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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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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Titus Kaphar’s “Historical Nonfiction” questions inequalities in art history.

New Haven artist wins Rappaport Prize

Titus Kaphar, renowned for his incisive revisions to classic paintings, has won a no-strings $25,000 award.

At Tuscan Kitchen, the sounds of Old Blue Eyes

Swing alongside Frank Sinatra lookalike and longtime impersonator Michael Dutra, who moonlights as the “Sultan of Swoon.”

“I felt good that I made so many people happy,” says Scotty Bowers.

Movie REview

Telling tales about gay Hollywood

“Scotty and the Secret Life of Hollywood” shows a very different side of Tinseltown.

Rachelle Vinberg, Ajani Russell, Nina Moran, Ardelia Lovelace, and Alexander Cooper in a scene from “Skate Kitchen.”

Movie REview

The young heroines of ‘Skate Kitchen’ take the big city by storm

The film celebrates the thrills and scares and pains of its female heroines.

From left, director Bill Boone, associate director Barbara Landy, and Pat Meaney rehearsed “Twelfth Night.” Meaney will star as Viola.

Retirees speak Shakespeare’s language, one hard-to-memorize line at a time

The Frances Addelson Shakespeare Players, a troupe whose members are mostly in their 70s and 80s, will take 18 months to prepare for a production of “Twelfth Night.”

Jordan Peele is bringing back the classic anthology series.

TV Critic’s Corner

Jordan Peele is rebooting ‘The Twilight Zone’

That’s the good news. The bad news: It’ll only be available to CBS All Access subscribers.

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Music Review

A little diss and a lot of that from Pusha T

The rap icon kept the mood high at the House of Blues without alluding to his rival, Drake, until the end of his set.

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Actor Liev Schreiber set to answer harassment charge

The “Ray Donovan” star is facing a harassment charge in suburban New York, where his lawyer says the actor is accused of shoving a photographer’s camera.

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Beyoncé honors ailing Aretha Franklin at Detroit concert

Queen Bey dedicated her performance with husband, Jay Z, to the Queen of Soul drawing a thunderous roar from Aretha Franklin’s hometown of Detroit.

Danish Finance Minister Kristian Jensen took exception to critical remarks made by a Fox News host.

Fox News has a new critic: Denmark

A host’s comments characterizing the Nordic country as a socialist dystopia drew an angry response from Danish officials.

Omarosa Manigault Newman says Trump is ‘physically ill,’ and she blames Diet Coke

The former White House staffer says she’s researched the topic and found a BU study linking consumption of diet beverages to increased chance of stroke and dementia.

Boston Book Festival cancels One City One Story event amid plagiarism flap

Plagiarism claims dogged Sonya Larson’s “The Kindest,’’ which had been selected for the marquee session.

Kerry Washington arrives at the Women In Film 2014 Crystal And Lucy Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)


Kerry Washington spends fun-filled family day in Boston

The “Scandal” star is in town to direct an episode of Southie-set “SMILF.”

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts pianist Igor Levit and the BSO at Tanglewood Sunday.

Music Review

Michael Tilson Thomas returns to Tanglewood to conduct the BSO

At Tanglewood, Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Mahler, Rachmaninoff, and himself.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a still image from the documentary “RBG.”

TV Critic’s Corner

CNN to air the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary, ‘RBG’

“RBG” looks at the personal and professional lives of the Supreme Court justice, now in her 25th year in that job.

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Former Globe Spotlight reporter’s novel inspired by infamous Boston murder headed to big screen

Following Dick Lehr’s 2003 Globe article, a man was freed after more than a decade in prison.

Comedian Steve Sweeney plays a version of himself in the movie.


Steve Sweeney movie ‘Sweeney Killing Sweeney’ to open Boston Comedy Festival

The Boston native plays a version of himself: a guy who has the chance to make it big with a Los Angeles cable comedy special.

Aretha Franklin performed at Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2007.

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin is seriously ill

The singer canceled planned concerts earlier this year after she was ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest.

In his novels and books about his travels amid the worlds of his fellow colonials, V.S. Naipaul attracted and repelled.


V.S. Naipaul was an acclaimed writer of many contradictions

The Nobel laureate had so many gifts as a writer that he could seemingly do whatever he wanted.

Timothy Edwards and Maleek Washington in“Turf,” a duet excerpted from Camille A. Brown’s “ink.”

Dance Review

Boston Contemporary Dance Festival shows range

With 14 different companies, pieces were on the short side and some had an unfinished feel, but there were terrific standouts.

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Music Review

An arena-rock triple play from Journey, Def Leppard, and Cheap Trick

Despite their aesthetic differences, the shared classic-rock pedigree of the bands made for a natural fit at Fenway Park Saturday night.

British actor Idris Elba starred in HBO’s “The Wire.”

His name is Idris Elba, but will he be first black Bond?

The British actor stoked speculation he may take over the role of James Bond when Daniel Craig steps aside.

The ‘cop pool karaoke’ officers play a bigger stage: at Brad Paisley’s concert

Stephen McNulty and Kim Tavares got a big hand Saturday when they sang for the audience at the Xfinity Center.

V.S. Naipaul, shown in 2001, published more than two dozen volumes.

V.S. Naipaul, 85, fiery novelist and Nobel laureate

Mr. Naipaul penned comic masterpieces of island life before turning to the larger world, authoring richly detailed works on postcolonial states.

Ian Berg and Anjali Nath perform during the On Tap — Beantown Tapfest Faculty Showcase at Mosesian Center for the Arts,

Dance Review

Beantown Tap Festival’s faculty showcase celebrates community and diversity

The most reliably feel-good dance concert of the summer – if not the year – has to be the annual Beantown Tap Festival’s faculty showcase, “On Tap.”

music review

No room for complexity at Tanglewood Young People’s Concert

Friday’s concert presented musical bits and bobs along with kid-oriented commentary.

Billy Joel performs at Fenway Park.

music review

At Fenway, Billy Joel comes out swinging

The singer piled on the hits — and added some some surprises — for his fifth show in five years at Fenway Park.

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Boston Ballet names Mischa Santora its new music director

The conductor follows Jonathan McPhee, who spent 27 years in the role.

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Hamilton spoke with the Globe about The Founders Project, public art, and education.

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Trump praises Kanye West after Kimmel appearance

President Trump tweeted his appreciation for Kanye West after the rapper talked about his support for Trump on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Miami Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn (94) raises his right fist during the singing of the national anthem, before the team's NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

COMMENTARY | Jeneé Osterheldt

NFL players know why they protest, and Trump does, too

It’s a new NFL season, but it’s still the same old song.

From left: Kaitlin Olson, Rob McElhenney, Danny DeVito, and Charlie Day in “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Apple signs up ‘Always Sunny’ duo for new comedy

Rob McElhenney will star, and he and Charlie Day will write the half-hour comedy set in a video game development studio.

Newspaper calls for war of words against Trump media attacks

The Boston Globe is proposing a coordinated editorial response from publications across the United States to President Trump’s frequent attacks on the news media.

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Watch classic episodes of Julia Child’s ‘The French Chef’ online thanks to WGBH

Craving a new show to binge-watch? Let Julia Child sate your appetite.

The Los Angeles house featured in the opening and closing scenes of “The Brady Bunch” television series.

TV Critic’s Corner

Here’s the story . . . of Lance Bass’s failed bid for the ‘Brady’ house

The former NSYNCer’s anger turned to relief when he found out who had outbid him.

Beach balls were flying as Jimmy Buffett performed at Fenway Park.

Music Review

Smooth sailing for Jimmy Buffett at Fenway

The singer played fan favorites, reminisced, and soaked in the summer night.

Indie rock band Big Thief talks Berklee, Boston, and being vulnerable

Though all four members of indie rock band Big Thief attended Berklee at some point, it wasn’t until after graduation that they found each other walking the streets of Brooklyn.

British actor Riz Ahmed arrives for the press line of Venom at Comic Con in San Diego, Californoa on July 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CHRIS DELMASCHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images


Riz Ahmed set to star in new movie reportedly being produced in Boston

Variety was first to confirm that Ahmed will star opposite Olivia Cooke in “The Sound of Metal,” a music drama.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Aug. 13-19

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, Old School Game Night, India Day Festival, and more.

Harvard library passport exhibit highlights stories of migration

The colorful quilt of passports look worn and faded. They hang one above the other, remnants of a different time, gatekeepers for countries that no longer exist.

Host Jimmy Kimmel worked to keep the tone light at the Oscars.


Jimmy Kimmel gives Hollywood a chance to exhale

His monologue sounded like one of his cheery late-night talk-show monologues — timely, mildly clever, smart, forgettable.


Greater Boston author readings week of Aug. 12-18

A weekly calendar of literary events.

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Boston pastry chef’s tasty novel of small town life and a young superhero Vineyard scientist

“The Late Bloomers’ Club” tells the story of a local diner owner and her sister with filmmaking aspirations.

book review

A broken woman reflects the soul of Zimbabwe

“This Mournable Body” follows middle-aged, once promising Tambu, erratically employed, and bitterly floundering.

Mrs. Bradley-Martin.

book review

Match made in heaven: new American money, poor old royals

Gilded Age history of American social climbers looking to marry aristocrats buried in debt.


A fan of genre benders and home improvement

Dani Shapiro’s upcoming memoir, “Inheritance,” revolves around ancestry, identity, and a family secret.