Fred Willard, the comedic improv-style actor, has died at 86

Fred Willard, the comedic actor whose improv style kept him relevant for more than 50 years in films like “This Is Spinal Tap,” “Best In Show” and “Anchorman,” has died. He was 86.

Winter arts guide 2019

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

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/spotlight-S_09159_rgb.jpg 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.

Latest Arts headlines

William Small, ‘hero to journalism’ at CBS, NBC, dies at 93

Longtime broadcast news executive William J. Small, who led CBS News’ Washington coverage during the civil rights movement, Vietnam War and Watergate and was later president of NBC News and United Press International, died Sunday, CBS News said. He was 93.

Ken Osmond, Eddie Haskell on ‘Leave It to Beaver,’ dies

Mr. Osmond, on TV’s “Leave It to Beaver,” played two-faced teenage scoundrel Eddie Haskell, a role so memorable it left him typecast and led to a second career as a police officer.

Ms. Shelton wrote and directed eight feature films in the span of 14 years.

‘Little Fires Everywhere’ director Lynn Shelton dies at 54

Lynn Shelton, an independent filmmaker who directed “Humpday” and “Little Fires Everywhere,” has died. She was 54.

Astrid Kirchherr, photographer of the Beatles, dies at 81

The German photographer who shot some of the earliest and most striking images of the Beatles and had a lasting impact on their visual style, died Tuesday in her native Hamburg, days before her 82nd birthday.

John Macurdy, bass who sang 1,001 times at Met, dies at 91

Mr. Macurdy sang 1,001 performances at the Metropolitan Opera over four decades and created characters in notable world premieres.

Grammy-winning 1970s soul singer Betty Wright dies at 66

Betty Wright, the Grammy-winning soul singer and songwriter whose influential 1970s hits included “Clean Up Woman” and “Where is the Love,” has died at age 66.

Jagger, Dylan, Quincy Jones react to death of Little Richard

Elizabeth Ellis, longtime Journal Inquirer publisher, dies

Elizabeth Ellis, the longtime publisher of the Journal Inquirer in Connecticut, has died. She was 92.

Idir, whose real name was Hamid Cherie, was a champion of the Kabyle culture and a national treasure in Algeria.

Algerian singer Idir, a Berber icon, has died in Paris

Idir, an Algerian singer who gave voice to the Berber and Kabyle cultures, has died in Paris. He was 70.

Mr. Lloyd appeared in 95 episodes of “Scrubs” as Ted Buckland, a sad-sack lawyer with low self-esteem who came alive when singing with his a cappella group.

Sam Lloyd, ‘Scrubs’ actor, dies at 56

Mr. Lloyd was a longtime television and film actor who appeared in the television shows “Scrubs” and “Desperate Housewives.”

Ramadan TV series about Gulf Jews ignites controversy

A television series aired by a Saudi broadcaster during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan has sparked controversy by offering a positive depiction of a Jewish community in the Gulf at the time of Israel’s creation.

Satellite imagery finds likely Kim train amid health rumors

A train likely belonging to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been parked at his compound on the country’s east coast since last week, satellite imagery showed, amid speculation about his health that has been caused, in part, by a long period out of the public eye.

Saudi Arabia ends death penalty for minors and floggings

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered an end to the death penalty for crimes committed by minors, according to a statement Sunday by a top official.

Award-winning reporter Josh Kovner dead at 61

Mr. Kovner worked at the Courant for nearly 25 years and was part of a team of journalists that won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the deadly 1998 shootings at the Connecticut Lottery headquarters.

Harold Reid, Statler Brothers bass singer, dies at 80

Harold Reid, who sang bass for the Grammy-winning country group the Statler Brothers, has died after a long battle with kidney failure. He was 80.

Betsy Wyeth, widow and muse of Andrew Wyeth, dies at 98

Betsy Wyeth was the widow, business manager, and muse of painter Andrew Wyeth.

Sirio Maccioni, who opened famed eatery Le Cirque, dies

Mr. Maccioni watched Le Cirque grow into arguably Manhattan’s favorite dining room of the rich and famous.

Brian Dennehy, Tony-winning stage, screen actor, dies at 81

Mr. Dennehy, a burly actor, started in films as a macho heavy and later in his career won plaudits for his stage work.

‘E.T.,’ ‘Bugsy’ cinematographer Allen Daviau dies at 77

Mr. Daviau shot three of Steven Spielberg’s films, including “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.”

Condé Nast, the publishing giant behind Vogue, The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair, has its headquarters in the One World Trade Center in New York.

Pay cuts come to Condé Nast, the glossy publisher of Vogue and Vanity Fair

Condé Nast, the most glittering of all magazine publishers, is the latest media casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.

Allen Garfield, elite ’70s character actor, dies at 80

Mr. Garfield was a vital player in classic 1970s films like “The Conversation” and “Nashville.”

Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications

Mr. Diffie had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like “Home” and “Pickup Man.”

Trump says he expects Russia, Saudis to cut oil production

But the Kremlin disputed part of Trump’s tweet, leading to skepticism that a deal was imminent.

Mr. Marsalis was a regular at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

New Orleans jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis dead at 85

Ellis Marsalis, jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical family that includes famed musician sons Wynton and Branford, has died. He was 85.

‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ is a quietly devastating drama about the lives of young women in America

“Never Rarely Sometimes Always” is a road-trip movie, but with the stakes high and the hi-jinks nonexistent.

Hong Kong opposition politician arrested over Facebook post

An opposition politician in Hong Kong has been arrested over an online post criticizing a policeman who blinded a journalist in one eye during anti-government protests last year, local media said.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 02, 2019 US director Woody Allen looks on within a press conference for the presentation of his stage production of Giacomo Puccinis one-act opera

Woody Allen has new publisher, memoir out Monday

Woody Allen’s memoir, “Apropros of Nothing”, dropped by its original publisher after widespread criticism, has found a new home at Arcade Publishing.

Ms. Gagarin, with husband, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.

Widow of Yuri Gagarin, first human in space, dies at 84

The widow of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly to space, died Tuesday. She was 84.

Winds of war

Lyle Waggoner, foil on ‘The Carol Burnett Show,’ dies at 84

Lyle Waggoner, the tall, dark-haired and handsome comic foil on “The Carol Burnett Show” who also played a superhero’s partner on “Wonder Woman,” died Tuesday. He was 84.

Oscar-nominated actor Stuart Whitman dead at 92

Stuart Whitman, a prolific lead and character actor who appeared in hundreds of film and television productions and received an Oscar nomination as a pedophile in the 1961 drama “The Mark,” has died.

Tonie Marshall, feminist filmmaker, dies at 68

French-American filmmaker and actress Tonie Marshall, the only female director to ever win a Cesar award — France’s equivalent of the Oscars — has died. She was 68.

Former CNN anchor Bobbie Battista dies of cancer at age 67

Bobbie Battista, who was among the original anchors for CNN Headline News and hosted CNN’s “TalkBack Live,” has died. She was 67.

Chris Matthews retires from MSNBC, cites comments to women

Veteran MSNBC host Chris Matthews said he’s retiring from his show “Hardball,” citing his inappropriate comments about women.

Lee Phillip Bell, co-creator of popular soaps, dies at 91

Lee Phillip Bell, who co-created “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” and hosted her own daytime talk show in Chicago for 33 years, has died. She was 91.

Songwriter and ‘Good Times’ actress Ja’Net Dubois dies

Ja’Net Dubois, who played the vivacious neighbor Willona Woods on “Good Times” and composed and sang the theme song for “The Jeffersons” has died.

From left, before and after restoration of a painting called

Museum’s Rembrandt knockoff turns out to be the real thing

Thanks to modern technology and some expert detective work, a nearly 400-year-old painting that had long been attributed to an unknown artist in Rembrandt’s workshop has now been judged to have been a work of the Dutch master himself.

‘True Grit’ novelist Charles Portis, at 86

Mr. Portis, a favorite among critics and writers for such shaggy dog stories as “Norwood” and “Gringos” and a bounty for Hollywood whose droll, bloody Western “True Grit” was a best-seller twice adapted into Oscar nominated films, died Monday at age 86.

Former UAW president Owen Bieber dies aged 90

Owen Bieber, who led the United Auto Workers union from the auto industry’s dark days of the early 1980s to the prosperity of the mid-1990s, has died. He was 90.

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.

Robert Conrad starred in a TV movie revival of “The Wild, Wild West” in 1980.

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.

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.”

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