Jonathan Richman brims with local memories at the Middle East

The singer’s reminiscences flowed as he closed out a four-show run at the club on Thursday night.

Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) barricades herself inside her home (to no avail) in

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The Weekender: Serial killers, crafty barbers, and Nine Inch Nails

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

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Here’s what is happening at HUBweek Saturday

Boston’s HUBweek festival welcomes Saturday with a multitude of panels and performances focused on technology, business, and the arts. Here are a few events to light up your weekend.

Former NFL football quarterback Colin Kaepernick is seated on stage during W.E.B. Du Bois Medal ceremonies, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Kaepernick is among eight recipients of Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Medals in 2018. Harvard has awarded the medal since 2000 to people whose work has contributed to African and African-American culture. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)


Kaepernick, Chappelle receive Harvard black culture awards

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle are among eight people being saluted by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture.

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Nine Inch Nails squeeze arena-sized aspirations into the Wang

The night’s setlist leaned heavily on the band’s initial 1989-94 run, generally regarded as their artistic peak, along with some fun surprises.


New Kid Jonathan Knight heads to HGTV with a new pilot

“Farmhouse Fixer” is scheduled to air in 2019.

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Garrick Ohlsson makes Rachmaninoff look easy with BSO

He played the rarely performed Piano Concerto No. 1 Thursday evening at Symphony Hall.

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Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys Halloween Happening at the Museum of Science, the Dorchester Short Film Festival, and more.

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Within my family, a bit of a battle over Brahms

A framed print of the composer had watched over generations of my piano-playing family. Would he ever come home with me?

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A more introspective Courtney Barnett shifts her gaze

The Australian indie star, who comes to Boston Sunday, talks about her willingness to be more vulnerable on “Tell Me How You Really Feel.”

Toto at the 1983 Grammy Awards (from left): Jeff Porcaro, Steve Porcaro, Michael Porcaro, Dave Paich, Dave Herngate, Bobby Kimball and Steve Lukather.

Toto’s ‘Africa’: The mother of all memes is waiting there for you

The ubiquitous tune isn’t just a durable oldie — it’s staring back at us from every corner of popular culture.

Jack Kerouac in 1962.

A Kerouac-inspired arts festival takes the road to Lowell

The inaugural The Town and The City Festival will feature nationally recognized talent such as Kristin Hersh, Kingsley Flood, and the spoken-word artist Andrea Gibson, plus dozens more performers.

The best Stax deep tracks

The 134-song “Stax ’68: A Memphis Story” includes an array of buried treasures.

From left: Sam Moore, David Porter (behind Moore), Isaac Hayes, Booker T. Jones (behind Hayes), Andrew Love, Wayne Jackson, Dave Prater, Jim Stewart, and Steve Cropper at Stax Records, circa 1970.

‘Stax ’68: A Memphis Story’ the product of a turbulent time

The new 134-song box set is a reflection of what was happening inside and outside the record label during the year of MLK’s assassination.

Honoree Lady Gaga poses at the 25th Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)


Lady Gaga getting married? She thanks ‘fiance’ during speech

The singer and “A Star Is Born” actress was sporting a ring on her left hand at Elle’s 25th annual Women in Hollywood event.

Daniela Mack and Jesus Garcia in Boston Lyric Opera’s new production of “The Barber of Seville.”

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With sprightly ‘Barber of Seville,’ Boston Lyric Opera sends in the clowns

The production skimps on neither singing nor slapstick nor staircase chases. Come prepared to laugh.

Guest conductor Hannu Lintu led the BSO in the first concert of the season Thursday at Symphony Hall.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra opening night: no Nelsons, no guest stars, no problem

Hannu Lintu made his BSO debut in a program that focused on the orchestra and its members.

Cecilia Vicuna with Quipu Gut at a 2017 exhibition in Kassel, Germany.

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NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 15: Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids perform onstage during Skyville Live Celebrates AmericanaFest with Graham Nash and special guests on September 15, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Skyville)

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

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10/12/2018 BOSTON, MA DJ Savuth (cq), aka Sammy Sueksagan (cq), played music as participants listened on wireless headphones during a silent disco held at Hubweek in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for STAT)


Music fans groove to their own soundtrack at HUBweek Silent Disco bash

Participants could choose one of three different channels, their wireless headphones lighting up a different color depending on which tracks they preferred.

(L to R, Foreground): Lukas Haas, Ryan Gosling and Corey Stoll in FIRST MAN. On the heels of their six-time Academy Award-winning smash,

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The Weekender: Astronauts, divas, dancers, and dad jokes

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

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No surprise: Kanye’s free-style riffs dominate Oval Office

Declaring that his red “MAGA” hat makes him “feel like Superman,” rapper Kanye West made a free-styling appearance in the Oval Office Thursday.

In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, then President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York.

President Trump, Kanye West to have White House lunch

The White House has said they will talk about manufacturing, prison reform, preventing gang violence and reducing violence in Chicago, where West grew up.

Molly Burch faces her fears and finds her voice

The Austin-based singer-songwriter talks about overcoming shyness and dealing with social anxiety, facing everyday sexism, and what she misses most when she’s on the road.

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Composer Steven Mackey: from rock guitar to ‘this new language in my head’

Mackey, an early practitioner of combining electric guitar and “traditional” classical instruments, will have two works performed in an upcoming concert by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

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An outpouring of mellow gold from Kurt Vile’s ‘Bottle It In’

His reputation as the most Zen dude in rock can make Vile easy to take for granted.

Phil Collins onstage at TD Garden.

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At TD Garden, a ‘not dead yet’ Phil Collins breathes life into all those hits

The singer, impaired by back and foot ailments, remained seated for a two-hour show of pop hits and poignant moments.

Paul McCartney performs on day one of the Austin City Limits Music Festival's first weekend on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)


Paul McCartney fires up the crowd at Robert Kraft’s exclusive bash

When the former Beatle starts cranking out hits, it can be hard to concentrate on anything else. Even a Red Sox-Yankees game.

Then president-elect Donald Trump, left, and musician Kanye West met in 2016.

Kanye West to visit Trump at White House

President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are expected to meet with musician Kanye West on Thursday at the White House.

FILE - In this June 22, 2018, file photo, singer Taylor Swift performs on stage in concert at Wembley Stadium in London. Swift posted on Instagram Sunday, Oct. 7, that she's voting for Tennessee's Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, breaking her long-standing refusal to discuss anything politics. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

Taylor Swift made her first big jump into politics this weekend. Here’s how pols are reacting

The singer’s endorsements might have gained her some extra haters, but isn’t likely to result in a massive backlash against her, observers say.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft applauded as fans called out to him as he walked onto the field before the start of a game. His girlfriend, Ricki Noel Lander, is in the backround at left.


Robert Kraft has a special guest coming to his private Gillette bash

If it’s fall, it must be time for a swanky private bash at Gillette Stadium hosted by Patriots owner Robert Kraft. And we hear that tonight — Tuesday — is the night.

Stevie Nicks performed at the TD Garden in 2016.

Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard among first-time rock hall nominees

Other first-time nominees include Todd Rundgren, Devo, John Prine, and Roxy Music.

A woman stopped to take a photo of the feature wall painted by Okuda San Miguel.


What’s happening at HUBweek on Tuesday

HUBweek returns for its second day with a variety of events focusing on sustainability, technology, and the arts.

06/30/2018 BOSTON, MA Esperanza Spalding (cq) performs in TEN with Nicholas Payton (cq), and Terri Lyne Carrington (cq) at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)


Esperanza Spalding releases her new album one track at a time

The Grammy-winning musician will unveil an additional song and accompanying video every day until Oct. 18.

New Kids on the Block will play at the TD Garden.


New Kids on the Block announce 2019 summer tour lineup

The upcoming tour will feature iconic pop and hip-hop acts Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty by Nature.


Boston Symphony Orchestra celebrates new season with Symphony Hall gala

The event — which raised more than $1.7 million — featured performances by the BSO’s new principal cellist Blaise Déjardin and the Boston Symphony Children’s Choir.

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Taylor Swift wades into politics by endorsing candidates for the midterm elections

The pop star might have a home in Rhode Island, but she says she’ll be casting her vote in Tennessee.

Elton John performed a 24-song set at TD Garden Saturday night.

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Letting the sun go down, Elton John glitters in farewell tour

His Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour is a three-year round-the-world jaunt celebrating the British piano man and his huge catalog.

‘SNL’ doesn’t mince words when it comes to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation

The show also addressed the unplanned speech Kanye West gave on last weekend’s “SNL” episode, in which the rapper professed his support for President Trump.

Tori Scott, looking #thirsty.

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Afterglow @OBERON, Boston Book Festival, “We Will Not Be Silent,” and more.

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No follower of fashion, Lisa Stansfield’s soulful style is all her own

The British soul/pop singer is embarking on her first American tour in two decades, which includes a stop at the Wilbur.

Elizabeth Rowe (right) has filed a lawsuit against the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the Massachusetts Equal Pay Law.

BSO denies top flutist’s allegations of pay discrimination

In a court filing, the orchestra responded to an equal pay lawsuit by principal flutist Elizabeth Rowe, stating that it has not discriminated against her based on gender.

Marion 'Suge' Knight looks on at his sentencing in Los Angeles, California on October 4, 2018 where Knight was sentenced to 28 years in state prison for the fatal confrontation outside a Compton burger stand nearly four years ago. (Photo by David McNew / POOL / AFP)DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images


Ex-rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight sentenced to 28 years in prison

A judge on Thursday sentenced him for running down and killing a man.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in

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The Weekender: Lady Gaga, Trevor Noah, and Fenway Park tunes

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

Sheet music for Felix Arndt’s “Nola,” written in 1915, became a perennial best-seller.


A ragtime great, felled too soon

Oct. 16 marks a century since the death, at age 29, of pianist and composer Felix Arndt — killed in the 1918 influenza pandemic — who was best known for “Nola,” a “Silhouette for the Piano” written in 1915 that became one of Tin Pan Alley’s most enduring legacies.

**FILE** John Lennon performs at New York’s Madison Square Garden in this Aug. 30, 1972, file photo.His fans gathered in New York’s Central Park on Monday, Oct. 9, 2006, to celebrate what would have been his 66th birthday. It was Dec. 8, 1980 when Lennon was gunned down outside of his New York apartment. (AP Photo/File) ORG XMIT: NYET158 Library Tag 12302007 Ideas 05AlbumReview

The candid, caustic side of John Lennon you don’t have to imagine

Here are 12 tracks from his solo career — enough to fill an album — that reveal Lennon as a truth-teller more than a dreamer.

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Elton John’s bandmates in no rush to say goodbye

Davey Johnstone and Nigel Olsson talk about the three-year farewell tour that caps nearly 50 years of touring and playing with the pop superstar.

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‘Soundcloud rap’ star Denzel Curry channels punk energy

The South Florida hip-hop star talks punks vs. rappers, the color scheme behind his new album, and why, at 23, he’s no longer an up-and-comer.

“Between Riverside and Crazy” from SpeakEasy Stage Company, which is one of 29 arts and cultural organizations to receive grants as part of the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative.


Barr and Klarman foundations team up on $25 million arts initiative

They have partnered on a major investment to 29 arts and cultural organizations across the state.