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Comedy
Paula Poundstone will perform June 21 at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford.

Comedy picks: Homecomings for Jenny Slate, Bill Burr, and Paula Poundstone

The comedy highlights of the summer also include shows by Gina Yashere, Jimmy Tingle, and Guy Branum.

Summer Arts Preview
Storm Reid and Jharrel Jerome in “When They See Us,” a four-part Netflix miniseries from Ava DuVernay.

Television picks: Anticipating Ben Affleck’s Boston crime series ‘City on a Hill’

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert picks 10 of the summer’s most promising shows.

Summer Arts Preview
Doug Aitken’s summer project is a hot-air balloon traveling dozens of miles from one Trustees property to the next across Massachusetts.

Artist Doug Aitken takes to the air, in a reflective mood

His summer project — a hot-air balloon traveling dozens of miles from one Trustees property to the next across Massachusetts — is about the nature of permanence itself.

Summer Arts Preview
Banda Magda performs at City Winery May 31.

World music picks: Artistry from every corner of the globe

The summer season’s highlights include performances by Banda Magda, Annie Royer, and Les Garcons Musette, and the Garifuna Collective.

Theater
Anthony Mullin and (background, from left) David J. Hansen, Megan Ward, and Matt Arnold star in “I Hate Hamlet.”

Theater picks: Hating ‘Hamlet,’ cemetery stagings, and ‘Three Musketeers’

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin’s summer picks, including Titanic’s “I Hate Hamlet,’’ SpeakEasy’s “The View UpStairs,’’ and Greater Boston Stage Company’s “The Three Musketeers.’’

Summer Arts Preview 2019
Billie Eilish will perform at The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Five summer music festivals that span tastes and trends

From Boston Calling to Solid Sound to the Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party, there’s plenty on offer for pop music fans.

Summer Arts Preview
Emma Nelson and Cate Blanchett in “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.”

Summer movie release dates

A look at films coming to theaters from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The Mavericks (from left): Eddie Perez, Paul Deakin, Raul Malo, and Jerry Dale McFadden.

After stopping and restarting, the Mavericks reach a milestone

The band is embarking on its 30th anniversary tour, three decades that included a breakup and reconciliation.


Scene Here | Local films, festivals, and faces
"Terms of Endearment" screens during the Somerville Theatre’s “Jack Attack: Jack Nicholson Film Series.”

Spotlighting summer film festivals, from Maine to Block Island

Screens around New England offer summer festivals and special events, indoors and out.

Summer Arts Preview
From left: Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), and Jessie (Joan Cusack) return in “Toy Story 4,” where they meet up with Forky (Tony Hale).

Oh, the horror (and drama and comedy) of summer

Summer 2019 is here to tell you that popular culture matters and it’s more digital than ever.

Summer Arts Preview 2019
The Brooklyn-based dance company Gallim.

Choreographer revels in connection, from the primal to the sublime

With her Brooklyn-based dance company Gallim, Andrea Miller presents a world premiere commission at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in August.

Summer Arts Preview
Actress Nadine Malouf (foreground) at the rehearsal of “Yerma.”

Huntington’s ‘Yerma’ speaks the language of one woman’s obsession

Melinda Lopez has tried to capture the heightened emotions of the title character’s quest to have a child in her translation of Federico García Lorca’s play.

Summer Arts Preview
Hannah Gadsby

Hannah Gadsby is her own tough act to follow

After her 2018 breakout with “Nanette,” the Australian comic is expanding her story with “Douglas,” and bringing it to Boston for three shows.

With just her voice and a cello, Helen Gillet has created a new vocabulary

The core of her work is solo performance with live looping, layering cello parts and vocal lines.

Summer Arts Preview
Paul White will lead church choirs, featured soloists, and his own jazz trio in performances of “Duke Ellington’s Sacred Jazz.”

Celebrating the spirit that moved Duke Ellington

Performances of “Duke Ellington’s Sacred Jazz,” featuring church choirs, featured soloists, and a jazz trio, will be hosted by two Boston churches.

Summer Arts Preview
Zachary Quinto stars as a vampire roaming the country in a Rolls-Royce in “NOS4A2.”

In ‘NOS4A2,’ a vampire tastes the local flavor

Billerica-bred showrunner Jami O’Brien worked with author Joe Hill to root the adaptation of his vampire novel in their New England backyard.