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// Coming to a theater near you: sequels, spinoffs, and remakes

The summer movie season is upon us again.

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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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Match Book

Books for word nerds

You can’t beat Nicholson Baker for love of language and books.

Familiar faces at Deavere Smith’s ART show

The opening of Anna Deavere Smith’s solo show, “Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education,” at the American Repertory Theater was well attended.

Michael C. Hall in Showtime’s “Dexter.”


Ah ‘Dexter,’ we knew ye too well

“Dexter,” now 10, began as a fascinatingly twisted TV story, but it ended eight seasons later as a model of how to ruin a show by pushing it far beyond its natural life.

Mr. Van Gelder had the final say in what the records sounded like, and he was, in the view of many, better at that than anyone.

Rudy Van Gelder, 91, engineer who perfected sound of jazz on record

Mr. Van Gelder engineered classic albums by Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

Gisele Bundchen at the Olympics opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 5.


Bundchen still in Rio as Brady readies to play in Carolina

We hadn’t seen much of Tom Brady before Friday’s preseason game, but his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, has been out and about in Rio.

Ozzy Osbourne (pictured in New Jersey earlier this month) performing with Black Sabbath.

Music Review

Black Sabbath bids New England farewell at Xfinity Center

Playing its last-ever New England show nearly a half century after its local debut, Black Sabbath proved again why it’s the most esteemed force in heavy music.

Anna Deavere Smith with bassist Marcus Shelby in American Repertory Theater’s “Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education.”


In ‘Notes,’ an education in injustice from Anna Deavere Smith

In her powerful solo performance, Smith portrays an array of characters who offer perspectives on the school-to-prison pipeline.

Pivot was made for me and soon it will be gone

Shutting down Pivot after only three years might be the best business decision, but to me, the end of my favorite channel is a great sadness.

Britney Spears and James Corden duet on ‘Carpool Karaoke’

Oops, he did it again.

Nalini Malani’s “In Search of Vanished Blood” features mylar cylinders that rotate while video projections play against them.

Art Review

At the ICA, Nalini Malani is a marvel

The Indian artist’s installation “In Search of Vanished Blood” heads straight for the collective unconscious.



The titles to TV episodes have their own stories to tell

In this golden age of television, episode titles seem to matter more than ever.

A scene from Avatar.

Ty Burr

What’s in a list of great movies? And who decides?

Lists are ridiculous necessities that attempt to forge consensus out of unique and personal passions.

Fans of Prince will soon be able to tour Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minn., which will become a museum dedicated to the beloved musician.

Prince fans will get a Graceland of their own

Elvis Presley’s former estate in Memphis offers public tours and houses a museum dedicated to the King’s life and legacy. Now, Prince fans will have a mecca of their own.

A scene from Will Allen’s “Holy Hell.”

in focus

What it’s like to be in a cult

A man who spent 20 years in a cult, and as their unofficial videographer, presents his experience in the documentary “Holy Hell.”

Les Brers band is (from left) Marc Quiñones, Pat Bergeson, Bruce Katz, Oteil Burbridge, Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, Jack Pearson, Lamar Williams, Jr.


Butch Trucks drums up an Allman Brothers alumni band

Les Brers — a group comprised of key members of the Allman Brothers Band - will play the House of Blues Sept. 9.

Quote of the day: Shawn Mendes

- Shawn Mendes, singer, responding to people who think his buddy Justin Bieber behaves badly. - Shawn Mendes, singer, responding to people who think his buddy Justin Bieber behaves badly.

The Ticket: Theater

A guide to area productions, including “Broadway Bounty Hunter’’ and “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Jacqueline Bisset nd Christian Coulson in “Peter and John,” directed by Jay Craven and shot on Nantucket.

Scene Here

Time for this year’s Massachusetts Independent Film Festival

Loren King looks at film events throughout New England.

Kitty Genovese, who was murdered in 1964.

doc talk

Reconsidering the Kitty Genovese case

A documentary ponders whether the key elements of the Genovese case are even true.

Debbie Gibson in Hallmark’s “Summer of Dreams.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Debbie Gibson as a high-school music teacher?

Debbie Gibson stars as a fading 1980s pop star in “Summer of Dreams” on Hallmark.

by Marni Katz | globe correspondent

Color me easy

Online painting service supplies everything you need, even the painter

The Ticket: Classical music

Jeremy Eichler’s picks for noteworthy classical music events in and around Boston.

“You can make sounds with a computer that you couldn’t have made 40 years ago. Pairing that sound design with the classic songwriting excites me,” says Harley Streten, who performs as Flume.

On record and onstage, Flume pursues sonic evolution

Hot on the heels of sophomore album “Skin,” the Australian ECM producer Flume is selling out big shows around the globe.

The Ticket: Dance

Karen Campbell’s picks for noteworthy dance performances in and around Boston this week.

Steven Tyler

The Ticket: Pop music

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

“Complete Unknown” stars Rachel Weisz as a woman who switches identities.

Director Joshua Marston examines the urge to start over

In “Complete Unknown,” the allure of the fresh beginning is on display.

Ira Sachs’s latest film, “Little Men,” opens Friday.

Ira Sachs: making the old new

That’s what the director does again in his latest feature, “Little Men.”

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights

the story behind the book

Debra Spark explores the mystery of marriage

“Unknown Caller” follows a long-married couple whose lives are disrupted by fallout from the husband’s first marriage.

More celebrity news

Homeland Security investigating Leslie Jones hack

Department of Homeland Security investigators said Thursday they are looking into the website hack that revealed private details of the actress-comedian’s life.

Willi Ninja, who rose to prominence in the 1980s as a master of voguing, died almost 10 years ago.


Remembering Willi Ninja, icon of vogue’s long tradition

The fashionable dance style of which Ninja was a key exponent, took its cue from a fashion magazine that took its cues from dance.

The Ticket: TV

TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s picks for viewing this week.

Nick Cave’s “Soundsuit” is part of “First Light” at the ICA.

The Ticket: Art

Sebastian Smee’s picks for notable shows in the region.

book review

Please be seated: the history of chairs and what they say about us

For over 30 years, Witold Rybczynski has educated us about architecture and now turns to the subject of chairs.

four takes

The challenges of ocean exploration

Capsule reviews of “Fathoming the Ocean’’; “The Extreme Life of the Sea”; “The Wave’’; and “The World is Blue.’’

book review

Nathan Hill’s debut novel follows an abandoned son and a mother lost and found

Nathan Hill’s first novel, “The Nix,’’ is bursting at the seams with all that it wants to contain.

A Frank Stella mural in an MIT conference room.

new england literary news

An art tour of MIT and new Belmont bookstore

A new guide to MIT provides a map and a brief history of a series of sculptures and other art by well-known artists.

the discovery

New graphic novel concludes trilogy on life of civil rights leader John Lewis

“March: Book Three’’ take readers to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.


Greater Boston author readings Aug. 28-Sept. 3

A weekly calendar of literary events and author appearances.


Ex-Faulkner fan who now swears by nonfiction

In his new book, “Yellowstone: A Journey Through America’s Wild Heart,” David Quammen explores the country’s first national park.

Dancers at the 2015 Boston Caribbean Carnival Parade

Things to Do

The Weekender: Beethoven, Sharon Jones, and the physics of love

Everything fun to do this weekend around Boston.

Sam Robbins sat on a bench and took in the scene at Peabody Essex Museum in April, as he and his wife donated their large collection of art.

Samuel M. Robbins, 93; collected neglected paintings

Mr. Robbins, of Newton, amassed New England art and donated it to the Peabody Essex Museum.

Katy Perry tweets support for Leslie Jones — and introduces ‘misogynoir’ to white mainstream America

Katy Perry used the term in a tweet that supported Leslie Jones after the SNL star was the victim of another vicious online attack.

The Pacific Northwest Ballet troupe peforming Jessica Lang’s “Her Door to the Sky” at Jacob’s Pillow.

DAnce Review

At Jacob’s Pillow, a glowing trio from Pacific Northwest Ballet

The company glowed with its full, formidable luster, the performers expansive, their clean technique articulate yet relaxed.

Leslie Jones at a “Ghostbusters” event.

Is it enough to tweet that you #StandbyLeslieJones?

That’s the question after this latest incident of online harassment against Leslie Jones.

Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers in “Southside With You.”

Movie Review

The movie about Barack and Michelle’s first date is good. Too bad it was released now.

“Southside With You” comes at a time when so many people will not be able to enjoy it because of our polarized politics.