Summer Arts Preview 2018

Summer Arts preview

// The best in music, theater, art, TV, and more this summer

Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

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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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At Tuscan Kitchen, the sounds of Old Blue Eyes

Swing alongside Frank Sinatra lookalike and longtime impersonator Michael Dutra, who moonlights as the “Sultan of Swoon.”

Bruce Davidson’s photograph of Martin Luther King Jr. at a 1962 press conference, in Birmingham, Ala. Below: Brad Kayal’s “Job Creator” (left) and Dave Cole’s “American Flag (Toy Soldiers #12).”

Art Review

At RISD, e pluribus . . . what, exactly?

Three shows at the Rhode Island School of Design mix art and politics.

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10 essential songs from Aretha Franklin

These tracks show different facets of the Queen of Soul.

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Game on, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon: Mark Wahlberg also has a McDonald’s Monopoly fraud project in the works

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are working on a feature film about the same story.

Robert Ryan (left) stars in 1949’s “The Set-Up,” which will be screened as part of The Big Fight, Harvard Film Archive’s all-night marathon of fight films Sept. 1-2.

scene here | local films, festivals, and faces

Boxing at the HFA, independent films in Arlington

The Harvard Film Archive enters the ring, and it’s time for the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival.

“Conan” host Conan O’Brien

TV Critic’s Corner

For ‘Conan,’ losing music is just the half of it

Beginning next year, the hourlong late-night show, on TBS since 2010, will be cut down to a half-hour per episode.

“Disenchanted” pokes fun at the tropes of medieval drama.

Television Review

‘Meh’ to Matt Groening’s ‘Disenchantment’

The “Simpsons” creator pokes fun at the tropes of medieval drama in his new Netflix series.


Album review

Mitski’s ‘Cowboy’ ranges far and wide

The indie artist’s fifth album has her forging new stylistic paths.

Kodi Smit-McPhee in “Alpha.”

Movie Review

In ‘Alpha,’ it’s a case of when human met canine

The archetypal story of a boy and his dog gets rewound several millennia in a narratively pure, family-targeted adventure from Albert Hughes.

George Steel is Abrams curator of music at the Gardner Museum.

Classical Notes | David Weininger

A new musical season at the Gardner

Music curator George Steel has assembled his first concert season at the museum.

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Indie artist Sidney Gish was not prepared to have such a big year, but it’s ‘totally fine!’

We spoke to the local talent and Northeastern student ahead of her Holyoke show.

Seth Casteel’s “Oh No! I Dropped It!”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

At ‘Best in Show II,’ at Lanoue Gallery, art meets arf

The exhibit is a benefit for the MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center.

Titus Kaphar’s “Historical Nonfiction” questions inequalities in art history.

New Haven artist wins Rappaport Prize

Titus Kaphar, renowned for his incisive revisions to classic paintings, has won a no-strings $25,000 award.

“I felt good that I made so many people happy,” says Scotty Bowers.

Movie REview

Telling tales about gay Hollywood

“Scotty and the Secret Life of Hollywood” shows a very different side of Tinseltown.

Rachelle Vinberg, Ajani Russell, Nina Moran, Ardelia Lovelace, and Alexander Cooper in a scene from “Skate Kitchen.”

Movie REview

The young heroines of ‘Skate Kitchen’ take the big city by storm

The film celebrates the thrills and scares and pains of its female heroines.

This combination of photos shows actress Reese Witherspoon, center, with two cover images of novels she selected for her book club, Something In The Water, by Catherine Steadman, left, and


After Oprah, celebs launch book clubs of their own

Jimmy Fallon, Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Jessica Parker have all jumped on the trend.

Michelle Yeoh (left), Henry Golding, and Constance Wu in “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Movie Review

Follow the money in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

The first hour of this adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel about mega-money nuptials in Singapore is a treat

From left, director Bill Boone, associate director Barbara Landy, and Pat Meaney rehearsed “Twelfth Night.” Meaney will star as Viola.

Retirees speak Shakespeare’s language, one hard-to-memorize line at a time

The Frances Addelson Shakespeare Players, a troupe whose members are mostly in their 70s and 80s, will take 18 months to prepare for a production of “Twelfth Night.”

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Ben Folds presents master class, talks about his forthcoming book — all before the show

The musician sat down for one of his signature AMAA (Ask Me Almost Anything . . . About Music) Q&A sessions, long before talking the stage at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.

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In the Pink reunites for a good cause

The hard rockers are raising funds for the one-time head of their fanclub.

Jordan Peele is bringing back the classic anthology series.

TV Critic’s Corner

Jordan Peele is rebooting ‘The Twilight Zone’

That’s the good news. The bad news: It’ll only be available to CBS All Access subscribers.

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Music Review

A little diss and a lot of that from Pusha T

The rap icon kept the mood high at the House of Blues without alluding to his rival, Drake, until the end of his set.

Liev Schreiber.


Actor Liev Schreiber set to answer harassment charge

The “Ray Donovan” star is facing a harassment charge in suburban New York, where his lawyer says the actor is accused of shoving a photographer’s camera.

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Beyoncé honors ailing Aretha Franklin at Detroit concert

Queen Bey dedicated her performance with husband, Jay Z, to the Queen of Soul drawing a thunderous roar from Aretha Franklin’s hometown of Detroit.

Danish Finance Minister Kristian Jensen took exception to critical remarks made by a Fox News host.

Fox News has a new critic: Denmark

A host’s comments characterizing the Nordic country as a socialist dystopia drew an angry response from Danish officials.

Omarosa Manigault Newman says Trump is ‘physically ill,’ and she blames Diet Coke

The former White House staffer says she’s researched the topic and found a BU study linking consumption of diet beverages to increased chance of stroke and dementia.

Boston Book Festival cancels One City One Story event amid plagiarism flap

Plagiarism claims dogged Sonya Larson’s “The Kindest,’’ which had been selected for the marquee session.

Kerry Washington arrives at the Women In Film 2014 Crystal And Lucy Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)


Kerry Washington spends fun-filled family day in Boston

The “Scandal” star is in town to direct an episode of Southie-set “SMILF.”

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts pianist Igor Levit and the BSO at Tanglewood Sunday.

Music Review

Michael Tilson Thomas returns to Tanglewood to conduct the BSO

At Tanglewood, Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Mahler, Rachmaninoff, and himself.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a still image from the documentary “RBG.”

TV Critic’s Corner

CNN to air the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary, ‘RBG’

“RBG” looks at the personal and professional lives of the Supreme Court justice, now in her 25th year in that job.

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Former Globe Spotlight reporter’s novel inspired by infamous Boston murder headed to big screen

Following Dick Lehr’s 2003 Globe article, a man was freed after more than a decade in prison.

Comedian Steve Sweeney plays a version of himself in the movie.


Steve Sweeney movie ‘Sweeney Killing Sweeney’ to open Boston Comedy Festival

The Boston native plays a version of himself: a guy who has the chance to make it big with a Los Angeles cable comedy special.

Aretha Franklin performed at Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2007.

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin is seriously ill

The singer canceled planned concerts earlier this year after she was ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest.

In his novels and books about his travels amid the worlds of his fellow colonials, V.S. Naipaul attracted and repelled.


V.S. Naipaul was an acclaimed writer of many contradictions

The Nobel laureate had so many gifts as a writer that he could seemingly do whatever he wanted.

Timothy Edwards and Maleek Washington in“Turf,” a duet excerpted from Camille A. Brown’s “ink.”

Dance Review

Boston Contemporary Dance Festival shows range

With 14 different companies, pieces were on the short side and some had an unfinished feel, but there were terrific standouts.

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Music Review

An arena-rock triple play from Journey, Def Leppard, and Cheap Trick

Despite their aesthetic differences, the shared classic-rock pedigree of the bands made for a natural fit at Fenway Park Saturday night.

British actor Idris Elba starred in HBO’s “The Wire.”

His name is Idris Elba, but will he be first black Bond?

The British actor stoked speculation he may take over the role of James Bond when Daniel Craig steps aside.

The ‘cop pool karaoke’ officers play a bigger stage: at Brad Paisley’s concert

Stephen McNulty and Kim Tavares got a big hand Saturday when they sang for the audience at the Xfinity Center.

V.S. Naipaul, shown in 2001, published more than two dozen volumes.

V.S. Naipaul, 85, fiery novelist and Nobel laureate

Mr. Naipaul penned comic masterpieces of island life before turning to the larger world, authoring richly detailed works on postcolonial states.

Ian Berg and Anjali Nath perform during the On Tap — Beantown Tapfest Faculty Showcase at Mosesian Center for the Arts,

Dance Review

Beantown Tap Festival’s faculty showcase celebrates community and diversity

The most reliably feel-good dance concert of the summer – if not the year – has to be the annual Beantown Tap Festival’s faculty showcase, “On Tap.”

music review

No room for complexity at Tanglewood Young People’s Concert

Friday’s concert presented musical bits and bobs along with kid-oriented commentary.

Billy Joel performs at Fenway Park.

music review

At Fenway, Billy Joel comes out swinging

The singer piled on the hits — and added some some surprises — for his fifth show in five years at Fenway Park.

Mischa Santora

Boston Ballet names Mischa Santora its new music director

The conductor follows Jonathan McPhee, who spent 27 years in the role.

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Stephen Hamilton

Hamilton spoke with the Globe about The Founders Project, public art, and education.

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Trump praises Kanye West after Kimmel appearance

President Trump tweeted his appreciation for Kanye West after the rapper talked about his support for Trump on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Miami Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn (94) raises his right fist during the singing of the national anthem, before the team's NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

COMMENTARY | Jeneé Osterheldt

NFL players know why they protest, and Trump does, too

It’s a new NFL season, but it’s still the same old song.