Fall Arts Preview 2017

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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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Former presidents George H.W. Bush, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter will be attending a concert Saturday night in Texas.

5 living former presidents aid hurricane relief effort

They were attending a concert to raise money for hurricane relief in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

Ben and Kate Taylor at the event at Gillette Stadium.

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Taylors honored by United Way

The former Globe publisher and his wife received the Tocqueville Society Award at Gillette Stadium.

BSO associate conductor Ken-David Masur leads soprano Camilla Tilling at Symphony Hall on Thursday night.

Music Review

At BSO, an evening of incidental music

On Thursday night, Ken-David Masur led the Boston Symphony Orchestra in works by Beethoven and Grieg.  

Michael Dobbs at Tufts University on Thursday.

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‘House of Cards’ author starts two-week residency at Tufts

Michael Dobbs, who was a political adviser to Margaret Thatcher, is an executive producer of Netflix’s “House of Cards.”

Actor John O’Hurley at a fund-raiser at Jillian's Lucky Strike in 2016.

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The ‘Seinfeld’ J. Peterman talks politics

Actor John O’Hurley says being a Trump supporter in Hollywood isn’t easy.

Benjanin Zander leads the Boston Philharmonic at Sanders Theatre Thursday night.

Music Review

Boston Philharmonic hails Harbison in season opener

John Harbison’s Symphony No. 3 really must be experienced live. This weekend is your chance.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Oct. 23-29

Harry Potter in Concert, Boston Lit Crawl, and more.

Daniel Radcliffe will play an angel on TBS’s “Miracle Workers.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Radcliffe, Buscemi to team up in heaven on TBS

In an upcoming series called “Miracle Workers,” Daniel Radcliffe will play a low-level angel, with Steve Buscemi as his aloof boss.

Guitarist Bill Frisell (left) and composer Michael Gibbs were awarded honorary doctor of music degrees by Berklee College of Music during a concert celebrating Gibbs’s 80th birthday.

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Berklee pays tribute to Bill Frisell and Michael Gibbs

The guitarist and the composer each received honorary degrees during a concert at the college.

Actor Woody Harrelson

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Benedetto fixes vegan fare for Woody Harrelson

The actor was in town to talk about “LBJ.”

The songs of Nick Drake, who died in 1974 of an overdose, are now commonly heard on streaming music services.

Ty Burr

My playlist is possessed

One of the songs of the forgotten or never-known artists who haunt these music services long after they’ve died will turn up in my weekly Discovery playlist and I’ll feel a cold wind on my neck.

A scene from “Shadowgram” by Italian director August Contento, one of the films being screened at the Arlington International Film Festival.

Doc Talk

Octoberfest of quality filmmaking continues

Offerings include Arlington and Boston Palestine film festivals.

book review

When pitchers ruled the earth

The Year of the Pitcher’’ by Sridharan Pappu chronicles a momentous year for American and for baseball.

He was the king of late night, but David Letterman doesn’t miss it ‘for a second’

The man who will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday looks different from the guy you remember from television.

Margot Robbie, who plays Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya,” at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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First trailer for Tonya Harding film ‘I, Tonya’ looks promising

The movie got a rave at the Toronto International Film Festival

Pamela Adlon as Sam Fox and Henry Thomas as Robin on FX’s “Better Things.”

Buzzsaw

The best things about ‘Better Things’

In a comedy that consists of small but reverberating moments, two recent episodes contained some of the very best.

A page from Sir Georg Solti’s copy of the score to Witold Lutoslawski’s Symphony no. 3.

Score

A symphony that — more than most — is open to interpretation

Witold Lutosławski’s Symphony no. 3 was first performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti.

Carlos Watson, host of the PBS talk show “Third Rail With OZY.”

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‘Third Rail with OZY’ hits a nerve

The PBS show features varying points of view.

A detail of “Dragon in Clouds — Red Mutation: The version I painted myself in annoyance after Professor Nobuo Tsuji told me, ‘Why don’t you paint something yourself for once?’ ”

Art Review

Fun, fun, fun, with Takashi Murakami at the MFA

The Japanese artist shows why he belongs to a “Lineage of Eccentrics.”

doc talk

On camera in Soviet Georgia

Salomé Jashi’s “The Dazzling Light of Sunset” shines a spotlight on local news

Athanasius Kircher’s “Mundus Subterraneus,” c. 1665.

Art Review

At the BPL, maps of things otherwise unseen

“Beneath Our Feet” examines how we look at what’s underground and under the ocean.

The gospel of Southerners in cinema, according to Joe Bob Briggs

Though he’s presented the show periodically over the past 10 years or so, this is the first time he’s brought it north of the Mason-Dixon line.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

A first novel about an old love

For Hoffman, the novel was a new way to write about LGBT characters in a changing community.

Michael Fassbender stars as detective Harry Hole in “The Snowman.”

Movie Review

Fassbender stars as Jo Nesbo’s detective hero in ‘The Snowman’

Young mothers are disappearing in Oslo, and Harry Hole is looking for answers.

Lebanon’s Mashrou’ Leila fights the power

The indie band has drawn scrutiny from Mideast governments that consider its music — and frontman Hamed Sinno’s sexual orientation — subversive.

Dave Eggers.

bibliophiles

Savors rare chance to pick random book

Dave Eggers says most of his reading is involved with his work with McSweeney’s.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Book fest marks political climate; a cure for writer’s block

The theme of this year’s festival, taking place Saturday, Oct. 28 in and around Copley Square, is “Where We Find Ourselves.

bookings

Greater Boston author readings Oct. 22-28

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

Carly Gold as Small Alison, Robert Petkoff as Bruce, and Kate Shindle as Alison in “Fun Home.”

The Weekender: ‘Fun Home,’ funny guys, and Pooh bears

Your guide to the best things to do in Boston and beyond.

Actress Blake Lively with husband Ryan Reynolds.

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Blake Lively uses Gisele Bundchen as inspiration to eat healthily

The actress says she keeps a photo of the supermodel as a reminder.

A sneaker made by Nike from Super Bowl LI game balls.

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Nike to unveil sneaker made from Super Bowl LI game balls

Patriots owner Robert Kraft donated the football to Nike.

Carly Gold as Small Alison, Robert Petkoff as Bruce, and Kate Shindle as Alison in “Fun Home.”

Stage Review

In a superb ‘Fun Home,’ pain and beauty live side by side

The Tony-winning musical about a lesbian cartoonist and her late father is a wrenching journey of memory and self-discovery, laced with wit and humor.

Bruce Springsteen in “Springsteen on Broadway” at the Walter Kerr Theater in New York.

Critic’s Notebook

A lifetime of connection with Bruce Springsteen

Springsteen is on Broadway in a transcendent evening of songs, stories, and ruminations, performed almost completely solo.

Samuel H. Levine (left) and McKinley Belcher III in “A Guide for the Homesick.”

Stage Review

‘Guide for the Homesick’ an absorbing tale of conscience and connection

Two men struggle with personal guilt in world premiere of a drama by Ken Urban at the Huntington Theatre Company.

Are Jenny Slate and Chris Evans back on?

The couple’s apparently been out to dinner a few times in Atlanta.

Johnny Lee Davenport and Obehi Janice in the New Repertory Theatre production of “Oleanna.”

theater review

In New Rep’s ‘Oleanna,’ a power play in academia

David Mamet’s play focuses on a showdown between a female undergraduate and a male professor.

Domhnall Gleeson and Will Tilston in “Goodbye Christopher Robin.”

Movie Review

In ‘Christopher Robin,’ the story of a boy and a bear

“Goodbye Christopher Robin” explores how A.A. Milne invented Winnie-the-Pooh and thereby sacrificed the childhood of his son.

From left: Cole Sprouse and K.J. Apa in a scene from the CW’s “Riverdale.”

tv critic’s corner

A ratings boost for ‘Riverdale’ after its Netflix showcase

The show’s summer on Netflix helped the CW series in a big way. Will this become a trend?

Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield star in “Breathe.”

Movie Review

‘Breathe’ gives life to inspiration

Andy Serkis’s directorial debut is a based-on-truth drama about a man who overcame the limitations of his disability.

“Henry James,” John Singer Sargent, 1913.

Art Review

The Gardner looks at Henry James and his painter friends

The novelist knew everyone who was anyone, and that included in the visual arts.

Galleries

Samson offers its final gallery show

As its title suggests, there’s a strong political focus to “Immigrancy.”

Tatum won’t develop sexual abuse drama with Weinstein Co.

Tatum writes on Instagram Wednesday that he will not be developing anything with Harvey Weinstein’s former company.

Eliott Purcell

Stages

A mind meld with his ‘Curious’ character

Actor Eliott Purcell isn’t new to demanding parts, but his starring role in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is uniquely challenging.

Album Review

The Smiths’ ‘Queen’ is a light that’s never gone out

A deluxe reissue of the band’s tour de force includes a live disc recorded at Great Woods in 1986.

Josh Brolin stars as the leader of a wildfire-fighting unit, the Granite Mountain Hotshots, in “Only the Brave.”

Movie Review

An absorbing portrait of heroic hotshots

The makers of “Only the Brave” deliver a straightforward portrait of regular working men toiling at an uncommonly risky job.

Kris Delmhorst (right) collaborated with her husband, Jeffrey Foucault, on “The Wild.”

Delmhorst ventures into ‘The Wild’ with a partner by her side

Her new album is her first collboration with husband and fellow singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault.