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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“My Trail Dog” is part of the New York Cat and Dog Film Festival, which screens June 29-July 1 at the Regent Theatre, in Arlington.

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A film fest where the fur flies

The New York Cat and Dog Film Festival comes to the Regent Theatre, in Arlington.

The rumors are true: Ariana Grande and SNL’s Pete Davidson are engaged

Asked by Jimmy Fallon what it’s like to be engaged to the pop star, Davidson replied: “It’s [expletive] lit.”

Soccer tryouts in Lewiston Maine following the previous year’s winning season.

Netflix options story of Maine soccer team that welcomed refugees

The story of a group of Somali refugees who joined a largely white high school soccer team in Maine and helped lead it to the state championship could soon be a movie or TV series.

Globe Magazine

A pop quiz on pot in popular culture

Did you know about these marijuana references from songs, movies, and books?

Book review

Michael Chabon delves into the mysteries of raising children

In his new collection, “Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces,” the author explores what it means to be a parent.

Larry Mullen Jr, left, The Edge, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform during a concert at the Apollo Theater hosted by SiriusXM on Monday, June 11, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Things to Do

The Weekender: Bono, Beyoncé, Neko, and Hamlet

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

Lindsay Crouse (left) and Jennie Israel in “Dancing at Lughnasa.’’

Stage Review

A dance of regret in Gloucester Stage’s ‘Lughnasa’

Lindsay Crouse delivers another standout performance in “Dancing at Lughnasa,’’ Brian Friel’s Tony-winning drama of thwarted dreams.

Sienna Miller and Paul Rudd in “The Catcher Was a Spy.”

Movie Review

When baseball and espionage played on the same team

“The Catcher Was a Spy” is the real-life story of big leaguer Moe Berg.

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2016 image originally released by NBC, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appears with host Jimmy Fallon during a taping of

Jimmy Fallon reveals his personal pain following Trump fallout

Jimmy Fallon is opening up about the personal anguish he felt following the backlash to his now-infamous hair mussing appearance with Donald Trump.

Speedy Ortiz

Fast times for Speedy Ortiz

The Massachusetts band and its frontwoman, Sadie Dupuis, have plenty on their plate — including upcoming dates with the likes of Frank Turner, Foo Fighters, and Liz Phair.

Ray LaMontagne plays two shows in Boston this weekend.


Amid the noise, Ray LaMontagne seeks peace in the music he creates

“All I can do,” says the singer-songwriter, “is to try to put something positive into the world, whatever that is, and not add to any dark place.”

Tony Ramos held a banjo made from a Big Papi cigar box as former Red Sox hitter David Ortiz signed a box for a fan.


Big Papi visits Raynham to promote smoky new side business

Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz paid a visit to a Raynham smoke shop Tuesday night, hoping to hit a home run with his new business venture: cigars.

Elise Ansel’s “Bacchus and Ariadne (Unpopulated)”


‘Pushing Painting’ presents the medium’s possibilities

The exhibition is at Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery.

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor

Album review

A short, not-at-all sweet dispatch from Nine Inch Nails

Even at a mere 30 minutes or so, “Bad Witch” still packs a considerable punch.

Sisters Aly & AJ are doing it for themselves

With a self-funded EP out now and an album in the works, the former Disney stars have taken control of their sound.

Classical Notes | David Weininger

A musical haven with a vision — and a view — in Western Mass.

Michi Wiancko and Judd Greenstein’s Antenna Cloud Farm in Gill is a place where creative musicians can perform, try out new things, recharge, and connect with the community.

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Tom Brady, LeBron James, Mikaela Shiffrin earn bids for The ESPYs

The Patriots QB will vie for best male athlete alongside Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros, James Harden of the Houston Rockets, and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.

Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, had little sympathy for a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was separated from her family after being detained at the border.

Corey Lewandowski doubles down after saying ‘womp womp’ over girl being taken from her mother

The former Trump campaign manager isn’t apologizing after he mocked the story of a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was separated from her mother at the border.

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, codirectors and costars of “The Endless.”

Movie Review

They got away, then they decided to go back? Bad idea.

“The Endless,” the third film from Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, takes horror to new places.

Chris Pratt, right, accepted the Generation Award as Bryce Dallas Howard, from left, and Aubrey Plaza look on at the MTV Movie & TV Awards.


Chris Pratt rolls out his nine essential rules for life at the MTV Movie & TV Awards

God, life advice, and bathroom humor all in one speech? Only the “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor could pull that off.

Tiffany Haddish in “The Last O.G.”

TV Critic’s Corner

One more reason to love Tiffany Haddish

If you’ve been a fan since she broke through in “Girls Trip,” check her out in the extremely likable TBS comedy “The Last O.G.”

Rachel Maddow, host of

Rachel Maddow chokes up on air while trying to read story about ‘tender age’ shelters

Maddow tried to read the news at the end of her MSNBC show, but struggled to get the words out.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Seth MacFarlane attends the 2018 Fox Network Upfront at Wollman Rink, Central Park on May 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images) 19crit


Seth MacFarlane draws support from several comedy producers

Judd Apatow, Steven Levitan, and Paul Feig all voiced their dissatisfaction with Fox News on Twitter this week.

Over the weekend, “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane (a Connecticut native and Rhode Island School of Design alum) tweeted that he was “embarrassed” to work for Fox.

More comedy producers are following Seth MacFarlane’s lead by bashing Fox

Comedy producers in film and television who have worked with 20th Century Fox voiced their dissatisfaction with Fox News on Twitter this week.

Above: Raytheon’s Waltham headquarters.

Trump signs 10,000,000th patent for Raytheon employee

A Raytheon Co. employee from California who found a new way to get real-time readings from large laser radars now holds the nation’s 10 millionth patent.

A wall label next to John Freake’s portrait at Worcester Art Museum informs viewers that Freake owned a slave.

At Worcester Art Museum, taking note of slavery’s shadow

New wall labels at the Worcester Art Museum explain how portrait subjects benefited from slavery.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Actor and Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Once Upon a Farm Jennifer Garner speaks onstage during Vanity Fair's Founders Fair at Spring Studios on April 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)


Jennifer Garner to Ben Affleck: ‘Our kids are lucky to have a dad who looks at them the way you look at them’

Garner shared a heartfelt Instagram dedicated to the Cambridge native.

FILE - This Aug. 1, 2017, file photo shows the 21st Century Fox sign outside of the News Corporation headquarters building in New York. Disney has made a $52.4 billion all-stock offer for the bulk of Twenty-First Century Fox, including the studios behind the “Avatar” movies,

‘Modern Family’ producer threatens to leave Fox’s TV studio

“Modern Family” co-creator Steve Levitan threatened to leave 21st Century Fox Inc.’s TV studio, saying that he’s “disgusted” by the company’s ties to Fox News.

Rapper Mod Sun (left) and comic Ngaio Bealum were the judges on the premiere of “Cooking on High.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Food competition goes to pot with ‘Cooking on High’

The series, which comes to Netflix on Friday, features chefs preparing food made with marijuana oils and butters.

Beyonce and Jay-Z


Choreographer reveals what it was like to work with Beyonce, Jay-Z

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui was finishing up previews on “Jagged Little Pill” at the ART when he got a call about a project — one that had to be kept under wraps.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by ALEJANDRO GARCIA/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9663496a) Junot Diaz Writer Junot Diaz withdraws from Sydney Writers' Festival after sexual harassment allegations, Barcelona, Spain - 03 May 2013 (FILE) - Dominican-US writer Junot Diaz poses during the presentation of his third book, a short story collection entitled 'This is How You Lose Her' in Barcelona, Spain, 03 May 2013 (reissued 05 May 2018). According to media reports citing a statement, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz withdrew from taking part in the Sydney Writers' Festival (SWF) after sexual harassment allegations.

Junot Diaz is cleared in MIT investigation

Pulitzer-winning professor Junot Diaz has been cleared to return to teach this fall, a significant development in a contentious #MeToo case that has drawn national attention.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Vera Farmiga attends the


Vera Farmiga deflects blame for her terrible Boston accent in ‘The Departed’

The actress says director Martin Scorsese and “the studio” toned it down.

Seth MacFarlane

TV Critic’s Corner

Seth MacFarlane ‘embarrassed’ to work for Fox

On Twitter, a network executive had a pointed response for the “Family Guy” guy.

Alon Nashman performed the one-man theater piece “Kafka and Son” in Rockport.

Music review

Kafka encaged, writing to his father

On Saturday, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival presented the immensely compelling one-act play “Kafka and Son,” with music by Osvaldo Golijov. 

Construction issue forces two-week delay for ‘Moulin Rouge!’

The world premiere of the musical — and the reopening of Emerson Colonial Theatre — has been pushed back to July 10.

Beyoncé performed at a Get Out the Vote concert in Cleveland Saturday.


When Beyoncé called, ‘Jagged Little Pill’ choreographer left Cambridge for Paris

Celebrated choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui missed a few previews of the ART production to work with Queen Bey on her new video.

Zac Brown onstage with his band Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Music Review

Zac Brown Band touches all the bases at Fenway

Saturday night’s cover-packed show at the ballpark had something for almost everybody.

Gennady Rozhdestvensky in the Bolshoi Theater after he was named artistic director in 2000. He abruptly left after one season, describing “vicious’’ criticism by the Moscow press.

Miffed at BSO, famed maestro backs out

In an extremely rare public flare-up in the outwardly genteel world of major symphony orchestras, conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky has pulled out of the entire run of four concerts he was scheduled to conduct with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

When asked by CNN’s Van Jones whether she would ever run for president, Kim Kardashian West’s response was: “Never say never.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Her reality should be TV, not the White House

I really don’t ever want to hear another highly commercialized reality star talk — even tentatively — about parlaying silly TV fame into political clout.

Music review

At Rockport, ushering in a new chapter with Tchaikovsky, Golijov, and high spirits

Under new artistic leadership, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival opened its summer season on Friday night with a program of festive works by Tchaikovsky and Osvaldo Golijov.


Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman lead Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade

The Dresden Dolls frontwoman and her author husband brought their 2-year-old son along.

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Beyonce, center, and Jay-Z perform during a Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaign rally in Cleveland. Beyonce performed a 2-hour set at Coachella, Saturday, April 14, 2018, paying tribute to the marching bands, the dance troupes and step teams at historically black colleges and universities. Jay-Z also came out for a collaboration.( AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

A guide to Beyonce and Jay-Z’s surprise joint album ‘Everything is Love’

The record is a victory lap from a couple who have mined their relationship for universal truths and then presented them as art.


Provincetown Film Festival honors Molly Shannon, Sean Baker, and Chloë Grace Moretz

Moretz said she loved her first visit to P-Town so much that she was making plans to return in a month. “[Expletive] Hawaii; it’s all about P-Town.”

First lady Melania Trump, center, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, left, applauds as President Donald Trump speaks to employees at the Federal Emergency Management Agency Headquarters, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

First lady Melania Trump says US should govern ‘with heart’

Melania Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham says the first lady believes ‘‘we need to be a country that follows all laws,’’ but also one ‘‘that governs with heart.’’

Jay-Z, Beyonce release surprise album ‘Everything Is Love’

Once again, the Carter clan dropped a surprise album before anyone knew it was coming.

Paul Simon played a 26-song set Friday night at the TD Garden.

music review

Paul Simon sets TD Garden aglow with a warm farewell

The singer, who is retiring from the road, offered a performance that was both a celebration of past glories and a nod toward what might come next.