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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Dr. Brinkley taught at both Oxford and Cambridge in England.

Alan Brinkley, scholar of liberalism, dead at 70

An influential historian and academic, Dr. Brinkley traced the evolution of liberalism from the New Deal to the 21st century.

Jillian Bell with Next Wave Award at the Provincetown film festival.


Comic actress Jillian Bell gets serious for a change

The “Brittany Runs a Marathon” star picked up the Next Wave Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival last weekend.

Hannah Pearl Utt performed a live reading of a Modern Love essay on Friday evening, June 14. (Mae Gammino/Provincetown International Film Festival) 18PIFF

‘Modern Love Live’ brings reflections on mortality, platonic love, and emergency room visits

Host Meghna Chakrabarti moderated the live podcast at the Provincetown International Film Festival, which featured Hannah Pearl Utt, Matt Kane, and John Cameron Mitchell.


Rick Steves takes Pops audience on European tour

The concert was a combination of travel history and images, with Steves’s narration and the Pops’ musical accompaniment.

“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” is one of several shows to host live episodes following the first Democratic debate.

TV Critic’s Corner

Late night hosts have first debate covered

“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” is the latest to announce live episodes following both nights of the first Democratic debate.

Rembrandt’s “Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh,” part of the van Otterloo collection at the Museum of Fine Arts.

MFA bolsters its curatorial ranks

The museum announced appointments and promotions on Tuesday, including a new position devoted to the extraordinary gift of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art the museum received from the van Otterloo and Weatherbie families in 2017.

The VIP LOUNGE | Seth Rudetsky

The VIP Lounge with Sirius XM radio host Seth Rudetsky

Rudetsky will perform with Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller at the Emerson Colonial Theatre on July 8.

When it’s OK to allow literature to influence dining

Eating your way through literature sounds fun, but is it healthy?

Red Concepción and the company of “Miss Saigon” perform “The American Dream.”

Stage Review

At the Opera House, ‘Miss Saigon’ shows its age

Despite generally fine performances by the large cast, there’s a hollowness at the center of the 1991 musical.

MUMBAI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 26: Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra (L) with her fiancee Nick Jonas (R), his brother Joe Jonas and his fiancee Sophie Turner posed for photographs outside a restaurant at Juhu on November 26, 2018 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Prodip Guha/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)


The Jonas Brothers, Sophie Turner join Priyanka Chopra to celebrate her mom’s birthday in Boston

The Beehive was buzzing Sunday night.

FILE - In a Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 file photo, Suzanne Collins arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of

A ‘Hunger Games’ prequel novel is coming in 2020

A decade after seemingly wrapping up “The Hunger Games,” Suzanne Collins is bringing readers back to Panem.

Adam Fisher and Ginger Costa Jackson in Odyssey Opera's production of “La belle Hélène.”

Opera Review

Odyssey Opera’s ‘La belle Hélène’ has flair, flaws

Mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson took a star turn as the fabled beauty, but a clunky English translation weighed the show down.

Elisabeth Moss in “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu.

Some series worth catching up with

There are no exciting new shows this week.

FILE - In this June 1, 2019 photo, Taylor Swift performs at Wango Tango at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. Swift’s new music video features a number of famous faces, including Ellen DeGeneres, Laverne Cox, RuPaul and the cast of “Queer Eye.” The clip for her song “You Need to Calm Down,” in which Swift calls out homophobes and her own haters, was released Monday, June 17. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Taylor Swift’s new music video is a who’s who of LGBTQ entertainers

Taylor Swift’s new music video features a number of famous faces, including Ellen DeGeneres, Laverne Cox, RuPaul, and the cast of “Queer Eye.”

Actress Tessa Thompson arrived Sunday at the 2019 “MTV Movie & TV Awards” in Santa Monica, Calif.


This week in TV: Hate-watching awards shows, more ‘Das Boot,’ and where to find the good stuff

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to the week in watching.

Lemondheads leader Evan Dando onstage at the Paradise.

Music Review

An electric return to ‘slacker’ pop-rock with Evan Dando and the Lemonheads

The Lemonheads’ Paradise gig on Saturday night was their first hometown show in six years. And they delivered, cramming almost 30 songs into about 90 minutes.

Press photo of Jonas Brothers.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Billie Eilish performs at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion Friday night.


In concert, Billie Eilish shows she’s ready for her moment

At Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, the teenpop supernova was as cool and confident as her debut album suggests.


A ‘Downton Abbey’ experience arrives in Boston

The Castle at Park Plaza is hosting an exhibition of sets, costumes, and props from the hit PBS series through September.

TOPSHOT - Outgoing White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks alongside US President Donald Trump during a second chance hiring and criminal justice reform event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 13, 2019. - President Donald Trump on Thursday made the surprise announcement of the departure of spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, who has been widely criticized for her performance in the White House.

It’s a Thing

Empty podiums, tacky planes, robot dogs, and more from the week online

Michael Andor Brodeur’s week in things.

Cambridge, MA - 11/19/2017 - Soprano Amanda Forsythe (cq) will sing as Princess Edilia (cq) in Handel's (cq)

Music review

BEMF festival concerts, from ‘Beowulf’ to bedlam

The biennial early music extravaganza’s festival concerts on June 12 and 13 included music spanning a millenium, with nary a sour note.

Indian theater and film personality Girish Karnad dies at 81

Girish Karnad, a top Indian playwright, actor, and director and a rights activist, died Monday after a prolonged illness. He was 81.

The cast of ”Oklahoma!” at North Shore Music Theatre.


You’re doing fine, ‘Oklahoma!’

A first-rate North Shore Music Theatre production reveals the classic musical’s inherent strengths, and some of its darkness, too.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston June 17-23

Outdoor movies return to the Greenway, all things Morocco come to Revere, Cirque du Soleil tumbles into town, and more.

Lena Dunham became a break-out star on HBO’s “Girls.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Lena Dunham joins HBO’s drama ‘Industry’

Dunham is joining the series as an executive producer and director.

CEO Susan Wojcicki addressed why YouTube isn’t removing abusive content.

Michael Andor Brodeur | @Large

Online and off, Pride Month is off to a rocky start

Some of the most threatening attacks against LGBTQ folks happen in virtual space.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 29: The Netflix logo is displayed at Netflix offices on Sunset Boulevard on May 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said the company will reconsider their 'entire investment' in Georgia if a strict new abortion law is not overturned in the state. According to state data, the film industry in Georgia contributed $2.7 billion in direct spending while supporting 92,000 local jobs. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Netflix’s first Arabic original causes controversy in Jordan

Netflix’s first Arabic original series, the supernatural teen drama “Jinn,” debuted with much fanfare but sparked uproar in Jordan, where it is set.

Taylor Swift performs at Wango Tango on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Taylor Swift calls out homophobes on new song, announces 7th album

The pop star on Thursday released a new tune called ‘‘You Need to Calm Down,’’ where she addresses her own haters but also calls out those who attack the LGBTQ community.

Robert Matta’s “Genesis” from 1942.

Art REview

Brave new worlds, on view at the Mead Art Museum

A show bundles up the anxieties of progress in the age of the atom.

Madonna links characters to concept on her new album.


Madonna unbound on ‘Madame X’

On her 14th studio album, she makes her multifaceted nature explicit, linking the title character’s many guises (secret agent, dancer, equestrian, nun, et cetera) to the hooky album’s overall concept.

Wangechi Mutu’s “Mwotaji the Dreamer”

Art Review

Getting real in a stirring show at Mass MoCA

There’s an elegant urgency, a poetic sense of alarm in the best works in “Suffering From Realness” at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

Lew Klein, who helped create ‘American Bandstand,’ dies at 91

Mr. Klein was a broadcast pioneer who helped create “American Bandstand” and launched the careers of Dick Clark and Bob Saget.

book review

A deep dive into the tale of Pericles

“The Porpoise: A Novel” is the latest from “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” author Mark Haddon.

book review

A gay Vietnamese immigrant’s letter to his illiterate mom

Prize-winning poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.” 

Phoebe Waller-Bridge in a scene from the second season of Amazon’s “Fleabag.”

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

The eyes have it in ‘Fleabag’

I’m thanking my lucky stars for Phoebe Waller-Bridge these days. She has delivered some of the best-written television of the past three years.

Interactive sculptures by Dan Lam will be displayed around the ICA’s outdoor patio for two more First Fridays.

Art meets marketing for the Instagram age at the ICA

Artist Dan Lam is partnering with Steve’s Ice Cream to bring an immersive, tactile art experience to the museum’s harborside space this summer.


For Faye Dunaway, a return to Boston — and her roots on the stage

The celebrated actress will portray Katharine Hepburn in a pre-Broadway engagement of “Tea at Five’’ at the Huntington Avenue Theatre.

Toni Morrison is the subject of a documentary by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

Toni Morrison documentary kicks off 21st Roxbury International Film Festival

Timonthy Greenfield-Sanders directed the film about the Nobel Prize-winning novelist.

Framingham author Erica Ferencik (above) traveled to the Bolivian Amazon (top) to research her new thriller “Into the Jungle.”

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Amazon adventures, LAMBDA laureates, and local natives

The latest news from the New England literary scene.

Jane Lynch with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall.

music review

Showbiz sparkle from Jane Lynch, moon shots from the Pops

The actress added a touch of Vegas to a program that also featured musical and multimedia tributes to the moon landing.

Orson Welles is the subject of more than 24 films.

doc talk

O for Orson: Welles as documentary subject and maker

Mark Cousins’s “The Eyes of Orson Welles” is coming to the Brattle.


A late-blooming love of Joan Didion

Novelist Esi Edugyan comes to the Nantucket Book Festival

David Letterman promoted “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” at a Netflix event last month.

TV Critic’s Corner

For David Letterman, there’s a lot to like about late night

The longtime late-night host told the Hollywood Reporter what he thinks of the current crop.

Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) and Agent M (Tessa Thompson) in Columbia Pictures' MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL.

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Men in Black,’ ‘City on a Hill,’ and dad jokes galore

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

Nadine Malouf plays the title role in “Yerma.”

Stage review

A tragic collision of expectations in the Huntington’s ‘Yerma’

Melinda Lopez has adapted the 1934 play by Federico García Lorca about a woman whose desperation to have a child leads to misery.



Linde Center for Music and Learning at Tanglewood to open June 28

Designed by William Rawn Associates Architects, the Linde Center is a massive, four-building component of the $64 million “Tanglewood Forever” initiative.


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