Fall Arts Preview 2018

Fall arts preview 2018

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

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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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TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 16: A man uses his smartphone on July 16, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Only 53.5% of Japanese owned smartphones in March, according to a white paper released by the Ministry of Communications on July 15, 2014. The survey of a thousand participants each from Japan, the U.S., Britain, France, South Korea and Singapore, demonstrated that Japan had the fewest rate of the six; Singapore had the highest at 93.1%, followed by South Korea at 88.7%, UK at 80%, and France at 71.6%, and U.S. at 69.6% in the U.S. On the other hand, Japan had the highest percentage of regular mobile phone owners with 28.7%. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

Ty Burr

Tired of surveys? Try this one.

Fighting fire with, uh, fire.

Tim Spears and Sarah Oakes Muirhead in New Repertory Theatre’s production of “We Will Not Be Silent.”

Stage Review

At New Rep, a heroine’s tale, reductively told

“We Will Not Be Silent,’’ about anti-Nazi activist Sophie Scholl, has its heart in the right place but doesn’t succeed as drama.

President Donald Trump

Trump says ‘guilty until proven innocent’ about Saudi Arabia’s ties to missing journalist

President Trump said the Saudi heir to the throne ‘‘totally denied any knowledge of what took place in their Turkish Consulate.’’

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 06: Leslie Odom, Jr. attends Mickey's 90th Spectacular at The Shrine Auditorium on October 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)


Leslie Odom Jr. to perform at ABCD dinner

The former “Hamilton” cast member will take part in the event honoring “community heroes.”

Mark Shanahan was hired by The Boston Globe in 2003 to cover celebrity news.

Globe Magazine

The man who got paid to go to parties

The Globe’s longtime celebrity columnist looks back on 15 years of galas, premieres, and a sweaty chat with Anna Kournikova.

Cameron Monaghan as Ian Gallagher in “Shameless.”

TV Critic’s Corner

There’s a plot twist to Ian’s exit from ‘Shameless’

When the final scene arrived, it was a sweet little surprise that stayed true to the show’s overall comic-farce-meets-poignant-drama tone.

Artist Luigi Toscano and his crew set up big photographic portraits of Holocaust survivors in the Boston Common on Monday for an exhibit.

Portraits of Holocaust survivors look history in the face

An exhibit of 60 supersize portraits of Holocaust survivors is coming to Boston Common.

Daniela Mack and Jesus Garcia in Boston Lyric Opera’s new production of “The Barber of Seville.”

Opera Review

With sprightly ‘Barber of Seville,’ Boston Lyric Opera sends in the clowns

The production skimps on neither singing nor slapstick nor staircase chases. Come prepared to laugh.

From left: Debra Wise (front), Omar Robinson, Ashley Risteen, and John Kuntz in “Frankenstein.”

Stage Review

This ‘Frankenstein’ is a monster mishmash

Archaic dialogue doesn’t mesh with this contemporary, ensemble-driven production at Central Square Theater.

Amy Landecker and Gaby Hoffmann in the Amazon comedy-drama series “Transparent.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Get ready for ‘Transparent,’ the musical

Show creator Jill Soloway is thinking “‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ mixed with ‘La La Land’ mixed with ‘Flight of the Conchords’ with something more Jewish thrown in.”

The Duchess of Sussex, the wife of Prince Harry is pregnant with the couple’s first child, according to Kensington Palace.

Meghan Markle, wife of Prince Harry, is pregnant

Kensington Palace said the child is due in the spring.

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2017 file photo, Alec Baldwin poses in the press room with the award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for

In N.H., Alec Baldwin urges ‘overthrow’ of Trump government via voting

The actor was the keynote speaker at the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s annual fall fund-raising dinner on Sunday.

Movie 'Platoon' Left to right - Charlie Sheen , Corey GLover, Chris Pedersen, Willem Dafoe, Forrest Whittaker and Keith David.

Arnold Kopelson, ‘Platoon’ producer, dies at 83

Mr. Kopelson broke into show business as an entertainment and banking attorney and began producing films in the late 1970s.

Jennifer Garner currently stars in HBO’s “Camping.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Could Jennifer Garner be part of an ‘Alias’ reboot?

HBO’s “Camping” is a comedy about a super-controlling woman played by Jennifer Garner and the camping trip she hosts. But talk of an “Alias” reboot got Garner’s attention.

Gisele Bundchen talked about her book on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Oct. 4.


Gisele’s ‘Lessons’ becomes a bestseller

Bundchen’s memoir ranked ninth on the New York Times’ nonfiction bestseller list.

Ryan Gosling plays astronaut Neil Armstrong in “First Man,” which placed third at the movie box office in its opening weekend.

‘First Man’ lands behind ‘Venom,’ ‘A Star Is Born’

The Neil Armstrong film couldn't unseat last week's top two flicks over the weekend at the box office.

A security personnel looks out from the entrance of the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. Writer Jamal Khashoggi, vanished after he walked into the consulate on Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Senators urge tough US response over missing Saudi writer

Two leading Senate Republicans threatened tough action against Saudi Arabia, including a possible halt of military sales, if journalist Jamal Khashoggi was indeed killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

‘Saturday Night Live’ takes on Trump-Kanye meeting

The show’s opening segment made light of last week’s White House gathering.

Here’s what’s happening at HUBweek Sunday

Don’t miss out on the last day of Boston’s HUBweek festival on Sunday, including discussions on youth activism, mindfulness and technology. Here are a few highlights:

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2016 file photo, Donald Trump Jr., walks from the elevator at Trump Tower in New York. President Donald Trump’s eldest son on Monday appeared to mock the sexual assault allegations against his father’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Donald Trump Jr. posted an image on Instagram that seems to compares Kavanaugh's accuser to a school yard crush. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

It’s a Thing

From #HimToo to Halloween

A review of the week online.

Boston-10/12/18 HUBweek - Youngsters explore the Neon Dream Crystal Cave installation container with led blacklights that accentuate colored objets inside at Boston City Hall Plaza Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

Here’s what is happening at HUBweek Saturday

Boston’s HUBweek festival welcomes Saturday with a multitude of panels and performances focused on technology, business, and the arts. Here are a few events to light up your weekend.

Seth MacFarlane is in the cast of the still untitled miniseries.

TV Critic’s Corner

Roger Ailes movie stalls, but miniseries moves forward

Showtime’s still untitled eight-episode drama will star Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, Seth MacFarlane, and Sienna Miller.

Guest conductor Hannu Lintu led the BSO in the first concert of the season Thursday at Symphony Hall.

Music Review

Boston Symphony Orchestra opening night: no Nelsons, no guest stars, no problem

Hannu Lintu made his BSO debut in a program that focused on the orchestra and its members.

Ash Carter (right) spoke at a HUBweek Forum on Friday led by Eric Lander (left) as Maria Zuber looked on. It was held at Boston City Hall Plaza.

HUBweek Forum: The opportunities and challenges of science and tech developments

In a wide-ranging discussion at City Hall Plaza Friday, the Broad Institute’s Eric Lander, former secretary of defense Ash Carter, and MIT’s Maria Zuber looked at what the future could hold.

BOSTON, MA - 10/12/2018: SNOW ALREADY IN BOSTON...filming in Dorchester shows a snowy street scene. Fake snow on the set of the Netflix film


Snow in October? Nope, just a Mark Wahlberg movie filming in Boston.

One Dorchester street was transformed into a winter “Wonderland” on Friday.

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 11, 2018: Boston Celtics tip off the season at the Shamrock Foundation Gala. (photo by Brian Babineau/Boston Celtics) 14namesCelticsGala


Someone at a Celtics gala bid $25,000 to play ‘Fortnite’ with Gordon Hayward

The annual Shamrock Gala at the Westin Boston Waterfront Thursday had Celtics players, coaches and team management all gussied up.

Cecilia Vicuna with Quipu Gut at a 2017 exhibition in Kassel, Germany.

Things to Do

Things to do in Greater Boston this fall

Your seasonal calendar of events, music, theater, and more.

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 15: Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids perform onstage during Skyville Live Celebrates AmericanaFest with Graham Nash and special guests on September 15, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Skyville)

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

10/12/2018 BOSTON, MA DJ Savuth (cq), aka Sammy Sueksagan (cq), played music as participants listened on wireless headphones during a silent disco held at Hubweek in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for STAT)


Music fans groove to their own soundtrack at HUBweek Silent Disco bash

Participants could choose one of three different channels, their wireless headphones lighting up a different color depending on which tracks they preferred.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi crown prince’s carefully managed rise hides dark side

Behind the carefully calibrated public-relations campaign pushing images of a smiling Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meeting with the world’s top leaders and business executives lurks a darker side.

Fred Rogers will be played by Tom Hanks in the film.

Crew member dies after fall on set of Mister Rogers movie

Authorities say the crew member died after he suffered an apparent medical emergency and fell two stories off a balcony in western Pennsylvania.

book review

Complex look at Frederick Douglass with a lesson for Trump era

David Blight illuminates Douglass’s life and career in his definitive biography of the writer and statesman. 


A reading rebirth that includes a health dose of poetry

Tommy Orange’s debut novel is the best-selling and critically acclaimed “There, There,”

Willa Cather with Mount Monadnock in the background.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Willa Cather in N.H.; Native American poets at Harvard; Tell-All Boston debuts

Jaffrey, N.H., hosts a two-day celebration of the 100th anniversary of Cather’s classic “My Ántonia.” 


Greater Boston author readings October 14-20

A weekly calendar of literary events.

book review

Allegorical ‘Unsheltered’ ties post-Civil War era to that of Trump

Half the novel is set amid an 1870s utopian community meltdown and the other half amid our own.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

A novelist uncovers his grandmother’s remarkable life

“Invisible’’ is Stephen L. Carter’s biography of his grandmother who was a famous prosecutor in the 1920s.

book review

A distinctly American story, heavy with fear and love

In Kiese Laymon’s staggering memoir “Heavy,” weight is both literal and metaphorical.

Lawyer Benjamin Brafman (right) argued that the dismissal of a charge related to accuser Lucia Evans had “tainted” the prosecution’s entire case against Harvey Weinstein (seated).

Weinstein gets one sexual assault charge dismissed

A judge dismissed one of six criminal charges against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein on Thursday after prosecutors acknowledged that they had discovered inconsistencies in statements made by one of his accusers.

From left: Azealia Banks, Lana del Rey, and Iggy Azalea


Stars’ online beefs make pop music even worse

Lana Del Rey, Azealia Banks, Iggy Azalea put spats in the spotlight.

Huang Binggen sitting on his parents’ marriage bed in the Yin Yu Tang house in 2016.

The man behind the Yin Yu Tang house at Peabody Essex Museum

Huang Binggen was the family representative chosen to assist with the myriad details of bringing his ancestral home from a small Chinese village to a museum in Salem. He died in August.

“True Detective” is moving on from season 2, which starred Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell.

TV Critic’s Corner

HBO’s ‘True Detective’ returns after three-year hiatus

This time around, the anthology series stars Mahershala Ali, who won an Oscar for “Moonlight,” and Stephen Dorff.

A literary bus driver’s holiday

Librarians and booksellers reveal what they’re looking to see at the Boston Book Festival.

In Amazon’s “Forever,” Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen play married couple living a cozy, predictable life in Southern California.


‘Forever,’ explained, admired, and spoiled

But my spoiler-averse nature has been challenged to its very core by Amazon’s lovely series. That ends now.

Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode in David Gordon Green’s update of “Halloween.”

Facing old fears with new ‘Halloween’

“Halloween” terrified director David Gordon Green as a child. He’s now made his own version.

“Slavery has morphed into mass incarceration as we know it today, as an institution of oppression and using people’s bodies for profit.” says Liza Jessie Peterson, who wrote the play “The Peculiar Patriot.”

A tale of prison injustice, told from the inside out

Liza Jessie Peterson’s solo play is based on her experiences teaching and visiting inmates at New York’s predominantly black prisons.