Winter arts guide 2019

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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.

Latest Arts headlines

Ray Romano in the Netflix film “Paddleton,” streaming Friday.


The week in watching: Ray Romano’s serious acting chops, Oscar curiosity, MTV’s repulsive reality show

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to the week ahead in television.

Jussie Smollett


Chicago police seek follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett

Police said they received new information that ‘‘shifted’’ their investigation of a reported attack on the ‘‘Empire’’ actor.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 1, 2018 Oscars statuettes stand on display during a preview for the Governors Ball during the 90th annual Academy Awards week in Hollywood, California. - Will

Inside the scramble to make the Oscars shorter

Three hours of watching Hollywood celebrate itself — last year’s show was nearly four, not counting red-carpet coverage — seems to be most people’s limit.


William Jackson Harper of ‘The Good Place’ talks ‘Modern Love’ at the Huntington Avenue Theatre

The actor took the stage with Meghna Chakrabarti of WBUR, the host of the popular podcast about romance.

Chicago police say ‘‘the trajectory of the investigation’’ into the reported attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has shifted.

Jussie Smollett says no truth he played role in attack

Attorneys for Smollett say there is no truth to reports that the ‘‘Empire’’ actor played a role in an assault on him last month by what he described as two men shouting homophobic and racial slurs.

A scene from Odyssey Opera's production of Paride ed Elena. Photo by Kathy Wittman

Opera review

No such thing as too many sopranos with Odyssey Opera’s ‘Paride ed Elena’

The company launched its spring voyage with the Boston premiere of a Gluck rarity.

Academy reverses plans, will air all awards live at Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had planned to present four awards during commercial breaks.

Chicago police released without charges two Nigerian brothers arrested on suspicion of assaulting “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett and said they have new evidence to investigate as a result of questioning them.

Chicago police release 2 men questioned in Smollett case

Chicago police released without charges two Nigerian brothers arrested on suspicion of assaulting “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett and said they have new evidence to investigate as a result of questioning them.

Songs from Elvis Presley’s “ ’68 Comeback Special” will be performed by an eclectic lineup of music world luminaries.

Matthew Gilbert | Critic’s Corner

NBC’s Elvis tribute is fit for the King

On Sunday at 9 p.m., NBC will air a two-hour show that re-creates Presley’s “ ’68 Comeback Special.”

Academy reverses plans, will air all awards live at Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had planned to present four awards during commercial breaks.

This 1980 photo provided by Kathy Ballantine showed her grandmother Betty Ballantine, half of a groundbreaking husband-and-wife publishing team that helped invent the modern paperback and vastly expand the market for science fiction and other genres.

Paperback pioneer Betty Ballantine dead at 99

Mrs. Ballantine was the younger half of a groundbreaking husband-and-wife publishing team which also helped vastly expand the market for science fiction and other genres.

Boston Athenaeum plans big expansion

The independent library has signed a long-term lease for additional space of nearly 20,000 square feet in a neighboring building on Beacon Street.

King, a wire fox terrier, poses for photographs after winning Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

It’s a Thing

Undying love, proprietary moves, top dogs, and more

A review of the week online.

Chuckie Benson, Ani Djirdjirian and Datus Puryear in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Spamilton: An American Parody. (Roger Mastroianni)

Stage Review

Props to Lin-Manuel Miranda, and a few pokes, in Gerard Alessandrini’s ‘Spamilton’

The Needham native known for the “Forbidden Broadway” series unleashes his satirical talent on Miranda’s blockbuster musical, “Hamilton.’’

Music review

At the BSO, Schumann and Bruckner make for an odd couple

Yuja Wang played Schumann’s piano concerto, with Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 also on the program.

FILE - In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the

Chicago police arrest 2 suspects in attack on Jussie Smollett

A police spokesman said the suspects were arrested for ‘‘probable cause’’ of committing assault and battery on the “Empire” actor.

A bearded Julian Edelman reached for the Lombardo Trophy during last week’s parade through downtown Boston.


Missing Julian Edelman’s beard? You can own it.

Ellen DeGeneres has put the beard trimmings up for auction.

tech nomad

Tech Nomad: Symbolism of new emojis speaks to something significant

Earlier this month, Unicode announced 230 new entries to the emoji ecosystem. The majority of the new symbols represent the increased importance of representation.

Producer Eliza Dushku attends a special screening of


Eliza Dushku is expecting her first child

Dushku revealed the news at a New York City screening of “Mapplethorpe,” the film Dushku produced about the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

SANTA BARBARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Dane Cook of 'American Typecast ' attends the Cinema Vanguard Award Presented by Belvedere Vodka Honoring Michael B. Jordan during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Arlington Theatre on February 7, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Dane Cook opens up about his 20-year-old girlfriend

“Sometimes I actually find myself saying, ‘Where has she been all my life?’” Cook told Jimmy Kimmel. “And then I realize she wasn’t alive for the first 26 years of it.”

From left, Actor Matt Damon, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and actor Ben Affleck watch Game 5 of the World Series baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Ben Affleck says his son doesn’t share his love for Boston sports teams

Affleck told Jimmy Kimmel about how he is proudly trying to force Boston fandom on the 6-year-old — and is being rebuffed: “Dad, you’re from Boston. I’m from LA.”

British author Andrea Levy in 2005.

‘Small Island’ author Andrea Levy dies of cancer at age 62

Ms. Levy’s novel “Small Island” won accolades for her story about the Windrush generation of immigrants that came to Britain from the Caribbean.

Desiree Burch plays the Afterglow series at Oberon Feb. 23. Photo credit: Jannica Honey

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.


Greater Boston author readings Feb. 17 - Feb. 23

A weekly calendar of literary events.

An illustration from James Sturm’s “Off Season.”

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Graphic novel tells story of 2016 election and a crumbling marriage; MIT Press publishes photos of Chinese artist, activist

The grim 2016 election season and its aftermath is both backdrop and foreground to James Sturm’s powerful new graphic novel “Off Season.”


‘Cold Pursuit’ costar Julia Jones says ‘Twilight’ role was an education

For the Jamaica Plain-raised actress, playing werewolf Leah Clearwater in that blockbuster franchise was a whirlwind education in all things Hollywood. She hasn’t stopped learning.

@Large | Michael Andor Brodeur

In loving memory of the third person

Online, it was the coy mode through which millions of us introduced ourselves to the Internet. And looking back, it also signals a critical transition in the way we expressed (and regarded) ourselves.

Botticelli’s “The Story of Lucretia” on view in the Gardner Museum’s new exhibit, “Heroines + Heroes.”

Art Review

The Gardner, Botticelli, and #MeToo

The museum asks some hard questions in its historic display of a revered old master.


Spielberg, Gaga, sign get-well card for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

An array of Hollywood heavyweights have a message for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Get well soon.

James Blake, touring to promote his newest album “Assume Form,” is coming to Boston.

In modern pop, James Blake is the digital ghost whose presence is everywhere

Blake has emerged as one of the decade’s most quietly influential musicians and collaborators.

Natasha Lyonne in “Russian Doll.”

BUZZSAW | Matthew Gilbert

Why ‘Russian Doll’ may be the best show of 2019

The Netflix series has hit me on a deeper-than-usual emotional level. I’ve been trying to understand why.

Edie Falco earned Emmys for “The Sopranos” and “Nurse Jackie.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Edie Falco runs the LAPD in CBS pilot ‘Tommy’

The Emmy-winning actress from “The Sopranos” and “Nurse Jackie” will play the first female chief of police in Los Angeles.

Director nominee for


Film academy issues statement amid backlash to changes

After news came out that four Oscars would be presented during commercials, the academy said all winners will still be included in the Feb. 24 broadcast.

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Amazon renews ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ for a third season

Get ready for even more John Krasinski.

US actor Chris Evans poses on the red carpet arriving for the European Premiere of the film Captain America: Civil War in London on April 26, 2016 / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images


What did Chris Evans do to Canada?

An unflattering photo of the “Captain America” actor triggered a (good-natured) social media exchange.

LeAnne Parks and Merritt David Janes in “School of Rock.”

Stage Review

Amped-up and infectious, ‘School of Rock’ finds its groove

The musical adapted from the Jack Black movie mostly delivers a good time at the Boston Opera House.

Boston, MA., 01/30/2019, Raphaëlle Boitel, director, at the Cutler Majestic for a Theatre Preview of “When Angels Fall”.

A soaring vision of angels at the end of the world

Part dance, part circus, Raphaëlle Boitel’s “When Angels Fall” contemplates a world run by machines and where speech is forbidden.

Boston, MA - 2/05/2019 - New England Patriots wide receiver and Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman taps his heart and points to the fans to show his love during today's New England Patriots Super Bowl LIII Victory Parade. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Metro, Reporter: Globe Staff, Topic: 06parade, LOID: 8.5.332310335


Julian Edelman shares adorable Valentine’s Day tribute to his daughter on Instagram

It’s not just Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen expressing their love this Valentine’s Day.

The Oscars: Who’ll win, who should win, who shouldn’t

Ty Burr and Janice Page offer their Oscar picks.

LeAnne Parks and Merritt David Janes in “School of Rock.”

Things to do

The Weekender: ‘School of Rock,’ ‘Spamilton,’ beards, and banjos

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

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots kisses his wife Gisele Bündchen after the Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. The New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)


Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen celebrate Valentine’s Day with romantic Instagram posts

The couple kept their social media declarations of affection short and sweet this year.

Lenny Bruce in an undated photo.

Lenny Bruce film acquired by Brandeis is its own mystery

The university, which maintains a Lenny Bruce archive, bought the 12½-minute silent film at an auction, but details about its origin are sketchy.

Elizabeth Rowe, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's principal flutist, at her home in Boston in November.

BSO flutist settles equal-pay lawsuit with orchestra

Elizabeth Rowe’s case has been closely watched for its implications for women who are paid less than male counterparts.

book review

Quiet, achingly complex portrait of a young mother amid divorce

“Territory of Light” is a novel by the late Japanese author Yuko Tsushima.

Installation images of Liz Magor: BLOWOUT at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, On view: January 30--March 24, 2019.

Art Review

The things they carried, in a striking show at Harvard

Artist Liz Magor assigns tender care to abandoned things, calling attention to our consumption-mad world.

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in “Everybody Knows.”

Movie REview

Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem team up for enjoyably melodramatic effect

It’s the Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi’s first Spanish-language film.