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

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

Joe Perry at the House of Blues Wednesday.

Music Review

Joe Perry rocks his way at House of Blues

For two hours, the Aerosmith guitarist plugged in and let ’er rip.

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.

Broadway veterans (from left) Ashley Brown, Merle Dandridge, Heidi Blickenstaff, and Alton Fitzgerald White will perform with the Boston Pops in “Disney’s Broadway Hits.”

Family Entertainment 2018

When the Pops performs Disney, it’s an all-ages show

Four Broadway veterans whose credits range from “The Lion King” to “Mary Poppins” will join the orchestra for “Disney’s Broadway Hits.”

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In Symphony Hall, Elgar’s dream of a soul drifting free

On Friday night, Benjamin Zander led the combined forces of the Boston Philharmonic and the Chorus pro Musica in an affecting performance of Elgar’s “Dream of Gerontius”

Music Review

Pianist Jan Lisiecki leads a youth movement at Symphony Hall

All three pieces on the Boston Symphony Orchestra program were written by composers in their 20s.

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.


Diversity awards, a DIY drone, and a concert

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Fall Arts Preview 2017

Fall Arts preview

// A guide to the best of what to see and do in Boston

A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.

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Read about the latest albums reviewed by the Globe.

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Margo Price will do just what she wants, thanks

With acclaim, awards, and a strong second album, the singer who calls herself “too country for country” is doing just fine.

A spin through some Record Store Day treasures

Here are 11 records on one music hound’s must-have list.

Yu-Hui Chang’s “Pixelandia” gets its world premiere at Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s Saturday concert.

Composer goes for the high score with video game-inspired ‘Pixelandia’

Yu-Hui Chang’s piece is one of three world premieres in Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s Saturday concert.

Phil Wilcox, store manager at Tres Gatos Bookstore, prepares for Record Store Day on Saturday.

It’s the vinyl countdown to Record Store Day

The event turns 10 this year, and Boston retailers say its appeal is growing.

A scene from “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami,” Sophie Fiennes’s documentary on the singer, style icon, and actress.

Movie Review

Grace Jones is back on the big screen, as exultant, funny, and fierce as ever

A new documentary explores the life of the singer and style icon, now nearly 70, and it is a bracing experience.

album review

On ‘Live,’ Terence Blanchard steps into the firing line

The jazz trumpeter’s new album was recorded in three cities steeped in police-related violence: Cleveland, Dallas, and St. Paul.

Jeff Rosenstock plays a sold-out show Saturday at the Paradise in support of his new album, “POST-.”

Punk artist Jeff Rosenstock has more to give

A paragon of DIY generosity, he is maintaining a fans-first approach to guide him through greater career success.

Mary Gauthier brings the war home, with vets as her collaborators

The singer-songwriter’s talks about her album “Rifles & Rosary Beads,” and the kinship she formed with the veterans and their family members who helped write all the songs.

Kendrick Lamar was the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for music.

Kendrick Lamar just won a Pulitzer for ‘DAMN.’

Lamar is the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the award.

Jason Aldean performed

Jason Aldean wins entertainer of the year at Academy of Country Music Awards

Aldean paid tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas massacre in his acceptance speech. He was on stage when the shooter opened fire on the crowd.

INDIO, CA - APRIL 14: Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Field on April 14, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

Beyonce’s Coachella set includes Destiny’s Child reunion

Beyonce has paid tribute Saturday to historically black colleges and universities and also reunited with Destiny’s Child during her headlining performance at Coachella.

Jon Bon Jovi performed Saturday during the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Bon Jovi and The Cars formally inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Saturday’s ceremony also included tribute to Tom Petty and Chris Cornell, who died in 2017.

Audra McDonald at Lincoln Center in April of 2017.

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Down-to-earth diva Audra McDonald dazzles at Symphony Hall

The Broadway star offered a fabulous program, and some refreshing onstage honesty as well.

Andrew Stenson as Jaquino in Boston Baroque’s “Fidelio.”

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From darkness to light with Boston Baroque’s rousing ‘Fidelio’

On Friday night in Jordan Hall, Martin Pearlman led the first of two semi-staged performances of Beethoven’s opera of liberation.  

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.

Album Review

The hidden charms of Tinashe’s ‘Joyride’

The singer’s third album took its time getting here, but the tracks she recorded in her home studio were especially worth the wait.

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.

Lenox, Massachusetts - 8/11/2015 - John Oliver, founding director of the Tanglewood Chorus, sits on stage after leading the chorus during a rehearsal at the Seiji Ozawa Hall in Lenox, Massachusetts, August 11, 2015. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

John Oliver, 78; founded Tanglewood Festival Chorus

In his 45-year tenure with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Oliver shaped more than 1,000 performances without even being on the stage.

Lucy Dacus performs at the Sinclair.

Music Review

Lucy Dacus turns understatement into something beguiling

The singer-songwriter’s sold-out show at the Sinclair shone with the quiet self-assurance of an emerging star.

The high-energy, audience-participation-intensive show “Sesame Street Live!: Let’s Party!” is at Agganis Arena April 20-22.

Family Entertainment 2018

Sing along with monkeys, pigs, and one beloved tiger

Ten pop music picks for kids and their parents.

Music director Federico Cortese leads a Boston Youth Symphony rehearsal.

Family Entertainment 2018

Young Boston musicians build a bridge to Leipzig

A Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras collaboration will include a performance featuring youth choirs from Leipzig; later, young local musicians will perform in Germany.

Radius Ensemble will perform at Concord Children’s Center April 29.

Family Entertainment 2018

Family Entertainment: Classical picks

From high-definition opera screenings to an instrumental petting zoo, a look at family-friendly classical offerings in the greater Boston area.

Boston Calling music festival at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston on May 26, 2017.

Boston Calling’s food lineup is music to our ears

New this year: Wood-fired pizza from Area Four, sandwiches from chef Steve “Nookie” Postal at Commonwealth, and sweets from Union Square Donuts.

Ric Ocasek performing with the Cars at Boston Garden in 1987.

10 of the best Cars songs

Former Globe rock critic Steve Morse picks his favorites.

From left: Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, Ric Ocasek, David Robinson, and Benjamin Orr of the Cars in an undated photo.

After a long wait, the Cars enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Boston band’s crafty, quirky New Wave sound produced more than a dozen Top 40 hits and four straight Top 10 albums over the course of a decade.

Joe Perry

Back from the brink, Joe Perry rediscovers the joy of playing

Following the release of his new album, the Aerosmith guitarist brings his abbreviated solo tour to the House of Blues.

Taylor Swift

Bank robbery suspect wanted to impress Taylor Swift

Police said the suspect went to the pop star’s Rhode Island mansion where he threw cash over a fence in an attempt to impress her.

The Weight Band features members of the Band, the Levon Helm Band, the Rick Danko Group, and the Midnight Ramble Band.

Americana series at the Boch Center strikes a chord between past and present

Five shows, starting this month, will be anchored by the Weight Band, made up of former collaborators of the Band and its members.

Eric Andersen returns to Boston to play City Winery on Thursday.

Looking back, Eric Andersen savors the hits, shrugs off the misses

Now 75, the singer-songwriter has traveled through friendships, artistic collaborations, and scenes — including a fruitful early period in Boston.

Pink in concert with her dancers in Minnesota in February.

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At the Garden, Pink dares to be great

Aerial feats added spectacle to the show, but at its core was a singer pouring out her heart.

Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham (second from right) is parting ways with Fleetwood Mac.

Not a rumor: Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac part ways

The band said in a statement Monday that Buckingham will not be on its upcoming tour.

The Armida Quartet made its Boston debut on Sunday.

Music Review

A chamber series grows in Dorchester

The Ashmont Hill Chamber Music series concluded its season with an impressive performance by Berlin’s Armida Quartet.

Jeremy Ayres Fisher and Haeran Hong in Odyssey Opera’s presentation of Verdi’s “Giovanna D’Arco.”

Opera Review

Odyssey wraps its Joan of Arc season with Verdi rarity

On Saturday night at the Huntington Avenue Theatre, Odyssey Opera presented Verdi’s rarely spotted opera “Giovanna d’Arco.”

music review

Handel and Haydn ‘Fairy Queen’ is delightful

With astute performers under the baton of Harry Christophers, the result was nothing short of magic.

Andris Nelsons leads the BSO, Camilla Nylund, and Jonas Kaufmann in Act II of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” at Symphony Hall.

Music Review

The BSO offers Wagner’s ‘shivery and sweet infinity’ 

Andris Nelsons led a concert performance of the second act of “Tristan und Isolde.”


A sports activism panel, virtual reality, and robotic musicians

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

Camille Seaman’s “Breaching Iceberg, Greenland, August 8, 2008” is part of “33°” at Brown University’s Bell Gallery through May 27.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

The members of Trio Da Kali are (from left) Mamadou Kouyaté, Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, and Fodé Lassana Diabaté.

Mali’s Trio Da Kali brings fresh inspiration to ancient traditions

The musicians of the Malian trio all come from families of griots: West African keepers of tradition and memory.

Jason Clarke portrays Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara is Mary Jo Kopechne in “Chappaquiddick.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Kennedys, Wallendas, and Nervous Eaters

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

“It’s like riding a bike,” Eric B. (left) says of reuniting with Rakim. “You might be a little wobbly when you first get on, but you be poppin’ wheelies when you get around the corner.”

For Eric B. & Rakim, a reunion with rhyme and reason

The hip-hop pioneers are back together for a tour that kicks off Sunday at House of Blues.

David Foster

When David Foster shows up for work, he makes hits

The composer-producer talks about hanging with the Beatles, lessons he learned from the worst record producers, and the business of hitmaking.