Summer Arts Preview 2018

Summer Arts preview

// The best in music, theater, art, TV, and more this summer

Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

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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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Madonna paid homage to Aretha Franklin at VMAs, and the backlash was immediate

The Queen of Soul’s fans say the Queen of Pop made the show’s only tribute to Franklin all about herself.

Cardi B held a pink bundle at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday.

Cardi B opens VMAs with her signature humor — and a trick

Cardi B pretended to be holding her daughter, Kulture, at the VMAs.

Cardi B spoke onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday.

Cardi B wins VMA, Nicki Minaj defends Fifth Harmony member

Cardi B, in her well-known silly demeanor, “opened” the 2018 Video Music Awards — not with a performance, but with cute jokes.

John Calder, 91, British publisher who fought censorship

Mr. Calder built a prestigious list of authors like Samuel Beckett and Heinrich Böll and spiritedly defended writers like Henry Miller against censorship.

Aretha Franklin Herb Ritts (American, 1952–2002) 1992 Photograph, gelatin silver print * Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation © Herb Ritts Foundation * Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Sweet sweet Aretha (since she’s been gone)

The Museum of Fine Arts pays tribute to the singer, who died last week, with an installation in its Sharf Visitor Center.

Boston Ballet members Patric Palkens, Paul Craig, and Isaac Akiba perform Leonard Bernstein’s “Fancy Free” at Tanglewood on Saturday night.

Music Review

At Tanglewood, balletic Bernstein and a John Williams premiere

Boston Symphony Orchestra’s first-ever collaboration with Boston Ballet and Yo-Yo Ma’s performance in a Leonard Bernstein work for cello and orchestra were among the weekend highlights in Tanglewood’s ongoing centennial tribute to Bernstein.

Mia and Tristan on “Married at First Sight.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Married at First Sight’: Aisle be damned

TV tanks the sanctity of marriage.

Frankie Shaw as Bridgette Bird in SMILF (Season 1, Episode 01). - Photo: /SHOWTIME - Photo ID: SMILF_100_2504.R


Frankie Shaw thanks Cleveland Circle restaurants for letting her film ‘SMILF’

The Brookline native said she had “been going to your restaurants since I was a little girl.”

Actress Asia Argento (center) has been an outspoken force in the #MeToo movement.

An alleged Harvey Weinstein victim also is accused of sexual assault

Actress Asia Argento paid $380,000 to a man who said she sexually assaulted him when he was 17, according to court filings.

Michelle Yeoh in a scene from

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ beats out Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Mile 22’ at the box office

The flick debuted at No. 1 in North American theaters, surpassing industry expectations and beating out action-packed fare.

John Kerry spoke earlier this year during the Boston Climate Summit.


John Kerry to sign memoir at Back Bay Events Center

Kerry is scheduled to sign copies of “Every Day Is Extra” on Sept. 7.

Saudi Arabia hosts annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

The pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life.

Weekly chess column

Chess news from Harold Dondis and Chris Chase

Jack Antonoff and the Bleachers headlined the Wicked Good Festival on Boston Common Saturday.

Music Review

Despite rain, happiness reigns at Wicked Good Festival

Boston itself was the common thread running through the first Wicked Good Festival.

Busy Philipps’s talk show will air Sundays through Wednesdays at 10 p.m on E!

TV Critic’s Corner

E! talk show will keep Philipps very Busy

The “Freaks and Greeks” star will host “Busy Tonight,” which will air from Sundays through Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

Fans attending Backstreet Boys concert hurt during storm

At least 14 people were transported to hospitals after trusses holding up the entrance to an Oklahoma resort hosting the show collapsed.

Weekly chess column

Chess news from around the world.

Muslims gathered for prayers at the Grand Mosque in Mecca on Saturday ahead of the start of the annual hajj.

More than 2 million Muslims to join annual hajj pilgrimage

Since arriving, many have circled the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca, the metaphorical house of God and Islam’s holiest site.

N.H. woman who survived bear attack has no hard feelings

Apryl Rogers was mauled last month by a black bear inside her home.

Marty Balin (far left) says a botched tracheotomy ruined his musical career.


Jefferson Airplane co-founder: Botched surgery ruined career

Marty Balin is accusing a New York City hospital of destroying his musical career with a botched tracheotomy.


Channel 7’s Bri Eggers has a new forecast: Idaho

The WHDH meteorologist announced in a Facebook video Friday that she and her family are moving “Idahome,” as she calls it.

David Hogg, co-author of #NeverAgain, discusses the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during an interview in New York, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Fourteen students and three staff members were fatally shot and multiple others wounded during the school massacre, on Feb. 14, 2018, in Parkland, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)


Maureen Dowd, David Hogg, Joi Ito announced as speakers for HUBweek 2018

The New York Times columnist, Parkland shooting survivor, and MIT Media Lab director are just three of the notable figures slated to appear at this year’s event.

Hasan Minhaj appears in a scene from his Netflix special, “Homecoming King.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Hasan Minhaj files his last ‘Daily Show’ report

Now, he’s following fellow “Daily Show” alums Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, and Samantha Bee into the world of talk shows.

Stan Lee in 2017.


Stan Lee gets 3-year restraining order against ex-adviser

The Marvel Comics mogul gets order against a former business manager extended for three years.

Connections | Magazine

Staying in tune with my son in college through his Spotify feed

My son and I always related through music. I gave him his space when he went off to school, but followed his listening habits closely.

Mighty Mighty Bosstones frontman Dicky Barrett.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Aug. 20-26

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Union Improv Festival, Salsa in the Park, and more.

The author is shown in the inset photo at age 4.

Globe Magazine

How I found my race in America

When I stopped smiling like a good immigrant, I risked becoming an angry brown woman.


Greater Boston author readings week of Aug. 19-25 

A weekly calendar of literary events

William Hogarth’s “The Lady’s Last Stake “ at the MFA.


Mass fashion, en masse

Local institutions team up to celebrate the role of fashion in Massachusetts, from the 17th century to today.

The lounge at the Seaport’s Tuscan Kitchen.

hot ticket

At Tuscan Kitchen, the sounds of Old Blue Eyes

Swing alongside Frank Sinatra lookalike and longtime impersonator Michael Dutra, who moonlights as the “Sultan of Swoon.”

Local bestsellers, week ending 8/12

A list of bestsellers based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.

Directors Weiying “Olivia” Huang and Mengyuan Lin interview Grolier staff member Elizabeth Doran.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Film recounts Grolier story; playing catchup with Mass Book Awards 

“The Last Sacred Space of Poetry’’ will screen Aug. 25 at the Arlington Regent Theatre.

A family and friends on holiday in 1935 at Berchtesgaden had a chance encounter with Hitler.

Vacationing in Nazi-land

Julia Boyd’s “Travelers in the Third Reich” shows the extent to which reactions to the regime varied.

story behind the book | Kate Tuttle

Uncovering a lost history of women in flight

“Fly Girls’’ is Keith O’Brien’s true account of the almost unbelievable sport of air racing. 


A memoirist with a deep love for memoir

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s “The Fact of a Body: A Murder and A Memoir” blends true crime and memoir.

19ticketfolk House of Hamill Credit: Anthony J. Vanden Berghe

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

book review

Trying to see the big picture

How a propulsive, fragmented series of (surprisingly absorbing) vignettes of history and life form a novel

four takes

What you really learned in college

Caspule reviews of “This Side of Paradise”; “The Idiot’’; “Commencement’’; and “Educated’’

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2016 file photo, Jill Janus of Huntress performs at Ozzfest 2016 at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Calif. Janus, lead singer of the heavy metal band Huntress, has died at age 43. A statement from Janus' bandmates and family released Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, through publicist Alexandra Greenberg said Janus had long struggled with mental illness, and killed herself outside Portland, Ore., on Tuesday, Aug. 14. (Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Jill Janus, singer of the metal band Huntress, dies at 43

Miss Janus fronted Huntress from the group’s inception in Los Angeles in 2009, singing on three full-length albums.


#winning is everything

How winning has lost its meaning.

Omarosa with candidate Donald Trump at an October 2016 rally in North Carolina.

Buzzsaw | Matthew gilbert

Omarosa is the anti-heroine we’ve all been waiting for

I can’t imagine coming up with a more perfect premise for a dishy, cynical TV drama than her tale of revenge and need.

Dominic West and Maura Tierney in “The Affair.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Every week, a majestic opening to ‘The Affair’

It has plenty of detractors, but to me the title sequence, set to Fiona Apple’s music, is a perfect reflection of the show it introduces.

In 1946, Humphrey Bogart, starring opposite Lauren Bacall, portrayed Raymond Chandler’s detective Philip Marlowe in “The Big Sleep.”

At the Somerville, it’s Philip Marlowe times two

The Somerville Theatre concludes its Keep It Cool II series with two Raymond Chandler classics.

Charlie Hunnam (top) takes on the role of Henri Charrière made famous by Steve McQueen. Louis Dega, originally played by Dustin Hoffman (left) is now being portrayed by Rami Malek.

‘Papillon’ then, ‘Papillon’ now

“Papillon” gets updated, 45 years after the original.

Neil Diamond performs during the 49th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards gala at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel on Thursday, June

Slowed by Parkinson’s, Neil Diamond is eager to get back onstage

The 77-year-old singer says he’s “feeling good,” though he’s not planning to return to the road.

Music is an honest day’s work for Iris DeMent

The singer/songwriter talks about her Pentecostal upbringing, reconciling it with her life’s work, and overcoming her insecurities.