Fans will flock to bookstores tonight for new ‘Harry Potter’

But for many nostalgic readers, this one feels different. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is a script of a play that wasn’t written by J.K. Rowling herself.

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A scene from Dinesh D’Souza’s “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.”

In focus

Conservative documentary filmmaker gaining an audience

Is Dinesh D’Souza the new Michael Moore, as political documentaries turn right?

Coldplay squeezes in a quick show on Cape Cod

The band performed before an intimate crowd at Mix 104.1’s beach house on Cape Cod.

J. K. Rowling at the the press preview of

JK Rowling says she hopes Harry Potter play goes global

London is under Harry Potter’s spell once more — and J.K. Rowling hopes the rest of the world will eventually follow.

Ellen Page in Sian Heder’s debut feature “Tallulah.”

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Sian Heder debuts as feature film writer-director

“Tallulah” is Cambridge native Sian Heder’s debut as a feature film writer-director.

Co-founder of Autism Speaks, Suzanne Wright, dies at 69

Ms. Wright died after helping build the group into one of the leading voices for people with the developmental disorder.

“Invisible: Imprints of Racism,” a performance of dance and poetry performed at Ramsay Park.

Dance Review

Powerful dance explores issues of race

On the Ramsay Park basketball court, Anna Myer and Dancers/ performed the world premiere of “Invisible: Imprints of Racism.”

Gary Paxton, 77, pop song writer who turned to gospel

Mr. Paxton, who wrote more than 2,000 songs, later overcame addiction and embarked on a career as a gospel musician.

Clinton keeps up anti-Trump push; he critiques her speech

Fresh off a spirited convention, Hillary Clinton pressed ahead with the scalding rhetoric against her Republican rival that marked many of the speeches in Philadelphia.

Florine Stettheimer’s “Picnic at Bedford Hills.”

Art Review

Long before Hillary, these modernist pioneer women were getting it done

A beautiful exhibit at the Portland Museum of Art showcases the artwork of Georgia O’Keeffe and three of her contemporaries.

Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Davenport, Iowa.

Book Review

New Trump book adds details but unlikely to change minds

Investigative reporter David Cay Johnston attempts to add to our understanding of the Republican presidential nominee.

073116First - 073116First - ***FOR MAGAZINE*** Lawrence Wolfe, a musician for the BSO and mentor for the Boston University Tangelwood Institute, is pictured at the institute in Lenox, MA on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (Matthew Cavanaugh for The Boston Globe)

First Person

From teenager at Tanglewood to longtime member of the BSO

BSO Double-bassist Lawrence Wolfe looks back at the beginnings of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, 50 years later.

Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice” focuses on an improv comedy troupe.

Mike Birbiglia on ‘Don’t Think Twice,’ his funny little film about failure

The film from the Shrewsbury comedian is a sharply observed story that he’s good at telling.

Community Bulletin Board

Upcoming events in the communities south of Boston.


Topsfield Fair announces highlights

This year’s fair includes performances by Frankie Avalon and K.C. and the Sunshine Band.

Scituate Harbor by Marie Wilkes, in Scituate Scene exhibit at Front Street Art Gallery.

Mark Your Calendar

Scituate gallery celebrates scenes of the coastal town

Front Street Art Gallery features art work depicting the uniqueness of the “Scituate Scene” in a show timed to enhance the town’s annual Heritage Days celebration.

There’s an app for that

Google’s updated Arts & Culture app is both a resource and a portal

The newly spruced up app has some impressive search functions.

Katy Perry performed at the Democrative National Convention’s last night.


Katy Perry performed ‘Rise’ and ‘Roar’ at the DNC

The singer performed two songs and talked about her support for Hillary Clinton.

FILE -- In this Sept. 3, 1996, file photo, traffic moves along 6th Avenue in New York, over the logo painted in the street outside Radio City Music Hall for the MTV Music Video Awards ceremony. MTV announced July 28, 2016, that it is rebranding VH1 Classic as MTV Classic and the channel will focus on 1990s and early 2000s nostalgia. (AP Photo/Todd Plitt, File)

You want your MTV? It’s back — on VH1

The channel plans to serve up heaps of nostalgia for fans of “Beavis and Butt-head,” ‘‘Daria,” ‘‘Total Request Live,” and other MTV staples.

The Ticket: Classical music

Jeremy Eichler’s picks for noteworthy classical music events in and around Boston this week.

Game On

A game that packs a punch (actually, lots of them)

There’s nothing sophisticated about “Punch Your Way To Heaven,” and that’s part of its charm.

Concert to honor Prince in Minneapolis in October

Concert to honor Prince

A scene from ABC’s “Boston EMS”


‘Boston EMS’ is on the job

Michael Andor Brodeur’s picks for the best Saturday night television.

Bryan Ferry

The Ticket: Pop music

Steve Smith’s picks for noteworthy pop music concerts in and around Boston this week.

Kristin Chenowith


Kristin Chenoweth to perform in P-town and Martha’s Vineyard

The “Glee” actress and Broadway star has three shows scheduled for Aug. 14 and 16.

Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, two of the recipients of the 2017 James and Audrey Foster Prize, announced Thursday by the ICA.


ICA names Foster Prize winners

The Institute of Contemporary Art has chosen Sonia Almeida, Jennifer Bornstein, Lucy Kim, and Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel.

Carrie Underwood will perform on the CMA Music Festival.

The Ticket: TV

Michael Andor Brodeur’s picks for the best television this week.

Digitally created image of a human embryo at 27 weeks in “9 Months That Made You.”

doc talk

Before birth, while sleeping, out and about, pulling strings

Every week DocTalk talks about documentary films.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 08: A general view of The Palace Theatre, following the first preview of the Harry Potter and The Cursed Child play last night, on June 8, 2016 in London, England. The new Harry Potter play follows on from the British author J.K. Rowling's acclaimed series of books about a boy wizard. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

An open letter to J.K. Rowling: Please, just stop.

Many fans are euphoric about the new Harry Potter release on Sunday. I’m not one of them.


Remembering composer Butterworth, a century after his wartime death

George Butterworth, a folksong-enamored English composer more promising than prolific, met his untimely demise during the Battle of the Somme.

A performance in 2015’s Beantown Tapfest Faculty Showcase.

The Ticket: Dance picks

Critic’s picks for dance performances in Boston and beyond.

Jesmyn Ward has collected 19 dispatches that show how enduring racism is to American life.

Painful reminders of the myth of a post-racial America

Jesmyn Ward has assembled a collection that is vital to living in our times.

Book Review

Tale of an abandoned baby in Prohibition-era New England

“Leaving Lucy Pear’’ explores the impact of roads untaken on motherhood, class, and gender

Robert Riger’s photo of Johnny Unitas.

Photography Review

‘Who Shot Sports’? The Brooklyn Museum has a lot of answers.

A fascinating exhibit celebrates sports photography.

David Pastrnak of the Bruins.


Bruins boot it around with AS Roma stars

David Pastrnak and Adam McQuaid visited the Italian soccer club and team captain Francesco Totti during their workout at Harvard.

The Ticket: Theater

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin’s guide to area productions “Love’s Labour’s Lost,’’ “The T Party,’’ and “The Pirates of Penzance.’’

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights

What’s on the air Saturday.

Jarrell Campbell at the Blue Man Group Boston’s 3rd annual Drum-Off Competition.


Jamaica Plain’s Jarrell Campbell has Blue Man beat

Originally from Houston and based in JP, Jarrell Campbell entered Blue Man Group’s drum-off on a last-minute whim — and won.

The Grand Allée at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate.

The One Thing

Pop goes the castle

Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra to perform outdoors this weekend in Ipswich.

Patty Hearst, pictured in the mid-’70s, known as Tania after she was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

Surreal kidnapping of an heiress in a nearly dystopian America

Jeffrey Toobin takes us back to this violent, freaked-out era — to the saga of Patty Hearst.

Local bestsellers

What’s hot in books

Four Takes |

Tales from the therapist’s couch

Capsule reviews of “Letters to a Young Therapist,’’ “The Mummy at the Dining Room Table,’’ “On the Couch,’’ and “Love’s Executioner.’’


Magician whose standbys are ‘Moby-Dick’ and Bible

Penn Jillette has made an art form out of demonstrating how illusions are performed.

New England Literary news

Wild things: Traer Scott’s look at baby animals

The Providence photographer strives to educate her readers while winning their hearts with her photography.

Youree Dell Harris, 53; was TV psychic Miss Cleo

Ms. Harris appeared in the ubiquitous psychic hotline commercials in the late 1990s.

“Love’s Labour’s Lost,” presented by the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, on Boston Common.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Bourne, the Bard, and flying nannies

Everything fun to do this weekend in Boston and beyond.

Donald Trump has claimed Orson Welles’s classic 1941 film “Citizen Kane is his favorite movie.


Coming to a theater near you: ‘Citizen Trump’

Of course Donald Trump loves “Citizen Kane.” He thinks it’s about him.