Winter arts guide 2019

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

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// 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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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band opening for Bonnie Raitt at the Harvard Square Theatre in Cambridge, MA on May 9, 1974.

How a Holliston photographer captured the moment Bruce Springsteen became rock ’n’ roll’s ‘future’

Barry Schneier’s images of the now-legendary 1974 show at Harvard Square Theatre were stashed away for decades. Now they’ve been compiled in a book.

Italy’s Democrats seek to ward off early vote and Salvini

Lawmakers in Italy’s largest opposition party, the center-left Democrats, huddled Wednesday to see if they could gather enough support in parliament for a durable government and avoid an early election that could bring Matteo Salvini’s euroskeptic, nationalist League party to power.

Squeeze plays three Massachusetts shows between Sunday and Thursday.

On tour, Squeeze has no shortage of almost-hits to play

Frontman Glenn Tilbrook discusses the band’s body of work and why it was hard to pick songs for a tour that brings the Brits to three Massachusetts venues.

Daniela Rivera’s “Corner With Used Casings”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

At Brandeis, three women artists rise above devastating forces worldwide

“Root Shock” reckons with the social, economic, and political forces that devastate lives worldwide.

From left: Christine Noah, Fort Point Theatre co-artistic director; Manuel Aquiles Lopez Torres, actor; Letta Neely, poet and playwright; and Marc Miller, Fort Point Theatre co-artistic director, in their rehearsal space at the Channel Center.


At Fort Point, they’re taking ‘The Tempest’ by storm

Artists from across the city are devising scenes inspired by Shakespeare’s play but offering their own interpretations.

To the Moon and Back in Plymouth is raising money for its programs to help children exposed to opioids before birth with its Adult Prom Night on Sept. 27.


A new gallery manager, adult prom night, and a search for playwrights

To the Moon and Back, an advocacy nonprofit focused on children exposed to opioids before birth, is hosting its Second Annual Adult Prom Night benefit fund-raiser.

Future Teens kick off a national tour with Oso Oso and The Sidekicks Thursday at Brighton Music Hall.

Boston’s Future Teens navigate romance in the age of texting and Tinder

The band kicks off a tour Thursday at Brighton Music Hall.


Constellation art, a community chorus, and artistic pairings

A sampling of things to do and see in communities west of Boston


Renaissance fest, jazz, and a spoonful of sugar

King Richards’s Faire, a Renaissance festival, features rides, games, knights battling on horseback, sword-making, glass-blowing, portrait and face painting, and psychic readings.


Jersey boys, Hopper’s houses, and lanterns

“Jersey Boys,” the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is being performed through Sunday, Sept. 1 at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly.


Santana strikes a chord with students from East Boston’s ZUMIX

Drummer Cindy Blackman Santana talks about the band’s efforts to inspire young people to connect with music.

Kirsten Dunst and Alexander Skarsgard in Showtime’s new “On Becoming a God in Central Florida.”

Television Review

Kirsten Dunst breaks bad in ‘Florida,’ and it’s good

If you can’t remember the title of “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” just call it “Kirsten Dunst’s show,” since it fully belongs to her.

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 file photo, Bobby Allen, from top left, director Steven Bognar, Jill Lamantia, Wong He, director Julia Reichert, bottom left, and producer Yiqian Zhang pose for a portrait to promote the film

First Netflix project endorsed by Obamas debuts today

A documentary about an Ohio auto glass factory that is run by a Chinese investor debuted Wednesday on Netflix as the streaming service’s first project backed by Michelle and Barack Obama’s new production company.

Members of the Gay Chorus Deep South cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge, in Selma, Ala.

Doc talk | Peter Keough

Doc Talk: A mother’s tale, a choral tour, a Patrick Swayze bio

News about upcoming and currently available documentaries.

Brian Cox plays media mogul Logan Roy in “Succession.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Succession’ is more ‘Dynasty’ than it is ‘King Lear’

The HBO series really is a family soap opera, with some of the excesses that go along with that genre.

Corin Tucker (left)

Album review

Sleater-Kinney veers off course on ‘The Center Won’t Hold’

The new album, produced by St. Vincent, is a bold swerve in the direction of pop. Unfortunately, most of the time it’s a wrong turn.

A production of “Fiddler on the Roof” in Thailand, from “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles.”

Movie Review

In Focus: Why ‘Fiddler’ plays on — and deserves to

A review of the documentary “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles.”

Zack Gottsagen, Dakota Johnson, and Shia LaBeouf in “The Peanut Butter Falcon.”

Movie Review

In ‘Peanut Butter Falcon,’ it’s the WWE or bust

The dramedy about a young man with Down syndrome stars Zack Gottsagen and Shia LaBeouf.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Jill Scott performs onstage at A+E Networks

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2018 file photo Larry King, left, and Shawn King attend the 2018 National Film & Television Awards at the Globe Theatre in Los Angeles. King has filed for divorce from his seventh wife, Shawn King, after 22 years. The 85-year-old talk show host filed a petition to end the marriage Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 in Los Angeles Superior Court. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Larry King seeks divorce from seventh wife after 22 years

Larry King is seeking a divorce from his seventh wife, Shawn King, after 22 years.


HBO orders pilot based on Alice Hoffman’s ‘Magic’ novels

HBO Max, the cable channel’s forthcoming streaming service, has ordered a pilot for “The Rules of Magic,” based on Hoffman’s novels “The Rules of Magic” and “Practical Magic.”

(From left) Ben Savage and Danielle Fisher in a 1999 file photo from the TV show “Boy Meets World.” The cast reunited in Boston this weekend.


‘Boy Meets World’ stars reunite in Boston

The stars were in town for Fan Expo by Boston Comic Con.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 14, 2019 US singer Billie Eilish arrives for the 2019 iHeart Radio Music Awards at the Microsoft theatre in Los Angeles. - Lil Nas X has finally been dethroned after 19 weeks atop the US charts, Billboard announced on August 19, 2019, with pop star Billie Eilish besting his viral hit


Billie Eilish dethrones Lil Nas X with her first Billboard No. 1 single

The 17-year-old made history Monday when she became the first artist born in this century to land a No. 1 song — ‘‘Bad Guy,’’ in this case — on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills stands along the sideline during the first half of the team's NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Miami Gardens, Fla.


Dolphins’ Kenny Stills objects to comments by Jay-Z about NFL deal

The wide receiver objected Monday to recent comments from the rapper about social activism by current and former NFL players, including Colin Kaepernick.

This combination photo shows a cover image of the novel


Tommy Orange among winners of American Book Awards

Orange’s novel “There There” and Jeffrey C. Stewart’s biography of Harlem Renaissance thinker Alain Locke are among this year’s winners of American Book Awards, given for works that highlight the diversity of the country’s literature.

François-Xavier Roth led the Boston Symphony Orchestra and cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Sunday.

Music REview

At Tanglewood, thunderstorms and Yo-Yo Ma struck a dramatic note with the BSO

This past weekend, the orchestra delivered two crowd-pleasing programs of Brahms and Robert Schumann.

FILE- In this June 6, 2019 file photo, Carrie Underwood arrives at the CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, a songwriting team filed a lawsuit against the singer, the NFL and NBC, saying they stole a song and used it to introduce


Brad Paisley out; Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood to host CMAs

The organization says the show will celebrate ‘‘legendary women in Country Music throughout the ceremony.’’

Commentator who sparked controversy over remark about Tom Brady’s daughter leaving WEEI to work for lawmaker

The WEEI commentator and columnist Alex Reimer, who sparked controversy in January 2018 when he called Tom Brady’s young daughter a “pissant” on the air, is leaving the sports radio station for a political gig.

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2015, file photo Dwayne Johnson, left, and Lauren Hashian arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Johnson announced his wedding to Hashian on Instagram. A photo of the couple was posted on the social media site, showing them both wearing white. The post also said the date of their apparent nuptials, on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in his native Hawaii. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)


Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Lauren Hashian get hitched in Hawaii

Johnson, 47, posted a celebratory wedding photo to Instagram, with the long-time couple standing on a verdant hillside overlooking the water.

Britain's Prince Andrew, the Duke of York leaves Crathie Kirk, after a Sunday morning church service, in Crathie, Scotland, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)

Prince Andrew claims he wasn’t involved in Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal

The British royal has rejected renewed suggestions he may have been involved in the alleged sex crimes of his one-time friend Jeffrey Epstein.

Award-winning animator Richard Williams, known most for his work on

Richard Williams, ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ animator, dies at 86

Mr. Williams’s career straddled the ‘‘Golden Age of Animation,’’ which petered out between the 1950s and 1960s, and the rise of computer-assisted animation in the 1990s and beyond.

Kirsten Dunst stars in the new Showtime series “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” as a water park employee who gets entangled in a pyramid scheme.


The week in watching: Coping with peak TV, a Kirsten Dunst comedy, and the sweet wonder of ‘Lodge 49’

Globe critic Matthew Gilbert guides you through the week in television.

Actor John Travolta speaks to the audience during FAN EXPO Boston at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, Mass. on Sunday, Aug. 18. Tens of thousands of fans gathered at the expo, which featured celebrity guest photo and autograph sessions, panel discussions, Artist Alley, cosplayer costume contests, family fun zone, 500+ retailers and more.

John Travolta among Boston Fan Expo guests

The “Pulp Fiction” actor made his first convention appearance in Boston on Sunday to promote new film “The Fanatic.”

From left: Nick, Kevin, and Joe Jonas performed Saturday at TD Garden.

Music Review

At TD Garden, Jonas Brothers play to their strengths

Saturday night’s show, the trio’s first in Boston since 2013, was a muscular run-through of their past 15 years of pop hits.

Julian Edelman (right) and Assaf Swissa attend the premiere of their Showtime documentary “100%.”

Julian Edelman plots Hollywood takeover

The Super Bowl MVP is developing new film and TV projects, including... a romantic comedy?

George Strait (shown earlier this year in Las Vegas) brought his solid country sounds to Gillette.

Music Review

George Strait returns to the stage — and to his evergreen country

Without fanfare, the King of Country delivered his hits and one surprise during his show Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

Steve Locke at the site of his proposed memorial to enslaved people outside Faneuil Hall earlier this year. (Anthony Palocci Jr.)

Critic’s Notebook

Boston lost a powerful, poetic work when artist pulled his ‘Auction Block’ slave memorial

Last month’s controversy over Steve Locke’s memorial to enslaved people denied us a crucial piece of art.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Aug. 19-25

“Call Mr. Robeson,” bowling for a cause, Chinatown film screenings, and more.

Peter Fonda spoke at an event during the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Peter Fonda, star of counterculture classic ‘Easy Rider,’ dies at 79

Mr. Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend, became a movie star in his own right.

A scene from “Venom,” which is getting a sequel directed by Andy Serkis.

Cape Cod cinematographer Robert Richardson biting into ‘Venom 2’

Looks like Robert Richardson’s getting in on the superhero craze after all.

Marijuana plants being hang upside down and dried for extraction of chemicals, at GB Sciences Louisiana, in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Today was the first day the marijuana, which was grown for medical purposes, was processed and shipped to patients in Louisiana. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Maryland court rules pot smell not enough to search person

Maryland’s highest court says the smell of marijuana isn’t enough for police to search a person.


Cambridge author talks ‘One of Us Is Lying’ after NBCUniversal orders murder mystery to pilot

NBCUniversal, set to compete with Netflix by launching its own streaming service, wants to turn the novel by Karen M. McManus into a “Pretty Little Liars”-size hit.

Tom Perrotta: Photo credit Ben E. King


HBO sets ‘Mrs. Fletcher,’ from Mass. author Tom Perrotta, for October bow

The provocative “dual coming-of-age story,” as the premium-cable network describes it, will premiere on Oct. 27, with Kathryn Hahn starring.

MIchael Andor Brodeur | It’s A Thing

Turned-off receipts, senator sightings, plastic snow, and more from the week online

Michael Andor Brodeur’s review of the week online.

Shawn Mendes performed Thursday at TD Garden.

Music review

At TD Garden, a more mature Shawn Mendes defies expectations

Mendes’s set on Thursday was brisk even when the tempos slowed, a testament to his growing confidence as a performer and the precision of his songwriting.

US writer Norman Lear arrives for “An Evening With Jimmy Kimmel” at the Roosevelt hotel in Hollywood on August 7, 2019. (Photo by Chris Delmas / AFP)CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images

TV Critic’s Corner

Paley Center to honor 5 TV comedy legends

The five people being honored are responsible in so many ways for the way TV comedy has evolved.