Photos: Boston Calling music festival gets underway

The three-day event kicked off Friday at the Harvard University athletic complex.

It’s a Thing

Moby ick, an unbelievable ending, slurring the speaker, and more

Michael Brodeur’s review of the week in things.

Boston bellman Joe Ryan collects pieces of city (and hotel) history

The Dorchester native has seen a lot of famous faces in his three decades with the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.


Fashion takes center stage at MassArt student showcase

Designers and other fashion lovers gathered at LUCID.

Adam Levine is leaving ‘The Voice’

He and “brother for life” Blake Shelton traded kind words on social media after the announcement.

Critic’s Notebook

MFA director: ‘We are imperfect, and we need to . . . raise our standards’

Matthew Teitelbaum wants to transform the Museum of Fine Arts into an institution that reflects the world outside its doors. Now he’s facing a nightmare scenario that underscores how difficult that can be.

A guide to Boston Calling

Recommended acts, what’s new this year, and a look behind the scenes at Boston’s big music festival

Annie Lennox makes art from the artifacts of her own sweet dreams

The singer is opening an exhibition at Mass MoCA that features a large earthen mound, into which she has buried about 250 mementos from her life and career.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

A Whitney Biennial that speaks in urgent whispers

Serious, subdued, and driven by artworks made by hand, this year’s installment simmers more than it boils over.

book review

And you thought xenophobic immigration policy was a new thing

Daniel Okrent’s “The Guarded Gate’’ examines how bigotry and eugenics came together in the Immigration Act of 1924.


At the Pops, Rhiannon Giddens and her very large backing band mesh beautifully

One extraordinary song followed another, with the orchestra settling comfortably into a supporting role for the singer.

music review

At House of Blues, Lizzo enthralls and embraces

The crowd was right there with her from the moment she went onstage, singing along, giving her extended ovations, and showering her with affection.

In ‘The Waverly Gallery,’ Kenneth Lonergan delves into his own family’s heartbreak

Now getting a production at Shakespeare & Company, his play is based on his grandmother’s decline into dementia.


Frowns on unreliable narrators and texting shorthand

Tayari Jones’s fourth novel is the award-winning and best-selling “An American Marriage.”

Art Review

The Leventhal map center at the BPL takes a trip out West

“America Transformed” looks at the years 1800-1862.

Your guide to family entertainment

The best kid-friendly attractions in music, theater, art, dance, and television.