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Holiday dance picks

10 holiday dance picks from Karen Campbell.

Marianna Bassham, Liz Adams, Marya Lowry, and Bobbie Steinbach in “Julius Caesar.”

Stage Review

A ‘Julius Caesar’ that flips the Shakespearean script

Bryn Boice directs an all-female production of the Bard’s tragedy of power, ambition, and bloodshed.

Former US national gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar in court Wednesday.


Aly Raisman tweets her ‘disgust’ about ‘monster’ Larry Nassar

The US national gymnastics team’s former doctor agreed to a sentence range of 25 to 40 years.

James Franco on the set of “The Disaster Artist.”


James Franco decides to slow it down

The actor/director known for his manic juggling of multiple projects decided it was time to stop running and focus on his love of the work — like his latest project, “The Disaster Artist.”

Album review

On the luminous ‘Utopia,’ Björk approaches perfection

“Utopia” is both resolutely avant-garde and absolutely beautiful.

Lawsuit related to ‘Gronking to Remember’ cover is spiked

An Ohio couple said their picture was used without their permission on the cover of the 2014 self-published erotic novella.


BSO’s chief operating and communications officer departs for job in Dallas

Kim Noltemy had been with the BSO for two decades.

The latest incarnation of the Eagles: Don Henley, Deacon Frey, Joe Walsh, Vince Gill, Timothy B. Schmit.


Revamped Eagles set TD Garden date

The band will play in Boston next summer.

Seth Meyers will host the Golden Globe Awards Jan. 7.

TV Critic’s Corner

Awards season meets sexual misconduct

Seth Meyers faces no easy task hosting the Golden Globes.

Top: Osaretin Ighile’s “Oba Ovonramwen.”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

At Harvard, Wole Soyinka’s collection of African traditional art

Items on display at the Cooper Gallery include masks, vessels, and figures.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s “Reine de joie (Queen of Joy)” is among the works in “The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters From the Museum of Modern Art,” at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, N.H., through Jan. 7.

Art Review

Toulouse-Lautrec posters bring Paris to the Currier

The 19th-century artist left a vivid record of night life in the City of Light.

Celebrity news

Ray Allen files emergency motion, says he is victim of ‘catfishing’

Attorney says the former Celtic took legal action in an effort to put an end to threats against him and his family.

Sarah Gazdowicz and Kevin Cirone in “The 39 Steps.”

Stage review

For fun and spy games, take ‘The 39 Steps’

Directed by Allison Olivia Choat at Moonbox Productions, a spirited cast of four brings a Hitchcock spoof to life.

Hugh Wolff and the NEC Philharmonia rehearsing Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 at Jordan Hall.

Classical Notes | David Weininger

When a student orchestra tackles Mahler’s Ninth

The NEC Philharmonia takes the challenge under the baton of Hugo Wolff.

Amanda Forsythe

Talking music with soprano Amanda Forsythe

The Boston Early Music Festival stalwart is comfortable singing bel canto as well as Baroque.

Jay-Z performs onstage during the Meadows Music and Arts Festival at Citi Field in New York City in September.


Jay-Z shows hip-hop how to age gracefully

Hip-hop seems to be in the midst of a midlife crisis, but one of rap’s greatest stars has managed to sidestep it successfully.

Rosie O'Donnell and Elizabeth Rooney


Rosie O’Donnell’s new girlfriend is a Worcester cop

The actress and former talk show host met Elizabeth Rooney while in town shooting the Showtime series “SMILF.”

“Everyday Is Christmas” | Sia

An over-abundance of holiday cheer from Sia

“Everday Is Christmas” decks the halls with silly ballads, uptempo ditties — and one gorgeous track that already feels timeless.

The character Parvana in a scene from director Nora Twomey’s “The Breadwinner.”

Movie REview

Best-selling novel ‘The Breadwinner’ comes to the screen

Deborah Ellis’s tale of an Afghan girl posing as a boy is now an animated feature.

Brad Falchuk and Gwyneth Paltrow


Brad Falchuk and Gwyneth Paltrow are said to be engaged

The Newton native — whose brother, Evan, ran unsuccessfully for Massachusetts governor — has been dating the actress for three years.

Legendary jazz impresario Fred Taylor (left) and City Winery CEO Michael Dorf.


City Winery finally opens its doors

A few hundred invited guests got a look inside Boston’s newest music venue Monday night and paying customers show up tonight.

From left: Ezra Miller is The Flash, Ben Affleck is Batman, and Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman in a scene from “Justice League.”

‘Justice League’ a disappointing No. 1 as ‘Wonder’ surprises

The lackluster domestic turnout for “Justice League” raises new questions about the ability of Warner Bros. to effectively exploit its DC Comics characters.

In the third season of HBO’s “True Detective,” Carmen Ejogo will star as an Arkansas schoolteacher with a link to two missing children in 1980.

TV Critic’s Corner

HBO’s ‘True Detective’ will head to the Ozarks

In season 3, Carmen Ejogo will star as an Arkansas schoolteacher with a link to two missing children in 1980.

Julie Rhodes is no longer the music scene’s best-kept secret

If not for a fortuitous meeting, the Woburn native might still be singing in her car instead of on the stage.

Miguel and his great-grandmother figure prominently in “Coco.”

Movie Review

Afterlife lessons in ‘Coco’

The new Pixar film journeys south of the border and into a fluorescent Day of the Dead setting.

DeWanda Wise stars in the new Netflix series, “She’s Gotta Have It,” adapted from the 1986 film by its director Spike Lee.

Television Review

‘She’s Gotta Have It’ still has it

Spike Lee has adapted his breakthrough film into a 10-episode Netflix series.

Director Ilyse Robbins (center) with Jennifer Ellis and Sam Simahk at a rehearsal for “She Loves Me.”


You’ve got mail, and the makings of a romance in ‘She Loves Me’

“It’s not your typical love story, which is why it’s my favorite musical,” says Ilyse Robbins, who is directing the production at the Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham.

Josh Gondelman

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Josh Gondelman

A joke from the comic, who plays Laugh Boston Friday and Saturday.

Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey, are producing a 10-episode religious drama called “Messiah” that will be available on Netflix in 2019.

TV Critic’s Corner

Mark Burnett’s ‘Messiah’ poses the ultimate what-if

The producer’s scripted series for Netflix is about the modern world’s response to a man who claims to be the Messiah.

George Clooney

TV Critic’s Corner

Clooney signs on to a ‘Catch-22’ miniseries

The actor will star in and direct the six-episode TV series.

Denzel Washington in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Movie Review

In ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ the one name that matters is Denzel

The film is mostly a character study in search of a plot, but since it’s Denzel Washington playing the character, you don’t much mind.

Andris Nelsons leading pianist Martin Helmchen and the BSO last week.


BSO’s Andris Nelsons says sexual harassment isn’t a problem in classical music

Nothing to see here, says the conductor.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: Drumstick and Wishbone, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate 'wingman,' are introduced during an event hosted by The National Turkey Federation at the Williard InterContinental November 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. One of the 40-pound fowl will be presented to U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday, when he will ceremoniously 'pardon' the turkey. Both of the 20-week-old birds will then reside at their new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A brief history of turkeys living large at a swanky D.C. hotel — and one pardon gone wrong

This isn’t the first year the National Thanksgiving Turkey and his alternate “wingman” have stayed at the Willard InterContinental.

Dan Stevens (left, as Charles Dickens) and Christopher Plummer (right, as Ebenezer Scrooge) in “The Man Who Invented Christmas.”

Movie Review

‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ shows how ‘A Christmas Carol’ came to be written

The PG-rated biopic — starring Dan Stevens of “Downton Abbey” — is sufficiently heavy on whimsy, yet there’s also a fair amount of darker material.

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, actor Harrison Ford poses for photographers during the photo call for 'Blade Runner 2049' in London. Police tell the Ventura County, Calif. Star newspaper that Ford and others helped a woman involved in an accident on Nov. 19, 2017, out of her car before first responders arrived. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

Harrison Ford comes to the rescue after car accident

The actor came to the real-life rescue of a woman who was involved in a car accident north of Los Angeles.

Actor Armie Hammer.


Armie Hammer says Casey Affleck’s Oscar is the result of a Hollywood double standard

The actor said Affleck was able to win despite past harassment allegations, while director Nate Parker’s career is in ruins after a long-ago rape allegation.

Heather Unruh on “Megyn Kelly Today.”


Heather Unruh on Spacey allegations: ‘He strikes when they least expect it’

The former WCVB-TV anchor appeared on “Megyn Kelly Today” to talk about actor Kevin Spacey’s alleged sexual assault of her son.

A portrait of the Queen and Prince Philip to mark the couple’s 70th wedding anniversary.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip celebrate 70th anniversary

Britain is marking the 70th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip with a peal of bells, a set of portraits and some commemorative stamps.

Diana Ross performed Sunday at the American Music Awards.

Amid tumultuous year, musicians unite at American Music Awards

The night was filled with positive vibes and American pride.


Cherry Bombe gathers local women in food for a night of talk and tastings

The event was a stop on the biannual magazine’s multicity book tour, celebrating its October release, “Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook,” from publisher Clarkson Potter.

Ken Burns has launched a website called UNUM that supplements his film work.

TV Critic’s Corner

Lots more Ken Burns, just a few clicks away

The documentary filmmaker has launched a website called UNUM that supplements his film work with videos, books, podcast excerpts, and tweets.

From left: Robert and Susan Schechter, Ashley Karger, Wesley Karger, Paul Karger, and Carole Charnow at the Wonder Ball.


Wonder Ball raises $600,000 for Children’s Museum

The funds raised support access to the museum for children with economic, physical, or developmental challenges.

John Mayer (left) and Jimmy Fallon performed during Saturday’s Comics Come Home 23 show at TD Garden.


A familiar, comfortable feel at Comics Come Home

Saturday’s fund-raiser for The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care featured a surprise jam with Denis Leary, Jimmy Fallon, and John Mayer.

Demi Lovato brings Danica Roem, history-making transgender candidate, to the AMAs

Demi Lovato is “Sorry Not Sorry” for bringing a tinge of politics to the red carpet of the American Music Awards.

Mr. Tillis’s resonant baritone was suited to both traditional country and pop-leaning material.

Mel Tillis, 85, country star known for his songs and his stutter

Mr. Tillis wrote such hits as “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” on his way to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Kay Hanley leads Letters to Cleo in concert at the Paradise.


At the Paradise, Letters to Cleo revisits ‘Go!’ in all its pop-punk glory

The Boston-bred rockers finished their three-night stand of live performances of three albums from their 1990s glory days.