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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From left: Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) in a scene from the new release “Black Panther.”

Celebrity News

‘Black Panther’ blows away box office with $192m weekend

The Marvel film was the fifth-highest-grossing debut ever, not adjusting for inflation.

Noel Gallagher (shown in Hungary in 2016) brought his High Flying Birds to the Boston Opera House Saturday.

Music review

Noel Gallagher and High Flying Birds do their jobs, as usual

The architect behind Oasis delivered a workmanlike show with his band at the Boston Opera House, but that was more than enough.

Elsa from “Frozen” is among the performers in “Dare to Dream.”

Stage Review

At Disney on Ice’s ‘Dare to Dream,’ girls rule

It’s fascinating to follow the evolution of the independent woman through Disney’s eyes, on skates no less.

A scene from Marvel Studios'

‘Black Panther’ blows away box office with $192m weekend

The Marvel film was the fifth-highest-grossing debut ever, not adjusting for inflation.

Clarke Peters of “The Wire” and “Treme” will appear in “Love Is ___,” on OWN.

TV Critic’s Corner

For old favorite Clarke Peters, a new role

The actor has just signed onto a new hourlong dramedy called “Love Is ___,” which will appear on OWN.

As an author, Mr. Bennett chronicled civil rights.

Lerone Bennett Jr., 89, former editor of Ebony magazine

Mr. Bennett also took on national roles, including as a member of President Bill Clinton’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Drake touts giveaways, urges fans to do something nice, too

Drake wants to spread the love, and he’s challenging his fans to do the same.


Boston business trio buy Vineyard doughnut shop

But Back Door Donuts won’t change much.

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, shown warming up before a game against the Heat in Miami in November 2017.

Kyrie Irving talks flat Earth yet again

The Celtics guard was on with Jimmy Kimmel.

The teen authorities say killed several people at a Florida high school excelled in an air-rifle marksmanship program supported by a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation.

Money flowing to gun control groups as manufacturers struggle

The teenager who authorities say killed 17 people at the Florida high school excelled in an air-rifle marksmanship program supported by a grant from the NRA.

Jacques Lacombe leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra Thursday evening at Symphony Hall.

Music Review

Jacques Lacombe leads ‘Daphnis and Chloé’ in BSO subscription debut 

The Canadian conductor’s program included works by Ravel and Debussy.

Aaron Hernandez in court in 2013.

Company working on Aaron Hernandez movie seeks restraining order because of alleged threats

Rights to Hernandez’s story at issue.


Bergeron swaps his hockey stick for a paddle

The Bruins stellar center hosted a benefit for Floating Hospital for Children.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 13, 2017 Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards in Brooklyn, New York. Raisman has appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for the second-straight year, only this time she is doing it with an empowering message of survival. Raisman, who is dedicating her time to fighting sexual abuse, is shown posing with the words


Raisman responds to ‘devastating’ accusations of hypocrisy for SI swimsuit issue

‘‘I can’t even tell you how many people have told me that when they were raped, they were asked, ‘Well, what were you wearing?’ ” the Needham gymnast told People magazine.

We asked several black writers: What book should all white Americans read? Here’s what they said

Suggestions from Henry Louis Gates Jr., Jesmyn Ward, William Julius Wilson, Claudia Rankine, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, and others.

Jimmy Kimmel.

Read Jimmy Kimmel’s emotional monologue that begs Trump to address gun control

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel delivered another tearful monologue Thursday after another mass shooting, one that killed 17 people at a high school in Florida.

Boston, MA- February 15, 2018: Organizer Khalida Smalls of Boston Anime Friday Crew greets guests for a screening of

At screening, moviegoers praise “Black Panther”

Among the eager moviegoers were Marvel fans and comic book enthusiasts, and those who have never opened a comic book — but the bulk of the audience were people of color.

Eleanor Roosevelt (left) with Lorena Hickok in July of 1933.

book review

A hidden chapter in FDR’s White House

Amy Bloom reimagines the poignant, complex love affair between patrician first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and ‘hayseed’ journalist Lorena Hickok

The members of the Thirsty Scholars reading group, started at the Somerville pub of the same name, are marking the end of their in-depth reading of “Finnegans Wake” by James Joyce.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Black historian traces her family’s move west; quaffing Joyce

Kendra Field settles in native-owned land in Oklahoma, and she braids black, Indian, and white histories

Steven Barkhimer and Mara Sidmore in Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s production of “Richard III,” at Swedenborg Chapel through March 11.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.


Greater Boston author readings Feb. 18-24

A weekly calendar of literary events.

FILE - FEBRUARY 15: Actors Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have split up after two years of marriage, according to the Associated Press. HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actors Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston arrive at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announce separation

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are separating after two and a half years of marriage.

Actress Audra McDonald


Audra McDonald receives MIT’s Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts

The six-time Tony Award-winning actress addressed 30 or so students with a talk titled “The Show Business I Know.”


Poppy, the uncanny valley girl

Exploring the user-generated wonder of the wildly popular and vaguely android YouTube apparition.

Tech Nomad

Tech Nomad: As apps get crowded out, browser extensions go mainstream

They are a mix of risk and reward.

Jeffrey Tambor will no longer play Maura Pfefferman.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Transparent’ will go on without Tambor

The actor, who won two Emmys for playing Maura Pfefferman, had been accused of misconduct, including sexual harassment.

Kevin Youkilis


Kevin Youkilis will tweet what he wants

A follower tells the former Red Sox player to “stick to baseball.”

Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in 2015.


Remember the Smashing Pumpkins? They’re reuniting for a gig at TD Garden

The original lineup hasn’t toured in 18 years.

Director Jordan Peele


‘Get Out’ director Jordan Peele has a free movie ticket for you

The filmmaker and Universal Pictures are teaming with AMC theaters for a special first-come, first-served ticket giveaway on the one-year anniversary of Peele’s hit film.

Rendering of the new Warby Parker store in the Seaport District.


Sort of a new look for Warby Parker

The look and feel of the newest Boston store of the eyewear-seller is a bit more contemporary.


Netflix’s high-priced talent could lose something in the deal

Super-producers Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rimes are getting megabucks to make new shows, but they’re running a risk, too.

The late Thomas Derrah will be honored by SpeakEasy Stage Company at it spring gala in April.


SpeakEasy Stage Company to honor Thomas Derrah

The late actor will receive an award named for late Mayor Tom Menino.

The view from the piazza at Winslow Homer Studio in Prouts Neck, Maine.


Portland Museum of Art adds to its Winslow Homer collection

A donation of a dozen works makes the museum’s collection even more impressive.

story behind the book | James Sullivan

Andrew Morton’s ‘Wallis in Love’: A darker look at Edward and Wallis

Andrew Morton’s “Wallis in Love” focuses on the life of the domineering late duchess of Windsor.

The CRASHfest bill includes the Zimbabwean band Mokoomba.

Music of a borderless world takes the stage at CRASHfest

The performers hail from as far away as Niger and as close by as Somerville, and all have the same goal: to make you dance.

Chadwick Boseman in “Black Panther.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: The protector of Wakanda, god of funk, and king of England

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

“We’re trying to provide a ballet education as a means to enriching lives,” choreographer José Mateo says of his passion for teaching dance.

For José Mateo, a new direction in dance

The prolific choreographer plans to retire as artistic director of his ballet company in order to focus on outreach and educational programs.

Nam June Paik’s “Charlotte Moorman II” is in “Before Projection.” ”

‘Art + Tech: A Citywide Collaboration’ casts a wide net over the Net

Rolling out in more than a dozen museums and universities around Boston, it looks at aesthetics in the digital age.

Natalie Portman (right) in a scene from “Annihilation.”

In ‘Annihilation,’ Alex Garland strives to speak proper alien

Get ready for the “Ex Machina” writer-director to show you that you don’t even know what you don’t know when it comes to movie aliens invading.

Attorney Gloria Allred has faced detractors for decades.

Gloria Allred has been endlessly parodied, but a new documentary celebrates her

‘‘Seeing Allred,’’ now on Netflix, makes a case that the flashbulb-ready attorney was simply ahead of her time, and now the world is catching up.

book review

Ax murders and jazz in post-WWI New Orleans

Florid action hurtles toward a violent finale in this most baroque American city.

The theft of artworks from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is the subject of “Empty Frames: A Heist Story.”

Ty Burr

Podcasts: the good, the bad, and the finding their groove

From the Gardner Museum heist to Internet porn, podcasts can engage, inform, and entertain — or not.

“Our Cartoon President” kicked off a 10-episode run Sunday.

On Stephen Colbert’s new Trump cartoon series, the president has shades of Homer Simpson

Showtime’s ‘‘Our Cartoon President’’ offers a satirical view of the commander-in-chief and his inner circle.

A scene from Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.”

Herzog is true to his nature in Coolidge documentaries

A preview of three documentaries by Werner Herzog at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier in 1958’s “The Defiant Ones.”

scene here | local films, festivals, and faces

Somerville’s Poitier series includes rarely seen films

Somerville Theatre’s “Something of Value: Sidney Poitier on Screen” spans the breadth of Poitier’s career with particular emphasis on neglected titles and rarities.

“Faces Places” (with Agnès Varda and JR) will screen at the Harvard Film Archive.

Doc Talk | Peter Keough

DocTalk: Varda, Wiseman, and Nye

Previews of three documentaries screening this week