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Seána Kerslake


Seána Kerslake’s making a name for herself

The up-and-coming Irish actress talks about visiting Boston and her starring role in the new film “A Date for Mad Mary.’’

LeAnn Rimes with chef Brendan Pelley at Doretta Taverna and Raw Bar.


Celebrities around town

Who did what where.


Sean Mannion documentary packs the house at Irish Film Festival Boston

The film was awarded best global documentary and reportedly drew the biggest crowd in the festival’s history.

Lena Dunham


Quote of the day: Lena Dunham

The actress talks about being criticized for losing weight

Ms. Albright is shown with singer Frankie Laine. She played a detective’s often-stood-up girlfriend in ‘‘Peter Gunn.’’

Lola Albright, 92, sultry singer in ‘Peter Gunn’ series

Ms. Albright appeared in numerous B movies before being cast in the adult drama, which has become a cult classic.

Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli attended the Christian Siriano show during New York Fashion Week last month.

Actress, producer-writer of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ get married

Actress Samira Wiley, who plays the character Poussey Washington on the show, and Lauren Morelli wedded Saturday in Palm Springs.

Koppel says Hannity is ‘bad for America’; Hannity fires back

Veteran newsman Ted Koppel told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he is ‘‘bad for America’’ in an interview that aired Sunday.

Trisha Brown (third from left) is pictured rehearsing with members of her troupe in 1991.

Trisha Brown, choreographer who revolutionized dance in the 20th century, dies at 80

She was a standard-bearer of postmodern dance, an art form that favored natural, everyday movement over the more formal, stylized motions glorified in ballet and other genres.

Mr. Silvers at his office in 2012.

Robert Silvers, 87; edited New York Review of Books

Mr. Silvers helped create a literary magazine of lasting influence.

John Herbers, 93, journalist on front lines of civil rights reporting

Mr. Herbers wrote with urgency about church burnings and bombings in the south, and he later covered politics and urban affairs.

Quote of the day: Amber Heard

The actress spoke at The Economist’s annual Pride & Prejudice Summit in New York, and talked about coming out publicly. “It did impact my career, it was difficult. It was not easy,” she said.

LeAnn Rimes with chef Brendan Pelley at Doretta Taverna and Raw Bar on Thursday.


LeAnn Rimes spotted dining in town

A roundup of celebrity sightings and news of note.

A young girl reads a book at the New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton Highlands in 2013.


New England Mobile Book Fair owner mulling options

Officials in a number of towns are wooing the book seller, which is getting booted from its 32,000-square-foot Newton warehouse.

Mindy Kaling, left,  and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey.

How Cory Booker landed a dinner date with Mindy Kaling

A joke about Newark, New Jersey, on “The Mindy Project” led to dinner plans between U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and star Mindy Kaling.

Sean Mannion is a former Boston boxer who is the subject of the documentary “Rocky Ros Muc.” The documentary makes its world premiere Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre as part of Boston’s Irish Film Festival.

Inside and outside the ring with former Boston boxer Sean Mannion

“Rocky Ros Muc,” a documentary about former Boston boxer Sean Mannion, makes its world premiere Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre as part of Boston’s Irish Film Festival.

Misa Kuranaga (left) and Junxiong Zhao in a rehearsal of Balanchine’s “Donizetti Variations” at Boston Opera House.

Dance Review

Boston Ballet flies high, spreads wings in smart program

Balanchine’s “Donizetti Variations” was the highlight of the evening, but the two works that came after, Jirí Kylián’s “Wings of Wax” and Alexander Ekman’s “Cacti,” more than held their own.

Michael Che (right) and Colin Jost during Weekend Update on “Saturday Night Live.”


Michael Che of ‘Saturday Night Live’ stands by Boston comment

Che earlier this year said Boston is “the most racist city” he’s ever been to.

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein and guest conductor Francois-Xavier Roth performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra Thursday night.

Music Review

BSO and cellist Alisa Weilerstein explore the edges of dreaming

A profoundly physical player with a dark and intoxicating timbre, Weilerstein was the perfect guide through the sonic landscape of Matthias Pintscher’s new cello concerto, “un despertar.”

The outdoor yard sale at New England Mobile Book Fair in 2013.

The New England Mobile Book Fair’s expected move strikes a chord

A lot of people reached out about loving the book store, which may have to close if it doesn’t find smaller and more affordable space.

Casey Affleck (right) with his brother Ben at the Academy Awards in February.


Casey Affleck is now in the tabloid crosshairs

Since he won the Oscar, the younger Affleck is suddenly a favorite of celebrity websites.

John Mayer (left) performed with Dead & Company in July 2016 at Fenway Park.


John Mayer learned about music, not love, at Berklee

The singer apparently missed Relationships 101 during his two semesters in Boston.

A scene from “Marathon: The Patriots’ Day Bombing.”

doc talk | peter keough

ReelAbilities Film Festival aims to spark dialogue

Finding an audience for films about people with disabilities can be difficult, but the ReelAbilities Film Festival is up to the challenge.

Jamaica Plain resident Duy Doan is this year’s winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize.

new england literary news | NINA MACLAUGHLIN

Jamaica Plain poet wins Yale younger poets prize

Late last month, Duy Doan got a phone call telling him that he’d won the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious literary awards.

A scene from Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer’s “Check It!”, screening April 5 at the Museum of Fine Arts.

in focus

Navigating reality at the Wicked Queer festival

The LGBT event has always presented a strong slate of trenchant, timely documentaries. This year they take on issues of community, family, politics, and individuality.


Dear Facebook Messenger, I need you to calm down

Collecting and hoarding new functions, you tried to be all things to all people, but just ended up a Swiss army app that hangs largely unused on my Keychain.

book review

In these mysteries, trouble is at hand

Reviews of three recent titles: “August Moon” by Stephen Mack Jones, “Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly” by Adrian McKinty, and “Conviction” by Julia Dahl.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

A biographer of the English language

In “Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries” Kory Stamper describes her work crafting definitions for Merriam-Webster.

Jonny Mars in “Discreet,” directed by Travis Mathews. The film makes its US premiere as part of the Wicked Queer: Boston LGBT Film Festival.

scene here | local films, festivals, and faces

Boston’s LGBT festival has moves and ‘Groves’

With thought-provoking films and filmmakers, the LGBT Film Festival celebrates its 33rd year.

book review

Her mother long dead, a girl traces her parents’ lives through her father’s bullet wounds

The mother’s absence sits at the core of Hannah Tinti’s beautifully constructed second novel,

Vince Staples performed onstage during the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club last year in Indio, California.

Rapper Vince Staples speaks a language of hard truths and lessons learned

The hip-hop star writes what he knows.

Critic’s Notebook | Theater

What’s the role of theater in this time of Trump?

Should playwrights shift into a higher gear to rebut the Trump narrative? They say no.

Kids explore artist Amy Archambault‘s exhibit, “Hideout,” at the Boston Children’s Museum.

This is the art exhibit we all need right now

Miss those forts you made as a kid? “Hideout,” a new exhibit at the Boston Children’s Museum, has just what you (and your kids) need.

“Mrs. Packard” was inspired by the story of a woman who was committed against her will to an Illinois insane asylum in the 1860s.

Stage Review

In jolting ‘Mrs. Packard,’ a woman wrongly confined

Emily Mann’s play delivers a stark history lesson, sometimes at the expense of the drama.

“Lodz ghetto: Scarecrow with yellow Jude star” by Henryk Ross.

Photography review

At the MFA, bearing witness to the unbearable

Henryk Ross’s Lodz Ghetto photographs are a unique document of the Holocaust.

A scene from Frederick Wiseman's 1975 film 'Welfare.' In the film, the nature and complexity of the welfare system is examined by sequences illustrating the staggering diversity of problems that constitute welfare.

Ty Burr

Frederick Wiseman deserves more than celebration. He deserves to be seen.

Want to honor the godfather of documentary filmmaking? See his movies.

Don McLean performing in Nashville in December.

Ex-wife files contempt motion against Don McLean

She says she was disparaged by McLean less than 48 hours after a protection order was issued earlier this month.

John Mayer


Quote of the day: John Mayer

The singer reveals that his new song “Still Feel Like Your Man” is about ex-girlfriend Katy Perry, with whom he broke up two years ago.

Michael Pena and Dax Shepard in “CHIPS.”

Movie Review

‘CHIPS’ reboot turns into a wreck

Dax Shepard and Michael Peña are the new Ponch and Jon. Lousy aim isn’t just a character flaw, it’s an apt metaphor for the movie.

Vivian Howard of “A Chef’s Life,” obliges a photo request from diner Elverso Powell at Howard’s restaurant, Chef & the Farmer, in Kinston, N.C., earlier this year

TV Critic’s Corner

A three-course chef show tasting menu

Here’s what’s cookin’ on televsion this Saturday night.


Reagle music revue raises a toast to the 1940s

If you’re looking for an offbeat way to get out of the house during April vacation, go retro — really retro.

Lübeck, Germany’s Marienkirche, St. Mary’s Church, circa 1935. Its two organs were destroyed in a Royal Air Force bombing raid in 1942.


Casualties of war: two key church organs

March 28 marks the 75th anniversary of the WWII destruction of two organs that were unusually important to the history of Western music.

“TV Ownership” is part of “Ingo Günther: World Processor” at Hood Downtown in Hanover, N.H.

The Ticket: Music, theater, dance, art, and more

This week’s picks for concerts, plays, exhibitions, and other events in the area.


Greater Boston author readings March 26-April 1

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

the discovery

Amid wonder and cruelty of Welsh farm, a true portrait of love

In “The Long Dry’’ Cynan Jones’s sentences land with the elemental force of a spade plunged into the earth.


Formerly a book binger, now she savors

Irish writer Anne Enright keeps a secret stash of books that she reads for pleasure or for research.

Leo Durocher (right) and Casey Stengel before the start of the opening game of the 1951 World Series at Yankee Stadium.

book review

When boys of summer answered to ‘Old Perfesser’ and ‘The Lip’

For half a century they were perhaps the national pastime’s most colorful and enduring characters, the game’s most beloved (Casey Stengel) and most despised (Leo Durocher).