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A Guide to the Arts, from Here to the Holidays

Critics picks

ARTS HEADLINES


What’s happening in the arts world

This week's picks from Globe critics.

TELEVISION

Eight actors whose standout performances were TV’s most pleasant surprises

These notable newcomers helped define the year on the small screen.

TELEVISION

Spotlighting the many ‘Law & Order’ actors who achieved acclaim

Right after the premiere of “Law & Order: SVU” on Nov. 12, NBC is going to air a special called “The Paley Center Presents Law & Order: Before They Were Stars.”

THEATER

Once sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein, writer Louisette Geiss conceives a #MeToo musical

A filmed performance the "The Right Girl" premieres Sunday at Pittsfield's Barrington Stage Company.

BOOKS

Pursuing a deceptive American dream in ‘White Ivy’

Susie Yang’s trenchant debut novel, about a young Chinese-American woman’s misguided quest to marry up and fit into the white East Coast upper class, recasts this classic narrative of the huckster and its dynamics of striving and disillusionment through a potent Asian-American lens.

BOOKS

Stories of vulnerability and strength in a new Shirley Hazzard collection

The Australian American author, who died in 2016, is best known for her novel “The Great Fire."

BOOKS

Author and illustrator Maira Kalman talks Shakespeare, Proust, and books about dogs

Kalman has written and illustrated over 30 books for adults and children. Most recently, she collaborated with musician David Byrne to create “American Utopia,” a book based on the Broadway show of the same name.

BOOKS

Linda K. Olson on moving forward after great loss

In a new memoir, the retired radiologist writes about building a happy life after the loss of three limbs.

MORE ARTS HEADLINES


BOOK REVIEW

Men and women and power in ‘To Be A Man’

The first collection of short fiction by acclaimed novelist Nicole Krauss is a sustained shot of brilliance.

BOOKS

Local bestellers for the week ending October 25

Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.

BOOKINGS

Virtual author readings Nov. 1-7

All events take place online; visit the venue website for more information.

HomeFront: Halloween, Winslow Homer, and hip-hop BSO

The Globe’s picks for staying entertained any day of the week.

TY BURR

Jerry Jeff Walker, Donald Trump, and all those desperados waiting for a train

It’s tempting to turn off the news and hide from the stress, to burrow back into certain sure pleasures. Other times, though, you find meaning in a past piece of pop culture that illuminates the present in ways that make it seem brand new.

A challenge that writer Candace McDuffie embraced: choosing 50 hip-hop artists ‘who changed the world’

In an interview, the Boston journalist talks about the criteria for her list, her desire to educate readers, and her personal Top 5.

MUSIC

Remembering election night 2016, when the world changed in the space of one symphony

Live music, and the promise of places to gather, was a big comfort four years ago.