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.

Special section

// 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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Mother Russia crashes the Oscars

Two documentaries that have been nominated for Academy Awards have drawn the ire of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In December, PBS fired Tavis Smiley, shown in New York in 2014.

Tavis Smiley, fired from talk show amid sex harassment allegations, sues PBS

Smiley contends in the lawsuit that racial bias contributed to his dismissal.

Jennifer Lawrence during the “Red Sparrow” photo call Tuesday at the Corinthia Hotel in London.

Jennifer Lawrence tells critics of her Versace dress: ‘Get a grip people’

The actress’s passionate Facebook post was in response to a controversy surrounding an outfit she wore Tuesday to a photo call for her new thriller, ‘‘Red Sparrow.’’

Daniela Vega stars in “A Fantastic Woman.”

Movie Review

From Chile, a gently furious drama about identity

The title of Sebastián Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” seems straightforward enough, but it carries a double meaning and a sting.

From left: Timothy Spall, Cillian Murphy, Emily Mortimer, and Patricia Clarkson in “The Party.”

Movie Review

Guests make ‘The Party’

Sally Potter’s tart black comedy of bad behavior among the British boho-bourgeoisie, shot in black and white, boasts a terrific cast.

Playwright Claudia Rankine and dramaturg P. Carl at a rehearsal for her new play “The White Card.”

Claudia Rankine wants us to talk — really talk — about race, so she wrote ‘The White Card’

The play from the poet who wrote “Citizen” is getting its world premiere in Boston, under the direction of Diane Paulus.

The cast of the original TV series “Lost in Space” (from left): Mark Goddard, June Lockhart, Guy Williams, Billy Mumy (front), Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, and Marta Kristen.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Lost in Space’ reboot set to launch in April

Maybe Netflix will justify its forthcoming foray into the world of the space family Robinson with the help of a twist: Actress Parker Posey will star as the scheming Dr. Smith.

Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee’s “The Blue Lagoon”

Photography review

Vibrant additions to the collection at Fitchburg Art Museum

The museum is doubling its photographic holdings, and 24 pictures in a new show offer a striking sampling.

“We’ve worked together for such a comfortable space,” says Paul Jeffries, “that we never have to overshadow each other.”

Canadian R&B duo dvsn seduce from the shadows

They wouldn’t divulge personal details at first, but it’s hard to maintain anonymity under an intensifying spotlight.

Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star in “Game Night.”

Movie Review

Rachel McAdams brings a light touch to ‘Game Night’

The actress, Jason Bateman, and other cast members pour a lot of energy into the gimmicky comedy.

Screaming Females

Album review

Head-bangers, and a few curves, from Screaming Females

On “All at Once,” the New Jersey trio indulge in a little stylistic experimentation, but their primary focus remains rocking out, hard and unrelentingly.

Sarah Ruhl


‘Orlando’ crosses centuries, continents, genders

Playwright Sarah Ruhl, who adapted Virginia Woolf’s novel, says the writer “couldn’t have imagined the trans movement, but she relished the idea that the mind of the artist is androgynous.”

Bryan Christie’s “Of Your Presence Just Passed”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Bryan Christie takes the human body to unexpected places

The artist’s show at Matter & Light Fine Art runs through March 31.

Bruce Dern in “Nostalgia.”

Movie Review

‘Nostalgia’ is a wistful trip down memory lane

Mark Pellington’s cinematic mosaic can be vague, but it holds interest with Ellen Burstyn, Jon Hamm, and Catherine Keener digging into wistful material.


Artists, performers sought for Franklin spring art event

The Art in Motion exhibition will showcase paintings and drawings of figures in motion.

After the Whiffenpoofs voted against admitting them in 2016, a record number of female singers auditioned anyway and an online petition circulated urging the Whiffs to reverse the decision.

Yale’s famed Whiffenpoofs singing group admits first woman

The Whiffenpoofs have tapped Sofia Campoamor, a junior, as the first female member of the group since its founding in 1909.

Director Bridget Kathleen O’Leary (right) works with actor Veronica Duerr, who plays Zoe, during a rehearsal of “Ripe Frenzy.”

In this fictional town, the consequences of a school shooting are all too real

Jennifer Barclay’s “Ripe Frenzy” could be considered prescient if the event it describes wasn’t so depressingly routine.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend at the Grammy Awards in January.

Celebrity news

‘Black Panther’ notches the biggest Monday ever at the box office

The hit superhero film made a massive $40.2 million in ticket sales Monday and pushed its four-day total to $242 million.

Jay Hernandez will pick up the lead of “Magnum P.I.” from Tom Selleck.

TV Critic’s Corner

A new ‘Magnum P.I’ from the same old CBS

In this reboot, Jay Hernandez will star in the role that made Tom Selleck famous.

Front row (from left): Caroline Rush, British Fashion Council chief executive; Queen Elizabeth II; Anna Wintour; royal dressmaker Angela Kelly.

Celebrity news

Stylish Queen Elizabeth II makes first Fashion Week visit

The monarch has always dressed with style and flair — but Tuesday marked her first visit to the showy catwalks of London Fashion Week.

Amal and George Clooney will march with students in March.


George Clooney and wife donate $500,000 to students against gun violence

The couple say they’re inspired by the ‘‘courage and eloquence’’ of the survivors-turned-activists from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Vundabar drummer Drew McDonald (left) and singer-guitarist Brandon Hagen.

In Vundabar’s newest music, there’s weight with the whimsy

A personal narrative unfolds in “Smell Smoke,” the South Shore duo’s third release.

AR-15s and related rifles.

Thing Tank

Gun control, miserable cruises, and Fergie: It’s a thing

A look at the week online.

Phoebe Bridgers

When Phoebe Bridgers gets worked up, songs happen

The singer calls in from the road (“some-[expletive]-where in Texas”) to talk about her debut album, how “Gimmer Shelter” changed her life, and learning how to scream.

Mickey Lamantia outside the Cranston, R.I., prison where he works at his day job.

Meet country music’s most law-abiding outlaw

Musically, Rhode Island’s Mickey Lamantia may model himself after Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, but those guys weren’t prison guards.

Jess Salomon

Laugh Lines: Jess Salomon

A joke from the comic, who plays CitySide Comedy Monday night.

From left: Tonasia Jones, Kerline Desir, Dayenne C. Byron Walters, Ciera-Sade Wade, Thomika Marie Bridwell, Karimah Williams, and Verna Hampton.

Stage REview

‘For Colored Girls’ has an enduring resonance

A new production at Hibernian Hall illustrates the continuing power of Ntozake Shange’s “choreopoem’’ about the lives of women of color.

A display of Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” at a London bookstore last month.


‘Fire and Fury’ author Michael Wolff to headline Boston event

The controversial book has topped The New York Times best sellers list since Jan. 5.

Longtime Boston news anchor Christa Delcamp joins NBC10

Delcamp, who worked at WHDH-TV (Channel 7) for 14 years, is slated to join the morning news team at NBC 10 on Wednesday.

Risa Puno’s installation is made up of spinnable wooden blocks engraved with traditional Chinese characters and texts from stories gathered from the Chinatown community.


‘Year of the Dog’ installation comes to Chinatown Park

The piece by Risa Puno is made up of spinnable wooden blocks, engraved with traditional Chinese characters and texts from stories gathered from the Chinatown community.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft with girlfriend Ricki Noel Lander and rapper Snoop Dogg before the NBA All-Star Game Sunday night in Los Angeles.


Kraft was courtside at NBA All-Star Game

The Patriots owner mingled with some of Hollywood’s biggest names before tip-off.

Foreground (from left): Deb Libera, Norm Abram, Ken Burns, and Sarah Ramsey at Old Sturbridge Village.


‘This Old House’ master carpenter feted

Norm Abram received the Ken Burns Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his distinguished career as a master carpenter and author.

Dancer Shura Baryshnikov in the title role of Odyssey Opera’s “Joan of Arc at the Stake.”

Music review

Sincerity and fervor in Odyssey Opera’s ‘Joan of Arc at the Stake’

A richly moving performance was the penultimate offering in the young company’s Joan of Arc-themed season. 


Blue Man Group on ice at City Hall

The performance was the kickoff for a week of entertainment at the Charles Playhouse for school vacation week.

Harry Connick Jr. is set to star in a stage musical version of the 1973 movie “The Sting.”

TV Critic’s Corner

End of the road for Harry Connick Jr.’s talk show

It has been a tough market, with the likes Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira, and Anderson Cooper failing in their own efforts to find footing in what fancy folks call the daytime space.

Elisabeth Moss in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ faces some challenges in season 2

How do you equal or beat such a tightly written and wildly praised first season, and where do you take the story as you move further and further from the original book?

From left: Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) in a scene from the new release “Black Panther.”

Celebrity News

‘Black Panther’ blows away box office with $192m weekend

The Marvel film was the fifth-highest-grossing debut ever, not adjusting for inflation.

Fergie performed the national anthem before Sunday’s NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles.

Fergie’s unusual national anthem rendition before NBA All-Star game widely panned

The Grammy Award-winning singer’s raspy interpretation of “The Star-Spangled Banner” did not go over well with many.

Kiss bassist Gene Simmons met fans and answered questions at City Winery on Saturday.


Kiss’s Gene Simmons: ‘The biggest bands on earth are old guys like me’

The Kiss bassist was in town promoting “The Vault,” a 10-disc box set.

Noel Gallagher (shown in Hungary in 2016) brought his High Flying Birds to the Boston Opera House Saturday.

Music review

Noel Gallagher and High Flying Birds do their jobs, as usual

The architect behind Oasis delivered a workmanlike show with his band at the Boston Opera House, but that was more than enough.

Elsa from “Frozen” is among the performers in “Dare to Dream.”

Stage Review

At Disney on Ice’s ‘Dare to Dream,’ girls rule

It’s fascinating to follow the evolution of the independent woman through Disney’s eyes, on skates no less.

A scene from Marvel Studios'

‘Black Panther’ blows away box office with $192m weekend

The Marvel film was the fifth-highest-grossing debut ever, not adjusting for inflation.

Clarke Peters of “The Wire” and “Treme” will appear in “Love Is ___,” on OWN.

TV Critic’s Corner

For old favorite Clarke Peters, a new role

The actor has just signed onto a new hourlong dramedy called “Love Is ___,” which will appear on OWN.

As an author, Mr. Bennett chronicled civil rights.

Lerone Bennett Jr., 89, former editor of Ebony magazine

Mr. Bennett also took on national roles, including as a member of President Bill Clinton’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Drake touts giveaways, urges fans to do something nice, too

Drake wants to spread the love, and he’s challenging his fans to do the same.

Robert Plant at a show in Tennessee in 2015.

music review

Wide-ranging explorations and rock explosions from Robert Plant

Singer even slaked the thirst of the Led Zeppelin fans at the Orpheum with several songs, but in every case, they were far from recapitulation.