Fall Arts Preview 2017

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale on “Veep.”

TV Critic’s Corner

A couple of ‘bozos’ give Louis-Dreyfus a lift

Her “Veep” costars team up for a spirited video while she undergoes cancer treatments.

Jane Lynch

TV Critic’s Corner

Jane Lynch may get a shot at a daytime talk show

The Emmy-winning actress is working with the studio behind “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Megyn Kelly on the set of her new show,

Megyn Kelly blasts O’Reilly, Fox in extraordinary statement about harassment

Kelly said she complained about Bill O’Reilly while she was an anchor at Fox News, but was ignored.

John Besh led the Besh Restaurant Group.

Star New Orleans chef steps down amid sexual harassment allegations

A newspaper reported that 25 current or former employees of the business said they were victims of sexual harassment by male co-workers and bosses.

Pianist Martha Argerich, who performed with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia of Rome.

Music Review

At Symphony Hall, the grand return of a piano priestess

On Sunday evening, Martha Argerich electrified Symphony Hall in a Celebrity Series appearance.

Leigh Barrett and Will McGarrahan star in “Souvenir” at Lyric Stage.

Stage Review

An exquisite duet in Lyric Stage’s ‘Souvenir’

Ten years after appearing in its original Lyric production, Leigh Barrett and Will McGarrahan re-team for this funny, touching play about Florence Foster Jenkins and her accompanist.


Ann Landers’s daughter wants fake account removed from Twitter

The account bashes capitalism.

Megyn Kelly blasts O’Reilly, Fox in extraordinary statement about harassment

Megyn Kelly said she complained about Bill O’Reilly while she was an anchor at Fox News, but was ignored.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl


Foo Fighters to play Fenway Park next summer

When the band first played at the ballpark in 2015, frontman Dave Grohl was recovering from a broken leg and had to sit down for the two-hour, 35-minute set.

Frontman Axl Rose and Slash at a June Guns N’ Roses concert in Stockholm.

Music review

A powerhouse show from a reunited Guns N’ Roses

Looking fully committed and in fine voice, Axl Rose performed his familiar, hip-shaking dance moves. But Slash was the center of gravity of the TD Garden show.

David Letterman acknowledged the audience during Sunday’s event.

Late-night TV icon David Letterman receives Mark Twain Prize

Letterman was celebrated Sunday for his record run on late-night TV and innovative comedy routines.

Jon Stewart has been hosting “Night of Too Many Stars” since 2005.

TV Critic’s Corner

Jon Stewart back on TV to host autism benefit

“Night of Too Many Stars” is moving from Comedy Central to HBO.

Soprano Amanda Forsythe performing with Boston Baroque at Jordan Hall on Friday.

Music Review

Soprano Amanda Forsythe lifts mixed-bag Mozart from Boston Baroque

Forsythe was a consistently enlivening presence during a concert marked by uneven ensemble playing.

In choreographer Faye Driscoll’s “Thank You for Coming: Play,” performers change out of streetclothes and into costuming.

Dance Review

Faye Driscoll gets ‘Play’-ful at the ICA

The choreographer’s “Thank You for Coming: Play” is painfully serious, and pretentious to boot.

From left, former presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama appeared on stage at the opening of a hurricanes relief concert in College Station, Texas, Saturday.

5 former presidents aid hurricane relief effort

It was the first time Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama gathered since 2013.

At Berklee, Mr. McGhee wrote popular saxophone method books and taught generations of young musicians.

Andy McGhee, 89, big band saxophonist who taught at Berklee

Mr. McGhee played with the big bands of Lionel Hampton and Woody Herman.

Vinnie Accardi of Brand New in concert at the Wang Theatre.

music review

From Brand New, a rousing return — and maybe a farewell

The band’s sold-out show at the Wang Theatre comes amid strong hints that they plan to retire in 2018.

Roy Dotrice poses with his Tony award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his work in

Roy Dotrice, 94, prolific actor and Tony winner

Mr. Dotrice, who began performing as a prisoner of war in Germany, worked in Britain and America for six decades, notably in one-man shows.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield.

Norman Rockwell’s heirs seek to block sale of artwork

The artist’s family wants to stop the Berkshire Museum from selling 40 works of art.

Ben and Kate Taylor at the event at Gillette Stadium.


Ben, Kate Taylor 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.


‘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.


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.


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


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

Though your heart is breaking

In “Smile,” Roddy Doyle spins the swift and devastating tale of a man who comes to know the consequences of laughing it off.

book review

When pitchers ruled the earth

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

David Letterman is the 2017 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

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.


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.”


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 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.

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.


Greater Boston author readings Oct. 22-28

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

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


‘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.