Holiday Arts Preview 2018

Holiday arts preview 2018

// Best things to see, do this holiday season

From dancing sugarplums to a musical “Grinch,” there’s a bounty of theater, music, TV, and other attractions to enjoy.

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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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John Martin’s 1828 “The Deluge” is part of “Before the Deluge” at Yale.

Art Review

Visions of rising waters, at Yale

The art exhibit “Before the Deluge: Apocalyptic Floodscapes from John Martin to John Goto, 1789 to Now” reminds us that floods have frightened and obsessed people for centuries.

@Large | Michael Andor Brodeur

How memes help the Internet stay human

Humor — especially opaque, absurd humor — has long been one of humanity’s go-to methods for reclaiming its bearings in uncertain times.

Julia Roberts in season one of the Amazon series “Homecoming.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Julia Roberts won’t return to ‘Homecoming’

The drama was given two seasons right off the bat from Amazon. But Roberts signed on for only one of them, and she has decided to let that be her last.

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

These teen sex comedies have more than one thing on their mind

Netflix’s “Sex Education” and Hulu’s upcoming “PEN15” are reinventing the hormone-fueled genre.

Producer Jason Solowski and his wife Boston 25 Anchor Kerry Kavanaugh welcomed a baby girl.


Boston 25 anchor Kerry Kavanaugh welcomes a baby girl

Kavanaugh gave birth to a baby girl early Tuesday morning, announcing the news that evening on Instagram.

“Angel Woman, Sonora Desert (Mujer Angel, Desierto de Sonora)” (1979)

Photography Review

At the MFA, the pure profusion of Graciela Iturbide

An extraordinary show features nearly 140 works by the Mexican photographer.

Colton Underwood and Aly Raisman attend the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year ceremony in December 2016 in New York.

‘Bachelor’ Colton Underwood says Aly Raisman was his ‘first love’ and his biggest heartbreak

Underwood dated the Olympic champion and Needham native in 2016 and 2017.

Old-fashioned tech deployed in “The End of TV” includes overhead projectors, shadow puppetry, and live-action silhouettes.

Stage Review

Projecting lives of quiet desperation in ArtsEmerson’s ‘The End of TV’

Manual Cinema, the innovative troupe behind “Ada/Ava,’’ returns with another spellbinder.

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

Chris Evans is part of a major cast for an upcoming Netflix film

The Sudbury native will appear in the forthcoming “Midwestern gothic” film “The Devil All the Time.”

Tomasz Kot in a scene from “Cold War.”

Ty Burr

Putting it in black and white

Movies don’t always have to be in color.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: Country singer Kacey Musgraves performs for her Spotify Premium fans at London's historic Spencer House on March 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images for Spotify)

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘The End of TV,’ the future of tap, and a high probability of French toast

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

Mitchell Zuckoff


Former Globe reporter’s new book is a ‘comprehensive’ look at Sept. 11

Mitchell Zuckoff’s “Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11” will be released this spring.

Andrew Bering in “Who Will Write Our History.”

doc talk | peter keough

Doc Talk: The Warsaw Ghetto, World War I, Native American rock stars, coal’s hidden cost

Previews of four upcoming documentaries. 

The Lucas brothers left law school to pursue a comedy career together.

There’s no law that said the Lucas Brothers couldn’t crack comedy

Dropping out of law school was the best thing that ever happened to the twins, whose careers as a comedy duo are blossoming.

Humphrey Jennings’s “Fires Were Started” is part of the Harvard Film Archives series “Poets of Pandaemonium: The Cinema Of Humphrey Jennings and Derek Jarman.”

In Focus: Divergent documentarians at the HFA

Harvard Film Archive retrospective of Humphrey Jennings and Derek Jarman reveals common themes, iconography, and cinematic structure.

From left: Matthew McConaughey, Jason Clarke, and Djimon Hounsou in “Serenity.”

Going fishing with Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in ‘Serenity’

The movie is Steven Knight’s first writing-directing effort since the acclaimed “Locke” (2013).

For singer-actress Christine Ebersole, a career with a full range of notes

The two-time Tony winner — whose credits span “Camelot’’ (opposite Richard Burton) to “Saturday Night Live’’ to “Grey Gardens” — is set to appear in Boston on Jan. 26.

Lindsay Crouse will provide live narration for a silent classic at Arlington’s Regent Theatre.

Scene here | Local films, festivals, and faces

Scene Here: ‘Roma’ goes wide, ‘Peter Pan’ gains a voice

Local screen events of note.

Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo’s ruminations on the immigrant experience led him to ‘The Crossing’

The Texan’s song cycle tells the story of two young friends in search of an America they’ve heard about in rock ’n’ roll songs and books.

Mary Oliver in 2010.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver dies at 83

Oliver’s rapturous odes to nature and animal life brought her critical acclaim and popular affection.

Gil Rose is BMOP’s founder and artistic director.

Classical notes | David Weininger

A fantastical ‘message in a bottle,’ now an opera with BMOP

The company is performing Charles Wuorinen’s opera “Haroun and the Sea of Stories,” based on Salman Rushdie’s 1990 children’s novel.

Big Plans

5 things to do in Boston this long weekend

Here are ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city this weekend.

Guitar whiz Tommy Emmanuel could play all day

Hailed by fellow musicians as one of the very best in the business, the Australian plays two shows with John Knowles at City Winery this weekend.

Tomasz Kot and Joanna Kulig in “Cold War.”

Movie Review ★ ★ ★ ★

In ‘Cold War,’ love collides with geopolitics

Oscar-winning director Pawel Pawlikowski’s film is both romance and elegy.

The Trump International Hotel in Washington.

Watchdog says agency ignored emoluments in approving Trump hotel lease

A report says the General Services Administration improperly ‘‘ignored’’ the US Constitution when it green-lit President Trump’s management of his Washington hotel after his 2016 election.

“Hollow Point 101,” part of the Nancy Baker Cahill exhibit at Boston Cyberarts Gallery.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Thrills and possibilities as artist ventures into digital realms

Los Angeles artist Nancy Baker Cahill, who grew up in Boston, invites viewers to step inside her works using virtual reality, and take them out in the world using augmented reality. 

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New book by former New York Times editor Jill Abramson sparks online chatter

“Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts” has drawn intense attention.

From left: Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Leslie Jones in Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” reboot from 2016.


A new ‘Ghostbusters’ is coming, this one co-written and directed by Jason Reitman

The movie will reportedly take place in the same universe as the original 1984 blockbuster, which was directed by Ivan Reitman, Jason’s father.

Frankie Shaw (right) with Rosie O’Donnell in “SMILF.”

Television Review

In the new season of ‘SMILF,’ Frankie Shaw raises her game

In the Boston-based show, the series’ showrunner and star goes deeper to shape one of the most authentic portraits of a single mother on TV.

From far left: Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, and Bruce Willis in “Glass.”

Movie Review

With ‘Glass,’ M. Night Shyamalan makes a comeback — partway

The director’s latest, starring Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, and Samuel L. Jackson, completes a trilogy begun with “Unbreakable.”

(FILES) In this file picture taken on September 19, 2017 Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen looks on during a meeting of the Global Pact for the Environment at the United Nations headquarters in New York. - Brazil's Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias on January 14, 2019 slammed supermodel Gisele Bundchen, fervent defender of the environment, for allegedly criticizing the country in environmental matters


Brazilian official blasts Gisele Bundchen for her environmental activism

Brazil’s agriculture minister, Tereza Cristina Dias, said during an interview on a conservative Brazilian radio station that the supermodel should “not go around criticizing” the country.

Steve Carell reportedly may make more than $1 million per episode of “Space Force.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Steve Carell enters Netflix’s orbit with a ‘Space Force’ spoof

He’ll team with Greg Daniels, creator of the American version of “The Office,” on a workplace comedy that centers on the people tasked with creating a sixth branch of the military.

Frankie Shaw in “SMILF.”

Frankie Shaw and Rosie O’Donnell address ‘SMILF’ misconduct allegations

Shaw, a Boston native, told the “Today” show that she is “really grateful” that she can “take these lessons of being a more aware and attuned showrunner moving forward.”

book review

The grinding fear and stress of a homeless mother

Stephanie Land’s memoir is “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive’’

Krystal Hernandez (left) plays a teen whose mom — played by Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda — faces possible deportation in “Miss You Like Hell.”

Stage Review

In ‘Miss You Like Hell,’ hitting the road with everything on the line

Summer L. Williams directs a musical about an undocumented immigrant who travels across the country with her teen daughter to a court hearing.

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018 file photo, Steve Carell arrives at the premiere of


Steve Carell starring in, executive producing workplace comedy about ‘Space Force’

Steve Carell and Greg Daniels, creators of “The Office,” are producing a space workplace comedy for Netflix.

From left: James “Murr” Murray, Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, and Brian “Q” Quinn.

For the four pals behind ‘Impractical Jokers,’ every day is pranks-giving

The comedy team comes to TD Garden Sunday for a live, behind-the-scenes look at their show.

John C. Reilly (left) plays Oliver Hardy and Steve Coogan portrays Stan Laurel in “Stan & Ollie.”

Movie Review

The story behind the comedy in ‘Stan & Ollie’

Steve Coogan portrays Stan Laurel, John C. Reilly plays Oliver Hardy.

Mischa Barton in “The O.C.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Do series stars sink or swim after jumping ship?

With Emmy Rossum leaving Showtime’s “Shameless” at the end of the season, which starts Sunday, I’ve been thinking about whether or not other shows have survived such significant departures.

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Rihanna sues father over use of their last name for business

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles, Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, says that her father, Ronald Fenty, and his partner have violated her trademark and falsely suggested that their business, Fenty Entertainment, is affiliated with her.

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‘Family Guy’ producers say they are ‘trying to phase out’ gay jokes because the ‘culture is different’

In an interview with TVLine, executive producers Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin shared their thoughts on the shift in the long-running Fox comedy, created by Seth MacFarlane.

Ben Affleck, right, the director, writer, producer and star of

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s ‘City on a Hill’ to begin filming in Boston next month

The Showtime series is slated to be released in 2019.

Stage Review

Life lessons on a soccer field in Lyric Stage’s ‘The Wolves’

A. Nora Long directs a first-rate production of Sarah DeLappe’s play about a girls’ soccer team.

Soprano Kristine Opolais

Kristine Opolais withdraws from upcoming BSO performances

The soprano has pulled out of Dvorák’s “Stabat Mater,” conducted by BSO music director Andris Nelsons, Opolais’s former husband, though she is still slated to sing the title role in BSO concert performances of Puccini’s opera “Suor Angelica.”


Greater Boston author readings Jan. 13-19

A weekly calendar of literary events.

The Netflix Inc. app is displayed for a photograph on an Apple Inc. iPad mini tablet compute.

Netflix raising prices for 58 million US subscribers

The streaming company’s most popular plan will see the largest hike, to $13 per month from $11.