Winter Arts Guide 2018

// The best of what to see and do around Boston this winter

From art shows to music performances, theater, TV, and dance, Boston’s scene has you covered.

Special section

// 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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Nokie Edwards, 82, whose guitar drove the Ventures

Mr. Edwards’s virtuosic electric guitar playing helped define the surf-rock style of the immensely popular instrumental band.

Yo-Yo Ma is a prolific performer who has recorded more than 100 albums and has worked to promote collaboration among artists from different cultures.

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma to speak at MIT

The world-famous cellist will visit campus Monday to give a lecture.

Giancarlo Guerrero leads the BSO, Laila Robins, Mary Wilson, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and the Choir of St. Paul’s, Harvard Square, at Symphony Hall Thursday night.

Music Review

Bernstein centenary returns ‘Kaddish’ to Symphony Hall

The BSO kicks off its observance of the composer-conductor’s centenary.

Jim Cummings and the cast and crew of “Thunder Road” accepted the narrative feature prize at Sundance.


South by Southwest festival salutes Emerson grad’s feature debut

Jim Cummings’s “Thunder Road” took the prize for best narrative feature.

From left: Ken Casey, Al Barr, and James Lynch perform with the Dropkick Murphys at the House of Blues in Boston.

Music Review

Dropkick Murphys get their favorite holiday off to a roaring start

Back home for their traditional string of St. Patrick’s Day shows, the band held nothing back in their first of four nights at the House of Blues.

President Obama and Senator Ted Kennedy walking together outside the White House.


Former White House shutterbug Pete Souza shares photos at Edward M. Kennedy Institute

The photographer shared images from “Obama: An Intimate Portrait” — as well as a few that didn’t make it into the book.


Berkshire Theatre Group taps Nicholas Paleologos as executive director

The former longtime state representative and former head of the Massachusetts Film Office has produced Broadway shows.

From left: Alex Jacobs, Jenny Reagan, and Mike Nilsson in Zeitgeist Stage Company’s production of “Steve.”

Stage Review

What’s in a name? With ‘Steve,’ it’s heart and wit

Zeitgeist Stage Company’s production of Mark Gerrard’s one-act comedy chronicles turbulence in the relationships of two longtime gay couples.

Bill Hader plays a bummed-out bargain hit man in “Barry.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Bill Hader has new HBO series, hosting gig on ‘SNL’

The “SNL” alum hosts Saturday, and chances are excellent he will crack himself up.

Misa Kuranaga and Paulo Arrais in the Boston Ballet production of John Cranko’s “Romeo & Juliet” at the Boston Opera House.

Dance Review

Boston Ballet elevates Cranko’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’

In this staging, Prokofiev’s ballet sets and costumes are new to Boston.

Diane Kruger stars in “In the Fade,” which will be featured at the 17th Annual Boston Turkish Film Festival.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, March 19-25

The Turkish Film Festival, celebrating Women’s History Month at Harvard Book Store, the New England Canabis Conference, and more.

James Comey


Former FBI director James Comey’s book tour will bring him to Boston

The memoir “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” hits the street April 17 and Comey hits the Hub on April 29.


In Tewksbury, a double dose of health history

The Public Health Museum in Massachusetts will sponsor presentations about the flu pandemic during World War I and the founding of the American Red Cross.

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 March 18-24

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Artwork by Aida DeWeese-Boyd, Waldorf School at Moraine Farm.

Scholastic Art & Writing winners explore imagination — and the world

From the abstract to the topical, this year’s honorees showcase young minds at work. 

Barrence Whitfield and the Savages play the Middle East Upstairs March 23.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

book review

One birthday and a funeral

A big-hearted saga of a Mexican-American family in San Diego on the brink of generational changes.

Writing award winners

American Voices, Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention recipients.

Artwork by Breena Brown, Northampton High School

Art award winners

American Visions, Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention recipients.

Dr. Wyman was best known for his book ‘‘The Abandonment of the Jews.’’

David S. Wyman, Holocaust scholar, dead at 89

David S. Wyman, a leading scholar of the U.S. response to the Holocaust whose “The Abandonment of the Jews” was a provocative, best-selling critique of everyone from religious leaders to President Franklin Roosevelt, died Wednesday at age 89

The success of ‘‘Five More Minutes’’ was extra sweet for country singer Scotty McCreery, who had been dropped by Universal Music Group

Scotty McCreery is too nice to gloat about his first No. 1 song, but here’s why he should

The country singer and “American Idol” winner has a hit with “Five More Minutes.”

Sara Porkalob wrote and stars in “Dragon Lady,” being presented by American Repertory Theater at Oberon.

Embedded in a tale of Asian-American identity, a grandmother who’s so gangster

Sara Porkalob created her ever-evolving play, “Dragon Lady,” from shards of family anecdotes.

Ben Stiller in “Brad’s Status.”

Ty Burr

11 movies to stream when the weather is terrible

A curated alphabetical list of the better current streaming options.

Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl star in “7 Days in Entebbe.”

Movie Review

‘7 Days in Entebbe’ tells the tale of a flight held hostage in Uganda

The 1976 hijacking of an Air France jet en route from Tel Aviv fuels a serviceable thriller starring Daniel Brühl, Rosamund Pike, and Eddie Marsan.

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet performed with Elizabeth Rowe and Sato Knudsen on March 11.

For its new artist-in-residence post, BSO should think big

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has created its first artist-in-residence position and appointed the versatile French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. But it could do so much more.

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2017 file photo, Martin Shkreli talks with reporters after leaving federal court in New York. Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison for securities fraud last week. He owns two collectible rap albums by Wu-Tang Clan and Lil Wayne albums that could be auctioned by the government since he has to forfeit more than $7.3 million in a brokerage account and personal assets. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

After Shkreli conviction, what will happen to Wu-Tang album?

Two unreleased, collectible rap albums may go up for auction following the criminal conviction of the albums’ owner, pharmaceutical company investor Martin Shkreli.

The Dropkick Murphys return to the House of Blues for St. Patrick’s Day shows this weekend.


The Weekender: Irish sojourns, Russian meltdowns, and ‘American Utopia’

It’s a special St. Patrick’s Day edition of the Weekender!

Former WBCN personality Charles Laquidara (left) and promoter Don Law at the Paradise.


Former ‘BCN host Charles Laquidara takes fans and friends on a guided tour

Explaining the impetus for his new “multimedia memoir,” pioneering Boston DJ Charles Laquidara put it bluntly.

Critic’s Notebook

Coloring our world, from cave paintings to today

Three new books remind us how much color in art has, and hasn’t, changed.

Bent Knee will perform the Boston premiere of “Paper Earth” Saturday.

‘Music that doesn’t satisfy the A.I.’ at Stave Sessions

The yearly new-music series, presented at Berklee College of Music, draws from the experimental ends of pop, jazz, classical, and various global traditions.

Aaron Hernandez was taken from his North Attleborough home in handcuffs after his arrest in June 2013.

Chad Finn

Aaron Hernandez documentary offers a detailed retelling, minus the melodrama

The two-part, four-hour film, airing Saturday and Sunday nights, is a deep dive into the life and death of the former Patriot and convicted murderer.


Soderbergh: Where ability and unpredictability meet

‘Unsane’ is the latest directorial effort from Steven Soderbergh whose career has been nothing if not fascinating.

Chloe Levine stars in “The Ranger,” one of the movies in the Boston Underground Film Festival.

scene here | Local films, festivals, and faces

This festival is underground and above reproach

The Boston Underground Film Festival runs March 21-25 at the Brattle Theatre.

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k.d. lang retraces her path from ‘Ingénue’ to full-fledged star

The singer is celebrating her breakthrough album with a 25th anniversary tour that stops at the Orpheum.

The Takács Quartet (from left): Edward Dusinberre, Karoly Schranz, Andras Fejer, and Geraldine Walther in 2007.

Classical Notes

Wrestling with masterpieces — and colleagues — in a world-class quartet

Edward Dusinberre, first violinist of the Takács Quartet, offers an insightful, engaging account of his quartet and its engagement with Beethoven in the book “Beethoven for a Later Age.”

Music Review

Jon Batiste shifts speeds in a spirited solo show at the Sinclair

The singer and multi-instrumentalist delivered plenty of energy, but there was also quietude to go along with his virtuoso chops and capacious personality.

Actor Matt Damon


Is Matt Damon moving to Australia to escape Donald Trump?

The actor is no fan of the president. That much is true.

Alicia Vikander stars as Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider.”

Movie Review

‘Tomb Raider’ wastes the talent of Alicia Vikander

After a brisk start, it becomes a generic “Raiders of the Lost Ark” ripoff.

From left: Richard Thomas, Therese Plaehn, Pamela Reed, Daisy Eagan, and Luis Vega in “The Humans.”

Stage Review

‘The Humans’ explores the high cost of being alive

Stephen Karam’s Tony-winning drama stars Richard Thomas and Pamela Reed as parents of a middle-class family that is barely holding on.

“Ramen Heads”

In Focus

Four to watch at the Salem Film Fest

All-documentary program offers a window on the world.

Rebecca and Arthur Miller in “Arthur Miller: Writer.”

Doc Talk | Peter Keough

Documentaries on outer space, chronic fatigue, and Arthur Miller

A preview of three upcoming documentary screenings.

Wilhelm Rudolph’s “Zollnerstr.” from the series “Dresden Destroyed”

Art Review

‘Inventur’ looks at German art in the wake of WWII

The Harvard Art Museums’ exhibition examines the years 1943 to 1955.

From left: Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Nick Robinson, Alexandra Shipp, and Katherine Langford in “Love, Simon,” an adaptation of the beloved young adult novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.”

Movie Review | ★ ★ ★ ½

‘Love, Simon’ says a lot, and it’s all good

The new movie isn’t exactly like the Becky Albertalli novel that inspired it, but it captures the best parts, in the spirit of the great John Hughes.

Parents of slain Democratic staffer sue Fox News over story

The parents of a Democratic National Committee employee who was killed in 2016 allege Fox News exploited the slaying of their son as a “political football.”

Boston Globe owner John Henry bought the newspaper in 2013.

book review

Guardians of the newspaper galaxy

How wealthy, civic-minded owners like Jeff Bezos and John Henry are trying to save American journalism.