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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Greater Boston author readings May 27-June 2

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Local bestsellers for the week ending 5/20

A list of bestsellers based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Book design by icon king Chermayeff; New England Society book awards;

A look at some news from the world of books and literature.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

Into the tossed, uncharted waters of turning 40

Pamela Druckerman’s new book is “There Are No Grown-Ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story.”

Mark Erelli plays Club Passim on June 2.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.


Author prefers books that pass the test of time

Rachel Kushner’s latest novel is “The Mars Room.’’

Natalie Portman backstage at the Brattle Theatre Thursday night.


Natalie Portman makes the scene at the Brattle

The actress came to town for the finale of the Boston Calling film fest that she curated.

@Large | Michael Andor Brodeur

The death of the acquaintance in the Facebook era

Old-fashioned acquaintanceships were founded upon simple criteria like proximity and courtesy. But Facebook friendships erode those buffers our real lives install for us.

Keri Russell stars as Elizabeth Jennings, a Russian spy in an arranged marriage in “The Americans.”


Why I’m going to miss ‘The Americans’

As “The Americans” prepares to leave the air after six seasons, I will miss many things about it, but especially its riveting portrait of a complex marriage.


A play for veterans, a car show, and a concert picnic

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

A teen visits a memorial to the shooting victims at Santa Fe High School in Texas.

Ty Burr

Why do some events become historic and others fade from memory?

American memory can be as complicated as American history.

Barry Shiffman is the new artistic director of Rockport Music.

Classical Notes

A spirited arrival at Rockport Music

Barry Shiffman, the organization’s new artistic director, aims to animate this year’s Rockport Chamber Music Festival with a new feeling of openness to the unexpected.

Catherine Devallonne (center), the mother of murdered French au-pair Sophie Lionnet, was comforted as she arrived at at London's Central Crimnal Court on Thursday.

London couple convicted of murdering nanny, burning her body

The vistim’s mother said, “No god will ever forgive you both for what you have done to our daughter.’’


Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez reveals she’s expecting a baby

The former fiancée of Aaron Hernandez has said who the father is.

Ethan Hawke stars as a small-town pastor in “First Reformed.”

movie review

‘First Reformed’ is more dark musings from Schrader

If you’ve seen “Taxi Driver,” then you know the profoundly depraved sense of alienation that the writer and sometime director is capable of bringing to a screenplay.

John Williams greeted the Symphony Hall audience before conducting the Boston Pops in a selection of his works Wednesday night.

music review

At the Pops, the theme is all Williams

Performances of the composer’s film scores included a world premiere of music from “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” conducted by Williams himself.

The Duplass brothers: Jay (left) and Mark.

How the Duplass brothers have worked together for almost 40 years without killing each other

After becoming stars of the festival circuit with so-called mumblecore films, Mark and Jay Duplass are now two of TV’s biggest impresarios through distribution deals with HBO and Netflix, all the while piling acting, writing, and directing projects on top of one another to form careers unlike anyone else’s. Their new book, “Like Brothers,” explores their lifelong partnership.

“Night Shot 6,” John Schabel, 2001

Photography review

At Harvard, seeing the importance of the print in photography

“Analog Culture” offers a primer on the relationship between camera and darkroom.

Brynn Cartelli, 15, was crowned the winner of NBC’s “The Voice” on Tuesday night.


15-year-old Brynn Cartelli talks winning ‘The Voice’ and missing Massachusetts

The teenager will return to Massachusetts this week to finish her freshman year at Longmeadow High School.

A high-wire walker traverses a canyon in Jen Peedom’s documentary “Mountain.”

Movie Review

Peak excitement pondered in ‘Mountain’

Jen Peedom’s by-the-numbers climbing documentary has all the usual highs and lows.

Boston Calling returns to the Harvard Athletic Complex this weekend.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Boston calls, ‘Solo’ stalls, ‘Fall’ spills, everyone grills

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

“There’s something they do that imbues these hands with some level of character, so we can actually forget that it’s literally just a hand and not a whole life and a whole person there,” says David Dower, the artistic director of ArtsEmerson.

In ‘Cold Blood,’ sleight of hand creates a different kind of magic

The theater-dance-cinema hybrid employs inventive hand choreography to represent people who inhabit enchanting dollhouse worlds.

André Leon Talley in the documentary “The Gospel According to André,” directed by Kate Novack.

doc talk | Peter keough

Style is substance in ‘The Gospel According to André’

André Leon Talley is known for his ebullient personality, flamboyant style, and incisive and witty commentary and this illuminating profile reflects those qualities.

“Hairspray” will screen in June at Somerville Theatre.

scene here | local films, festivals, and faces

A summer of midnight movies at Somerville Theatre

Camp, cult, and classic films — from John Waters’s “Hairspray” to Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Boogie Nights” to the ebullient “Car Wash” — take over the big screen.

Director Kate Novack explores fabulousness, outside the box

The director talks about André Leon Talley, the subject of her new documentary, “The Gospel According to André.”

Roadie Bill Sullivan at the microphone as the Replacements' Paul Westerberg plays guitar at the Rat in 1984.


New book details the Replacements’ love of Boston — and the Rat

The band’s longtime roadie and unofficial fifth member, Bill Sullivan, has written a wild memoir.


Jane Taylor’s glittery jewelry attracts stars

Amherst company specializes in vivid gemstones with rainbow color schemes in earrings, stackable rings, and necklaces.

Former White House photographer Pete Souza


Obama photographer gets book deal to diss Trump

Pete Souza’s popular Instagram account contrasting presidents 44 and 45 has led to “Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents.”

From left: Brian Dennehy, Saoirse Ronan, Jon Tenney, Glenn Fleshler, Barbara Tirrell, and Mare Winningham in “The Seagull.”

Movie review

The Seagull’ has great performances but never takes wing

This fussy, over-directed adaptation of the Anton Chekhov play about lost souls at a country estate at least has an excellent cast.

Alleged IS supporter accused of urging Prince George attack

An alleged supporter of the Islamic State group is on trial in Britain accused of encouraging attacks on 4-year-old Prince George.

AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT Mandatory Credit: Photo by BEN RUSHTON/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9454843h) Ai Weiwei Ai Weiwei presents Law of the Journey, 2017, Sydney, Australia - 12 Mar 2018 Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei poses for a photograph in front of his installation 'Law of the Journey, 2017', featuring a giant inflatable boat filled with people wearing life-jackets made from PVC, ahead of the 21st Biennale of Sydney at Cockatoo Island, Sydney, Australia, 12 March 2018.


Artist-activist Ai Weiwei to visit Provincetown in July

He will have an exhibition at — and receive an award from — the Fine Arts Work Center.

Pic of Markle as chocolate-covered marshmallow causes stir

A German confectionery company has apologized for tweeting a picture of a chocolate-covered marshmallow dressed up as bride Meghan Markle at her wedding to Prince Harry.

Paul Simon performs during the Global Citizen Festival in New York in February.

book review

Songs of insecurity and of experience

A mixed but textured and in depth look at the life and work of Paul Simon.

Members of the Blue Man Group mimic Ursula the fur seal at the New England Aquarium.


Seal of approval for Blue Man Group

The performers got to meet Ursula, a northern fur seal, at New England Aquarium.

Honorees Andrew Dreyfus and Mala Rafik (left) with Liz Walker and Hall of fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley.

Boston Health Care for the Homeless honors two

Andrew Dreyfus, CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and attorney Mala Rafik were feted at the Medicine That Matters gala at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.

Album Review

Chvrches go big on ‘Love Is Dead’  

The trio is a shinier version of themselves on their third album, sacrificing some lyrical substance in the process. 

Mark Wahlberg envisions a new “Captain Kangaroo.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Mark Wahlberg: O Captain Kangaroo! My Captain!

The actor wants to bring back the children’s classic.

Donald Glover took second billing to Lorde at the September 2014 Boston Calling.

Which bands could be the breakout stars from Boston Calling

When Twenty One Pilots, Kendrick Lamar, and Portugal. The Man first played Boston Calling, somebody else was topping the bill.

boston calling

6 things that will make your Boston Calling experience easier

Here are a half-dozen conveniences that should make the experience more satisfying for concertgoers.

The Ferris Wheel, even taller than the one at last year’s Boston Calling, will be a big attraction again.

boston calling

Your Boston Calling 2018 ‘must do’ list

Six things to eat, drink, see, and do.

How Boston Calling is trying to be better this year

Boston Calling’s inaugural year at the Harvard Athletic Complex presented new problems the festival hopes to alleviate this year.

Sarah Silverman.


Sarah Silverman defends Louis C.K.

The comedian says her “brother” ought to be able to continue working.

Natalie Dormer stars as Hester Appleyard in Amazon’s “Picnic at Hanging Rock.”

Television review

Amazon’s ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ is a transfixing tale

There’s something spectacularly mesmerizing about Natalie Dormer in this new limited series, playing a shrewd, twisted, petty, vengeful English headmistress of a girls’ school in the Australian bush.

Nadya Tolokonnikova (left) of Pussy Riot performs during a festival in Mexico City.

Punk and protest from Pussy Riot, Putin’s least favorite band

The all-female performance-art group, whose members have served jail time in Russia, is wrapping up its first US tour at Boston Calling.

Billy Howle and Saoirse Ronan in “On Chesil Beach.”

Movie Review

A love letter that’s written in the sand

In “On Chesil Beach, “ repression never hurt so good as it does in the indie drama casting Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle as dewy honeymooners in 1962 England.

From left: Leon Vitali, Stanley Kubrick, and Jack Nicholson in a scene from the documentary “Filmworker.”

Movie Review

‘Filmworker’ pays attention to the man behind the curtain

A welcome documentary about an invisible assistant to genius: Leon Vitali, who gave up an acting career to serve as director Stanley Kubrick’s personal assistant.