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A young girl reads a book at the New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton Highlands in 2013.

New England Mobile Book Fair owner mulling options

Officials in neighboring towns pitched possible new locations for the bookstore.

Mindy Kaling, left,  and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey.

Mindy Kaling’s Newark joke leads to dinner with Cory Booker

A joke about Newark, New Jersey, on “The Mindy Project” led to dinner plans between U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and star Mindy Kaling.

Misa Kuranaga (left) and Junxiong Zhao in a rehearsal of Balanchine’s “Donizetti Variations” at Boston Opera House.

Dance Review

Boston Ballet flies high, spreads wings in smart program

Balanchine’s “Donizetti Variations” was the highlight of the evening, but the two works that came after, Jirí Kylián’s “Wings of Wax” and Alexander Ekman’s “Cacti,” more than held their own.

Michael Che (right) and Colin Jost during a Weekend Update segment of “Saturday Night Live.”


‘SNL’ cast member stands by ‘most racist city’ comment

The day before the Super Bowl, Michael Che said Boston is “the most racist city” he’s ever been to.

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein and guest conductor Francois-Xavier Roth performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra Thursday night.

Music Review

BSO and cellist Alisa Weilerstein explore the edges of dreaming

A profoundly physical player with a dark and intoxicating timbre, Weilerstein was the perfect guide through the sonic landscape of Matthias Pintscher’s new cello concerto, “un despertar.”

Casey Affleck (right) with his brother Ben at the Academy Awards in February.


Casey Affleck is now in the tabloid crosshairs

Since he won the Oscar, the younger Affleck is suddenly a favorite of celebrity websites.

John Mayer learned about music, not love, at Berklee

The 39-year-old singer admits his latest lite rock single, “Still Feel Like Your Man,” is about ex-girlfriend Katy Perry, with whom he split in 2015.

A scene from “Marathon: The Patriots’ Day Bombing.”

doc talk | peter keough

ReelAbilities Film Festival aims to spark dialogue

Finding an audience for films about people with disabilities can be difficult, but the ReelAbilities Film Festival is up to the challenge.

Jamaica Plain resident Duy Doan is this year’s winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize.

new england literary news | NINA MACLAUGHLIN

Jamaica Plain poet wins Yale younger poets prize

Late last month, Duy Doan got a phone call telling him that he’d won the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious literary awards.

A scene from Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer’s “Check It!”, screening April 5 at the Museum of Fine Arts.

in focus

Navigating reality at the Wicked Queer festival

The LGBT event has always presented a strong slate of trenchant, timely documentaries. This year they take on issues of community, family, politics, and individuality.


Dear Facebook Messenger, I need you to calm down

Collecting and hoarding new functions, you tried to be all things to all people, but just ended up a Swiss army app that hangs largely unused on my Keychain.

book review

In these mysteries, trouble is at hand

Reviews of three recent titles: “August Moon” by Stephen Mack Jones, “Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly” by Adrian McKinty, and “Conviction” by Julia Dahl.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

A biographer of the English language

In “Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries” Kory Stamper describes her work crafting definitions for Merriam-Webster.

Jonny Mars in “Discreet,” directed by Travis Mathews. The film makes its US premiere as part of the Wicked Queer: Boston LGBT Film Festival.

scene here | local films, festivals, and faces

Boston’s LGBT festival has moves and ‘Groves’

With thought-provoking films and filmmakers, the LGBT Film Festival celebrates its 33rd year.

book review

Her mother long dead, a girl traces her parents’ lives through her father’s bullet wounds

The mother’s absence sits at the core of Hannah Tinti’s beautifully constructed second novel,

Vince Staples performed onstage during the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club last year in Indio, California.

Rapper Vince Staples speaks a language of hard truths and lessons learned

The hip-hop star writes what he knows.

“Mrs. Packard” was inspired by the story of a woman who was committed against her will to an Illinois insane asylum in the 1860s.

Stage Review

In jolting ‘Mrs. Packard,’ a woman wrongly confined

Emily Mann’s play delivers a stark history lesson, sometimes at the expense of the drama.

A scene from Frederick Wiseman's 1975 film 'Welfare.' In the film, the nature and complexity of the welfare system is examined by sequences illustrating the staggering diversity of problems that constitute welfare.

Ty Burr

Frederick Wiseman deserves more than celebration. He deserves to be seen.

Want to honor the godfather of documentary filmmaking? See his movies.

Don McLean performing in Nashville in December.

Ex-wife files contempt motion against Don McLean

She says she was disparaged by McLean less than 48 hours after a protection order was issued earlier this month.

John Mayer


Quote of the day: John Mayer

The singer reveals that his new song “Still Feel Like Your Man” is about ex-girlfriend Katy Perry, with whom he broke up two years ago.

Michael Pena and Dax Shepard in “CHIPS.”

Movie Review

‘CHIPS’ reboot turns into a wreck

Dax Shepard and Michael Peña are the new Ponch and Jon. Lousy aim isn’t just a character flaw, it’s an apt metaphor for the movie.

Vivian Howard of “A Chef’s Life,” obliges a photo request from diner Elverso Powell at Howard’s restaurant, Chef & the Farmer, in Kinston, N.C., earlier this year

TV Critic’s Corner

A three-course chef show tasting menu

Here’s what’s cookin’ on televsion this Saturday night.

This is the art exhibit we all need right now

Miss those forts you made as a kid? “Hideout,” a new exhibit at the Boston Children’s Museum, has just what you (and your kids) need.


Reagle music revue raises a toast to the 1940s

If you’re looking for an offbeat way to get out of the house during April vacation, go retro — really retro.

Lübeck, Germany’s Marienkirche, St. Mary’s Church, circa 1935. Its two organs were destroyed in a Royal Air Force bombing raid in 1942.


Casualties of war: two key church organs

March 28 marks the 75th anniversary of the WWII destruction of two organs that were unusually important to the history of Western music.

“TV Ownership” is part of “Ingo Günther: World Processor” at Hood Downtown in Hanover, N.H.

The Ticket: Music, theater, dance, art, and more

This week’s picks for concerts, plays, exhibitions, and other events in the area.


Greater Boston author readings March 26-April 1

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

the discovery

Amid wonder and cruelty of Welsh farm, a true portrait of love

In “The Long Dry’’ Cynan Jones’s sentences land with the elemental force of a spade plunged into the earth.


Formerly a book binger, now she savors

Irish writer Anne Enright keeps a secret stash of books that she reads for pleasure or for research.

Leo Durocher (right) and Casey Stengel before the start of the opening game of the 1951 World Series at Yankee Stadium.

book review

When boys of summer answered to ‘Old Perfesser’ and ‘The Lip’

For half a century they were perhaps the national pastime’s most colorful and enduring characters, the game’s most beloved (Casey Stengel) and most despised (Leo Durocher).

Colin Dexter, 86, writer of the Inspector Morse series

Born in Stamford, central England, Mr. Dexter studied classics at Cambridge University and became a teacher and author of textbooks before turning to fiction.

Cherry Jones


Cherry Jones to be honored at the Elliot Norton Awards

It will be an artistic homecoming for the award-winning actress.

Actress Eliza Dushku


Eliza Dushku to guest star on ‘Bull’

She might even become a series regular.

Henry Fonda as Tom Joad in “The Grapes of Wrath.” A screening of the film at the Coolidge Corner Theatre will be introduced by environmentalist Bill McKibben.

At the Coolidge, Bill McKibben explores the modern resonance of ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

As part of the National Evening of Science on Screen, the environmentalist will explore how the film can be viewed as an artful exploration of climate change.

Tom Lyons, owner of New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton, talks to a customer in 2013.


With revenues down, New England Mobile Book Fair moving out of longtime home

“Revenues have been dropping year after year, and we’ve got to do something,” said the owner.

Dylan in 2015.

In rare interview, Bob Dylan holds forth on Frank Sinatra, Joan Baez, Minnesota

In a rare interview, Dylan was more generous with details of his personal life and his music than he’s been in years.

Billy Crystal comes to the Boch Center’s Wang Theatre on Friday.


The Weekender: Ex-junkies, alien invaders, and sexier Sex Pistols

The Globe’s picks for everything fun to do this weekend.

Ryan Reynolds in “Life.”

Movie Review

We’ve seen this ‘Life’ before

An effective but generic monsters-in-space movie unaccountably features name stars like Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds.

From left: Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Dacre Montgomery, Ludi Lin, and Becky G in “Power Rangers.”

Movie Review

Shortage of imagination in ‘Power Rangers’

Since we don’t have enough superheroes filling the screens, this relic from 1990s TV has returned with all its kitsch intact.

President Trump


Is that Trump or Chevy Chase?

He’s president, and you’re not.

Sib Hashian (center) with the original Boston lineup (from left) Barry Goudreau, Tom Scholz, Brad Delp, and Fran Sheehan.

Former Boston drummer Sib Hashian has died

The 67-year-old Hashian was performing on a cruise ship when he collapsed.

Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein.


World’s greatest leader? Theo Epstein, of course.

Apparently, two World Series titles are worth a lot to the folks at

Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern in “Wilson.”

★ ★ Movie Review

‘Wilson’ hinges on cringes

Woody Harrelson plays the misanthrope to end all misanthropes in the film, which is based on Daniel Clowes’s graphic novel.

Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender (center), and Ryan Gosling star in “Song to Song.’’

Movie Review

Malick in Wonderland with ‘Song to Song.’

“Song to Song” is a partial return to form for Terrence Malick, an improvement over the legendary director’s last two movies.

Billy Crystal is happy when you are happy

The actor-comedian brings his show — a hybrid of comedy, storytelling, and Q&A — to the Wang Friday night.

Bob Dylan performing in Shanghai in 2011.

Album Review

Bob Dylan’s in good voice, if not The Voice, on ‘Triplicate’

Three discs of Sinatra covers may be too much of a good thing, but listeners may be surprised at how well these intimate arrangements suit Dylan.