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Social issues, climate change, and even humor showed up on dance stages this year

Globe dance critic Jeffrey Gantz surveys 2023's dance offerings on Boston stages and at Jacob's Pillow.


Eight high-profile teams compete to design West End library, complete with affordable housing

A design competition for a new building for the BPL’s West End branch is a reminder of how much libraries have changed and how important they remain.


Trinity Rep reimagines Charles Dickens’ holiday classic ‘A Christmas Carol’

With a middle-aged Scrooge and several neurodivergent actors, director Stephen Thorne says this year's show “opens up opportunities for people to see themselves and their direct experience."


New book offers glimpse of history behind Cambridge’s Andover Shop; launch celebration for poet David Ferry’s posthumous collection on Dec. 13; local press publishes contemporary Korean poetry series

A weekly roundup of literary news from around the region.


Author readings around Boston through Dec. 16

Patricia Cornwell, Tatiana Johnson-Boria, Rachel DeWoskin, Robert Pinsky, and Kirun Kapur are among those appearing at local bookstores this week. All author appearances are in person and free unless otherwise noted.


Local bestsellers for the week ended Dec. 3

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

Coral Reefer Band members honor Jimmy Buffett ahead of Christmas benefit concert in Cambridge

Peter and Jim Mayer will perform on stage together for the first time since Buffett’s death at the upcoming show.

Latina women command center stage in ART’s ‘Real Women Have Curves’

The new musical, adapted from the play and film of the same name, is receiving its world premiere in Cambridge.

Rapper Kodak Black is arrested on cocaine charges in South Florida

Rapper Kodak Black has been arrested again in South Florida, this time on charges of possessing cocaine, jail records show.

Odie Henderson | ★★★

‘Eileen’: Fear and loathing in Massachusetts

Thomasin McKenzie and a blond Anne Hathaway star in this icy adaptation of Ottessa Moshfegh’s debut novel.

Andrea Bocelli postpones TD Garden performance just before show, citing ‘health challenges’

TD Garden said in a social media post on Wednesday evening that the 65-year-old Italian tenor's performance “has been rescheduled due to health challenges.”


For the pilgrims of Gabriel Bump’s ‘The New Naturals,’ change is the only constant

Refugees from tragedy, seeking to mend their grief, flock to a Western Mass.-based utopian community, and find themselves in neither heaven nor hell

Longwood Chorus, made up of health care professionals, bridges music and medicine

The chorus will bring Benjamin Britten’s "A Ceremony of Carols," Anna Lapwood’s "O Nata Lux," and more to Brookline on Dec. 9.


Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ remains watchable — and topical

Lear's death this week brought to mind the ultimate winner in last year's Globe bracket competition for the best TV series of the past 50 years.

The truth was out there: Internet sleuths identify lost ‘X-Files’ song, solving a 25-year mystery

Lauren Ancona's idle curiosity led the Internet to solve a decades-old mystery and recognize the forgotten work of a pair of veteran composers who were shocked and delighted to see they'd earned a bit of online fame.

When your favorite writers can’t sustain your fickle heart

As a child, I was a completist. Now even Barbara Kingsolver can’t keep me.