Fall Arts Preview 2017

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/spotlight-S_09159_rgb.jpg 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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A scene from “Shadowgram” by Italian director August Contento, one of the films being screened at the Arlington International Film Festival.

Doc Talk

Octoberfest of quality filmmaking continues

Offerings include Arlington and Boston Palestine film festivals.

book review

When pitchers ruled the earth

The Year of the Pitcher’’ by Sridharan Pappu chronicles a momentous year for American and for baseball.

He was the king of late night, but David Letterman doesn’t miss it ‘for a second’

The man who will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday looks different from the guy you remember from television.

Margot Robbie, who plays Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya,” at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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First trailer for Tonya Harding film ‘I, Tonya’ looks promising

The movie got a rave at the Toronto International Film Festival

Pamela Adlon as Sam Fox and Henry Thomas as Robin on FX’s “Better Things.”

Buzzsaw

The best things about ‘Better Things’

In a comedy that consists of small but reverberating moments, two recent episodes contained some of the very best.

A page from Sir Georg Solti’s copy of the score to Witold Lutoslawski’s Symphony no. 3.

Score

A symphony that — more than most — is open to interpretation

Witold Lutosławski’s Symphony no. 3 was first performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti.

doc talk

On camera in Soviet Georgia

Salomé Jashi’s “The Dazzling Light of Sunset” shines a spotlight on local news

A detail of “Dragon in Clouds — Red Mutation: The version I painted myself in annoyance after Professor Nobuo Tsuji told me, ‘Why don’t you paint something yourself for once?’ ”

Art Review

Fun, fun, fun, with Takashi Murakami at the MFA

The Japanese artist shows why he belongs to a “Lineage of Eccentrics.”

Athanasius Kircher’s “Mundus Subterraneus,” c. 1665.

Art Review

At the BPL, maps of things otherwise unseen

“Beneath Our Feet” examines how we look at what’s underground and under the ocean.

The gospel of Southerners in cinema, according to Joe Bob Briggs

Though he’s presented the show periodically over the past 10 years or so, this is the first time he’s brought it north of the Mason-Dixon line.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

A first novel about an old love

For Hoffman, the novel was a new way to write about LGBT characters in a changing community.

Michael Fassbender stars as detective Harry Hole in “The Snowman.”

Movie Review

Fassbender stars as Jo Nesbo’s detective hero in ‘The Snowman’

Young mothers are disappearing in Oslo, and Harry Hole is looking for answers.

‘Third Rail with OZY’ hits a nerve

The PBS show features varying points of view.

The songs of Nick Drake, who died in 1974 of an overdose, are now commonly heard on streaming music services.

Ty Burr

My playlist is possessed

One of the songs of the forgotten or never-known artists who haunt these music services long after they’ve died will turn up in my weekly Discovery playlist and I’ll feel a cold wind on my neck.

Lebanon’s Mashrou’ Leila fights the power

The indie band has drawn scrutiny from Mideast governments that consider its music — and frontman Hamed Sinno’s sexual orientation — subversive.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Book fest marks political climate; a cure for writer’s block

The theme of this year’s festival, taking place Saturday, Oct. 28 in and around Copley Square, is “Where We Find Ourselves.

bookings

Greater Boston author readings Oct. 22-28

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

Actress Blake Lively with husband Ryan Reynolds.

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Blake Lively uses Gisele Bundchen as inspiration to eat healthily

The actress says she keeps a photo of the supermodel as a reminder.

A sneaker made by Nike from Super Bowl LI game balls.

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Nike to unveil sneakers made from Super Bowl LI game balls

Patriots owner Robert Kraft donated the football to Nike.

Carly Gold as Small Alison, Robert Petkoff as Bruce, and Kate Shindle as Alison in “Fun Home.”

Stage Review

In a superb ‘Fun Home,’ pain and beauty live side by side

The Tony-winning musical about a lesbian cartoonist and her late father is a wrenching journey of memory and self-discovery, laced with wit and humor.

Bruce Springsteen in “Springsteen on Broadway” at the Walter Kerr Theater in New York.

Critic’s Notebook

A lifetime of connection with Bruce Springsteen

Springsteen is on Broadway in a transcendent evening of songs, stories, and ruminations, performed almost completely solo.

Samuel H. Levine (left) and McKinley Belcher III in “A Guide for the Homesick.”

Stage Review

‘Guide for the Homesick’ an absorbing tale of conscience and connection

Two men struggle with personal guilt in world premiere of a drama by Ken Urban at the Huntington Theatre Company.

Domhnall Gleeson and Will Tilston in “Goodbye Christopher Robin.”

Movie Review

In ‘Christopher Robin,’ the story of a boy and a bear

“Goodbye Christopher Robin” explores how A.A. Milne invented Winnie-the-Pooh and thereby sacrificed the childhood of his son.

From left: Cole Sprouse and K.J. Apa in a scene from the CW’s “Riverdale.”

tv critic’s corner

A ratings boost for ‘Riverdale’ after its Netflix showcase

The show’s summer on Netflix helped the CW series in a big way. Will this become a trend?

“Henry James,” John Singer Sargent, 1913.

Art Review

The Gardner looks at Henry James and his painter friends

The novelist knew everyone who was anyone, and that included in the visual arts.

Galleries

Samson offers its final gallery show

As its title suggests, there’s a strong political focus to “Immigrancy.”

Tatum won’t develop sexual abuse drama with Weinstein Co.

Tatum writes on Instagram Wednesday that he will not be developing anything with Harvey Weinstein’s former company.

Eliott Purcell

Stages

A mind meld with his ‘Curious’ character

Actor Eliott Purcell isn’t new to demanding parts, but his starring role in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is uniquely challenging.

Album Review

The Smiths’ ‘Queen’ is a light that’s never gone out

A deluxe reissue of the band’s tour de force includes a live disc recorded at Great Woods in 1986.

Josh Brolin stars as the leader of a wildfire-fighting unit, the Granite Mountain Hotshots, in “Only the Brave.”

Movie Review

An absorbing portrait of heroic hotshots

The makers of “Only the Brave” deliver a straightforward portrait of regular working men toiling at an uncommonly risky job.

Kris Delmhorst (right) collaborated with her husband, Jeffrey Foucault, on “The Wild.”

Delmhorst ventures into ‘The Wild’ with a partner by her side

Her new album is her first collboration with husband and fellow singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault.

Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield star in “Breathe.”

Movie Review

‘Breathe’ gives life to inspiration

Andy Serkis’s directorial debut is a based-on-truth drama about a man who overcame the limitations of his disability.

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert, shown during an early rehearsal for the second edition of “Globe Live.”

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Second ‘Globe Live’ set to take the stage

Among those stepping into the spotlight on Oct. 27 and 28 at the Paramount Center will be Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert.

Peggy Fogelman, Christina Nielsen, and Maureen Ruettgers.

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Gardner Museum celebrates ‘Henry James’ exhibition

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum hosted a party Tuesday night for its new fall exhibition, “Henry James and American Painting.”

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward being tended to in Cleveland Tuesday night.

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Gordon Hayward’s wife and father thank Celtics fans for thoughts and prayers

“Gordon’s a true competitor and will take this and use it as fuel to be that much better,” his wife, Robyn, wrote on Instagram.

Clay Cook of the Zac Brown Band at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear gala.

Names

Celtics owner was watching on his phone as Gordon Hayward fell

Wyc Grousbeck was at a fund-raiser for Mass. Eye and Ear.

book review

The fault in John Green’s new novel isn’t in his stars

“Turtles All The Way Down’’ contains familiar pleasures for fans along with an arresting portrait of mental illness, but the balance is off.

Actress Laura Michelle Kelly, producer Harvey Weinstein, and director Diane Paulus at the opening night of “Finding Neverland” at the American Repertory Theater.

Why did AIDS charity auction money go to a Cambridge theater — and Harvey Weinstein’s pocket?

Harvey Weinstein reportedly arranged for $600,000 raised for charity to be sent to the American Repertory Theater, earmarked to reimburse Weinstein and fellow “Finding Neverland” investors.

Elton John and Robert Kraft at a party in New York in 2014.

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Elton John to play Robert Kraft’s private party next month

The last time the Pats owner threw a party at Gillette Stadium, the Rolling Stones performed.

FILE - In this June 7, 2017 file photo, Donna Karan attends the 2017 Urban Zen Stephan Weiss Apple Awards in New York. Karan says she is apologetic and embarrassed about the remarks she made last week that suggested sexual harassment victims were

Donna Karan begs forgiveness for Harvey Weinstein remarks

The fashion designer said she is embarrassed about the “stupid” remarks she made last week suggesting sexual harassment victims were “asking for it” by the way they dressed.

Donald Murray and his wife Minnie Mae. She was the subject of many of his columns for the Boston Globe.

Beloved writer’s archives are back where they belong

After nearly 20 years, the papers of award-winning writer Donald Murray have found their way back to the UNH campus in Durham.

DEAN WINTERS and LAUREN VELEZ on “Oz,” which ran on HBO from 1997 to 2003.

TV Critic’s Corner

The wonderful foresight of ‘Oz’

The creators and cast of the pioneering HBO drama look back 20 years later.

photography REview

Robert Frank’s work pops up at Tufts

An unconventional pop-up exhibit on Robert Frank is at Tufts University’s Tisch Library through Nov. 5.

A ‘Daily’ dose gave Wood’s comedy the boost it needed

Roy Wood Jr.’s experience on the Comedy Central news show has given his stand-up act a topical edge it once lacked.

Thelonious Monk at the Prudential Center’s War Memorial Auditorium in 1967.

A centennial celebration of the one and only Thelonious Monk

New England Conservatory is hosting the free event that features a tribute from pianist Fred Hersch, among many others.

Brooklyn, New York-John Hodgman, author of “Vacationland” lies on a grave at the Green-Wood Cemetery. John Hodgman is a writer, comedian and author of three best-selling books about fake facts. He is the host of the Judge John Hodgman podcast and contributes a weekly column for the New York Times Magazine. Vacationland is his first non- fiction book. The Brookline native will appear at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on November 1 at 6 PM , followed by a book signing at the Brookline Booksmith at 7 PM.

Q&A | Magazine

Comedian John Hodgman runs out of fake facts, turns to the truth

The Brookline native weighs in on his first nonfiction book, rage and spite here in Massachusetts, and Maine’s “painful beaches.”