Winter arts guide 2019

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Upcoming concerts, shows, performances in theater, music, dance, art, and television.

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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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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at his victory speech Monday night after remaining in power as Canada’s leader following federal elections.

Justin Trudeau wins second term as Canada’s prime minister

But Trudeau’s Liberals did not win the majority of seats in Parliament and will have to rely on another party to pass legislation.

Showcase Cinemas is in the process of revamping more than two-thirds of its 27 US locations to make the moviegoing experience more compelling to consumers.

Chesto Means Business

Showcase Cinemas experiment backs up claim that the cinema is more exciting than the couch

National Amusements Inc. takes all the usual approaches to promoting its cinemas: billboards, radio, social media. Now, add a new component to that marketing plan: science experiments.

The Boston Symphony Chamber Players performed with guest harpsichordist Paolo Bordignon on Sunday.

Music Reivew

With Boston Symphony Chamber Players, the harpsichord definitely isn’t Baroque

Harpsichordist Paolo Bordignon was the featured guest in the Boston Symphony Chamber Players’s 20th-century program on Sunday.

Boston MA 10/15/19 Boston-based event planner Bryan Rafanelli during a party celebrating the release of his book,


Bryan Rafanelli celebrates his new book with - what else? - a great party

The event-planner extraordinaire has plenty of stories to tell.

A rendering of the Hub Hall food hall coming to Hub on Causeway near TD Garden.

A running list of the 18 food vendors coming to Hub Hall near TD Garden

A new food hall is coming to Boston this winter, and already the lineup is looking delicious.

Boston, MA - 10/13/2019 - Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) flashes a smile during the second quarter of the preseason NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden in Boston, Mass. on Sunday, Oct. 13. (Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe) Topic: 14Celtics


Jaylen Brown’s fund-raiser draws almost entire Celtics roster, plus Donnie Wahlberg

Marcus Smart’s impromptu performance was one of the highlights from Brown’s first community gala, hosted Saturday night at the city’s new casino.

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Food truck owner recounts what it was like working at Jennifer Lawrence’s wedding in R.I.

The owner of Boston’s Baddest Burger food truck said he served wedding guests outside the castle until about 4 a.m.

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Matthew Gilbert | Your TV GPS

The week in watching: HBO hearts Mondays, Tom Perrotta adapts, and Eddie Murphy returns

The Globe’s television critic helps you navigate what’s on the little screen this week.

21-year-old Mahalia is in control of her ‘psycho-acoustic soul’ sound

The British R&B singer discusses starting young and her in-studio process, ahead of a sold-out Wednesday show at The Sinclair.

Jennifer Lawrence in Paris in September.


Jennifer Lawrence marries art dealer Cooke Maroney in Newport

The Oscar winner tied the knot Saturday in Rhode Island during a ceremony and reception studded with Hollywood stars.

“The Beach House,” filmed in North Truro, opened the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival on Thursday night.


‘The Beach House’ director, producer discuss influences on their Cape Cod sci-fi horror hit

Jeffrey A. Brown, speaking by phone, ran through five influences on the sci-fi horror-thriller he shot in North Truro earlier this year.

WEST CONCORD, 10/11/2019 - From left, Peter DeRosa, Actor and Sudbury native Chris Evans, Former director Kathryn DeFord, her husband Bill DeFord, and current director Lisa Evans at the Grand Opening of Concord Youth Theatre in West Concord, MA. Lisa Evans has directed the organization since 1974. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Lifestyle, Shanahan)


Captain America to the rescue of Concord theatre group

Chris Evans, a Sudbury native, was on hand Saturday for the opening and dedication of a permanent home for Concord Youth Theatre, his childhood theatre company.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Mr. Macy’s stint as Walter Findlay on “Maude” was his highest-profile in a long stage, film, and TV career.

‘Maude’ co-star, character actor Bill Macy dies at 97

Mr. Macy’s hangdog expression was a perfect match for his role as the long-suffering foil to Bea Arthur’s unyielding feminist on the daring 1970s sitcom “Maude.”

Charli XCX (pictured in Atlanta) played Boston Thursday.

Music Review

At House of Blues, Charli XCX leans forward into pop’s future

The British singer’s adventurousness was on full display in a riotously fun stage show.

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Taking faith and friendship to the streets in New Rep’s ‘Trayf’

A comedy by Lindsay Joelle follows two young Hasidic men on a journey through the streets of Manhattan in a “mitzvah tank.’’

Vice President Mike Pence listens as President Donald Trump speaks with astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch as they conduct the first all-female spacewalk, from the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

It’s a Thing

Ill communications, blood floods, amazing grace, and toot suites

Michael Andor Brodeur’s review of the week online.


Fall frolic

Cows, classic rock, and décor at Easteigh Farm this weekend

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Milestone mural brings Shepard Fairey back to Providence

The celebrated street artist returns to his artistic birthplace to paint his 100th mural, open an art retrospective, and speak at his alma mater, the Rhode Island School of Design.

András Schiff performed the First Beethoven Piano Concerto with the BSO Thursday night.

Music Review

With rigor and fantasy in equal parts, pianist András Schiff returns to the BSO

The Hungarian-born soloist led works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Bartók.

Conductor Benjamin Zander (left) and pianist Alessandro Deljavan.

Music Review

For Boston Philharmonic, a satisfying start to the 2019-20 season

Founder Benjamin Zander presided over performances of Mozart, Brahms, and Bartók.

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Artist Savanna Nelson loves her colors to be bright and fluorescent

A recent graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Nelson majored in painting and art history, two fields of study that have fueled her creative process.


Silky pajamas, custom suits, three kinds of tequila: Celtics toast new season at Tip-Off Gala

Decked out in a silk pajama-like getup, new Celtics center Vincent Poirier stole the show Thursday night at the annual Shamrock Foundation event.

18funnywomen - Featured speaker Glennon Doyle, center, watches videos of RosieÕs Place guestsÕ inspirational stories, flanked by, left, Massachusetts First Lady Lauren Baker, and, right, RosieÕs Place President/Executive Director Leemarie Mosca. (David Fox)


‘Funny Women . . . Serious Business’ raises $970,000 for Rosie’s Place

The annual fund-raiser luncheon used to feature female comedians, but now highlights memoirists.

Stephen Colbert will continue to host through 2023.

TV Critic’s Corner

Stephen Colbert to host CBS’s ‘The Late Show’ until 2023

Colbert has become the highest-rated late-night host since he signed on for five years as David Letterman’s successor in 2015.

Paul Rudd in Living With Yourself


Paul Rudd talks about seeing double in Netflix’s ‘Living With Yourself’

The “Ant-Man” actor plays a man face-to-face with his own clone in the low-key Netflix dramedy, now streaming.

Zoo Howl draws costume-clad visitors to Franklin Park Zoo.

It’s almost Halloween: Treat yourself

Pretty much the entire month of October is Halloween around town. Make the most of it.

Paul Rudd in Living With Yourself

TV Critic’s Corner

Tom Brady makes a cameo in Paul Rudd’s new comedy, ‘Living With Yourself’

It’s a cute bit, as they say, although the fact that a New England Patriot is in a scene involving a spa may trigger a raised eyebrow or two.

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At the new MoMA, African Americans and women get better play... but hopefully there’s more to come

The legendary museum cut a narrow line through art history. It now cuts a broader swath, with more to come.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

Elizabeth Ames makes a novel return to campus in ‘The Other’s Gold’

The author will appear in conversation with Joanna Rakoff on Wednesday evening at Belmont Books.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Small wonders, Concord authors, and ‘Polaroid’ poems

The latest news from around the New England literary scene

book review

An intimate, open-ended biography of Broadway star Elaine Stritch

Alexandra Jacobs’s new biography fleshes out our picture of the raspy-voiced actress and singer, who died in 2014 at 89.

@LARGE | Michael Andor Brodeur

As screenshots proliferate, private conversations are for public consumption

Screenshots have become a fundamental unit of currency in the Full Disclosure economy.

“The Lion King” company members Michael Reilly (top left) and Ben Lipitz stand near some of the murals left by Broadway touring companies that have come to the Opera House over the past 15 years.

Backstage at the Opera House, the hallways are memory lanes

When touring productions and performers finish up at the theater, they leave some artwork behind.


For author Joe Hill, horror is in his blood

“Full Throttle” is Joe Hill’s new collection of 13 sinister tales, two of which he wrote with his father, Stephen King.

book review

Paul Theroux goes beyond the border with a deep dive into Mexico

The travel writer offers a complex, contradictory, empathetic picture of Mexico that couldn’t be more vital.

18spongebob - Beau Bradshaw as Patrick Star, Lorenzo Pugliese as SpongeBob SquarePants, Daria Pilar Redus as Sandy Cheeks and The Company of The SpongeBob Musical (Jeremy Daniel)

Things to Do

The Weekender: SpongeBob sings, Almodóvar returns, and Holzer takes over

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

18spongebob - The Company of The SpongeBob Musical (Jeremy Daniel)

Stage Review

‘The SpongeBob Musical’ is a sea of joy

The adaptation of popular Nickelodeon series is relentlessly goofy and exuberant.

Karl Blossfeldt,

Photography review

At the deCordova museum, finding nature and artifice in ‘All the Marvelous Surfaces’ photography show

Karl Blossfeldt’s plant studies are the launching point for the new show.

Critic’s Notebook

In Boston-area theaters, depictions of power and corruption fill the stage

If there is a single theme that has dominated the fall season — in dramas ranging from “King Lear” to “The Prince of Providence” — it is the getting, using, and misusing of power.

Park So-dam and Choi Woo-sik in Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite.”

Movie review

Family ties (and lies) in dark comic masterpiece ‘Parasite’

South Korean filmmaking master Bong Joon-ho delivers his funniest, most biting, and bleakest work to date.

A scene from “Memory: The Origins of Alien.”

Doc Talk | Peter Keough

Flint graduation, ‘Alien’ investigation, schlock celebration

A preview of three upcoming documentaries

DELSONIDO will appear at Mass MoCA on Dec. 7.

5 reasons for music-lovers to hit the Massachusetts museum circuit this season

The concert scene is better than ever at the state’s largest art museums.

“Pinocchio” is among many classic films that will be available on the streaming service Disney+.


Disney has serious stream dreams

Debuting Nov. 12, Disney+ wants to be the new lion king of streaming.

With his new show, “All Rise,” Nick Offerman says he says he’s more comfortable calling his act stand-up comedy.

Nick Offerman stands up for ‘All Rise’

In the past, he resisted calling himself a comic, but that’s changed on his new tour.

Williem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in director Robert Eggers THE LIGHTHOUSE. Credit : A24 Pictures

In ‘The Lighthouse,’ director Robert Eggers finds humor in the supernatural

It’s his second period piece, after “The Witch” (2015).