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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Five things to do around Boston, Nov. 19-25

Mike Epps at the Wilbur, Echo & the Bunnymen at the Orpheum, Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction at MIT’s museum, and more.

Stan Lee in his office in Beverly Hills in 2004.

Ty Burr

Stan Lee helped trap us in eternal adolescence

Thanks in part to the Marvel Comics legend, Hollywood makes ridiculous money convincing audiences never to grow up. And why would we when the real world is such a disastrous mess?

Auction of paintings will help repair late artist Robert Indiana’s Maine home

The paintings — Ellsworth Kelly’s “Orange Blue” and Ed Ruscha’s “Ruby” — reaped over $6 million at Friday’s Christie’s auction.

Author Junot Diaz.


After investigation, Pulitzer Prize board announces Junot Diaz will remain as a member

The Pulitzer Prize board announced Friday it has found no reason to remove its former chairman, author Junot Diaz, after reviewing the complaints of women writers who alleged mistreatment by him.

Alex Alpharaoh wrote and stars in the solo show “WET: A DACAmented Journey,’’

Stage Review

Tracing an immigrant’s precarious journey in ‘WET’

Alex Alpharaoh’s solo show, presented by ArtsEmerson, recounts a life thrown into turmoil by President Trump’s attempt to rescind the DACA program.

Ingrid Michaelson.


Ingrid Michaelson is going to have herself a merry little Christmas

A holiday tour brings her to the Orpheum, where she’ll perform selections from her recent “Songs for the Season.”


Grouches are ‘Grinch’ actor Gavin Lee’s specialty

“I love the way audiences connect with these outcasts,” says the star of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical,” who also played Squidward in “SpongeBob SquarePants” on Broadway.

Ben Lamb and Rose McIver in “A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding.”


Surprise success of ‘Christmas Prince’ has Netflix planning a royal wedding

The stars of last year’s unlikely holiday hit hope its sequel resonates just as strongly with fans.

FILE--This is a 1963 portrait of U.S President John F. Kennedy. John F. Kennedy is


New John F. Kennedy Library initiative aims to show that a president’s ‘Words Count’

The Twitter handle @JohnFKennedy has been tweeting out quotes from President Kennedy every day.

Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison in February 1968, the year of the White Album’s release.

Ty Burr

Listening to the Beatles’ White Album, 50 years later

The album officially titled “The Beatles” gets a spectacular reissue.

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., walks to member-elect briefings on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

It’s a Thing

From a coat kerfuffle to Dog Cheese

A review of the week online.

BSO with Andris Nelsons conducting while premiering Ariel by HK Gruber, played on Trumpet by Hakan Hardenberger 15-11-2018 Symphony Hall Boston.

Music Review

Letting the trumpets sound at Symphony Hall

Andris Nelsons celebrates his 40th birthday this weekend, and the program reflects his trumpeter background.

TV Critic’s Corner

We’ll hear from Monica Lewinsky in ‘The Clinton Affair’

She is one of the interview subjects in the A&E series, which begins Sunday at 9 p.m.

ROBERT REDFORD (right) as Bob Woodward and DUSTIN HOFFMAN (left) as Carl Bernstein in the 1976 film

Here are some of the most memorable lines from movies written by William Goldman

Goldman authored such screenplays as “All the President’s Men,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” and “The Princess Bride.” He died Friday; he was 87.

Mischa Santora, Boston Ballet’s new music director, watches a rehearsal for “The Nutcracker.”


Conductor embraces the magic of ‘The Nutcracker’

Mischa Santora, Boston Ballet’s new music director, has never conducted the complete ballet. Now he’s diving into a score he calls “miraculous.”

Julian Schnabel in front of a portrait of Vincent van Gogh at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris in September.

From one painter to another: Julian Schnabel puts viewers in van Gogh’s footsteps

In “At Eternity’s Gate,” Willem Dafoe stars as Vincent van Gogh.

William Goldman.

William Goldman, Oscar-winning screenwriter who penned ‘All the President’s Men’ and ‘The Princess Bride’, dies at 87

Goldman summed up the mystery of making a box office hit by declaring ‘‘Nobody knows anything.”

Rob Delaney.


Rob Delaney honors his late son Henry with a special televised bedtime story

A popular BBC program, where celebrities such as Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom, and Dolly Parton read children’s books, will feature actor-comedian Rob Delaney Friday.

Oprah Winfrey (left) and UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney chatted Thursday at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.


Oprah Winfrey raises more than $3m for UMass Lowell scholarships

Winfrey commanded the stage all night long, speaking with UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, and offering uplifting words and humorous anecdotes.

Stan Lee, left, creator of


Stan Lee knew representation was a modern marvel

Stan Lee understood the superpower of representation and used his heroes to hold space for others.

When your little sister is a psycho

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s rich, dark debut recalls “Arsenic and Old Lace” — only in Nigeria


Always makes time to re-read Dickens

Journalist and historian Ben Macintyre’s newest book is “The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War.”

Jim Lee’s “Low Tide on the Bay of Fundy” is part of “Goldman and Lee: Shadow and Color” at Bromer Gallery.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

Writing stories that move like poems

Maryse Meijer’s latest work is “Northwood,” a novella set mostly in a remote forest cabin.

James Brown and his band at the Sugar Shack on Boylston Street in 1971.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

A history of Boston in flyers and posters and W.E.B. Du Bois’s data visualization

Boston music journalist Brian Coleman’s new book, “Buy Me, Boston,’’ is a kind of time capsule.

Greater Boston author readings Nov. 18-24

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Katherine MacGregor, the scheming Mrs. Oleson of 'Little House,' dies at 93

Ms. MacGregor played petty, gossiping mother Harriet Oleson on TV’s “Little House on the Prairie.”

This cover image released by Riverhead Books shows


Sigrid Nunez’s novel ‘The Friend’ wins National Book Award

Sigrid Nunez’s “The Friend,” a meditative novel about grief, books and, not least, a Great Dane named Apollo, has won the National Book Award for fiction.

Desiree Akhavan plays a politically committed lesbian who hides her bisexuality in “The Bisexual.”


In breaking down a stereotype, ‘The Bisexual’ goes where few shows have

Hulu’s British import from American writer, director, and actor Desiree Akhavan is as amiably engaging as it is enlightening.

@Large | Michael Andor Brodeur

What the Oxford Word of the Year list says in no certain terms

Reading between the lines of the Oxford Dictionary’s shortlist.

Amy Schumer


Amy Schumer cancels Dallas show, is hospitalized for nausea

The comedian-actress says she’s been hospitalized for severe second-trimester nausea and apologized to fans in Dallas for canceling a stand-up show.

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen will host their own holiday special “A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy.”


Holiday Arts Preview: TV picks

From a RuPaul “drag race” to Disney, an array of holiday specials for TV watchers.

Actor Matt Damon waits for Game 5 of the World Series baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers last month in Los Angeles.


Matt Damon talks about getting teary over the Red Sox

In a recent episode of “Off Camera with Sam Jones,” Matt Damon recalled how emotional he got when the Sox won the 2004 World Series — and what it was like watching them play the Dodgers.

“Kol and Annabell, Anoka County Fair, Minnesota, 2016”

Photography Review

At the Griffin, photo shows that visit the animal kingdom

Three exhibits at the Griffin Museum of Photography focus on the natural world, in ways so different each could be on a different planet.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge in “Fleabag.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Fleabag’ returns to the stage, with Waller-Bridge aboard

In 2019, the writer and actress will be appearing off-Broadway in the one-woman play she had adapted for TV.

BOSTON, 11/14/2018 - Mark Walhberg poses with


Mark Wahlberg: ‘It’s tough being a parent, but it’s extremely rewarding’

The Dorchester native talked about how his new film “Instant Family” was partially inspired by his own family.

The Tallis Scholars will perform Renaissance Christmas music at Harvard Square’s St. Paul Church on Dec. 7.

Classical Music

Holiday Arts Preview: Classical picks

From carols to cantatas, the classical sounds of the season.

Darlene Love

Pop Music

Holiday Arts Preview: Pop music picks

John Legend, Pentatonix, Michael McDonald, and Darlene Love are among the stars headlining holiday-themed concerts in the Boston area this season.

Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Wizards, womanizers, welterweights, and Welles

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

From left: Jesse Darden, Omar Ebrahim, and Sarah Womble .

Opera Review

‘Schoenberg in Hollywood’ is a composer biography like no other

Tod Machover’s intriguing new opera, receiving its world premiere from Boston Lyric Opera, presents Austrian modernist Arnold Schoenberg’s life story filtered through an American cinematic lens.

David Lau and Dorothea Vogel of the storied Gewandhaus Orchestra.


Getting into the Christmas spirit, with Bach

Led by Andris Nelsons, the BSO will be performing the composer’s Christmas Oratorio.

Vincent Ernest Siders and Caitlin Gjerdrum will appear in “A Christmas Carol” at Central Square Theater.


Holiday arts preview: Theater picks

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin’s guide to holiday-season stage productions, including “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,’’ “A Nightmare on Elf Street,’’ and “Black Nativity.’’

Déjà vu all over again: 1968 Harvard-Yale game

The surprising resonance of a legendary game in a troubled, riven time.

Poppy Miller (left) and Jamie Parker in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”


On Broadway, a wizard at midlife, a writer on the hot seat, and a Genie who refuses to be bottled up

Thinking of a theater-centric holiday trip? Here are some great reasons to head to Broadway.

Pixar’s “Incredibles 2.”

holiday DVDs

Deck the halls with discs so jolly

A roundup of DVDs and Blu-rays suitable for giving this holiday season.

Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons will be in residence at Tanglewood for the month of July.

Everything from Wagner to a world premiere in BSO’s 2019 Tanglewood season

BSO music director Andris Nelsons’s July residency culminates in a concert performance of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.