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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“I really get so much value out of my art when others approach me and tell me that they can relate to it. That’s what I live for.”

The new Popeyes chicken sandwich, right, with chicken sandwiches from Shake Shack (left) and Chick-Fil-A (top). MUST CREDIT: Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post.

It’s a Thing

Bed bedlam, chicken fights, raven-rabbits, and some serious tea

Michael Andor Brodeur offers his review of the week online.

Taylor Swift performs on ABC's


On ‘Lover,’ Taylor Swift shuns drama for satisfying pop

We can all calm down: Happy Taylor still writes bangers.

Matchmaker Sandy Sternbach primarily works with wealthy singles over 40 who have advanced degrees, often from Ivy League institutions.

Matchmaker, matchmaker still makes a match

The highly personalized service is a striking contrast to the wide world of online dating. But it doesn’t come cheap.

Apps and social media can add to the angst of millennial parenting

But what isn’t entirely clear — at least, not yet — is how all this technology shapes the parenting experience: Do apps produce informed moms and dads, or anxious ones?

Bob Odenkirk in the “Breaking Bad” spinoff “Better Call Saul.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Bob Odenkirk: The ‘Breaking Bad’ movie has already been filmed

The actor, who plays Saul Goodman-Jimmy McGill in “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” said he “can’t wait to see it” in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Lili Almog’s “Muslim Girl #14” (2009), part of “Crossing Lines, Constructing Home” at the Harvard Art Museums. The exhibit is on display through January 5. Photograph from harvard art museums/fogg museum/©lili almog; courtesy of the artist

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Aug. 26-Sept. 8

An art installation explores immigration, the Spencer Fair helps close out summer, an Asian street festival comes to the Seaport, and more.

Erin V. Edwards.

BU student killed in apparent murder-suicide in Georgia

Erin Edwards, 20, a rising junior in the College of Communication, was found dead alongside two family members at a home outside Atlanta Wednesday.


Solving the mystery of what to read with beach house book roulette

Novelist Brock Clarke makes three local stops to read from “Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe?” 

Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus at an LA film premiere in April.

Miley Cyrus takes to Twitter to deny cheating rumors

Miley Cyrus denied rumors Thursday that she cheated on her soon-to-be ex-husband, Liam Hemsworth.

From left: Jason Priestley, Brian Austin Green, Gabrielle Carteris, Ian Ziering, Jennie Garth, and Tori Spelling in “BH90210.”

Matthew Gilbert

The best and worst of TV this summer

There was much to celebrate and enjoy this summer. But then there’s “Big Little Lies.”

Caleb Crain’s ‘Overthrow’ a political thriller with a radical spirit

Caleb Crain’s latest novel is a fantastical fall down the rabbit hole

Manhattan Whale, poster design commissioned by Arts for Transit, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City, 2001.

Art Review

Eric Carle Museum explores the enchanted world of children’s book master Peter Sís

A new exhibition surveys the magical, meticulous career of illustrator and children’s book master Peter Sís.

In Elin Hilderbrand ‘s book, as in the summer of ’69, people gave each other records that often were played on a Magnavox, which often sat next to a television with rabbit ears. It was an era of hi-fi, not wi-fi. 

book review

Tuned in to the ‘Summer of ’69’

It turns out that despite her lack of lived experience in the tensions and tumult of ’69, Elin Hilderbrand is possessed of remarkable perspective on the time.

The audience is part of the main event in “The Donkey Show” at the American Repertory Theater’s Club Oberon in Harvard Square.

‘The Donkey Show’ lowers the mirror ball

After 10 years, the party’s just about over for ART’s Shakespeare-Studio 54 mashup.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

A battlefield of letters, a pair of new bookstores, and myth connections from a beloved poet

The latest news from the New England literary scene

From left: Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Meadow), Drea De Matteo (Adriana), and Vincent Pastore (Big Pussy) of “The Sopranos” are among the presenters at the Video Music Awards.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Sopranos’ stars among presenters at MTV Video Music Awards

The annual event will take place Monday night in Newark, N.J., at their Prudential Center.

Zack Gottsagen, Dakota Johnson, and Shia LaBeouf in The Peanut Butter Falcon.

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon,’ ‘The Tempest,’ and The Boss

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

story behind the book | kate tuttle

Ibram X. Kendi explores why ‘not racist’ doesn’t equal ‘anti-racist’

The author of “How to Be an Antiracist” speaks with the Globe’s Renée Graham on Wednesday at Coolidge Corner Theatre

The author performed with his musical project New Dad at Honcho Campout 2019 in Artemas, Pa.

@LARGE | Michael Andor Brodeur

At this campout, a digital community connected over disconnecting in the woods

An Internet community takes to the woods at Honcho Campout 2019.

For G - jgeilsbreakup - J. Geils Band. (Handout) Left to right: Seth Justman, Magic Dick, Peter Wolf, J. Geils (in mirrored sunglasses), Stephen Jo Bladd, Danny Klein

Peter Wolf on roads traveled, friendships made, and those early Boston days

Now 73, Wolf has plenty to look forward to — an upcoming album, tour dates, a gig at Fenway with The Who. But in a career-spanning interview, he also looks back.

Comedian Josh Johnson is a writer for “The Daily Show.”


Comedian Josh Johnson saves politics for his day job

The stand-up’s style of comedy has almost nothing in common with the jokes he writes for “The Daily Show.”

Chris Hersch (front left) and Celia Woodsmith started Say Darling after he left Girls Guns and Glory and she was on hiatus from Della Mae.

Say Darling’s chemistry is a story of connections made

When Celia Woodsmith and Chris Hersch collaborate, everything clicks.

Jolanta Umecka and Leon Niemczyk, in Knife in the Water .

Harvard Film Archive floats some boats with 2019 overnight movie marathon

Harvard Film Archive brings a Dark Waters theme to its annual event.

Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck’s estate on Martha’s Vineyard, which has reportedly caught the interest of former president Barack Obama.


Barack and Michelle Obama are reportedly buying a Martha’s Vineyard mansion

And not just any mansion — the former first couple are looking to buy none other than Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck’s Martha’s Vineyard estate, which is listed for $14.85 million.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band opening for Bonnie Raitt at the Harvard Square Theatre in Cambridge, MA on May 9, 1974.

How a Holliston photographer captured the moment Bruce Springsteen became rock ’n’ roll’s ‘future’

Barry Schneier’s images of the now-legendary 1974 show at Harvard Square Theatre were stashed away for decades. Now they’ve been compiled in a book.

Italy’s Democrats seek to ward off early vote and Salvini

Lawmakers in Italy’s largest opposition party, the center-left Democrats, huddled Wednesday to see if they could gather enough support in parliament for a durable government and avoid an early election that could bring Matteo Salvini’s euroskeptic, nationalist League party to power.

Squeeze plays three Massachusetts shows between Sunday and Thursday.

On tour, Squeeze has no shortage of almost-hits to play

Frontman Glenn Tilbrook discusses the band’s body of work and why it was hard to pick songs for a tour that brings the Brits to three Massachusetts venues.

Daniela Rivera’s “Corner With Used Casings”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

At Brandeis, three women artists rise above devastating forces worldwide

“Root Shock” reckons with the social, economic, and political forces that devastate lives worldwide.

From left: Christine Noah, Fort Point Theatre co-artistic director; Manuel Aquiles Lopez Torres, actor; Letta Neely, poet and playwright; and Marc Miller, Fort Point Theatre co-artistic director, in their rehearsal space at the Channel Center.


At Fort Point, they’re taking ‘The Tempest’ by storm

Artists from across the city are devising scenes inspired by Shakespeare’s play but offering their own interpretations.

To the Moon and Back in Plymouth is raising money for its programs to help children exposed to opioids before birth with its Adult Prom Night on Sept. 27.


A new gallery manager, adult prom night, and a search for playwrights

To the Moon and Back, an advocacy nonprofit focused on children exposed to opioids before birth, is hosting its Second Annual Adult Prom Night benefit fund-raiser.

Future Teens kick off a national tour with Oso Oso and The Sidekicks Thursday at Brighton Music Hall.

Boston’s Future Teens navigate romance in the age of texting and Tinder

The band kicks off a tour Thursday at Brighton Music Hall.

“Cup of Tea” combining works by Mary Morazzi-Henderson and Donna Melanson. at 6 Bridges Gallery in Maynard.


Constellation art, a community chorus, and artistic pairings

A sampling of things to do and see in communities west of Boston.

25socalendar - Singer Emily Wade Adams (cq) performs with saxophonist Justin Flynn and bassist Jim Greene in a tribute to jazz idol Nancy Wilson in Plymouth on Friday, Aug. 30. (Greg Adams)


Renaissance fest, jazz, and a spoonful of sugar

King Richards’s Faire, a Renaissance festival, features rides, games, knights battling on horseback, sword-making, glass-blowing, portrait and face painting, and psychic readings.

“Jersey Boys,” the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is being performed at North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road in Beverly, through Sunday, Sept. 1. For show times and ticket information, visit


Jersey boys, Hopper’s houses, and lanterns

“Jersey Boys,” the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is being performed through Sunday, Sept. 1 at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly.


Santana strikes a chord with students from East Boston’s ZUMIX

Drummer Cindy Blackman Santana talks about the band’s efforts to inspire young people to connect with music.

Kirsten Dunst and Alexander Skarsgard in Showtime’s new “On Becoming a God in Central Florida.”

Television Review

Kirsten Dunst breaks bad in ‘Florida,’ and it’s good

If you can’t remember the title of “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” just call it “Kirsten Dunst’s show,” since it fully belongs to her.

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 file photo, Bobby Allen, from top left, director Steven Bognar, Jill Lamantia, Wong He, director Julia Reichert, bottom left, and producer Yiqian Zhang pose for a portrait to promote the film

First Netflix project endorsed by Obamas debuts today

A documentary about an Ohio auto glass factory that is run by a Chinese investor debuted Wednesday on Netflix as the streaming service’s first project backed by Michelle and Barack Obama’s new production company.

Members of the Gay Chorus Deep South cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge, in Selma, Ala.

Doc talk | Peter Keough

Doc Talk: A mother’s tale, a choral tour, a Patrick Swayze bio

News about upcoming and currently available documentaries.

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth


Liam Hemsworth seeks to divorce Miley Cyrus after 7 months of marriage

The 29-year-old Australian actor filed for the dissolution of his marriage to the 26-year-old American pop star in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday.

Brian Cox plays media mogul Logan Roy in “Succession.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Succession’ is more ‘Dynasty’ than it is ‘King Lear’

The HBO series really is a family soap opera, with some of the excesses that go along with that genre.

Corin Tucker (left)

Album review

Sleater-Kinney veers off course on ‘The Center Won’t Hold’

The new album, produced by St. Vincent, is a bold swerve in the direction of pop. Unfortunately, most of the time it’s a wrong turn.

A production of “Fiddler on the Roof” in Thailand, from “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles.”

Movie Review

In Focus: Why ‘Fiddler’ plays on — and deserves to

A review of the documentary “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles.”

Singer-producer Pharrell Williams (left) and contemporary artist Mr. launched


Mass shootings require a call to action. Will we answer?

In Paris, an American icon asks how we will put our kids before guns and make a better future.

Zack Gottsagen, Dakota Johnson, and Shia LaBeouf in “The Peanut Butter Falcon.”

Movie Review

In ‘Peanut Butter Falcon,’ it’s the WWE or bust

The dramedy about a young man with Down syndrome stars Zack Gottsagen and Shia LaBeouf.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Jill Scott performs onstage at A+E Networks

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.