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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Mr. Neville shared in three Grammy awards over his career.

Art Neville, member of Neville Brothers, Meters, dies at 81

Mr. Neville, who was nicknamed “Poppa Funk,’’ performed with his siblings in the Neville Brothers band and founded the groundbreaking funk group the Meters.

Rachel Cognata (left) and Brooks Reeves in “Greater Good.”

Stage Review

A school teetering on the brink in ‘Greater Good’

Playwright Kirsten Greenidge delivers a cautionary tale about how the interests of students can be lost amid the machinations of parents and administrators.

Emilia Clarke in a scene from the series finale of “Game of Thrones.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Game of Thrones’ still worth playing despite ending

I was not a big fan of the finale, although it wasn’t a disaster like the end of “Lost.”

Rod Gilfry and Renée Fleming perform with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Andris Nelsons, at Tanglewood on Saturday night.

Music Review

With Renée Fleming, world premiere of ‘The Brightness of Light’ delights at Tanglewood

A highlight in a wide-ranging weekend of performances, the new piece by Kevin Puts, inspired by letters between Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, played to Fleming’s strengths.


ICA to screen extended version of Solange Knowles’s film, ‘When I Get Home’

The latest work by Solange Knowles will screen in Boston on Sunday.

Melissa Errico and Patrick McEnroe.


Patrick McEnroe supports P-Town tennis gala and cheers on wife, singer Melissa Errico, at Art House

Tony Award nominee Melissa Errico did more than sing in Provincetown this past weekend.

Author Chelsea Clinton.

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky welcome third child

Jasper Clinton Mezvinsky joins Charlotte, 4, and Aidan, 3, as an heir to the Clinton dynasty.

Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers in a scene from “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”

Tom Hanks really does look like Mr. Rogers — the new movie trailer is proof

The trailer for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” the film about the TV icon, was posted online Monday.

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2009 file photo, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau speaks during a press conference in New York. Morgenthau, the longest-serving former Manhattan district attorney who tried mob kingpins, music stars and white-collar criminals and inspired a character on

Robert Morgenthau, longest-serving Manhattan DA, dies at 99

He spent more than three decades jailing criminals from mob kingpins and drug-dealing killers to a tax-dodging Harvard dean.

Italian writer, director Luciano De Crescenzo, dies at 90

Luciano De Crescenzo, an Italian writer, actor and director, has died in Rome after being hospitalized for a few days. He was 90.

1960s prankster Paul Krassner, who named Yippies, dies at 87

Paul Krassner, the publisher, author and radical political activist on the front lines of 1960s counterculture who helped tie together his loose-knit prankster group by naming them the Yippies, died Sunday in Southern California, his daughter said.

Robert Mueller will answer questions Wednesday from two congressional committees.

Matthew Gilbert | Your TV GPS

The week in watching: Mueller speaks, goodbye to ‘Orange,’ and a backlash to the ‘Thrones’ backlash

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

The Worcester Art Museum has received a $10 million donation, the largest in its history.

McDonough donates $10 million to Worcester Art Museum, largest gift of its kind in museum’s history

The donation is intended to strengthen the museum’s existing operations and endowments while fostering its future ambitions.

At Comic-Con (from left to right), Ashleigh Cummings, Zachary Quinto, Joe Hill and Jami O'Brien attend the “NOS4A2” press conference.

‘NOS4A2’ renewed for season 2 at AMC

Adapted from Joe Hill’s 2013 novel, the horror series has delivered strong ratings for the network since its June 2 premiere.

David Chang (right) with Masahiko Kodama, chef-owner of Tokyo yakitori restaurant Masakichi, in a scene from Netflix’s “Ugly Delicious.” Chang will reteam with Netflix for another series, debuting this fall.

‘Ugly Delicious’ chef David Chang cooking up new Netflix series

Chang’s new series, “Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner,” will feature the James Beard Award-winning chef and a celebrity guest exploring a new city in each episode.

Alessandro Nivola stars as Sensei in writer/director Riley Stearns’s “The Art of Self-Defense,” now in theaters.


With ‘Art of Self-Defense’ and ‘Sopranos’ prequel, Boston’s Alessandro Nivola takes center stage

The Boston-born actor, 47, plays a screw-loose sensei in “The Art of Self-Defense,” now in theaters, and next stars in David Chase’s “Sopranos” prequel for HBO.

From left: soprano Renee Fleming; baritone Rod Gilfry; conductor Andris Nelsons; composer Kevin Puts; and video artist Wendall Harrington who created the projections for

At Tanglewood, BSO gives ‘Brightness of Light’ its world premiere

Composed by Kevin Puts, the piece is a setting of letters between artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor in

‘Avengers: Endgame’ is now the highest-grossing film of all time

The superhero extravaganza has passed ‘‘Avatar.’’ It’s grossed an estimated $2.79 billion worldwide in 13 weeks.

Boston author Ben Mezrich has joined the writers’ room of Showtime’s hit drama series “Billions,” a scene from which is pictured above.

Ben Mezrich is making ‘Billions’ for Showtime

The Boston-based author has come aboard Showtime’s hit drama, which stars Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, to serve as a consulting producer on its upcoming fifth season.

Christina Lynch Markham and Sean Mahoney from Paul Taylor Dance Company

The Ticket

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

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Brendan MacAllister

The 25 year old spends most of his time working three jobs. During his free time, he’s still hard at work — on his illustrations which he highlights on his Instagram.

FILE - In this April 10, 2002, file photo, a vehicle moves along the Extraterrestrial Highway near Rachel, Nev., the closest town to Area 51. The U.S. Air Force has warned people against participating in an internet joke suggesting a large crowd of people

It’s a Thing

Hostile yahoos, horrifying ‘Cats,’ hustling bots, and thriving house plants

Michael Andor Brodeur’s review of the week online.

Chris McCarrell in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical plays July 17 Ñ 28, 2019 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre. (Jeremy Daniel)

Stage Review

‘The Lightning Thief’ is a blast — and that’s no myth

A raucous, freewheeling musical adaptation of Rick Riordan’s popular book series about half-god, half-mortal Percy Jackson comes to the Huntington.


Almost two years after diagnosis, NBC10 anchor Natasha Verma, now cancer-free, heading to new station

Verma announced on social media Friday afternoon that she was leaving the station and heading west for a new job.

Boston - 07/18/19 - JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph voice characters in the new The Lion King remake. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (Isaac Feldberg) Topic: (19nameslionking)


For these ‘Lion King’ cubs, circle of life is just getting started

JD McCrary, who voices young Simba, and Shahadi Wright-Joseph, who voices young Nala, spoke about their work on Disney’s big-budget “Lion King” remake, in theaters Friday.

The still-untitled NBC series will star Ted Danson as a businessman turned mayor of LA.

TV Critic’s Corner

Tina Fey, Robert Carlock create comedy for Ted Danson

On the still-untitled single-camera show, Danson will play a wealthy businessman who is unexpectedly elected mayor of Los Angeles.

hot ticket

One to add to your summer beach-read list

WHDH-TV investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan discusses her 11th novel, “The Murder List,” on Aug. 20 at Brookline Booksmith.


‘Cats’ trailer unites the Internet in abject terror

Where were you when the “Cats” trailer destroyed the best minds of our generation?

The 2018 festival centerpiece creation.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of July 22-28

A sand sculpting festival, the Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts, Shakespeare, and more.

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2008 file photo,


In Maine, ‘Greg Brady’ set to shuck clams at Yarmouth Clam Festival

Greg Brady never ditched his responsibilities as the leader of the “Brady Bunch” kids. This weekend Barry Williams, the actor who played him, tries his hand a shucking clams.

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Location, location, location

On the 50th anniversary of an American landing on the moon, four books take us back to Earth to expore some of our country’s own strange and wonderful places.

Martine Gutierrez’s “Demons, Xochiquetzal, ‘Flower Quetzal Feather,’ p95 from Indigenous Woman”

Photography Review

Sweetness, ferocity, and sparkle in portrait photos since Stonewall

This exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art mines a rich vein.

Tom Cruise spoke Thursday during an appearance at Comic-Con.

Tom Cruise surprises Comic-Con audience with ‘Top Gun’ sequel trailer

“Top Gun: Maverick” is expected to hit theaters in June 2020.

The author seen before and after the FaceApp aging process.

@LARGE | Michael Andor Brodeur

How FaceApp got your data, and why you gave it to them

The resistible rise of FaceApp.

Lauren Grant (front) and the Mark Morris Dance Group in “Prelude and Prelude.”

dance review

An intensely joyful performance from Mark Morris Dance Group at Jacob’s Pillow

This week, the company is performing four works by Morris, spanning nearly four decades.

NEW ENGLAND LITERARY NEWS | nina maclaughlin

Bodies in detail, Kipling in Vermont, and Shakespeare in the park

The latest news from the New England literary scene.


Scenes from 2019: Seven TV moments to relish

Here are a few favorites from some standout series (oh, and the Oscars too).

Olivia Parker,

Photography Review

At the Peabody Essex, marvelousness made visible

Two very different photography shows both display the fantastic.

Chris Rock will head a cast that includes Jason Schwartzman, Jack Huston, and Ben Whishaw.

TV Critic’s Corner

Chris Rock to star in new season of ‘Fargo’

The cast will also include Jason Schwartzman, Jack Huston, Ben Whishaw, and singer-songwriter Andrew Bird.

book review

Buzzy ‘Three Women’ makes for a cryptic triptych

Lisa Taddeo’s deeply reported portrait of female desire isn’t really about that at all.

Bob Marley, seen in 1979, headlined the Amandla Festival at Harvard Stadium.


When Bob Marley came to Allston

Forty years ago, the reggae superstar headlined a concert at Harvard Stadium organized by Boston social justice activists. But when the day came, he almost didn’t go on.

A rendering of Doug Aitken's New Horizon (2019).

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘The Lion King,’ rock royalty, and one fierce queen

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

FILE - In this March 3, 2017 file photo, actress Sally Field poses for a portrait in New York. Iconic actress Sally Field and foundational children’s show Sesame Street top this year’s class of Kennedy Center Honors recipients. Other chosen to receive the award for lifetime achievement in the arts include singer Linda Ronstadt, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the R&B group Earth, Wind and Fire.(Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)

Sally Field, ‘Sesame Street,’ to receive Kennedy Center award

Others chosen to receive the award for lifetime achievement in the arts include singer Linda Ronstadt, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the musical group Earth, Wind and Fire.

When a lifelong record collector reaches his turning point

It’s not a huge collection, around 2,500 LPs. But my wife was right; they take up space, and I didn’t have a functioning turntable. Maybe it was time to sell them.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Actors Matt Damon (L) and Chris Hemsworth attend Amazon Studios' Golden Globes Celebration at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)


Matt Damon shot an arrow at Chris Hemsworth while on vacation - and it didn’t go well

The Cambridge native decamped to Spain with his wife, Luciana Barroso.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019, the Netflix logo is seen on a phone in this photo illustration in Washington, DC. - Netflix shares plunged more than 10 percent in after-hours trade on July 17, 2019, after its quarterly update showed weaker-than-expected subscriber growth for the streaming television sector leader. Netflix said it added 2.7 million new subscribers worldwide in the April-June period, well below expectations, as the sector prepared for offerings from rival groups including Walt Disney, Apple and others. (Photo by Alastair Pike / AFP)ALASTAIR PIKE/AFP/Getty Images

Netflix subscriber drop hints at streaming-service fatigue