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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Protesters picketed outside of CBS’s shareholders meeting in New York Tuesday. No one at the meeting brought up sexual harassment.

With new board in place, CBS will decide on Moonves’ exit pay after scandal

The newly elected CBS board faces daunting tasks: deciding whether former CEO Les Moonves gets a $120 million exit package following a sexual-misconduct investigation.

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4 journalists and a newspaper are Time’s Person of the Year

Time magazine named four journalists and a newspaper on Tuesday as its 2018 Person of the Year for standing up for the truth in the face of persecution and violence.

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Local meteorologist Pamela Gardner is switching TV stations

She is leaving WBZ and heading to NBC10 Boston and NECN.

Nancy Carell, left, and Steve Carell arrive at the premiere of

Steve Carell remembers his Massachusetts wedding day perfectly 23 years later

It’s been more than 23 years since Acton native Steve Carell and his wife, Nancy Carell, exchanged vows back in August 1995. But the actor remembers their wedding like it was yesterday.

FILE- In this July 26, 2018 file photo, Kathie Lee Gifford attends Hallmark's Evening Gala during the TCA Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Gifford will be putting aside her morning glass of wine and will step away from the NBC’s “Today” show in April. NBC News chief Noah Oppenheim told staffers Tuesday morning, Dec. 11 that Gifford will leave after 11 years on the show, most recently hosting the 10 a.m. hour alongside Hoda Kotb and sipping plenty of reds. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Kathie Lee Gifford will leave NBC’s ‘Today’ show in April

Kathie Lee Gifford will be putting aside her morning glass of wine and stepping away from the “Today” show in April.

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 26: Jessica Mendoza of ESPN speaks on set the day before Game 1 of the 2015 World Series between the Royals and Mets at Kauffman Stadium on October 26, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)

ESPN signs Jessica Mendoza to multiyear extension

Mendoza has already been a fixture on ‘‘Baseball Tonight’’ for many seasons but the new agreement means she will appear more regularly on ‘‘SportsCenter’’ and ‘‘Get Up!’’


The best cookbooks of 2018 — for giving or for keeping

This year’s offerings were personal, evocative, and focused on the joy of everyday cooking.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg attend the 9th Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards at Exchange LA on November 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)


‘Wonderland’ director Peter Berg to speak at MPC holiday meeting

Held at District Hall, the festive meet-up for the Massachusetts Production Coalition kicks off with a cocktail hour, or two.

Bob Woodward appears at the Wilbur Tuesday.


Bob Woodward, ahead of Boston appearance, says Trump makes decisions ‘without a factual basis’

Two-time Pulitzer winner Bob Woodward spoke with the Globe ahead of his visit to The Wilbur on Tuesday.

A scene from Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma.”

TV Critic’s Corner

With Netflix’s ‘Roma,’ it’s viewers’ choice

Right after the streaming service debuted the Oscar contender in theaters, it’s making it available in Netflix homes.

Kirk (right) and Michael Douglas at a Nov. 6 ceremony where Michael Douglas received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Kirk Douglas celebrates 102nd birthday

The actor got to celebrate his birthday with a special video message from his daughter-in-law.

Eminem (left) and Joyner Lucas. Lucas, a Worcester native, has been nominated for two Grammys, including Best Rap Video for his viral hit, “I’m Not a Racist.”


Worcester rapper Joyner Lucas nominated for two Grammys

One nod is for his viral music video, “I’m Not Racist,” which has been viewed more than 104 million times.

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.”

Mistral ensemble cofounders Julie Scolnik and her husband, Michael Brower, visit Ingrid Christiansen (center), who was resuscitated at a recent Mistral concert. (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)

Can a concert save your life? For one Brookline woman, it may have

Ingrid Christiansen, 89, went into cardiac arrest in the middle of a concert by the chamber music ensemble Mistral. What happened next was dramatic.

Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar contender “Roma” just debuted in theaters but will be available to Netflix subscibers Friday.


The week in TV: ‘Roma’ at home, Springsteen on Broadway, and therapists on screen

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s take on what to watch this week.

“Monolith — The Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park” by Ansel Adams.

Photography Review

You probably remember Ansel Adams from dorm-room calendars. But there’s much more

You’ve seen Ansel Adams’s famous photographs before. Now, in a sprawling exhibition at the MFA that opens Thursday, his visions — and that of other artists — are on display.

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.

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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.