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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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2018 file photo, T.I. attends the Roc Nation pre-Grammy brunch in New York. Prosecutors this July charged rapper T.I. with simple assault, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct following an altercation outside his Atlanta area home in May 2018. News outlets report the charges stem from T.I.’s May 16 arrest outside of his gated community in Stockbridge.(Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)


Rapper T.I. charged with simple assault, other charges

Prosecutors this month charged rapper T.I. with simple assault, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct following an altercation outside his Atlanta area home in May.

Lawmakers warn Trump tariffs threaten local newspapers

About a dozen members of Congress warned Tuesday that newspapers in their home states are in danger of reducing news coverage, laying off workers or going out of business if the United States maintains recently imposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint.

Maura Tierney as Helen in “The Affair.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Rekindling a relationship with ‘The Affair’

This season, the Showtime drama appears to be back on track after losing its way last year.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex stand with Andrew Mlangeni, held alongside Nelson Mandela during the Rivonia Trial, as they are shown a Shakespeare book favoured by prisoners on Robben Island during a visit the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall on July 17, 2018 in London, England. The exhibition explores the life and times of Nelson Mandela and marks the centenary of his birth. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)


Prince Harry, Meghan visit Nelson Mandela exhibition

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have visited an exhibition in London charting the life of Nelson Mandela.

Kristine Opolias and Jonathan Tetelman in “La Bohème,” with Andris Nelsons (right) and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Music Review

Robust ‘Bohème’ at Tanglewood extends Andris Nelsons’s string of opera successes

The BSO’s Saturday night performance featured soprano Kristine Opolais in lustrous voice, while Sunday brought Leonard Bernstein’s beguiling “Chichester Psalms” and a virtuosic Yuja Wang in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

New ‘Rugrats’ TV episodes, movie are on the way

Tommy, Chuckie and the gang from Nickelodeon’s ‘Rugrats’ have a new TV and movie deal.

17namesanchorbabies - NBC10 Boston co-anchors Melody Mendez and Audrey Asistio. (NBC10 Boston)


The developing story at NBC10 Boston is babies

A trio of anchors are all due in September.

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2018 file photo, Cardi B attends the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in New York. MTV announced Monday, July 16, that the rapper received ten nominations at this year’s MTV Video Music Award, which returns to New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 20. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)


Cardi B leads MTV VMA nods with 10, Beyoncé and Jay-Z nab 8

The year of Cardi B continues — this time with a slew of MTV Video Music Award nominations.

US singer Madonna speaks to the press at a news conference in Blantyre, Malawi, Monday, July 16, 2018. Madonna has adopted four Malawian children, is in the country to celebrate the first anniversary of the Mercy James Centre for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, named after one of her adopted daughters. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)


Madonna, back in Malawi, now considering soccer academy

Madonna has returned to Malawi to celebrate the first anniversary of a medical facility named after one of the four children she adopted from this southern African country.

Olivia Colman in The Crown, Season 3, Episode 1. (Netflix)

Critic’s Corner

Meet the new actress playing Queen Elizabeth II on ‘The Crown’ season 3

When Netflix’s “The Crown” returns for season 3 in 2019, the royal drama will look a little different. Actually, it will look a lot different.

Sacha Baron Cohen.

Sacha Baron Cohen snares Bernie Sanders, Trent Lott in ‘Who Is America?’ premiere

The first episode of Showtime’s ‘‘Who Is America?’’ somehow snared former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and former Republican senator Trent Lott.

President Trump waved upon arrival at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Helsinki, Finland.

Trump wins sympathy from Russian media ahead of summit

President Trump is no fan of American journalists, but he might love what the Russian media are saying about him ahead of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

James Taylor performed “Shed a Little Light” in London’s Hyde Park Sunday.


James Taylor sheds a little light for 60,000 at London show

The singer dedicated one of his classic songs to Martin Luther King Jr. after a comment about President Trump.

Kate Upton and Justin Verlander at a February banquet in New York.


Kate Upton, Justin Verlander expecting their first child

The supermodel announced the pregnancy on Instagram in a post with the hashtag “pregnant in Miami.”

Alexis Ohanian at the Wimbledon women’s final, in which his wife, Serena Williams, lost to Angelique Kerber.


Serena Williams’s husband posts emotional tribute to Wimbledon runner-up

“She’s just getting started. And I couldn’t be more proud,” Alexis Ohanian wrote on Instagram.

Elena Ricardo plays the title role in the North Shore Music Theatre production of “Peter Pan.”

Stage Review

‘Peter Pan’ sometimes charms, seldom soars

North Shore Music Theatre production stars Elena Ricardo in title role of musical adaptation.

Tab Hunter at a Los Angeles dinner reception with actress Tuesday Weld in 1959.

TV Critic’s Corner

TCM to honor Tab Hunter with a movie marathon

The actor, who died on July 8 at 86, had appeared in more than 40 movies.

Alan Johnson, 81, choreographer for Broadway and Mel Brooks

Mr. Johnson choreographed solo shows and revues for performers including Ann-Margret, Bernadette Peters, Tommy Tune, and Shirley MacLaine.

Ms. Noestlinger won several prizes for her books.

Christine Noestlinger, 81, Austrian children’s book author

Ms. Noestlinger was best known for her children’s books such as “Fiery Frederica” and “Fly Away Home.”

Fans lined up for the world premiere of

A comeback role for Boston’s theater district?

A current flurry of activity and optimism suggests the downtown theater district could regain some of its former status as a proving ground for Broadway-bound productions.

Singer Frank Sinatra and his wife Nancy.

Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101

Mrs. Sinatra was the childhood sweetheart of Frank Sinatra who became the first of his four wives and the mother of his three children.

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Kate Weiser

Her bucket list includes over 870 of Boston’s familiar icons and hidden treasures.


Jennifer Garner talks fame, marriage, and the tabloids

Jennifer Garner says trying to nurture a relationship in fame’s harsh spotlight can create an almost unimaginable level of stress.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived at Glasgow Prestwick Airport on Friday and were greeted by David Mundell (second from right), secretary of state for Scotland.

Trump arrives in Scotland for weekend at golf course

Aides say President Trump will be spending the weekend preparing for his Monday summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

In a statement to on Friday, Scarlett Johansson says she’s withdrawing from the project ‘‘in light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting.’’

Scarlett Johansson pulls out of trans drama after backlash

Scarlett Johansson has pulled out of the film “Rub & Tug” after her plans to portray a transgender man prompted a backlash.

15namesPuth -- Singer-songwriter Charlie Puth at Berklee College of Music on July 12. (Marc Moran for Spotify)

Berklee alum Charlie Puth returned to the school for a private show

The performer gave words of encouragement to the assembled students in between songs.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Greater Boston, July 16-22

A puppet show in Brookline, Meet the Zookeepers Day, Cape League All-Stars, and more.

Michelle Dockery (left) as Mary and Laura Carmichael as Edith in “Downton Abbey.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Downton Abbey’ movie is a go, with original cast

Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, and Hugh Bonneville are all set to reprise their roles in the film that will begin shooting later this summer.


Tea by the sea, Korean peace medals, and $2,000 to fight hunger

The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society invites mothers and children to its first-ever Doll Tea by the Sea July 18.


A sensory garden, a Beatles cover band, and a mentor program itself gets a boost

A sensory garden opens in Shrewsbury after a decade-long search for just the right spot.

(l to r.) Lakeith Stanfield as Cassius Green and Danny Glover as Langston star in Boots Riley's SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, an Annapurna Pictures release.

★ ★ ★ ★ | Movie Review

Why we should be thankful for ‘Sorry to Bother You’

Boots Riley’s “Sorry to Bother You” is the story of how the leading character struggles at his job until he discovers his “white voice,” at which point his phone sales take off.

book review

Braiding lives of a Syrian refugee, a failed 23-year-old, and elderly accountant

Donal Ryan’s new novel, “From A Low And Quiet Sea,’’ is like its predecessor short and intense 

book review

Waking up is hard to do

“Clock Dance,’’ Anne Tyler’s latest novel, is a psychologically astute saga.


Greater Boston author readings July 15-21

A weekly calendar of literary events.

The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more

Globe critics’ picks for concerts, shows, and events in Greater Boston this week.

Keri Russell in a scene from

Matthew Gilbert

Emmy nominations: surprises, savvy picks, and a few slights

“The Americans” gets its due, “Modern Family” disappears, and “Game of Thrones” and “Handmaid’s Tale” appear to be heading for a showdown.


How did Patrick Star of ‘SpongeBob’ become a meme phenomenon?

A dimwitted starfish’s time to shine.

Ron Campbell helped animate 12 collective minutes of the 87-minute “Yellow Submarine.”

Animator: ‘Yellow Submarine’ captures essence of an era

Animator Ron Campbell discusses the iconic Beatles film 50 years later.

Ann Dowd in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

There’s Emmy drama in the face-off between two of this year’s very best

One is the better show, the other showcases the best acting.

“Left Foot Right Foot” by Tira Khan is one of the photographs on display in “Exposure: The 22nd Annual PRC Juried Exhibition.”

Photography Review

The PRC arrives in Porter Square

The Photographic Resource Center has crossed the Charles to Cambridge, and an affiliation with Lesley University. With “Exposure: The 22nd Annual PRC Juried Exhibition,” featuring 11 photographers, it’s off to a good start.

15edelman Alex Edelman plays Laugh Boston July 19-21. Photo credit: Will Bremridge

Comic Alex Edelman took the long way back to Boston

Fourteen years later, he’s prepared to put a regrettable open mic set at Roggie’s in Brighton behind him.

Scarlett Johansson has been cast as a transgender man in the upcoming movie “Rub & Tug.”

Ty Burr

Who gets to play transgender roles?

It’s a question Hollywood is having to confront about transgender roles.

Joaquin Phoenix (left) and Gus Van Sant in June at a Seat-tle screening of “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.”

Joaquin Phoenix and Gus Van Sant discuss ‘Far on Foot’

Joaquin Phoenix and Gus Van Sant discuss “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.”

Boston, MA - 7/1/2018 - Cast member Aaron Tveit(L), choreographer Sonya Tayeh(2nd L), cast member Karen Olivo(3rd R), director Alex Timbers(3rd R), cast member Danny Burstein(2nd R), and cast member Sahr Ngaujah(R) of

Thiings to Do

The Weekender: Casanova, Beck, Dwayne, and Jason

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

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as a security expert battling an Uzi-wielding crew in a Hong Kong super-building.

★ ★ | Movie Review

Dwayne Johnson goes high, very high, in ‘Skyscraper’

The Rock is up to his usual heroics in the action film.

Director Rachel Chavkin speaks with the cast during a rehearsal of “Lempicka.”

In ‘Lempicka,’ an artist who lives her life in bold strokes

The world premiere musical at Williamstown Theatre Festival centers on Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka, who explored art — and life — fearlessly.