Winter Arts Guide 2018

// The best of what to see and do around Boston this winter

From art shows to music performances, theater, TV, and dance, Boston’s scene has you covered.

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// The story behind the ‘Spotlight’ movie

A look at The Boston Globe’s coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the movie “Spotlight,” which is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation.

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Milos Forman at his home in Warren, Conn., in 2009. The filmmaker died April 13 at 86.


Milos Forman: poet of the human face

The Oscar-winning director of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus” died last week.

Amy Schumer


Amy Schumer would like you to see ‘I Feel Pretty’ before criticizing it

Even before it’s opened, the made-in-Massachusetts movie is being panned by some people who don’t like the idea behind it.

Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden in “Westworld.”

TV Critic’s Corner

This is where ‘Westworld’ left off

Here are a few things you’ll need to remember from last season, as the host rebellion catches fire.

A spin through some Record Store Day treasures

Here are 11 records on one music hound’s must-have list.


Boston Latin School senior up for poetry prize

Xiadi Zhai will represent Massachusetts at this month’s Poetry Out Loud competition at George Washington University in D.C.

Yu-Hui Chang’s “Pixelandia” gets its world premiere at Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s Saturday concert.

Composer goes for the high score with video game-inspired ‘Pixelandia’

Yu-Hui Chang’s piece is one of three world premieres in Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s Saturday concert.

Phil Wilcox, store manager at Tres Gatos Bookstore, prepares for Record Store Day on Saturday.

It’s the vinyl countdown to Record Store Day

The event turns 10 this year, and Boston retailers say its appeal is growing.

“Top Girls” director Liesl Tommy at the Huntington Avenue Theatre.

Director Liesl Tommy keeps topping herself

Back in Boston to helm “Top Girls” at the Huntington Theatre, she is also preparing to direct her first feature film — an adaptation of Trevor Noah’s South Africa memoir.

Rokuichiro Michii (left), the Consul-General of Japan in Boston, and his wife, Ikuko, with Boston Marathon men’s winner Yuki Kawauchi.


Boston Marathon is a ratings winner for WBZ-TV

The same conditions that made this week’s Boston Marathon brutal for runners may also have contributed to excellent TV ratings.

Ed Harris (left), Elizabeth Olsen, and Jason Sudeikis in “Kodachrome.”

Movie Review

Ed Harris and Jason Sudeikis clash as father and son in ‘Kodachrome’

The road trip movie gets an unfiltered tone and a uniquely anachronistic destination in this weighty portrait.

A scene from “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami,” Sophie Fiennes’s documentary on the singer, style icon, and actress.

Movie Review

Grace Jones is back on the big screen

A review of the documentary “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami.”

album review

On ‘Live,’ Terence Blanchard steps into the firing line

The jazz trumpeter’s new album was recorded in three cities steeped in police-related violence: Cleveland, Dallas, and St. Paul.

Jeff Rosenstock plays a sold-out show Saturday at the Paradise in support of his new album, “POST-.”

Punk artist Jeff Rosenstock has more to give

A paragon of DIY generosity, he is maintaining a fans-first approach to guide him through greater career success.

“ReSignifications” at Harvard’s Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art includes Omar Victor Diop’s “Juan de Pareja & Don Miguel de Castro.”

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Harvard’s Cooper Gallery updates the blackamoor

“ReSignifications” takes a racist trope and examines it from a contemporary perspective.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Jon Bon Jovi at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.


Back from Cleveland, Robert Kraft watches the Celts win with Ricki Lander

The Patriots owner has been busy lately.

President Trump (left) and former FBI director James Comey.

Trump rewrites history on rationale for firing Comey

The firing of FBI Director James Comey, and President Trump’s subsequent suggestion that the Russia investigation was a factor, led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.

Bo Burnham, director of “Eighth Grade.”


Bo Burnham’s ‘Eighth Grade’ to open Independent Film Festival Boston

The IFFB runs April 25-May 2, with screenings at the Somerville, Brattle, and Coolidge Corner theaters.

Aimee Doherty portrays Sally Bowles in Moonbox Productions’ “Cabaret.’’

stage review

Doherty shines brightest in Moonbox’s compelling ‘Cabaret’

The actress seizes the role of the down-but-not-out Sally Bowles as if it’s always belonged to her.

Ales & Liquors trade card from around 1880 refers to a Gloucester business.

art review

Celebrating Massachusetts’ other cape

“Unfolding Histories, Cape Ann Before 1900” is at the Cape Ann Museum.

Bethany Van Delft will take part in the “38.7%” stand-up performances being held over three nights.

Catch them if you can at the Women in Comedy Festival

You can’t see all 115 acts at the four-day festival, but here are several that stand out.

Elisabeth Moss (left) and Alexis Bledel in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

TV Critic’s Corner

The Globe goes to a dark place in ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

Season two, premiering next week, depicts an empty newsroom (not the actual one on Morrissey Boulevard) and a repurposed Fenway Park.

FILE - In this March 18, 2016 file photo, Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity speaks during a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in Phoenix. The Fox News Channel host is vowing to continue his attacks on ABC late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel until Kimmel apologizes for a segment in which he joked about first lady Melania Trump's accent. The dispute between the television personalities is unusually vitriolic, with Hannity calling Kimmel a

Fox News says Sean Hannity has the network’s ‘full support’

Fox News Channel said Tuesday that it was as surprised as anyone to learn that Sean Hannity shared a lawyer with President Trump.

Wanda Sykes is among the headliners at this year’s Women in Comedy Festival.


At the Women in Comedy Festival, a rare chance to own the stage

Female comics who typically struggle for their share of the spotlight face no such barriers this weekend.

Brooke Hardman and Omar Robinson in Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s production of “Much Ado About Nothing.’’


A ‘Much Ado’ that brings Beyoncé to its battle of wits

Christopher V. Edwards adds contemporary touches to Shakespeare’s comedy about love and its tribulations.

From left: Ron Chernow, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Joe Biden.


Henry Louis Gates Jr. among Common Wealth Award winners

The Harvard professor shared the spotlight with his fellow honorees, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow and former vice president Joe Biden.

A rehearsal for “The Journey,” the inaugural work of Boston University’s InMotion Theatre.

At BU’s new Booth Theatre, room to move and to imagine

“The Journey,” a response to “Moby-Dick” that is the inaugural work of the school’s InMotion Theatre, takes full advantage of the flexible space.

Mary Gauthier brings the war home, with vets as her collaborators

The singer-songwriter’s talks about her album “Rifles & Rosary Beads,” and the kinship she formed with the veterans and their family members who helped write all the songs.

Noah Baumbach with Greta Gerwig at the 90th Academy Awards.


Noah Baumbach to be honored at Nantucket Film Festival

Noah Baumbach to be honored at Nantucket Film Festival


So much for those action figures of John Cena proposing to Nikki Bella

Mattel probably won’t release them now

A P2V Neptune US patrol plane flies above a Soviet freighter during the Cuban missile crisis.

When the Cuban missile crisis almost became war

Casey Sherman and Michael Tougias recount two fateful American spy flights that threatened to lead to nuclear conflict.

Who is the man in Stormy Daniels’s composite sketch? Some say he looks like Tom Brady

Stormy Daniels released a composite sketch of the man she says threatened her in a parking lot in 2011 to stay quiet about her relationship with Donald Trump.

Laugh Lines: Emma Wilmann

A joke from the comic, who headlines Emma Wilmann & Friends at the Brattle Theatre as part of the Women in Comedy Festival.

Comey says Trump’s call to put him in jail isn’t ‘normal’

‘‘The president doesn’t get to decide who goes to jail,’’ Comey said.

President Donald Trump.

Anxiety grows for Trump after raid on his personal lawyer

There is worry that Michael Cohen, the self-described legal fixer who helped make bad stories go away, may strike a deal with prosecutors out of concern about his own prospects.


Zac Efron was in Boston to cheer on his brother in the Marathon

Efron took to Twitter to brag about his brother Dylan’s strong effort.

Mr. Anderson was found dead Monday in his Asheville, N.C., home.

‘Night Court’ star Harry Anderson, 65, found dead

Anderson was best known for playing an off-the-wall judge working the night shift of a Manhattan court room.

Kyle Chandler will take over George Clooney’s original role.

TV Critic’s Corner

Kyle Chandler joins George Clooney’s ‘Catch-22’

The “Friday Night Lights” star is taking the role director-executive producer Clooney originally intended for himself.

Big Apple Circus headliners the Wallendas performing their seven-person pyramid.


At Big Apple Circus, feats for the eyes

Now in Somerville, the cozy one-ring circus has redoubled its commitment to entertainment that’s by turns rousing, amusing, and as bustling as the city it’s named for.

James Comey’s interview on ABC drew 9.8 million viewers.

TV Critic’s Corner

Stormy v. Comey: Who won the biggest ratings?

The numbers are in for the former FBI director’s interview on ABC.


Rock historian Peter Guralnick feted in Watertown

An audience of admirers at the Mosesian Center for the Arts included Peter Wolf and Allman Brothers manager Bert Holman.

Yu-An Chang


Boston Symphony names new assistant conductor

Yu-An Chang of Taiwan won first prize at a 2016 international conducting competition.

Audra McDonald with Oskar Eustis at MIT’s Huntington Hall.


Audra McDonald appears at MIT discussion, gala

The six-time Tony winner, who has been honored with the university’s Eugene McDermott Award, sat down with Oskar Eustis at Huntington Hall over the weekend.

Kendrick Lamar was the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for music.

Kendrick Lamar just won a Pulitzer for ‘DAMN.’

Lamar is the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the award.

John Cena and Nikki Bella kissed after they got engaged at WrestleMania 33 in 2017.


Wrestlers John Cena, Nikki Bella call off engagement

Cena, originally from West Newbury, has made a successful transition to films, appearing in movies like “Trainwreck’’ and the new R-rated comedy ‘‘Blockers.’’

Actor and former Marine Corps drill instructor R. Lee Ermey in 2014.

‘Full Metal Jacket’ sergeant R. Lee Ermey dies at 74

The former Marine made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men.

Dwayne Johnson in a scene from “Rampage,” which finished the weekend atop the US box office.

In a close race, ‘Rampage’ takes No. 1 from ‘A Quiet Place’

After a wobbly start, Dwayne Johnson muscled his way to a No. 1 opening for “Rampage” — but just barely.