Summer Arts Preview 2018

Summer Arts preview

// The best in music, theater, art, TV, and more this summer

Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

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The crowd danced during a performance by the Oh Sees at Boston Calling on Saturday.

Sights and sounds of Boston Calling Day 2

The popular music festival wraps up today at the Harvard Athletic Complex.

Veteran publicist to the stars Paul Bloch dead at age 78

Mr. Bloch counted John Travolta, Eddie Murphy, and Tom Cruise among his clients.


A big night for Alanis and ‘Jagged Little Pill’

What would opening night of “Jagged Little Pill” be without the woman whose blockbuster 1995 album inspired the musical?

Allston, MA - May 25, 2018: Lead singer Brandon Flowers performs with the Killers during the Boston Calling Music Festival in Allston, MA on May 25, 2018. With 45 musical acts, seven comedians, two podcasts, and one Natalie Portman performing on three stages and one arena over the course of three days, Boston Calling has never offered festival-goers so many options. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: arts reporter:

music review

Spirited opening for Boston Calling

Shorter lines and a fan-friendly lineup of artists, capped by the Killers’ arena-rock set, made for a seamless first day.

hot ticket

9th annual Bike Travel film festival rolls into Arlington

You’ll screen an array of emotional cycling-themed stories at the Ciclismo Classico festival.

Patrick Yocum as James and Misa Kuranaga as Sylphide in Boston Ballet’s dress rehearsal for “La Sylphide.”

Dance Review

Boston Ballet has the measure of Bournonville in ‘La Sylphide’

The company is fleshing out the program with a set of “Bournonville Divertissements.”

The Public Theater presented “Hair,” directed by Diane Paulus, at the Delacorte Theater in New York in 2008.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Hair’ is NBC’s next live musical

After the success of its live “Jesus Christ Superstar” on Easter Sunday, NBC has chosen “Hair” as its next live musical.

“Night Shot 6,” John Schabel, 2001

Photography review

At Harvard, seeing the importance of the print in photography

“Analog Culture” offers a primer on the relationship between camera and darkroom.

Interplay Choreography by Jerome Robbins New York City Ballet Credit Photo: Paul Kolnik nyc 212-362-7778


Putting their best feet forward for Jerome Robbins, America’s dance ‘genius’

The great choreographer’s centennial is being celebrated this year with programs at Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Boston Ballet.


Tom Brady, passing on OTAs, heads to Monaco Grand Prix

The Pats QB is a brand ambassador for Monaco Grand Prix race sponsor TAG Heuer.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston the week of May 28-June 1

Historic New England Open House, Arlington Greek Festival, John Hodgman, and more.

Actor Chris Evans.


Chris Evans attends fund-raiser to support re-election bid of his uncle, Mike Capuano

The “Captain America” star’s mom is the sister of congressman Mike Capuano.

The Neighborhoods appear in “Boys From Nowhere.”

In Focus

Punk rocking on both sides of the pond in ‘Boys From Nowhere’ and ‘Here to Be Heard’

Two new documentaries tell the tale of Boston’s Boys From Nowhere and London’s the Slits.

American Repertory Theater will present a production of “The Plough and the Stars” by Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. Pictured: Lloyd Cooney (front) and Liam Heslin.

Social issues, not Broadway aspirations, mark ART’s new season

It will also be the first ART season without a Diane Paulus-directed show since her inaugural year of 2008-09.

ArtsEmerson brings “Historia de Amor” to Cutler Majestic Theatre.

In story and imagery, a tale meant to startle at ArtsEmerson

“Historia de Amor” from Chile’s Teatrocinema re-creates the world of a graphic novel onstage for its story of obsession and violence.

Christopher Bedford (left), director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, with artist Mark Bradford at the Rose in 2014.


Rose Art Museum to present US representative to Venice Biennale

Artist Mark Bradford’s selection marks the second straight time that the institution chosen to organize the US Pavilion is in Mass.

Lin-Manuel Miranda (foreground) with the cast during a performance of

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’ wins Pulitzer for drama

“Hamilton,” the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander Hamilton, has won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Maureen Keiller and Will Lyman in Israeli Stage’s production of Anat Gov’s “Oh God.”

stage review

The Almighty and his analyst in Israeli Stage’s ‘Oh God’

In this comedy by the late Anat Gov, God has issues.

David Benjamin Sherry’s “Self Portrait as the Born Feeling Begins,’’ at the DeCordova.

Family Entertainment

Critic’s Picks: Art

Sebastian Smee’s picks for family-friendly art exhibitions in Boston and the surrounding area.

Conductor Lina Gonzalez-Granados at the Egleston Square branch of the Boston Public Library, where she will perform.

Ensemble dedicated to Latin American composers builds musical bridges in Boston

For Unitas Ensemble founder Lina Gonzalez-Granados, it’s about more than the music.


Greater Boston author readings May 27-June 2

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Local bestsellers for the week ending 5/20

A list of bestsellers based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Book design by icon king Chermayeff; New England Society book awards;

A look at some news from the world of books and literature.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

Into the tossed, uncharted waters of turning 40

Pamela Druckerman’s new book is “There Are No Grown-Ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story.”

Mark Erelli plays Club Passim on June 2.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.


Author prefers books that pass the test of time

Rachel Kushner’s latest novel is “The Mars Room.’’

Natalie Portman backstage at the Brattle Theatre Thursday night.


Natalie Portman makes the scene at the Brattle

The actress came to town for the finale of the Boston Calling film fest that she curated.

@Large | Michael Andor Brodeur

The death of the acquaintance in the Facebook era

Old-fashioned acquaintanceships were founded upon simple criteria like proximity and courtesy. But Facebook friendships erode those buffers our real lives install for us.

Keri Russell stars as Elizabeth Jennings, a Russian spy in an arranged marriage in “The Americans.”


Why I’m going to miss ‘The Americans’

As “The Americans” prepares to leave the air after six seasons, I will miss many things about it, but especially its riveting portrait of a complex marriage.


A play for veterans, a car show, and a concert picnic

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

A teen visits a memorial to the shooting victims at Santa Fe High School in Texas.

Ty Burr

Why do some events become historic and others fade from memory?

American memory can be as complicated as American history.

Barry Shiffman is the new artistic director of Rockport Music.

Classical Notes

A spirited arrival at Rockport Music

Barry Shiffman, the organization’s new artistic director, aims to animate this year’s Rockport Chamber Music Festival with a new feeling of openness to the unexpected.

Catherine Devallonne (center), the mother of murdered French au-pair Sophie Lionnet, was comforted as she arrived at at London's Central Crimnal Court on Thursday.

London couple convicted of murdering nanny, burning her body

The vistim’s mother said, “No god will ever forgive you both for what you have done to our daughter.’’


Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez reveals she’s expecting a baby

The former fiancée of Aaron Hernandez has said who the father is.

Ethan Hawke stars as a small-town pastor in “First Reformed.”

movie review

‘First Reformed’ is more dark musings from Schrader

If you’ve seen “Taxi Driver,” then you know the profoundly depraved sense of alienation that the writer and sometime director is capable of bringing to a screenplay.

John Williams greeted the Symphony Hall audience before conducting the Boston Pops in a selection of his works Wednesday night.

music review

At the Pops, the theme is all Williams

Performances of the composer’s film scores included a world premiere of music from “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” conducted by Williams himself.

The Duplass brothers: Jay (left) and Mark.

How the Duplass brothers have worked together for almost 40 years without killing each other

After becoming stars of the festival circuit with so-called mumblecore films, Mark and Jay Duplass are now two of TV’s biggest impresarios through distribution deals with HBO and Netflix, all the while piling acting, writing, and directing projects on top of one another to form careers unlike anyone else’s. Their new book, “Like Brothers,” explores their lifelong partnership.

Brynn Cartelli, 15, was crowned the winner of NBC’s “The Voice” on Tuesday night.


15-year-old Brynn Cartelli talks winning ‘The Voice’ and missing Massachusetts

The teenager will return to Massachusetts this week to finish her freshman year at Longmeadow High School.

A high-wire walker traverses a canyon in Jen Peedom’s documentary “Mountain.”

Movie Review

Peak excitement pondered in ‘Mountain’

Jen Peedom’s by-the-numbers climbing documentary has all the usual highs and lows.

Boston Calling returns to the Harvard Athletic Complex this weekend.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Boston calls, ‘Solo’ stalls, ‘Fall’ spills, everyone grills

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

“There’s something they do that imbues these hands with some level of character, so we can actually forget that it’s literally just a hand and not a whole life and a whole person there,” says David Dower, the artistic director of ArtsEmerson.

In ‘Cold Blood,’ sleight of hand creates a different kind of magic

The theater-dance-cinema hybrid employs inventive hand choreography to represent people who inhabit enchanting dollhouse worlds.

André Leon Talley in the documentary “The Gospel According to André,” directed by Kate Novack.

doc talk | Peter keough

Style is substance in ‘The Gospel According to André’

André Leon Talley is known for his ebullient personality, flamboyant style, and incisive and witty commentary and this illuminating profile reflects those qualities.

“Hairspray” will screen in June at Somerville Theatre.

scene here | local films, festivals, and faces

A summer of midnight movies at Somerville Theatre

Camp, cult, and classic films — from John Waters’s “Hairspray” to Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Boogie Nights” to the ebullient “Car Wash” — take over the big screen.

Director Kate Novack explores fabulousness, outside the box

The director talks about André Leon Talley, the subject of her new documentary, “The Gospel According to André.”

Roadie Bill Sullivan at the microphone as the Replacements' Paul Westerberg plays guitar at the Rat in 1984.


New book details the Replacements’ love of Boston — and the Rat

The band’s longtime roadie and unofficial fifth member, Bill Sullivan, has written a wild memoir.

With a huge lineup of bands, Boston Calling runs Friday through Sunday.


Too many choices at Boston Calling? Here’s some help.

A day-by-day guide to the musical highlights of Boston Calling.