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.

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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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Alleged IS supporter accused of urging Prince George attack

An alleged supporter of the Islamic State group is on trial in Britain accused of encouraging attacks on 4-year-old Prince George.

AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT Mandatory Credit: Photo by BEN RUSHTON/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9454843h) Ai Weiwei Ai Weiwei presents Law of the Journey, 2017, Sydney, Australia - 12 Mar 2018 Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei poses for a photograph in front of his installation 'Law of the Journey, 2017', featuring a giant inflatable boat filled with people wearing life-jackets made from PVC, ahead of the 21st Biennale of Sydney at Cockatoo Island, Sydney, Australia, 12 March 2018.


Artist-activist Ai Weiwei to visit Provincetown in July

He will have an exhibition at — and receive an award from — the Fine Arts Work Center.

Pic of Markle as chocolate-covered marshmallow causes stir

A German confectionery company has apologized for tweeting a picture of a chocolate-covered marshmallow dressed up as bride Meghan Markle at her wedding to Prince Harry.

Members of the Blue Man Group mimic Ursula the fur seal at the New England Aquarium.


Seal of approval for Blue Man Group

The performers got to meet Ursula, a northern fur seal, at New England Aquarium.

Honorees Andrew Dreyfus and Mala Rafik (left) with Liz Walker and Hall of fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley.

Boston Health Care for the Homeless honors two

Andrew Dreyfus, CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and attorney Mala Rafik were feted at the Medicine That Matters gala at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.

Album Review

Chvrches go big on ‘Love Is Dead’  

The trio is a shinier version of themselves on their third album, sacrificing some lyrical substance in the process. 

Mark Wahlberg envisions a new “Captain Kangaroo.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Mark Wahlberg: O Captain Kangaroo! My Captain!

The actor wants to bring back the children’s classic.

Sometimes future headliners are hidden in the small print

When Twenty One Pilots, Kendrick Lamar, and Portugal. The Man first played Boston Calling, somebody else was topping the bill.

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6 things that will make your Boston Calling experience easier

Here are a half-dozen conveniences that should make the experience more satisfying for concertgoers.

Paramore is scheduled to hit the stage at 8:05 p.m. on Friday.


Too many choices at Boston Calling? Here’s some help.

A day-by-day guide to the musical highlights of Boston Calling.

The Ferris Wheel, even taller than the one at last year’s Boston Calling, will be a big attraction again.

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Your Boston Calling 2018 ‘must do’ list

Six things to eat, drink, see, and do.

Organizers aim for shorter lines and better sound

Boston Calling’s inaugural year at the Harvard Athletic Complex presented new problems the festival hopes to alleviate this year.

Sarah Silverman.


Sarah Silverman defends Louis C.K.

The comedian says her “brother” ought to be able to continue working.

Natalie Dormer stars as Hester Appleyard in Amazon’s “Picnic at Hanging Rock.”

Television review

Amazon’s ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ is a transfixing tale

There’s something spectacularly mesmerizing about Natalie Dormer in this new limited series, playing a shrewd, twisted, petty, vengeful English headmistress of a girls’ school in the Australian bush.

From left: Brian Dennehy, Saoirse Ronan, Jon Tenney, Glenn Fleshler, Barbara Tirrell, and Mare Winningham in “The Seagull.”

Movie review

The Seagull’ has great performances but never takes wing

This fussy, over-directed adaptation of the Anton Chekhov play about lost souls at a country estate at least has an excellent cast.

Nadya Tolokonnikova (left) of Pussy Riot performs during a festival in Mexico City.

Punk and protest from Pussy Riot, Putin’s least favorite band

The all-female performance-art group, whose members have served jail time in Russia, is wrapping up its first US tour at Boston Calling.

Billy Howle and Saoirse Ronan in “On Chesil Beach.”

Movie Review

A love letter that’s written in the sand

In “On Chesil Beach, “ repression never hurt so good as it does in the indie drama casting Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle as dewy honeymooners in 1962 England.

From left: Leon Vitali, Stanley Kubrick, and Jack Nicholson in a scene from the documentary “Filmworker.”

Movie Review

‘Filmworker’ pays attention to the man behind the curtain

A welcome documentary about an invisible assistant to genius: Leon Vitali, who gave up an acting career to serve as director Stanley Kubrick’s personal assistant.

“White House,” from the Lidzie Alvisa and Donis Llago’s show “Transparent?”at A R E A.


At A R E A, it’s transparency and reflection

Lidzie Alvisa and Donis Llago take a different perspective on authority.

This is an image taken at the end of June 2017 at Kensington Palace in London.

Alleged IS supporter accused of urging Prince George attack

An alleged supporter of the Islamic State group is on trial in Britain accused of encouraging attacks on 4-year-old Prince George.

Michael Rotondo, left, sits during an eviction proceeding in Syracuse, N.Y., brought by his parents, Mark and Christina, of Camillus. The two parents confer with their lawyer, Anthony Adorante, in the court gallery behind. Rotondo told the judge Tuesday, May 22, 2018, he knows his parents want him out of their Camillus home, near Syracuse. But he argued he’s entitled to six months more time. (Douglass Dowty /The Syracuse Newspapers via AP)

Parents go to court to boot 30-year-old son from home

In a real-life case of “Failure to Launch,” an upstate New York judge Tuesday ordered a 30-year-old man to move out of his parents’ house after they went to court to have him ejected.

Philip Roth.

Philip Roth, 85, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist

Mr. Roth won the Pulitzer for fiction in 1998 for his book “American Pastoral.”

“Untitled (11)” is part of Kevin Beasley’s show of sculptures and sound at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Art Review

At the ICA, Kevin Beasley alchemizes dark histories

The artist uses sculpture and sound to magical, and unnerving, effect.

Producer John Wells says he has no plans to revisit ”ER” (above) or “The West Wing.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Don’t expect an ‘ER’ or ‘West Wing’ revival

Producer John Wells says he’s not going to succumb the recent TV trend.

From left: Jennifer Ellis, Rob Karma Robinson, Benjamin Evett, and John Shuman in “Madame Defarge.”

Stage Review

Gloucester Stage’s ‘Madame Defarge’ can’t knit together a compelling story

A world premiere of a musical inspired by “A Tale of Two Cities’’ gets tangled up in narrative knots.

From left: Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, and Mindy Kaling at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


PR campaign starts for all-female ‘Ocean’s 8’ spinoff

The actresses posed for pics in New York Tuesday.

Tom Brady has claimed that he downs between 12 and 25 bottles of water a day.


Is TB12’s hydration theory all wet?

Scientists at McGill University say overhydrating can cause serious problems.

Laura Dern in “The Tale.”

Television review

From a too-painful truth, a riveting ‘Tale’

You will likely feel queasy and somewhat unsettled during “The Tale,” a beautifully made HBO film that directly addresses the sexual abuse of children.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day.

Thing Tank

From Harry and Meghan to Donald and Fred

A review of the week in things.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Saudi Arabia have detained at least 10 women’s rights activists. The arrests are seen as a possible crackdown against dissent in the kingdom.

Arrested Saudi activists held incommunicado since last week

At least 10 women’s rights activists — seven women and three men — are being held without any access to lawyers, according to people familiar with the arrests.

Annie Hoffman (left), Sonia Sturino, and Cam Jones of Weakened Friends.

Weakened Friends share a van, a house, and an indie attitude

Good things keep happening for the Portland, Maine, band, who’ll be performing at Boston Calling Sunday.

The Watershed’s inaugural exhibition will showcase several works by video artist Diana Thater, including “Delphine.”

A Watershed event for the ICA

Visitors to the Institute of Contemporary Art will be able to take a water taxi across the harbor to the museum’s newest outpost: the Watershed, an artist’s project space in East Boston that opens on July Fourth.

Orlando Baxter


Laugh Lines: Orlando Baxter

A joke from the comic, who plays Nick’s Comedy Stop Friday and Saturday.

File-This June 1, 2017, file photo, author Stephen King speaks at Book Expo America in New York. There’s a whiff of horror about PEN America’s new Literary Service Award winner, it’s Stephen King. The literary and human rights organization will honor King with the award May 22 at the American Museum of Natural History. His new novel, “The Outsider,” is also published on that date. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)


Stephen King on sharks, Little League, and his new novel, ‘The Outsider’

On a regular day, the bad ideas will float away, but the good ones will stick around, King said.

Steven Martin is Tinman, Elle Borders is Scarecrow, Brandon G. Green is Cowardly Lion, and Salome Smith is Dorothy in “The Wiz.”

Stage Review

An exuberant journey down the yellow brick road in ‘The Wiz’

Directed by Dawn M. Simmons, the Lyric Stage production showcases the 1975 musical’s enduring appeal.

Molly Shannon


Molly Shannon to be honored at Provincetown film fest

The comedian-actress will receive the Excellence in Acting Award, and the dramedy “Wild Nights With Emily,” in which she stars, will open the festival.

Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo and Joonas Suotamo is Chewbacca in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,

Movie review | ★ ★ ½

‘Solo’ turns an iconic character’s backstory into a decent B-movie

Alden Ehrenreich has the swagger and the sarcasm; he rents the role nicely from the man who still owns it.

Soccer star Brandi Chastain was honored by the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame with this plaque, which is going to be redone.


Soccer star Brandi Chastain honored with plaque that doesn’t quite look like Brandi Chastain

As you might imagine, social media was eager to mock the award.

A woman left a hand-written message on a “tree of hope” in Manchester, England. Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of a deadly bombing in the city following an Ariana Grande concert; 22 people were killed.

Ariana Grande offers message of hope on anniversary of concert bombing

A bomb went off after Grande’s concert in Manchester, England, on May 22, 2017, killing 22 people.

Richard Goodwin at his home in Concord.

Richard Goodwin, 86, Kennedy speechwriter and husband to Doris Kearns Goodwin

Mr. Goodwin died Sunday evening at his home in Concord. His wife said he died after a brief bout with cancer.

Will McGarrahan and Leigh Barrett (pictured in “Souvenir”) were among the night’s big winners.

17 theater companies take a bow at the Norton Awards

Top honors went to the Lyric Stage Company, Underground Railway Theater, and the Boch Center Shubert Theatre, with three prizes each.

Rachel Brosnahan in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which has been renewed for two more seasons.

TV Critic’s Corner

Expect much more from ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

The Amazon dramedy has been renewed for two more seasons, the first of which is due later this year.

Louise Lasser starred as the titular character in “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Why Mary Hartman shouldn’t be forgotten

She was played indelibly by Louise Lasser, who made Mary’s stupor of detachment both pathetic and funny.

“Sometimes I have to pinch myself because I can’t believe it’s been 10 years,” said Diane Paulus, artistic director of American Repertory Theater.

Paulus’s 10th season to include a revue of ART’s greatest hits

The 2018-19 season announced Monday also features three world premieres, a contemporary “Othello,” and “Barber Shop Chronicles,” from England.

names -- Michael Chiklis at BU commencement (Handout)


Chiklis tells BU grads art is more vital than ever

“The Shield” star graduated 33 years ago.

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen at the Met Gala.


Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are selling their New York apartment

If you have a spare $13.95 million, it’s all yours.