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Tejano musician Fito Olivares dies in Houston at 75

A noted saxophonist, Fito Olivares was known for songs that were wedding and quinceanera mainstays including the hit “Juana La Cubana."

When only affluent fans can afford concert tickets, there’s a price to be paid

The cost to see Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, and other megastars is widening the gulf between haves and have-nots, and fraying the connection between artists and their fan bases.

Lance Reddick, ‘The Wire’ and ‘John Wick’ star, dies at 60

Often put in a suit or a crisp uniform during his career, Lance Reddick regularly played tall, taciturn, and elegant men of distinction.

How accurate is Hulu’s ‘Boston Strangler’? Here’s what to know.

We looked at what's fact and fiction in the series premiering Friday. Here's what we found.

St. Patrick’s Day rites: Parades, bagpipes, clinking pints

Thousands of tourists and locals alike crowded the oak-shaded squares and downtown sidewalks of Savannah on Friday. The city's parade, a 199-year-old tradition, is the South's largest.

To search, to seek, to see: Betye Saar brings her travels to the Gardner Museum

Acclaimed artist Betye Saar brings her “Heart of a Wanderer” exhibition to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum through May 21. The 96-year-old artist is credited with “redefining Black consciousness in art.”


Keri Russell returns to TV in ‘The Diplomat’

The Netflix political thriller, which will premiere on April 20, gives us Russell as the new US ambassador to the UK.

‘It was life-changing’: For four scorching nights in 1977, Bruce Springsteen owned Boston

The four shows at the Music Hall were some of the best of Springsteen's glory days. Just ask the diehards who were there.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s March 25, 1977, setlist

The setlist from the final show of Bruce Springsteen’s four-night run at the Music Hall 46 years ago.

New England Literary News

Spotlighting Cambridge’s Blacksmith House Poetry Series, Dan Levitt’s ‘What’s Gotten Into You,’ and a new Eric Carle exhibit

Literary news from around the region.

Book Review

Matthew Desmond’s ‘Poverty by America’ turns its lens on those who profit from it

The United States has the knowledge and the tools to abolish poverty, he contends. But those who have the power to do so refuse to make it a priority.


John Sayles on reading for and during the making of a film

The writer-filmmaker-actor reads as part of the Earfull series of authors and musicians at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 at The Burren in Somerville.


Theresa Runstedtler’s ‘Black Ball’ examines Black Power as a force in the transformation of the NBA

Although the politics of Black Power is primarily known as an urban rebellion for social reforms, its equally important labor component is often overlooked; the new Black assertiveness included the fight for unionization, quality jobs, and access to capital.


Jeff Sharlet, author of ‘The Undertow,’ travels the disturbing backroads of right-wing America

He still holds out hope for the pursuit of a better world.


When the professor’s plans go by the wayside, the education begins

Every other class on campus was teaching Cathy Park Hong’s superb essay collection “Minor Feelings,” so I selected “So Many Olympic Exertions” by Annelise Chen.


Local bestsellers for the week ended March 12

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