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A Guide to the Arts, from Here to the Holidays

ARTS HEADLINES


6 ways to help independent artists this holiday season

Tips on maximizing your impact with holiday shopping and end-of-year giving.

TELEVISION

Hulu developing ‘Interior Chinatown’ as a series

Matthew Gilbert's take on television.

In a landslide vote, MFA workers opt to unionize

Representatives for the museum challenged some ballots, arguing that certain positions aren’t eligible for union membership.

DANCE

Boston Ballet kicks off its streaming season with a taste of Forsythe

“Forsythe Elements” includes new studio performances and excerpts from past Opera House stagings, as well as a conversation between the choreographer and dancers.

COMFORT ZONE

For military recruits and their families, COVID-19 means an extra long goodbye

Graduation ceremonies and leaves of absence are currently on hold. Here's how families can cope.

TELEVISION

What this TV critic is thankful for in 2020

My Top 10 list for 2020 is on the way, and each one of the shows on it made my year a bit better. In the meantime, here are a few other TV-related things that, as Thanksgiving approaches, I am thankful for.

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK

My ‘Jeopardy!’ host wish list: Who are Jon Stewart, Awkwafina, Tina Fey . . . ?

Here are 10 fanciful (but maybe not?) choices who could deliver a jolt of new energy to a venerable TV institution.

MORE ARTS HEADLINES


TV CRITIC'S CORNER

Apple TV+ will share Charlie Brown holiday classics with PBS

After hearing from disappointed viewers, the streaming service is partnering with PBS to air “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” free on both PBS and PBS Kids.

HOMEFRONT

HomeFront: ‘Citizen Kane,’ Ta-Nehisi Coates, Dolly Parton, and the BSO

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

The multitalented Debbie Allen comes to Netflix with two holiday-themed projects

She choreographs and directs a Dolly Parton musical, and appears in a Shondaland documentary about her dance studio’s “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.”

BOOKS

A stubborn optimist

As the country endures a record wave of infection and death in the ongoing pandemic, while the aspiring autocrat of an incumbent refuses to concede the Presidency, and with the promise of a polity further divided in anger and resentment, it seems like the perfect time to remember why we miss President Barack Obama.

BOOKS

A mother’s choice in Christa Parravani’s ‘Loved and Wanted’

This is a story Christa Parravani never thought she’d tell. By forty, she’d lived through her twin sister’s death, a failed marriage, and psychiatric hospitalization, all movingly detailed in her 2013 memoir, “Her.” Now that she was remarried with two small daughters and a job she loved teaching writing at West Virginia University, she hoped to find emotional and financial stability. Then she found out she was accidentally pregnant.

BOOKS

Fiction set in a near-waterless future in Cynan Jones’s ‘Stillicide’

Sometimes real-world problems are best explained through fiction. BBC Radio Four must have had this in mind when they gave Cynan Jones the green light to write these tense, stark, and beautifully paced connecting stories.

Reading for humor, company during insomnia

Jerald Walker spent years trying to publish his short stories, to no avail. When his wife suggested he write essays, he wrote one. Now his essay collection, “How to Make a Slave and Other Essays,” was named a finalist for this year’s National Book Award in nonfiction.

MUSIC

The orchestra has been reconvened. The hall is still empty.

In lieu of its concert season, the BSO has released the first in a series of videos featuring the ensemble alone in Symphony Hall.