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.

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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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Broadway star Christine Ebersole at BU.


Actress Christine Ebersole stops by BU

The two-time Tony winner talked about her career at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

Andris Nelsons, BSO music director, nuzzles a bust of Austrian composer Anton Bruckner.


For Andris Nelsons, it’s Bruckner or bust

A CD booklet includes a shot of the BSO music director tenderly nuzzling a massive statue of the composer.

TV Critic’s Corner

Recalling when Barbara Bush and Marge Simpson became pen pals

After apologizing for calling “The Simpsons” “the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen,” the then-first lady added, “Clearly you are setting a good example for the . . . country.”

Tugan Sokhiev leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra and pianist Jan Lisiecki in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor Thursday at Symphony Hall.

Music Review

Pianist Jan Lisiecki leads a youth movement at Symphony Hall

All three pieces on the Boston Symphony Orchestra program were written by composers in their 20s.

The University Press of New England was based at Dartmouth College.

University Press of New England to close

The press operated as a consortium that once numbered 10 colleges and universities but had in the past two years shrunk to just two.

Photo Illustration By Ryan Huddle / Globe staff. Photographs by Marvel Studios

In ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ 23’s a crowd

It’s all hands on deck in the latest Marvel extravaganza.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of April 23-29

“Wig Out!” in Cambridge, Fusion Cuisine in Somerville, Pathways to Freedom in Boston, and more.


Diversity awards, a DIY drone, and a concert

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

A young Eunice Kennedy.

book review

The formidable Kennedy sister

Difficult and driven Eunice Kennedy Shriver used her prickly personality for the lasting benefit of others.

book review

How to write wonderful essays

“How to Write an Autobiographical Novel” is so good that several of its essays match the standards of Annie Dillard.

Caitlin Canty performs at Club Passim on April 25.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.


Still gets knocked out by the right book

Ann Hood believes that certain books resonate with us more at different points in our lives

Celeste Ng is this year’s ambassador for Independent Bookstore Day.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Indie bookstores celebrate; translating poetry; Newburyport bookfest

Independent Bookstore day celebrates the beating pulse and personality of indie bookshops all over.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

A novel about asymmetrical ties and creativity

Author Lisa Halliday admits the some details of her debut borrow from her life

Joe Perry at the House of Blues Wednesday.

Music Review

Joe Perry rocks his way at House of Blues

For two hours, the Aerosmith guitarist plugged in and let ’er rip.

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ the 10 best TV drama performances over 10 years

Critic Matthew Gilbert submits his choices from an embarrassment of riches.

Elisabeth Moss in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

How Elisabeth Moss and company plan to carry ‘Handmaid’ forward

The actress says her character will become increasingly defiant, and increasingly at risk, as the series resumes for season two.

im Kalkhof in the 2017 film “The Cakemaker.”


The National Center for Jewish Film festival turns 21

The NCJF celebrates with movies from the past and present.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles attended the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in London.

Queen tips Prince Charles to follow her as Commonwealth head

Queen Elizabeth II opened a summit of the 53-nation Commonwealth on Thursday, and backed her son Prince Charles to be the next leader of the association of Britain and its former colonies.

A scene from “Dark Money.”

IFFBoston documentaries feature conspiracies and compassion

The Independent Film Festival Boston begins April 25.

Margo Price will do just what she wants, thanks

With acclaim, awards, and a strong second album, the singer who calls herself “too country for country” is doing just fine.

Elsie Fisher in Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade.”

Ty Burr

What to watch at the IFFBoston

The Independent Film Festival Boston opens April 25.

From left: Storm Lever, Ariana DeBose, and LaChanze, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where they star in “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” on Broadway.

On Broadway, feeling love for Donna Summer

The pop superstar died before her vision of a musical based on her life could come to fruition. Now it finally has.

Yasujirô Ozu in a scene from Daniel Raim’s “In Search of Ozu.”

In Focus

‘In Search of Ozu’ ponders a great director’s being and ‘nothingness’

Daniel Raim’s quirky but insightful documentary analyzes the significance Yasujirô Ozu found in things.

Scenes from “Hobbyhorse Revolution.”

doc talk | peter keough

Doc Talk: Tennis teacher, hobbyhorse riders, music makers

A roundup of upcoming documentary screenings and events.

A piece from DM Witman’s “Melt” series.

Art Review

Old and new meet at Portland Museum of Art Biennial

This year’s iteration features the work of 25 artists.

From left: Donnie, Paul, Bob, and Alma Wahlberg unveil the new Wahlburgers food truck at the South Bay Center.


Wahlbergs get in on the food truck craze with Wahlburgers on Wheels

The unveiling at Dorchester’s South Bay Center featured matriarch Alma Wahlberg and sons Donnie, Paul, and Bob. Mark made an appearance via FaceTime.

Christie Prades as Gloria Estefan in “On Your Feet!”.

stage review

‘On Your Feet!’: A fast-moving formula for fun

Sergio Trujillo’s choreography enlivens a jukebox bio-musical at the Boston Opera House about Emilio and Gloria Estefan.

Kick Kennedy and, photographed separately, Matthew Mellon


RFK Jr.’s daughter ‘devastated’ by billionaire boyfriend’s death

People magazine reports that Kick Kennedy, a model, had been dating banking heir Matthew Mellon for four months.

Dr. Ann McKee


Time’s most influential list includes BU professor Dr. Ann McKee

Actor-director John Krasinski is another list member with local ties.

Milos Forman at his home in Warren, Conn., in 2009. The filmmaker died April 13 at 86.


Milos Forman: poet of the human face

The Oscar-winning director of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus” died last week.

A scene from the second season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu.

Television Review

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ remains dark and bold

I was blown away by the first hours of the new season, which are so gripping that my blood pressure rose right along with my admiration for everyone behind this series.

Amy Schumer


Amy Schumer would like you to see ‘I Feel Pretty’ before criticizing it

Even before it’s opened, the made-in-Massachusetts movie is being panned by some people who don’t like the idea behind it.

Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden in “Westworld.”

TV Critic’s Corner

This is where ‘Westworld’ left off

Here are a few things you’ll need to remember from last season, as the host rebellion catches fire.

A spin through some Record Store Day treasures

Here are 11 records on one music hound’s must-have list.


Boston Latin School senior up for poetry prize

Xiadi Zhai will represent Massachusetts at this month’s Poetry Out Loud competition at George Washington University in D.C.

Leigh Barrett (pictured with Will McGarrahan in Lyric Stage’s “Souvenir”) will be awarded the Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence.

Huntington Theatre snags 15 Norton nominations

Underground Railway Theater, Wheelock Family Theatre, and Company One are also among the leading nominees.

Amy Schumer stars as a woman with body and self-esteem issues in “I Feel Pretty.”

movie review | ★ ★

Amy Schumer’s comedy ‘I Feel Pretty’ is half daring, half a neurotic mess

Are we supposed to laugh with Schumer’s protagonist or at her? The movie wants it both ways at different times.

Yu-Hui Chang’s “Pixelandia” gets its world premiere at Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s Saturday concert.

Composer goes for the high score with video game-inspired ‘Pixelandia’

Yu-Hui Chang’s piece is one of three world premieres in Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s Saturday concert.

Phil Wilcox, store manager at Tres Gatos Bookstore, prepares for Record Store Day on Saturday.

It’s the vinyl countdown to Record Store Day

The event turns 10 this year, and Boston retailers say its appeal is growing.

“Top Girls” director Liesl Tommy at the Huntington Avenue Theatre.

Director Liesl Tommy keeps topping herself

Back in Boston to helm “Top Girls” at the Huntington Theatre, she is also preparing to direct her first feature film — an adaptation of Trevor Noah’s South Africa memoir.

Rokuichiro Michii (left), the Consul-General of Japan in Boston, and his wife, Ikuko, with Boston Marathon men’s winner Yuki Kawauchi.


Boston Marathon is a ratings winner for WBZ-TV

The same conditions that made this week’s Boston Marathon brutal for runners may also have contributed to excellent TV ratings.

Ed Harris (left), Elizabeth Olsen, and Jason Sudeikis in “Kodachrome.”

Movie Review

Ed Harris and Jason Sudeikis clash as father and son in ‘Kodachrome’

The road trip movie gets an unfiltered tone and a uniquely anachronistic destination in this weighty portrait.

A scene from “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami,” Sophie Fiennes’s documentary on the singer, style icon, and actress.

Movie Review

Grace Jones is back on the big screen, as exultant, funny, and fierce as ever

A new documentary explores the life of the singer and style icon, now nearly 70, and it is a bracing experience.

album review

On ‘Live,’ Terence Blanchard steps into the firing line

The jazz trumpeter’s new album was recorded in three cities steeped in police-related violence: Cleveland, Dallas, and St. Paul.

Jeff Rosenstock plays a sold-out show Saturday at the Paradise in support of his new album, “POST-.”

Punk artist Jeff Rosenstock has more to give

A paragon of DIY generosity, he is maintaining a fans-first approach to guide him through greater career success.