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Bruce Springsteen at Madison Square Garden in New York last year.

Springsteen cover band pulls out of Trump inaugural event

B Street Band leader Willie Forte said Monday that the decision is based ‘‘solely on the respect and gratitude we have for Bruce and the E Street Band.’’

From left: Paula Plum, Erica Spyres, Dan Whelton, and Steven Barkhimer in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” at Lyric Stage Company of Boston.

Stage Review

Scorching ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ still has plenty to say at Lyric Stage

An aura of dread pervades Scott Edmiston’s production of Edward Albee’s landmark drama.

More celebrity news

Carrie Fisher won’t be digitally re-created in future ‘Star Wars’ films

Lucasfilm made the rare foray into the world of speculation by issuing a statement denying rumors there were plans to digitize the actress, who died Dec. 27.

Charlotte, Daniel, Julianna, and Elliot Bruce.


Boston Wine Festival kicks off in style

The opening reception drew more than 400 guests to the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Wharf Room Friday evening.

Ben Affleck and Zoe Saldana in “Live by Night,’’ directed by Affleck.


Ben Affleck’s ‘Live by Night’ flops on opening weekend

‘‘Hidden Figures,’’ about African-American mathematicians in the 1960s space race, was the top grossing film at domestic cinemas.

From left: Adam Gardner, Luke Reynolds, Brian Rosenworcel, and Ryan Miller of Guster at Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza.


Guster on ice — and bowling lanes

The alt-rockers — in town for four sold-out shows at the Paradise — invited fans to a skating party and a bowling outing over the weekend.

Chuck Lorre

TV Critic’s Corner

Chuck Lorre urges Julian Assange: Hack Trump

The sitcom producer’s most recent episode-ending vanity card was a lighthearted open letter to the Wikileaks founder.

Elizabeth Tinker and Noah Smalls installed an exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia last week. The American Friends Service Committee is celebrating 100 years of activism with an exhibit called

Quaker group marks centennial with art exhibit

The exhibit showcases the group’s accomplishments and also shows that work remains to be done.

Jon Hamm (pictured in Los Angeles in December) is the pitchman for H&R Block.

TV Critic’s Corner

How do you save your business? Jon Hamm.

In 2015, Donald Trump said he’d “put H&R Block out of business.” Now the company is using the “Mad Men” actor as its spokesman.

Michelle Dorrance in “SOUNDspace.”

Dance review

Dorrance dances the night away at Cutler Majestic Theatre

“SOUNDspace” is a riveting showcase of tap stylings, and vividly theatrical and conceptually cohesive.

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Lady Liberty on new gold coin from US Mint is black

‘‘Lady Liberty, as depicted in coinage throughout the years, is modeled after our society’s continued evolution,’’ the Mint said in a statement.

Caleb Followill and the Kings of Leon played for about two hours.

Music review

Kings of Leon delivers a royal, rousing performance

The band’s show at TD Garden Friday made clear its reasons for ascent into one of rock’s 21st-century stalwarts.

Jennifer Holliday has agreed to play Trump’s inauguration.

Jennifer Holliday sees inaugural gig as for ‘the people,’ not Trump

Holliday, who backed Clinton, said she saw the Clintons’ decision to attend Trump’s inauguration as a signal to ‘‘just get this done and then fight vigorously’’ over policy differences later.

Mansfield MA 8/14/15 Toby Keith (cq), performs in concert at the Xfinity Center on Friday August 14, 2015. photo by Matthew J. Lee Topic: 17keith Reporter:

Inaugural concert to feature Toby Keith, Jennifer Holliday

Donald Trump’s inaugural welcome concert next week will feature country star Toby Keith, singer Jennifer Holliday and actor Jon Voight, organizers announced Friday.

Conductor Thomas Wilkins led a group of amateur musicians in rehearsal at Symphony Hall.

Four days, three rehearsals, and 100 amateurs at Symphony Hall

“It’s like playing a softball game at Fenway Park,” said one of the eager musicians.

Bruce Springsteen at Gillette Stadium in September.

Springsteen won’t be at inauguration, but his music might

Bruce Springsteen may be an outspoken critic of President-elect Donald Trump, but his deep catalog of hits could be a part of the inauguration festivities.


Watch Kevin Garnett get inked up on live TV

The former Celtics big man gets a neck tattoo.

Bramwell Tovey conducts organist Cameron Carpenter and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall Thursday night.

Music Review

Sweet silliness in a BSO concert flaunting organ’s epic potential

With Bramwell Tovey conducting and Cameron Carpenter playing Symphony Hall’s Aeolian-Skinner organ, Thursday night’s performance was vivid, sometimes splashy, and great fun.


The Informer: An art show, a lecture series, a DVD screening, and a gallery exhibition

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

William Peter Blatty on the so-called “Exorcist Steps” in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC, in 2013.

‘Exorcist’ author William Peter Blatty dead at 89

William Peter Blatty was a former Jesuit school valedictorian who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright of their lives.

Joseph Fiennes.

UK’s Sky scraps show with Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson

A British broadcaster said Friday it was canceling a TV comedy starring Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson after the program was condemned by the late musician’s family.

Nathan Benn’s “Fourth of July Parade, Rockport.”

Photography review

A vivid time capsule of the North Shore

In a Cape Ann Museum exhibit, Nathan Benn’s 1978 photographs cover the waterfront from Salem to Salisbury.

Linda Bean, the granddaughter of L.L. Bean’s founder.


Andy Richter says don’t boycott L.L. Bean because that’s what Trump wants

The comedian thinks the president-elect is trying to harm the Maine retailer, not support it. Here’s why.

Ashley and Cole in a scene from Hillevi Loven’s documentary “Deep Run.”

Doc Talk

Politics and America: Where we’ve been and where we are headed

Documentaries assess Obama’s legacy and our role in history.

Duke Ellington (shown in Boston in 1969) considered the sacred music “the most important thing I have ever done.”

At BU, a reverent rendering of Ellington’s sacred music

At the school’s MLK Day celebration, Randall Keith Horton will conduct music that is very close to his heart and soul.

Instrument maker Jeremy Adams in his workshop.


For this craftsman, there is more to instruments than the sound

A show at the Cape Ann Museum celebrates North Shore instrument maker Jeremy Adams.

book review

A newly-single writer and mother struggles to control of her life and fate

Under the beautifully composed surface of her life and this book, the tectonic plates of the main character’s self are shifting.

Poet and teacher

new england literary news

Watertown native starts journal in Armenia

Poet and teacher Arto Vaun has been living for the past three years in Yerevan, where he’s been launching the Center for Creative Writing at the American University of Armenia.

In Focus

Jonas Mekas at the HFA: diary of a sane man

The Harvard Film Archive series “Scenes From the Life of a Happy Man . . . The Films of Jonas Mekas” presents a retrospective of his film work.

Miriam Fried and Jonathan Biss onstage at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.


Schumann, grief, and an eddy in time

Robert Schumann’s “Gesänge der Frühe” (“Songs of Dawn”), the last work he completed before a catastrophic mental breakdown, is full of resonances.

“Our Secrets” is a story of government surveillance in Cold War-era Hungary.

Surveillance as an ongoing threat, foretold in a Hungarian drama

“Our Secrets,” to be presented by ArtsEmerson, may resonate with American audiences in ways playwright Béla Pintér hadn’t intended when he wrote it.


I’m no expert, but it seems like expertise is under siege

I’m no expert, but it seems like expertise is under siege.

WGBH to launch a 24-hour channel devoted to kids

The new channel, which starts Monday, will feature programs from WGBH’s extensive library.

Evan Peters in a scene from the fifth season of “American Horror Story.”

The week in TV

A ‘Horror’ show, for three more seasons

FX rewards “American Horror Story,” but good news eludes “Good Girls Revolt.”

Karey (left) and Wayne Kirkpatrick collaborated on “Something Rotten!”

When two brothers write a musical about two brothers writing a musical

The Kirkpatricks’ “Something Rotten!” gleefully skewers and celebrates the genre in all its glorious excess.

Jenna Coleman (far left, with Daniela Holtz) stars in “Victoria.”


Miss ‘Downton Abbey’? PBS’s ‘Victoria’ might fill that void.

You might think of the new “Masterpiece” series, based on the story of Queen Victoria, as “Crownton Abbey.”

President Richard Nixon conducts a press conference during the Watergate scandal in 1973.

four takes

Presidents and the Press

What is the relationship between the press and the president?

Jude Law


Quote of the day: Jude Law

The actor talks about the reason popes sometimes appear to be hunched over.

Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini in “The Salesman.”


Boston Festival of Films From Iran pays tribute to Abbas Kiarostami

Among the many extraordinary artists lost in 2016, “The Taste of Cherry” director was one of the greatest filmmakers in the world.

Johnny Lee Davenport as Thurgood Marshall in New Repertory Theatre’s production of “Thurgood.”

The Ticket: Music, arts, and events

Upcoming concerts, plays, performances, and other happenings in the area.

book review

Haunted by the souls of Gwangju’s uprising

The world of this novel revolves around the South Korean government’s brutal suppression of a student uprising in the city of Gwangju in 1980.

Ottessa Moshfegh startling new stories are darkly, prickly, gross — and impressive

A plaintive feeling of otherness permeates Ottessa Moshfegh’s new book, “Homesick For Another World.’’


Choosing books based on voice

Novelist Dawn Tripp says that she knows within the first few pages if she will fall into a story.


Greater Boston author readings Jan. 15-21

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

Why we don’t believe what women say

Leigh Gilmore says that to keep women’s stories from taking root, people in power, generally men, go straight at the credibility of the woman.

Tommy Allsup, 85; guitarist’s life turned on a coin flip

Mr. Allsup became a renowned backup player for Bob Wills, Kenny Rogers, and hundreds of other entertainers.