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Ken Urban


MIT lecturer Ken Urban says ‘bah humbug!’

The playwright has written a song not exactly celebrating the holiday season.

Steven Tyler receiving the Nashville Symphony’s Harmony Award.


Steven Tyler cleans up nice to receive award in Nashville

The Aerosmith singer is honored in Music City.

An empty frame where Rembrandt's “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee” was displayed at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.


Movie about Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft gets a director

“Master Thieves” will be based on the book by former Globe reporter Steve Kurkjian.


James Taylor helps Jane Fonda celebrate her 80th

The singer joined Carole King to sing at Fonda’s birthday bash in Atlanta.

Chris Evans


Chris Evans invites bullied boy to ‘Avengers’ premiere

The local actor who plays Captain America is one of several celebrities who’ve reached out to Keaton Jones.


A Bollywood star at Berklee

Famous Bollywood playback singer Shreya Ghoshal had kind words for Berklee after performing with the school’s Indian Ensemble at last week.

Lauren Ver Hage (left) and Chelsea Fagan at Maggiano’s.


They’re making personal finance less stressful for women

Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage were in Boston the other day to debut their new book, “The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good With Money.”

Armie Hammer questioned why the Oscar-winning Casey Affleck — who had two civil suits against him in 2010 for sexual harassment, both settled out of court — had gone on to have great success, while “Birth of a Nation” director Nate Parker’s career had stalled.

Armie Hammer apologizes for Casey Affleck comments

The apology comes after comments Hammer made to The Hollywood Reporter.

Julian Edelman at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center’s holiday tree and wreath auction.


Julian Edelman, pass catcher and published author, is in the holiday spirit

The Patriots receiver reads from his new book.


Tina Brown: This is an ‘Arab spring for women’

The former Vanity Fair editor said she isn’t surprised by the “volcanic fury” of women

Meryl Streep kisses the hand of Gloria Steinem at The Massachusetts Conference for Women Thursday.


In town, Meryl Streep and Gloria Steinem talk ‘The Post,’ sexism in Hollywood

The actress and activist shared a stage at the Massachusetts Conference for Women Thursday.

Steven Tyler in October.


Steven Tyler opens home for abused girls

The Aerosmith singer says Janie’s House is intended as a safe haven.

Former One Direction member Liam Payne performing at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham Thursday.


One Direction alum Liam Payne performs at all-girls high school in Hingham

It’s the second time that students at Notre Dame Academy have managed to get a VIP to perform there.

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled a Julian Edelman bobblehead in the uniform of his alma mater, the Kent State Golden Flashes.


Get your Julian Edelman bobblehead while you still can

The Patriots receiver also has a new children’s book.

BOSTON, MA- DECEMBER 06, 2017: Bethenny Frankel during

Enthusiastic welcome for Frankel at women’s conference

Bethenny Frankel, a reality TV personality and founder of the brand Skinnygirl, was one of the conference’s speakers Wednesday.



Morrissey cancels show at the Orpheum

The former Smiths singer has made this something of a habit.

Matt Damon at the Belmont Lions Club tree sale

Matt Damon went Christmas tree shopping in Belmont

The Cambridge native was seen shopping with his nephew and brother, Kyle Damon, who is a regular at the Lions Club tree and wreath sale.

Hillary Clinton at a fund-raising event for the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.


Hillary Clinton honored by Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

The former secretary of state has been in town a lot lately.

Tonya Harding (left) and Margot Robbie at the Los Angeles premiere of “I, Tonya.”


Nancy Kerrigan was MIA at ‘I, Tonya’ premiere, but a smiling Tonya Harding made the scene

The movie about the infamous former figure skater stars Margot Robbie.

Mary Schneider Enriquez, the Harvard Art Museums curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Edouard Kopp, the curator of drawings, were in Somerville with Kara Walker's piece last month to discuss the installation.


New work by Kara Walker at Harvard Art Museums

“This is a powerhouse of a work — provocative in its subject and scale and . . . incredibly beautiful and technically exhilarating,” director Martha Tedeschi said of “U.S.A. Idioms (2017).”

Members of the Brookline Police Department visited the Museum of African American History in Boston. The museum announced Dec. 4 that it has created a $25,000 national nonfiction literature award for works that celebrate African American history and culture.


Boston’s Museum of African American History launches new $25,000 nonfiction award

The recipient of the prize will be chosen by a panel of authors, historians, and academics.

Aaron Swartz


Movie about MIT hacktivist Aaron Swartz in the works

Swartz, a brilliant programmer, committed suicide at 26 while under federal indictment for alleged computer crimes.


Joe Biden sits down with Tom Brokaw at the Wilbur Theater

The former vice president is on what he calls the American Promise Tour.


Ben and Tonya Mezrich celebrate new children’s tome with Seaport bash

Their first book together is titled “Charlie Numbers and the Man in the Moon.”

Johnny Damon shows off a T-shirt celebrating the Red Sox’s historic 2004 ALCS comeback.


Big Papi’s charity tournament draws familiar faces

Former Sox teammate Johnny Damon was in the Dominican Republic for the event.

John Cena


John Cena sued by Ford for flipping car

The wrestler wasn’t allowed to sell the custom 2017 GT.

Seafair, the mansion on Ocean Avenue in Newport that has been purchased by Jay Leno and his wife.


Jay Leno buys oceanfront estate in Newport, R.I.

The former “Tonight Show” host paid $13.5 million for Seafair, which comes with a pool, carriage house, terraces, gardens, a tennis court, and a private beach.

Jeff Glor


Former WHDH reporter on how Boston helped him become anchor of ‘CBS Evening News’

Jeff Glor, who takes his new seat on Monday, spent four years honing his craft in Boston.


Linda Holliday celebrates tree season on Nantucket

Holliday and doctors Susan DeCoste and Deb Gfeller were among the guests at the preview party for the Festival of Trees at the Nantucket Whailing Musum.

Uri Berenguer and Stephanie Warburg at the Take It to the MAX benefit for the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum.


Around town

Uri Berenguer at Max Warburg event, Howard Dean at Tufts.

Actor Bill Skarsgard


‘Castle Rock’ shoots at Worcester Mercantile Center

It’s the first scripted TV series to be filmed in Mass. in 30 years.

Sarah Fischer in “The Spruces and the Pines.”


Local filmmaker directs new Christmas-themed movie

“The Spruces and the Pines,” directed by John Stimpson, will premiere Sunday at 9 p.m. on the ION Network.

Angie Thomas (center) with Richard Peck and Nikki Grimes at the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in October.


‘The Hate U Give’ pulled from Texas school district’s shelves

The story of a black high school student who witnesses the police shooting of her unarmed friend won a 2017 Boston Globe Horn Book Award.

Edelman will be at Seaport Christmas event Thursday

The Pats receiver will read from his new children’s book.

 New Kids on the Block’s 1989


Will it be a funky, funky Christmas?

New music from New Kids on the Block might help.

Blake Shelton (pictured at a hurricane relief benefit in Nashville in September) shared a video message with kids and staff at Quaboag Regional Middle/High School.


Blake Shelton tries to help Quaboag Regional Middle/High School heal

“The Voice” coach knows what they’re feeling.

Sandy Poirier


Shag’s Sandy Poirier wins ‘American Beauty Star’

As champion of the first season of the Lifetime reality show he earned a $50,000 grand prize and a spot on a future Teen Vogue editorial shoot.

Bahareh and Farzaneh Safarani


Safarani Sisters open new art exhibition on Newbury Street

Bahareh and Farzaneh Safarani, identical twin sisters from Iran and Northeastern grads, opened the exhibition “SANCTUARY” on Tuesday.

From left: Jenny Slate, Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Octavia Spencer, and Jona Xiao in April at the Los Angeles premiere of “Gifted.”


Jenny Slate and Chris Evans officially a couple again

The pair had dated for several months before breaking up last spring.

Adrienne Barbeau will come to town to be honored by the Coolidge Corner Theatre.


Adrienne Barbeau talks about the time she did a sex scene with Swamp Thing

The cult film star will be honored by the Coolidge Corner Theatre this weekend.

Scott Hamilton with Kim Khazei of WHDH-TV in 2015.


Scott Hamilton is in town doing his part for cancer research

The former Olympic figure skater is a cancer survivor.

Brad Delp’s shoes


Brad Delp’s family selling Boston singer’s platform shoes

The “More Than a Feeling” singer committed suicide a decade ago and his family is auctioning some of his most personal and prized possessions.

LL Cool J completed the business of entertainment, media & sports program at Harvard Business School.


LL Cool J is a Harvard grad

The rapper-actor took Harvard Business School classes.

Panelists including former Washington Post Executive Editor Jonathan Kaufman, center left, and former Boston Globe editor Matt Storin, center right, along with BU professors Leonard Downie left, and Woody Hartzog, right, in front of a subpoena issued to Storin in an attempt to stop publication of the Pentagon Papers during a lecture tied to the release of the movie The Post, about the battle over the Pentagon Papers, held in the Northeastern University ISEC auditorium . Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Names, thompson)


Former Globe, Post editors discuss Pentagon Papers

Panelists highlighted similarities between the national mood when the Pentagon Papers were leaked in 1971 and today.

Hillary Clinton waved to the crowd at the Opera House on Tuesday. The stop was part of a 16-city national tour to promote her book, “What Happened.”

Relaxed Hillary Clinton gets a warm reception at Opera House

In town to promote her new book detailing the 2016 election, Clinton was greeted by a sold-out crowd like a conquering hero.

Taylor Swift will play Gillette Stadium on July 27 and July 28.


Taylor Swift adds second Gillette Stadium date

Two weeks before tickets even go on sale for her July concert at Gillette Stadium, Taylor Swift has added a second show.

Rich DiMare


Is it OK to say Christmas? Holiday song stirs political debate

Rich DiMare’s seasonal jingle has people talking.

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2011, file photo, political pundit Keith Olbermann leaves a taping of the


Keith Olbermann ends GQ run, retires from talking politics

He says there is ‘‘no illness, no scandal, no firing’’ to blame for his departure.

A new Starz show about the Cape Cod opioid epidemic is in development

The Starz show is called “P-Town,” and centers on a federal agent.

Kerry Kennedy and MSNBC host Chris Matthews (right) appeared at an event discussing Robert F. Kennedy’s legacy at Harvard.


Kerry Kennedy talks about her father at Harvard

The occasion was a new book about Robert Kennedy by MSNBC host Chris Matthews.