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‘Saturday Night Live’ again pokes fun at Donald Trump — and he responds

The president-elect made it known that Alec Baldwin’s portrayal continues to rub him the wrong way.

Raynoma Gordy Singleton, 79, an early Motown force

Ms. Singleton was the business partner and second wife of Berry Gordy Jr., the record label’s founder.

Alice Drummond, character actress, dies at 88

Ms. Drummond played an array of older women, from mild-mannered to deranged, in blockbuster movies.

What Mr. Sachs’ Manuel lacked in proficiency he made up for in earnestness and effort.

Andrew Sachs, 86, hapless waiter on ‘Fawlty Towers’

Mr. Sachs starred as Manuel, the earnest but bumbling waiter who was regularly recruited into the schemes of the hotel owner, Basil Fawlty, played by John Cleese.

Mr. Sow’s imposing figures, bristling with energy, seemed to embody the fierce spirit of postcolonial Africa.

Ousmane Sow, 81, sculptor of African people

Mr. Sow, often called the Auguste Rodin of Senegal, was a physical therapist who became a full-time sculptor in his 50s.

Anton Yelchin at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013.


Anton Yelchin’s last movie, made in Mass., will premiere at Sundance

The 27-year-old actor made “Thoroughbread” just before he died in June.

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Luke Bryan performs onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Luke Bryan slaps heckler from stage with microphone in hand

Bryan then continued with the song while seemingly unfazed by the incident.

A scene from “Hamilton.”

Watch performances of songs from the Hamilton mix tape right now

The Broadway megahit “Hamilton” has already spawned a best-selling cast album, a PBS documentary and a book about its creation. Now it’s spinning off a CD by fans who happen to be some of popular music’s biggest stars.


A nudge outdoors to greet the solstice

The Trustees of Reservations keep adding to their roster of events celebrating the darkest day of the year.

Members of the Rolling Stones performed in 2014.

Guess how many days it took for the Rolling Stones to make their new album

Hint: It’s probably a lot less than it would take you or me.

The Informer: An animal shelter fund-raiser, photo critique, and a holiday open house

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

“Cirque Dreams Holidaze” is at the Shubert Theatre Dec. 9-11.

The Ticket: music, theater, art, dance, comedy, and more

The week’s picks in the arts.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in Damien Chazelle’s musical “La La Land.”

Damien Chazelle’s West Coast story “La La Land”

Damien Chazelle, 31, has been working toward his latest film, “La La Land,” ever since he was a Harvard undergrad.

Sad Vacation: The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy.


Examining tragedies from Pearl Harbor to Sid and Nancy

A look at documentaries that focus on the destruction at Pearl Harbor and punk legends Sid and Nancy.

Darlene Love

Powerhouse vocalist Darlene Love is back with holiday magic

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a top backup singer turned housecleaner who then powerfully revived her career, visits the Cabot next week.

Carrie Mae Weems’s “The Louvre,” at Ethelbert Cooper Gallery.

Photography Review

Harvard, BU photography exhibits take a deep look at race

A Carrie Mae Weems retrospective at Harvard and a group show at the PRC look at race.

Ryan Landry leads rehearsal for The Gold Dust Orphans’ “Murder on the Polar Express.”

Gold Dust Orphans get in character for the holidays

This season, Ryan Landry’s troupe is spoofing the old-fashioned murder-mysteries of Agatha Christie with “Murder on the Polar Express.”

Isabelle Huppert in Mia Hansen-Love’s “Things to Come.”

Isabelle Huppert is at it again in ‘Things to Come’

The French actress commands the screen in “Elle.” But the subtle, quietly poignant “Things to Come” may be a better showcase for her ferocity and vulnerability.

the one thing

Cavort with cast members of the Boston Ballet

Celebrate the holiday with a dose of make-believe

Quote of the day: Naomie Harris

“I sort of made it my mission that I was going to make my choices based on portraying positive images of women in general, and black women in particular.”- Naomie Harris, actress, explaining why she was initially reluctant to play a drug addict in “Moonlight.”


Greater Boston author readings Dec. 4-10

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

the story behind the book

Traveling back along the campaign trail with John Dickerson

The first presidential campaign John Dickerson covered was in 1996 for Time magazine, but he has long been fascinated with history and politics.

Scott Patterson and Lauren Graham in Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Maybe we haven’t seen the last of the ‘Gilmore Girls’

But the fate of “Masters of Sex” is far more certain.: It’s done.

Mike Bivins, Ricky Bell, and Ronnie DeVoe at the Park Plaza Hotel on Thursday.


‘New Edition Story’ rings true for group members

The 6-hour miniseries will air on BET January.


Alice Hoffman: Books become part of you

In the author’s “Faithful,” two characters disagree about whether life is more like short stories or a novel, but they do agree on the importance of fiction

book review

Twenty-eight years after her death, Kathleen Collins’s debut collection begins with a breathtaking wisp of a story

The 16 stories by the late Kathleen Collins mostly went unpublished during her lifetime, and for years languished in a steamer trunk.

book review

Amid a political typhoon, a witty, enjoyable history of a midcentury tempest in a literary teapot

“The Feud” traces the shifts in the relationship between America’s pre-eminent man of letters in the 1940s, Edmund Wilson, and a Russian émigré writer, Vladimir Nabokov.


Boston’s Bryan Rafanelli decorates the White House, maybe for the final time

A close friend of the Clintons, the party planner may not handle arrangements in the Trump White House.


It’s back to school for composer Matt Aucoin

Medfield High grad drops some knowledge on high school kids.

Music Review

JACK Quartet finds motion in stillness, stillness in motion at BU

Its Wednesday performance at Boston University featured three excellent miniatures and one high-concept misstep.

Wakeem Jones


Wakeem Jones’s happy place is in the theater

The Boston Conservatory student scored his first professional role in SpeakEasy Stage Company’s “The Scottsboro Boys.”

“Thumper” was published by the two-man developer team Drool LLC.

Game on

In ‘Thumper,’ the rhythm is gonna get you

Before you know it, you’ve been launched headfirst into a chaotic but visually exciting world.

An image from Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami’s documentary “Sonita.”

In Focus

‘Sonita’ gives voice to the plight of females in Afghan society

The documentary follows a teenager who composes rap music with lyrics both eloquent and defiant.

Jean Carignan


Recalling Jean Carignan, a French-Canadian treasure who had to keep his day job

The fiddler, who played in dance halls and headlined folk festivals, waited many years to garner the official recognition he deserved.

book review

David France takes us back to the ‘Plague’ of AIDS and those who fought the war against it

“How to Survive a Plague’’ is at once a deeply reported (if New York-centric) AIDS history and an intimate memoir that makes clear the author’s stake in the story.

the discovery

Celebrating Keats and ‘Snowy Day’

The 1963 Caldecott winning book has become an iconic piece of children’s literature.

Keith Lockhart conducts the Holiday Pops shows through Dec. 24.


The Weekender: Murder mysteries, folk histories, and Holiday Pops

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

The “Property Brothers,” a.k.a Jonathan and Drew Scott.

Millennials love home makeover shows, even though they don’t own homes

HGTV, home to crafty designers and savvy house flippers, is increasingly the destination of young audiences.

A scene from the movie.

Answers to your most pressing ‘Rogue One’ questions

We’re now just a couple of weeks away from the opening of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” and still, as it should be, more unknowns than answers remain.

Music Review

A celebratory kickoff night for the Holiday Pops

The Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus combined on a program that ranged from goofy and unselfconscious to solemn and awe-inspiring.

Joanna Gaines, left, and Chip Gaines — the stars of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” — in March 2016.

Chip and Joanna Gaines show the culture wars aren’t fought in D.C., but on TV

As the stars of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” become household names, they join a cast of reality TV families known — and scrutinized — for the values they represent.

Charlie Brown (left) with Linus.


Charlie Brown, a hero for our times

It’s Christmas, and everyone around the Peanuts character, except for Linus, is lost in materialism, self-interest, negativity, and spectacle.

four takes

Trying to get our hands around time

Capsule reviews of “Time Warped’’; “Measuring Time, Making History”; “Time Travel’’; “Now’’


Model who filed paternity suit against Julian Edelman has the baby

The Patriots receiver apparently flew to Los Angeles to meet the little one.

Maura Tierney in Showtime’s “The Affair.”


Where is ‘The Affair’ heading?

Now the titular affair is old news, where will the writers take us?

“Wyoming Avenue,” 2014


Photographer Justin Kimball focuses on the down and out

His timely, sobering photographs at Carroll and Sons depict the fallen.