Summer Arts Preview 2018

Summer Arts preview

// 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.

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Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, had little sympathy for a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was separated from her family after being detained at the border.

‘Womp womp,’ Corey Lewandowski says about child with Down syndrome separated from her mother

The Lowell native, speaking Tuesday on Fox News, didn’t want to hear about the 10-year-old girl who was taken from her family at the border.

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Rachel Maddow chokes up on air while trying to read story about ‘tender age’ shelters

Maddow tried to read the news at the end of her MSNBC show, but struggled to get the words out.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Seth MacFarlane attends the 2018 Fox Network Upfront at Wollman Rink, Central Park on May 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images) 19crit


Seth MacFarlane draws support from several comedy producers

Judd Apatow, Steven Levitan, and Paul Feig all voiced their dissatisfaction with Fox News on Twitter this week.

Over the weekend, “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane (a Connecticut native and Rhode Island School of Design alum) tweeted that he was “embarrassed” to work for Fox.

More comedy producers are following Seth MacFarlane’s lead by bashing Fox

Comedy producers in film and television who have worked with 20th Century Fox voiced their dissatisfaction with Fox News on Twitter this week.

Above: Raytheon’s Waltham headquarters.

Trump signs 10,000,000th patent for Raytheon employee

A Raytheon Co. employee from California who found a new way to get real-time readings from large laser radars now holds the nation’s 10 millionth patent.

A wall label next to John Freake’s portrait at Worcester Art Museum informs viewers that Freake owned a slave.

At Worcester Art Museum, taking note of slavery’s shadow

New wall labels at the Worcester Art Museum explain how portrait subjects benefited from slavery.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Actor and Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Once Upon a Farm Jennifer Garner speaks onstage during Vanity Fair's Founders Fair at Spring Studios on April 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)


Jennifer Garner to Ben Affleck: ‘Our kids are lucky to have a dad who looks at them the way you look at them’

Garner shared a heartfelt Instagram dedicated to the Cambridge native.

FILE - This Aug. 1, 2017, file photo shows the 21st Century Fox sign outside of the News Corporation headquarters building in New York. Disney has made a $52.4 billion all-stock offer for the bulk of Twenty-First Century Fox, including the studios behind the “Avatar” movies,

‘Modern Family’ producer threatens to leave Fox’s TV studio

“Modern Family” co-creator Steve Levitan threatened to leave 21st Century Fox Inc.’s TV studio, saying that he’s “disgusted” by the company’s ties to Fox News.

Rapper Mod Sun (left) and comic Ngaio Bealum were the judges on the premiere of “Cooking on High.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Food competition goes to pot with ‘Cooking on High’

The series, which comes to Netflix on Friday, features chefs preparing food made with marijuana oils and butters.

Beyonce and Jay-Z


Choreographer reveals what it was like to work with Beyonce, Jay-Z

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui was finishing up previews on “Jagged Little Pill” at the ART when he got a call about a project — one that had to be kept under wraps.

Seth MacFarlane

TV Critic’s Corner

Seth MacFarlane ‘embarrassed’ to work for Fox

On Twitter, a network executive had a pointed response for the “Family Guy” guy.

Alon Nashman performed the one-man theater piece “Kafka and Son” in Rockport.

Music review

Kafka encaged, writing to his father

On Saturday, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival presented the immensely compelling one-act play “Kafka and Son,” with music by Osvaldo Golijov. 

Construction issue forces two-week delay for ‘Moulin Rouge!’

The world premiere of the musical — and the reopening of Emerson Colonial Theatre — has been pushed back to July 10.

Gennady Rozhdestvensky in the Bolshoi Theater after he was named artistic director in 2000. He abruptly left after one season, describing “vicious’’ criticism by the Moscow press.

Miffed at BSO, famed maestro backs out

In an extremely rare public flare-up in the outwardly genteel world of major symphony orchestras, conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky has pulled out of the entire run of four concerts he was scheduled to conduct with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

When asked by CNN’s Van Jones whether she would ever run for president, Kim Kardashian West’s response was: “Never say never.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Her reality should be TV, not the White House

I really don’t ever want to hear another highly commercialized reality star talk — even tentatively — about parlaying silly TV fame into political clout.

Music review

At Rockport, ushering in a new chapter with Tchaikovsky, Golijov, and high spirits

Under new artistic leadership, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival opened its summer season on Friday night with a program of festive works by Tchaikovsky and Osvaldo Golijov.


Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman lead Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade

The Dresden Dolls frontwoman and her author husband brought their 2-year-old son along.

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Beyonce, center, and Jay-Z perform during a Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaign rally in Cleveland. Beyonce performed a 2-hour set at Coachella, Saturday, April 14, 2018, paying tribute to the marching bands, the dance troupes and step teams at historically black colleges and universities. Jay-Z also came out for a collaboration.( AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

A guide to Beyonce and Jay-Z’s surprise joint album ‘Everything is Love’

The record is a victory lap from a couple who have mined their relationship for universal truths and then presented them as art.


Provincetown Film Festival honors Molly Shannon, Sean Baker, and Chloë Grace Moretz

Moretz said she loved her first visit to P-Town so much that she was making plans to return in a month. “[Expletive] Hawaii; it’s all about P-Town.”

First lady Melania Trump, center, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, left, applauds as President Donald Trump speaks to employees at the Federal Emergency Management Agency Headquarters, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

First lady Melania Trump says US should govern ‘with heart’

Melania Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham says the first lady believes ‘‘we need to be a country that follows all laws,’’ but also one ‘‘that governs with heart.’’

Jay-Z, Beyonce release surprise album ‘Everything Is Love’

Once again, the Carter clan dropped a surprise album before anyone knew it was coming.

Paul Simon played a 26-song set Friday night at the TD Garden.

music review

Paul Simon sets TD Garden aglow with a warm farewell

The singer, who is retiring from the road, offered a performance that was both a celebration of past glories and a nod toward what might come next.

In 2009, Mr. Fontana was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in the sideman category.

D.J. Fontana, 87, powerful drummer for Elvis Presley

Mr. Fontana’s simple but forceful drumming helped to shape the early sound of rock ’n’ roll.

Ian Pai, who argued in his court suit that he was entitled to a larger share of the royalties earned by the Blue Man Group, in front of the Astor Place Theater, in New York.

Blue Man Group to pay more than $3 million to end royalty dispute

Ian Pai always felt, he said, that he had played a core role in the success of the Blue Man Group. But Pai said the payments he was receiving were not what he deserved.

The classic with bacon at IHOb.

It’s a Thing

From a flipping pancake house to an overstuffed bot

A review of the week online.

Don Cheadle, the star, director and co-screenwriter of the film

TV Critic’s Corner

Funny money the currency in Showtime’s ‘Black Monday’

The comedy will star Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells, and Regina Hall as a trio of Wall Streeters around the time of the titular crisis in 1987.

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In interview with Oprah, Tom Brady praises impact of players kneeling during the anthem

The QB says the protests resulted in “a lot of good, healthy conversations” in the Patriots locker room.

Make Music celebrates the summer solstice with 100 free performances

Now in its fifth year, the festival continues to grow and diversify.


Natalie Portman calls Harvard pal Jared Kushner ‘a supervillain’

The actress admitted that she was once friendly with Jared Kushner. Key word: “was.”

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New Fenway music series pairs a baseball game and a band

What’s more American than a ballgame and some live music? How about a good two-for-one bargain?


Jon Meacham on why he’s a return visitor to Trollope, and more

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer’s latest book is “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels.”

17ticketgaller Michael Mazur: Along the Shoreline at Albert Merola Gallery through July 4, 2018. Busy Beach 2008 60 x 96 oil paint on canvas. Image courtesy of the Albert Merola Gallery.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

MIT artist Joan Jonas wins Kyoto Prize

The honors keep coming for Jonas, a a pioneer in video and performance art and professor emerita at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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book review

What is an Indian?

Tommy Orange’s explosive debut looks at what happens to a people who’ve lost control of their own story. 

New England Literary News | Nina MacLaughlin

Bobbie’s Meadow to open at Carle museum; local groups get NEA grants

The museum will hold a celebration June 23 for the dedication of the new outdoor space.

Alice Marie Johnson (left, with daughter Katina Marie Scales) was freed from federal prison by President Trump after an appeal from Kim Kardashian West.


Kim Kardashian West and woman Trump freed say they won’t stop now

Kardashian West and Alice Marie Johnson will continue advocating for people serving long sentences for non-violent drug offenses.

“Liyana” will open the Roxbury International Film Festival.

scene here | local films, festivals, and faces

Breaking the silence in Roxbury

The Roxbury International Film Festival strives to deliver personal stories of underrepresented people.

@Large | Michael Andor Brodeur

In a lonely place, with Trump

Maybe the president is just lonely? He sure acts like it. But what’s scarier is that he is operating from the same place many of us do when we log online.

Sterling K. Brown in “This Is Us.”


Emmy voters, I’m here to help

Avoid the predictable (Claire Danes, “Stranger Things”), honor the less obvious choices (“Killing Eve,” Issa Rae), and ignore “Better Things” at your peril.

Spoon (pictured) will kick off a co-headlining tour with fellow indie mainstays Grizzly Bear at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.

Indie inspiration as Spoon, Grizzly Bear team up on tour

Brit Daniel of Spoon and Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear are feeling good about their bands’ most recent work.

Ty Burr

Every playlist tells a story

Ty Burr wanted to restore not only what it felt like to be an adolescent but an adolescent boy in the Boston area during the late spring of 1972.

Cartoonist who cited political conflicts with Pittsburgh paper is fired

Rob Rogers tweeted Thursday he’s been fired after 25 years as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s editorial cartoonist.

Lauren Patten plays Jo in “Jagged Little Pill.”

Lauren Patten is a showstopper you oughta get to know

Patten’s signature moment in ART’s “Jagged Little Pill” brings the audience to its feet night after night.

“The Hourglass Equation,” composed by Alex Burtzos (left), will debut at the Aston Magna Music Festival.

New music, old instruments with Aston Magna

With a world premiere by Alex Burtzos performed on period instruments, the festival looks to the future.

Paul Simon kicks off his Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The tour will continue on to cover North America, the United Kingdom and Europe. (Jimmy Jeong/The Canadian Press via AP)

Things to Do

The Weekender: Pop papas, rockin’ dads, and the godfather of gospel

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

Drake got the ‘Degrassi’ crew together for a reunion in his new music video, and millennials are freaking out

What do the cast from ‘‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’’ look like now? Drake, who played Jimmy Brooks on the show, got his former co-workers together in the video for “I’m Upset.”