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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Irish theater wasn’t coming here, so I went there. Here’s why you should go, too.

Last fall, I attended the Dublin Theatre Festival. Some of the most memorable moments for a first-time visitor to Dublin were the smaller theaters and lesser-known actors, the pints, and the paintings.

Isaiah Reynolds (right) and cast members of SpeakEasy Stage Company's production of “Choir Boy.”


Finding a solo voice within an ensemble in SpeakEasy’s ‘Choir Boy’

“Choir Boy’’ speaks in its most expressive and resonant voice when the titular ensemble swings into action.

Scott Aiello as Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr., Stephen Berenson as Robert Haxton, and Erick Betancourt as Mickey Corrente in “The Prince of Providence.” (Mark Turek)

Stage Review

In Trinity Rep’s ‘The Prince of Providence,’ a portrait of Buddy Cianci in light and darkness

Scott Aiello delivers an electrifying tour de force performance as the legendary mayor in a world premiere of George Brant’s play.

Michelle Dockery and Matthew Goode, in

Movie Review

‘Downton Abbey’ does it right in its big-screen debut

“Downton Abbey,” after six years on PBS, won’t disappoint fans in its movie incarnation.

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Brad Pitt’s rocket misfires in sci-fi ‘Ad Astra’

Neptune is his destination, in search of his missing-astronaut dad, Tommy Lee Jones.

FILE - This Aug. 21, 2009, file photo shows the NBC logo at its headquarters in New York. Comcast’s NBCUniversal says its upcoming streaming service will be called Peacock, in an homage to NBC’s logo, and will be the home for some of the company’s most popular shows, including “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office” and “30 Rock.” (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

‘Saved by the Bell’ will get a reboot as part of NBC’s ‘Peacock’ streaming service, which launches in April

Peacock’s lineup will include series like ‘‘30 Rock,’’ ‘’Will & Grace,’’ and ‘‘Cheers,’’ as well as original new movies and shows like reboots of ‘‘Battlestar Galactica’’ and ‘‘Saved by the Bell.’’

There’s no need to steal cable to catch Seinfeld in 2021 - the entire series will be streaming on Neftlix.

‘Seinfeld’ sidles up to Netflix, will start streaming in 2021

Move aside, “Friends” and “The Office.” Netflix now has a new gem — an old show about nothing.


The hits came and went, but Ric Ocasek stayed true to himself

His perennially dry, stream-of-conscious wit was at the core of his art.

Bradley Whitford poses in the press room with the award for outstanding guest actor in a drama series for

Guest-acting spots on ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ win Emmy Awards

The awards honor actors who lift their episodes to the next level.

Ric Ocasek of the Cars outside Syncro Sound Studio in Boston in 1984.

In those early Boston days, Ric Ocasek was a rock star waiting to happen

Artists, DJs, and others who knew the Cars’ frontman pay tribute to him and the band he led.

This photo released by NBC shows Shane Gillis who was to join the cast of


‘SNL’ rescinds cast invitation to Shane Gillis over YouTube video deriding Asians

“Saturday Night Live” has rescinded its invitation to a cast member who posted a video last year in which he used a racial slur for Chinese people and derided Asians trying to learn English.

MASTERCHEF: L-R: Contestants Subha and Nick in the “10th Season Pool Party!” episode of MASTERCHEF airing Wednesday, June 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Greg Gayne/ FOX

Harvard grad competing in ‘MasterChef’ finale

DiGiovanni, who majored in food and climate studies at Harvard, is the youngest contestant ever to advance to the finals. The finale airs on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m.

WBZ radio’s Carl Stevens now part-time, hopes to ‘find a few good stories as I slowly walk out the door’

Stevens, 64, said in a Facebook post that he’s now working part-time at the station he’s called home since 1991.

Stephen King.

Dash for tickets to Stephen King event in Somerville has blood-curdling ending for some

Porter Square Books, which is hosting an October talk featuring King and his son, Joe Hill, accidentally oversold tickets to the event on its website, after it crashed.

In 2013, Christie Brinkley and her daughter Sailor Brinkley Cook in New York.


Christie Brinkley pulls out of ‘Dancing with the Stars’; daughter Sailor will take her place

The Sports Illustrated model has been sidelined for Monday’s season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars.”

“Dancing With the Stars” begins its 28th season Monday with former White House press secretary Sean Spicer among its celebrity contestants.


The week in watching: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ bad move, late night’s new face, Emmy anticipation

Globe critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to what’s on television.

Billy Joel’s show Saturday was his sixth in as many years at Fenway.

Music Review

Plenty of hits as Billy Joel makes a triumphant return to Fenway

The piano-playing troubadour’s sixth show in as many years at the home of the Red Sox was a showcase of his songwriting and performance talents.

Joe Keery is sporting a new 'do.

‘Stranger Things’ actor Joe Keery chops legendary hair into a bowl cut

Formerly the owner of glorious ‘80s hair, the Newburyport actor is now sporting a bowl cut.


The Who, ahead of Fenway concert, attended a meet-and-greet for a cause

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend were at a roof-deck party at the baseball park.

Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse poses with current and former pro athletes participating in her Crossover Into Business program.


Pro athletes study up at Harvard

The school’s “Crossover Into Business” program is a semester-long program that pairs MBA student mentors with professional athletes to “develop their business acumen.”

Kaitlyn Dever stars in the Netflix series ”Unbelievable,” now streaming.


In new Netflix series, an ‘Unbelievable’ true story of injustice

Showrunner/co-creator Susannah Grant and star Kaitlyn Dever discuss their new Netflix series, about a rape victim’s years-long path to justice after police accuse her of making a false report.

Mike Scott of the Waterboys

The Waterboys’ Mike Scott is a man of action

A conversation with singer about the band’s longevity touches on technology, politics, hip-hop, literature, and the Clash.


In the digital age, book culture turns to ‘flipbait’

All those printed volumes dropped on my doorstep? They look a lot like the internet.

From left: Zak Starkey, Roger Daltrey, and Pete Townshend at Fenway Park Friday.

Music Review

The Who orchestrate a night of classic rock at Fenway

Backed by horns and strings, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend were in fine form Friday night.

New England Conservatory’s Soovin Kim performed with A Far Cry.

Music Review

With a big Beethoven concerto, A Far Cry in full cry at Jordan Hall

A Far Cry has never outgrown the image of the young, hungry chamber orchestra — but with its 13th season kickoff concert and a successful fundraising campaign, it’s reaching outward and upward.

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2008 file photo, Jason Reitman, left, an Oscar nominee for best director for his work on

‘Ghostbuster’ sequel to focus on a family of original film

The upcoming “Ghostbuster” sequel will focus on the descendants of the original ghost-catchers who rushed around New York City in proton packs and jumpsuits.

Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller speaks on-stage during a product launch event at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California, on September 10, 2019. - Apple unveiled its iPhone 11 models Tuesday, touting upgraded, ultra-wide cameras as it updated its popular smartphone lineup and cut its entry price to $699. (Photo by Josh Edelson / AFP)JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a Thing

iPhone trauma, ‘SNL’ drama, fur babies, and best friends

Michael Andor Brodeur’s review of the week online.

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‘Experimentation should be innate to an artist’

TV Critic’s Corner

This reality show is guaranteed to be ‘Legendary’

The forthcoming Warner Media streaming channel, called HBO Max and due sometime next spring, has just ordered a new 10-episode dance competition.

Amanda Nguyen.


Harvard graduate and Rise founder Amanda Nguyen named Heinz Award recipient

The Harvard graduate is the CEO and founder of Rise, a nonprofit civil rights organization that focuses on helping rape and sexual assault survivors.

14thatcher - Thatcher Wine, book curator (yes, there is such a thing) and the founder of Juniper Books, wants you to reconsider bookshelves Ñ and the power of print. He and Elizabeth Lane, a book buyer at Partners Village Store in Westport, have co-written ÓFor the Love of Books: Designing and Curating a Home Library.Ó (Juniper Books)

Gwyneth Paltrow’s book curator, Thatcher Wine, turns up the volumes

“The books we keep are the stories we tell about who we are,” said Wine.

“Unidentified Frying Objects” app platter.

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‘Unidentified frying objects’ and otherworldly delights at Bukowski Tavern Cambridge

Organizers pulled the plug on the Storm Area 51 event in Nevada. But in Cambridge, you can still enjoy a close encounter of the extraterrestrial kind.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Sept. 16-22

See the off-Broadway hit “Black Light,” check out the inaugural Latinx Heritage Night, catch a sugar buzz at What the Fluff?, and more.

Westborough High School student Theo Bleier.

When a hack-a-thon denied this 15-year-old’s application, he found a security flaw on their website — and was then invited to attend

Theo Bleier of Westborough identified a discrepancy on Hack the North’s website and accessed data that a team of developers had accidentally left open and available.

Craig Finn (center) and the Hold Steady shown at a show in 2009.

Music Review

An opening blast from the Hold Steady at the Sinclair

On the first of four nights in Cambridge, the band held nothing back.

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2004 file photo, Eddie Money performs during Grandstand Under the Stars at the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa. Eddie Money says he has stage 4 esophageal cancer. The singer known for such hits as “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Take Me Home Tonight” says his fate is in “God’s hands.” Money’s comments appear in a video released Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, from his AXS TV reality series “Real Money.” The full episode airs Sept. 12. (Jessica Reilly/Telegraph Herald via AP)

Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ singer, dies at 70

The husky-voiced, blue collar performer, known for such hits as ‘‘Two Tickets to Paradise’’ and ‘‘Take Me Home Tonight,’’ had recently announced he had stage 4 esophageal cancer.

CARSON, CA - MAY 20: Singer Lana Del Rey performs onstage at KROQ Weenie Roast y Fiesta 2017 at StubHub Center on May 20, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.) 16lana

Here's what the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge thinks of Lana Del Rey’s new album title

“It caught our attention and we were definitely intrigued,” said Laurie Norton Moffatt, director and chief executive of the museum.

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The new shows to watch — and the ones to avoid — this fall

Critic Matthew Gilbert sorts through the best and worst of fall TV’s plethora of choices.

Richard Misrach’s “Wall, East of Nogales, Arizona”


Harvard Art Museums look at the long, dark road of migration

A new exhibition examines ideas of displacement and belonging apart from our current moment.

“Of Fence” is among the works by the Mexican-American artist Erre that are on display at Mass MoCA.

Art Review

At Mass MoCA, an artist’s border wall rises to meet America’s divisive history

“Us and Them,” from the Mexican-American artist Erre, points out that divisive rhetoric is as old as America itself.

The Story Behind the Book | Kate Tuttle

For Gina Rippon, gender equality begins with the brain

British brain researcher Gina Rippon will read at Harvard Book Store Thursday at 7 p.m.

Isaiah Reynolds and cast members of SpeakEasy Stage’s production of “Choir Boy.”

In ‘Choir Boy,’ black masculinity is a force to be reckoned with

Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Tony-nominated coming-of-age tale is set in an all-boys African-American prep school.

An image from David Poorvu’s “Hiding in Plain Sight.”

Photography review

At the Griffin Museum, three shows and an array of photography talent

Three very different photography shows are on display at the Winchester museum.

Book Review

‘On Fire’ a chilling prescription for a burning planet

Naomi Klein’s “On Fire” is a cri de coeur on climate change, and a plan for what to do about it

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Book Review

Salman Rushdie’s ‘Quichotte’ reroutes a legendary journey through the 21st century

The author pushes an old classic to the limit.

The Seven Woes No. 1, 2019. 31.5 x 50” Inkjet print.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.