Pollution on the Mystic
Andrew Dreyfus: The last health care reform optimist
As CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Dreyfus is convinced medical costs can be reined in.
Escape to Cape Ann
For a day trip, a weekend, or longer, Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester-by-the-Sea have loads to offer, minus the travel hassles.
‘Will’ leaves Shakespeare’s Anne in a haze
Anne Hathaway gets to speak her piece in “Shakespeare’s Will,’’ now at Shakespeare & Company. If only she had more interesting things to say.
Art exhibits, documentary put De Niro’s father in the spotlight
With an HBO documentary and exhibitions in Provincetown and New York, Robert De Niro hopes his late father, a painter, will finally get his artistic due.
Andris Nelsons invites players, audience to connect at Tanglewood
Nelsons on his return to the Tanglewood Music Festival for the first time since his appointment as the Boston Symphony Orchestra music director.
‘Bouts of Mania’ by Richard Hoffer
The book is an entertaining reminder of the days when fighting had the power to thrill the country and cause riots at the same time.
‘Search’ is tangled up in Bob Dylan
“Search: Paul Clayton,” premiering at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, tells the story of Dylan’s friend and mentor.
FX’s ‘The Strain’ raises the ick factor
The horror-disaster-supernatural mashup thriller is captivating, though most assuredly not for the squeamish.
Andy Serkis breathes life into ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’
In bearing, speech, and agonized expressiveness, Serkis’s Caesar conveys the conflicts of a king with almost Shakespearean grandeur.
The Roman view of ‘Venus in Fur’
Roman Polanski takes the brilliant Broadway play and Romanizes it until it reflects his obsession with power games.
Dean Wareham grapples with legacy
It took 25 years for the former Luna member to decide to make his debut full-length solo album under his own name.
Slaine dispenses with past demons
The Boston hip-hop heavyweight on his sobriety and upcoming album, “The King of Everything Else.”
Sky High Fly Guys, ‘Live… Before You Die’
The band has lofty ambitions, but they don’t rise to the desired altitude.
Paper Kites blossoms internationally
Guitarist Dave Powys tallies the Paper Kites’ five favorite memories along the journey.
Jon Hopkins at the Sinclair
When performing, the British producer utilizes four sound modulators to construct beats from the ground up.
Robert Ellis’s richly spun country songs
The alt-country singer-songwriter’s sublime new album paints country in broad, evocative strokes.
TV Critic’s Corner for Friday, July 11
This season, “Orange Is the New Black” digs deeper into the running of Litchfield. There is plenty of criticism of the prison system, but there is also a lot of insight into the prison workers.