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President Joe Biden speaks as he and first lady Jill Biden host the Kennedy Center Honorees Reception at the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021.

Kennedy Center Honors back once more, Biden attends

Honorees include Motown Records creator Berry Gordy, “Saturday Night Live” mastermind Lorne Michaels, actress-singer Bette Midler, opera singer Justino Diaz and folk music legend Joni Mitchell.

The Julian Lage Trio — Lage (left), bassist Jorge Roeder, and drummer Dave King — perform at the Berklee Performance Center.

Julian Lage Trio stretches out at Berklee Performance Center

The trio played an expansive set that emphasized songs from their most recent album, "Squint," but fleshed out into something grander and more in-the-moment than those recordings.

Matthew Aucoin posed for a photo outside the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, Nov. 28, 2021.

Matthew Aucoin’s adventures in opera

His opera "Eurydice" just made its New York debut at the Met and his first book comes out this week. At 31, Medfield native Matthew Aucoin has emerged as one of the country’s most sought-after composers.

GBH politics editor Peter Kadzis will be among the contributors on “Talking Politics.”

GBH puts ‘Talking Politics’ in old ‘Beat the Press’ time slot

Hosted by Adam Reilly, the new show will be panel-based, with GBH News’ City Hall reporter Saraya Wintersmith, State House bureau reporter Mike Deehan, and politics editor Peter Kadzis on board as “key contributors,” according to GBH.

Santa joins conductor Keith Lockhart for Thursday's season-opening Holiday Pops concert at Symphony Hall.

An especially robust season’s greetings from the Holiday Pops

Thursday's concert marked the first time that the Boston Pops had performed live in front of an audience in its Symphony Hall home in two years.

Caron Tabb, "Fabric of Humanity - Repairing My World"

In new exhibit at Beacon Gallery, Caron Tabb explores privilege — and the past — with mixed results

Tabb’s thorny exhibition “Humanity Is Not a Spectator Sport” at the South End's Beacon Gallery grapples with whiteness.

From left: Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, and Kieran Culkin in "Succession."

The 10 best TV shows of 2021 (and 10 more that almost cracked the list)

Rich people behaving badly. An all-female Muslim punk band. A stand-up comic who’s lost her zing. This was the stuff of some of the season’s very best series.

YDE (left) and Idina Menzel rehearse a song from "WILD: A Musical Becoming." They play a mother and daughter in the show.

Idina Menzel stars in ‘WILD’ at the ART in Cambridge — a show that imagines the world in better hands

The world premiere musical starring Idina Menzel begins performances Sunday at the Loeb Drama Center. Menzel will star in the show through Dec. 23, with a yet-to-be-named actress taking over for the rest of the run.

Celia Delani, a glass and industrial design dual major, holding her blow pipe in a furnace to mold her glass.

Art school confidential

Three students at Massachusetts College of Art and Design are thrilled to be back in their studio spaces on a (mostly) normal basis.

Pianist Conrad Tao.

Conrad Tao makes magnetic Celebrity Series solo debut

The former child prodigy improvised and inspired in a live Cambridge performance.

Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key (pictured in background) star in "Schmigadoon!”

‘Schmigadoon!’ sends up old musicals while sending relevant messages

The six-episode musical comedy on Apple TV+ stars Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key.

Kira Troilo and Jared Troilo star in "The Last Five Years," which runs through Dec. 12 at Lyric Stage Company of Boston.

Things to do around Boston this weekend and beyond

Music, theater, comedy, museum, and family events, and more, selected by Globe critics and writers.

An installation view of Artemisia Gentileschi's "Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes," 1623-25, at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Artemisia Gentileschi takes justice into her own hands

At Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, "By Her Hand: Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy, 1500-1800" puts female empowerment — and revenge — on display.

Thomas Mitchell (left), Donna Reed (third from left), and Jimmy Stewart (center) in "It's a Wonderful Life."

Attention must be paid, but maybe a different kind, as ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ turns 75

The greatness of Frank Capra’s holiday classic owes far more to its darkness than its light.


The mystery of Garbo

Glamorously elusive onscreen and famously reclusive off it, Greta Garbo was the rare silent-movie idol who finessed the transition to talkies. In “Garbo,” his lively new appraisal of her life and films, Robert Gottlieb explores how “more than any other star she invaded the subconscious of the audience.”

Olivia Colman in "Landscapers."

In HBO’s ‘Landscapers,’ two great performances emerge from a thicket of stylized storytelling

Olivia Colman and David Thewlis are brilliant in this miniseries based on a bizarre, real-life murder case, but a series of narrative tricks embedded in the show are unnecessary and distracting.