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State Street finishing its technology overhaul early

Ten stories you may have missed Tuesday from the world of business.

Ms. Le Guin’s fiction combines compelling stories, rigorous narrative logic, and a lean but lyrical style to draw readers into what she called the “inner lands” of the imagination.

Ursula K. Le Guin, 88, best-selling science fiction author

Ms. Le Guin brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminine sensibility to the genre.

Katie Couric is one of four executive producers of “Unbelievable,” an eight-episode limited series on Netflix.

TV Critic’s Corner

High-profile writers adapting rape story for Netflix

“Unbelievable” is based on a true story about a teenager who was criminally charged with lying about being assaulted.

Maria Bamford

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Maria Bamford

A joke from the comic, who plays a sold-out show at the Wilbur Friday.

Ice dancing pair Maia and Alex Shibutani modeled the Team USA Opening Ceremony uniforms earlier this week in New York.

Thing Tank

Patriots enthusiasm, Oscars and Razzies, and Olympic gloves: It’s a thing

A review of the week online.

Rihanna at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

A look back at Grammy fashion through the decades

It has evolved over 60 shows into the wildest and wackiest red carpet of the awards season.

Kelly Reilly plays Kerra, a fierce warrior, in Amazon’s “Britannia.”

Television review

In ‘Britannia,’ the empire strikes back, and it’s a bloody mess

The series is Amazon’s answer to “Game of Thrones,” and it is a baffling, hysterical, campy, and bizarre answer at that.

Haneefah Wood during rehearsal for “Bad Dates.”


Huntington’s ‘Bad Dates’ proved to be a good catch

One the most popular plays in the theater’s history returns 15 years after its premiere.

From left: Elisabeth Subrin, John Ortiz, and Maggie Siff on the set of “A Woman, a Part.”


Brattle screening marks homecoming for ‘A Woman, a Part’ director

“It’s very special to get to show a film in the theater where you started thinking about being a filmmaker,” Elisabeth Subrin said.

Mark Wahlberg (right) talking to Danny Amendola before last year’s Super Bowl.


Mark Wahlberg prayed for the Eagles, but is picking the Patriots

The actor isn’t sure if he’ll go to the Super Bowl.

Singer Benjamin Clementine: an alien among us

The itinerant singer says he wanted to make an album steeped in the themes of alienation.

Billy Joel will be the first artist to perform at Fenway for five consecutive years.


Billy Joel schedules Fenway show, setting a record

The Piano Man apparently likes the ballpark.

Joe Scarborough at Harvard last fall.


Yes, an MSNBC host will be performing at Hot Stove Cool Music

No, it’s not Chris Hayes.

Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer in Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” which picked up 13 Oscar nominations, including best picture, director, actress (Hawkins), supporting actress (Spencer), and original screenplay.

‘Shape of Water’ leads diverse group of Oscar nominees

The variety reflected a year in which changing technologies and new generations of creative blood continue to alter film.

Sally Hawkins with Doug Jones in “The Shape of Water.”

Movie Review | ★ ★ ★ ★

Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ is a bold, romantic masterpiece

The Guillermo del Toro film stars Sally Hawkins as a mute cleaning lady who falls for an imprisoned creature from the deep.

FILE - In this March 2, 2014 file photo, an Oscar statue is displayed at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Nominations for the 90th Oscars will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (Photo by)

List of nominees for the 90th annual Academy Awards

Here’s the full list of nominees for the 90th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Sally Hawkins (center) and Octavia Spencer (second left) in a scene from the film

‘The Shape of Water’ leads Oscars race with 13 nominations

The Oscars nominations have been announced in California. “The Shape of Water” leads with the most nominations at 13.

Watch live: Oscars 2018 nominations to be announced

The nominations for this year’s Academy Awards will be announced at 8:22 a.m.

Mr. Masekela started playing the horn at 14 and quickly became an integral part of the 1950s jazz scene in Johannesburg.

Hugh Masekela, a titan of jazz in South Africa; at 78

Mr. Masekela collaborated with many musicians, including Paul Simon and Herb Alpert.

Neil Diamond says he has Parkinson’s, retires from touring

The “Sweet Caroline” singer made the announcement Monday while on his 50th anniversary tour.

Neil Diamond sang


Neil Diamond says he has Parkinson’s, retires from touring

The “Sweet Caroline” singer made the announcement Monday while on his 50th anniversary tour.

William H. Macy (front middle) and the cast of Showtime’s “Shameless.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Shameful dearth of TV awards for ‘Shameless’

The TV award-o-sphere continues to fail this Showtime series and its remarkable cast.

Thomas Adès joined Boston Symphony Chamber Players violinist Malcolm Lowe and cellist Sato Knudsen onstage at Jordan Hall.

Music Review

Adès adds to Boston Symphony Chamber Players

Composer Thomas Adès, the BSO’s first artistic partner, joined principal players on Sunday for a program of chamber music in Jordan Hall, and his energy seemed infectious.

Neil A. Casey (left) and Tony Castellanos in Lyric Stage’s production of “Road Show.”

Stage Review

A ‘Road Show’ with potholes at Lyric Stage

The Boston premiere is a rare case of second-rate Sondheim.

Darren Criss in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Darren Criss revives a monster in ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’

As Andrew Cunanan, the actor is surprisingly good — surprising, if you only know him from “Glee.”

Dana White in Boston last week.


UFC boss Dana White is a big tipper

His largesse stunned the staff at Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge in the Seaport.


Watch your back, Stephen Gostkowski

Lexi Solder kicks a field goal for charity.

Boston, Massachusetts - 1/22/2018 - Sharon Levine spins her daughter Lea Golub-Sass(2) in their socks on a surface meant to simulate an ice skating rink at the Children's Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, January 22, 2018. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Skating at the Children’s Museum: no skates or ice required

All it takes is a slippery floor, a thick pair of socks, a big imagination and you’re sock skating.

Alejandro Escovedo played his 2001 album in its entirety Sunday at City Winery.

Music review

Revisiting ‘A Man Under the Influence,’ Alejandro Escovedo plays with a purpose

The City Winery show — part of a tour to raise awareness about the link between cancer and hepatitis — included the 2001 album played in its entirety.

Mark Wahlberg in


Mark Wahlberg receives two Razzie nods for worst actor

The Dorchester native is “honored” for his roles in “Transformers” and “Daddy’s Home 2.”

Frontman Eddie Vedder performing will Pearl Jam at Fenway Park in 2016.


Pearl Jam website accidentally leaks — then deletes — dates of Fenway shows

A report says the band will play at the ballpark on Sept. 2 and 4.

David Hoose is in his 35th season as Cantata Singers music director.

Music Review

In Cantata Singers premiere, ancient lamentation yoked to modern pain  

On Saturday evening in Jordan Hall, David Hoose conducted Peter Child’s “Lamentations,” a work that is by turns insistent, anguished, supplicatory and, at the end, white-hot.

Photographer Nan Goldin in 2011.


In recovery, Nan Goldin calls on Harvard to reject money from family tied to OxyContin

The celebrated photographer, who’s been drug-free for 10 months, is taking on the Sackler family.

At the BSO food opera, Ben Houge uses video game techniques to pace the music to each course and to each diner. Right: Houge talks with diners. Top: A diner eats while descriptive words pop up on an iPad and music plays on resonators.

Food operas elevate the art of eating

For Ben Houge, who teaches at Berklee College of Music, food is an art that deserves its own soundtrack.

In this combination photo, Jane Fonda appears at the 2017 ACLU SoCal's Bill of Rights Dinner in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Dec. 3, 2017, left, and Megyn Kelly poses on the set of her new show,

NBC’s Megyn Kelly says Jane Fonda has ‘no business’ lecturing her

Kelly’s comments came after Fonda criticized her for bringing up the subject of plastic surgery in an interview last September.

Caption from AFP is not correct and has been edited above: Warren Beatty showed the card reading Best Film “Moonlight

New rules to govern handling of Oscar envelopes

Oscar voting procedures and the tabulation of nominees and winners won’t change. Instead, reforms focus on envelope rituals.

Mr. Coleman (left) and Frank Batten, chairman and chief executive of Landmark Communications, at a press conference in New York in 1981.

John Coleman, 83, meteorologist who helped launch Weather Channel

Mr. Coleman, the original meteorologist on ABC’s ‘‘Good Morning America,’’ later drew people’s anger for his open distrust of climate change.

Actors (from left) Common, Isabelle Nelisse, Jason Ritter, and writer-director Jennifer Fox of “The Tale,’’ the most talked-about movie at the Sundance Film Festival.


Sundance Film Festival finds its #MeToo moment

Festival films about sexual harassment — and race in Oakland — have stood out.

Joel McHale, longtime host of E!’s “The Soup,” will debut his new show next month.

TV Critic’s Corner

Joel McHale to debut Netflix talk show next month

On his new weekly show, the longtime host of E!’s “The Soup” will take on events in pop culture and will include celebrity guests and sketches.

Ms. Malone with Anthony Quinn after the 1956 Academy Awards, when she was named best actress in a supporting role for her performance in “Written on the Wind.”

Dorothy Malone, 93, Oscar winner and mom on ‘Peyton Place’

Ms. Malone won hearts of 1960s television viewers as the long-suffering mother in the nighttime soap “Peyton Place.”

French chef Paul Bocuse posed in front of the entrance of the brasserie La Coupole at the Petit Palais of Montreux, Switzerland.

Paul Bocuse, 91, globe-trotting master of French cuisine

The master chef defined French cuisine for more than a half-century and put it on tables around the world.

Andris Nelsons leads Susan Graham, Boston Symphony Orchestra, women of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and children’s choir in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3.

Music Review

At BSO, Mahler’s epic nature-symphony takes wing

On Thursday night, Andris Nelsons led a potent performance of the Third Symphony. 

Tech Nomad

Our smartphone habits are more like full-blown addictions. So how can we regain control?

Our phones aren’t so much phones anymore, they’ve become something else entirely.

UFC president Dana White greets firefighters from the Boston Fire Department’s Ladder 18 at Reebok headquarters.


Southie firefighters show support for UFC boss Dana White

Members of Ladder 18 chatted with the onetime local resident at Reebok headquarters in Canton.

“Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff

TV Critic’s Corner

Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury’ ticketed for TV

The author has sold the rights to a company that intends to adapt it into a series, not a movie.

Globe Magazine

He just graduated from Harvard. He’s also undocumented. Will he be deported?

Dario Guerrero took his mom to Mexico when she was dying. It cost him his DACA status.