Holiday Arts Preview

// The best of the arts this upcoming holiday season

’Tis the season for music, shows, and productions of all kinds, just in time for the holidays.

Special section

// 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.

Newsletter signup

// Sign up for The Weekender

Want the Globe’s top picks for what to see and do each weekend e-mailed directly to you? Sign up now for The Weekender.

Latest Arts headlines



Holiday dance picks

10 holiday dance picks from Karen Campbell.

Marianna Bassham, Liz Adams, Marya Lowry, and Bobbie Steinbach in “Julius Caesar.”

Stage Review

A ‘Julius Caesar’ that flips the Shakespearean script

Bryn Boice directs an all-female production of the Bard’s tragedy of power, ambition, and bloodshed.

Women are in spotlight on the big screen in an African-American series at the Brattle Theatre and a film about the suffragist movement in Switzerland.

Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with soloist Rudolf Buchbinder.

Music Review

At Symphony Hall, Bruckner’s architecture of awe   

On Tuesday evening, Andris Nelsons led the BSO in the composer’s Fourth Symphony. 

Helene Stapinski will read from her book Dec. 2 at I AM Books.


‘Murder in Matera’ author to read in Boston

Helene Stapinski, a reporter and New York Times columnist, will be at I AM Books on Dec. 2.

Brad Barr (center), brother Andrew, and Sarah Pagé perform as the Barr Brothers.

The Barr Brothers’ story: New England roots, northern exposure

The Americana band has thrived in its adopted country of Canada.

Huntington Theatre Company’s production of “Tartuffe” is at Huntington Avenue Theatre through Dec. 10.

The Ticket: What’s happening this week in the arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

A scene from Jean Rouch’s “Jaguar.”

In Focus

Roots of the French New Wave are evident in ‘Eight Films by Jean Rouch’

Box set connects film movements to the Ivory Coast, Niger, and Ghana.

Paul Reiser is co-creator and -writer of “There’s . . . Johnny!”

Paul Reiser’s new comedy recalls the world of Johnny Carson

Hulu’s ‘‘There’s . . . Johnny!’’ is a comedic peek behind the scenes of ‘‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’’ circa 1972.

Uma Thurman at the Hudson Theatre in New York City, where she stars in “The Parisian Woman.”

Uma Thurman claims a new role: Broadway headliner

The actress and Massachusetts native is making her Broadway debut in Beau Willimon’s “The Parisian Woman,” a drama set in present-day Washington, D.C.

“Bob le Flambeur” is among the films in The MFA’s Jean-Pierre Melville Centennial.

The MFA celebrates the centenary of Jean-Pierre Melville

The French director made gangster movies that were like the working out of existenial theorems.

A scene from Lech Kowalski’s 1980 documentary, “D.O.A.: A Rite of Passage.”

Doc Talk | Peter keough

Punk, rock, opera screenings — and ‘Jesus’ revisited

Documentary subjects this week include Jimi Hendrix and Mario Lanza.

Diablo Cody (left), Diane Paulus, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui are creating a stage version of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill.”


Work has begun on ART adaptation of ‘Jagged Little Pill’

Diablo Cody is writing the show.

In young-adult novels, LGBT love stories have begun to feel mainstream

The new generation of LGBT young-adult literature is about far more than coming out. It has room for romance, inclusion, and happily-ever-after.


Longtime WBZ NewsRadio 1030 news director sent packing by new owner

Peter Casey had been with WBZ for 24 years and was terminated when iHeartMedia took over ownership of the station.

Adrianna Hicks (on chair) and the touring production cast of “The Color Purple.”

Stage Review

An unforgettable portrait of strength, spirit in ‘The Color Purple’

Remember Adrianna Hicks’s name: Her performance as Celie is nothing short of transcendent.

“U.S. 97, South of Klamath Falls, Oregon, July 21, 1973,” by Stephen Shore.

Art review

Two remarkable exhibitions show how color came to art photography

At a time when color was rare and suspect, Stephen Shore and Raghubir Singh showed how effective and vital it could be.

Dan Meader, gallery director at John McInnis Auctioneers, holds a piece created by Andy Warhol for Jon Gould.


There’s a big Andy Warhol auction in Amesbury? Yes.

The items from the estate of Harriet Gould, the mother of a close companion of Warhol, will be auctioned off by the John McInnis Auctioneers.

“Cheers” was able to survive without Shelley Long (above, with Ted Danson).


Shows can outlive their stars, but not all of them should

Over the years, the solutions TV series have devised to replace stars who have departed has ranged from the brilliant (“NYPD Blue”) to the pathetic (“That ‘70s Show”).

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” runs Nov. 24-Dec. 31 at the Opera House.

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Coco,’ Clara, Jay-Z, and Spike

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

Former US national gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar in court Wednesday.


Aly Raisman tweets her ‘disgust’ about ‘monster’ Larry Nassar

The US national gymnastics team’s former doctor agreed to a sentence range of 25 to 40 years.

James Franco on the set of “The Disaster Artist.”


James Franco decides to slow it down

The actor/director known for his manic juggling of multiple projects decided it was time to stop running and focus on his love of the work — like his latest project, “The Disaster Artist.”

Album review

On the luminous ‘Utopia,’ Björk approaches perfection

“Utopia” is both resolutely avant-garde and absolutely beautiful.

The cover of Lacey Noonan’s “A Gronking to Remember.”


Lawsuit related to ‘Gronking to Remember’ cover is spiked

An Ohio couple said their picture was used without their permission on the cover of the 2014 self-published erotic novella.


BSO’s chief operating and communications officer departs for job in Dallas

Kim Noltemy had been with the BSO for two decades.

The latest incarnation of the Eagles: Don Henley, Deacon Frey, Joe Walsh, Vince Gill, Timothy B. Schmit.


Revamped Eagles set TD Garden date

The band will play in Boston next summer.

Seth Meyers will host the Golden Globe Awards Jan. 7.

TV Critic’s Corner

Awards season meets sexual misconduct

Seth Meyers faces no easy task hosting the Golden Globes.

Top: Osaretin Ighile’s “Oba Ovonramwen.”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

At Harvard, Wole Soyinka’s collection of African traditional art

Items on display at the Cooper Gallery include masks, vessels, and figures.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s “Reine de joie (Queen of Joy)” is among the works in “The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters From the Museum of Modern Art,” at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, N.H., through Jan. 7.

Art Review

Toulouse-Lautrec posters bring Paris to the Currier

The 19th-century artist left a vivid record of night life in the City of Light.

Celebrity news

Ray Allen files emergency motion, says he is victim of ‘catfishing’

Attorney says the former Celtic took legal action in an effort to put an end to threats against him and his family.

Sarah Gazdowicz and Kevin Cirone in “The 39 Steps.”

Stage review

For fun and spy games, take ‘The 39 Steps’

Directed by Allison Olivia Choat at Moonbox Productions, a spirited cast of four brings a Hitchcock spoof to life.

Hugh Wolff and the NEC Philharmonia rehearsing Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 at Jordan Hall.

Classical Notes | David Weininger

When a student orchestra tackles Mahler’s Ninth

The NEC Philharmonia takes the challenge under the baton of Hugo Wolff.

Amanda Forsythe

Talking music with soprano Amanda Forsythe

The Boston Early Music Festival stalwart is comfortable singing bel canto as well as Baroque.

Jay-Z performs onstage during the Meadows Music and Arts Festival at Citi Field in New York City in September.


Jay-Z shows hip-hop how to age gracefully

Hip-hop seems to be in the midst of a midlife crisis, but one of rap’s greatest stars has managed to sidestep it successfully.

Rosie O'Donnell and Elizabeth Rooney


Rosie O’Donnell’s new girlfriend is a Worcester cop

The actress and former talk show host met Elizabeth Rooney while in town shooting the Showtime series “SMILF.”

“Everyday Is Christmas” | Sia

An over-abundance of holiday cheer from Sia

“Everday Is Christmas” decks the halls with silly ballads, uptempo ditties — and one gorgeous track that already feels timeless.

The character Parvana in a scene from director Nora Twomey’s “The Breadwinner.”

Movie REview

Best-selling novel ‘The Breadwinner’ comes to the screen

Deborah Ellis’s tale of an Afghan girl posing as a boy is now an animated feature.

Brad Falchuk and Gwyneth Paltrow


Brad Falchuk and Gwyneth Paltrow are said to be engaged

The Newton native — whose brother, Evan, ran unsuccessfully for Massachusetts governor — has been dating the actress for three years.

Legendary jazz impresario Fred Taylor (left) and City Winery CEO Michael Dorf.


City Winery finally opens its doors

A few hundred invited guests got a look inside Boston’s newest music venue Monday night and paying customers show up tonight.

From left: Ezra Miller is The Flash, Ben Affleck is Batman, and Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman in a scene from “Justice League.”

‘Justice League’ a disappointing No. 1 as ‘Wonder’ surprises

The lackluster domestic turnout for “Justice League” raises new questions about the ability of Warner Bros. to effectively exploit its DC Comics characters.

In the third season of HBO’s “True Detective,” Carmen Ejogo will star as an Arkansas schoolteacher with a link to two missing children in 1980.

TV Critic’s Corner

HBO’s ‘True Detective’ will head to the Ozarks

In season 3, Carmen Ejogo will star as an Arkansas schoolteacher with a link to two missing children in 1980.

Julie Rhodes is no longer the music scene’s best-kept secret

If not for a fortuitous meeting, the Woburn native might still be singing in her car instead of on the stage.

Miguel and his great-grandmother figure prominently in “Coco.”

Movie Review

Afterlife lessons in ‘Coco’

The new Pixar film journeys south of the border and into a fluorescent Day of the Dead setting.

DeWanda Wise stars in the new Netflix series, “She’s Gotta Have It,” adapted from the 1986 film by its director Spike Lee.

Television Review

‘She’s Gotta Have It’ still has it

Spike Lee has adapted his breakthrough film into a 10-episode Netflix series.

Director Ilyse Robbins (center) with Jennifer Ellis and Sam Simahk at a rehearsal for “She Loves Me.”


You’ve got mail, and the makings of a romance in ‘She Loves Me’

“It’s not your typical love story, which is why it’s my favorite musical,” says Ilyse Robbins, who is directing the production at the Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham.

Josh Gondelman

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Josh Gondelman

A joke from the comic, who plays Laugh Boston Friday and Saturday.