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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FILE - This Nov. 17, 2016 file photo shows Leslie Jones at the American Museum of Natural History's Museum Gala in New York. Jones is responding to the announced book deal by Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who harassed the “Saturday Night Live” and “Ghostbusters” star on Twitter last year. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

Leslie Jones speaks out on newest ‘Ghostbusters’

The ‘SNL’ and ‘Ghostbusters’ star took to Twitter to share her thoughts.

Neko Case

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.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 15: Maria Shriver signs copies of her book 'I've Been Thinking' at The Riveter on January 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)

Maria Shriver spoke about her daughter’s engagement to Chris Pratt on the ‘Today’ show

“She’s super happy,” Shriver said of Katherine Schwarzenegger, before adding that she had been given “strict instructions not to talk about it.”

King Princess

Queer pop star King Princess is ready for stardom, but on her own terms

Ahead of a sold-out Royale date, the 20-year-old singer discusses navigating sudden success, the rise of queer pop stars, and her forthcoming full-length debut.

Molly Shannon and Case Walker star in the Comedy Central series “The Other Two.”

TV Critic’s Corner

In Comedy Central’s ‘The Other Two,’ sibling envy is relatively funny

The demented new series centers on the resentments and misery of the older brother and sister of a young pop star.

Justin Driver

The Story Behind the Book | Kate Tuttle

How courts steer American schools

Justin Driver’s latest book is “The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind.”

Detail of Kim Faler’s “Dolly.”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Artist finds import in the everyday

Kim Faler zooms in on ordinary minutiae like grocery lists and to-do lists. Blowing up snippets of handwritten text she has gathered, Faler re-creates them on rusted steel panels.

Carole King in 2016.

The some kind of wonderful of 10 Carole King classics

As “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” returns to Boston next week, here are some of the songs and signature performances that showcase King at her most magical.

Jade Wheeler, shown during rehearsal, stars as Eartha Kitt in “Who is Eartha Mae?” at the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge.


Solo play gives voice to an Eartha Kitt who was more than ‘glitz and glam’

Jade Wheeler’s “Who is Eartha Mae?” aims to present a fuller picture of the woman known for her sultry persona.

“Capernaum” stars Zain Al Rafeea as a 12-year-old struggling with poverty in Beirut.

Movie Review

Oscar nominee ‘Capernaum’ offers honesty and defiance

The drama, which won the jury prize at Cannes, follows a 12-year-old’s struggles with poverty.

Inspiring a dread that we cannot unknow

Samanta Schweblin’s stories nudge us to ask questions whose answers fill us with disquiet.


Greater Boston author readings Jan. 27 - Feb. 2

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Michael Gandolfini.

Gandolfini’s son cast as young Tony for ‘Sopranos’ prequel

The son of late actor James Gandolfini has been cast as the young Tony Soprano in the planned “Sopranos” prequel, “The Many Saints of Newark.”

Actor Alec Baldwin departs New York County Criminal Court January 23, 2019 in New York. - Alec Baldwin pleaded guilty to a second-degree harassment violation stemming from when he punched a man during a dispute over a New York City parking spot late last year. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP)DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images


Alec Baldwin pleads guilty to harassing motorist, will attend anger management class

The “30 Rock” actor has pleaded guilty to harassing a man during a dispute over a parking spot last fall.

Women in Comedy Festival headliners announced

Phoebe Robinson, Nikki Glaser, and the Wild Horses improv team (Stephanie Allynne, Mary Holland, and Laren Lapkus) were named by the WICF on Tuesday.

Chris Brown

Singer Chris Brown released in Paris after rape complaint

Singer Chris Brown and two other people were released Tuesday from police custody after a woman filed a rape complaint against them, the Paris prosecutor’s office said.

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 19: <<EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE>> (L-R) Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots perform on stage during 2019 iHeartRadio ALTer Ego at The Forum on January 19, 2019 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Single-day Boston Calling lineups are released

The festival will be held at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston May 24-26.

08/20/2017 CAMBRIDGE, MA Author Celeste Ng (cq) poses for a portrait in her home office in Cambridge. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)


Celeste Ng says Julia Roberts is attached to ‘Everything I Never Told You’ movie

The Cambridge novelist tweeted the news.

US actor Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso arrive for the world premiere of Disney's


Matt Damon showed up to the World Economic Forum wearing another man’s clothes

The actor, who was dealing with a luggage mishap, was far from the only local slated to attend the annual summit in Davos, Switzerland.

Robert Vaughn stars in “Hustle.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Steal some time to watch ‘Hustle’

I’ve been a huge fan of the giddy British series, which ran from 2004 to 2012, since AMC began importing it in 2006.

 Yalitza Aparicio stars in Alfonso Cuaron's


And the Oscar nominees are . . .

A look at who got the nods for this year’s Academy Awards.

With ‘‘Roma,’’ Netflix has scored its first best picture nomination, something the streaming giant has dearly sought.

‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’ lead Oscar nominations with 10 nods

Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani announced the nominees highlighting everything from the best picture and acting performances to production and costume design.

Complete list of nominees for the 91st Oscars

Take a look at the full list of nominees for the 91st Academy Awards.

Gillian Anderson in “The Fall.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Gillian Anderson has left ‘The X-Files’ far behind

The former “X-Files” star has put in a decade and a half of extraordinary work.

The family of Wendy Williams says she is dealing with health issues.

Wendy Williams to take health-related break from TV show

Wendy Williams is taking an extended break from her TV talk show to deal with health issues related to her immune system disorder, her family said Friday.

“Green Book” producer Peter Farrelly (second from left) accepted the award Saturday at the Producers Guild Awards event.


‘Green Book’ wins Producers Guild of America award, amid controversies

The victory over heavy hitters like “Roma” and “A Star Is Born” surprised many in the audience — not least of all Peter Farrelly.

Asa Butterfield (left) and Gillian Anderson in


This week in watching: Gillian Anderson’s ‘seX-Files,’ a Trump ‘halftime’ show, ‘Rent’ countdown

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

Michelle Dorrance

Dance Review

Michelle Dorrance taps moves that energize, electrify

Dorrance has assembled a rock solid crew of impressive, precise technicians with vivid personalities and fabulously expressive flair.

Kacey Musgraves performed during the 52nd annual CMA Awards in Nashville in November.

Music Review

Kacey Musgraves as good as gold at the Wang

Her sold-out performance Saturday was both a well-earned victory lap and a chance to prove that she’s more than earned her hype.

Mr. Young started his career in Memphis, where he was an in-demand session player, before moving to Nashville.

Reggie Young, renowned guitarist for Elvis, dies at 82

Mr. Young’s signature licks defined hit records from Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and many more.

Chris Butler (standing) plays “Othello” and Danforth Comins portrays Iago in American Repertory Theater’s presentation of “Othello.”

Stage Review

A portrait of misplaced male pride and societal prejudice in the ART’s ‘Othello’

Chris Butler delivers a masterly performance in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy, directed by Bill Rauch with a focus on the toll of racism and sexism.

My Instagram: Julz Roth

The artist spoke to the Globe about art therapy, murals, and sharing her work.

2017 New Balance Boston Indoor Grand PrixBoston, Ma January 28, 2017 Photo: Victah Sailer@PhotoRun 631-291-3409 www.photorun.NET

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Jan. 21-27

New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, Harvard Square Taste of Chocolate Weekend, and more.

Connections | Magazine

The magic of musicals

My mother raised me to love Broadway shows. As her memory falters, can we still share that feeling?

R. Kelly performed at the 2013 BET Awards in Los Angeles.

Reports: Sony drops R. Kelly after furor over allegations

Multiple outlets have reported that Sony Music has dropped embattled R&B star R. Kelly from its roster.

Jaena Dellorusso (front) participates at Boston Arts Academy in a master class led by three dancers with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Alvin Ailey dancers continue outreach at local schools

Workshops in Dorchester, Hyde Park, and Brighton included lessons on Alvin Ailey-style dance, as well as history of the troupe’s late founder, who made it his mission to bring dance to everyone.

Actor Sam Elliott attends the 2019 National Board Of Review Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

‘The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot’ is a real movie, and it was filmed in Mass.

Yes, this is an actual movie.

R. Kelly was dropped by his record label, RCA Records.

Commentary | Jeneé Osterheldt

Time may finally be up for R. Kelly

After decades of allegations of abuse and rape, R. Kelly is facing the music.

Conductor Herbert Blomstedt leads the BSO in Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 at Symphony Hall Thursday evening.

Music Review

Brahms, Haydn, and free tickets to furloughed federal employees

With the seemingly tireless nonagenarian conductor Herbert Blomstedt at the podium, the BSO program touched on the hopeful and pleasant, and then reached beyond.

US President Donald Trump speaks alongside fast food he purchased for a ceremony honoring the 2018 College Football Playoff National Champion Clemson Tigers in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, January 14, 2019. - Trump says the White House chefs are furloughed due to the partial government shutdown. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a Thing

White House burgers, irritated men, challenges galore, and more

A review of the week online.

Johnny Galecki (left) and Jim Parsons in “The Big Bang Theory.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Going out with a ‘Big Bang’

While the CBS series “The Big Bang Theory” ends in May, it won’t disappear — thanks to repeats, “Young Sheldon,” and an upcoming musical heading for an opening off-Broadway.

RCA Records has dropped R. Kelly (above).

Record label drops R. Kelly after documentary furor

RCA Records dropped the R&B star after weeks of protests and the aforementioned documentary series.

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s 2017 work was awarded the France Inter-JDD foreign book prize.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Marzano-Lesnevich’s book wins French prize; Grolier moves to become a charity

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich has won the France Inter-JDD foreign book prize for the French translation of her book.


Greater Boston author readings Jan. 20-26

A weekly calendar of literary events.

This July 9, 2013 photo shows singer-songwriter Neko Case posing at a hotel in New York. Case's latest album,

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

book review

In ‘An Orchestra of Minorities,’ birds of a feather in fate

Chigozie Obioma’s saga of a poultry farmer trapped in tragic circumstances embraces African folk tale.