’Tis the season for music, shows, and productions of all kinds, just in time for the holidays.
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Holiday dance picks
10 holiday dance picks from Karen Campbell.
What do you know about black history?
Henry Louis Gates Jr. draws his inspiration and title from a series of popular midcentury takes on African-American history.
Author favors tales of characters and relationships
We talk all things reading with Boston-area novelist and journalist Jessica Keener.
new england literary news nina maclaughlin
Virgil, Homer, and Dylan; pop-up bookstore in Rockport; recalling Combat Zone
“Why Bob Dylan Matters’’ makes the case as to why Dylan should occupy the same vaunted place in the canon as Ovid, Catullus, Virgil, and Homer.
Black Friday is golden day for album releases
Paul McCartney, Gorillaz, Ryan Adams, and U2 are among the acts with exclusive releases set for Record Store Day’s annual event.
story behind the book | kate tuttle
Seeing America in tale of riven Mideast
Nathan Englander’s new novel blends spy thriller, love story, magical realism, and history.
Recalling the genius of Oliver Sacks
What unifies this collection is the unique combination of intellectual rigor and childlike amazement that characterizes Sacks’s writing.
Pulling back the curtain and finding nothing
“The World Goes On” serves as a wonderful primer to the “invisible gigasystem” that is the Krasznahorkai universe.
Ann Wedgeworth, known for ‘Three’s Company’ role, dies at 83
Actress Ann Wedgeworth, who gained fame on film and Broadway before taking on the role of a flirty divorcee on “Three’s Company,” has died at age 83.
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.
Uma Thurman claims a new role: Broadway headliner
The actress and Massachusetts native is making her Broadway debut in Beau Willimon’s “The Parisian Woman,” a drama set in present-day Washington, D.C.
Women are in spotlight on the big screen in an African-American series at the Brattle Theatre and a film about the suffragist movement in Switzerland.
At Symphony Hall, Bruckner’s architecture of awe
On Tuesday evening, Andris Nelsons led the BSO in the composer’s Fourth Symphony.
‘Murder in Matera’ author to read in Boston
Helene Stapinski, a reporter and New York Times columnist, will be at I AM Books on Dec. 2.
The Barr Brothers’ story: New England roots, northern exposure
The Americana band has thrived in its adopted country of Canada.
The Ticket: What’s happening this week in the arts world
This week’s picks by Globe critics.
Roots of the French New Wave are evident in ‘Eight Films by Jean Rouch’
Box set connects film movements to the Ivory Coast, Niger, and Ghana.
Paul Reiser’s new comedy recalls the world of Johnny Carson
Hulu’s ‘‘There’s . . . Johnny!’’ is a comedic peek behind the scenes of ‘‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’’ circa 1972.
The MFA celebrates the centenary of Jean-Pierre Melville
The French director made gangster movies that were like the working out of existenial theorems.
Doc Talk | Peter keough
Punk, rock, opera screenings — and ‘Jesus’ revisited
Documentary subjects this week include Jimi Hendrix and Mario Lanza.
Work has begun on ART adaptation of ‘Jagged Little Pill’
Diablo Cody is writing the show.
In young-adult novels, LGBT love stories have begun to feel mainstream
The new generation of LGBT young-adult literature is about far more than coming out. It has room for romance, inclusion, and happily-ever-after.
Longtime WBZ NewsRadio 1030 news director sent packing by new owner
Peter Casey had been with WBZ for 24 years and was terminated when iHeartMedia took over ownership of the station.
An unforgettable portrait of strength, spirit in ‘The Color Purple’
Remember Adrianna Hicks’s name: Her performance as Celie is nothing short of transcendent.
Two remarkable exhibitions show how color came to art photography
At a time when color was rare and suspect, Stephen Shore and Raghubir Singh showed how effective and vital it could be.
There’s a big Andy Warhol auction in Amesbury? Yes.
The items from the estate of Harriet Gould, the mother of a close companion of Warhol, will be auctioned off by the John McInnis Auctioneers.
Shows can outlive their stars, but not all of them should
Over the years, the solutions TV series have devised to replace stars who have departed has ranged from the brilliant (“NYPD Blue”) to the pathetic (“That ‘70s Show”).
Things to Do
The Weekender: ‘Coco,’ Clara, Jay-Z, and Spike
The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend
Aly Raisman tweets her ‘disgust’ about ‘monster’ Larry Nassar
The US national gymnastics team’s former doctor agreed to a sentence range of 25 to 40 years.
James Franco decides to slow it down
The actor/director known for his manic juggling of multiple projects decided it was time to stop running and focus on his love of the work — like his latest project, “The Disaster Artist.”
On the luminous ‘Utopia,’ Björk approaches perfection
“Utopia” is both resolutely avant-garde and absolutely beautiful.
Lawsuit related to ‘Gronking to Remember’ cover is spiked
An Ohio couple said their picture was used without their permission on the cover of the 2014 self-published erotic novella.
BSO’s chief operating and communications officer departs for job in Dallas
Kim Noltemy had been with the BSO for two decades.
Revamped Eagles set TD Garden date
The band will play in Boston next summer.
TV Critic’s Corner
Awards season meets sexual misconduct
Seth Meyers faces no easy task hosting the Golden Globes.
Galleries | Cate McQuaid
At Harvard, Wole Soyinka’s collection of African traditional art
Items on display at the Cooper Gallery include masks, vessels, and figures.
Toulouse-Lautrec posters bring Paris to the Currier
The 19th-century artist left a vivid record of night life in the City of Light.
Ray Allen files emergency motion, says he is victim of ‘catfishing’
Attorney says the former Celtic took legal action in an effort to put an end to threats against him and his family.
For fun and spy games, take ‘The 39 Steps’
Directed by Allison Olivia Choat at Moonbox Productions, a spirited cast of four brings a Hitchcock spoof to life.
Classical Notes | David Weininger
When a student orchestra tackles Mahler’s Ninth
The NEC Philharmonia takes the challenge under the baton of Hugo Wolff.
Talking music with soprano Amanda Forsythe
The Boston Early Music Festival stalwart is comfortable singing bel canto as well as Baroque.
Jay-Z shows hip-hop how to age gracefully
Hip-hop seems to be in the midst of a midlife crisis, but one of rap’s greatest stars has managed to sidestep it successfully.
Rosie O’Donnell’s new girlfriend is a Worcester cop
The actress and former talk show host met Elizabeth Rooney while in town shooting the Showtime series “SMILF.”
“Everyday Is Christmas” | Sia
An over-abundance of holiday cheer from Sia
“Everday Is Christmas” decks the halls with silly ballads, uptempo ditties — and one gorgeous track that already feels timeless.
Best-selling novel ‘The Breadwinner’ comes to the screen
Deborah Ellis’s tale of an Afghan girl posing as a boy is now an animated feature.
Brad Falchuk and Gwyneth Paltrow are said to be engaged
The Newton native — whose brother, Evan, ran unsuccessfully for Massachusetts governor — has been dating the actress for three years.
City Winery finally opens its doors
A few hundred invited guests got a look inside Boston’s newest music venue Monday night and paying customers show up tonight.