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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Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford at TD Garden.

Music review

A stirring, folksy sermon from Mumford & Sons at TD Garden

The band delivered a rousing 19-song set — and a gibe about the Patriots’ loss.

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Ben Affleck in his newest role: ‘You cannot go back to your normal life after tonight’

The Cambridge native plays the lead in Netflix action-drama “Triple Frontier.”

The Greater Boston Stage Company puts up two holiday classics, including “It’s a Wonderful Life” (above), at its Stoneham theater.

Week Ahead

It’s a good time of the year for a show, and it doesn’t have to be ‘The Nutcracker’

There are many musicals, plays, and concerts to be enjoyed all over Greater Boston, not just in the city.

music review

The Arneis Quartet flowers at MIT

The program included three tricky American works, and with high risk came high reward.

Patrice Naiambana and Ekow Quartey in “Barber Shop Chronicles.”

Stage Review

Conversation, camaraderie, and contention in ‘Barber Shop Chronicles’

Amid changes in their countries and their lives, African men talk it through in the American Repertory Theater production.

Mr. Rossovich (second from left) in 1967, with actress Julie Andrews and fellow USC star O.J. Simpson on a movie set.

Tim Rossovich, actor and former NFL player, dies at 72

Mr. Rossovich was a consensus All-America defensive end at Southern California who played in the NFL before going on to an acting career.

Dancing snowflakes in Jose Mateo Ballet Theater's “Nutcracker.”

A sweet and engaging ‘Nutcracker’

Mateo’s slightly streamlined version of the ballet, set to a recorded score, focuses on the ballet’s dreamlike fantasy from the moment the curtain arises.

From left: City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George, Kerry Kavanaugh, RESOLVE New England Executive Director Kate Weldon LeBlanc at 31 Nights of Light.


Kerry Kavanaugh lights up the Prudential Center

The Boston 25 news anchor and investigative reporter and RESOLVE New England helped light the top of the Prudential Center orange as part of the 10th Annual 31 Nights of Light program.

Pete Shelley performed at the Marvin Festival in Mexico City this past May.

Buzzcocks cofounder Pete Shelley dies at 63

On Thursday, the band confirmed ‘‘with great sadness’’ his death and called him ‘‘one of the U.K.’s most influential and prolific songwriters.’’

President George W. Bush and wife Laura Bush greets President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter, and Rosalynn Carter during a State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

It’s a Thing

From awkward funerals to an attack on potatoes

A review of the week online.

Kendrick Lamar topped all recording artists with eight nominations.

Kendrick Lamar leads Grammy nominations, where women make a comeback

The music of “Black Panther,” with Lamar in its starring role, officially owns the 2019 Grammy nods, and women are heavily represented in the major categories.

The work of nature photographer Ansel Adams will be featured in an exhibit opening at the MFA on Thursday. Above: Adams’s Clearing Winter Storm, taken at Yosemite National Park about 1937.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Dec. 10-16

Ansel Adams exhibit at the MFA, tips on traveling better from globe-trotting journalists, the Cultural Survival Bazaar, and more.

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Watch the first trailer for ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Sudbury native Chris Evans gets tearful as Captain America in what may be his last film in the role.

Elisabeth Moss stars in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which is up for its second straight best written drama series award.

TV Critic’s Corner

One view of the Writers Guild of America’s TV nominations

There are no acting prizes, which makes the WGA list a little less exciting perhaps. But there are knowledgeable voters in the WGA, which makes their list worlds more legit.

Keith Lockhart conducts Holiday Pops Thursday at Symphony Hall.

Music Review

Pops’ playful performance fits the spirit of the season

Holiday Pops features traditional tunes and other treats.

Malala Yousafzai, 2014 Nobel Laureate, gestured to the crowd after accepting the 2018 Gleitsman Award at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge Thursday.


Malala Yousafzai receives award for activism at Harvard, offers advice to incoming lawmakers

The Gleitsman Award was given to Malala Yousafzai, who came to international attention after a masked gunman shot her in retaliation for speaking out in support of girls’ right to education.

HIP HOP NUTCRACKER Touring Company By Tim Norris

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Old, homophobic tweets by Kevin Hart (above) have drawn scrutiny.

Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host after old homophobic tweets surface

Hart told critics that they should ‘‘stop being negative’’ after the years-old tweets were uncovered.

The joy of being David Crosby

The genial singer is candid about harmonizing with his new band, reuniting with his old one, Twitter trolls, and his weed routine.

@LARGE | Michael Andor Brodeur

The Internet: Too fast, too furious

Is more friction what the Internet needs?

From top: A talk show hosted by Alec Baldwin (with Robert De Niro), Jim Carrey’s “Kidding,” and “Murphy Brown” struggled for viewers.


A chill has set in for many of fall’s new shows

Amid plenty of duds, some hits and some in-betweens.

Billy Porter was nominated for best actor in a drama series for his role in “Pose.”

TV Critic’s Corner

The Golden Globes got a few things right

Occasionally, amid the absurdity and the kissing up to stars, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association makes a good move.

Clint Eastwood, 88, stars in “The Mule,” which opens Dec. 14.

At 88, Clint Eastwood steps onscreen again in ‘The Mule’

In his first leading role in six years, Eastwood plays an octogenarian World War II veteran who becomes a courier for a Mexican drug cartel.

“Francis Grant, Mule Spinner, Bartlett Yarns, Harmony, ME” by Steve Dunwell

Art review

The clothes some wore, the clothes some made

A show at Massachusetts Historical Society and one at the Charles River Museum dress up history.

Brooklyn, NY - 28 July 2017. A crowd estimated at 9,000 filled the Prospect Park Bandshell, with an estimated 3,000 outside the fence, for a concert by Esperanza Spalding and Andrew Bird at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. Esperanza Spalding on stage. (Photo by: Ed Lefkowicz /VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images)

Things to Do

The Weekender: Visionary singers, stirring stories, and RuPaul’s ‘Holi-slay Spectacular’

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

A scene from “People’s Republic of Desire”

Doc Talk

Virtual fame, mystery island, Nazi matinees

A look at three new documentaries.

Qya Cristal, Taryn Lane, and Ryan Landry in Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans’ “A Nightmare on Elf Street.”

Stage Review

Gold Dust Orphans dip into horror for ‘Nightmare on Elf Street,’ and it’s a giddy slay ride

Neither Ryan Landry nor his Orphans have ever had any difficulty choosing which side of the naughty-or-nice line to stand on.

The Gibson Brothers: Leigh (left) and Eric.

Gibson Brothers electrified by their new sound

The bluegrass stars plug in on their new album, “Mockingbird,” and supporting tour.

Boston, MA 12-5-18: Aly Raisman is pictured as she speaks at The Massachusets Conference For Women event held at the Boston Convention Center. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)


Aly Raisman tells Boston audience what she thinks the media often ignores about her sexual abuse

“I don’t have any control over how the media covers my story,” the Olympic gold medalist and Needham native said at the Massachusetts Conference for Women.

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Company Christmas at Pops raises over $1 million

Broadway star Laura Osnes, Red Sox manager Alex Cora, and broadcaster Jerry Remy were a part of the celebration.

A scene from Dava Whisenant’s “Bathtubs Over Broadway.”

Movie Review

In Focus: Appliances take center stage in ‘Bathtubs Over Broadway’

A documentary about the strange and hidden world of industrial musicals.

Steve Carell (with Maura Tierney) in “Beautiful Boy.”

Ty Burr

What takes Steve Carell from Brick Tamland in ‘Anchorman’ to ‘Beautiful Boy’?

What’s so sad about being funny? Alternately: Why do people who are so good at being funny (Carell) want to make us sad?

The best children’s books of 2018

Our 45 picks for fans of all ages of literature for the young.

Jean Harlow in “Bombshell,” which will screen Dec. 17 at the Brattle Theatre.

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Scene Here: Howard Hughes on the prowl, World War I revisited

Karina Longworth comes to the Brattle, and a Peter Jackson documentary comes to the states.

Alexandria Smith

Alexandria Smith’s work is hard to miss these days

The artist’s work can currently be seen in Boston, Medford, Cambridge, and North Adams.

“Mary Queen of Scots” stars Saoirse Ronan.

★★ Movie Review

Heads will roll — one of them, anyway — in ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’

Saoirse Ronan plays the title role; Margot Robbie plays her cousin and rival, Elizabeth I.

The Ticket: Jazz and blues

This week’s picks: The Rhythm Future Quartet, Jeff Pitchell & the Texas Flood, and the 41st annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert.

Christian Bale (left) as Dick Cheney and Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney in a scene from “Vice.”

‘Vice’ leads Golden Globe nominees with six nods

Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic narrowly edged Bradley Cooper’s tear-jerking revival ‘‘A Star Is Born,’’ the interracial drama ‘‘Green Book’’ and the period romp ‘‘The Favourite.’’

Leslie Mann, Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, and Christian Slater were tapped to announce the Golden Globe nominees Thursday morning.

Here’s a list of the nominees for the 76th Golden Globe Awards

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees Thursday morning in Beverly Hills, California.



Critic Matthew Gilbert’s top 10 TV shows of the year

The best shows of 2018 are . . .

John Waters

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.

Dennis Krausnick (center) rehearsed playing Polonius, with Jason Asprey as Hamlet and Tina Packer as Gertrude in Lenox.

Dennis Krausnick, actor and playwright who helped found Shakespeare & Company, dies at 76

Mr. Krausnick taught thousands of students and also directed or acted in countless productions.

Marco Graf, Daniela Demesa, Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, and Carlos Peralta Jacobson in “Roma.”

★★★★ Movie Review

Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ is a masterpiece of memory and emotion

The Oscar-winning director of “Gravity” revisits his Mexico City youth.

Monsta X, shown performing during iHeartMedia’s Jingle Ball show in San Francisco on Dec. 1, closed the Boston show at TD Garden Tuesday night.

Music Review

The highs, lows, and bros of Jingle Ball 2018

Tuesday night’s show at TD Garden, featuring eight acts of varying fame, was appropriately uneven.

Love Story Candice Breitz (South African, born in 1972) Featuring Alec Baldwin 2016 7-Channel Installation *Museum purchase with funds donated by Lizbeth and George Krupp *Courtesy, Goodman Gallery, Kaufmann Repetto + KOW *Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Art Review

With Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore, seeing double and thinking twice

In an arresting video piece at the Museum of Fine Arts, artist Candice Breitz enlists A-list celebrities to tell the stories of six refugees, highlighting our outsize attention span for the famous — and our lack of it for everything else.

Two scripted series based on the work of John Grisham will be coming to Hulu.

TV Critic’s Corner

It’s John Grisham’s world, and Hulu is living in it

The streamer is moving forward with “The Grisham Universe,” a broad programming move that will, at first, include two intersecting series.