Robert Conrad, star of “The Wild, Wild West,” dies at 84

Robert Conrad, the rugged, contentious actor who starred in the hugely popular 1960s television series “Hawaiian Eye” and “The Wild, Wild West,” died Saturday. He was 84.

Winter arts guide 2019

// Check out the Winter Arts Guide 2019

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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Noted jazz keyboardist Lyle Mays dies at age 66

Lyle Mays, a jazz keyboardist whose work, chiefly with the Pat Metheny Group, won nearly a dozen Grammy Awards, died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 66.

With passion, daring, and sweat, community theaters make the show go on

Community theaters survive by challenging their audiences with works involving complex themes and strengthening their already strong local ties.

Barnes & Noble is withdrawing a planned line of famous literature reissued with multicultural cover images that has drawn widespread criticism on social media.

Barnes & Noble suspends reissues of classics with new images

Barnes & Noble is withdrawing a planned line of famous literature reissued with multicultural cover images that has been met with widespread criticism on social media.

Eminent man of letters George Steiner dead at age 90

Mr. Steiner became one of the world’s leading public intellectuals through his uncommon erudition, multilingual perspective and the provocative lessons he drew from his Jewish roots and escape from the Holocaust.

In February, Salem is for lovers, ice, and chocolate

The 18th annual Salem’s So Sweet festival on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8 and 9, is a perfect antidote to the mid-winter blues.

The Fuller Craft Museum will be overrun by monkeys with “The Great Monkey Project,” an exhibit of life-size cardboard monkeys by sculptor James Grashow.

Fuller Craft Museum’s new exhibit is a barrel of monkeys

Monkeys are taking over a gallery at the Fuller Craft Museum, starting Feb. 15, for an exhibit called “The Great Monkey Project.”

Rich Barry of the South Shore Men of Harmony blew on a pitch pipe.

A singing valentine, in four-part harmony

For decades, the South Shore Men of Harmony have been delivering musical messages to loved ones.

What’s happening south of Boston

The Unicorn Singers will perform a “Broadway Favorites” benefit for Horizons for Homeless Children, a Massachusetts nonprofit working to alleviate the stress of homelessness on families and children.

Mr. Silverman had pivotal roles airing such shows as “All in the Family,’’ Laverne & Shirley,’’ and “Hill Street Blues.’’

Fred Silverman, TV executive at 3 major networks, dies at 82

Fred Silverman, the only TV executive who steered programming for each of the Big Three broadcast networks and who brought “All in the Family,” “Roots,” “Hawaii Five-O” and other hit series and miniseries to television during his more than three-decade career, died Thursday. He was 82.


Federal regulators propose weakening the ‘Volcker Rule’

Stories you may have missed from the world of business.

02wecalendar - Art by Lisa Barthelson at the Danforth Museum. (Handout)


What’s happening west of Boston

Husband and wife duo Small Potatoes returns to the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse in Franklin on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m.

02nocalendar - A selection of romantic, funny, artful, cheeky, inspired, and unexpected artist-crafted valentines is on sale at the Arts League of Lowell Greenwald Gallery, 307 Market St. in Lowell, through Friday, Feb. 28. (Mary Hart)


What’s happening north of Boston

A pop-up show and sale of heart-shaped works by more than 35 local artists is in the Arts League of Lowell Greenwald Gallery.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gestures during a joint press conference with Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado (out of frame) at the presidential house in San Jose, on January 21, 2020. (Photo by Ezequiel BECERRA / AFP) (Photo by EZEQUIEL BECERRA/AFP via Getty Images)

Pompeo criticizes journalist who accused him of shouting at her; NPR defends its reporter

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out in anger Saturday at an NPR reporter who accused him of shouting expletives at her after she asked him in an interview about Ukraine.

John Karlen (center) held his best supporting actor Emmy backstage with Stacy Keach and Angie Dickinson.

‘Dark Shadows,’ ‘Cagney & Lacey’ actor John Karlen dies

The Emmy-winning character actor was known for his roles on the television series “Dark Shadows” and “Cagney & Lacey.”

The cast of “Hair” at the New Repertory Theatre, which will be performing in Watertown through Feb. 23.


What’s happening west of Boston

New Repertory Theatre presents the beloved and iconic 1968 musical “Hair” now through Feb. 23 at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St.

Filmmakers Stephen Crivellaro, Cheryl Buchanan, and Zachary Alonzo will screen “In Their Shoes,” a film about the opioid crisis, at Quincy College on Thursday, Jan. 30.


What’s happening south of Boston

Producers of a documentary film about the opioid crisis, “In Their Shoes,” will screen the film and also lead a question and answer session afterward at Quincy College.

The Sixties Show is bringing its multimedia concert to The Cabot theater in Beverly on Friday, Jan. 31.


What’s happening north of Boston

The Sixties Show is bringing its multi-media concert experience featuring former members of The Who, Bob Dylan’s band, and Saturday Night Live bands to the Cabot Theater.


Card-making, ballroom dance, and wine tasting

Make Valentine’s Day cards for your loved ones with watercolor, paper, ink, glue, sparkles, and cutouts at the Newburyport Public Library.

Senior researcher Louis van Tilborgh talked to journalists during a press conference in Amsterdam Monday about the previously contested painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh, a 1889 self-portrait, of which the authenticity was confirmed.

Specialists say Vincent van Gogh self-portrait is genuine

After years of doubts about its authenticity, specialists in Amsterdam have confirmed that a Vincent van Gogh self-portrait was indeed painted by the Dutch master.

Bernard “Bernie” Diederich pictured in Martinborough, New Zealand, in 2008.

Longtime Caribbean journalist Bernard Diederich dead at 93

Bernard “Bernie” Diederich, a longtime journalist in the Caribbean region who braved dictators and disasters, has died in his adopted homeland of Haiti.

19wecalendar - From Joseph Flack Weiler's exhibit at the Walden Pond Visitor Center: Martin Luther KingÕs Eulogy, Boston Common, April 1968. (Joseph Flack Weiler)


What’s happening west of Boston

Joseph Flack Weiler’s photo essay, “Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience,” is on exhibit now through March 30 at the Walden Pond Visitor Center in Concord.

19nocalendar - Chase Away the Winter Blues,


What’s happening south of Boston

Finalists on “America’s Got Talent,” Sons of Serendip will perform a benefit concert for the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra.

12zoinformer - Patti Austin to perform at The Cabot's fundraising benefit and concert. (Patti Austin)


What’s happening north of Boston

Grammy Award winner Patti Austin is donating her time for a fund-raising concert on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m., at the Cabot in Beverly.

William H. Macy, left, and Sophia Macy in 2014. The elder daughter of Felicity Huffman and Macy will appear in an episode of Jordan Peele's anthology series.

Felicity Huffman’s daughter moves on from college scandal to ‘Twilight Zone’

Sophia Macy is entering “The Twilight Zone.” The elder daughter of Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy will appear in an episode of Jordan Peele’s anthology series.

Edd Byrnes, who played “Kookie” in “77 Sunset Strip”

Mr. Byrnes also scored a gold record with a song about his character’s hair-combing obsession and later appeared in the movie “Grease.”

Chris Elliott (left) and Eugene Levy star in “Schitt’s Creek.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Schitt’s Creek’ returns and it’s easy to catch up

It’s a collection of talented comics doing their “Green Acres” shtick and killing it.

Ari Behn in Oslo in 2016.

Ari Behn, Spacey accuser and ex of Norwegian princess, at 47

The ex-husband of Norwegian Princess Martha Louise and among the people who had accused actor Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct — died this week, his manager said. He was 47.

Lee Mendelson in Hillsborough, Calif., in 2015. Mr. Mendelson was the producer who changed the face of the holidays when he brought “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to television in 1965 and wrote the lyrics to its signature song, “Christmas Time Is Here.”

Lee Mendelson dies; brought ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ to TV

Lee Mendelson, the producer who changed the face of the holidays when he brought “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to television in 1965 and wrote the lyrics to its signature song, “Christmas Time Is Here,” died on Christmas day, his son said.

The Newseum in Washington will close its doors Tuesday.

Newseum hailed free press, but got beaten by free museums

In 2008, the Newseum — a private museum dedicated to exploring modern history as told through the eyes of journalists — opened on prime Washington real estate.

One of Al Pacino’s previous forays into television was in the TV movie “Paterno.”

TV Critic’s Corner

New year will bring new experience for Al Pacino

“Hunters,” about a group of New York-based Nazi hunters who learn that hundreds of high-ranking Nazis are living in the US under assumed identities, will be the actor’s first foray into episodic TV.

German opera singer, conductor Peter Schreier dies at 84

Opera singer and conductor Peter Schreier, who won fame at the Salzburg festival and Milan’s La Scala, has died in Dresden, Germany. He was 84.

Ben Sinclair and Amy Ryan in “High Maintenance.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Returning series to look for in the new year

Shows heading back our way during the next two months.

Atlanta, GA - 2/01/2019 - 98.5 sports hub radio host Michael Felger. Super Bowl LIII Media Row. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Globe Staff, Topic: 02Super Bowl, LOID: 8.3.2998834641.

Sports Hub finishes first in battle between Boston’s two sports radio stations

WEEI (93.7) did receive an encouraging showing from its new morning drive program this fall.

In this decade, these shows deserved better

There are many obvious selections for TV’s best of the decade, not least of all “Breaking Bad.” But, as we look back over 10 years of great shows, let’s not forget the ones that slipped through the cracks, the ones that haven’t quite gotten their due. To twist what Glenn Close said in “Fatal Attraction,” they should not be ignored, man.

FILE - This Feb. 21, 2005, file photo, shows incoming bishop of the Wheeling-Charleston diocese, W.Va, Michael Bransfield in his new office, in Wheeling, W.Va. (AP Photo/Dale Sparks, File)

Newspaper publishes secret report on former W.Va. bishop

The report details how the bishop, ousted for alleged sexual and financial misconduct, allegedly groomed and inappropriately touched young men.

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Photo Studio: Portrait of Adrienne Lawrence (Joe Faraoni/ ESPN Images)

ESPN reaches settlement with former employee who alleged sexual harrassment

The former on-air personality said she was subject to unwanted advances by male employees at the sports media giant.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 1, 1973 Danish born actress Anna Karina poses at the beach during the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. - The actress Anna Karina, mainly known for her roles in the films of Jean-Luc Godard, died on December 14, 2019, in Paris from cancer, at the age of 79, her agent told to AFP on December 15, 2019. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

Anna Karina, icon of French New Wave, dead at 79

Anna Karina, the French New Wave actress who became an icon of the cinema in the 1960s and was the muse of Jean-Luc Godard, has died. She was 79.

Runner apologizes for slapping reporter’s rear on live TV

A Georgia man apologized on-camera for slapping a female reporter’s rear end on live TV after the video clip garnered outrage among millions who viewed it online and prompted police to investigate the case as a possible sexual battery.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 17, 2017 Bill Cosby exits the courthouse after a mistrial on the sixth day of jury deliberations of his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. - US comedian Bill Cosby, who is serving a three and a half year jail sentence, on December 10, 2019 lost his appeal against his conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 15 years ago. Cosby had appealed to Pennsylvania's Superior Court, which issued a 94-page ruling upholding his conviction. He could now take his case to the state's Supreme Court. (Photo by EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ / AFP) (Photo by EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Bill Cosby sex assault verdict upheld; spokesman lashes out

The disgraced entertainer lost his bid to overturn his sexual assault conviction Tuesday, as an appeals court upheld the verdict in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

Adam Sandler was in Boston on Sunday for a screening for his new film “Uncut Gems.” Sandler also was featured Sunday on “60 Minutes.”

‘60 Minutes’ takes a tour through Adam Sandler’s childhood

Reporter Sharyn Alfonsi spoke with the comedian about his family and his newest film, “Uncut Gems.”

Juice WRLD was named top new artist at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards in May.

Rapper Juice WRLD dies after medical emergency in Chicago

Rapper Juice WRLD, who launched his career on SoundCloud before becoming a streaming juggernaut and rose to the top of the charts with the Sting-sampled hit “Lucid Dreams,” died early Sunday after a “medical emergency” at Chicago’s Midway International Airport.

Why that Chris Evans sweater in ‘Knives Out’ has so many people unraveling

The marketing gurus tasked with plugging the Mass.-made “Knives Out” have taken notice.

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Dolly Parton surprises audiences at Boston Common tree lighting, ‘Smoky Mountain’ musical

Dolly Parton stunned audiences across Boston Thursday night with her surprise appearances at the city’s tree-lighting ceremony and at the performance of her new musical.

A new indictment claims R. Kelly bribed an Illinois government employee in 1994 in order to obtain a fake ID for the singer Aaliyah, then 15, so they could get married.

R. Kelly is charged with using bribes so he could marry a 15-year-old singer

R. Kelly bribed an Illinois government employee in order to obtain a fake ID for Aaliyah, according to a federal indictment.


Adam Sandler lets ‘60 Minutes’ tour his childhood home in N.H.

The interview comes as Sandler seeks to drum up interest in his new critically acclaimed movie, “Uncut Gems,” which will be in theaters later this month.


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