Fall Arts Preview 2017

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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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Holiday dance picks

10 holiday dance picks from Karen Campbell.

John Mayer (left) and Jimmy Fallon performed during Saturday’s Comics Come Home 23 show at TD Garden.


A familiar, comfortable feel at Comics Come Home

Saturday’s fund-raiser for The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care featured a surprise jam with Denis Leary, Jimmy Fallon, and John Mayer.

David Cassidy performed in October 2012 in Nashville.

‘Partridge Family’ star David Cassidy in hospital with organ failure

Cassidy’s publicist says he’s suffering from liver and kidney failure.

Dunkin’ Donuts customers in Waltham were surprised to find Celtics forward Guerschon Yabusele behind the counter.


Celtics player Guerschon Yabusele surprises Dunkin’ customers

The 6-foot-8 forward handed the morning rush — ringing orders, making coffee, and doling out donuts — in Waltham.

Bob Dylan (pictured at a concert in France in 2012) played a packed Agganis Arena on Thursday.

Music Review

Dylan highlights his later period in Agganis Arena show

Fans looking for greatest hits had only “It Ain’t Me, Babe” and “Highway 61 Revisited” to content them over the first 70 minutes of the show.

National Book Award winners (from left) Robin Benway, Masha Gessen, Jesmyn Ward, and Frank Bidart.


Cambridge poet Frank Bidart wins National Book Award

His “Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016” took the poetry prize.

Boston, MA--11/16/2014--Anne Azéma (cq), left, artistic director of The Boston Camerata (cq), leads the rehearsal of

Classical Music

Christmas carols, Arabic instruments

The 15-year partnership between Boston Camerata and Arabic ensemble Sharq began with an immigration emergency.

19holidayclasspicks - BLUE HERON: ‘CHRISTMAS IN MEDIEVAL ENGLAND’ Motets by Leonel Power and John Dunstaple, as well as English carols and other works, under the direction of Scott Metcalfe. Dec. 22-23, First Church in Cambridge. 617-960-7956, www.blueheronchoir.org  (Liz Linder)

Classical Music

Holiday classical picks

A selection of classical events for the holidays in Greater Boston.

Chris Diamantopoulos as “Ralphie’s Dad, The Old Man” in FOX’s live musical event, A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE!, airing Sunday, Dec. 17 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. CR: TOMMY GARCIA / FOX 19HolidayTVPicks


Turns out, Matthew Broderick isn’t too old to play Ralphie Parker

The actor will narrate Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live!” as a grown-up Ralphie in this adaptation of Jean Shepherd’s classic holiday tale.

10/29/2017 - Boston, MA - Boston Ballet - Miranda Weese, cq, formerly a principal dancer with NYC Ballet, leads a rehearsal for the Nut Cracker at the Boston Ballet on Sunday, October 29, 2017. Weese was recently announced as the new master of Boston Children's Ballet.


Dance: A former ‘Nutcracker’ principal has a new role — mentor

Miranda Weese’s charges are the 8- to 14-year-olds who’ll be performing in Boston Ballet’s production this year.



Wendt’s journey from ‘Cheers’ to Christmas cheer

The actor famed for his role as Norm Peterson will play Santa Claus in the Boston production of “Elf the Musical.’’

Singer Camila Cabello performs onstage at the MTV European Music Awards 2017 in London, Sunday, Nov. 12th, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Pop Music

Holiday pop picks

10 holiday pop music picks from Maura Johnston.

Dwayne Burgess of Voices of Black Persuasion performs solo during song


Holiday theater picks

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin’s guide to holiday productions, including “Black Nativity,’’ “Fox Fables,’’ and “A Christmas Carol.’’

Nurse Barbara Gilbert (CHARLOTTE RITCHIE), Nurse Trixie Franklin (HELEN GEORGE), Nurse Patsy Mount (EMERALD FENNELL) CALL THE MIDWIFE S5 - CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 19HolidayTVPicks


Holiday TV picks

Matthew Gilbert’s picks for holiday specials.

(L to R) Margo (MIRANDA COSGROVE), Edith (DANA GAIER) and Agnes (NEV SCHARREL) in the 2017 animated film DESPICABLE ME 3, directed by Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda.


DVDs: Minions. Wonder Woman. What more do you want?

What fantabulous gifts will the elf on your DVD shelf be bringing your loved ones this year?

Roger Lyons, director of the documentary “Etched in Glass: The Legacy of Steve Ross,” and Alexandra Dean, director of the documentary “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.


Hedy Lamarr documentary has Boston premiere at Coolidge Corner Theatre

“Bombshell” tells the story of the 1930s and ’40s actress who secretly helped invent a communication system for Allied warships during World War II.

Actor Ben Affleck attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Justice League” in Hollywood last week.


On a press tour, Ben Affleck answers questions about sexual harassment and misconduct in Hollywood

The actor is on a press tour for “Justice League,” but has been asked about Harvey Weinstein and his own past behavior.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Nov. 20-26

“The Color Purple,” Tubas at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and more.

Andris Nelsons conducts Martin Helmchen and the BSO in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 at Symphony Hall.

Music Review

Martin Helmchen offers a high-voltage performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3

The German pianist appeared with the BSO under Andris Nelsons at Symphony Hall.

Luis Fonsi (right) with (from left) producers Mauricio Rengifo, Andres Torres, and Luis Saldarriaga accept the Record of the Year award for ‘Despacito’ onstage during the 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.


A local win for ‘Despacito’ at the Latin Grammys

Saldarriaga was the recording engineer on the Luis Fonsi hit that features Daddy Yankee.

Heather Unruh at a press conference last week discussing Kevin Spacey’s alleged assault of her son on Nantucket in 2016.


Heather Unruh acknowledges support after Kevin Spacey allegation

The former TV anchor thanked the crowd at a Boston Medical Center fund-raiser Thursday night.

Ballerina Laura Young rehearsing with Rudolf Nureyev in 1982.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

A ballerina’s life and another reason to buy book for holidays

“Boston Ballerina: A Dance, a Company, an Era’' focuses on the career of Laura Young and the evolution of the Boston Ballet.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

Facing advancing age with courage and wisdom

Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle examines ways to face the challenges that come to the elderly.

Greater Boston author readings Nov. 19-25

A list of upcoming literary events and author readings.

book review

Friendship forged for the good of young nation

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson first met in 1775 in the Continental Congress and evolved from Revolutionary War collaborators to political rivals to loving friends in their twilight years.

Zac Stuart-Pontier and Marc Smerling brought “An Evening in Crimetown” to the Wilbur Theatre in July.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Crimetown’ podcast inspires an FX series

The story of organized crime and municipal corruption in Providence will be shaped into a scripted TV drama.

John Doyle is directing the touring production of “The color Purple.”

A different palette for a restaged ‘Color Purple’

Director John Doyle has earned raves for his stripped-down staging and his skill at zeroing in on the essence of its ultimate-survivor story.

James Banville’s “Mrs. Osmond” picks up where “The Portrait of a Lady” leaves off.

book review

Think Henry James fanfic — in a good way

James’s original characters aren’t deepened, but the pleasure of James Banville’s style are considerable.


The death of The Sexiest Man Alive

Not now, we have a headache.

“Coco” animator Dean Kelly is a Chelmsford native.

Capturing Mexican culture is at the heart of Pixar’s ‘Coco’

Animator Dean Kelly’s latest passion project draws on influences from Chelmsford to Oaxaca.

Miriam Rocek as Emma Goldman in Abigail Child’s “Acts and Intermissions: Emma Goldman in America.”

In Focus

Emma Goldman story to screen at Brattle as part of the DocYard series

Abigail Child’s film is a stylized visual and aural meditation on the social activist and anarchist whom the FBI once termed “the most dangerous woman alive.”

Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Director Dan Gilroy takes on social justice in ‘Roman J. Israel’

His latest film stars Denzel Washington as a contemporary lawyer whose mind-set and idealistic pursuits are stuck in the 1970s.

Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook play a Squeeze show at the Wilbur Nov. 21.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world this week

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Ghazala and Khizr Khan at the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

book review

A love song to a new homeland

Khizr Khan’s “An American Family” is a small but lovely immigrant’s journey.


A fan of history, music, sports — but especially the Bruins

Denis Leary says he’s read everything there is to read about Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr and those Boston Bruin teams of the early ’70s.

From left: Howard “Sandman” Sims, Chuck Green, and Bunny Briggs in “No Maps on My Taps.”

Doc Talk | Peter Keough

Area films include ‘About Tap,’ ‘BANG! The Bert Berns Story,’ ‘Riverblue,’ ‘Shadow World’

Topics range from song and dance to arms and pollutants.

Frank Wood (left) and Brett Gelman in “Tartuffe” at Huntington Theater Company.

Stage Review

A household convulsed by a con artist in Huntington’s ‘Tartuffe’

Peter DuBois directs a production of Moliere’s 17th century comedy about a religious fraud and the wealthy man who falls for his scam.

This Chilmark home where the Obamas have vacationed is on the market for $17.75 million.


Want to live like the Obamas? Their Martha’s Vineyard rental is for sale

One of the deluxe, super-private homes that the Obamas stayed in during their vacation is for sale — and it’s not cheap.

Kevin Spacey (right) on the set of “21,” which is based on Ben Mezrich’s book “Bringing Down the House.”


Ben Mezrich finds allegations against Spacey and Ratner ‘horrific and troubling’

The author has worked on film projects with the men, both of whom have been accused of serial sexual harassment.

Nadya Okamoto


Harvard sophomore gets book deal

This Harvard University sophomore didn’t get a seat on the Cambridge City Council. But she did land a book deal.

Leonard Bernstein leads the BSO in rehearsal in 1988.

For Lenny’s centennial, Tanglewood goes all in

The BSO will devote its 2018 Tanglewood season to  honoring Bernstein. 

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Pop Music

Pentatonix in harmony with the holidays

Phillips Andover grad Kevin Olusola talks about the quintet’s first-ever Christmas tour, which includes four shows at the Wang.

The Semer Project performing “Rescued Treasure” at Granoff Music Center Tuesday.

music review

Semer Project brings joy of discovery to music once thought to have been lost

At Tufts, the ensemble revived the catalog of 1930s Jewish label Semer Records, previously thought to have been destroyed.

Quattro Mani (Susan Grace and Steven Beck) performed in Cambridge Monday.

Music Review

Boulez’s shocker from midcentury, and the waves it made 

A program at Le Laboratoire Cambridge also featured music by Machover, Rzewski, and Lerdahl.

Fitchburg Art Museum director Nick Capasso with associate curator Mary Tinti in 2013.


Fitchburg Art Museum gets a 500-piece photography donation

“For the Fitchburg Art Museum, it is an enormous big deal,” said museum director Nick Capasso.

Comedian Bill Burr in Los Angeles in 2016.

Canton-bred comic Bill Burr on Louis C.K.: ‘I think he will definitely be back’

Burr also called the media’s attention on Louis C.K.’s former manager a “witch hunt.”