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Donald Trump (pictured at a rally last May in Eugene, Ore.) is the subject of the latest “Frontline” documentary.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Frontline’ digs into the Trump phenomenon

The PBS documentary series often manages to breathe new life into seemingly over-explored topics.

Kristen Stewart attended Day 1 of the Sundance Film Festival last week in Park City, Utah.


Quote of the day: Kristen Stewart

The actress tells Variety what it was like to have Donald Trump tweet about her personal life in 2012

Nicholas Phan

Music Review

Tenor Nicholas Phan shines in Musicians from Marlboro concert

One of the world’s most remarkable singers, Phan was superb in a Sunday concert at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Randall Hodgkinson and Elizabeth Rowe performing “Afterwards.”

Music Review

Boston Symphony Chamber Players enter new era with all-French program

The late BSO cellist Jules Eskin was a founding member of the Chamber Players, and Sunday’s concert, one he had intended to perform with the ensemble, was instead dedicated in his memory.

Jay Baruchel stars in “Man Seeking Woman.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Sitcom keeps its edge, even though man is no longer seeking woman

Season three of the FXX series is underway, and Josh has a steady girlfriend.

President Donald Trump, right, smiles with his son Barron as they view the 58th Presidential Inauguration parade for President Donald Trump in Washington. Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

‘SNL’ writer is suspended after tweet about Barron Trump

A “Saturday Night Live” writer has been suspended indefinitely after tweeting a joke about Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son.

Actor Matt Damon appeared at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week.


Matt Damon wants to chat with President Trump

The actor is all about clean water and he hopes the new president is, too.

Cheryl Fiandaca (right, with Dawn Hayes of Milton) served as master of ceremonies for the Harvesting Hope gala and fund-raiser in Quincy this past October.


Cheryl Fiandaca leaves 7News

The investigative reporter says she enjoyed her three years at WHDH-TV.

According to Internet Movie Database, Medford-bred actress Julianne Nicholson (pictured in 2015) will play Tonya Harding’s former coach Diane Rawlinson in “I, Tonya.”


A growing cast for the Tonya Harding movie ‘I, Tonya’

Medford-bred actress Julianne Nicholson, of “Black Mass,” has joined the cast as Harding’s former coach Diane Rawlinson, among others.

“Thoroughbred” costars Olivia Cooke (left) and Anya Taylor-Joy appeared together at the premiere of the film at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival Saturday in Salt Lake City.


Mass. movie ‘Thoroughbred’ has its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival

The thriller is one of the final films to feature “Star Trek” and “Like Crazy” actor Anton Yelchin.

“Star Wars” fans wonder why the poster for the new film features red lettering.

The title of the next ‘Star Wars’ movie is . . .

The latest installment of the franchise is set to hit US theaters Dec. 15.

Ben Affleck (left) and Henry Cavill in a scene from


Ben Affleck racks up Razzie nominations for ‘Batman v Superman’

The awards celebrate the year’s worst movies and performances.

From left: Jenny Slate, Abby Quinn, and Jay Duplass at the “Landline” party at the Sundance Film Festival.


Films with Mass. ties at Sundance festival

“Landline” stars Milton’s Jenny Slate and “Thoroughbred” was filmed around Cohasset and Wellesley.


Stars come out in support of women

Among the many with Boston-area ties were Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Jenny Slate, Uzo Aduba, and Elizabeth Banks.

From left: Fred and Beckett Warburg of Charlestown with Stephanie and Jonathan Warburg of Boston.


Strengthening literacy and remembering Max Warburg

The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum is a language arts program designed to strengthen literacy skills for sixth- and ninth-graders.

Mr. Schorr, seen here with his youngest grandchild, Iris, published “Song Of My Selfies,” a memoir, last year, and the chapbook “Bridges to Kerouac” in 2015.

Mark Schorr, 72, poet who led the Robert Frost Foundation

Mr. Schorr also had been a technical writer for companies including Wang Laboratories.

US actor Matt Damon smiles as he takes part in a meeting on the opening day of the World Economic Forum, on January 17, 2017 in Davos. The global elite begin a week of earnest debate and Alpine partying in the Swiss ski resort of Davos in a week bookended by two presidential speeches of historic import. / AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

Matt Damon says he’ll pitch clean water to Trump

Matt Damon took the cause of clean water to the Sundance Film Festival, where he said he’s hoping to pitch President Trump on the issue.

President Trump left after being sworn in on Friday.

On ‘SNL,’ a shirtless Putin seeks to reassure worried Americans

The show’s cold open took aim at President Trump’s debunked claims regarding the size of the crowd at the inauguration.

The cover of Mr. Onyeabor’s 1985 album,

William Onyeabor, 70, elusive Nigerian funk musician

Beginning in 1977, Mr. Onyeabor recorded nine albums featuring heavy bass and slinky synthesizer lines.

FILE -- Kevin Starr at his home in San Francisco, March 25, 2016. Starr, whose eight-volume history of California, collectively known as ÒAmericans and the California Dream,Ó traced the promise and the perils of his native state with a novelistÕs sense of narrative and character and a filmmakerÕs eye for colorful detail, died on Jan. 14, 2017, in San Francisco. He was 76. (Andrew Burton/The New York Times)

Kevin Starr, prolific chronicler of California’s history; at 76

Mr. Starr’s eight-volume work traced the promise and the perils of his native state.

FILE Ñ Wayne Barrett, the longtime investigative columnist for the Village Voice, at home in New York, Jan. 19, 2011. Barrett, who exposed the misdeeds of developers, landlords and politicians for the alternative weekly for 37 years and wrote a biography of Donald Trump in 1992, died in Manhattan on Jan. 19, 2017. He was 71. (Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times)

Wayne Barrett, 71, tenacious NYC reporter who followed Trump

Mr. Barrett, an investigative reporter at the Village Voice, was a scourge of New York City power brokers.

Part of Trump’s speech sounded eerily similar to Batman character Bane

President Donald Trump and the Batman character have some real plans in common.

Chris Evans is raising money for local charity Christopher’s Haven.


Chris Evans took over a Somerville comic shop for a hilarious prank

It was part of the Sudbury native’s efforts to raise money for a local charity.

Stained glass depicting “Messengers from Ephesus before Emperor Theodosius II (Episode from the Legend of the Severn Sleepers of Ephesus.”

From touching to fabulous to fierce at the Worcester Art Museum

A new installation integrates the John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection of arms and armor with other objects from the period between 500 and 1500, give or take a few decades.

Zoltán Friedenthal plays István in “Our Secrets.”

Stage review

‘Our Secrets’ laid bare at ArtsEmerson

Playwright and director Béla Pintér takes a deep look at what happens when governments repress free expression, and sex and power get tangled together

Artist Shepard Fairey with his portrait of former President Barack Obama.

Obama ‘Hope’ artist returns with ‘We the people’ posters

Shepard Fairey chose images of three women to represent America for his latest political art.

Guest conductor Juanjo Mena leads violinist Gidon Kremer and the Boston Symphony Orchestra Thursday.

Music review

A BSO program, from Russia with love

Gidon Kremer was in fine form performing Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s 1959 Violin Concerto, part of an all-Russia evening.

“House of Cards” actor Kevin Spacey was a member of the 2016 Kennedy Center Honorees at the White House in December.

On Inauguration Day, ‘House of Cards’ announces May return

The show’s Twitter account teased its season premiere.


The Informer: An environmental education fair, an art demonstration, and a concert

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

22nocalendar - Caught in a Vortex in Rockport, by Amy Smith, was the Grand Prize winner in the 2016 Essex National Heritage Area Photo contest. (Essex Heritage)


See Essex County through local lenses

A reception for Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest winners will be held Jan. 25 at Hunt’s Photo & Video in Melrose.

Singer Jackie Evancho arrives for the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / SAUL LOEB

Who is Jackie Evancho?

The 16-year-old classical singer is performing the National Anthem at Trump’s inauguration today.

Solange Knowles performed onstage at the Busboys and Poets' Peace Ball: Voices of Hope and Resistance at National Museum Of African American History & Culture.

Solange Knowles headlines progressive ‘Peace Ball’

Thursday night, 3,000 or so guests attended the Washington D.C. concert, which also featured Berklee alumna and teacher Esperanza Spalding.

FILE- In this Sept. 15, 2016, file photo, musician Madonna poses for photographers upon arrival at the World premiere of the film

Madonna on Trump: ‘We have gone as low as we can go’

Madonna, an outspoken critic of President-elect Donald Trump, is trying to put a positive spin on his Friday inauguration.

Michelle Ferrari’s documentary on environmentalist Rachel Carson can be seen Tuesday on PBS’s “American Experience.”

Doc Talk

Documentaries fit for a president

Films to be broadcast or screened this week look at the environment and civil rights.

book review

Debating the very nature of freedom

In “The True Flag,’’ Stephen Kinzer trails Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and other leaders of the time as they tried to reconcile the nation’s anti-colonial heritage with its appetite for colonies.

Kit Harington in a typically bloody scene from “Game of Thrones.”


Is there a truth for our times in this TV savagery?

There is something about the visions of barbarism depicted on several current series that seems oddly and frighteningly apropos.

The Brattle Theatre’s Dead of Winter: Cinema of the Occult series opens with “The Witch” on Jan. 27.

scene here

The season of the witch (and other things)

The Brattle rolls out a series of new and classic films that focus on witchcraft and magic.

@Large | Michael Andor Brodeur

From Obama to Trump, the first Internet president to the second

Barack Obama showed us how a POTUS should use the Internet. But Donald Trump’s Internet mastery is more powerful.


Choice of books almost a stream of consciousness

While other young, aspiring novelists headed to the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Elliot Ackerman went to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.


David Duchovny is coming to Brookline

The actor and author will be appearing at the Brookline Booksmith on Feb. 22.

The cast of “Will & Grace” (from left) Megan Mullally, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, and Sean Hayes.

TV Critic’s Corner

The week in TV

“American Crime Story” is thinking Monica Lewinsky thoughts, “Will & Grace” is indeed returning to NBC, plus three more takeaways from the week in TV.

Writer and activist Dan Savage (right) with humorist David Sedaris.

Dan Savage’s advice and advocacy span relationships, politics, activism

The “Savage Love” columnist and podcaster arrives in Boston for a show at the Wilbur at what he considers a precarious moment in the nation’s history.

Benjamin Millepied was brought in to recharge the famed but staid Paris Opera Ballet.

In Focus

A look at Benjamin Millepied, dancing as fast as he can

“Reset” looks at a charismatic, and controversial, director of the Paris Opera Ballet.

Tom Barrack


Quote of the day: Tom Barrack

The chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee explains why Kanye West wasn’t asked to perform.

Warren Beatty and sister Shirley MacLaine

Keeping Oscar in the family

Will Casey Affleck follow brother Ben as an Academy Award winner?

Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, and Garth Hudson of The Band in rehearsal for the Last Waltz concert.

40 years later, another whirl for the Last Waltz

John Medeski, Warren Haynes, Michael McDonald, and other musicians will appear at the Orpheum to mark the anniversary of The Band’s farewell concert.