Summer Arts Preview 2018

Summer Arts preview

// The best in music, theater, art, TV, and more this summer

Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

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Music review

At Rockport, ushering in a new chapter with Tchaikovsky, Golijov, and high spirits

Under new artistic leadership, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival opened its summer season on Friday night with a program of festive works by Tchaikovsky and Osvaldo Golijov.


Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman lead Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade

The Dresden Dolls frontwoman and her author husband brought their 2-year-old son along.


Provincetown Film Festival honors Molly Shannon, Sean Baker, and Chloë Grace Moretz

Moretz said she loved her first visit to P-Town so much that she was making plans to return in a month. “[Expletive] Hawaii; it’s all about P-Town.”

First lady Melania Trump, center, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, left, applauds as President Donald Trump speaks to employees at the Federal Emergency Management Agency Headquarters, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

First lady Melania Trump says US should govern ‘with heart’

Mrs. Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham says the first lady believes ‘‘we need to be a country that follows all laws,’’ but also one ‘‘that governs with heart.’’

Zac Brown onstage with his band Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Music Review

Zac Brown Band touches all the bases at Fenway

Saturday night’s cover-packed show at the ballpark had something for almost everybody.

Jay-Z, Beyonce release surprise album ‘Everything Is Love’

Once again, the Carter clan dropped a surprise album before anyone knew it was coming.

In 2009, Mr. Fontana was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in the sideman category.

D.J. Fontana, 87, powerful drummer for Elvis Presley

Mr. Fontana’s simple but forceful drumming helped to shape the early sound of rock ’n’ roll.

Ian Pai, who argued in his court suit that he was entitled to a larger share of the royalties earned by the Blue Man Group, in front of the Astor Place Theater, in New York.

Blue Man Group to pay more than $3 million to end royalty dispute

Ian Pai always felt, he said, that he had played a core role in the success of the Blue Man Group. But Pai said the payments he was receiving were not what he deserved.

The classic with bacon at IHOb.

It’s a Thing

From a flipping pancake house to an overstuffed bot

A review of the week online.

Don Cheadle, the star, director and co-screenwriter of the film

TV Critic’s Corner

Funny money the currency in Showtime’s ‘Black Monday’

The comedy will star Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells, and Regina Hall as a trio of Wall Streeters around the time of the titular crisis in 1987.

Make Music celebrates the summer solstice with 100 free performances

Now in its fifth year, the festival continues to grow and diversify.


Natalie Portman calls Harvard pal Jared Kushner ‘a supervillain’

The actress admitted that she was once friendly with Jared Kushner. Key word: “was.”

Jon Meacham, winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for biography, poses for a photograph shortly after arriving at his home in New York early Tuesday morning April 21, 2009. The Newsweek editor, who was in Tennessee when he learned his book


Jon Meacham on why he’s a return visitor to Trollope, and more

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer’s latest book is “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels.”

17ticketgaller Michael Mazur: Along the Shoreline at Albert Merola Gallery through July 4, 2018. Busy Beach 2008 60 x 96 oil paint on canvas. Image courtesy of the Albert Merola Gallery.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

MIT artist Joan Jonas wins Kyoto Prize

The honors keep coming for Jonas, a a pioneer in video and performance art and professor emerita at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

New England Literary News | Nina MacLaughlin

Bobbie’s Meadow to open at Carle museum; local groups get NEA grants

The museum will hold a celebration June 23 for the dedication of the new outdoor space.

Alice Marie Johnson (left, with daughter Katina Marie Scales) was freed from federal prison by President Trump after an appeal from Kim Kardashian West.


Kim Kardashian West and woman Trump freed say they won’t stop now

Kardashian West and Alice Marie Johnson will continue advocating for people serving long sentences for non-violent drug offenses.

“Liyana” will open the Roxbury International Film Festival.

scene here | local films, festivals, and faces

Breaking the silence in Roxbury

The Roxbury International Film Festival strives to deliver personal stories of underrepresented people.

@Large | Michael Andor Brodeur

In a lonely place, with Trump

Maybe the president is just lonely? He sure acts like it. But what’s scarier is that he is operating from the same place many of us do when we log online.

Sterling K. Brown in “This Is Us.”


Emmy voters, I’m here to help

Avoid the predictable (Claire Danes, “Stranger Things”), honor the less obvious choices (“Killing Eve,” Issa Rae), and ignore “Better Things” at your peril.

Spoon (pictured) will kick off a co-headlining tour with fellow indie mainstays Grizzly Bear at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.

Indie inspiration as Spoon, Grizzly Bear team up on tour

Brit Daniel of Spoon and Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear are feeling good about their bands’ most recent work.

Ty Burr

Every playlist tells a story

Ty Burr wanted to restore not only what it felt like to be an adolescent but an adolescent boy in the Boston area during the late spring of 1972.

Cartoonist who cited political conflicts with Pittsburgh paper is fired

Rob Rogers tweeted Thursday he’s been fired after 25 years as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s editorial cartoonist.

Lauren Patten plays Jo in “Jagged Little Pill.”

Lauren Patten is a showstopper you oughta get to know

Her signature moment in ART’s “Jagged Little Pill” brings the audience to its feet night after night.

“The Hourglass Equation,” composed by Alex Burtzos (left), will debut at the Aston Magna Music Festival.

New music, old instruments with Aston Magna

With a world premiere by Alex Burtzos performed on period instruments, the festival looks to the future.

Paul Simon kicks off his Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The tour will continue on to cover North America, the United Kingdom and Europe. (Jimmy Jeong/The Canadian Press via AP)

Things to Do

The Weekender: Pop papas, rockin’ dads, and the godfather of gospel

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

Drake got the ‘Degrassi’ crew together for a reunion in his new music video, and millennials are freaking out

What do the cast from ‘‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’’ look like now? Drake, who played Jimmy Brooks on the show, got his former co-workers together in the video for “I’m Upset.”

John Cusack in the movie “High Fidelity.”

A Championship Vinyl pop-up at the Boch Center, courtesy of John Cusack

The “High Fidelity” star will be doing a public interview with the Globe’s Ty Burr.

Elizabeth Nourse’s “Self-Portrait” is on display in the Clark Art Institute’s new exhibit.

Art Review

A ThemToo movement for Parisian art

“Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900,” at the Clark Art Institute, offers a long-overdue revision.

Local bestsellers for week ending June 10

A list of bestsellers based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.

Soyoung Lee


New chief curator for Harvard Art Museums

Soyoung Lee, who currently serves as curator in Asian art at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, assumes her Harvard post in September.

Kathy Griffin

Head held high, Kathy Griffin is done making apologies

The comic’s ill-considered photo shoot with a ketchup-stained mask of President Trump was a PR disaster. But now she’s back in the public eye and back on the road.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

The gifts of growing up in a crazy family

Dr. Edward Hallowell, best known for his work on attention deficit disorder, has just published a memoir on “the WASP triad: alcoholism, mental illness, and politeness.”

The documentary “Eating Animals,” which examines the mass production of meat, is based on the 2009 book by Jonathan Safran Foer (above).

Movie Review

The hidden costs of humans being carnivores

A review of the documentary “Eating Animals.”

Donald Trump with then-girlfriend Marla Maples in 1991.

book review

How to raise a Trump

“Born Trump’’ largely traces the Trump children through decades of privilege and familial trauma.

Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane in

Meghan Markle submitted for Emmy consideration for her role in ‘Suits’

The actress, who married Prince Harry last month, was submitted in the supporting actress category, according to a USA Network representative.

FILE - In this April 23, 2018 file photo, Stan Lee, left, and Keya Morgan arrive at the world premiere of

Police investigate elder abuse of Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee

A restraining order accuses Keya Morgan of moving the 95-year-old Lee from his longtime home and preventing family and associates from contacting him.

The MFA exhibit in honor of the late Fred Sharf (pictured in 2009) includes (clockwise from top) a model of a 1950s Greyhound Scenicruiser, a compact designed by Jean Schlumberger, the design for a 1950s ranch house by C. Burlew, and a 1920s evening coat, of fuchsia velvet with gold-lame trim.

Art review

A Greyhound bus, jewels, haute couture — all in a show about a remarkable collector

A small and delightful MFA show celebrates the late museum patron Frederic A. Sharf.

After months of restoration, the Farnese Sarcophagus is again on display at the Gardner Museum in a new exhibit.

At the Gardner, death gets a new lease on life

A new exhibit uses artificial intelligence and old-fashioned handiwork to restore an ancient sarcophagus.

Book Review

Rachel Cusk’s artful, trailblazing trilogy ends on a slight off-note

“Kudos’’ is the final installment in the series of autobiographical novels.

John Prine’s current tour brings him to the Boch Center Wang Theatre June 15.


More gifts of song from John Prine

The crackerjack songwriter’s current tour brings him to the Boch Center Wang Theatre June 15.

MIT professor Neri Oxman


MIT professor Neri Oxman may have moved on from Brad Pitt

The architect/designer who teaches at the MIT Media Lab is apparently spending time with a billionaire hedge fund manager.

James McArdle (left) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen in “Man in an Orange Shirt.”

Television Review

A history of shame in a nuanced ‘Man in an Orange Shirt’

The PBS movie about gay love across generations goes places you might not expect.

Dwight Yoakam (pictured performing in Nashville) played an hourlong set to close out the LSD Tour stop at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Tuesday.

Music Review

Country music — in an altered state — from LSD’s Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, and Dwight Yoakam

The tour featuring the three headliners debuted at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Tuesday with a potent almost-four-hour show.

Cyrus Jones (left) and Malcolm Mitchell at the MFA’s annual Summer Party.


Patriots players are artfully attired at MFA’s Summer Party

Cyrus Jones and Malcolm Mitchell were among those looking sharp at the soiree.

Andrea Riseborough plays the title character in Christina Choe’s “Nancy.”

Movie Review

‘Nancy’ presents a mother and child reunion that is — or maybe isn’t

Andrea Riseborough stars in the title role.