Art Review

Making the case for the importance of John La Farge

Above: John La Farge’s triptych “St. John the Evangelist, Christ Preaching, St. Paul.”

McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College

A new exhibition at Boston College makes the strongest case in decades for the importance of La Farge, an artist renowned in his life, and forgotten after his death.

Versatile composer Bobby Lopez turns musicals into hits

For Robert “Bobby” Lopez, a night out with “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker not only sparked a mutual admiration, but it resulted in the birth of the Tony-Award winning musical “The Book of Mormon.”

Stage review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/21/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Photo6.jpg In ‘Book of Mormon,’ a missionary zeal for outrageous comedy

Creative collaborators Matt Stone, Trey Parker, and Robert Lopez combine an anything-goes attitude with Broadway polish.

Laugh Lines: Rich Vos

A joke from Vos, who plays Laugh Boston Friday and Saturday.

Benjamin Scheuer plays folky autobiographical songs in his  award-winning show “The Lion.”

Stage Review

‘The Lion’: a musical memoir of hurt and healing

Benjamin Scheuer’s autobiographical show delivers more entertainment than a simple album of his songs.

Emerson College plans to renovate the theater while determining its future use.

Aram Boghosian for The Globe/File

Colonial Theatre to close at least a year, but future uncertain

Emerson College’s downtown theater, which opened on Boylston Street in 1900, is one of the oldest in Boston.

25-year-old hosting Sunday news show “The Open Mind”

“The Open Mind” premieres on WGBH World Sunday morning under Alex Heffner, a Phillips Academy and Harvard grad.

ART REVIEW

When three becomes two

Erin Shirreff’s exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art includes photographs, sculpture, and a video.

Art Review

Current ICA exhibitions show institute in transition

Caught on the cusp of full-fledged maturity, the Institute for Contemporary Art still shows adolescent growing pains in a handful of current shows.

From left: Marc Pierre, Melissa Jesser, and Nael Nacer in “The Flick.”

Stage review

Movie theater misfits in compelling production of ‘The Flick’

Annie Baker’s drama about a trio of lost souls in a fading movie theater unfolds with a leisurely pace that becomes surprisingly compelling.

Monika Sosnowska’s “Tower.”

Art Review

New deCordova show emphasizes outdoor space

The show explores the relationship between sculpture and architecture, and presents a more focused way to experience the park.

Events

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/01/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/GettyImages-464929466.jpg Week ahead: Music, theater, art, and more

Critics’ picks for noteworthy events in Boston and the surrounding area this week.

Local galleries

gALLERIES | Cate McQuaid

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/28/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/MauriceFreedman,BathersInterlude,1948,oiloncanvas,28x24inches,privatecollection.jpg In Provincetown: cinematic sweep, alluring dunes, hidden patterns

Three gallery shows currently on view in Provincetown turn a spotlight on local inspirations and influences from afar.

Don Aucoin

Theater critic

Aucoin is the Globe’s theater critic, and has covered everything from television to politics to the Catholic Church’s abuse scandal.