Winter Arts Guide 2018

// The best of what to see and do around Boston this winter

From art shows to music performances, theater, TV, and dance, Boston’s scene has you covered.

Special section

// 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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AP, other media seek access to records in Mueller probe

The Associated Press and other news organizations asked a judge Wednesday to unseal records in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, citing overwhelming public interest in a case they said was among the most important in American history.

Hatred of journalists on the rise worldwide, watchdog says

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders says hostility toward journalists is growing worldwide, often encouraged by political leaders — even in democratic countries.

A still image from the series “Poetry in America.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Verse case scenarios with ‘Poetry in America’

Presented by WGBH-TV, “Poetry in America” reads between the lines.

From left: Didi Gutman, Aaron Johnston, Jesse Murphy, and Sabina Sciubba.

Brazilian Girls return with radio-ready album ‘Let’s Make Love’

A decade after their last disc, Brazilian Girls remain puckish hedonists, and they wisely make little attempt to update their global alt-dance sound. The band plays Brighton Music Hall on May 6.

From left: Amanda Collins, Sarah Newhouse, and Sarah Oakes Muirhead in Nora Theatre’s “The Women Who Mapped the Stars.”

Stage REview

Solidarity among female pioneers in bracing drama ‘The Women Who Mapped the Stars’

Nora Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Joyce Van Dyke’s play about astronomers in two eras battling male assumptions.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

At Boston Cyberarts Gallery, it’s augmented reality on exhibit

“Now You See It . . .” looks at AR as art.

“Say Her Name,” from Jennifer Packer: Tenderheaded.”

Art Review

At the Rose, taking tenderness to unexpected places

“Jennifer Packer: Tenderheaded” uses paint as an instrument of empathy.

“Snow Capped Mountain and Wind Farm” by Mark Chen and Shiao-Nan Chen

Photography Review

At the Griffin, two arts for the price of one

“Art·tri·bu·tion” presents photographs that are about other art forms.

John Linnell (left) and John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants.


Talking new instruments and old technology with They Might Be Giants’ John Linnell

The band, which released its 20th studio album in January, plays the House of Blues on Friday.

Album Review

Speedy Ortiz headier, poppier than ever on ‘Twerp Verse’

The Northampton indie rockers’ engaging, thought-provoking new album achieves its lofty goals far more often than not.

Kristina Lyons (left) and Attorney General Maura Healey at the reading and signing of Peggy Freydberg’s last book, “Poems from the Pond.”


Remembering Peggy Freydberg with ‘Poems from the Pond’

Admirers of Peggy Freydberg, the late Martha’s Vineyard poet, gathered the other night to read selections from her final book, titled “Poems from the Pond.”

Martin Freeman stars as an ex-banker at home in “Ghost Stories.”

Movie Review

Clever and surreal, ‘Ghost Stories’ evokes tongue-in-cheek ancestors

“Ghost Stories,” as such, feels like a throwback, orchestrated by two students enamored of multiple horror masters, from Kubrick to King.

Louis Garrel and Stacy Martin as Jean-Luc Godard and Anne Wiazemsky in “Godard Mon Amour.”

Movie Review

Godardian pretensions in ‘Godard Mon Amour’

Writer-director Michael Hazanavicius looks at a different sort of artist in the film.

Brady Jandreau in “The Rider.”

Movie Review

‘The Rider’: What cinema is capable of at its best

Chloé Zhao’s film finds the universal in a story of male identity in the Badlands.

Placido Domingo performs Thursday at the Boch Center Wang Theatre.

Classical Notes

Placido Domingo, at 77, still savors ‘this privilege, to make people happy’

The world-renowned singer, who performs Thursday at the Boch Center Wang Theatre, has enjoyed a career of extraordinary longevity, seemingly defying the strictures of time and aging.

The character Apu from the animated series


Hank Azaria says he’s willing to ‘step aside’ amid criticism of ‘Simpsons’ character Apu

The actor performed the “Simpsons” character’s voice at a Tufts commencement ceremony two years ago.

Martha Stewart on the set of ‘Martha Stewart Living.’

Martha Stewart’s studio props up for auction

The pots and pans that once appeared on home decor and food expert Martha Stewart’s television shows could soon find a place in your kitchen.

The FBI has solved the mystery of the identity of a 4,000-year-old mummy, after extracting DNA from its tooth. The MFA’s Rita Freed holds a resin model of the skull, while the mummified head now believed to be that of Governor Djehutynakht can be seen in the background.

The MFA, the FBI, and the 4,000-year-old mummy

If an advanced method of genetic testing could work on an ancient mummy, it could work on some of the FBI’s more difficult criminal cases.

First lady Melania Trump and her French counterpart, Brigitte Macron, attended a White House press conference Tuesday.

Melania Trump embraces moment in spotlight during state visit. As does her hat.

Mrs. Trump ditched her trademark dark sunglasses and shined in a white skirt suit and matching hat.

Rapper Meek Mill (right) left the State Correctional Institution in Chester, Pa., on Tuesday.

Patriots congratulate rapper Meek Mill: ‘Justice for our friend. Finally free’

Mill walked out of prison Tuesday after Pennsylvania’s high court ordered him freed while he appeals decade-old gun and drug convictions.

Bob Dorough 94; composed songs for ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ series

Mr. Dorough performed with jazz greats Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, but was perhaps best known for his whimsical compositions.

A group photo of former presidents and first ladies, along with the current first lady, at the funeral service for Barbara Bush.

Thing Tank

He who shall not be named, he who shall, and more: It’s a thing

A look at the week online.

A scene from “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” on VH1.

TV Critic’s Corner

Walking in their heels — ‘Drag Race’ to ‘Untucked’

There are no illusions on “Untucked,” a companion series to “RuPaul’s Drag Race” that captures the idle time backstage between evaluations on the main runway.

Kim Schifino and Matt Johnson of Matt and Kim.

For the band Matt and Kim, ‘this is what it takes for our lives to feel complete’

A joy of performing drives the two New Englanders who make up the band.

Randy Rainbow


Randy Rainbow to be guest of honor at Elliot Norton Awards

The Boston Theater Critics Association also announces honors for “The Color Purple’’ and its star, Adrianna Hicks, and for Richard Thomas of “The Humans.’’

Pedro Reyes’s Tiny Trump puppet from “Manufacturing Mischief.”


New ‘Manufacturing Mischief’ features Chomsky, Rand, and Tiny Trump

It’s Noam Chomsky vs. Ayn Rand in a new show from multimedia artist Pedro Reyes — and just to be clear, it’s a comedy, and they’re puppets.

Berenice Abbott’s “Henry Street from New York.”

Photography review

Here, there, and pretty much everywhere

A photography show at the Addison gallery looks at the documentary tradition, another at guns.

Actor Nick Dussault and director Summer Williams at rehearsal for “Wig Out!”


Ode to drag culture aims to transport audience

Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “Wig Out!” comes to Oberon April 26.

Rufus Gifford


Former ambassador Rufus Gifford adds celebrity sizzle to congressional race

There are no fewer than 13 Democratic candidates running to succeed US Representative Niki Tsongas in the Third Congressional District.

Boston Globe Managing Director Linda Pizzuti Henry


Linda Pizzuti Henry tops Boston Magazine’s ‘Most Influential People’ list

Mayor Marty Walsh, Governor Charlie Baker, and Attorney General Maura Healey also made the top 10.

Callie Crossley is host of “Basic Black,” the WGBH show marking its 50th year on the air.


WGBH’s ‘Basic Black’ celebrates a big anniversary

The program, which started as “Say Brother,” has turned 50.

Literary Lights honorees and presenters (from left) Stephen Kinzer, Brian Selznick, Stacy Schiff, Julian Fellowes, Gregory Maguire, Jane Mayer, André Aciman, and Alice Hoffman.


‘Downton Abbey’ creator Julian Fellowes feted at Literary Lights dinner

The other honorees were journalist Jane Mayer, children’s author-illustrator Brian Selznick, author André Aciman, and foreign correspondent Stephen Kinzer.


Laugh Lines: Anthony Jeselnik

A joke from the comic, who plays the Wilbur Theatre Thursday.


Chris Evans and brother Scott quizzed by Seth Meyers on ‘Late Night’

The two appeared together on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” and played a game Meyers calls “How Well Do You Know Your Brother?”

Prince performed in Worcester in 1985.

Prince’s heirs sue hospital, Walgreens over post-overdose care

The lawsuit claims that a doctor and pharmacists failed to provide the musician with reasonable care after an overdose days before he died.

DeRay Davis is host of “Hip Hop Squares.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Squaring off while playing games on ‘Hip Hop Squares’

VH1 airs two episodes of the Ice-Cube co-produced revival Wednesday starting at 10 p.m.

President Kennedy traveling through Dallas minutes before he was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963.


Flag from JFK assassination limo up for auction

The current bid is $30,000, but the auction house estimates the item could fetch $100,000.

Ondi Timoner (left), Matt Smith, and Eliza Dushku


‘Mapplethorpe’ premieres at Tribeca Film Festival

The biopic tells the story of celebrated photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.



Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Lauren Hashian welcome baby No. 2

Did you hear about the baby? Not that baby.

Cardi B performed Sunday at the Coachella festival in Indio, Calif.


UMass Amherst bests Northeastern to win party with Cardi B

Students at 64 universities across the country went head-to-head in the “Tinder U Swipe Off” contest.

Simon Schama (seen in India) is one of three principal contributors to “Civlizations.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Two shows on PBS go back to where it all began

Wouldn’t it be nice to watch something about the rise of humanity? The kind not assisted by extraterrestrials?


Peter Wolf plays a surprise Record Store Day show in Newburyport record store

Accompanied by Duke Levine and Marty Ballou, the J. Geils frontman sounded great.

“Westworld” cast members Simon Quarterman and Shannon Woodward at the Revere Hotel on Sunday.


Boston tech experts turn out for ‘Westworld’ premiere party Sunday night at Revere Hotel

Locals from Women Who Code, FeatureX, and Affectiva were on the guest list for the screening and talk with actors from the show.


Chris Evans declines to accept Yankees and Mets hats on ‘GMA’: ‘I’m from Boston’

Evans, who’s a big Patriots fan, said he “respects” the New York Giants — the team cohost Michael Strahan played for — but has a problem with the Jets.

John Oliver wants to educate Trump — so he bought ads on Sean Hannity’s show

The Catheter Cowboy’s previous ads sought to inform the president of facts such as ‘‘Frederick Douglass is dead,’’ and ‘‘other people exist.’’

John Krasinski (left) and Noah Jupe in a scene from “A Quiet Place.”

At the box office

‘A Quiet Place’ again dominates at the theaters

John Krasinski’s nearly dialogue-free horror film pulled in another $22 million over the weekend.