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Rachel Platten performed June 23 at Logo’s Trailblazer Honors in New York.


Rachel Platten to perform on the ‘Today’ show

The Newton native is scheduled to perform Friday morning at New York’s Rockefeller Plaza.

Sheila E paid tribute to Prince at Sunday’s BET Awards.

Tributes to Prince serve as a centerpiece of BET Awards

Sheila E, Janelle Monáe, Maxwell, and many others honored the music icon throughout the 3½-hour telecast.

A powerhouse finale for ‘Game of Thrones’

Fans will have a host of interesting possibilities to play around with during the many months until the show returns.

Molly Shannon and Oliver Stone.


Quite a turnout at Nantucket Film Festival’s Screenwriters Tribute

Director Bennett Miller praised top honoree Oliver Stone for approaching filmmaking “not as a career, but as a spiritual quest.”

J.K. Rowling


For a spell

J.K. Rowling talks about the need for magic after the Brexit vote.

The title character in “Finding Dory” is voiced by Ellen DeGeneres.

‘Finding Dory’ remains No. 1 as ‘Independence Day’ opening lags

The animated film easily remained on top with an estimated $73.2 million, according to studio figures.

Other celebrity news

A representative for 50 Cent said the rapper had paid a fine after he and a member of his entourage were detained in St. Kitts for using ‘‘indecent language’’ during a performance.


Chris Evans and Jenny Slate walk the red carpet

The acting couple with local ties appeared together at the New York premiere of “The Secret Lives of Pets.”

Erykah Badu performs “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker” during a tribute to Prince at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Stevie Wonder, Hudson honor Prince; Beyoncé wins top video

Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder and Tori Kelly kept the theme of the BET Awards — paying tribute to Prince — alive with passionate performances.

Beyonce performs “Freedom” at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Full list of winners at Sunday night’s BET Awards

Winners of the BET Awards, presented Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Prince Be, 46; infused rap with mysticism

He was the frontman for the psychedelic pop-rap group P.M. Dawn, which in the early 1990s was both popular and maligned.

Robert Megerdichian looks over a miniature Hoover vacuum cleaner crafted by his father.

A father’s tiny metal creations find their place in museums

Robert Megerdichian, son of a machinist/artist, has dedicated himself to preserving his late father’s craft — fabricating metal miniature toys.

Frame by Frame

‘Negro Soldier’: a haunting portrait worthy of salute

Sebastian Smee looks at Robert Smullyan Sloan’s work at Harvard Art Museums.

Author John Gregory Brown is a New Orleans native.

Book Review

Katrina refugee has lost everything, including his mind

“A Thousand Mile From Nowhere” is a tale of redemption that turns out to be believably prosaic and incredibly, quietly moving.

Short Stack

‘Daytime Visions’ tells stories one letter at a time

Nicole Lamy looks at Argentine author Isol’s new picture book.

Shamikah Martinez and Mary Eden in “City Stars,” which screens in Different Faces Different Voices.

A dedication to diversity at new-on-the-scene film festival

The Different Faces Different Voices fest, taking place Wednesday and Thursday at the Brattle, will highlight female-driven narratives from a variety of short filmmakers.

Shiri Appleby in in Lifetime’s “UnREAL.”


Keeping it ‘UnREAL’

Reality TV has spawned something of value: a scripted series lampooning reality TV.

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights

What’s on the air Monday.

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights

What’s on the air Tuesday.

Lori Petty and Michael Harney in “Orange Is the New Black.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Lori Petty kills it on ‘Orange’

The actress plays Lolly Whitehill, the delusional woman with the short bleached hair and the giant black glasses.

Representative Katherine Clark, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Representative John Lewis were among those who took part in the sit-in on the House floor.

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The lesson of the sit-in: Let Congress livestream

The representatives’ civil disobedience afforded Americans a whole new view of the government.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in a scene from

Who is doomed on ‘Game of Thrones’?

We’re not quite done with the sixth season of ‘‘Game of Thrones,’’ but already we have enough dead to fill a cemetery.


Daneet Steffens’s list

Chloë Grace Moretz attends Logo’s Trailblazer Honors.



Actress Chloë Grace Moretz explains why she’s thankful she didn’t have plastic surgery.

Bill Cunningham at the Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 fashion show in September 2013.

Bill Cunningham, 87, legendary Times fashion photographer

Mr. Cunningham’s street-style photo essays memorialized trends ranging from fanny packs to Birkin bags.

Bill Richmond, 94, longtime colleague of Jerry Lewis’s

Mr. Richmond collaborated with Lewis on the screenplays for “The Ladies Man,” “The Nutty Professor,” and a half-dozen other films.

Matthew Teitelbaum looked over a contemporary glasswork installation by Josiah McElheny.

Matthew Teitelbaum’s gambit: a smarter, sexier MFA

Teitelbaum, approaching his one-year anniversary as director of the museum, has a vision that differs sharply from predecessor Malcolm Rogers.

BOSTON, MA - 6/24/2016: Paul Simon performs at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston on Friday, June 24, 2016. (Timothy Tai for The Boston Globe)

Paul Simon spans his career in show at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Simon led a brilliant, eclectic band that played songs from throughout his canon during a concert Friday night.

The Village People performing at Kowloon Resturant in Saugus earlier this month.

This crowd has come to party like it’s 1979

A recent concert by the Village People was only the latest in a long line of vintage acts whose music has enlivened the dance floor at the Saugus landmark.

Megan Yates as Kim Ravenal (center) and the “Show Boat” ensemble.

Stage Review

A dazzling ‘Show Boat’ comes rolling down the river

Now at the Shubert Theatre, Fiddlehead’s lavish production features an accomplished cast of 50.

Mr. Worrell spoke in 2002 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He announced earlier this year that he had cancer.

Bernie Worrell, 72, masterful P-Funk keyboardist

Mr. Worrell’s amazing array of keyboard sounds and textures helped define the Parliament-Funkadelic musical empire.

Taylor Schilling talks about binge watching and Riker’s Island on ‘Colbert’

The Boston native and “Orange is the New Black” star made a Friday night appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

The marquee for the Kanye West video premiere for

Kanye West unveils ‘Famous’ video of him, celebrities

West has unveiled a video on a subject he knows something about: fame.

Mr. Stanley saw success later in life with a song on the ‘‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’’ soundtrack in 2000.

Ralph Stanley, 89, Appalachian music patriarch

Mr. Stanley helped popularize bluegrass music in a career that lasted more than half a century.

Michael Herr, 76, Oscar-nominated screenwriter

Mr. Herr documented the Vietnam War through his novel “Dispatches” and through such films as “Apocalypse Now” and “Full Metal Jacket.”

Brad Whitford


Brad Whitford: Aerosmith is a ‘giant corporate entity’

The Aerosmith guitarist reveals his true feelings about the music business.


James Taylor to be honored by Kennedy Center

In a statement on his website, the singer said he was “deeply moved” and “hugely grateful” to receive such recognition.

Jeff Goldblum (left) and Bill Pullman reprise their roles in “Independence Day: Resurgence.”

★½ Movie Review

‘Independence Day’ sequel lacks the charisma of the 1996 original

When did the Apocalypse get so generic?

Mike Birbiglia takes part in a Q&A for a screening of his movie “Don’t Think Twice” at the Nantucket Film Festival.


Nantucket Film Festival in full swing

There’s certainly plenty to choose from, including “Life, Animated,” “Just Another Version of You,” “Other People,” and “Don’t Think Twice.”

Game on

It takes 30 seconds for ‘Thoughts & Prayers: The Game’ to make its point

It only takes 30 seconds for “Thoughts & Prayers: The Game” to make a powerful point.

26nocalendar- The second season of escorted, guided boat tours aboard landing craft, Naumkeag, to Bakers Island Light Station in Salem, hosted by Essex Heritage, has begun and runs through Labor Day. (Essex Heritage)


See the light from Bakers Island in Salem

For the second summer, a local nonprofit is hosting guided boat tours to a historic light station.

Barbara Grad’s “Subjective Truth”


Fasten your seat belts

Barbara Grad takes abstraction to interesting places with great energy and movement.

Clockwise from top left: Gillian Anderson in “The Fall,” Idris Elba in “Luther,” Helen Mirren in “Prime Suspect,” and Olivia Colman in “Broadchurch.”


The Brits do crime shows really, really well

Your thoughts on Brexit aside, let’s focus on something we can all agree on: The English have fantastic cop shows.

Chef Jody Adams (left) greeted Robin Young from NPR and WBUR for the final night at Rialto.


Rialto closes with a host of fans and its famous duck dish

Greeting her guests with a hug at the door, chef Jody Adams admitted she’s been weepy lately.


How much would you pay to see Adele at TD Garden in September?

Tickets auctioned at a recent fund-raiser fetched big dough.

Tina Fey in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.”

New on disc: “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” “Kung Fu Panda 2,” Eye in the Sky”

New on disc: “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” “Kung Fu Panda 2,” Eye in the Sky.”

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights

Newtown woods in the film “Speaking Is Difficult,” directed by AJ Schnack.

doc talk

In ‘Speaking,’ revisiting sites of unspeakable violence

AJ Schnack’s documentary jolts viewers with haunting audio over serene scenes.

The ticket: Classical music

Jeremy Eichler’s picks for noteworthy classical music performances in and around Boston this week.

The Ticket: Dance

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