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Holiday dance picks

10 holiday dance picks from Karen Campbell.

Charles Barkley calls Doug Jones’s victory ‘one of the greatest nights of my life’

The Basketball Hall of Fame did have a message of caution for the Democratic Party, though.

The scene at the 2017 Emmy Awards in September.

TV Critic’s Corner

NBC will shift Emmy broadcast to a Monday

The always lengthy telecast is set for Sept. 17, with a not-yet-determined host.

Chris Distefano

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Chris Distefano

A joke from the comic, who plays Laugh Boston Friday and Saturday.

CNN’s Jim Acosta said Sarah Sanders told him that if he asked President Trump a question, ‘‘she could not promise that I would be allowed into a pool spray again.’’

CNN’s Acosta complains of White House threat

CNN’s Jim Acosta says he was warned by the White House press secretary Sarah Sanders not to ask a question during President Trump’s bill signing ceremony Tuesday.

A 9-year-old Boston Children's Hospital patient gets a crash course in conducting from Pops conductor Keith Lockhart.


Boston Pops bring the holiday cheer to Children’s Hospital

Conductor Keith Lockhart leads the way.

Bobcat Goldthwait (above) and Eugene Mirman (right) are among the comics performing at a fund-raiser for Helen Crimmins, wife of Barry Crimmins (top).

Boston comics rally around Crimmins and his wife in a time of need

A benefit comedy show to help pay Helen Crimmins’s medical bills will feature Bobcat Goldthwait, Lenny Clarke, Tony V, Eugene Mirman, Jim McCue, and many others.

Some of the 1,000 editions of “A Christmas Carol” amassed by Timothy Kenny of Lancaster.


Deck the halls with books by Dickens

Lancaster collector’s love for “A Christmas Carol’’ tops 1,ooo editions.

Judge Frank Caprio in action.


Frank Caprio, the R.I. judge with viral clips, is getting his own TV show

Fox has announced plans to produce a syndicated series next fall featuring real-life cases from the popular Providence judge’s chambers.

Keaton Jones

Thing Tank

Keaton Jones, viral tweets, and crimes against toast: It’s a thing

A review of the week online.

Matt Damon


Matt Damon says his 19-year-old daughter is ‘way too old’ for Roy Moore

We know who the left-leaning actor wouldn’t be voting for in Alabama today.

Jordan Knight with New Kids on the Block fans at Patriot Cinemas in Hingham.


New Kids documentary draws a crowd in Hingham

The movie was made by Donnie Wahlberg’s son and a friend.

Jake Smith, a.k.a. the White Buffalo

The White Buffalo roams between dark and light

DIY roots musician Jake Smith, who plays the Paradise Friday, has been pushing himself in new directions.

Lauren Hashian and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at the premiere of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”


Lauren Hashian and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson are expecting again

Hashian is the daughter of the late Sib Hashian, drummer on Boston’s first two albums, who died earlier this year.

The New York Times reported that President Trump “expresses disappointment” that his friendship with Tom Brady has changed.


President Trump said to be ‘disappointed’ that Tom Brady has distanced himself

The president and the Patriots QB were buddies but things have cooled off lately.

Paulina Porizkova earlier this month in New York.


Former model says it’s ‘messed up’ that some models once saw harassment as a compliment

The Czech-born model was just 18 when she graced the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue in 1984.

The word “feminism” is Merriam-Webster’s 2017 word of the year.

‘Feminism’ is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year. You shouldn’t be surprised

It was scribbled in pink marker on poster boards. It was shouted as a battle cry and whispered as a pact. More than anything, it was tested.

In his return to late-night TV, Jimmy Kimmel again pleads for expanded health care

Kimmel brought his infant son on stage, just a week after the boy underwent heart surgery.

Matt Smith and Claire Foy in “The Crown.”


Dancing around a ‘Crown’ cast change

Asked by Seth Meyers who would replace him, Matt Smith said, “Well, I don’t know — I maybe know. I don’t know if I know. I’m not meant to know, but I maybe know.”

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek (left) and Ben Raphel.


Former ‘Dinner With Cupid’ dater is ‘Jeopardy!’ champ

While that dinner at Cafe Sushi in Cambridge didn’t pan out, he told the host that his current girlfriend did read that article before they dated.

Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy performs during the Jingle Ball concert at TD Garden.

Music Review

Jingle Ball artists have themselves a merry little concert

Kiss 108’s annual holiday show at TD Garden featured the likes of Camila Cabello, Fifth Harmony, Halsey, Fall Out Boy, Kelly Clarkson, and more.

Trump disputes report he watches hours of television daily

The president pushed back against a report in The New York Times about his first year in office.

Nicole Kidman is returning for a second seven-episode season of “Big Little Lies.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Big Little Lies’ just won’t leave well enough alone

Despite my warnings that one-and-done is the way to go, they’re moving ahead with a second season.

Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on movie theaters

Cinemas were shut down in the 1980s during a wave of ultraconservatism in the country.

Ken Urban


MIT lecturer Ken Urban says ‘bah humbug!’

The playwright has written a song not exactly celebrating the holiday season.

Steven Tyler receiving the Nashville Symphony’s Harmony Award.


Steven Tyler cleans up nice to receive award in Nashville

The Aerosmith singer is honored in Music City.

An empty frame where Rembrandt's “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee” was displayed at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.


Movie about Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft gets a director

“Master Thieves” will be based on the book by former Globe reporter Steve Kurkjian.

Chris Evans


Chris Evans invites bullied boy to ‘Avengers’ premiere

The local actor who plays Captain America is one of several celebrities who’ve reached out to Keaton Jones.

Boston Baroque performing Handel’s “Messiah” at Jordan Hall.

Music Review

A resounding ‘Hallelujah’ for Boston Baroque’s ‘Messiah’

The vital luminosity of Handel’s work contributes to its perpetual presence in December, but even more so does a performance like this one.

Frankie Shaw as Bridgette and Alexandra or Anna Reimer as Larry in


Southie-set comedy ‘SMILF’ earns two Golden Globe nominations

Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War-era fairy tale “Water” swam away with a leading seven nominations.

Sally Hawkins, left, and Octavia Spencer in a scene from the film “The Shape of Water.”

‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ lead Golden Globe nominations

Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War-era fairytale ‘‘The Shape of Water’’ swam away with a leading seven nominations from the Golden Globes.

Two Golden Globes statues flank the podium prior to the nominations for 75th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Golden Globe Award nominations announced

Nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Monday morning from Beverly Hills, Calif.

Saudi women watched movies at a film festival in Riyadh earlier this year. Saudi Arabia on Monday said it was ending a decades-long ban on cinemas.

Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on movie theaters

Cinemas were shut down in the 1980s during a wave of ultraconservatism in the country.

Daniel Day-Lewis stars in “Phantom Thread.”

Boston Society of Film Critics names ‘Phantom Thread’ best movie of 2017

The film, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis and will be released in Boston on Christmas Day, also won awards for director Paul Thomas Anderson and for musical score.

Commedia dell’arte players Noni Lewis, Billy Meleady, and Mark Jaster in “The Christmas Revels.”

Stage review

A handsome ‘Christmas Revels’ brings the party to Venice

This year, the annual celebration of the winter solstice is set in Italy.

A scene from the PBS documentary “The Vietnam War” by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

TV Critic’s Corner

This year’s TV awards from the American Film Institute

The American Film Institute Awards selections for movies and television have just been released.

James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem performs at The Hollywood Palladium last month.

Music Review

LCD Soundsystem show Agganis crowd how to dance themselves clean

Friday’s show was an emphatic reminder that LCD Soundsystem are still, first and foremost, a dance band.

Jason Collins dances to the piano accompaniment of Simone Dinnerstein in “New Work for Goldberg Variations.”

dance review

An illuminating ‘Goldberg Variations’ at the ICA

Creating a dance to Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” — 75 minutes of ferocious, finger-busting counterpoint — is an immense challenge. Pam Tanowitz and Simone Dinnerstein pull it off.

John Goodman and Roseanne Barr in “Roseanne.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Roseanne’ reboot reels in more former cast members

In addition to the core cast, Estelle Parsons, Sandra Bernhard, and Johnny Galecki have also signed up.

Armie Hammer questioned why the Oscar-winning Casey Affleck — who had two civil suits against him in 2010 for sexual harassment, both settled out of court — had gone on to have great success, while “Birth of a Nation” director Nate Parker’s career had stalled.

Armie Hammer apologizes for Casey Affleck comments

The apology comes after comments Hammer made to The Hollywood Reporter.

Michael Hisamoto commands the stage in “Hold These Truths.”

Stage Review

In ‘Hold These Truths,’ how a country turned on its own people

Michael Hisamoto excels as Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese-American citizen who fought against an internment order during World War II.

Pianist Spencer Myer and Jamie Bernstein, eldest daughter of Leonard Bernstein, onstage Thursday night.

Music Review

At Longy, an intimate-scaled tribute to Leonard Bernstein  

Smaller-scaled compositions from his pen made up the program of a centennial tribute.

Julian Edelman at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center’s holiday tree and wreath auction.


Julian Edelman, pass catcher and published author, is in the holiday spirit

The Patriots receiver reads from his new book.


Tina Brown: This is an ‘Arab spring for women’

The former Vanity Fair editor said she isn’t surprised by the “volcanic fury” of women

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Dec. 11-17

Georgia O’Keeffe at the Peabody Essex Museum, CraftBoston Holiday , Nicholas Nixon at the ICA, and more.

Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville patented his “phonautograph” in 1857.

Third Ear | Jeremy Eichler

Rehearing the history of sound, one ghostly transmission at a time 

Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, a French inventor who made the first known recordings of the human voice, is growing in renown, thanks to a bicentennial celebration of his birth this year.