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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Billie Eilish performs at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion Friday night.


In concert, Billie Eilish shows she’s ready for her moment

At Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, the teenpop supernova was as cool and confident as her debut album suggests.


A ‘Downton Abbey’ experience arrives in Boston

The Castle at Park Plaza is hosting an exhibition of sets, costumes, and props from the hit PBS series through September.

TOPSHOT - Outgoing White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks alongside US President Donald Trump during a second chance hiring and criminal justice reform event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 13, 2019. - President Donald Trump on Thursday made the surprise announcement of the departure of spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, who has been widely criticized for her performance in the White House.

It’s a Thing

Empty podiums, tacky planes, robot dogs, and more from the week online

Michael Andor Brodeur’s week in things.

Cambridge, MA - 11/19/2017 - Soprano Amanda Forsythe (cq) will sing as Princess Edilia (cq) in Handel's (cq)

Music review

BEMF festival concerts, from ‘Beowulf’ to bedlam

The biennial early music extravaganza’s festival concerts on June 12 and 13 included music spanning a millenium, with nary a sour note.

Indian theater and film personality Girish Karnad dies at 81

Girish Karnad, a top Indian playwright, actor, and director and a rights activist, died Monday after a prolonged illness. He was 81.

The cast of ”Oklahoma!” at North Shore Music Theatre.


You’re doing fine, ‘Oklahoma!’

A first-rate North Shore Music Theatre production reveals the classic musical’s inherent strengths, and some of its darkness, too.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston June 17-23

Outdoor movies return to the Greenway, all things Morocco come to Revere, Cirque du Soleil tumbles into town, and more.

Lena Dunham became a break-out star on HBO’s “Girls.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Lena Dunham joins HBO’s drama ‘Industry’

Dunham is joining the series as an executive producer and director.

CEO Susan Wojcicki addressed why YouTube isn’t removing abusive content.

Michael Andor Brodeur | @Large

Online and off, Pride Month is off to a rocky start

Some of the most threatening attacks against LGBTQ folks happen in virtual space.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 29: The Netflix logo is displayed at Netflix offices on Sunset Boulevard on May 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said the company will reconsider their 'entire investment' in Georgia if a strict new abortion law is not overturned in the state. According to state data, the film industry in Georgia contributed $2.7 billion in direct spending while supporting 92,000 local jobs. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Netflix’s first Arabic original causes controversy in Jordan

Netflix’s first Arabic original series, the supernatural teen drama “Jinn,” debuted with much fanfare but sparked uproar in Jordan, where it is set.

Robert Matta’s “Genesis” from 1942.

Art REview

Brave new worlds, on view at the Mead Art Museum

A show bundles up the anxieties of progress in the age of the atom.

Madonna links characters to concept on her new album.


Madonna unbound on ‘Madame X’

On her 14th studio album, she makes her multifaceted nature explicit, linking the title character’s many guises (secret agent, dancer, equestrian, nun, et cetera) to the hooky album’s overall concept.

Wangechi Mutu’s “Mwotaji the Dreamer”

Art Review

Getting real in a stirring show at Mass MoCA

There’s an elegant urgency, a poetic sense of alarm in the best works in “Suffering From Realness” at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

Lew Klein, who helped create ‘American Bandstand,’ dies at 91

Mr. Klein was a broadcast pioneer who helped create “American Bandstand” and launched the careers of Dick Clark and Bob Saget.

book review

A deep dive into the tale of Pericles

“The Porpoise: A Novel” is the latest from “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” author Mark Haddon.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge in a scene from the second season of Amazon’s “Fleabag.”

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

The eyes have it in ‘Fleabag’

I’m thanking my lucky stars for Phoebe Waller-Bridge these days. She has delivered some of the best-written television of the past three years.

Interactive sculptures by Dan Lam will be displayed around the ICA’s outdoor patio for two more First Fridays.

Art meets marketing for the Instagram age at the ICA

Artist Dan Lam is partnering with Steve’s Ice Cream to bring an immersive, tactile art experience to the museum’s harborside space this summer.


For Faye Dunaway, a return to Boston — and her roots on the stage

The celebrated actress will portray Katharine Hepburn in a pre-Broadway engagement of “Tea at Five’’ at the Huntington Avenue Theatre.

Toni Morrison is the subject of a documentary by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

Toni Morrison documentary kicks off 21st Roxbury International Film Festival

Timonthy Greenfield-Sanders directed the film about the Nobel Prize-winning novelist.

Framingham author Erica Ferencik (above) traveled to the Bolivian Amazon (top) to research her new thriller “Into the Jungle.”

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Amazon adventures, LAMBDA laureates, and local natives

The latest news from the New England literary scene.

Jane Lynch with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall.

music review

Showbiz sparkle from Jane Lynch, moon shots from the Pops

The actress added a touch of Vegas to a program that also featured musical and multimedia tributes to the moon landing.

Orson Welles is the subject of more than 24 films.

doc talk

O for Orson: Welles as documentary subject and maker

Mark Cousins’s “The Eyes of Orson Welles” is coming to the Brattle.


A late-blooming love of Joan Didion

Novelist Esi Edugyan comes to the Nantucket Book Festival

David Letterman promoted “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” at a Netflix event last month.

TV Critic’s Corner

For David Letterman, there’s a lot to like about late night

The longtime late-night host told the Hollywood Reporter what he thinks of the current crop.

Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) and Agent M (Tessa Thompson) in Columbia Pictures' MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL.

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Men in Black,’ ‘City on a Hill,’ and dad jokes galore

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

Nadine Malouf plays the title role in “Yerma.”

Stage review

A tragic collision of expectations in the Huntington’s ‘Yerma’

Melinda Lopez has adapted the 1934 play by Federico García Lorca about a woman whose desperation to have a child leads to misery.



Linde Center for Music and Learning at Tanglewood to open June 28

Designed by William Rawn Associates Architects, the Linde Center is a massive, four-building component of the $64 million “Tanglewood Forever” initiative.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

On aliens, culture, and colonialism

“The Lesson” is the debut novel from Somerville-based author Cadwell Turnbull

ECHO IN THE CANYON - Courtesy of Greenwich Entertainment

In Focus

When Byrds of a feather, and other bands, flocked together

The documentary “Echo in the Canyon” celebrates the mid-’60s LA rock scene.

book review

Joyce Carol Oates’s latest: Not perhaps her best, but still pretty good

Joyce Carol Oates’s new novel is “My Life as a Rat.”

Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Corteo’ looks to the heavens

Its plot may sound like the stuff of nightmares but the show is actually a sincere celebration of existence. 

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. arrives at the New York Police Department's Special Victim's Unit, Thursday, June 13, 2019 to face allegations he groped a woman at a city night spot. A 29-year-old woman told police the 51-year-old Gooding grabbed her breast while he was intoxicated around 11:15 p.m. Sunday. Gooding denies the allegations. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Cuba Gooding Jr. turns himself in for allegedly groping woman, denies allegations

Gooding’s lawyer said security video will exonerate the actor from allegations he groped a woman at a New York City night spot.

Cambridge, MA 4/14/14 Local jazz fixture Fred Taylor at Scullers, the jazz club he helped found which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. He's also receiving the Roy Haynes Award for exceptional service to jazz and the jazz community during Boston Jazz Week. (Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe)

Benefit show is a thank-you to Fred Taylor and all that jazz

Grace Kelly — who was mentored by the jazz impresario — as well as James Montgomery and Livingston Taylor will perform at the concert.

Jimmie Falls and Jonathan Majors in “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.”

Movie Review

A sense of dislocation in ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’

“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” is as much parable as polemic.

Viola Davis presents the crystal award for advocacy in entertainment at the Women in Film Annual Gala on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)


Viola Davis, Amy Poehler, Issa Rae take the stage at annual Women in Film gala

Wednesday night in Beverly Hills, Poehler put her own unconventional spin on the “empowerment speech.”

“Western Stars” is Bruce Springsteen’s new solo album.

album review

On ‘Western Stars,’ Bruce Springsteen is singing for the lonely

On his superb new solo album, songs that examine wanderlust, heartbreak, and the need for connection are framed by orchestrated pop and country and western.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Comedian Dave Chappelle speaks onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) 13StewartChappelle


Dave Chappelle’s coming to Broadway, so bag your phone

Producers issued a warning: All phones will be put in a locked pouch during the show and anyone smuggling one in will be ejected.

Television Review

‘City on a Hill’ isn’t exactly a Boston version of ‘The Wire,’ but it has potential

With executive producers including Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, the sprawling crime drama takes a more systemic view of this thorny city than you might expect.

The works in Vox Luminis’s two-hour program ranged from the obscure to the familiar.

Music Review

Bushels of Bach at Boston Early Music Festival

The composer’s work was performed by Dunedin Consort and Vox Luminis, while Zachary Wilder and Josep Maria Martí Duran offered northern Italian lovers’ laments.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 30: Mindy Kaling attends the premiere of Amazon Studio's


Why Mindy Kaling is ‘not going to talk to anyone’ for now about the identity of her daughter’s father

Kaling gave birth to her daughter, Katherine, in December 2017.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler speak onstage at the Netflix


Netflix renews ‘Russian Doll’ for second season

Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland co-created the acclaimed Netflix series with Natasha Lyonne.

Comic Will Martin wants to make you laugh at death, after you’ve squirmed a bit

In his one-man show “Total Loss,” he tells the stories of his brother and a close friend, who died months apart.

“Seinfeld” cast members Michael Richards, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jerry Seinfeld, and Jason Alexander.

TV Critic’s Corner

Marking the 30th anniversary of the ‘Seinfeld’ premiere

Articles will be written, Twitter will sport yada-yada memes, and TV will give us a marathon. On July 5, TBS will feature “Bestivus,” airing what the channel has deemed the 30 best episodes.

Acton native Emily Bautista with Anthony Festa in “Miss Saigon.”

Stages | Terry Byrne

A New Englander immerses herself in the world of ‘Miss Saigon’

Emily Bautista, who plays Kim in the touring production now at the Opera House, is an Acton native who grew up in Connecticut.

Chris Hemsworth (H) with Em (Tessa Thompson) in Marrakech in Columbia Pictures' MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL.

Movie Review

The men, and some women, are back in black

Tessa Thompson and especially Chris Hemsworth have fun in “Men in Black: International,” just not enough.

Photography review

Where Europe and Asia meet: Chloe Dewe Mathews’s ‘Caspian: The Elements’

Her photography exhibition runs at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology through Feb. 17.