Fall Arts Preview 2018

Fall arts preview 2018

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

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/spotlight-S_09159_rgb.jpg 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.

Latest Arts headlines

book review

A horribly wounded Marine and a tottering marriage

National Book Award finalist Elliot Ackerman’s “Waiting for Eden” is a ghost story rooted in the particulars of war.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

A tennis great and an American hero

Raymond Arsenault, author of “Arthur Ashe: A Life,” points out that the tennis great was also an activist, philanthropist, and public intellectual.

What makes a leader great?

Doris Kearns Goodwin distills lessons from a study of four presidents who overcame withering challenges.

21Riverside SpeakEasy Stage Company production of BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY. Tyrees Allen, Maureen Keiller and Lewis D. Wheeler. Credit: Nile Scott Studios

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Michael Moore sprays water from Flint, Mich., on the governor’s lawn in “Fahrenheit 11/9.”

★ ½ | Movie Review

Michael Moore takes on Donald Trump in incendiary film

“Fahrenheit 11/9” is Michael Moore’s latest polemical documentary, and it’s pretty awful.

Olivia Wilde and Oscar Isaac in “Life Itself.”

movie review

‘Life’ and death (lots and lots of death)

“Life Itself” takes romance in an unexpected direction.

Boston, MA - 10/04/2016 - Director Jim Petosa during a rehearsal of New Repertory Theatre's

Jim Petosa to step down from New Rep at season’s end

He also plans to relinquish his post at BU’s School of Theatre “to allow room for new artists to rise and lead.”

FILE - In this July 7, 2015, file photo, Marion Hugh

Suge Knight pleads to manslaughter over fatal confrontation

Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to voluntary manslaughter for running over and killing a Compton businessman.

Kristen Bell as the title character of “Veronica Mars.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Marshmallows haven’t seen the last of ‘Veronica Mars’

According to star Kristen Bell, who posted the news first on social media, Hulu has ordered eight new episodes of the series, which left the air in 2007.

Hal Ashby in the early 1970s.

Remembering one of the great ’70s directors, Hal Ashby

Amy Scott’s documentary about Ashby, “Hal,” serves as a welcome reminder for filmgoers of a certain age — and revelation for younger ones.

Marsha Mason will direct “Talisman Roses.”

With Mason and Plummer aboard, Tennessee Williams Festival to stage another premiere

“Talisman Roses,” a never-produced early play, is one of this year’s Provincetown festival highlights.

From top: Roger Minick’s “Woman With Scarf at Inspiration Point, Yosemite National Park, California”; Mark Klett’s “Contemplating the View at Muley Pt., Utah”; and Leon Levinstein’s “New York.”

Photography review

At the Addison, going back to the land

Excellent new shows at the Addison Gallery of American Art look at landscape and the body.

From left: Eddie Hick, Tom Skinner, Shabaka Hutchings, and Theon Cross of Sons of Kemet.

Hutchings and Sons of Kemet flavor their jazz with just about everything

The music the British saxophonist and his band make together is ecstatically danceable, with healthy doses of reggae, soca, hip-hop, and other pop influences.

Jeremy Alliger, founder of Dance Umbrella.

Dance Umbrella’s adventurous legacy showcased in Emerson College exhibit

For two decades, Dance Umbrella treated New England audiences to some of the most exciting and adventurous contemporary dance around.

21hamilton Company -HAMILTON National Tour - (c) Joan Marcus.

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Hamilton,’ ‘Lizzie,’ Bobby, and Chick

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

Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald hears echoes of an earlier era, and it’s inspiring

The pop crooner talks about how his recent album came together, the artists whose records he’s wearing out, and keeping his remarkable voice in shape.

The cover for Michelle Obama’s book,


Tickets for Michelle Obama’s ‘intimate conversation’ at Boston’s TD Garden go on sale Friday

The former first lady’s book tour event — which comes to Boston Saturday, Nov. 24 — is shaping up to be the next must-see show in town.

Motion smoothing enhances the look of a sporting event, but can ruin the experience of watching a film like “Casablanca.”

Ty Burr

TV owners unite: Stop the Soap Opera Effect!

Many TVs have a setting that may be harardous to movie watching.

Top: An image from “Do It Man.” Above: Johnny Rotten in “The Public Image Is Rotten.”

Doc Talk | Peter Keough

Celebrity Club remembered, Johnny Rotten celebrated

A festival in Southbridge, a documentary in Arlington. 

Kim Chambers in Kate Webber’s “Kim Swims.”

in focus

Creative resistance at the Boston Women’s Film Festival

The festival includes several documentary standouts.

Rufus Collins (left) and Mark Zeisler at a rehearsal for “Sherlock’s Last Case.”


Comedy is afoot in ‘Sherlock’s Last Case’

The Huntington Theatre production amplifies the more outrageous aspects of Holmes and Watson’s relationship to comic and chaotic effect.

Deborah Harkness


Deborah Harkness views books as tools, not artifacts

The historian’s latest novel finds vampires grappling with love and their supernatural lives.

Above: A pencil drawing titled “For a long time, they looked at the river beneath them.” Top right: A watercolor of Pooh from 1970.

Art REview

Winnie-the-Pooh at the MFA: a honey of a show

At the MFA, “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic” celebrates the children’s-book bear.

A scene from “Free Solo”

Put these standout documentaries from the Toronto film festival on your to-watch list

Look for “The Biggest Little Farm,” “Free Solo,” and “Maiden.”

Shin Lim is lifted into the air by Zurcaroh after winning “America’s Got Talent.”

Waltham magician Shin Lim wins ‘America’s Got Talent’ and the $1 million grand prize

Runner-up dance group Zurcaroh lifted him into the air after host Tyra Banks announced him as the winner of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”


Greater Boston author readings Sept. 23-29

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Newtonville Books

New England Literary news | Nina MacLaughlin

Another prize for Martín Espada; Newtonville Books turns 20; YA novel looks at Islamophobia

UMass Amherst poet and professor won an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, and earlier this year got Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.

Steve Auger in Zeitgeist Stage Company’s production of “Vicuña.”

Stage Review

Zeitgeist’s ‘Vicuña’ is a political satire tailored for these times

A Trump-like tycoon seeks the presidency in Jon Robin Baitz’s scorching play.

Gilda Radner in “Love, Gilda.”

Movie Review

‘Love, Gilda’ celebrates Gilda Radner

“Love, Gilda” celebrates Gilda Radner.

Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci in “The Children Act.”

Movie Review

Emma Thompson offers judgment in ‘The Children Act’

Playing a judge, she walks an emotional tightrope in an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel “The Children Act.”

Kristen Stewart (left) and Chloe Sevigny in “Lizzie.”

★ ★ ½ | Movie Review

Lizzie Borden, and her ax, come to the big screen

The movie makes an empathetic case for Borden as an intelligent, passionate woman so stifled by her father that she lashed out (and then some).

Owen Vaccaro, Jack Black, and Cate Blanchett in “The House With a Clock in Its Walls.”

Movie Review

In ‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls,’ learning what makes this house tick

Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star in “The House With a Clock in Its Walls.”

Singer Kelly Clarkson, who is a coach on “The Voice,” will launch a syndicated show in 2019.

TV Critic’s Corner

Kelly Clarkson to join the talk-show ranks

The daytime show will lead in to “Ellen” in Boston and other major markets.

Ben Dickey as Blaze Foley, and Charlie Sexton as Townes Van Zant in Ethan Hawke’s Blaze.”

Movie Review

In ‘Blaze,’ a winning view of a beautiful loser

“Blaze” is Ethan Hawke’s fourth and best feature as a director; it’s immensely touching, and only deceptively shapeless.

Tim Portlock’s “Rain of Signs” in “CASH4GOLD” at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Art as profit-and-loss statement

Aesthetics meet economics at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.

Album Review

On Christine and the Queens’ ‘Chris,’ revelations you can dance to

The second album from Héloïse Letissier’s synth-pop project is refreshing and empowering.

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Boston pianist Eric Lu wins Leeds piano competition

Lu, 20, was the youngest of the five finalists who performed over the weekend.

Cambridge, MA - 11/11/15 - FOR NAMES


Hala Alyan, Ta-Nehisi Coates win Dayton Literary Peace Prize

A debut novel about a displaced Palestinian family and a book of essays exploring race and identity during Barack Obama’s presidency have been named the winners of the annual Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

Wellesley, MA., 05/30/08, Graduation at Wellesley College. The back of the graduating young women make a graphic shot with their dark gowns and white chairs and white tent. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

Four Takes

Defending the liberal arts

As historians can tell you, the humanities’ defensive crouch is nothing new.

Andris Nelsons led the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw on Monday.

A scramble, then ovations as BSO salvages its European tour finale

When mechanical problems grounded the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s plane in Paris, quick thinking and resourceful teamwork ensured that the show went on.

The design by Adam Pendleton and Adjaye Associates with Future/Pace and David Reinfurt features a bridge and uses the existing slope. At right, the site of the Boston Massacre, a few blocks away.

Ty Burr | Critic’s Notebook

Which design for the Boston Common MLK memorial rises to the (mountain)top?

How much should a memorial remake a space before it comes to dominate it? Is dominating that space exactly what a memorial to social activism should do, especially in a city with its own ongoing racial fissures?

Hosts Colin Jost (left) and Michael Che at the Emmys.

TV Critic’s Corner

Emmy broadcast hits a new low

Monday’s broadcast is now officially the lowest-rated Emmys show, down to 10.2 million viewers from 11.4 million viewers last year. Not good, and not surprising.

21Riverside SpeakEasy Stage Company production of BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY. Tyrees Allen, Lewis D. Wheeler, Maureen Keiller and Stewart Evan Smith. Credit: Nile Scott Studios

Stage Review

At ‘Between Riverside and Crazy,’ the characters are the fixer-uppers

No one is beyond repair — or, crucially, redemption — in this outstanding SpeakEasy production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s perceptive, humane, frequently funny play.


Fine art pieces being auctioned by Boston firm on Friday

Skinner Auctioneers has several notable items at its auction.

Owner Rick Jenkins during the “soft opening” phase at the Comedy Studio in Somerville.

Comedy Studio set to reopen in Somerville’s Union Square

After 21 years in Harvard Square, a new era begins for owner Rick Jenkins and his club.

FILE - In this March 4, 2017, file photo, former North Carolina basketball player Michael Jordan applauds during a half-time presentation at an NCAA college basketball game between North Carolina and Duke in Chapel Hill, N.C. Jordan, who played high school basketball in Wilmington, N.C., one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Florence, has donated $2 million to assist residents affected by the hurricane. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)


Michael Jordan donates $2 million for hurricane relief in North Carolina

He grew up playing high school basketball in Wilmington, N.C. So when the former NBA star watched the destruction caused by Hurricane Florence, he acted quickly to help.