Fall Arts Preview 2018

Fall arts preview 2018

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Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/spotlight-S_09159_rgb.jpg 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

Bill Cosby’s sentencing hearing begins Monday.

Bill Cosby’s accusers say they hope he is sentenced to jail time

Cosby, who was convicted of drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004, faces a sentencing hearing beginning Monday.

In this Sept. 20, 2018 photo, BHS Register editors, from left, Julia Shannon-Grillo, Halle Newman, Nataleigh Noble and Jenna Peterson stand outside the Burlington High School in Burlington, Vt. The students stood up to censorship in their student newspaper and won. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

High school journalists stand up to censorship — and win

Four Vermont high school journalists have gotten a lesson of a lifetime after they stood up to censorship in their school newspaper and won based on a new law.

Kara Shay Thomson as Queen Balkis in Odyssey Opera’s presenation of “La reine de Saba.”

Opera Review

After 150 years, a majestic Queen of Sheba arrives in America

Odyssey Opera launched its season in grand style with the US premiere of Charles Gounod’s “La reine de Saba.”

Quincy Jones

TV Critic’s Corner

On BET and Netflix, singing the praises of Quincy Jones

BET will air a concert marking the music icon’s 85th birthday, and Netflix has a new documentary out.

Trajal Harrell

Trajal Harrell lays bare the hootchy-kootchy in ‘Caen Amour’

“Caen Amour” imagines “a fictional encounter between early modern dance pioneer Loïe Fuller, butoh creator Tatsumi Hijikata, and Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo.”

Hank Green explores Internet, fame, isolation in debut novel

The newly-minted author spoke with the Globe on his new book, “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.” 

Shoppers check out the American Field pop-up.

hot ticket

Holiday shopping comes early this year

Pop-up market American Field arrives at the Seaport’s Innovation and Design Building, Sept. 29-30.

Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, and Michael Bivins of RBRM performing at the Boch Center Wang Theatre.

Music Review

RBRM retraces the steps that other boy bands followed

The older edition of the New Edition put on a dazzling show at the Wang.

FILE - In this June 22, 2018 file photo, former first lady Michelle Obama speaks at the American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans. Michelle Obama is marking the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by urging Americans to participate in a week of action to get people signed up to vote. The former first lady announced Monday that the When We All Vote Week of Action will be held Sept. 22-29. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


Michelle Obama’s book tour tickets sell fast

Within an hour, the majority of spots in the 19,600-seat TD Garden arena were sold out.

Boston, MA - 02/23/17 - Producing artistic director of the Lyric Stage Spiro Veloudos recently lost a leg to diabetes. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (Don Aucoin) Topic: (27spiro)

Lyric Stage to take City Stage under its wing

The longtime children’s theater company and the adult professional theater company have announced plans to merge.

On Saturday, the family-friendly BostonFIG Fest showcases more than 100 independent game developers and their digital and tabletop creations.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Sept. 24-30

Family-friendly BostonFIG Fest, Cemetery Cinema at Mount Auburn, free Boston Pops concert, and more.

Members of the cast of “The Black Clown.” (Maggie Hall)


‘The Black Clown’ unveils America’s three-ring circus of racism

A.R.T.’s “The Black Clown” isn’t just a stirring performance of the Langston Hughes poem. From Botham Jean to Colin Kaepernick to Reginald Andrade, it’s the circus of racism in America.

Eric Hofbauer will be among the artists scheduled to perform at “Jazz Along the Charles.”

A jazzy serenade for a stroll on the Esplanade

The Celebrity Series has created a unique way to enjoy a Boston-centric set list from 25 artists and ensembles.

Chris Evans will also executive produce “Defending Jacob.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Chris Evans to star in Boston-centric miniseries ‘Defending Jacob’

The series will be an adaptation of the novel by Boston author William Landay.

Michael Moore sprays water from Flint, Mich., on the governor’s lawn in “Fahrenheit 11/9.”

★ ½ | Movie Review

Michael Moore takes on Donald Trump in incendiary film

“Fahrenheit 11/9” is Michael Moore’s latest polemical documentary, and it’s pretty awful.

TV’s new shows this fall, from binge to cringe

TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to the new shows debuting during television’s peak season.

Rapper Joyner Lucas.


Here are the nominees for this year’s Boston Music Awards

Carlisle-bred chanteuse Clairo, rising Worcester rapper Joyner Lucas, and Boston-based indie breakout Sidney Gish are among the artists vying for multiple awards.

@large | Michael Andor Brodeur

That hand symbol you’re seeing everywhere? Not OK

It’s a cheery, neighborly, borderline bumpkiny way to signal interpersonal affirmation, so naturally it’s been co-opted by racist trolls. 

book review

A horribly wounded Marine and a tottering marriage

National Book Award finalist Elliot Ackerman’s “Waiting for Eden” is a ghost story rooted in the particulars of war.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

A tennis great and an American hero

Raymond Arsenault, author of “Arthur Ashe: A Life,” points out that the tennis great was also an activist, philanthropist, and public intellectual.

21Riverside SpeakEasy Stage Company production of BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY. Tyrees Allen, Maureen Keiller and Lewis D. Wheeler. Credit: Nile Scott Studios

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Olivia Wilde and Oscar Isaac in “Life Itself.”

movie review

‘Life’ and death (lots and lots of death)

“Life Itself” takes romance in an unexpected direction.

Boston, MA - 10/04/2016 - Director Jim Petosa during a rehearsal of New Repertory Theatre's

Jim Petosa to step down from New Rep at season’s end

He also plans to relinquish his post at BU’s School of Theatre “to allow room for new artists to rise and lead.”

FILE - In this July 7, 2015, file photo, Marion Hugh

Suge Knight pleads to manslaughter over fatal confrontation

Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to voluntary manslaughter for running over and killing a Compton businessman.

Kristen Bell as the title character of “Veronica Mars.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Marshmallows haven’t seen the last of ‘Veronica Mars’

According to star Kristen Bell, who posted the news first on social media, Hulu has ordered eight new episodes of the series, which left the air in 2007.

Hal Ashby in the early 1970s.

Remembering one of the great ’70s directors, Hal Ashby

Amy Scott’s documentary about Ashby, “Hal,” serves as a welcome reminder for filmgoers of a certain age — and revelation for younger ones.

Marsha Mason will direct “Talisman Roses.”

With Mason and Plummer aboard, Tennessee Williams Festival to stage another premiere

“Talisman Roses,” a never-produced early play, is one of this year’s Provincetown festival highlights.

From top: Roger Minick’s “Woman With Scarf at Inspiration Point, Yosemite National Park, California”; Mark Klett’s “Contemplating the View at Muley Pt., Utah”; and Leon Levinstein’s “New York.”

Photography review

At the Addison, going back to the land

Excellent new shows at the Addison Gallery of American Art look at landscape and the body.


Southie native Deirdre Devlin takes home Emmy for ‘Robot Chicken’

“Robot Chicken” won the Outstanding Short Form Animated Program Emmy for its Christmas special.

From left: Eddie Hick, Tom Skinner, Shabaka Hutchings, and Theon Cross of Sons of Kemet.

Hutchings and Sons of Kemet flavor their jazz with just about everything

The music the British saxophonist and his band make together is ecstatically danceable, with healthy doses of reggae, soca, hip-hop, and other pop influences.

Jeremy Alliger, founder of Dance Umbrella.

Dance Umbrella’s adventurous legacy showcased in Emerson College exhibit

For two decades, Dance Umbrella treated New England audiences to some of the most exciting and adventurous contemporary dance around.

21hamilton Company -HAMILTON National Tour - (c) Joan Marcus.

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Hamilton,’ ‘Lizzie,’ Bobby, and Chick

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

Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald hears echoes of an earlier era, and it’s inspiring

The pop crooner talks about how his recent album came together, the artists whose records he’s wearing out, and keeping his remarkable voice in shape.

The cover for Michelle Obama’s book,


Tickets for Michelle Obama’s ‘intimate conversation’ at Boston’s TD Garden go on sale Friday

The former first lady’s book tour event — which comes to Boston Saturday, Nov. 24 — is shaping up to be the next must-see show in town.

Motion smoothing enhances the look of a sporting event, but can ruin the experience of watching a film like “Casablanca.”

Ty Burr

TV owners unite: Stop the Soap Opera Effect!

Many TVs have a setting that may be hazardous to movie watching.

Top: An image from “Do It Man.” Above: Johnny Rotten in “The Public Image Is Rotten.”

Doc Talk | Peter Keough

Celebrity Club remembered, Johnny Rotten celebrated

A festival in Southbridge, a documentary in Arlington. 

Kim Chambers in Kate Webber’s “Kim Swims.”

in focus

Creative resistance at the Boston Women’s Film Festival

The festival includes several documentary standouts.

Rufus Collins (left) and Mark Zeisler at a rehearsal for “Sherlock’s Last Case.”


Comedy is afoot in ‘Sherlock’s Last Case’

The Huntington Theatre production amplifies the more outrageous aspects of Holmes and Watson’s relationship to comic and chaotic effect.

Deborah Harkness


Deborah Harkness views books as tools, not artifacts

The historian’s latest novel finds vampires grappling with love and their supernatural lives.

The “Hamilton” touring production, now at the Boston Opera House.

Stage Review

‘Hamilton,’ the hit heard ’round the world, arrives in Boston (finally) with a bang

This exhilarating touring production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster serves notice that “Hamilton’’ is built to last.

Above: A pencil drawing titled “For a long time, they looked at the river beneath them.” Top right: A watercolor of Pooh from 1970.

Art REview

Winnie-the-Pooh at the MFA: a honey of a show

At the MFA, “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic” celebrates the children’s-book bear.

A scene from “Free Solo”

Put these standout documentaries from the Toronto film festival on your to-watch list

Look for “The Biggest Little Farm,” “Free Solo,” and “Maiden.”

Shin Lim is lifted into the air by Zurcaroh after winning “America’s Got Talent.”

Waltham magician Shin Lim wins ‘America’s Got Talent’ and the $1 million grand prize

Runner-up dance group Zurcaroh lifted him into the air after host Tyra Banks announced him as the winner of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”


Greater Boston author readings Sept. 23-29

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Newtonville Books

New England Literary news | Nina MacLaughlin

Another prize for Martín Espada; Newtonville Books turns 20; YA novel looks at Islamophobia

UMass Amherst poet and professor won an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, and earlier this year got Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.

Steve Auger in Zeitgeist Stage Company’s production of “Vicuña.”

Stage Review

Zeitgeist’s ‘Vicuña’ is a political satire tailored for these times

A Trump-like tycoon seeks the presidency in Jon Robin Baitz’s scorching play.