Holiday Arts Preview 2018

Holiday arts preview 2018

// Best things to see, do this holiday season

From dancing sugarplums to a musical “Grinch,” there’s a bounty of theater, music, TV, and other attractions to enjoy.

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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.

Latest Arts headlines

GrubStreet to get Seaport arts space

The Boston writing center has been chosen from among four finalists to get a 13,000-square-foot space at below-market leasing rates.

19names - ***ONE TIME USE*** - John Krasinski and Emily Blunt on the cover of the Dec. 17 issue of the Hollywood Reporter. (Andrew Hetherington for the Hollywood Reporter)

Emily Blunt revealed the rule she broke for John Krasinski

“I broke the rule for him and him alone,” the actress told The Hollywood Reporter.

19names - ***ONE TIME USE*** - Mark, Donnie, Paul, Alma and extended Wahlberg family members celebrated the opening of their newest Wahlburgers restaurant in their hometown of Dorchester, Massachusetts at South Bay Shopping Center. (Brian Babineau Photography)

The Wahlbergs have finally brought Wahlburgers home to Dorchester

“We always wanted to be right here,” Mark Wahlberg said.

BOSTON, MA- DECEMBER 06, 2017: Bethenny Frankel during

Bethenny Frankel spent two days at Newton-Wellesley Hospital after a near-death experience

The reality star is also trying to get the hospital new beds.

This image released by Showtime shows Frankie Shaw as Bridgette Bird in a scene from


Report: ‘SMILF’ creator Frankie Shaw was investigated after complaints of on-set misconduct

One actress has reportedly left the show over the handling of her sex scenes.

Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton) and Will Smith in an undated photo from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

Former ‘Fresh Prince’ star sues video game makers over use of ‘Carlton dance’

Epic Games and Take-Two Interactive used the dance without permission or credit, Alfonso Ribeiro says.

The Finnish epic compilation the “Kalevala” is featured throughout “A Nordic Celebration of the Winter Solstice.”

Stage review

‘The Christmas Revels’ points north

“A Nordic Celebration of the Winter Solstice” revels in the rich traditions of Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland.

TOPSHOT - Catriona Gray (R) of the Philippines speaks while host Steve Harvey listens during the interview of top three finalists of the 2018 Miss Universe Pageant in Bangkok on December 17, 2018. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images

A former Berklee student was crowned Miss Universe 2018

Catriona Gray studied music theory, ear training, and harmony through the college.

Jason Momoa stars as Aquaman, a half-Atlantean, half-human who is reluctant to be king of the undersea nation of Atlantis. MUST CREDIT: Warner Bros. Pictures-DC Comics

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‘Aquaman’ makes a splash, but a small one

“Aquaman” casts its hero as an outsider of two worlds, the love child of Atlantis’s runaway queen and a rugged New England lighthouse keeper.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway.


The week in TV: Cable news eye-aches, ‘Mary’ magic, and favorites from Christmases past

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s take on what to watch this week.

Netflix’s movie blitz takes aim at Hollywood’s heart

Moviegoers may not know Scott Stuber, but he is fast becoming one of the most important — and disruptive — people in the film business.

‘‘Into the Spider-Verse’’ earned an estimated $35.4 million over the weekend from 3,813 theaters, according to Sony Pictures.

‘Spider-Verse’ swings to the top of the box office

The latest installment in the “Spider-Man” franchise was the top film at movie theaters in its opening weekend.

From left: Teyonah Parris, KiKi Layne, and Regina King in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

Boston Society of Film Critics announces winners

“If Beale Street Could Talk” takes best picture of the year.

Scottish singer Hannah Rarity performed during “A Christmas Celtic Sojourn” on Saturday night.

Music Review

‘Christmas Celtic Sojourn’ a holiday gathering worth celebrating

Now in its 16th year, this annual ensemble concert of playing, singing, reading, and dancing has itself become a holiday tradition in the Boston area.

Pete Davidson’s Instagram post began: “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore.” Above: Davidson last month in New York.

Pete Davidson of ‘Saturday Night Live’ is OK after concerning Instagram post

Davidson appeared to have deleted his Instagram account shortly after posting a troubling message that began: “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore.”


Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston, Dec. 17-30

Take in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” or the MatzoBall, Jimmy Tingle Standup, and more.

The Year in Arts

The Year in Arts: The best in music, dance, television, art, theater

From Ariana Grande to art in the #MeToo era, with Globe critics’ Top 10 picks in TV, music, theater, art, and dance for 2018.

Clint Eastwood in “The Mule.”

Movie Review

In ‘The Mule,’ Clint Eastwood delivers

The actor, now 88, directed and has his first starring role in six years. It isn’t top-drawer Eastwood, but there’s more going on under its hood than almost anyone wants to admit.

FILE - In this April 5, 2016 file photo, actress Eliza Dushku poses at the premiere of the film


Scandal-plagued CBS grants $20M to 18 women’s rights groups

The pledge comes after the network acknowledged that it reached a $9.5 million confidential settlement last year with actress Eliza Dushku, who said she was written off the show “Bull” after complaining about on-set sexual comments.

Actress Sondra Locke with actor and boyfriend Clint Eastwood at the 1981 People’s Choice Awards.

Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke dies at 74

Actress and director Sondra Locke was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film role in 1968’s “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” and went on to costar in six films with Clint Eastwood.

CBS is pledging $20 million in grants to 18 organizations dedicated to eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace as the network tries to recover from the scandal that forced the ouster of Les Moonves.

Scandal-plagued CBS grants $20m to 18 women’s rights groups

CBS acknowledged this week that it reached a $9.5 million confidential settlement last year with actress Eliza Dushku.

“Disney on Ice” brings its cast of familiar faces to the Agganis Arena.

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‘Disney on Ice’ glides into Agganis Arena

Your favorite characters are all here, sporting skates: Elsa, Anna, and Olaf from “Frozen,” plus characters from “Aladdin,” “Finding Dory,” and “Toy Story.”


Public art gets interactive at the Prudential Center

Boston-based artist Stephanie Cardon created the installation, called “Unless,” out of 3,400-square-feet of repurposed neon orange and brilliant blue construction debris netting.


NECC gala raises $775,000 for autism education and research

Nearly 450 guests attended the event, which was hosted by KISS 108’s Billy Costa.

Theresa Dickinson and Margery Tupling in “Disperse” (1967).

Dance Review

Tharp says yes to music, imagination, and ambition

“Minimalism,” it turns out, is relative. Twyla Tharp was looking for what she could say yes to.

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen presents a creation by Colcci during the 2015 Summer collections of the Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Gisele Bundchen is still one of the highest-paid models in the world, according to Forbes

Even in “retirement,” the supermodel pulls in the big bucks.

Lorraine Bracco as Dr. Jennifer Melfi in “The Sopranos.”

TV Critic’s Corner

TV therapy that’s worth tuning into

Here’s a list of my favorite TV shrinks.

Print of Pooh sitting on a branch with honeypots by Ernest Howard Shepard, 1970.


A walk through the MFA’s Winnie-the-Pooh exhibit wraps visitors in warmth

The Winnie-the-Pooh exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts explores more than the Hundred Acre Woods. It’s a reflection of human emotion.

Chris Pratt arrives for the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards June 2018 and Katherine Schwarzenegger in 2014 (NINA PROMMER/EPA/Shutterstock (Pratt) and Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Chris Pratt shared a heartfelt birthday message for Katherine Schwarzenegger

“Your smile lights up the room. I’ve cherished our time together. Thrilled God put you in my life,” the actor wrote.

Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlen, Saoirse Ronan, and Florence Pugh on the set of


Emma Watson posted a really sweet ‘Little Women’ cast photo

"I could never love anyone as I love my sisters," she captioned it. (But don't worry, Timothée Chalamet is in it too.)

FILE -- Stephen Hayes, editor-in-chief of The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine, at his office in Washington, March 24, 2017. The Weekly Standard is facing the consequences of doing independent journalism in an increasingly partisan environment. (Lexey Swall/The New York Times)

Conservative magazine The Weekly Standard shutters after 23 years

Founded by Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes and backed by media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. in 1995, it was acquired by Clarity Media Group in 2009.

Interior of the Everett Square Theatre in Hyde Park, photographed in 2011.

‘Let’s hope this is the start of something big’: Long-shuttered Hyde Park theater gets new roof

The repairs could bode well for the future of the Everett Square Theatre, the building’s owner said.

Kanye West

Kanye reignites Drake feud on Twitter

West appeared to reignite a feud with the fellow rapper in a series of tweets on Thursday in which he claimed Drake had called trying to threaten him.

Gov. Chris Christie walks out of the voting booth after casting his ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 in Mendham, N.J. Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno are the two major party candidates vying to replace Christie, the two-term, term-limited incumbent. (Ed Murray/NJ Advance Media via AP)

Christie takes himself out of contention for Trump chief of staff job

No leading name has emerged in the days since President Trump’s preferred candidate to replace John Kelly bowed out. But the void has quickly filled with drama.

Lea Delaria recently went viral defending her use of “queer” as an “all-encompassing” description.

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Social media is requeering me

As social media cracks down on content, a contentious word gets rebooted.

“Between Riverside and Crazy” director Tiffany Nichole Greene with Tyrees Allen (left) and Lewis D. Wheeler.

The Year in Arts 2018

Female directors provoked and excelled in leading roles

Women of color surged to the fore among the year’s most memorable productions.

21Riverside SpeakEasy Stage Company production of BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY. Celeste Oliva and Tyrees Allen. Credit: Nile Scott Studios

The Year in Arts 2018

Don Aucoin’s Top 10 in theater in 2018

“Hamilton,’’ “Measure for Measure,’’ and “The Black Clown’’ lead the way.

Faith Ringgold’s “For the Women’s House” was in the ICA’s “We Wanted a Revolution”

The Year in Arts 2018

The art world’s gaze in the #MeToo era

Women artists and artists of color have long worked to claim attention, and in 2018, this suddenly mattered in a new way.

Step Afrika! in “The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence,” presented by ArtsEmerson at the Cutler Majestic Theatre

The Year in Arts 2018

Best dance performances of 2018

From Balanchine to the Beantown Tapfest, a year of dance highlights.

Jason Bateman and Laura Linney in “Ozark,” one of Netflix’s critical success stories.

The Year in Arts 2018

As a weapon of mass consumption, Netflix’s aim is true

The streamer spent $8 billion on a tsunami of series in 2018. But its reputation for quantity over quality remains stubbornly intact.

Misa Kuranaga and Paulo Arrais in Boston Ballet’s presentation of John Cranko’s “Romeo and Juliet” at the Boston Opera House.

The Year in Arts 2018

On their toes, spinning tales

While some 2018 dance performances stood out, why did so many find storytelling so difficult?

Best solo recital: Pianist Yuja Wang performing at Jordan Hall.

The Year in Arts 2018

Best classical performances of 2018

Highlights included everything from Bartók and Brahms to an immersive Stockhausen performance.

Ariana Grande was one of the artists who went her own way, stylistically, in 2018.

The Year in Arts 2018

In 2018, the artists who pushed past boundaries gave us peak pop

From Drake to Ariana Grande, Maren Morris to Kacey Musgraves, the singers who forged their own paths created the year’s most memorable moments.

Dropkick Murphys at the House of Blues in March.

The Year in Arts 2018

Maura Johnston’s Top 10 concerts of 2018

The year’s best shows, bookended by Dropkick Murphys and Liz Phair.

Aisslinn Nosky (left) and Max Mandel with the Handel and Haydn Society.

The Year in Arts 2018

Never mind the hashtags. In classical music, it’s all about connection

After the seats emptied and the music faded into memory, I most vividly recall the moments this year that made me forget about the distractions waiting on my phone.