Globe critics’ roundtable: How does one take allegations into account when examining and evaluating art?

As allegations of sexual harassment and abuse permeate every field, it raises questions for critics.

17socalendar - Actor Neil McGarry performs a one-man theatrical version of Dickens

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One-man play invokes the spirit of Christmases past

Critically acclaimed actor Neil McGarry reprises his one-man version of the Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” at Plymouth Center for the Fine Arts.

Kendrick Lamar was one of many men to reach the Hot 100 top spot in 2017.

The Year in Arts 2017

A discouraging year on the pop charts for almost all the single ladies

Male artists — think Ed Sheeran and the “Despacito” trio — dominated the Hot 100 for much of the year.

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.

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Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Dec. 18-31

First Night First Day, Disney on Ice, free period-instrument music, and more.

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.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

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.

Fall Arts Preview 2017

Fall Arts preview

// A guide to the best of what to see and do in Boston

A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.

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Read about the latest albums reviewed by the Globe.

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Five memorable classical performances from 2017

Classical music critic Jeremy Eichler lists five noteworthy performances from 2017

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.


Album review

The boy wonders of Brockhampton

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

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.

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.

Jake Smith, a.k.a. the White Buffalo

The White Buffalo roams between dark and light

DIY roots musician Jake Smith, who plays the Paradise Friday, has been pushing himself in new directions.

The Hood dairy property in Charlestown in 1981.

Concert venue considered for old Hood property in Charlestown

The 4,000-seat facility would be nearly as big as Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in the Seaport.

Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy performs during the Jingle Ball concert at TD Garden.

Music Review

Jingle Ball artists have themselves a merry little concert

Kiss 108’s annual holiday show at TD Garden featured the likes of Camila Cabello, Fifth Harmony, Halsey, Fall Out Boy, Kelly Clarkson, and more.

Boston Baroque performing Handel’s “Messiah” at Jordan Hall.

Music Review

A resounding ‘Hallelujah’ for Boston Baroque’s ‘Messiah’

The vital luminosity of Handel’s work contributes to its perpetual presence in December, but even more so does a performance like this one.

James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem performs at The Hollywood Palladium last month.

Music Review

LCD Soundsystem show Agganis crowd how to dance themselves clean

Friday’s show was an emphatic reminder that LCD Soundsystem are still, first and foremost, a dance band.

Pianist Spencer Myer and Jamie Bernstein, eldest daughter of Leonard Bernstein, onstage Thursday night.

Music Review

At Longy, an intimate-scaled tribute to Leonard Bernstein  

Smaller-scaled compositions from his pen made up the program of a centennial tribute.

Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville patented his “phonautograph” in 1857.

Third Ear | Jeremy Eichler

Rehearing the history of sound, one ghostly transmission at a time 

Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, a French inventor who made the first known recordings of the human voice, is growing in renown, thanks to a bicentennial celebration of his birth this year.

The Downtown Boston Business Improvement District’s Dixieland band at Downtown Crossing.

Critic’s Notebook

How much Christmas music is too much?

After Thanksgiving, it seems like you can’t step into a store without being hit by an avalanche of “White Christmas.”


Holiday harmonies have the divas in a twist

Divas with a Twist, five lead female singers, perform holiday favorites such as “O Holy Night,” and “Run Run Rudolph.” Holiday programs are everywhere this week.

PVRIS won artist, song, and pop artist of the year at the BMAs.

PVRIS repeats as the year’s best artist at Boston Music Awards

Cousin Stizz, Julie Rhodes, and STL GLD were also multiple winners.

Suzanne Vega in 2015.

Suzanne Vega revisits the albums that established a new voice in folk-rock

She’ll be performing “Solitude Standing” and “99.9F” at City Winery.

Greater Boston Stage Company’s production of “She Loves Me” runs through Dec. 23 in Stoneham.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Sally Hawkins in Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Acrobats on ice, rockabilly on speed, and chestnuts on an open fire

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

FILE - In this April 3, 2016 file photo, Taylor Swift arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. David Mueller, a former radio DJ who was ordered to pay a symbolic $1 to Swift for groping her at a photo op, says he mailed her a Sacagawea coin last week. Mueller provided a letter to The Associated Press showing the payment was sent Nov. 28, 2017. In a story published Wednesday, Dec. 6, Swift said she hadn't received the dollar. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Ex-DJ says he mailed $1 Sacagawea coin to Taylor Swift to settle groping lawsuit

A former radio DJ who was ordered to pay a symbolic $1 to Taylor Swift for groping her at a photo op says he mailed her a Sacagawea coin last week.

Kelly Clarkson is one of the headliners for this year’s installment of Kiss 108’s Jingle Ball at TD Garden.


Jingle Ball makes holidays pop

Kelly Clarkson and Fall Out Boy headline Kiss 108’s year-end showcase, which also includes newcomers Why Don’t We.

A merry month of new music

December has delivered a bounty of albums from the likes of Neil Young, Björk, Belle & Sebastian, Chris Stapleton, Miguel, and Andy Grammer.

Santa visited with Keith Lockhart at Symphony Hall Tuesday.

Music review

An abundance of holiday cheer from Keith Lockhart and the Pops

The conductor embraced the season’s joyous triumphalism practically as a mission statement Tuesday night.

A performance of Phil Kline’s sound sculpture “Unsilent Night” in Baltimore in 2009.

Classical Notes

From a ‘block-long stereo system,’ the stirring sound of ‘Unsilent Night’

Phil Kline’s electronic sound sculpture, a prized holiday tradition that has been performed around the world, is coming to the Boston area for the first time.

James Levine in the BSO library in 2009.

Metropolitan Opera suspends James Levine, while BSO says it had no complaints of sexual impropriety by him as music director

The Met suspended its relationship with Levine after three men accused the famed conductor of initiating sexual activity with them when they were teenagers.

With a more expansive sound, Odesza charts its own future in EDM

The group’s Clayton Knight and Harrison Mills are exploring soundscapes that have greater breadth.

James Levine, former music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducting the BSO on opening night at Tanglewood in July 2006.

Levine allegations prompt BSO review of sex harassment policies

In a statement, the BSO said “the classical music industry must seriously reflect on this moment and determine ways to ensure sexual misconduct has no place in our industry.”

For three months this past summer, the Stow native traveled around Massachusetts to record the video.

351 cities and towns. 351 notes. One ukulele love song to Massachusetts

Noah Wisch, a lanky Emerson College senior, filmed himself playing one note on his ukulele across the entire state and turned it into a video.

The Handel and Haydn Society returned to Handel’s “Messiah” Sunday.

Music Review

One Christmas tradition that’s not in short supply

On Sunday afternoon in Symphony Hall, Harry Christophers led the Handel and Haydn Society in the third of the weekend’s three “Messiah” performances.

St. Vincent performs at the House of Blues Thursday night.

Music Review

St. Vincent stands alone at the House of Blues

Performing without a band but singing and playing live on her guitar, Annie Clark gave a searing performance.

James Levine in the BSO library in 2009.

Metropolitan Opera suspends James Levine; BSO says it received no complaints of sexual impropriety

The Met suspended its relationship with Levine after three men accused the famed conductor of initiating sexual activity with them when they were teenagers.

Three more men have come forward to say they were sexually abused by the Met Opera’s James Levine (above) when they were teenagers.

3 men come forward and say they were abused by James Levine

The Met announced the suspension Sunday after three men came forward with accusations that Levine had sexually abused them decades ago.

Heather Buck (with Luke Scott) as Joan of Arc in “The Trial at Rouen.”

Opera Review

A world premiere glows brightly, 60 years later

The first performance for a live audience of Norman Dello Joio’s “The Trial at Rouen” was the latest stop on Odyssey Opera’s journey through operas about Joan of Arc.

James Levine conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Salle Pleyel in Paris in 2007.

Former BSO conductor James Levine accused of molestation

New York’s Metropolitan Opera will investigate claims that Levine molested an Illinois teenager decades ago.

Violinist Leonidas Kavakos performs with the BSO, under the direction of Andris Nelsons, at Symphony Hall.

Music Review

For the BSO, a vigorous ‘Alpine Symphony’ ascent

Along with the Strauss tone poem, Andris Nelsons conducted works by Derek Bermel and Prokofiev.

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Blake Shelton performs onstage during Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at the Grand Ole Opry House on September 12, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)

Blake Shelton sends video of support to friends of West Brookfield crash victims

The country star lost his brother Richie in a car accident 27 years ago.

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Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Dec. 4-10

The Christmas Revels visit Venice, high-profile photography at the MFA, Sherlock Holmes in Arlington, and more.

A broadside advertising the 1785 Handel Festival in Westminster Abbey.


A ‘Messiah’ that was ‘sublime beyond description’

A performance of Handel’s work in 1785 linked the composer’s British eminence with the burgeoning power of Britain’s former American colonies.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

James Franco directed and stars in “The Disaster Artist.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: French kicks, fiery solos, and irreverent holiday fare

The Globe’s guide to the best things to do this weekend.

In dark times, Hiss Golden Messenger tries to deliver hope

Singer and songwriter M.C. Taylor has been searching for a way to stay positive, and he thinks he’s found the answer.


On ‘Songs of Experience,’ U2 go to their safe space

It’s a strikingly low-stakes record that seems to mark the band’s official retirement from taking risks or trying to be the biggest band in the world.