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.

Special section

// 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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A display of Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” at a London bookstore last month.


‘Fire and Fury’ author Michael Wolff to headline Boston event

The controversial book has topped The New York Times best sellers list since Jan. 5.

Longtime Boston news anchor Christa Delcamp joins NBC10

Delcamp, who worked at WHDH-TV (Channel 7) for 14 years, is slated to join the morning news team at NBC 10 on Wednesday.

Risa Puno’s installation is made up of spinnable wooden blocks engraved with traditional Chinese characters and texts from stories gathered from the Chinatown community.


‘Year of the Dog’ installation comes to Chinatown Park

The piece by Risa Puno is made up of spinnable wooden blocks, engraved with traditional Chinese characters and texts from stories gathered from the Chinatown community.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft with girlfriend Ricki Noel Lander and rapper Snoop Dogg before the NBA All-Star Game Sunday night in Los Angeles.


Kraft was courtside at NBA All-Star Game

The Patriots owner mingled with some of Hollywood’s biggest names before tip-off.

Foreground (from left): Deb Libera, Norm Abram, Ken Burns, and Sarah Ramsey at Old Sturbridge Village.


‘This Old House’ master carpenter feted

Norm Abram received the Ken Burns Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his distinguished career as a master carpenter and author.

Music review

Sincerity and fervor in Odyssey Opera’s production of Honegger’s ‘Joan of Arc’ oratorio

On Saturday night in Sanders Theatre, the young company performed the penultimate offering in its Joan of Arc-themed season. 


Blue Man Group on ice at City Hall

The performance was the kickoff for a week of entertainment at the Charles Playhouse for school vacation week.

Harry Connick Jr. is set to star in a stage musical version of the 1973 movie “The Sting.”

TV Critic’s Corner

End of the road for Harry Connick Jr.’s talk show

It has been a tough market, with the likes Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira, and Anderson Cooper failing in their own efforts to find footing in what fancy folks call the daytime space.

Elisabeth Moss in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ faces some challenges in season 2

How do you equal or beat such a tightly written and wildly praised first season, and where do you take the story as you move further and further from the original book?

From left: Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) in a scene from the new release “Black Panther.”

Celebrity News

‘Black Panther’ blows away box office with $192m weekend

The Marvel film was the fifth-highest-grossing debut ever, not adjusting for inflation.

Fergie performed the national anthem before Sunday’s NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles.

Fergie’s unusual national anthem rendition before NBA All-Star game widely panned

The Grammy Award-winning singer’s raspy interpretation of “The Star-Spangled Banner” did not go over well with many.

Noel Gallagher (shown in Hungary in 2016) brought his High Flying Birds to the Boston Opera House Saturday.

Music review

Noel Gallagher and High Flying Birds do their jobs, as usual

The architect behind Oasis delivered a workmanlike show with his band at the Boston Opera House, but that was more than enough.

Elsa from “Frozen” is among the performers in “Dare to Dream.”

Stage Review

At Disney on Ice’s ‘Dare to Dream,’ girls rule

It’s fascinating to follow the evolution of the independent woman through Disney’s eyes, on skates no less.

A scene from Marvel Studios'

‘Black Panther’ blows away box office with $192m weekend

The Marvel film was the fifth-highest-grossing debut ever, not adjusting for inflation.

Clarke Peters of “The Wire” and “Treme” will appear in “Love Is ___,” on OWN.

TV Critic’s Corner

For old favorite Clarke Peters, a new role

The actor has just signed onto a new hourlong dramedy called “Love Is ___,” which will appear on OWN.

As an author, Mr. Bennett chronicled civil rights.

Lerone Bennett Jr., 89, former editor of Ebony magazine

Mr. Bennett also took on national roles, including as a member of President Bill Clinton’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Drake touts giveaways, urges fans to do something nice, too

Drake wants to spread the love, and he’s challenging his fans to do the same.


Boston business trio buy Vineyard doughnut shop

But Back Door Donuts won’t change much.

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, shown warming up before a game against the Heat in Miami in November 2017.

Kyrie Irving talks flat Earth yet again

The Celtics guard was on with Jimmy Kimmel.

The teen authorities say killed several people at a Florida high school excelled in an air-rifle marksmanship program supported by a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation.

Money flowing to gun control groups as manufacturers struggle

The teenager who authorities say killed 17 people at the Florida high school excelled in an air-rifle marksmanship program supported by a grant from the NRA.

Jacques Lacombe leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra Thursday evening at Symphony Hall.

Music Review

Jacques Lacombe leads ‘Daphnis and Chloé’ in BSO subscription debut 

The Canadian conductor’s program included works by Ravel and Debussy.

Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream. Pictured: Moana.

7 school vacation week ideas for the kids

February Vacation Week has arrived and, as a parent, you have two goals: To keep the kids entertained — and flu free. So pack some hand sanitizer and head out.

Aaron Hernandez in court in 2013.

Company working on Aaron Hernandez movie seeks restraining order because of alleged threats

Rights to Hernandez’s story at issue.


Bergeron swaps his hockey stick for a paddle

The Bruins stellar center hosted a benefit for Floating Hospital for Children.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 13, 2017 Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards in Brooklyn, New York. Raisman has appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for the second-straight year, only this time she is doing it with an empowering message of survival. Raisman, who is dedicating her time to fighting sexual abuse, is shown posing with the words


Raisman responds to ‘devastating’ accusations of hypocrisy for SI swimsuit issue

‘‘I can’t even tell you how many people have told me that when they were raped, they were asked, ‘Well, what were you wearing?’ ” the Needham gymnast told People magazine.

We asked several black writers: What book should all white Americans read? Here’s what they said

Suggestions from Henry Louis Gates Jr., Jesmyn Ward, William Julius Wilson, Claudia Rankine, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, and others.

Jimmy Kimmel.

Read Jimmy Kimmel’s emotional monologue that begs Trump to address gun control

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel delivered another tearful monologue Thursday after another mass shooting, one that killed 17 people at a high school in Florida.

Boston, MA- February 15, 2018: Organizer Khalida Smalls of Boston Anime Friday Crew greets guests for a screening of

At screening, moviegoers praise “Black Panther”

Among the eager moviegoers were Marvel fans and comic book enthusiasts, and those who have never opened a comic book — but the bulk of the audience were people of color.

Eleanor Roosevelt (left) with Lorena Hickok in July of 1933.

book review

A hidden chapter in FDR’s White House

Amy Bloom reimagines the poignant, complex love affair between patrician first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and ‘hayseed’ journalist Lorena Hickok

The members of the Thirsty Scholars reading group, started at the Somerville pub of the same name, are marking the end of their in-depth reading of “Finnegans Wake” by James Joyce.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Black historian traces her family’s move west; quaffing Joyce

Kendra Field settles in native-owned land in Oklahoma, and she braids black, Indian, and white histories

Steven Barkhimer and Mara Sidmore in Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s production of “Richard III,” at Swedenborg Chapel through March 11.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.


Greater Boston author readings Feb. 18-24

A weekly calendar of literary events.

FILE - FEBRUARY 15: Actors Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have split up after two years of marriage, according to the Associated Press. HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actors Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston arrive at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announce separation

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are separating after two and a half years of marriage.

Actress Audra McDonald


Audra McDonald receives MIT’s Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts

The six-time Tony Award-winning actress addressed 30 or so students with a talk titled “The Show Business I Know.”


Poppy, the uncanny valley girl

Exploring the user-generated wonder of the wildly popular and vaguely android YouTube apparition.

Tech Nomad

Tech Nomad: As apps get crowded out, browser extensions go mainstream

They are a mix of risk and reward.

Jeffrey Tambor will no longer play Maura Pfefferman.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Transparent’ will go on without Tambor

The actor, who won two Emmys for playing Maura Pfefferman, had been accused of misconduct, including sexual harassment.

Kevin Youkilis


Kevin Youkilis will tweet what he wants

A follower tells the former Red Sox player to “stick to baseball.”

Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in 2015.


Remember the Smashing Pumpkins? They’re reuniting for a gig at TD Garden

The original lineup hasn’t toured in 18 years.

Director Jordan Peele


‘Get Out’ director Jordan Peele has a free movie ticket for you

The filmmaker and Universal Pictures are teaming with AMC theaters for a special first-come, first-served ticket giveaway on the one-year anniversary of Peele’s hit film.

Rendering of the new Warby Parker store in the Seaport District.


Sort of a new look for Warby Parker

The look and feel of the newest Boston store of the eyewear-seller is a bit more contemporary.


Netflix’s high-priced talent could lose something in the deal

Super-producers Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rimes are getting megabucks to make new shows, but they’re running a risk, too.

The late Thomas Derrah will be honored by SpeakEasy Stage Company at it spring gala in April.


SpeakEasy Stage Company to honor Thomas Derrah

The late actor will receive an award named for late Mayor Tom Menino.

The view from the piazza at Winslow Homer Studio in Prouts Neck, Maine.


Portland Museum of Art adds to its Winslow Homer collection

A donation of a dozen works makes the museum’s collection even more impressive.

story behind the book | James Sullivan

Andrew Morton’s ‘Wallis in Love’: A darker look at Edward and Wallis

Andrew Morton’s “Wallis in Love” focuses on the life of the domineering late duchess of Windsor.

The CRASHfest bill includes the Zimbabwean band Mokoomba.

Music of a borderless world takes the stage at CRASHfest

The performers hail from as far away as Niger and as close by as Somerville, and all have the same goal: to make you dance.