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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“Hollow Point 101,” part of the Nancy Baker Cahill exhibit at Boston Cyberarts Gallery.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Thrills and possibilities as artist ventures into digital realms

Los Angeles artist Nancy Baker Cahill, who grew up in Boston, invites viewers to step inside her works using virtual reality, and take them out in the world using augmented reality. 

FILE - In this April 19, 2010, file photo, Jill Abramson attends the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Abramson, the former editor of The New York Times, says that Fox News took her criticism of the newspaper's Trump coverage

New book by former New York Times editor Jill Abramson sparks online chatter

“Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts” has drawn intense attention.


A new ‘Ghostbusters’ is coming, this one co-written and directed by Jason Reitman

The movie will reportedly take place in the same universe as the original 1984 blockbuster, which was directed by Ivan Reitman, Jason’s father.

From far left: Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, and Bruce Willis in “Glass.”

Movie Review

With ‘Glass,’ M. Night Shyamalan makes a comeback — partway

The director’s latest, starring Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, and Samuel L. Jackson, completes a trilogy begun with “Unbreakable.”

Steve Carell reportedly may make more than $1 million per episode of “Space Force.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Steve Carell enters Netflix’s orbit with a ‘Space Force’ spoof

He’ll team with Greg Daniels, creator of the American version of “The Office,” on a workplace comedy that centers on the people tasked with creating a sixth branch of the military.

Frankie Shaw in “SMILF.”

Frankie Shaw and Rosie O’Donnell address ‘SMILF’ misconduct allegations

Shaw, a Boston native, told the “Today” show that she is “really grateful” that she can “take these lessons of being a more aware and attuned showrunner moving forward.”

book review

The grinding fear and stress of a homeless mother

Stephanie Land’s memoir is “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive’’

Krystal Hernandez (left) plays a teen whose mom — played by Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda — faces possible deportation in “Miss You Like Hell.”

Stage Review

In ‘Miss You Like Hell,’ hitting the road with everything on the line

Summer L. Williams directs a musical about an undocumented immigrant who travels across the country with her teen daughter to a court hearing.

From left: James “Murr” Murray, Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, and Brian “Q” Quinn.

For the four pals behind ‘Impractical Jokers,’ every day is pranks-giving

The comedy team comes to TD Garden Sunday for a live, behind-the-scenes look at their show.

John C. Reilly (left) plays Oliver Hardy and Steve Coogan portrays Stan Laurel in “Stan & Ollie.”

Movie Review

The story behind the comedy in ‘Stan & Ollie’

Steve Coogan portrays Stan Laurel, John C. Reilly plays Oliver Hardy.

Mischa Barton in “The O.C.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Do series stars sink or swim after jumping ship?

With Emmy Rossum leaving Showtime’s “Shameless” at the end of the season, which starts Sunday, I’ve been thinking about whether or not other shows have survived such significant departures.

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2018 file photo, singer Rihanna arrives at the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna one year anniversary party in New York. Rihanna is suing her father over his use of their last name for a business. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles, Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, alleges that her father Ronald Fenty and his partner have violated her trademark and falsely suggested that their business, Fenty Entertainment, is affiliated with her. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)


Rihanna sues father over use of their last name for business

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles, Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, says that her father, Ronald Fenty, and his partner have violated her trademark and falsely suggested that their business, Fenty Entertainment, is affiliated with her.

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‘Family Guy’ producers say they are ‘trying to phase out’ gay jokes because the ‘culture is different’

In an interview with TVLine, executive producers Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin shared their thoughts on the shift in the long-running Fox comedy, created by Seth MacFarlane.

Ben Affleck, right, the director, writer, producer and star of

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s ‘City on a Hill’ to begin filming in Boston next month

The Showtime series is slated to be released in 2019.

Stage Review

Life lessons on a soccer field in Lyric Stage’s ‘The Wolves’

A. Nora Long directs a first-rate production of Sarah DeLappe’s play about a girls’ soccer team.

Soprano Kristine Opolais

Kristine Opolais withdraws from upcoming BSO performances

The soprano has pulled out of Dvorák’s “Stabat Mater,” conducted by BSO music director Andris Nelsons, Opolais’s former husband, though she is still slated to sing the title role in BSO concert performances of Puccini’s opera “Suor Angelica.”


Greater Boston author readings Jan. 13-19

A weekly calendar of literary events.

The Netflix Inc. app is displayed for a photograph on an Apple Inc. iPad mini tablet compute.

Netflix raising prices for 58 million US subscribers

The streaming company’s most popular plan will see the largest hike, to $13 per month from $11.

‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ publisher sues Netflix over ‘Bandersnatch’

The company that publishes the “Choose Your Own Adventure” novels is suing Netflix, seeking $25 million in damages over a “Black Mirror” interactive film.

Eunice “Nicie” Panetta will lead the committee to select the award winners.

$2.2m Mellon grants will boost local poetry programs

Half of the funds will support local poets laureate and the rest will go for local programming.

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2018 file photo, Alicia Keys presents the award for record of the year at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Recording Academy announced Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, that Keys will host the Feb. 10 Grammys for the first time. The show will air live on CBS in Los Angles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)


Alicia Keys to host Grammy Awards next month, while Oscars remains host-free

The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that the R&B star will host the Feb. 10 show for the first time.

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Books we can’t wait to read in 2019

It’s a big year for fiction but there will be plenty for nonfiction fans, too.

Yayoi Kusama with her work “Love Is Calling” in 2013 at a solo exhibition in New York. The Infinity Room will be on display at the ICA in the fall.

Here come the selfies: ICA acquires Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room

The Japanese artist has rocketed to superstardom with dazzling, mirror-lined installations brimming with otherworldly color and light — must-haves for many people’s social-media checklists. But that leaves out a darker story.

Faith Rodgers (left), accompanied by attorney Gloria Allred, spoke Monday during a news conference in New York. Rodgers said the singer R. Kelly threatened to reveal details of her sexual history if she didn’t drop a lawsuit accusing him of sexual abuse.

R. Kelly accuser says singer threatened to reveal her sex life

Faith Rodgers made the claim Monday at a news conference in New York.

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2018, file photo, Bruce Springsteen performs at the 12th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. Springsteen will not be touring with the E Street Band in 2019. Springsteen on Tuesday, Dec. 4, posted on Twitter that they hope to be back soon. But The Boss says he wants a break after his

Bruce Springsteen made a surprise visit to an Irish pub in Boston

The Boss swapped Thunder Road for Boylston Street on Friday.

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and Britain's Prince Harry watch a dance troupe perform at the Hive, Wirral Youth Zone, as part of a visit to Birkenhead, England, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (Danny Lawson/Pool Photo via AP)


Baby boy or girl? It seems Meghan and Harry don’t know yet

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have apparently chosen not to learn the gender of the baby they are expecting this spring.

Singer Meghan Trainor and actor Daryl Sabara in a file photo from Aug. 12, 2018 in Inglewood, Calif.


Meghan Trainor and Daryl Sabara share ‘familymoon’ memories on Instagram

Over the weekend, Trainor, who was raised on Nantucket and the Cape, and Sabara shared memories from their honeymoon in Bora Bora.

Emilia Clarke (as Daenerys Targaryen) and Kit Harington (as Jon Snow) in a scene from HBO's

Final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ to debut April 14

Your long wait is almost over.

DULUTH, GA - NOVEMBER 05: The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend perform during the The Who

The Who will play Fenway Park this summer

The band also will release its first album of new songs in 13 years later this year.

Emmy Rossum will be leaving “Shameless” when season nine ends.

Matthew Gilbert | Your TV GPS

The week in watching: ‘Shameless’ worries, Cumby in ‘Brexit,’ and the truth about ‘True Detective’

Television critic Matthew Gilbert looks ahead at the week in television.


Big Boi and Travis Scott to perform with Maroon 5 at Super Bowl

The NFL announced the lineup for the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday.

Historic Connecticut theater destroyed in fire

The American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford has been closed for decades.

Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston in a scene from “The Upside.”

‘The Upside’ unseats ‘Aquaman’ as top flick at theaters

Kevin Hart’s movie surpassed expectations and earned an estimated $19.6 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates.

Attorney general nominee William Barr visited Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office Thursday.

Trump AG pick poised to reclaim old job in a changed capital

Though the pressures on William Barr are bound to be enormous if he is confirmed, allies describe him as driven by his commitment to the department and clear-eyed about what is ahead.

Megyn Kelly had been off the “Today” show since suggesting that it was OK for white people to wear blackface on Halloween.

Megyn Kelly, NBC News finalize their messy divorce

The former Fox News star’s attempt to become a network morning television star as part of the “Today” show floundered.

The 2018 New England International Auto Show.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Jan. 13-20

Head to a spirited comedy festival, Salem style, enjoy films with the family, and more.

US President Donald Trump delivers an address to the nation on funding for a border wall from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC on January 8, 2019. (Photo by CARLOS BARRIA / POOL / AFP)CARLOS BARRIA/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a Thing

From sniffing stitches to British disses

A review of the week online.

Opponents of North Carolina’s House Bill 2 gathered at the State Capitol in Raleigh in 2016.

TV Critic’s Corner

Netflix won’t film ‘OBX’ in North Carolina due to ‘Bathroom Bill’

State’s House Bill 2 says that transgender people can only use public bathrooms that match the sex on their birth certificates.

Pianist Alessio Bax joined Andrew Davis and the BSO for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 on Thursday night.

Music Review

With conductor Andrew Davis, the BSO considers the big picture

The orchestra offered a program featuring music of John Harbison, Mozart, and Ralph Vaughan Williams.


Sarah Jessica Parker drops by Boston dressed for the weather

When the “Sex and the City” actress posted a photo of herself at South Station, fans couldn’t help but wonder . . . why was she visiting Boston?

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During the winter doldrums, Boston venues get creative to bring in guests

Restaurants and hotels are creating new immersive experiences to keep patrons coming year-round.

(From left) Nancy E. Carroll, Mary Beth Fisher, Chris Cooper, John Judd, and Nikki Massoud after a performance of


Chris Cooper pays a visit to the Huntington Theatre, sees play he got a Tony nomination for

Actor Chris Cooper was in Boston Thursday night to catch a performance of “A Doll’s House, Part 2.”

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Noname stops by the MFA

The Chicago rapper is making a name for herself.

Orny Adams says, “If you think I’m that guy onstage all through life, I mean, I would have died of a heart attack by now.”

Comic Orny Adams may find everyday life maddening, but he’s not mad

The Lexington native, who headlines the Wilbur Theatre Saturday, is “definitely not angry” despite his onstage persona.

Noah Weisberg plays Willy Wonka in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at the Opera House.

Stage Review

A ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ in need of more confection

Strong performances and choreography aren’t enough to overcome the musical’s sluggish pace.

Christian Bale as Dick Cheney, left, and Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney in a scene from


At private ‘Vice’ screening, counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke talks Dick Cheney, 9/11

The screening at the Brattle Theatre was organized by Pulitzer winner Ron Suskind and drew Samantha Power, Jill Lepore, Atul Gawande, and host of others.