Winter Arts Guide 2018

// The best of what to see and do around Boston this winter

From art shows to music performances, theater, TV, and dance, Boston’s scene has you covered.

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// The story behind the ‘Spotlight’ movie

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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Harsh J. Gagoomal (left) and Jacob Aythal in “Guards at the Taj.”

Stage Review

Beauty and brutality in ‘Guards at the Taj’

A grim duty is imposed on two young guards in Rajiv Joseph’s Obie-winning drama.

Former Celtic Ray Allen is playing a new position: author.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of March 26-30

Ray Allen discusses his new memoir, Pajama Concert: Shipwreck!, the Gardeners’ Gathering, and more.

Sean Penn coming to Boston to promote his...novel

The actor has written a book.

A police officer kept watch outside a burned-out building, the scene of a fatal overnight fire where firefighter Michael R. Davidson of Engine Company 69 died after becoming separated from his unit as they battled the fierce blaze.

NYC firefighter dies battling blaze on Harlem movie set

The firefighter died after a massive fire broke out at a building where a movie directed by Edward Norton was being shot.


An exhibit of women’s art, a forum on women, and a New England film premiere

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

Boston Ballet programs including John Cranko’s “Romeo and Juliet” run until the weekend of April 7-8 at the Boston Opera House.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

An illustration from Jane Yolen and Bob Marstall’s new children’s book “On Gull Beach.”

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Seeing the shore anew; Brookline to read ‘Underground Railroad’

Jane Yolen and Bob Marstall’s lovely new children’s book “On Gull Beach” follows a young boy walking the Cape Cod shoreline.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

A beautiful game, a riven Maine town

“One Goal” chronicles the players, coaches, and families of Lewistown, Maine, as they join together to compete for a state championship.


Greater Boston author readings March 25-31

A weekly calendar of literary events

School shooting victim ‘brain dead,’ life support ending

A teenage girl who was shot when a classmate opened fire inside their Maryland high school is brain dead and is being removed from life support, her mother said Thursday


Is a mass exodus from Facebook even possible?

Leaving feels like a betrayal of a whole system of emotional and cognitive reflexes we’ve spent a decade constructing. What lies on the other side?

Stormy Daniels will be interviewed on “60 Minutes” Sunday night.

TV Critic’s Corner

A Stormy forecast for ‘60 Minutes’

The porn star is promising to disclose details of her alleged affair with the president in an interview with Anderson Cooper.

Matthew Rhys (right, with Costa Ronin) stars as a KGB spy living undercover in Washington during the 1980s in “The Americans.”

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

‘The Americans’ goes back into the cold

“The Americans” returns for its final season, with a real-world resonance that has only grown over the duration of the series.

Alicia Hall Moran

NEC is about to get acquainted with the impossible-to-pin-down Alicia Hall Moran

The composer, arranger, actress, and classically trained mezzo-soprano — did we mention former figure skater? — will lead students in a concert of music she’s recorded and written.

Kim Novak, with costar Jimmy Stewart, in a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.”

Sixty years later, Novak reveals highs and lows of ‘Vertigo’

The actress, who recently created what she calls “my own Me Too painting,” says that during her era in Hollywood, “the same things went on.”

Jan St. Werner (left) and Andi Toma of Mouse on Mars at the MIT conference/sound festival Dissolve Music.

At MIT, Mouse on Mars immerses listeners in ‘surround sound on steroids’

The German duo premiered their new album, which incorporates advances in recording technology, at a sound festival in Somerville.

An image of a character voiced by Sting from the video game “Where the Water Tastes Like Wine”

‘Where the Water Tastes Like Wine’ is a giant leap forward for video game storytelling

Sting provides the voice of a card-playing wolf in this game, in which you walk, hitchhike, or hop train cars during the Great Depression.

Zendaya at the Academy Awards earlier this month.

Ty Burr

12 young actors to watch

By luck and talent and innate charisma they seem to be perched on the verge of greater things. Whether that actually happens is anybody’s guess.

Ben Affleck (left) and Matt Damon


Matt Damon weighs in on Ben’s back tattoo

Damon, who said he’s seen the colorful ink, was supportive of his friend of 37 years.

Thomas Adès

BSO season to include premieres by Thomas Adès and Sebastian Currier

Music director Andris Nelsons will lead 14 programs in the 2018-19 season, including Puccini’s one-act opera “Suor Angelica” with soprano Kristine Opolais in the title role.

Jenny Slate and Chris Evans at the premiere of


Chris Evans and Jenny Slate are over

The cute couple has broken up. Again.

Claire Foy stars in “Unsane,” directed by Steven Soderbergh.

Things to Do

The Weekender: iPhone thrills, tiny jokes, and Looney Tunes

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

imovie review

String theory explained in ‘Itzhak’

Alison Chernick’s film celebrates the life and art of violinist Itzhak Perlman.

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2017 file photo, CNN president Jeff Zucker attends the 11th annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute in New York. Zucker says that rival Fox News Channel is a propaganda machine that is doing an incredible disservice to the country. Zucker spoke Thursday at the Financial Times Future of News conference. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

CNN chief Jeff Zucker says Fox News is propaganda machine

The CNN leader says that the Russian news agency TASS ‘‘has nothing’’ on Fox.

John Coltrane and Miles Davis in a Jazz at the Philharmonic concert in Vienna in 1960.

Album review

An incendiary final tour for Miles and Coltrane, and the sparks fly

A new 4-CD set from Sony documenting the Davis quintet’s 1960 European tour captures the great saxophonist — restless and eager to strike out on his own — playing on his own terms.

“The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling” looks back at the comedian’s life.


Judd Apatow memorializes mentor, the late Garry Shandling

After Garry Shandling died two years ago, his longtime friend Judd Apatow went through e-mails he and the comedian had recently shared. Then he started bawling.

Tye Sheridan in Steven Spielberg’s new film, “Ready Player One.”

Author Ernest Cline talks about ‘Ready Player One’ the book, the movie, and other ’80s time machines

The author got to geek out with Steven Spielberg as the director worked on the film adaptation, which opens next Friday.


Here’s what Alan Dershowitz said when we asked if he’ll join Trump legal team

The former Harvard Law professor has been an outspoken supporter of some of the president’s legal positions.

United Farm Workers leader Dolores Huerta, (center) leading a rally in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1988, is the subject of a new documentary “Dolores.”

Doc Talk

An activist, a stripper, a funny guy, and a secret history of America

A round-up of documentary screenings and events.

A scene from “A Moment in the Reeds.”

Scene Here | Local films, festivals, and faces

LGBT Film Festival takes on immigration

This year’s edition has many films that deal with the timely topic of refugees and immigrants, a complex issue that’s even thornier for those who are LGBT.

Anita Hill during Clarence Thomas’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings

four takes

From Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill to #MeToo

Capsule reviews of “Anita Hill,’’ “Tailspin,’’ “Debating Sexual Correctness,’’ and “Be Fierce’’

From left: Boston Ballet dancers John Lam, Misa Kuranaga, and Isaac Akiba in William Forsythe’s “Pas/Parts 2018.”


Boston Ballet announces Paris tour

The company will perform the European premiere of a new work by the acclaimed choreographer William Forsythe in Paris in April 2019.

book review

New Iweala disappoints after ‘Beasts of No Nation’

Coming-out tale of son of Nigerian immigrants has much to recommend it but feels labored by comparison with “Beasts.’’

Harris Dickinson (left) and Donald Sutherland in “Trust.”

Television Review

In FX’s ‘Trust,’ a rich telling of the Getty kidnapping

Danny Boyle brings his filmmaking finesse to a familiar story.

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in season 7 of “Homeland.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Sorry, ‘Homeland,’ but I’m through with you

Through good seasons and bad, I’d always been a loyal viewer, but it’s time to move on.

Benjamin Zander shown conducting the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at Symphony Hall on March 11.

A conductor’s legacy, in a new website

The site gathers audio and video of performances, talks, and interpretation classes from Benjamin Zander, a popular public speaker who leads the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

aniela Lamas is a pulmonary and critical-care doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Humanely told stories of lives saved and lost

A critical-care doctor’s memoir looks at the miracles and limits of medicine and the nature of life itself.

Burlington native Greg Poehler stars in “You Me Her.”


Greg Poehler on his polyamorous TV character and hitting his stride as an actor

The Burlington native stars in “You Me Her,” romcom series on AT&T Audience Network that kicked off its third season Tuesday.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

William Kentridge turns history downside up

The South African artist has a show at Emerson Urban Arts Media Art Gallery.

Director Igor Golyak on the set of “A Dead Man’s Diary.”

Stages | Terry Byrne

Dead men do tell tales — in Russian

Arlekin Players Theatre is reprising it’s compelling “Dead Man’s Diary” for Boston audiences at the Paramount Center.

“Epochs in Plains History: Mother Earth, Father Sun, the Children Themselves” by T.C. Cannon.

Art Review

At PEM, T.C. Cannon’s paintings exult and reproach

The artist, who died young, filled his canvases with a unique energy and force.


Is Aubrey O’Day the reason Donald Trump Jr. is getting divorced?

The president’s son and O’Day may have had an affair after she was on “Celebrity Apprentice”

John Boyega stars in “Pacific Rim: Uprising,” directed and co-written by Steven S. DeKnight.

Movie Review

‘Pacific Rim’ gets another shot, minus del Toro

You wouldn’t have thought a sequel to the underperforming robots-versus-monsters spectacle was likely, yet here’s the follow-up.

Claire Foy  in “Unsane.”

Movie Review

‘Unsane’ is a deft, disturbing piece of work — shot on an iPhone

“Unsane” is a beguilingly nasty exercise in paranoia, shot on an iPhone by director Steven Soderbergh just to prove he can.

Mila Kunis (left) and Kate McKinnon in a scene from “The Spy Who Dumped Me.”


‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ trailer is out

The film, directed and co-written by New England native Susanna Fogel, stars Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as besties who become embroiled in an espionage adventure.

From left: Zoey Deutch, Dylan Gelula, and Maya Eshet in “Flower.”

Movie Review

Acting is the only thing that blooms in ‘Flower’

“Lolita” gets a skate-punk makeover in a seriocomic portrait of a girl with some very casual views on sexuality, and some very particular ones about how to use it as a weapon.