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Holiday dance picks

10 holiday dance picks from Karen Campbell.

For Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons, art is a healing force.

The year in arts 2017

In classical music, a year of urgency and of reckoning

There are new challenges for concert music in complicated political times.  

Top 5 classical performances of 2017

Critic’s picks for the best classical performances in the Boston area.

Happy hour is for both books and drinks at Riffraff.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

New bookstore/bar in Providence; book focuses on kids of LGBTQ parents

Riffraff, opened its doors earlier this month, offering up books, booze, and espresso

Red Sox players visit with Omar at Boston Children’s Hospital.


Red Sox spreading holiday cheer

Brock Holt and Deven Marrero took part in the Great Dog Rescue at Suffolk University; Robby Scott, Brian Johnson, and others visited Boston Children’s Hospital.

The Gibson Brothers perform Dec. 17 at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

The Year in Arts 2017

Top 10 dance performances of 2017

Critic’s picks for the best performances in Boston and beyond.

The Year in Arts 2017

Boston’s 10 best concerts of 2017

The year’s highlights include shows by Magnetic Fields, Kesha, and Jay-Z.

The Year in Arts 2017

Don Aucoin’s Top 10 theater picks for 2017

“Fun Home,’’ “The Color Purple,’’ “Merrily We Roll Along’’ were among the standouts of 2017.

Margot Robbie (top) as Tonya Harding. Below: Robbie with Sebastian Stan (as Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly),

Taking on Tonya: Director says he loves challenges

The director of ‘I, Tonya” fondly recalls spending half of 2015 living on Commonwealth Avenue while he was shooting the Coast Guard thriller “The Finest Hours” in Quincy and Chatham.

A still image from “Dawson City: Frozen Time.”

Short-changed by the short list?

A few films that didn’t make Oscar’s short list but shouldn’t be missed.

Richard Tilkin sought out and interviewed more than 30 individuals with distinctive names for his “The Strange Name Movie.”

doc talk | Peter Keough

Documentaries explore names, weights, and volumes

Screenings include films by Richard Tilkin and Frederick Wiseman.

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

The Year in Arts 2017

In depictions of women, shows of strength and vulnerability

The best series examined the unequal position of women in America during a year that revolved around the unequal position of women in America.

The Year in Arts 2017

Top 10 of the year in art

Cate McQuaid’s picks of the ten best art shows in New England in 2017.

Mohamad Hafez’s “Baggage Series #4.”

The Year in Arts 2017

In 2017, art continued to hold up a lantern to society

Cate McQuaid looks at the year in art.

Boston Ballet’s “Artifact”

The Year in Arts 2017

This year, dance said yes to just about everything

From climate change to shell shock to sex, Boston-area dance performances embraced a range of subjects.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

A Dorchester boy serves up memories of Boston’s holiday traditions

In “Christmas Traditions in Boston,” author Anthony Sammarco explores the holiday’s local history.


Greater Boston author readings Dec. 17-23

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

Martha Argerich

Five memorable classical performances from 2017

Classical music critic Jeremy Eichler lists five noteworthy performances from 2017

names - Anne of Green Gables (Handout)

Milton-raised writer J. Courtney Sullivan talks ‘Anne of Green Gables’

She says it was a dream to write the foreword for a new edition of the book.

Pamela Adlon in “Better Things.”

The Year in Arts 2017

Matthew Gilbert’s favorite TV shows of 2017

Every year, it gets harder to select only 10 shows . . . so I’ve included a second 10.

Daisy Ridley as Rey in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Last Jedis, Austen on wheels, and mixed Nutcrackers

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

Armie Hammer (left) and Timothée Chalamet in Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name.”

‘It’s about empathy,’ says the director of ‘Call Me by Your Name’

Luca Guadagnino’s lush and lyrical film has been lauded on the festival circuit and is opening in Boston Dec. 22.

The cast of “Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility.”

Stage Review

At ART, ‘Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility’ is on a roll

The rollicking production breathes life into Jane Austen’s critique of the morals and ethics of the late-18th-century English gentry.


Tom Brady’s lifestyle brand is now an app

The TB12 method is now on your smartphone - but it’s not cheap.

What Boston band whose LP rhymes with ‘aurora borealis’ is playing Geek Bowl?

The trivia extravaganza is at Agganis Arena Feb. 17.


Album review

The boy wonders of Brockhampton

The band’s “Saturation III” shows its evolving sound staying true to its ethos.

With lightsaber in hand, Daisy Ridley returns to ‘Star Wars’

Daisy Ridley went from obscurity to stardom when J.J. Abrams chose her to play Rey in ‘‘The Force Awakens.” She’s back in her second “Star Wars” film, Rian Johnson’s “The Last Jedi,” out Friday.

The Herald’s offices are currently located on Fargo Street in the Seaport District.

Union will press Herald for pension contributions, severance pay

A union representing The Boston Herald newsroom and business employees will press a bankruptcy judge to have the embattled company honor its financial obligations.

Steve Carell (front) with (from left) Dwight Schrute, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, and BJ Novak, costars on “The Office,” which Comedy Central will begin airing with a daylong marathon on Jan. 15.

TV Critic’s Corner

The Dunder Mifflin gang returns (in reruns)

Comedy Central will start airing “The Office” next month, beginning with a daylong marathon on Jan. 15.

While the Clooneys’ random act of aviation kindness was thoughtful, it reinforced a dangerous trend, Christopher Muther says.

Christopher Muther

George Clooney, please don’t apologize for flying with your infants

George and Amal Clooney gave passengers on their flight to London noise canceling headphones as a preemptive apology if their babies cried. Here’s why they shouldn’t have.

Gordon Hayward played a video game with Tate Ross (left) and Tavadre Bailey.


Hobbled Hayward talks to teens at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston

The Celtics star is recovering from a gruesome leg injury but is feeling better enough to get out and about these days.

Bob Balaban (seated, at far left and above) and Peter Sarsgaard (kneeling on street, at left, and lying down, above) star in “Wormwood.”

Television Review

Errol Morris’s riveting ‘Wormwood’ probes the cost of pursuing an elusive truth

The Netflix miniseries centers on the mysterious death of a CIA scientist and his son’s lifelong quest for answers.

Ernest C. Withers’s “Twins at WDIA, Memphis,” from “(un)expected families,” which runs at the Museum of Fine Arts through June 17.

Photography review

Photography show explores many meanings of family

The exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts includes many photos that are terrific, unfamiliar, or both.

Co-artistic directors Zack Winokur (left) and Matthew Aucoin with managing director Jennifer Chen.

classical music

For this new opera company, ‘company’ means friendship

Artistic directors Matt Aucoin and Zack Winokur have gathered some of the most intrepid young performers on the scene, and they’re kicking things off with the “Run AMOC!” Festival, presented by American Repertory Theater.

Chad Urmston, Brad Corrigan, and Pete Heimbold of Dispatch.

Dispatch pushes toward 2018, reinvigorated but incomplete

The band returns to Boston for three sold-out shows at the Paradise, minus Pete Heimbold, who has been on indefinite leave since March.

Erica Spyres in the Lyric Stage’s production of “Company.”


For her next act, Erica Spyres reaches for her fiddle

The actress will perform a cabaret at Lyric Stage that mixes bluegrass and Broadway tunes.

Pekka Strang stars as homoerotic artist Touko Laaksonen in “Tom of Finland.”

Movie Review

Before there was the Village People, there was Tom of Finland

It’s not often that we get a biopic about a man who drew dirty pictures, and it’s not often that a life story parallels a cultural movement in both tangential and critical ways.

John Cena gives voice to Ferdinand the bull in “Ferdinand.”.

Movie Review

John Cena takes a cartoon bull by the horns in ‘Ferdinand’

The charming core elements of the classic picture book by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson are given a contemporary luster onscreen.

he Cars, from left: Ben Orr, David Robinson, Ric Ocasek, Elliot Easton, and Greg Hawkes.


A brief history of the Cars

The Boston band will be inducted into the hall on the 40th anniversary of the release of its first album.

The best books of 2017

Our critics list their top picks in various genres.

Former WCVB news anchor Heather Unruh spoke out about sexism in the workplace and abuse by the powerful.

The Confronter

Heather Unruh names the problems

On two of the year’s biggest issues, the former TV news anchor argued forcefully for justice and accountability.

Niecy Nash and Olivia Munn announced the Screen Actors Guild nominations.

‘Three Billboards’ tops SAG nominations; ‘Big Sick’ bounces back from Golden Globes

Wednesday’s nominees offered swift redemption for ‘‘The Big Sick,’’ which the Golden Globes completely overlooked on Monday.

Ben Orr, David Robinson, Ric Ocasek, Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes of the Cars posed for a portrait in 1984.

The Cars will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Iconic singer Nina Simone and New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi will join The Cars, along with Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola want to wish you a happy Hanukkah

Patriots players Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola exchanged their helmets for kippot Tuesday night, as they bent their heads and prayed together during the first night of Hanukkah.

Twin brothers Marcus (right) and Markieff Morris played the role of “layaway angels” for shoppers at a Walmart in Northeast Philadelphia. Marcus Morris plays for the Celtics.

Marcus Morris of the Celtics is the latest ‘layaway angel’

Morris teamed up with his twin brother, Markieff Morris of the Wizards, to pay off layaway bills at a Philadelphia Walmart.