Holiday Arts Preview 2018

Holiday arts preview 2018

// Best things to see, do this holiday season

From dancing sugarplums to a musical “Grinch,” there’s a bounty of theater, music, TV, and other attractions to enjoy.

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// The story behind the ‘Spotlight’ movie

A look at The Boston Globe’s coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the movie “Spotlight,” which is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation.

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Mischa Barton in “The O.C.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Do series stars sink or swim after jumping ship?

With Emmy Rossum leaving Showtime’s “Shameless” at the end of the season, which starts Sunday, I’ve been thinking about whether or not other shows have survived such significant departures.

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2018 file photo, singer Rihanna arrives at the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna one year anniversary party in New York. Rihanna is suing her father over his use of their last name for a business. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles, Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, alleges that her father Ronald Fenty and his partner have violated her trademark and falsely suggested that their business, Fenty Entertainment, is affiliated with her. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)


Rihanna sues father over use of their last name for business

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles, Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, says that her father, Ronald Fenty, and his partner have violated her trademark and falsely suggested that their business, Fenty Entertainment, is affiliated with her.

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‘Family Guy’ producers say they are ‘trying to phase out’ gay jokes because the ‘culture is different’

In an interview with TVLine, executive producers Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin shared their thoughts on the shift in the long-running Fox comedy, created by Seth MacFarlane.

Stage Review

Life lessons on a soccer field in Lyric Stage’s ‘The Wolves’

A. Nora Long directs a first-rate production of Sarah DeLappe’s play about a girls’ soccer team.

Soprano Kristine Opolais

Kristine Opolais withdraws from upcoming BSO performances

The soprano has pulled out of Dvorák’s “Stabat Mater,” conducted by BSO music director Andris Nelsons, Opolais’s former husband, though she is still slated to sing the title role in BSO concert performances of Puccini’s opera “Suor Angelica.”


Greater Boston author readings Jan. 13-19

A weekly calendar of literary events.

The Netflix Inc. app is displayed for a photograph on an Apple Inc. iPad mini tablet compute.

Netflix raising prices for 58 million US subscribers

The streaming company’s most popular plan will see the largest hike, to $13 per month from $11.

‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ publisher sues Netflix over ‘Bandersnatch’

The company that publishes the “Choose Your Own Adventure” novels is suing Netflix, seeking $25 million in damages over a “Black Mirror” interactive film.

Eunice “Nicie” Panetta will lead the committee to select the award winners.

$2.2m Mellon grants will boost local poetry programs

Half of the funds will support local poets laureate and the rest will go for local programming.

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Books we can’t wait to read in 2019

It’s a big year for fiction but there will be plenty for nonfiction fans, too.

Yayoi Kusama with her work “Love Is Calling” in 2013 at a solo exhibition in New York. The Infinity Room will be on display at the ICA in the fall.

Here come the selfies: ICA acquires Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room

The Japanese artist has rocketed to superstardom with dazzling, mirror-lined installations brimming with otherworldly color and light — must-haves for many people’s social-media checklists. But that leaves out a darker story.

Faith Rodgers (left), accompanied by attorney Gloria Allred, spoke Monday during a news conference in New York. Rodgers said the singer R. Kelly threatened to reveal details of her sexual history if she didn’t drop a lawsuit accusing him of sexual abuse.

R. Kelly accuser says singer threatened to reveal her sex life

Faith Rodgers made the claim Monday at a news conference in New York.

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2018, file photo, Bruce Springsteen performs at the 12th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. Springsteen will not be touring with the E Street Band in 2019. Springsteen on Tuesday, Dec. 4, posted on Twitter that they hope to be back soon. But The Boss says he wants a break after his

Bruce Springsteen made a surprise visit to an Irish pub in Boston

The Boss swapped Thunder Road for Boylston Street on Friday.

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and Britain's Prince Harry watch a dance troupe perform at the Hive, Wirral Youth Zone, as part of a visit to Birkenhead, England, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (Danny Lawson/Pool Photo via AP)


Baby boy or girl? It seems Meghan and Harry don’t know yet

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have apparently chosen not to learn the gender of the baby they are expecting this spring.

Singer Meghan Trainor and actor Daryl Sabara in a file photo from Aug. 12, 2018 in Inglewood, Calif.


Meghan Trainor and Daryl Sabara share ‘familymoon’ memories on Instagram

Over the weekend, Trainor, who was raised on Nantucket and the Cape, and Sabara shared memories from their honeymoon in Bora Bora.

Emilia Clarke (as Daenerys Targaryen) and Kit Harington (as Jon Snow) in a scene from HBO's

Final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ to debut April 14

Your long wait is almost over.

DULUTH, GA - NOVEMBER 05: The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend perform during the The Who

The Who will play Fenway Park this summer

The band also will release its first album of new songs in 13 years later this year.

Emmy Rossum will be leaving “Shameless” when season nine ends.

Matthew Gilbert | Your TV GPS

The week in watching: ‘Shameless’ worries, Cumby in ‘Brexit,’ and the truth about ‘True Detective’

Television critic Matthew Gilbert looks ahead at the week in television.


Big Boi and Travis Scott to perform with Maroon 5 at Super Bowl

The NFL announced the lineup for the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday.

Historic Connecticut theater destroyed in fire

The American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford has been closed for decades.

Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston in a scene from “The Upside.”

‘The Upside’ unseats ‘Aquaman’ as top flick at theaters

Kevin Hart’s movie surpassed expectations and earned an estimated $19.6 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates.

Attorney general nominee William Barr visited Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office Thursday.

Trump AG pick poised to reclaim old job in a changed capital

Though the pressures on William Barr are bound to be enormous if he is confirmed, allies describe him as driven by his commitment to the department and clear-eyed about what is ahead.

Megyn Kelly had been off the “Today” show since suggesting that it was OK for white people to wear blackface on Halloween.

Megyn Kelly, NBC News finalize their messy divorce

The former Fox News star’s attempt to become a network morning television star as part of the “Today” show floundered.

The 2018 New England International Auto Show.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Jan. 13-20

Head to a spirited comedy festival, Salem style, enjoy films with the family, and more.

US President Donald Trump delivers an address to the nation on funding for a border wall from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC on January 8, 2019. (Photo by CARLOS BARRIA / POOL / AFP)CARLOS BARRIA/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a Thing

From sniffing stitches to British disses

A review of the week online.

Opponents of North Carolina’s House Bill 2 gathered at the State Capitol in Raleigh in 2016.

TV Critic’s Corner

Netflix won’t film ‘OBX’ in North Carolina due to ‘Bathroom Bill’

State’s House Bill 2 says that transgender people can only use public bathrooms that match the sex on their birth certificates.

Pianist Alessio Bax joined Andrew Davis and the BSO for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 on Thursday night.

Music Review

With conductor Andrew Davis, the BSO considers the big picture

The orchestra offered a program featuring music of John Harbison, Mozart, and Ralph Vaughan Williams.


Sarah Jessica Parker drops by Boston dressed for the weather

When the “Sex and the City” actress posted a photo of herself at South Station, fans couldn’t help but wonder . . . why was she visiting Boston?

01/04/2019 BOSTON, MA A group of friends shares a shot ski in the courtyard at Publico in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

During the winter doldrums, Boston venues get creative to bring in guests

Restaurants and hotels are creating new immersive experiences to keep patrons coming year-round.

(From left) Nancy E. Carroll, Mary Beth Fisher, Chris Cooper, John Judd, and Nikki Massoud after a performance of


Chris Cooper pays a visit to the Huntington Theatre, sees play he got a Tony nomination for

Actor Chris Cooper was in Boston Thursday night to catch a performance of “A Doll’s House, Part 2.”

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Noname stops by the MFA

The Chicago rapper is making a name for herself.

Orny Adams says, “If you think I’m that guy onstage all through life, I mean, I would have died of a heart attack by now.”

Comic Orny Adams may find everyday life maddening, but he’s not mad

The Lexington native, who headlines the Wilbur Theatre Saturday, is “definitely not angry” despite his onstage persona.

Noah Weisberg plays Willy Wonka in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at the Opera House.

Stage Review

A ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ in need of more confection

Strong performances and choreography aren’t enough to overcome the musical’s sluggish pace.

Christian Bale as Dick Cheney, left, and Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney in a scene from


At private ‘Vice’ screening, counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke talks Dick Cheney, 9/11

The screening at the Brattle Theatre was organized by Pulitzer winner Ron Suskind and drew Samantha Power, Jill Lepore, Atul Gawande, and host of others.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

On January 15, 1919, a giant tank in the North End collapsed, sending a wave of an estimated 2.3 million gallons of molasses through the streets of Boston.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

A comics poem collection; essays wrestle with racism, misogyny, and alienation

Boston writer and artist Franklin Einspruch’s new book is “Cloud on a Mountain.’’

book review

A fatal heart attack unfurls a history of unrequited love for a wife, a best friend and her husband

British writer Tessa Hadley looks at how the present transforms the past in “Late in the Day.’’


Author gives herself hefty reading assignments

Rebecca Makkai’s third and latest novel is “The Great Believers.”

story behind the book | kate tuttle

Working the wonder of transplant surgery

Joshua Mezrich’s “When Death Becomes Life” is part memoir, part history of transplant surgery

Tim Tebow and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters at an event last week in San Jose, Calif.

Tim Tebow gets engaged to former Miss Universe

The one-time Heisman Trophy winner plans to marry Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, a South Africa native and the 2017 Miss Universe.

“SMILF” showrunner and star Frankie Shaw, seen during Season 2, said she’ll make changes.

After claims of problems on ‘SMILF’ set, Frankie Shaw says she’ll ‘do better’

A Hollywood Reporter story last month said the show, set in South Boston, was “a production plagued by allegations of abusive behavior and violations of industry rules.”

Gael García Bernal in “Museo.”

Movie Review

‘Museo’ looks back at a notorious art heist

The star, a deceptively elfin Gael García Bernal, is one of the chief attractions of the movie.

@Large | Michael Andor Brodeur

How bad is Washington at technology?

Democracy has never been more in need of a help desk.

Hip-hop star Travis Scott is headlining one of the three days of Boston Calling.

Twenty One Pilots, Tame Impala, Travis Scott to headline Boston Calling

Janelle Monáe, Brandi Carlile, Hozier, Christine and the Queens, Odesza, and Boston Ballet (no kidding) will also perform at the festival’s 10th edition May 24-26.

Diane Kochilas is the author of “My Greek Table” and host of a show of the same name.

hot ticket

Diane Kochilas signs copies of her new cookbook at Committee

Gluttony season is over. It’s time to eat lightly and healthfully — preferably with the help of a Mediterranean guru.

Abbi Jacobson (left) and Ilana Glazer in “Broad City.”

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

Some of TV’s biggest shows are on the way out in 2019

In 2019, the credits will roll for the last time for “Game of Thrones,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Veep,” “Homeland” and many more.