Martha Cooper

Ahearn screens breakthough hip-hop film at Brattle

Charlie Ahearn’s “Wild Style” is the 1982 hip-hop movie that introduced a new culture to the world.By James Sullivan

Book Review

// ‘Black River’ by S.M. Hulse

Hulse is a gifted wordsmith with promising dramatic instincts. But the novel’s finest moments are in the spare elisions of its first hundred pages.

Television REview

// ‘The Americans’: The war at home

“The Americans” refracts light onto our present-tense situations with Russia and Afghanistan, but it also remains a sharp, emotionally rich portrait of the politics of family life.


// Andris Nelsons to lead BSO in Strauss opera ‘Elektra’

The opera is one of three newly announced programs the orchestra will bring to Carnegie Hall in the 2015-16 season.

Actor Ben Mendelsohn wore a coat that his character wears in the film at the premiere of

Ty Burr

Sundance Day 6: Quick takes on eight films

Ty Burr shares his quick takes – loglines, really — on what he’s seen in the past few days at the Sundance Film Festival.

Maura Johnston

ABC picks up Boston cop show ‘Broad Squad’

The network announced that it will air a pilot of “The Broad Squad,” a throwback show chronicling the lives of Boston’s first graduating class of female patrol officers.

Boston-area nightlife

Nightlife in and around Boston.

Boston-area events

Globe-selected events, many kid friendly.


// Sheila Pepe invites viewers to sit, look around, observe

Sheila Pepe’s new show at Carroll and Sons, Brian Zink at Miller Yezerski Gallery, and Sandra Erbacher at GRIN.

Frame by Frame

// Courbet’s ‘Woman With a Cat’ spurred by competition

More than an attractive painting of a woman with a cuddly companion, Courbet’s piece hinted at a schism between the painter and his rivals.

// The films of Ruben Östlund screen at the MFA

Few filmmakers can depict awkward social occasions with the excruciating accuracy of the Swedish director Ruben Östlund.

What's on TV

// Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV Wednesday

A look at what’s on TV, including “Mississippi Men.”

The Year in Arts

special section

// 2014: The Year in Arts

2014 was all about the music sneak attack, twentysomethings energizing stages, fresh late-night personalities, and more.


Music review

Von Otter, Hewitt pair for polished, precise sublimity

The most remarkable thing about Friday’s recital was how much attention mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and pianist Angela Hewitt could command.

Brodeur @large


Stevie Nicks, wild at heart

For those twirling in anticipation of Fleetwood Mac’s appearance at the Dunkin Donuts Center, a candid five-minute clip of raw Stevie Nicks in 1981.