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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William Vogt was a drama critic and amateur birder who never trained as a scientist.

four takes

Biographies highlight some key figures in environmentalism

Four books tell the stories of the people and ideas that shaped the way we think about conservation.

Author Joan Didion.

book review

Women whose pens proved mightier

Michelle Dean compiles the biographies of a group of “sharp” 20th-century women writers.


A poet who reads poetry constantly

Kaveh Akbar’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, and elsewhere.


Greater Boston author readings April 29-May 5

A weekly calendar of literary events.

The Breeders play the House of Blues May 4.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

This undated image made from a video by the National Transpor-tation Safety Board shows the stern of the sunken ship El Faro.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Harrowing saga of the El Faro sinking, Ha Jin’s poems of being outsider

Boston journalist Rachel Slade’s first book, “Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro,’’ is tense, sad, and true.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

Marriage and the pursuit of happiness

“Wife, Inc.: The Business of Marriage in the Twenty-First Century” explores how American women look at and experience marriage.

@LARGE | Michael Andor Brodeur

What do Donald Trump and Kanye West see in each other? The answer is clear.

Trump and West are in many ways birds of a feather.

Michelle Wolf will host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

tv critic’s corner

I hear America zinging at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Michelle Wolf takes on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Joanna Gaines

‘Fixer Upper’ star Joanna Gaines debuts cookbook, talks post-show plans

Even though her show has come to an end, the home design guru is still going strong.

World Series championships weren’t enough for Youkilis

The three-time All-Star, who helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2004 and 2007, tweeted this week that he’s finally a graduate in good standing of the University of Cincinnati,

Cardi B performed at UMass Amherst Wednesday night.


Cardi B tells UMass students to stay the course

With a long red-and-white striped blouse covering her burgeoning belly, the pregnant performer twerked the night away.


Bo Burnham premieres movie at IFFB

The 27-year-old Hamilton native was at the Somerville Theatre this week to premiere his new movie, “Eighth Grade.”

Lauren Kidwell, a 2014 Boston Conservatory grad, speaks to students at the school’s Zach Box Theater.


‘Sound of Music’ star talks about climbing every mountain

Lauren Kidwell, a 2014 graduate of the Boston Conservatory, knows a thing or two about staying on course.

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Symphony Hall Wednesday.

music review

Los Angeles Philharmonic splashes down at Symphony Hall

Led by Gustavo Dudamel, the orchestra shook the rafters with pieces by Varèse and Shostakovich.

“Shakedown” is one of the films in the Brattle Theatre’s “Noir City: Boston.”

scene here | local films, festivals, and faces

Where to catch this summer’s film festivals

Save the dates for these summer film festivals, series, and special events coming to screens in our area.

A hot summer for actresses

Counterprogramming the testosterone isn’t Mission: Impossible.

From lef: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt, and Pom Klementieff in “Avengers: Infinity War.

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Avengers’ heroes, fierce queens, and They Might Be Giants

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

Bill Cosby.

Here are the charges against Bill Cosby, and the sentences they carry

A jury convicted Bill Cosby on three sexual assault charges on Thursday, about two weeks after the retrial started.

Lord Hurons enter the void on ‘Vide Noir’

A cosmic conversation with Ben Schneider of the Los Angeles-based indie-folk group, which comes to Boston on Monday.

From left: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt, and Pom Klementieff in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Movie Stars

Movie capsules

Capsule movie reviews

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2013 file photo, Swedish DJ-producer, Avicii poses for a portrait in New York. Swedish-born Avicii, whose name is Tim Bergling, was found dead, Friday April 20, 2018, in Muscat, Oman. He was 28. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)

Avicii’s family says the DJ ‘could not go on any longer’ and ‘wanted to find peace’

The Grammy-nominated musician, born Tim Bergling, was found dead last week at age 28. Details about his death were not revealed.

Sophia Ramos, Carmen M. Herlihy, Paula Plum, Carmen Zilles, and Vanessa Kai in “Top Girls.”

Stage Review

A top-notch ‘Top Girls’ at the Huntington

Director Liesl Tommy helms an assured production of Caryl Churchill’s 1982 drama about women’s lives, ambitions, and burdens.

Colin Jost (left) and Michael Che on the set of “SNL.”

Michael Che, Colin Jost of ‘SNL’ to host Emmy Awards

Che and Jost anchor the ‘‘Weekend Update’’ segment of ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ and are head writers on the long-running sketch show.

Shangela Laquifa Wadley (with Philip Popken) during her performance at Carrie Nation.


‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ All Star performs at Carrie Nation

Shangela Laquifa Wadley, the drag persona of D.J. Pierce, closed out Suffolk University’s “Queerpril.”

President Trump tried to kiss his wife, Melania, during a visit from France’s president earlier this week.

Trump admits he didn’t get a present for Melania’s birthday today

“You know, I’m very busy to be running out looking for presents, OK?” President Trump said in an interview on national TV this morning.

Then-President-elect Donald Trump posed with Kanye West in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York in December, 2016.

Trump says rapper Kanye West has ‘good taste’ for liking him

President Donald Trump is praising Kanye West, saying the rapper has “good taste” because he supports Trump.

Cardi B performed at UMass Amherst Wednesday night.

At UMass Amherst, Cardi B dazzles the crowd with rapping, twerking, and a pep talk

Nothing made college students at UMass Amherst marvel more than when Cardi B twerked onstage while pregnant Wednesday night.

AP, other media seek access to records in Mueller probe

The Associated Press and other news organizations asked a judge Wednesday to unseal records in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, citing overwhelming public interest in a case they said was among the most important in American history.

Hatred of journalists on the rise worldwide, watchdog says

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders says hostility toward journalists is growing worldwide, often encouraged by political leaders — even in democratic countries.

A still image from the series “Poetry in America.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Verse case scenarios with ‘Poetry in America’

Presented by WGBH-TV, “Poetry in America” reads between the lines.

Then-president-elect Donald Trump and rapper Kanye West posed for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York in December 2016.

Kanye West went on a tweetstorm about Trump — and Trump responded

After tweeting praise for “my brother” Donald Trump, West posted that his wife — Kim Kardashian West — asked him to clarify that he doesn’t “agree with everything Trump does.”

From left: Didi Gutman, Aaron Johnston, Jesse Murphy, and Sabina Sciubba.

Brazilian Girls return with radio-ready album ‘Let’s Make Love’

A decade after their last disc, Brazilian Girls remain puckish hedonists, and they wisely make little attempt to update their global alt-dance sound. The band plays Brighton Music Hall on May 6.

From left: Amanda Collins, Sarah Newhouse, and Sarah Oakes Muirhead in Nora Theatre’s “The Women Who Mapped the Stars.”

Stage REview

Solidarity among female pioneers in bracing drama ‘The Women Who Mapped the Stars’

Nora Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Joyce Van Dyke’s play about astronomers in two eras battling male assumptions.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

At Boston Cyberarts Gallery, it’s augmented reality on exhibit

“Now You See It . . .” looks at AR as art.

“Say Her Name,” from Jennifer Packer: Tenderheaded.”

Art Review

At the Rose, taking tenderness to unexpected places

“Jennifer Packer: Tenderheaded” uses paint as an instrument of empathy.

“Avengers: Infinity War” is what Marvel superhero movies of the past decade have all been leading to.

Movie Review

A crowded ‘Avengers’ ends up making the villain the central figure

This is what Marvel’s superhero movies have been leading to. But there’s a reason the best recipes don’t call for every ingredient in the pantry.

“Snow Capped Mountain and Wind Farm” by Mark Chen and Shiao-Nan Chen

Photography Review

At the Griffin, two arts for the price of one

“Art·tri·bu·tion” presents photographs that are about other art forms.

John Linnell (left) and John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants.


Talking new instruments and old technology with They Might Be Giants’ John Linnell

The band, which released its 20th studio album in January, plays the House of Blues on Friday.

Album Review

Speedy Ortiz headier, poppier than ever on ‘Twerp Verse’

The Northampton indie rockers’ engaging, thought-provoking new album achieves its lofty goals far more often than not.

Kristina Lyons (left) and Attorney General Maura Healey at the reading and signing of Peggy Freydberg’s last book, “Poems from the Pond.”


Remembering Peggy Freydberg with ‘Poems from the Pond’

Admirers of Peggy Freydberg, the late Martha’s Vineyard poet, gathered the other night to read selections from her final book, titled “Poems from the Pond.”

In this hidden alley, a museum of modern art

Cambridge’s Richard B. Modica Way, an 80-foot stretch of constantly changing street art, turns 10.

Martin Freeman stars as an ex-banker at home in “Ghost Stories.”

Movie Review

Clever and surreal, ‘Ghost Stories’ evokes tongue-in-cheek ancestors

“Ghost Stories,” as such, feels like a throwback, orchestrated by two students enamored of multiple horror masters, from Kubrick to King.

Louis Garrel and Stacy Martin as Jean-Luc Godard and Anne Wiazemsky in “Godard Mon Amour.”

Movie Review

Godardian pretensions in ‘Godard Mon Amour’

Writer-director Michael Hazanavicius looks at a different sort of artist in the film.

Brady Jandreau in “The Rider.”

Movie Review

‘The Rider’: What cinema is capable of at its best

Chloé Zhao’s film finds the universal in a story of male identity in the Badlands.

Placido Domingo performs Thursday at the Boch Center Wang Theatre.

Classical Notes

Placido Domingo, at 77, still savors ‘this privilege, to make people happy’

The world-renowned singer, who performs Thursday at the Boch Center Wang Theatre, has enjoyed a career of extraordinary longevity, seemingly defying the strictures of time and aging.