Julia Cort and Chris Schmidt to head up ‘Nova’

“Nova,” currently in its 46th season, is the recipient of several Peabody and Emmy Awards. The program was for years by executive producer Paula Apsell, who recently retired.

Winter arts guide 2019

// Check out the Winter Arts Guide 2019

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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Lauren Mayberry leads Chvrches through a rousing set at Boston Calling on Friday night.

music review

Boston Calling gets off to a spirited start with some choice performances

Chvrches and Pale Waves contributed excellent sets on a day that also included Greta Van Fleet and ended with headliner Twenty One Pilots.

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It’s a Thing

Moby ick, an unbelievable ending, slurring the speaker, and more

Michael Brodeur’s review of the week in things.

Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams

Adam Levine is leaving ‘The Voice’

He and “brother for life” Blake Shelton traded kind words on social media after the announcement.

Museum of Fine Arts director Matthew Teitelbaum in 2017.

Critic’s Notebook

MFA director: ‘We are imperfect, and we need to . . . raise our standards’

Matthew Teitelbaum wants to transform the Museum of Fine Arts into an institution that reflects the world outside its doors. Now he’s facing a nightmare scenario that underscores how difficult that can be.

A guide to Boston Calling

Recommended acts, what’s new this year, and a look behind the scenes at Boston’s big music festival

Harvey Weinstein entered the State Supreme Court in New York in October 2018.

$44 million deal close in Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct lawsuits

A tentative deal has been reached to settle multiple lawsuits brought against the television and film company co-founded by Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.

Annie Lennox makes art from the artifacts of her own sweet dreams

The singer is opening an exhibition at Mass MoCA that features a large earthen mound, into which she has buried about 250 mementos from her life and career.

Carl Hsu, Micheline Wu and cast in the Lyric Stage Company of Boston's production of Pacific Overture. Photo by Mark S. Howard

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ author Judith Kerr dies at 95

Judith Kerr was a refugee from Nazi Germany who wrote and illustrated the bestselling “The Tiger Who Came to Tea” and other beloved children’s books.

Eddie Arroyo, 5825 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137, 2017. Acrylic on canvas, 28 x 36 in. (71.1 x 91.4 cm). Image courtesy the artist and Spinello Projects, Miami. Photograph by Eddie Arroyo

A Whitney Biennial that speaks in urgent whispers

Serious, subdued, and driven by artworks made by hand, this year’s installment simmers more than it boils over.

book review

And you thought xenophobic immigration policy was a new thing

Daniel Okrent’s “The Guarded Gate’’ examines how bigotry and eugenics came together in the Immigration Act of 1924.

Rhiannon Giddens takes center stage at Symphony Hall on the first night of her four-night residency with the Boston Pops.


At the Pops, Rhiannon Giddens and her very large backing band mesh beautifully

One extraordinary song followed another, with the orchestra settling comfortably into a supporting role for the singer.

Lizzo flaunted her vocal range at the House of Blues Wednesday.

music review

At House of Blues, Lizzo enthralls and embraces

The crowd was right there with her from the moment she went onstage, singing along, giving her extended ovations, and showering her with affection.

In ‘The Waverly Gallery,’ Kenneth Lonergan delves into his own family’s heartbreak

Now getting a production at Shakespeare & Company, his play is based on his grandmother’s decline into dementia.


Frowns on unreliable narrators and texting shorthand

Tayari Jones’s fourth novel is the award-winning and best-selling “An American Marriage.”

James Bowden, “A Map of North America Denoting É the Locations of the Various Indian Tribes,” 1844

Art Review

The Leventhal map center at the BPL takes a trip out West

“America Transformed” looks at the years 1800-1862.

A group of drivers in New York protested against Uber prior to the company’s IPO earlier this month.

Four Takes

Lifetime job insecurity in the gig economy

Capsule reviews of “Temp,’’ “Raw Deal,’’ “Lab Rats,’’ and “The Forgotten Americans.’’

Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever in “Booksmart.”

Movie Review

‘Booksmart’ doesn’t do it by the book — which is just right

Two studious high school seniors decide it’s time to be social in this exuberant comedy.

book review

Taut, complex tale of a WWII hero in occupied France

Julie Orringer’s new historical fiction involves a closeted journalist and his risky rescue of Nazi dissidents.

“Mindful Mandalas” is by Nepali artist Sneha Shrestha and the students of local Boys and Girls clubs, who helped make the piece as part of the MFA’s Community Arts Initiative.


Racism at the MFA is not an isolated event. It’s a microcosm of life in America

The racism on display at the MFA for the Leadership Academy students is not an isolated event. It’s an ongoing exhibit.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 09: Lil Nas X performs onstage as Fashion Nova Presents: Party With Cardi at Hollywood Palladium on May 9, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Fashion Nova)

Lil Nas X and Chase Rice will kick off the Stanley Cup Final at a free concert and viewing party

Game 1 is on Monday.

Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei as Archie and Edith Bunker in “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons.’”

TV Critic’s Corner

ABC, don’t even think about rebooting these

Wednesday’s restaging of an episode of “All in the Family” and an episode of “The Jeffersons” was a ratings success for ABC. I’m hoping the network won’t get greedy about this.

Emmet Van Driesche writes about life on a Christmas tree farm in his new book.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Rediscovering the father of the new left; running a tree farm

Boston cartoonist Nick Thorkelson’s new book is Herbert Marcuse: Philosopher of Utopia, A Graphic Biography

Fans have recently made their wishes, preferences, and needs as consumers known regarding “Game of Thrones” (with Jacob Anderson and Kit Harington).

Ty Burr

Why fan service is the enemy of art, entertainment

Giving the audience what it wants can be a very bad idea.

The cast of “We Live in Cairo,” a musical getting its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater.

Stage Review

In ART’s ‘We Live in Cairo,’ the strains of a revolution

A world premiere musical about the Egyptian revolution of 2011 falters after a promising start.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

Keeping up with the Winklevii

Ben Mezrich’s new book, “Bitcoin Billionaires’’ revolves around two characters from his bestseller “Accidental Billionaires.’’

A scene from James N. Kienitz Wilkins’s “Public Hearing.”

in focus

One man’s mundane meeting is another’s cinematic drama

A look at James N. Kienitz Wilkins’s “Public Hearing” documentary


Greater Boston author readings May 19-25

A weekly calendar of literary events.

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@ Large

Gen-X’s 25th reunion

Can a generation united only by its shrugging consensus that reality bites truly be called on to repair anything?

From left: Derek Klena, Kathryn Gallagher, Sean Allan Krill, Elizabeth Stanley, Celia Rose Gooding, and Lauren Patten.

‘Jagged Little Pill’ announces original Broadway cast

Inspired by Alanis Morissette’s hit album of the same name, “Jagged Little Pill” is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, Jennifer Garner attends the 2018 Baby2Baby Gala in Culver City, Calif. Garner graces the cover of this year's

Jennifer Garner, Katie Couric among speakers slated for INBOUND 2019

Garner, a Golden Globe-winning actress, will speak with John Foraker, with whom she co-founded organic kid food company Once Upon a Farm in 2017.

Florence Welch on sobriety, ‘High as Hope,’ and new beginnings

The Florence + The Machine frontwoman spoke candidly to the Globe ahead of the band’s date at the Xfinity Center.

From left: Kaitlyn Dever, Olivia Wilde, and Beanie Feldstein.

‘Booksmart’ does a redo on the teen comedy

Actress Olivia Wilde makes her debut as a feature director.

Real estate photos of 648 Canton Ave in Milton. (Deanna DiMarzio Real Estate Photography) 24namesslate

Just listed: Actress Jenny Slate’s childhood home in Milton for $1.95 million

Actress and comedian Jenny Slate often reminisces about growing up in Milton. Now, the yellow center hall Colonial Slate spent her formative years in is for sale.

Chris Collingwood is part of Songs & Stories at City Winery Tuesday.

For Fountains of Wayne singer, a liberating new musical landscape

These days there’s isn’t much Chris Collingwood misses about his hectic former life with the power-pop band famous for “Stacy’s Mom.” The Northampton resident has a stellar new group, Look Park.

A scene from “Faces Places,” the last film by Agnès Varda.

doc talk | By Peter Keough

A biker, a birthday, a mystery, a harvest, a campaign

A preview of five documentaries.

Werner Herzog (left) and Andre Singer (right) talk with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in “Meeting Gorbachev.”

Movie Review

Werner Herzog celebrates the man behind glasnost

“Meeting Gorbachev” is a documentary about the former Soviet leader.

Debra Granik will be honored during a retrospective at the Brattle.

scene here | local films, festivals, and faces

Scene Here: Saluting Debra Granik; restoring Gloria Swanson

The Brattle hosts a Granik event, and the Somerville Theatre presents a rare showing of Swanson’s “Zaza.”

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November premiere of ‘Magic Mike The Musical’ at the Colonial is canceled

Its producers did not elaborate on whether they plan to go forward with the show in the future.

Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. walked on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969.


Scientists, astronauts, Jeff Bezos set to gather at JFK Library to mark moon landing anniversary

The JFK Space Summit is part of a yearlong celebration of the moon landing and the space program planned by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

Matthew Teitelbaum, the museum director, was one of the signers of a letter apologizing to the school.

Outrage, dismay after allegations of racism at the Museum of Fine Arts

The principal at the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy, a Dorchester charter school, said one museum employee reportedly told students that “no food, no drink, and no watermelon” were allowed during the outing.


Retiring BU dean Tom Fiedler reveals his next act: Working on Cory Booker’s campaign

While he says he intends to be a “full-time volunteer” for the campaign, Fiedler’s exact role hasn’t been determined.

Alyse Vellturo

Album Review

With ‘i’ll show you stronger,’ pronoun does just that

On her debut LP, Concord native Alyse Vellturo’s songs are made for the open road and sky, not curling up in bed.

As an editor and writer for publications in Africa and abroad, Binyavanga Wainaina spent much of his career as an activist dismantling stereotypes of gay Africans and of the whole continent.


Kenyan author, LGBT activist Binyavanga Wainaina dies at 48

One of Africa’s best-known authors and gay rights activists, Binyavanga Wainaina, has died at age 48, a colleague and friend said Wednesday.

Boston Calling 2019 festival acts, illustration for WEB use

Things to Do

The Weekender: Boston Calling, ‘Aladdin’ flying, and waters rising

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

Michael Avenatti charged with defrauding Stormy Daniels

Michael Avenatti, the attorney who rocketed to fame through his representation of porn star Stormy Daniels in her battles with President Donald Trump, was charged Wednesday with ripping her off.