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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Prince performed in Worcester in 1985.

Prince’s heirs sue hospital, Walgreens over post-overdose care

The lawsuit claims that a doctor and pharmacists failed to provide the musician with reasonable care after an overdose days before he died.

DeRay Davis is host of “Hip Hop Squares.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Squaring off while playing games on ‘Hip Hop Squares’

VH1 airs two episodes of the Ice-Cube co-produced revival Wednesday starting at 10 p.m.

President Kennedy traveling through Dallas minutes before he was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963.


Flag from JFK assassination limo up for auction

The current bid is $30,000, but the auction house estimates the item could fetch $100,000.

Ondi Timoner (left), Matt Smith, and Eliza Dushku


‘Mapplethorpe’ premieres at Tribeca Film Festival

The biopic tells the story of celebrated photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Simon Schama (seen in India) is one of three principal contributors to “Civlizations.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Two shows on PBS go back to where it all began

Wouldn’t it be nice to watch something about the rise of humanity? The kind not assisted by extraterrestrials?


Peter Wolf plays a surprise Record Store Day show in Newburyport record store

Accompanied by Duke Levine and Marty Ballou, the J. Geils frontman sounded great.

“Westworld” cast members Simon Quarterman and Shannon Woodward at the Revere Hotel on Sunday.


Boston tech experts turn out for ‘Westworld’ premiere party Sunday night at Revere Hotel

Locals from Women Who Code, FeatureX, and Affectiva were on the guest list for the screening and talk with actors from the show.

John Oliver wants to educate Trump — so he bought ads on Sean Hannity’s show

The Catheter Cowboy’s previous ads sought to inform the president of facts such as ‘‘Frederick Douglass is dead,’’ and ‘‘other people exist.’’

John Krasinski (left) and Noah Jupe in a scene from “A Quiet Place.”

At the box office

‘A Quiet Place’ again dominates at the theaters

John Krasinski’s nearly dialogue-free horror film pulled in another $22 million over the weekend.

Shania Twain in 2017.

Shania Twain apologizes after saying she would have voted for Donald Trump

The Canadian singer told The Guardian she would have voted for Trump because “even though he was offensive, he seemed honest.”

Mr. Oldenburg, the longtime director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, in its sculpture garden in 1972.

Richard Oldenburg, 84; led expansion of Museum of Modern Art

Mr. Oldenburg oversaw blockbuster exhibitions of Picasso, Matisse, and Cézanne.

Front, from left: Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, and Mark Wahlberg at the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf Celebrity Shootout on Sunday


Mark Wahlberg joins golf legends at celebrity shootout

The Dorchester-bred actor participated with four of the best ever.

Benjamin Zander conducted “Dream of Gerontius.”

Music review

In Symphony Hall, Elgar’s dream of a soul drifting free

On Friday night, Benjamin Zander led the combined forces of the Boston Philharmonic and the Chorus pro Musica in an affecting performance of Elgar’s “Dream of Gerontius”

Amanda Abbington and Michael C. Hall in the Netflix series “Safe.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Michael C. Hall returns, with an accent

In the new Netflix thriller “Safe,” he’s a British dad whose oldest child goes missing.

Buzzfeed and “Get Out” director Jordan Peele (right) teamed up to create a digitally manipulated video of President Obama.


‘Deepfake’ videos are insidious and deceitful. But is there a silver lining?

Jordan Peele’s viral video of President Obama highlights the threat of videos that use sophisticated technology to seamlessly swap out one face for another. And it’s a reminder again that we need to question everything.

Verne Troyer, best known as ‘Mini-Me’ in Austin Powers, has died

A statement provided by Mr. Troyer’s spokesperson says the 49-year-old actor died Saturday.

Broadway star Christine Ebersole at BU.


Actress Christine Ebersole stops by BU

The two-time Tony winner talked about her career at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

Andris Nelsons, BSO music director, nuzzles a bust of Austrian composer Anton Bruckner.


For Andris Nelsons, it’s Bruckner or bust

A CD booklet includes a shot of the BSO music director tenderly nuzzling a massive statue of the composer.

Barbara Bush in Gulf Stream, Fla., in 1988.

TV Critic’s Corner

Recalling when Barbara Bush and Marge Simpson became pen pals

After apologizing for calling “The Simpsons” “the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen,” the then-first lady added, “Clearly you are setting a good example for the . . . country.”

Tugan Sokhiev leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra and pianist Jan Lisiecki in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor Thursday at Symphony Hall.

Music Review

Pianist Jan Lisiecki leads a youth movement at Symphony Hall

All three pieces on the Boston Symphony Orchestra program were written by composers in their 20s.

The University Press of New England was based at Dartmouth College.

University Press of New England to close

The press operated as a consortium that once numbered 10 colleges and universities but had in the past two years shrunk to just two.

Chris Evans.

Talking with Chris Evans about Captain America

The Sudbury native is back as the shield-wielding superhero in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Photo Illustration By Ryan Huddle / Globe staff. Photographs by Marvel Studios

In ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ 23’s a crowd

It’s all hands on deck in the latest Marvel extravaganza.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of April 23-29

“Wig Out!” in Cambridge, Fusion Cuisine in Somerville, Pathways to Freedom in Boston, and more.


Diversity awards, a DIY drone, and a concert

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

A young Eunice Kennedy.

book review

The formidable Kennedy sister

Difficult and driven Eunice Kennedy Shriver used her prickly personality for the lasting benefit of others.

book review

How to write wonderful essays

“How to Write an Autobiographical Novel” is so good that several of its essays match the standards of Annie Dillard.

Caitlin Canty performs at Club Passim on April 25.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.


Still gets knocked out by the right book

Ann Hood believes that certain books resonate with us more at different points in our lives

book review

It’s a man’s world — even in the myths

Madeline Miller unspools a feminist retelling of the tale of Circe

Celeste Ng is this year’s ambassador for Independent Bookstore Day.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Indie bookstores celebrate; translating poetry; Newburyport bookfest

Independent Bookstore day celebrates the beating pulse and personality of indie bookshops all over.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

A novel about asymmetrical ties and creativity

Author Lisa Halliday admits the some details of her debut borrow from her life

Joe Perry at the House of Blues Wednesday.

Music Review

Joe Perry rocks his way at House of Blues

For two hours, the Aerosmith guitarist plugged in and let ’er rip.

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ the 10 best TV drama performances over 10 years

Critic Matthew Gilbert submits his choices from an embarrassment of riches.

Elisabeth Moss in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

How Elisabeth Moss and company plan to carry ‘Handmaid’ forward

The actress says her character will become increasingly defiant, and increasingly at risk, as the series resumes for season two.

im Kalkhof in the 2017 film “The Cakemaker.”


The National Center for Jewish Film festival turns 21

The NCJF celebrates with movies from the past and present.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles attended the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in London.

Queen tips Prince Charles to follow her as Commonwealth head

Queen Elizabeth II opened a summit of the 53-nation Commonwealth on Thursday, and backed her son Prince Charles to be the next leader of the association of Britain and its former colonies.

A scene from “Dark Money.”

IFFBoston documentaries feature conspiracies and compassion

The Independent Film Festival Boston begins April 25.

Tig Notaro (pictured in Beverly Hills in January) headlines the Women in Comedy Festival show at the Chevalier in Medford Saturday.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Women in comedy, ‘Top Girls,’ and really long guitar solos

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

Margo Price will do just what she wants, thanks

With acclaim, awards, and a strong second album, the singer who calls herself “too country for country” is doing just fine.

Elsie Fisher in Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade.”

Ty Burr

What to watch at the IFFBoston

The Independent Film Festival Boston opens April 25.

From left: Storm Lever, Ariana DeBose, and LaChanze, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where they star in “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” on Broadway.

On Broadway, feeling love for Donna Summer

The pop superstar died before her vision of a musical based on her life could come to fruition. Now it finally has.

Yasujirô Ozu in a scene from Daniel Raim’s “In Search of Ozu.”

In Focus

‘In Search of Ozu’ ponders a great director’s being and ‘nothingness’

Daniel Raim’s quirky but insightful documentary analyzes the significance Yasujirô Ozu found in things.

Scenes from “Hobbyhorse Revolution.”

doc talk | peter keough

Doc Talk: Tennis teacher, hobbyhorse riders, music makers

A roundup of upcoming documentary screenings and events.

A piece from DM Witman’s “Melt” series.

Art Review

Old and new meet at Portland Museum of Art Biennial

This year’s iteration features the work of 25 artists.

From left: Donnie, Paul, Bob, and Alma Wahlberg unveil the new Wahlburgers food truck at the South Bay Center.


Wahlbergs get in on the food truck craze with Wahlburgers on Wheels

The unveiling at Dorchester’s South Bay Center featured matriarch Alma Wahlberg and sons Donnie, Paul, and Bob. Mark made an appearance via FaceTime.

Christie Prades as Gloria Estefan in “On Your Feet!”.

stage review

‘On Your Feet!’: A fast-moving formula for fun

Sergio Trujillo’s choreography enlivens a jukebox bio-musical at the Boston Opera House about Emilio and Gloria Estefan.