Summer Arts Preview 2018

Summer Arts preview

// The best in music, theater, art, TV, and more this summer

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

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“I’ve made myself a hate magnet,” Roseanne Barr said in her first interview since her controversial tweet.

‘I made myself a hate magnet,’ Roseanne Barr says in emotional interview

Barr said she definitely feels remorse for the tweet that prompted ABC to cancel the revival of “Roseanne.”

Donald Hall, shown in his childhood home in Wilmot, N.H., in 2006.


A life of love, poetry — and the Red Sox

Wesley McNair recalls Donald Hall, who was first a mentor and later a decadeslong friend.

Writers BeBe Winans (left) and Lisa D’Amour with director Charles Randolph-Wright.


BeBe Winans’s musical at Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre

Six-time Grammy award-winning BeBe Winans and Charles Randolph-Wright opened the curtain on their newest project, “Born for This.”

The cast of “Divas,” at the Boston Center for the Arts.

Stage Review

‘Divas’ is touching, funny, and fascinating

In OperaHub’s world premiere production of Laura Neill’s new play with music, nine renowned singers of the past sing to save themselves from oblivion.

David Simon attended the “Vice” Season 6 premiere in New York City in April.

TV Critic’s Corner

David Simon versus Twitter

Simon uses language that is simultaneously direct, brilliant, obscene, angry, and funny in equal measures.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by MONICA M. DAVEY/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9725777h) Zsa Zsa, an English Bulldog from Minnesota , wins the 2018 Worlds Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California, USA, 23 June 2018. The World's Ugliest Dog Contest has been going strong for over 30 years and is a testament that the pedigree does not define the pet. This world-renowned event celebrates the imperfections that make all dogs special and unique. Worlds Ugliest Dog Contest, Petaluma, USA - 23 Jun 2018

Zsa Zsa, the English bulldog, wins World’s Ugliest Dog title

A 9-year-old English bulldog was named the winner of the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area.

‘Game of Thrones’ co-stars Kit Harington, Rose Leslie wed

The couple married Saturday with a church service and a celebration at Leslie’s ancestral castle in Scotland.

TOPSHOT - US First Lady Melania Trump departs Andrews Air Rorce Base in Maryland June 21, 2018 wearing a jacket emblazoned with the words

It's a Thing

Signs of the times: From Melania’s jacket to Dunkin’ Donuts’ notice

A review of the week online.

Jonathan Friedland, chief communications officer, said on Twitter Friday that he’s stepping down from Netflix following “insensitive” comments he made to colleagues.

Netflix fires spokesman over his use of racial slur at work

Netflix Inc.’s top spokesman is leaving the company after using a racial slur in a work setting.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Model Gisele Bundchen looks on prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


Gisele was pretty pumped for Brazil’s dramatic World Cup win

Brazil left it late to get a win against Costa Rica in the World Cup on Friday, but it only made the celebration more sweet for Gisele Bundchen.


Tom Brady sings his heart out ‘in the name of love’ at U2 concert in Boston

The quarterback posted videos of his spirited singalong to Instagram.

Sara Gilbert and John Goodman will costar in the “Roseanne” spinoff “The Conners.”

TV Critic’s Corner

A wait-and-see approach on ‘The Conners’

The “Roseanne” spinoff series has gotten the go-ahead. The fictional family will return to ABC in the fall, with a 10-episode order and without Roseanne Barr.

East Boston, MA., 06/22/18, The interior of the new ICA exhibition space in East Boston called ICA Watershed. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

The ICA has arrived in Eastie. Here’s your first look inside

The Institute of Contemporary Art has opened an exhibition facility on the East Boston waterfront.

Photograph: “Bean’s Bottom,” 1991, silver dye bleach print, private collection. © Sally Mann.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, June 25-July 1

A photography exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum, Michael Che at The Wilbur, Summer Film Series, and more.

From left: The Edge, Bono, and Larry Mullen Jr. performing during U2’s concert Thursday at TD Garden.

Music Review

U2 hits TD Garden, and it’s not the same old song

The band focused on songs from their two most recent albums in the first of two sold-out shows in town.


Fighting breast cancer, open space in Medway, and RoboGirls

The statewide “Against the Tide” events at Hopkinton State Park raised $46,553 for breast cancer prevention.


A craft-making class, honors for a school’s past graduates, and a harbor cleanup

Take a piece of the beach home with you when you attend Bridgewater Library’s seascape window workshop.

book review

Meredith Goldstein is growing love in a lab

The Globe advice columnist’s new novel, “Chemistry Lessons,’ is a wise and moving YA story of love, loss, and organic chemistry.

The Story Behind the Book | Kate Tuttle

Why apes are so great?

In “Theory of Bastards” two evolutionary scientists bond over their work with bonobos, our closest simian relatives.


Greater Boston author readings June 24-30

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Artist Chris Stapleton performs at the 2018 CMA Music Festival at Nissan Stadium on Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Laura Roberts/Invision/AP) 24ticketfolk

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

14crit ROSEANNE - Iconic comedy series ÒRoseanneÓ returns to The ABC Television Network on Tuesday, March 27, at 8 p.m. EDT, with nine new episodes featuring the complete original cast - Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson. Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role. New cast joining the one-of-a-kind Conner family includes Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner. With fresh stories that tackle todayÕs issues and even more laughs from a brilliant cast and crew that havenÕt missed a beat, audiences old and new will celebrate the homecoming of AmericaÕs favorite working-class family. (ABC/Adam Rose) JOHN GOODMAN, SARA GILBERT 28WinterTV

ABC orders ‘Roseanne’ spinoff for fall minus Roseanne Barr

ABC, which canceled its “Roseanne” revival over its star’s racist tweet, says it will air a Conner family sitcom minus Roseanne Barr this fall.

This image released by Netflix shows Jonathan Groff in a scene from the 10-episode series,

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

A guide to good Netflix vs. bad Netflix

If it sometimes feels like you’re picking through a Filene’s Basement bin to find what you want, we’re here to help.

@Large | Michael Andor Brodeur

The official language of the US? It’s euphemism

The border child-separation controversy offers an uncomfortable look at how Americans say the unspeakable.

Clockwise from left: Tabitha Vevers’s “A Few Good Things,” Andrew Young’s “Plane Tree,” and Bruce Myren’s “Washington Elm (View #24) during a winter storm.”

Art review

Making art of root and branch, trunk and leaf in “Trees II”

The Gallery Kayafas exhibition celebrates arboreal art.

Jason Bateman and Laura Linney in Netflix’s “Ozark.”


If you haven’t watched ‘Ozark’ yet, start now

The second season of the Netflix crime drama starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney drops Aug. 31.

Summer reading for the ears

A sampling of recent and notable books on classical music.

Graciela Iturbide’s photograph “Casa de la Muerte” from 1975.

MFA makes major acquisition of work of Mexican photographer

It consists of 37 images by Graciela Iturbide.

Kelly Preston and John Travolta (center) as Victoria and John Gotti in “Gotti.”

Ty Burr

Gotta get a ‘Gotti’?

What do you get when you sign up for MoviePass? You get a lot of things, but last week you got “Gotti.” Which means you actually got got.

FOR FUTURE LIVING ARTS STORY Boston, Ma., 06/12/18, Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving has a movie coming out.

Pick and role: Kyrie Irving takes his talents to the big screen

The Celtics guard makes his movie debut in “Uncle Drew.”

Obehi Janice, Elle Borders, and Tiandra Ray in Janice's “It's So Hard to Date Around Boston Today.”


Performer’s Boyz II Men tribute about dating in Boston is hitting the Roxbury International Film Festival

Obehi Janice’s music video “It’s So Hard to Date Around Boston Today” was released online on Valentine’s Day.

A scene from “Solo,” which was scored by John Powell.

In new book, ‘Star Wars’ leitmotif-collecting Tufts professor explores wonder in film music

What makes epic film music sound so epic? Frank Lehman’s new book takes a shot at breaking it down.


Dessa makes music for the masses. If only the masses knew.

Mainstream success has eluded one of the most astute and inventive MCs working in pop music today.

Frank Turner

Frank Turner comes to town for six nights of not being a role model

The Brit is settling in at Royale for a week of shows, but please don’t hang on his every word.

Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie and Ben Foster play a daughter and father living off the grid outside Portland, Ore., in Debra Granik’s “Leave No Trace.”

Family bonds prevail in ‘Leave No Trace’

Debra Granik directs her first feature since “Winter’s Bone.”

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds, pictured with a speaker at the 2017 LoveLoud Festival in Utah.

In Focus

In Focus: ‘Believer’ aims to convert the faithful

A preview of the HBO documentary about the 2017 LoveLoud Festival

A scene from “American Jail”

DocTalk | peter Keough

Doc Talk: Prison reform, computer games, gay marriage, silent Super 8

Previews of an assortment of docunentaries.

“My Trail Dog” is part of the New York Cat and Dog Film Festival, which screens June 29-July 1 at the Regent Theatre, in Arlington.

scene here | local films, festivals, and faces

A film fest where the fur flies

The New York Cat and Dog Film Festival comes to the Regent Theatre, in Arlington.

The rumors are true: Ariana Grande and SNL’s Pete Davidson are engaged

Asked by Jimmy Fallon what it’s like to be engaged to the pop star, Davidson replied: “It’s [expletive] lit.”

Soccer tryouts in Lewiston Maine following the previous year’s winning season.

Netflix options story of Maine soccer team that welcomed refugees

The story of a group of Somali refugees who joined a largely white high school soccer team in Maine and helped lead it to the state championship could soon be a movie or TV series.

Globe Magazine

A pop quiz on pot in popular culture

Did you know about these marijuana references from songs, movies, and books?

Book review

Michael Chabon delves into the mysteries of raising children

In his new collection, “Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces,” the author explores what it means to be a parent.

Larry Mullen Jr, left, The Edge, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform during a concert at the Apollo Theater hosted by SiriusXM on Monday, June 11, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Things to Do

The Weekender: Bono, Beyoncé, Neko, and Hamlet

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

Lindsay Crouse (left) and Jennie Israel in “Dancing at Lughnasa.’’

Stage Review

A dance of regret in Gloucester Stage’s ‘Lughnasa’

Lindsay Crouse delivers another standout performance in “Dancing at Lughnasa,’’ Brian Friel’s Tony-winning drama of thwarted dreams.

Sienna Miller and Paul Rudd in “The Catcher Was a Spy.”

Movie Review

When baseball and espionage played on the same team

“The Catcher Was a Spy” is the real-life story of big leaguer Moe Berg.

A scene from “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Movie review | ★ ★ ½

The new ‘Jurassic World’ is kind of a Tyrannosaurus wreck

Dinosaurs, adorable and dangerous, are back in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”