Winter arts guide 2019

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Upcoming concerts, shows, performances in theater, music, dance, art, and television.

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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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Music Review

A compelling case for expanding the canon at Symphony Hall

For his Boston Symphony Orchestra subscription series debut, conductor Thomas Wilkins devised a decisively non-Eurocentric program that rocked the hall down.

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Lupita Nyong'o in a scene from

Jeneé Osterheldt | Commentary

In ‘Us,’ Jordan Peele delivers an American nightmare

In Peele’s new horror film, America’s scariest monsters are unmasked: ourselves.

Mr. Cohen’s schlocky films of Mr. Cohen (shown with wife Cynthia) developed cult followings.

Larry Cohen, director of cult horror films, dies at 77

Larry Cohen, the maverick B-movie director of cult horror films like “It’s Alive” and “God Told Me To,” has died. He was 77.


Tan France from Netflix’s ‘Queer Eye’ will be in town June 6

The event, hosted by the Harvard Book Store at the Back Bay Events Center, is already sold out.


Tanglewood announces additions to its Popular Artist Series lineup

Richard Thompson, Rodrigo Y Grabriela, and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, along with Melissa Etheridge, are headed to the Berkshires this summer.

Blake Schwarzenbach of Jawbreaker onstage at the House of Blues.

Music Review

At first Boston show in decades, Jawbreaker lives up to its legend

Two years of post-reunion shows have whipped the ’90s pop-punk band back into fighting shape.

Jazzmeia Horn is just beginning to make her voice heard

The rising jazz artist won’t sing a song she can’t connect with personally, which explains why she’ll be writing a lot more of her music.

Driver working with NBC News killed in Syria

A driver working with NBC News reporters in Syria was killed Saturday by an explosive device in eastern Syria.

Fairy Tales, Revolution series, Ceramic, 9 x 11 x 8 inches, 2017

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Amy Poehler attended the Paley Center for Media's 2019 PaleyFest LA


The ‘Parks and Rec’ reunion was everything you hoped for

The cast and co-creator of “Parks and Recreation” reunited at PaleyFest.

Amy Poehler attended the Paley Center for Media's 2019 PaleyFest LA


The ‘Parks and Rec’ reunion was everything you hoped for

The cast and co-creator of “Parks and Recreation” reunited at PaleyFest.

Matthew Rhys will star as the eponymous defense lawyer in HBO’s “Perry Mason.”

TV Critic’s Corner

HBO to revisit ‘Perry Mason’ in new limited series

It’s going to be directed by “Sopranos” veteran Tim Van Patten, it’s going to be set in 1932, and it’s going to star Matthew Rhys.

3-20-19: Boston, MA: Misa Kuranaga (left) as

Dance Review

Boston Ballet brings ‘Coppélia’ to splendid life

The production, highlighted opening night by Misa Kuranaga’s Swanilda, is an absolute charmer.

Richard Snee (Malvolio), Samantha Richert (Olivia), and Hayley Spivey (Viola) in Twelfth Night.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of March 25-31

Shakespeare at the Lyric Stage, a pancake breakfast in Brookline, archaeology education in Cambridge, and more.

Huma Bhabha’s exhibit “They Live,” at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Art review

Violence and verve, on view at the ICA

There’s a continuum of carnage in Huma Bhabha’s artwork. It’s also exuberant, dynamic, and playfully alive.


Greater Boston author readings Mar. 24 - Mar. 30

A weekly calendar of literary events.

John Roberts: the focus is on the man in the middle

book review

John Roberts: the focus is on the man in the middle

Joan Biskupic’s biography of the chief justice comes as interest in the Supreme Court is sky high.

book review

Moroccan family’s tale in Calif. desert sprawls instead of focuses

Pulitzer finalist Laila Lalami’s fourth novel is “The Other Americans.”

book review

A heartbreaking epic of staggering creativity in Zambia

Namwali Serpell’s wonderfully chaotic debut novel is “Old Drift.’’


Author Amy Hempel and her shed full of books

The master of the short story will publish her first collection in a decade, “Sing to It,’’ on March 26.

Many speculate that Cersei (played by Lena Headey) will die during the final season of “Game of Thrones.”

Matthew Gilbert | Buzzsaw

Everything we know about the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’

The wall of secrecy surrounding the show has tiny cracks.

The remake of “Dumbo” (above) brings to life its 1941 star (top).

Disney doubles: ‘Dumbo’ is the latest remake from the studio of one of its classics

Tim Burton directed a live-action version of the tale of the lovable flying elephant.

Matthew McConaughey as Moondog in “The Beach Bum.”

Matthew McConaughey’s latest film lets him ‘have fun, man’

The star is up to his old tricks in ‘The Beach Bum.”

WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti will return to emcee Mass Poetry’s annual fund-raising event, “Evening of Inspired Leaders.”

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Essays encourage personal quests; Yale Series of Younger Poets winner

“Strange Attractors: Lives Changed by Chance’’ is edited by Edie Meidav and Emmalie Dropkin.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 19, 1996 US pop star Michael Jackson waves to photographers during a press conference in Paris. - Three Michael Jackson fan groups are suing his alleged victims in France for

How to separate a deplorable artist from his art? We do it all the time

How do we reconcile the work of a globally beloved pop superstar with the continuing allegations about his despicable private behavior?

the story behind the book | KATE TuTTLE

Fighting the battle of ideas

Farah Pandith’s new book is “How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat’’

Emilia Clarke in “Game of Thrones.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘GoT’ star recalls her battles with aneurysms

Emilia Clarke was 24 when she collapsed during a workout.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 31, 2015 this handout mugshot obtained courtesy of the Broward County Sheriff's Office shows an August 2015 booking photo of Cesar Sayoc, who the US media on October 26, 2018 identifies as the suspect in connection with 12 suspicious packages and pipe bombs sent to critics of US President Donald Trump. - A fan of US President Donald Trump who mailed parcel bombs to prominent Democratic figures last October was set to appear in court March 21, 2019, where he was expected to plead guilty to some of the 30 charges against him. Cesar Sayoc, 57, who was arrested in Florida on October 26 following a massive manhunt, was due in federal court in New York at 4:00 pm (2000 GMT). (Photo by HO / BROWARD COUNTY SHERIIF'S OFFICE / AFP) / == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT:

Man pleads guilty to mailing bombs to CNN, Trump critics

A Florida man has pleaded guilty to sending a wave of pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of President Trump.

Michael Andor Brodeur | @Large

In praise of ‘no one’ on Twitter

A meme gives me hope . . . (not that you asked).

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2014 file photo, actor Michael Che attends the


Boston Calling organizers reveal details about Memorial Day Weekend festival

It’s not just about the music.

Leah Smith and Joe Stramondo in “Far From the Tree.”

Doc Talk

ReelAbilities Film Festival explores a world of differences

A preview of three documentaries at this year’s festival.

Natalie Morales as Abby and Neil Flynn as Fred in “Abby’s.”

Television review

In ‘Abby’s,’ it’s the jokes that have been watered down

NBC’s attempt to re-up the magic of “Cheers” falls flat.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez arrive for the 2018 Met Gala on May 7, 2018, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. - After two years of dating, former New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez are engaged to be married. On March 9, 2019 Lopez posted on Instagram the romantic picture of both their hands in the Bahamas sunset, she is wearing a huge diamond ring. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) / ALTERNATIVE CROPHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images

The PawSox have quite the plans for ‘celebrating’ Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez’s engagement

Ben Affleck is involved.

BSO youth and family concerts conductor Thomas Wilkins makes his subscription-series debut at Symphony Hall on Saturday.

classical notes

Lifting the baton to bring composers of color into the canon

Thomas Wilkins, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s youth and family concerts conductor, makes his BSO subscription-series debut with a program featuring three African-American composers and Roberto Sierra, who is Puerto Rican.

Nadia Huggins’s “No. 25 Circa No Future”

Art Review

A fresh view of the Caribbean, beyond the sunshine daydreams

A show at the Portland Museum of Art captures the complexities not visible in tourist brochures.

Ariana Grande performed 28 songs during her 100-minute show at TD Garden Wednesday.

Music Review

Ariana Grande showcases charm, voice at TD Garden

The show opened with Grande putting the full spotlight on her voice, but it quickly segued into a full-on pop fantasia.

1972 film

Ty Burr

People, can we just try taking it slow, for a change?

Turn down the volume, take a deep breath, and look beneath the infospew.

“John Ruskin” 1876-77, by Charles Herbert Moore

Critic’s notebook

Ruskin at 200: a Victorian genius and his art

A very eminent Victorian remains a force for how we understand art and society.

31petfriendly - The Vanderbilt Grace in Newport, Rhode Island. (Handout)


‘The Bachelorette’ starts filming in Newport, R.I.

Will roses be given out in New England?

Scenes from “Free Men” (above) and “Always in Season” (top right), two of the documentaries screening at the Salem Film Festival.

In Focus

The Salem Film Fest looks at imprisonment in many forms

A preview of five documentaries screening between March 29 and April 4.

3-20-19: Boston, MA: Derek Dunn during a dress rehearsal of the Boston Ballet production of

Things to Do

The Weekender: Frightening ‘Us,’ funny ballet, Phish-y music

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

Reflecting a vision of diversity, New Rep names a new artistic director

Michael J. Bobbitt, the head of a Maryland children’s theater, will become the first African-American leader at the Watertown-based company.

Gary Clark Jr. leaves his ‘lane’ and speaks his mind

“This Land” offers new sounds and sharp commentary from a singer and guitarist who wants to be seen as more than a blues torch-bearer.

Natasia Demetriou and Matt Berry play vampires on Staten Island.

Television review

FX’s ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ sinks its teeth into comedy

The first season of the vampire spoof about three undead housemates on Staten Island shows plenty of promise.

Cast members of “The Audacity: Women Speak” (from left): Veronica Anastasio Wiseman, Louise Hamill, Raijene Murchison, Judith Nelson Dilday, Luz Lopez, Graciela Femenia, and Alex Casillas.


‘The Audacity’: It’s her story, and her story, and hers, too

Sleeping Weazel’s documentary play blends the stories of sexism, harrassment, and worse from dozens of women.

Mindy Kaling.

Cambridge native Mindy Kaling is creating a Netflix show inspired by her childhood

The streaming coming-of-age comedy will center around the “complicated life of a modern-day first generation Indian American teenage girl, inspired by Kaling’s own childhood.”