Winter arts guide 2019

// Check out the Winter Arts Guide 2019

Upcoming concerts, shows, performances in theater, music, dance, art, and television.

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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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Hazel Doupe in “Float Like a Butterfly.”

5 things to do in Boston this weekend

Here are ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city this weekend.

6/8/05 -- Derek Sanderson (left) Bobby Orr (middle) and Phil Esposito -- May 10, 1970 photo

How you could land a role in a local screenwriter’s movie about a Bruins legend

Casey Sherman is looking for local actors to read for his Derek Sanderson biopic.

Sarah Pothier plays Tatyana and Mark Linehan has the title role in “Onegin.”

Stage Review

A floundering ‘Onegin’ at Greater Boston Stage Company

The US premiere of a musical based on works by Pushkin and Tchaikovsky adds up to much less than the sum of its parts.

From left: Mary Timony, Laura Harris, and Betsy Wright of Ex Hex.

Album review

Ex Hex returns with ‘It’s Real,’ and suddenly it’s summer

The Washington, D.C.-based band, fronted by Mary Timony, serves up colorful scoops of garage-glam jams.

“Home” by Siddharth Choudhary.


Colorful artworks capture home, from Mumbai to Massachusetts

Siddharth Choudhary, who grew up in India, creates punchy digital drawings that reflect how places intersect in our psyches.

Lizzy Caplan will star in “Castle Rock.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Castle Rock’ will be ‘Misery’ prequel

We’ll get to see how Annie Wilkes turned into an ankle-busting superfan. Lizzy Caplan, from “Masters of Sex,” will play the young Annie.

Alexander Skarsgard (left), Jason Clarke, and Keira Knightley in “The Aftermath.”

Movie Review

Keira Knightley lights up post-WWII love triangle, ‘The Aftermath’

Jason Clarke and Alexander Skarsgard costar in the adaptation of Rhidian Brook’s book.

Vik Muniz’s “Sarah Bernhardt.”

Art Review

The plastic fantastic, in two art exhibits

From the heartbreaking to the holy, “Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials” and “Konstantin Simun: The Sacred in the Profane” explore the medium.

Beat Circus celebrates the release of “These Wicked Things” with a tour that arrives in Somerville Saturday.

After a decade of silence, Beat Circus is back to being weird

The third album of its trilogy is finally complete, and the band will celebrate that milestone with shows in Portland and Somerville.

Brett Johnson is bringing his one-man show “Poly-Theist” to the Boston area.

The straight and narrow path that, somehow, led to an open marriage

In his biographical one-man show, “Poly-Theist,” comic Brett Johnson describes his religious upbringing and conventional marriage, until it wasn’t.

Liao Fan (left) and Zhao Tao star in “Ash Is Purest White.”

Movie Review

Life under the volcano in ‘Ash Is Purest White’

Chinese director Jia Zhang-Ke’s latest film follows the bitter romance between a tough-minded woman and a weak-willed mobster.


Books on prison system, death penalty win J. Anthony Lukas prizes

The Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard announced the awards Wednesday.

A swimmer took the plunge at a 2015 CitySplash event at the Charles River Esplanade in Boston.

Grab your swimsuits: Charles River Swimming Day is coming in June

For the first time, the Charles River Conservancy’s City Splash event and the Charles River Swimming Club’s 1-mile swim will be held on the same day.

Andre Williams, who co-wrote ‘Shake A Tail Feather,’ dies

Andre Williams, an R&B singer and songwriter who co-wrote “Shake A Tail Feather” and performed across musical genres, died. He was 82.

John Slattery arrives at the Live Read And Series Finale Of


John Slattery is returning to television

The “Mad Men” star will play a “brilliant but paranoid” tech guru in a pilot for Fox.

Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer.


Amy Schumer talks about pregnancy and her husband, Chris Fischer

Just before the premiere of her new Netflix stand-up special “Growing,” comedian Amy Schumer wrote a heartfelt Instagram post thanking everyone involved, including husband Chris Fischer.

WGBH's Phil Redo. (WGBH)


After a 40-year career in radio, WGBH’s Phil Redo is moving on

The general manager for radio and local news joined WGBH a decade ago.


Tommy Orange wins PEN/Hemingway Award for debut novel

The author of ‘‘There There,’’ the most honored literary debut of 2018, will be honored at an April 7 ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

TV host Wendy Williams.

Wendy Williams reveals she is living in ‘sober house’

The 54-year-old talk show host tearfully revealed the information Tuesday to her TV audience.

Patti Smith performed in Utrecht in January.


Patti Smith to perform at the Orpheum in April

Patti Smith, the legendary singer-songwriter and punk rock poet, is scheduled to perform at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday, April 26.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, left, with host Stephen Colbert during a taping of

Stephen Colbert postpones visit to New Zealand after attack

Talk show host Stephen Colbert has postponed what was supposed to be a surprise visit to New Zealand following the terrorist attack that killed 50 people.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 01: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Recording artist George Strait performs as part of his Strait to Vegas engagements at T-Mobile Arena on February 01, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Essential Broadcast Media)

George Strait and Blake Shelton will play Gillette Stadium this summer

The country stars will visit the home of the Patriots in August.

The original Aerosmith tour van was found in Chesterfield and was featured on “American Pickers.”


Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford discusses the history of the band’s original tour van

“Something was taking root in the streets of Boston,” he said on the History Channel’s “American Pickers.”

Mr. Brebner, in 2006.


Asa Brebner, at 65; guitarist/songwriter in Boston bands and alone

Mr. Brebner had early success in Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers and Robin Lane & the Chartbusters before chopping out a path for his own music.

Robert Gentile said Monday, on the 29th anniversary of the Gardner art heist, that he knows nothing about the theft.

Conn. man linked to Gardner theft is freed from prison

Robert Gentile maintained Monday that he knows nothing about the still-unsolved theft from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The heist took place 29 years ago today.

Huntington offers free ‘Romeo and Juliet’ tickets to anyone 25 and younger

The offer is in effect for the remaining two weeks of the show’s run at the Huntington Avenue Theatre.

19names - ***LOW RES - do not use wider than 2 columns*** - Rob Gronkowski at Maham Yoga Studio in Miami Beach. (Omar Kelly)

Rob Gronkowski got loose at a yoga class in Miami Beach over the weekend

Is hot yoga TB12-approved?

Kevin Tsujihara, former chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Warner Bros.’ Tsujihara steps down following scandal

Warner Bros. chief Kevin Tsujihara is one of the highest ranking executives to be felled by sexual misconduct allegations.

FILE - In this July 25, 2016 file photo, Donna Brazile, interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, appears on the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. CNN says it is


Fox News hires Donna Brazile as political contributor

Fox News says it has hired former Democratic National Committee chief Donna Brazile as a political commentator.

Conor McGregor at the Bruins game Saturday.

Conor McGregor leaves St. Patrick’s Day Parade early after fans spill into street to greet his vehicle

“They’re coming right onto the street, they can’t contain it,” a visibly delighted McGregor said in a video clip from the parade posted to his official Instagram account.

Rob Lowe hosts Fox’s new game show, “Mental Samurai,” premiering Tuesday.


This week in watching: Rob Lowe reality check, a Marcia Clark legal drama, and what to expect when Amy Schumer is expecting

Globe critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to the week in TV.

John Oliver talks with Monica Lewinsky about public shaming

The comedian tackled the good and the bad of Internet pile-ons with help from one of the most famous targets of negative public attention.

Mr. Dale performed at the Middle East in 2015.

Dick Dale, 81, surf guitar king and ‘Miserlou’ composer

Mr. Dale was born in Boston. His pounding, blaringly loud power-chord instrumentals earned him the title King of the Surf Guitar.

Jude Law and Brie Larson in “Captain Marvel.”

‘Captain Marvel’ soars even higher with stellar second weekend

“Captain Marvel” has continued to dominate the global box office in its second weekend in theaters, leaving newcomers in the dust.

Music Review

Adès and Gerstein join forces, this time at Jordan Hall

A week after Gerstein premiered Adès’s new piano concerto, the two played a duo-piano recital.

Stage Review

Alessandro Sciarroni juggles time at the ICA

His “UNTITLED_I will be there when you die” deploys four jugglers in a perpetual-motion meditation where time never stops; neither do the performers.

Join Chris Evans on the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ red carpet

The Sudbury native has partnered with Boston-area organization Christopher’s Haven, which provides temporary housing for families of children receiving cancer treatment at local hospitals.

Yvonne Abraham

Leaving Harry Potter behind

Why did nobody prepare me for the heartbreak of my son finishing the books?

Locals in Dunedin, New Zealand lay flowers and condolences in tribute to those killed and injured.


In New Zealand, another terrorist nurtured online

The latest racist massacre makes one thing clear: The Internet, this thing we all built together, has gotten away from us.

Like Thoreau, Mr. Merwin was inspired equally by reverence for the planet and anger against injustice.

W.S. Merwin, prize-winning poet of nature, dies at 91

Mr. Merwin evolved through a wide range of styles as he celebrated nature, condemned war and industrialism, and reached for the elusive past.

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin arrives at the 5th annual People Magazine

It’s a Thing

Major malfunctions, a precocious kid, fruity lies, and more

A review of the week online.

Andris Nelsons leads the BSO and Renée Fleming during Thursday’s program.

Music Review

With all-Strauss program, the BSO and Renée Fleming honor André Previn

It comes as a somber synchronicity that the composer, pianist, and conductor died two weeks ago at the age of 89; one couldn’t have planned a more suitable memorial.

James Gunn was fired from the project last July over tweets from nearly a decade ago in which Gunn joked about subjects like pedophilia and rape.

James Gunn rehired to direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’

Gunn had been fired months ago over old tweets.


Stephen King, Peter Straub’s ‘The Talisman’ to be made into a movie

After more than 30 years of speculation, Stephen King and Peter Straub’s novel, “The Talisman,” is finally hitting the big screen.

From left, Liam Brennan, Jeff Harmer, Hamish Riddle, and Andrew Macklin in “An Inspector Calls.”

Stage Review

In ‘An Inspector Calls’ at ArtsEmerson, the crime of privilege

J.B. Priestley’s 1945 drama as revived by director Stephen Daldry offers a biting criticism of capitalist hypocrisy and class divisions, disguised at first as an Edwardian mystery.

Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas first costarred in the 1984 adventure film “Romancing the Stone.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Season 2 of ‘The Kominsky Method’ brings a Michael Douglas-Kathleen Turner reunion

Douglas’s “Romancing the Stone,” “The Jewel of the Nile,” and “The War of the Roses” costar joins the Golden Globe-winning comedy series to play his character’s ex-wife.