Fall Arts Preview 2017

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Holiday dance picks

10 holiday dance picks from Karen Campbell.

Marianna Bassham, Liz Adams, Marya Lowry, and Bobbie Steinbach in “Julius Caesar.”

Stage Review

A ‘Julius Caesar’ that flips the Shakespearean script

Bryn Boice directs an all-female production of the Bard’s tragedy of power, ambition, and bloodshed.

From left: Ezra Miller is The Flash, Ben Affleck is Batman, and Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman in a scene from “Justice League.”

‘Justice League’ a disappointing No. 1 as ‘Wonder’ surprises

The lackluster domestic turnout for “Justice League” raises new questions about the ability of Warner Bros. to effectively exploit its DC Comics characters.

In the third season of HBO’s “True Detective,” Carmen Ejogo will star as an Arkansas schoolteacher with a link to two missing children in 1980.

TV Critic’s Corner

HBO’s ‘True Detective’ will head to the Ozarks

In season 3, Carmen Ejogo will star as an Arkansas schoolteacher with a link to two missing children in 1980.

Julie Rhodes is no longer the music scene’s best-kept secret

If not for a fortuitous meeting, the Woburn native might still be singing in her car instead of on the stage.

Miguel and his great-grandmother figure prominently in “Coco.”

Movie Review

Afterlife lessons in ‘Coco’

The new Pixar film journeys south of the border and into a fluorescent Day of the Dead setting.

DeWanda Wise stars in the new Netflix series, “She’s Gotta Have It,” adapted from the 1986 film by its director Spike Lee.

Television Review

‘She’s Gotta Have It’ still has it

Spike Lee has adapted his breakthrough film into a 10-episode Netflix series.

Director Ilyse Robbins (center) with Jennifer Ellis and Sam Simahk at a rehearsal for “She Loves Me.”


You’ve got mail, and the makings of a romance in ‘She Loves Me’

“It’s not your typical love story, which is why it’s my favorite musical,” says Ilyse Robbins, who is directing the production at the Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham.

Josh Gondelman

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Josh Gondelman

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

Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey, are producing a 10-episode religious drama called “Messiah” that will be available on Netflix in 2019.

TV Critic’s Corner

Mark Burnett’s ‘Messiah’ poses the ultimate what-if

The producer’s scripted series for Netflix is about the modern world’s response to a man who claims to be the Messiah.

George Clooney

TV Critic’s Corner

Clooney signs on to a ‘Catch-22’ miniseries

The actor will star in and direct the six-episode TV series.

Denzel Washington in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Movie Review

In ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ the one name that matters is Denzel

The film is mostly a character study in search of a plot, but since it’s Denzel Washington playing the character, you don’t much mind.

Andris Nelsons leading pianist Martin Helmchen and the BSO last week.


BSO’s Andris Nelsons says sexual harassment isn’t a problem in classical music

Nothing to see here, says the conductor.

Dan Stevens (left, as Charles Dickens) and Christopher Plummer (right, as Ebenezer Scrooge) in “The Man Who Invented Christmas.”

Movie Review

‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ shows how ‘A Christmas Carol’ came to be written

The PG-rated biopic — starring Dan Stevens of “Downton Abbey” — is sufficiently heavy on whimsy, yet there’s also a fair amount of darker material.

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, actor Harrison Ford poses for photographers during the photo call for 'Blade Runner 2049' in London. Police tell the Ventura County, Calif. Star newspaper that Ford and others helped a woman involved in an accident on Nov. 19, 2017, out of her car before first responders arrived. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

Harrison Ford comes to the rescue after car accident

The actor came to the real-life rescue of a woman who was involved in a car accident north of Los Angeles.

Actor Armie Hammer.


Armie Hammer says Casey Affleck’s Oscar is the result of a Hollywood double standard

The actor said Affleck was able to win despite past harassment allegations, while director Nate Parker’s career is in ruins after a long-ago rape allegation.

A portrait of the Queen and Prince Philip to mark the couple’s 70th wedding anniversary.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip celebrate 70th anniversary

Britain is marking the 70th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip with a peal of bells, a set of portraits and some commemorative stamps.

Diana Ross performed Sunday at the American Music Awards.

Amid tumultuous year, musicians unite at American Music Awards

The night was filled with positive vibes and American pride.


Cherry Bombe gathers local women in food for a night of talk and tastings

The event was a stop on the biannual magazine’s multicity book tour, celebrating its October release, “Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook,” from publisher Clarkson Potter.

Ken Burns has launched a website called UNUM that supplements his film work.

TV Critic’s Corner

Lots more Ken Burns, just a few clicks away

The documentary filmmaker has launched a website called UNUM that supplements his film work with videos, books, podcast excerpts, and tweets.

From left: Robert and Susan Schechter, Ashley Karger, Wesley Karger, Paul Karger, and Carole Charnow at the Wonder Ball.


Wonder Ball raises $600,000 for Children’s Museum

The funds raised support access to the museum for children with economic, physical, or developmental challenges.

Demi Lovato brings Danica Roem, history-making transgender candidate, to the AMAs

Demi Lovato is “Sorry Not Sorry” for bringing a tinge of politics to the red carpet of the American Music Awards.

Mr. Tillis’s resonant baritone was suited to both traditional country and pop-leaning material.

Mel Tillis, 85, country star known for his songs and his stutter

Mr. Tillis wrote such hits as “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” on his way to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Actor-singer David Cassidy in 2009.

David Cassidy remains in Florida hospital

The television and music star is dealing with multiple organ failure.

David Cassidy performed in October 2012 in Nashville.

‘Partridge Family’ star David Cassidy in hospital with organ failure

Cassidy’s publicist says he’s suffering from liver and kidney failure.

Malcolm Young, second from left, performed with AC/DC in Munich in 2003. Also on stage were Brian Johnson, Phil Rudd, Angus Young, and Cliff Williams.

AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dies at 64

Mr. Young was the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the legendary Australian band.

Dunkin’ Donuts customers in Waltham were surprised to find Celtics forward Guerschon Yabusele behind the counter.


Celtics player Guerschon Yabusele surprises Dunkin’ customers

The 6-foot-8 forward handed the morning rush — ringing orders, making coffee, and doling out donuts — in Waltham.

Bob Dylan (pictured at a concert in France in 2012) played a packed Agganis Arena on Thursday.

Music Review

Dylan highlights his later period in Agganis Arena show

Fans looking for greatest hits had only “It Ain’t Me, Babe” and “Highway 61 Revisited” to content them over the first 70 minutes of the show.

National Book Award winners (from left) Robin Benway, Masha Gessen, Jesmyn Ward, and Frank Bidart.


Cambridge poet Frank Bidart wins National Book Award

His “Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016” took the poetry prize.

Boston, MA--11/16/2014--Anne Azéma (cq), left, artistic director of The Boston Camerata (cq), leads the rehearsal of

Classical Music

Christmas carols, Arabic instruments

The 15-year partnership between Boston Camerata and Arabic ensemble Sharq began with an immigration emergency.



Wendt’s journey from ‘Cheers’ to Christmas cheer

The actor famed for his role as Norm Peterson will play Santa Claus in the Boston production of “Elf the Musical.’’

19holidayclasspicks - BLUE HERON: ‘CHRISTMAS IN MEDIEVAL ENGLAND’ Motets by Leonel Power and John Dunstaple, as well as English carols and other works, under the direction of Scott Metcalfe. Dec. 22-23, First Church in Cambridge. 617-960-7956, www.blueheronchoir.org  (Liz Linder)

Classical Music

Holiday classical picks

A selection of classical events for the holidays in Greater Boston.

Chris Diamantopoulos as “Ralphie’s Dad, The Old Man” in FOX’s live musical event, A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE!, airing Sunday, Dec. 17 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. CR: TOMMY GARCIA / FOX 19HolidayTVPicks


Turns out, Matthew Broderick isn’t too old to play Ralphie Parker

The actor will narrate Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live!” as a grown-up Ralphie in this adaptation of Jean Shepherd’s classic holiday tale.

10/29/2017 - Boston, MA - Boston Ballet - Miranda Weese, cq, formerly a principal dancer with NYC Ballet, leads a rehearsal for the Nut Cracker at the Boston Ballet on Sunday, October 29, 2017. Weese was recently announced as the new master of Boston Children's Ballet.


Dance: A former ‘Nutcracker’ principal has a new role — mentor

Miranda Weese’s charges are the 8- to 14-year-olds who’ll be performing in Boston Ballet’s production this year.

Singer Camila Cabello performs onstage at the MTV European Music Awards 2017 in London, Sunday, Nov. 12th, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Pop Music

Holiday pop picks

10 holiday pop music picks from Maura Johnston.

Dwayne Burgess of Voices of Black Persuasion performs solo during song


Holiday theater picks

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin’s guide to holiday productions, including “Black Nativity,’’ “Fox Fables,’’ and “A Christmas Carol.’’

Nurse Barbara Gilbert (CHARLOTTE RITCHIE), Nurse Trixie Franklin (HELEN GEORGE), Nurse Patsy Mount (EMERALD FENNELL) CALL THE MIDWIFE S5 - CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 19HolidayTVPicks


Holiday TV picks

Matthew Gilbert’s picks for holiday specials.

(L to R) Margo (MIRANDA COSGROVE), Edith (DANA GAIER) and Agnes (NEV SCHARREL) in the 2017 animated film DESPICABLE ME 3, directed by Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda.


DVDs: Minions. Wonder Woman. What more do you want?

What fantabulous gifts will the elf on your DVD shelf be bringing your loved ones this year?

Roger Lyons, director of the documentary “Etched in Glass: The Legacy of Steve Ross,” and Alexandra Dean, director of the documentary “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.


Hedy Lamarr documentary has Boston premiere at Coolidge Corner Theatre

“Bombshell” tells the story of the 1930s and ’40s actress who secretly helped invent a communication system for Allied warships during World War II.

Actor Ben Affleck attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Justice League” in Hollywood last week.


On a press tour, Ben Affleck answers questions about sexual harassment and misconduct in Hollywood

The actor is on a press tour for “Justice League,” but has been asked about Harvey Weinstein and his own past behavior.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Nov. 20-26

“The Color Purple,” Tubas at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and more.

Vanessa O'Brien climbs to the summit of K2 during whiteout conditions.

Longtime Back Bay resident becomes first US woman to summit dangerous K2

Fewer than 400 people have summitted the peak of “Savage Mountain” and roughly 85 have died. On her third try, Vanessa O’Brien became the first American woman to reach the top.

Andris Nelsons conducts Martin Helmchen and the BSO in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 at Symphony Hall.

Music Review

Martin Helmchen offers a high-voltage performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3

The German pianist appeared with the BSO under Andris Nelsons at Symphony Hall.

Luis Fonsi (right) with (from left) producers Mauricio Rengifo, Andres Torres, and Luis Saldarriaga accept the Record of the Year award for ‘Despacito’ onstage during the 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.


A local win for ‘Despacito’ at the Latin Grammys

Saldarriaga was the recording engineer on the Luis Fonsi hit that features Daddy Yankee.

Heather Unruh at a press conference last week discussing Kevin Spacey’s alleged assault of her son on Nantucket in 2016.


Heather Unruh acknowledges support after Kevin Spacey allegation

The former TV anchor thanked the crowd at a Boston Medical Center fund-raiser Thursday night.

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen looks on during a meeting in September of the Global Pact for the Environment at the United Nations headquarters in New York.


Gisele Bundchen takes on Trump policy: ‘Nothing justifies killing’ elephants for trophies

The Brazilian supermodel and wife of Tom Brady is upset about the administration’s decision to allow hunters to bring elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the United States.