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Actors Alex Portenko (left) and Kippy Goldfarb with director Shawn LaCount during a rehearsal for “Really.”


Company One’s ‘Really’ transforms a South End gallery into a stage

Matter & Light Fine Art will host the production, and audience members can take in the works in the gallery at play’s end.

On Inauguration Day, you can vote Knope

While the presidency changes hands in Washington, Esquire TV will rebroadcast all of season four of “Parks and Recreation.”

James McAvoy in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split.”

Movie Review

M. Night Shyamalan splits the difference

In his latest thriller, “Split,” the “Sixth Sense” director tackles dissociative identity disorder.

Album review

Flaming Lips conjure a soundtrack for sitting in a tin can

The band’s ‘‘Oczy Mlody’’ might be just the thing for anyone missing Bowie.

The film’s style involves rotoscoping — taking footage of actors and drawing over them manually and digitally.

Movie review

That terrible day in Austin

“Tower” animates Charles Whitman’s 1966 sniper assault in Texas.


Brookline seeks new poet laureate

Brookline residents with a passion for spreading the beauty of poetry take note: The town wants to hear from you.


Chinese New Year celebration to be held in Acton

The Jan. 29 celebration will feature arts and crafts, games, food, and performances.

From left: Gary White and Matt Damon, cofounders of, and Ricardo Tadeu, African Zone president of AB InBev, in Davos, Switzerland.


Matt Damon attends the World Economic Forum in Davos

The actor talked about, the organization that he cofounded in 2009.

Four New England writers among finalists for PEN awards

The honorees include Matthew Desmond, Luke Dittrich, Jane Kamensky, and Clare Beams.

Cast members from the comedy series

It’s official: ‘Will & Grace’ is making a comeback

“Will & Grace” will have a 10-episode revival set for 2017-18 season.

From left: Patriots owner Robert Kraft, senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, and Richard LeFrak at the Chairman’s Global Dinner.


Kraft attends exclusive Trump soiree in DC

The Patriots owner is a friend of the president-elect.

Employees touch up a waxwork model of President-elect Donald Trump during a photocall to promote its unveiling at Madame Tussauds in central London.


Photos of Donald Trump wax replica released

A team of 20 artists worked for six months on the figure, with five weeks spent replicating Trump’s hair by individually placing each strand by hand.

Maine Governor Paul LePage.


Was Paul LePage’s comment lifted from an HBO show?

Before Paul LePage said African Americans should thank Republicans for freeing slaves, comedian David Cross did, on HBO’s “Mr. Show.”


Octavia Spencer named Hasty Pudding’s 2017 Woman of the Year

Spencer, who won an Oscar for “The Help,” stars in “Hidden Figures” and upcoming films “The Shack” and “Gifted.”

Donald Trump has enjoyed a lot of positive press from TMZ lately.

The tabloids seem to love Donald Trump

When they aren’t fawning over the president-elect’s wealth and family, they’re defending him in his many scrapes and controversies.


Belly bassist Gail Greenwood says ACA enabled her to get cancer treatment

The bassist has revealed she was battling cancer during the Boston band’s recent reunion tour, and she credits Obamacare with saving her life.

President Clinton with Michael Jackson and Stevie Nicks at Clinton’s first inaugural gala in 1993.

Since FDR, inaugurations were star-studded events — until now

From Mickey Rooney (Roosevelt) to Tony Bennett (Nixon) to Beyoncé (Obama) — entertainers have lent glitz to inaugural festivities.

Judd Apatow


Quote of the day: Judd Apatow

The writer-director talks about why he won’t revisit his TV show “Freaks & Geeks.”

Jason Momoa (right, with Landon Liboiron) plays a former Hudson Bay Company employee fighting over the 18th-century fur trade in “Frontier.”

Television review

In Netflix’s ‘Frontier,’ nasty men carry knives, and the fur flies

The new series stars Jason Momoa — Khal Drogo from “Game of Thrones” — in a violent drama about the fur trade in 18th-century Canada.

Jude Law in “The Young Pope.”

TV Critic’s Corner

About that comparison between ‘The Young Pope’ and Trump

Every TV show right now, from “The Crown” to “Bull,” seems to be open to a Trump-related interpretation.

Laugh Lines: Stephen Lynch

A joke from Stephen Lynch, who plays the Wilbur Theatre Friday.

Lindsey Lee Johnson’s debut novel, “The Most Dangerous Place on Earth.” is a coming-of-age story.

Book REview

Untangling the complex lives of Mill Valley teens after a suicide

Lindsay Lee Johnson’s piercing debut “The Most Dangerous Place On Earth” offers a rich portrait of the experiences of a group of teens, laying bare their desires without demeaning the validity of their concerns.

Mr. Gautier, performing as Conrad Birdie in “Bye Bye Birdie” at Boston’s Shubert Theater. The play won a Tony Award for best musical and Mr. Gautier earned a nomination.

Dick Gautier, 85; comic actor, Tony Award nominee

For more than 50 years Mr. Gautier was primarily a scene-stealing supporting player on sitcoms.

The ART Institute at Harvard University recently presented a production of “James and the Giant Peach.”

Harvard’s ART Institute suspends admissions

The US Department of Education gave the theater program a ‘failing’ grade for burdening graduates with high levels of student debt.

Singer-songwriter Buddy Greco, 50, and his wife Jackie Sabatino, 28, who was St. Louis Playboy Bunny of 1974, tell Los Angeles newsmen of their plans to get married next month in St. Louis, Jan. 19, 1977. It will be his fourth marriage and her second. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)

Buddy Greco, 90; seen as the ultimate lounge singer

Mr. Greco mixed talent, tenacity, and a hot temper in a career that lasted more than 80 years.

Renée Elise Goldsberry shown attending a Golden Globe party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills earlier this month.


‘Hamilton’ cast member speaks at Northeastern

Renée Elise Goldsberry appears at MLK Jr. event.

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 11, 2017 shows Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) as he asks questions during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for attorney general on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. US congressman John Lewis, a civil rights icon, on January 13, 2017 became the most high-profile Democratic lawmaker to announce he is boycotting Donald Trump's inauguration next week, saying he sees the president-elect as illegitimate. At least eight House Democrats have publicly stated they will not be attending Trump's swearing in at the US Capitol on January 20, with several indicating their absence will be an act of political protest against the incoming Republican president. / AFP PHOTO / Tasos KatopodisTASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images

John Lewis says he hopes to inspire the fight against injustice

‘‘It is my hope that readers understand we were committed to the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence,’’ Lewis says of his book trilogy, “March.”

Sam Moore of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame soul duo Sam and Dave.

Sam Moore to sing at Trump inaugural event

Sam Moore of the soul duo Sam and Dave has been added to the list of performers for President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural events.

Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding on the set of “I, Tonya.”


First look at Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding

There’s still no word on who may be playing Nancy Kerrigan in “I, Tonya.”

The best Boston accents in movies, according to Ben Affleck

“Mine, in ‘Good Will Hunting,’ ” Affleck jokingly said. “Way better than Matt’s.”

TV Critic’s Corner

In praise of Margo Martindale

The actress is currently bringing pleasure as the grandmother on “Sneaky Pete.”

Livingston Taylor (left) and James Taylor at Fenway Park in 2015.

City declares day for Livingston Taylor

Singer marking 50 years in the music business.

Lord Snowden, with Princess Margaret, greeted the Beatles before the premiere of their movie “Help.’’

Antony Armstrong-Jones, 86, former husband of Princess Margaret

A society photographer, the Earl of Snowdon continued to mix in royal circles even after his divorce.

President Obama is presented with a personalized Chicago Cubs jersey by Anthony Rizzo (center) and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein (right).


Obama has a job for Theo Epstein

The president joked that maybe the baseball executive should lead the Democratic Party.

Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg in New York in December.


Peter Berg says Mark Wahlberg has ‘come through hell’

The “Patriots Day” director’s description of Dorchester may be hyperbole.

Trident Booksellers and Cafe on Newbury Street.


Trident Booksellers launches a program for fans of young adult lit

The kick-off event will be the first of the bookstore’s YA Passport Series, a campaign that will culminate with a block party in June.

Eddie Vedder performed at last year’s Chicago installment of Hot Stove Cool Music.


You’ll have to wait until April for Hot Stove Cool Music

The new date coincides with the Chicago Cubs’ visit to Boston.

Guster playing at the Burren in Davis Square early Monday morning.


Guster plays late-night show at the Burren

The Tufts-bred band was joined by friends from the LeeVees, Papas Fritas, and Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents.

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen at Larz Anderson Rink in Brookline.


Tom and Gisele watch their son skate

The Patriots QB and his supermodel spouse were spotted at Larz Anderson Rink in Brookline.

Bruce Springsteen at Madison Square Garden in New York last year.

Springsteen cover band pulls out of Trump inaugural event

B Street Band leader Willie Forte said Monday that the decision is based ‘‘solely on the respect and gratitude we have for Bruce and the E Street Band.’’

From left: Paula Plum, Erica Spyres, Dan Whelton, and Steven Barkhimer in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” at Lyric Stage Company of Boston.

Stage Review

Scorching ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ still has plenty to say at Lyric Stage

An aura of dread pervades Scott Edmiston’s production of Edward Albee’s landmark drama.

More celebrity news

Carrie Fisher won’t be digitally re-created in future ‘Star Wars’ films

Lucasfilm made the rare foray into the world of speculation by issuing a statement denying rumors there were plans to digitize the actress, who died Dec. 27.

Charlotte, Daniel, Julianna, and Elliot Bruce.


Boston Wine Festival kicks off in style

The opening reception drew more than 400 guests to the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Wharf Room Friday evening.

Ben Affleck and Zoe Saldana in “Live by Night,’’ directed by Affleck.


Ben Affleck’s ‘Live by Night’ flops on opening weekend

‘‘Hidden Figures,’’ about African-American mathematicians in the 1960s space race, was the top grossing film at domestic cinemas.

Rob Gronkowski


Gronk has role in action film due out in February

The Patriots tight end will appear in “American Violence,” which stars Denise Richards, Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau, and Bruce Dern.

From left: Adam Gardner, Luke Reynolds, Brian Rosenworcel, and Ryan Miller of Guster at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza.


Guster on ice — and bowling lanes

The alt-rockers — in town for four sold-out shows at the Paradise — invited fans to a skating party and a bowling outing over the weekend.