Jennifer Coolidge at rehearsal for “Saving Kitty” at Central Square Theater.

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Jennifer Coolidge at rehearsal for “Saving Kitty” at Central Square Theater.

Jennifer Coolidge plays leading lady in ‘Saving Kitty’

The film and TV actress is relishing the chance to play a multi-faceted lead character in the Nora Theatre Company production. By Jeremy D. Goodwin

'Can't Buy Me Love' actress Amanda Peterson dies at 43

Amanda Peterson was best known as Cindy Mancini in the 1987 romantic comedy.

// Penelope Spheeris’s rock films trilogy finally comes to home video

“The Decline of Western Civilization” is the trilogy of films for which Spheeris ultimately and rightly will be best remembered.

Music Review

Death Grips brings explosive performance to Paradise

Death Grips’ performance on Sunday night at the Paradise Rock Club was explosive.

Stage Review

// Writing and living with an eye on the future in ‘Legacy’

Daniel Goldfarb’s smartly layered new play examines our need to strive for some kind of immortality, however illusory.

The production includes 26 of Irving Berlin’s songs, performed by Hershey Felder alone at the piano, and is informed by Felder’s meetings with the composer’s daughters and their families, which included story swapping and a look at family photographs.

There’s no business like Hershey Felder’s business

Hershey Felder’s latest one-man show, about Irving Berlin, makes its East Coast premiere at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.

Album Review

Album review: EK, ‘Hands of Time’

Nigerian-born Boston rapper EK is hungry to make his presence known with a passionate if not entirely coherent new EP.

Short Stack

‘The Night World’ by Mordicai Gerstein

The dark is back, at the center of a new picture book by the Caldecott Medalist winner, but this time fear is nowhere to be found.

Book Review

‘The Next Next Level: A Story of Rap, Friendship, and Almost Giving Up’ by Leon Neyfakh

Leon Neyfakh has known the obscure rap artist Juiceboxxx since their teens, and “The Next Next Level’’ uses their friendship to ask: What makes an artist?

Big Shot

‘The House Tells the Story: Homes of the American Presidents’ by Adam Van Doren

The doors of 15 presidential homes are opened to readers of this book, an illustrated tour winding through history with stops at residences both stately and modest.

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Special section

summer arts preview

// The best of upcoming arts events

Critics suggest where you should go, what you should see, who you should hear, and what you should be reading this summer.

Things to do

// Things to do in Boston

Your 60-day calendar of events, music, theater, and more.

What's on TV

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

A look at what’s on TV Tuesday, including “Hollywood Game Night” on NBC and “Hollywood Cycle” on E!