. Newton-John says she has been diagnosed with cancer for the third time in three decades. The four-time Grammy winner, who will turn 70 on Sept. 26, told Australian news program “Sunday Night” doctors found a tumor in her lower back in 2017. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)


Olivia Newton-John diagnosed with cancer for 3rd time

The four-time Grammy winner, who will turn 70 on Sept. 26, told Australian news program ‘‘Sunday Night’’ doctors found a tumor in her lower back in 2017.

FILE - SEPTEMBER 07: According to reports September 7, 2018 rapper Mac Miller, real name Malcolm McCormick, has died of an apparent overdose at his San Fernando Valley home. LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Mac Miller performs on Camp Stage during day 1 of Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 2017 at Exposition Park on October 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


Autopsy performed on rapper Mac Miller, more tests needed

An autopsy has been completed but the cause of death is not yet clear for hip-hop star Mac Miller, who was found dead in his Los Angeles home last week.

From left: Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Legend, and Tim Rice joined an elite group of artists Sunday when they won the Emmy Award for outstanding variety special. They’re now in the exclusive EGOT club.

John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Tim Rice join the elite EGOT club

Winning Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards is akin to the grand slam of performing arts awards.

Drake onstage during Friday’s show at TD Garden.

Music Review

Drake delivers the hits — and a healing moment — at the Garden

The chart-dominating MC’s show Saturday at TD Garden included an appearance by former adversary Meek Mill.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Legend and Tim Price pose in the press room during the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)


John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice now EGOT winners

The Emmy win for “Jesus Chris Superstar” on Sunday united Legend, Lloyd Webber and Rice with Emmys to go with their Tonys, Grammys, and Oscars — the four biggest prizes in show business.



‘Here We Go Again’ Cher tour to come to Mass. in April

The pop music star is headed for the new MGM Springfield casino and the TD Garden.

A Far Cry’s program included the world premiere of “Grasping for Light” by Jessica Meyer.

Music Review

A Far Cry puts visual-art-inspired music on display at Gardner Museum

The smartly programmed and played concert included Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and a world premiere by Jessica Meyer.

It appears rappers Meek Mill (left) and Drake are now on good terms.

Drake, Meek Mill appear together on stage at TD Garden

Based on Saturday’s embrace, the long-feuding rappers have patched things up.

For Chelsea native Chick Corea, one passion, many paths

The renowned pianist returns to Boston for a five-night residency at Scullers.

Cardi B escorted out of fashion party after lunging at Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj and Cardi B were involved in an altercation Friday night that got physical at a New York Fashion Week party.

Sona Jobarteh (left) and her band will play the Somerville Theatre Oct. 11 and Women of the World (right) will perform in Natick Sept. 14.

World Music

Fall Arts Preview: World music picks

Concerts this season represent every corner of the globe and traverse a range of styles, from the reinvented Balkan folk music of Samodivi to the alt-rock of Lebanon’s Mashrou’ Leila.

Interpol writes a new chapter

Singer Paul Banks discusses where the band’s latest, “Marauder,” resides on the fiction/nonfiction spectrum.

Childish Gambino (also known as Donald Glover) performs at TD Garden onSept. 12.

Pop Music

Fall Arts Preview: Pop and rock

On tap this season, shows from Bruno Mars, Elton John, J. Cole, and Maggie Rogers, among others.

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2008 file photo, Project Runway's Tim Gunn walks with Heidi Klum on the runway during Fashion Week in New York. Klum and Gunn are leaving “Project Runway.” Amazon Prime Video on Friday announced the supermodel and fashion consultant are helping to develop a new reality fashion series, which will combine content with commerce. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)


Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn leaving ‘Project Runway’ for Amazon

The supermodel and fashion consultant are helping to develop a new reality fashion series, which will combine content with commerce.

Yoko Ono, fourth from right, unveils the John Lennon Commemorative Forever stamp from the United States Postal Service during a ceremony, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in New York. The stamp features a photo of Lennon taken by photographer Bob Gruen, right, that was on the cover of Lennon's 1974 solo album, Walls and Bridges. Also attending the ceremony was Sean Lennon, third from right, radio personality Dennis Elsas, far left, and Postmaster General Megan Brennan, second from left. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)


John Lennon celebrated with release of commemorative stamp

John Lennon’s iconic moptop, round glasses, and grin will now adorn a US stamp.

Musician Van Morrison from Northern Ireland performs on the Stravinski Hall stage during the 46th Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, Saturday, July 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Keystone/Jean-Christophe Bott)

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.