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Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg (left) and Bob Mehr, author of “Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements.”


Replacements story finally gets told

Bob Mehr who penned the book “Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements” comes to Berklee’s Cafe 939 to talk about it.

Johnny Depp with Amber Heard at the Venice International Film Festival.


Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp assaulted her

Things are getting ugly between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. TMZ reports that Heard filed for divorce from Depp Monday.

Fans at Boston Calling last September. The festival will relocate to Allston in 2017.

Boston Calling music fest relocating to Allston

The popular music festival will move to grounds owned by Harvard University, expanding its offerings to include a film festival curated by Natalie Portman.


Sarah Silverman takes Drake’s crush in stride

The comedian talked to Seth Meyers about her reaction to Drake posting a picture of her on Instagram.

It’s Star Wars Day at Franklin Park Zoo on Saturday.

17 ways to make the most of Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. Here’s how to make the most of it.

In this Monday, May 9, 2016, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un listens during the party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has brought in more than 100 journalists from around the world to make sure that the 7th Congress of its ruling Workers' Party gets global attention. Four days into the event, they allowed a small number of foreign journalists into the convention hall where the congress was taking place. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

How a member of North Korea’s Kim dynasty joined middle America

Kim Jong Un’s aunt, who once took care of him while he was at school, now lives the American Dream.

A Cirque du Soleil performer greets visitors at the venue’s entrance.


Cirque du Soleil’s draws a crowd on opening night

Everyone loves a spectacle and Cirque du Soleil’s latest production is certainly that.

Above: the library court at the Yale Center for British Art.


Yale Center for British Art reopens

The Yale Center for British Art unveils its new look after an 18-month renovation.

Martial arts movies playing as part of the Coolidge’s midnight movie series this summer include “Dragon Inn.”

A pile of kung fu movies will make this a kickin’ summer

For longtime attendees of the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s midnight movie series, next month’s selection of martial arts features from the 70s and 80s will represent a return to form.

Ian McKellen (left) plays Anthony Hopkins’s dresser at a production of “King Lear” during World War II.

Television Review

In ‘The Dresser,’ no solace for the man behind the man

A new adaptation on Starz, starring Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen, is rich in commanding, frightening, and sad performances.

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of “Broad City.’’


For 25 years, Comedy Central has survived on its wits

The cable channel has been a major player in the TV revolution.

Local bestsellers

A list of the top sellers in fiction and nonfiction from local independent bookstores.

Marc Pierre in “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

The Ticket: Theater

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin’s guide to area productions, including “Peter and the Starcatcher,’’ “Lettice and Lovage,’’ “Dogfight,’’ and “Blood on the Snow.’’

the story behind the book

Comedian Negin Farsad on “How to Make White People Laugh”

Negin Farsad says that the title for her book came from the fact that, as an American comedian, she has spent her whole career rying to figure out how to make white people laugh.

SEBASTIAN SMEE | Critic’s Notebook

MFA’s Japanese partnership was a squandered opportunity

The museum’s decision not to extend its satellite operation in Nagoya brings an end to an ill-fated experiment.

Filmmaker Ray Williams searched high and low in Vietnam for Anthony Bourdain.

In search of Anthony Bourdain, armed with just a camera and a love of travel

In June of 2010, Ray Williams left Boston’s shores and arrived in Iceland with little more than the idea to make a travel film about . . . something.

Charles Scott (left) and his children Saya (center) and Sho in “Perceived Limits,” showing at the Regent Theatre in Arlington on June 1.

scene here | local films, festivals, and faces

Taking the Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival for a spin

It returns to the Regent Theatre in Arlington on June 1.

A scene from Kaneto Shindô’s “The Naked Island.”

Doc Talk | Peter Keough

From Cuba to Japan, these films are able to land on teachable moments

Looking at Emma Christopher’s “They Are We,” Eileen Hofer’s “Horizontes,” Kaneto Shindô’s “The Naked Island,” and more.

Lily James and Bella Heathcote in “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.’’

DVD Releases

A sharp sendup of Jane Austen

New releases on disc include “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” “Race,” and “Triple 9.”

Alec Guinness in “The Bridge on the River Kwai.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Epic entertainment from David Lean

TCM airs an Oscar-winning classic Saturday night: “The Bridge on the River Kwai.”

The Ticket: Television

TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s takes on television this week.

Game On

‘Overwatch’ is here, and it packs a wallop

With 21 characters of varying abilities, there’s no limit to the tactics and strategies you can employ.

Muzio Clementi was a composer before turning to piano manufacturing.


Playing Clementi on a piano built by Clementi

A successful composer and pianist, Muzio Clementi also achieved business success as a publisher and piano builder.


The Ticket: Pop music

Steve Smith’s picks for noteworthy pop music concerts in and around Boston this week.

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights

What’s on the air on Saturday.

Paula Josa-Jones

The Ticket: Dance

Critic’s picks for dance performances in the Boston area.

The Ticket: Classical music

Jeremy Eichler’s picks for noteworthy classical music performances in and around Boston this week.

A waterfall in Brazil in “A Time to Choose.”

In Focus

More inconvenient truths in Charles Ferguson’s ‘Time to Choose’

Oscar-winning documentarian Charles Ferguson’s “A Time to Choose” picks up where “An Inconvenient Truth” left off.

“Men of Concord” cover illustration.

The Ticket: Art

Sebastian Smee’s picks for exhibitions in and around Boston.

Executive Director Debra Petke holds

Danforth Art is given an unexpected Sept. 1 moving date

The museum and art school in Framingham must move because a boiler in the Danforth Building failed an inspection.

book review

A young mother, who hears voices, flees her threatening, unfaithful husband

The best genre designation for “Sweet Lamb of Heaven” might be metaphysical thriller.

book review

Convergence of white and black families, history and slavery at horse farm

“The Sport of Kings’’ is a novel about breeding Kentucky livestock, both animal and human.


Lauren Mayberry shares Chvrches’ top five films for the road

For the members of this popular British synthpop trio, movies are more than just a way to kill time on the tour bus.

book review

Pieces for all occasions by Neil Gaiman

The prolific fantasist is your go-to guy for all manner of occasions.

Artist Paul Laffoley’s “The City Can Change Your Life.”

New England literary news

New essay collections shine a light on the lives of two women: a child of the ’60s and one who finds love in her 60s after 25 years of singlehood.


Greater Boston author readings May 29-June 4

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events


Frans de Waal: Speed-reads for work but savors for pleasure

Famed primatologist and biologist Frans de Waal has spent his career studying chimpanzee behavior.

the discovery

Saving a taste of summer for darker months

Home canning is a low-cost way to preserve a taste of summer.

book review

Coming of age in a high-end New York restaurant

“Sweetbitter” is a small, flawless miracle, the rare much-hyped book that lives up to its billing.

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MFA to split with Japanese sister museum

The MFA and its Japanese counterpart have opted to end their 20-year relationship.

Mell Lazarus, 89, cartoonist of ‘Miss Peach,’ ‘Momma’

Mr. Lazarus ultimately wrote and drew more than 33,000 strips.

Police seek gunman in shooting at concert that killed 1

A man was captured on surveillance footage firing a gun during the packed hip-hop concert.

‘My name is not ‘Billy,’ My name is William.’

Billy Corgan, of the Smashing Pumpkins, was talking to fans from the stage at a concert in Lima, Peru.

The crowd at City Hall Plaza at Boston Calling, May 2015.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Boston Calling, ‘Roots,’ and glow sword wars

Here’s everything fun to do around Boston on this Memorial Day weekend.


Second trailer released for ‘Deepwater Horizon’

The forthcoming movie was directed by Peter Berg and stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, and John Malkovich.

Author Stephen King in 2013.


Stephen King’s ‘Mr. Mercedes’ coming to the small screen

Maine author and super Red Sox fan Stephen King is teaming up with Belmont-bred showrunner David E. Kelley for “Mr. Mercedes.”

Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart with the Arthur Fiedler puppet and the late conductor’s son Peter at Symphony Hall.


What would Arthur Fielder look like as a muppet?

Iconic Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler’s legacy is truly burnished now that a muppet has been made in his likeness.

The leader of the White Walkers on “Game of Thrones.”

In ‘Game of Thrones,’ it’s time to start rooting for the White Walkers

A best-case scenario for Westeros? Putting a White Walker on the Iron Throne.

Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy on the set of the TV miniseries “The Kennedys: After Camelot” in Toronto.


First look at Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy in ‘After Camelot’

The Reelz miniseries, currently filming in Toronto, is expected to premiere next spring.

Barry Crimmins will film a comedy special in Kansas.


Barry Crimmins will perform at The Burren on Saturday

The political satirist, activist, and comedian is getting ready to film a one-hour comedy special in June.