The best in music, theater, art, TV, and more this summer

Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

Norman Rockwell’s “Shuffleton’s Barbershop.

Norman Rockwell work at center of dispute going back on display

A painting at the center of a contentious legal dispute over a Massachusetts museum’s decision to sell it soon will be available for public viewing again.

xxcapone -- It was once thought that Al Capone wrote the song

They finally got Al Capone for tax evasion. But what about plagiarism?

For the longest time, it was thought that the gangster wrote and composed his own love songs.

Juliette Bianco, Hood Museum deputy director; Azadeh Rashidi, project architect; Billie Tsien, head architect of renovations; and John Stomberg, Hood director, at the museum during renovations.

A New Hampshire art museum faces the future

A $50 million renovation of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College is designed to expand gallery space, welcome students, and showcase a global collection.

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At A R E A, it’s transparency and reflection

Lidzie Alvisa and Donis Llago take a different perspective on authority.

Art Review

At the ICA, Kevin Beasley alchemizes dark histories

The artist uses sculpture and sound to magical, and unnerving, effect.

A Watershed event for the ICA

Visitors to the Institute of Contemporary Art will be able to take a water taxi across the harbor to the museum’s newest outpost: the Watershed, an artist’s project space in East Boston that opens on July Fourth.


A look at Helen Frankenthaler’s Provincetown connection

The leading Abstract Expressionist spent most summers of the 1960s in Provincetown, and a new show is the first to examine her work in relation to a particular place.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, May 21-27

Wild Designs at the Peabody Essex Museum, Campfire Festival at Club Passim, Honoring Our Heroes on Memorial Day, and more.

More Art headlines

Paramore is one of many bands playing Boston Calling next weekend.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Ryan Reynolds stars in “Deadpool 2.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: A snarky hero, a rebel pope, and royal to-dos

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Maggie Stark makes use of praxinoscopes in her work.


Trains of thought in arresting video artworks

Maggie Stark uses imagery of trains, trolleys, and stations to weigh the contradictions of time. 

A spirit book — titled “Renewed Wisdom” — by Newburyport artist Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord.


A Newburyport artist brings her otherworldly books to the Arnold Arboretum

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord will be on the property for a free public opening reception May 19 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World is at the Museum of Science.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, May 14-20

Crocs at the Museum of Science, classic rock at Symphony Hall, pirates in Plymouth, and more.

Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak play the Sinclair May 13.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Justin Kimball’s “Main Street,” from the series “Pieces of String.”

Art Review

Looking at architecture from the inside out in ‘Lived Space’

A remarkable exhibit at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum takes a fresh look at architecture’s many connections with the way we live.

Camille Seaman’s “Bottoms Up, Qassiarsuq, Greenland, September 2009.”


An otherworldy Arctic landscape, in a beautiful and troubling exhibit

Jewel-like photos of icebergs surround a sound installation in Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery.

Martin Karplus’s “Grand Canyon, Arizona.”

Photography Review

At Cambridge Public Library, photos in color, in the stacks, in Cambridge

Martin Karplus, Diane Asséo Griliches, and Olive Pierce each have distinctive visions to offer in shows at the CPL.

Tom Brady (left) and Gisele Brundchen arrived for the 2018 Met Gala.


Twitter has some thoughts about Tom Brady’s suit at the Met Gala

Social media could not stop talking about TB 12’s embroidered tux.

Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off at the high school on May 12.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of May 7-13

Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival, Remember King at Boston Public Library, Banned in Boston, and more.

Trampled by Turtles plays the House of Blues May 8.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Elaine Buckholtz projects video on still images at VERY.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Elaine Buckholtz’s presences on a wall

At VERY, in the South End, she offers examples of her light art.

Ian McMahon’s “Tether” is one of two site-specific installations in “Sculpting With Air: Ian McMahon and Jong Oh.””

Art Review

Two new installations at the deCordova

Ian McMahon and Jong Oh take strikingly different approaches.

Stanley Kubrick (above on the set of “The Shining”) is the subject of the exhibit “Through a Different Lens.”

Before Stanley Kubrick wrote scripts, he took photos

Starting in 1945, when he was 17 and living in the Bronx, the future film director worked as a photographer for Look magazine.

Visitors looked at the painting

Museum in France discovers that more than half its collection is fake

A local art historian found that 82 of the 140 pieces in the collection were counterfeits.

Top: Santiago Ramon y Cajal, glial cells of the mouse spinal cord, 1899. Above: Thomas Deerinck and Mark Ellisman, cerebellar Purkinje neurons, 2007.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, April 30-May 6

The Beautiful Brain exhibit, Lexington Tattoo and Muster, Pugs Take Boston, and more.

Video still of “12 Players” by Rebecca Morrison

Meet six talented art-school grads

Graduation time means thesis shows at local art schools.

The Breeders play the House of Blues May 4.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

From lef: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt, and Pom Klementieff in “Avengers: Infinity War.

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Avengers’ heroes, fierce queens, and They Might Be Giants

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Then-president-elect Donald Trump and rapper Kanye West posed for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York in December 2016.

Kanye West went on a tweetstorm about Trump — and Trump responded

After tweeting praise for “my brother” Donald Trump, West posted that his wife — Kim Kardashian West — asked him to clarify that he doesn’t “agree with everything Trump does.”

“Say Her Name,” from Jennifer Packer: Tenderheaded.”

Art Review

At the Rose, taking tenderness to unexpected places

“Jennifer Packer: Tenderheaded” uses paint as an instrument of empathy.

“Snow Capped Mountain and Wind Farm” by Mark Chen and Shiao-Nan Chen

Photography Review

At the Griffin, two arts for the price of one

“Art·tri·bu·tion” presents photographs that are about other art forms.

In this hidden alley, a museum of modern art

Cambridge’s Richard B. Modica Way, an 80-foot stretch of constantly changing street art, turns 10.

BOSTON, MA - 4/12/2018: At the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Rita Freed (the MFA’s John F. Cogan Jr. and Mary L. Cornille Chair, Art of the Ancient World) holds a resin model of a skull, used to practice the removal of a tooth from the mummified head of governor Djehutynakht (seen in the background). The FBI has solved the mystery of the identity a 4,000-year-old mummy, after extracting DNA from its tooth. Despite deciphering that the tomb belonged to a governor named Djehutynakht and his wife, they have long deliberated over whose head it was. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 17MummyHead

The MFA, the FBI, and the 4,000-year-old mummy

If an advanced method of genetic testing could work on an ancient mummy, it could work on some of the FBI’s more difficult criminal cases.

Berenice Abbott’s “Henry Street from New York.”

Photography review

Here, there, and pretty much everywhere

A photography show at the Addison gallery looks at the documentary tradition, another at guns.

Mr. Oldenburg, the longtime director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, in its sculpture garden in 1972.

Richard Oldenburg, 84; led expansion of Museum of Modern Art

Mr. Oldenburg oversaw blockbuster exhibitions of Picasso, Matisse, and Cézanne.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of April 23-29

“Wig Out!” in Cambridge, Fusion Cuisine in Somerville, Pathways to Freedom in Boston, and more.

Caitlin Canty performs at Club Passim on April 25.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Tig Notaro (pictured in Beverly Hills in January) headlines the Women in Comedy Festival show at the Chevalier in Medford Saturday.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Women in comedy, ‘Top Girls,’ and really long guitar solos

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

A piece from DM Witman’s “Melt” series.

Art Review

Old and new meet at Portland Museum of Art Biennial

This year’s iteration features the work of 25 artists.

“ReSignifications” at Harvard’s Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art includes Omar Victor Diop’s “Juan de Pareja & Don Miguel de Castro.”

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Harvard’s Cooper Gallery updates the blackamoor

“ReSignifications” takes a racist trope and examines it from a contemporary perspective.

1,200 artworks were stuffed into a 3-story Quincy home. Now a collection is unveiled

James Pantages for decades stuffed cheap pieces into his home. Now, an appraiser says, “we could be looking at a $1 million collection.”

Ales & Liquors trade card from around 1880 refers to a Gloucester business.

art review

Celebrating Massachusetts’ other cape

“Unfolding Histories, Cape Ann Before 1900” is at the Cape Ann Museum.

Reenactors take aim on the Battle Green in Lexington.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of April 16-22

Patriots Day events, the Folk & Americana Music Series, April school vacation week ideas, and more.

A detail of “Hybrid-Digital Home,” by Saya Woolfalk and daughter Aya Woolfalk Mitchell

Family Entertainment 2018

At the ICA, ‘Home,’ the digital-hybrid kind, is where the art is

Aya Woolfalk Mitchell collaborates with her 6½-year-old daughter on an installation.

JD McPherson (pictured last September in Nashville) plays the Sinclair April 17.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

A book cover in “Wendell Minor’s America” at Heritage Museum and Gardens.

Family Entertainment 2018

Family Entertainment: Art picks

Cate McQuaid’s picks of art exhibition suitable for children and their parents.

Joaquin Phoenix in “You Were Never Really Here.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: A marathon pre-Marathon weekend

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

“The Brown Sisters, New Canaan, Connecticut,” 1975, by Nicholas Nixon, is on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

ICA to close show by controversial photographer Nicholas Nixon

The museum is shutting the exhibit 10 days early following allegations in the Globe that he sexually harassed former models and students at MassArt.

The Berkshire Museum has sold Norman Rockwell’s “Shuffleton’s Barbershop.”

Berkshire Museum sells Norman Rockwell painting to George Lucas’s museum

A museum founded by ‘‘Star Wars’’ creator George Lucas bought ‘‘Shuffleton’s Barbershop’’ and will loan it to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge into 2020.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

special section

// The Kennedy Institute opens

Ahead of the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the Globe Magazine explores the history of the project and Kennedy’s vision for it.

Harvard Art Museums

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// Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

An in-depth look at the new complex designed by architect Renzo Piano.