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A Guide to the Arts, from Here to the Holidays

Critics picks


Train gift may derail one relationship — or another

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

COMFORT ZONE

Knit Night to raise funds for Dance with Parkinson’s program

When the pandemic broke out, Third Piece knitting shop started the “Third Piece Gives Back” initiative where proceeds from events go to benefit local nonprofits and charities.

From dueling town halls to President Trump’s rallies, SNL skewers American politics

Saturday Night Live typically takes a no-holds-barred approach when satirizing the American political scene — and last night’s episode was no different.

Book fests in Massachusetts and Vermont feature literary luminaries, writing workshops

Jill Lepore, Celeste Ng, and Andre Dubus III are among the writers who will appear at the Concord Festival of Authors and the Brattleboro Literary Festival.

10 Halloween activities you can still do safely around Boston

From drive-ins to scavenger hunts and costumed bowling, October 2020 still offers ways to celebrate fall’s spooky traditions.

TELEVISION

Expect golden moments in 50th-anniversary season of ‘Masterpiece’

The lineup is promising, as reported in an exclusive by Variety. The winter shows include “Elizabeth Is Missing,” “All Creatures Great and Small,” “Miss Scarlet and the Duke,” and “The Long Song.”

Boston Symphony Orchestra cancels all live performances through spring

The orchestra also teased a new virtual series, featuring musicians recorded in an empty Symphony Hall.

The best in arts this fall

The top shows and movies to watch this season, plus music, art, dance, theater, and more.

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HomeFront: Fall arts guide, David Byrne, Basquiat, a fiery doughnut

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

What’s happening in the arts world

This week's picks from Globe critics.

‘Dexter’ is getting another shot on Showtime

The network is bringing back the show for a 10-episode season next fall, which may give it a chance to revisit the 2013 finale that was so unsatisfying.

Watch: BSO players play pop-up shows around Boston

With the orchestra's Rolling Recitals initiative, players made their first public performances since mid-March.

MFA’s big Basquiat show testifies to the hip-hop revolution

The show also makes the case — with joy and plenty of great music — that the post-graffiti savant didn't come out of nowhere.

‘Jagged Little Pill,’ ‘Moulin Rouge!’ dominate Tony nominations

The musicals that debuted in Cambridge and Boston led the field of nominees announced Thursday.

BOOKS

New biography ‘The Dead Are Arising’ humanizes Malcolm X without diminishing him

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Les Payne focuses his sharp investigative lens on the life of an enigmatic American icon whose life and death continue to fascinate.