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Holiday Arts Guide

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‘Another Round’: the power, and pain, of positive drinking

Four men, high school teachers mired in middle-age funks, try a scientific program of day drinking to improve their lives. It does, then it doesn’t.

Fred Taylor gets the last word in his posthumous memoir — and a jazzy all-star tribute

The publication of “What, and Give Up Showbiz?” is tied to a celebration of the late jazz impresario that features Diana Krall, Esperanza Spalding, Danilo Perez, Grace Kelly, and many others.

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‘Love, Weddings, & Other Disasters’: when a ‘rom-com’ bombs

This dreary, low-rent “Love Actually” imitation, shot in Boston but lacking any feel for the city, wastes actors like Diane Keaton, Jeremy Irons, and Maggie Grace on cringingly unbelievable situations and dialogue.

Late night roundup: ‘Squattergate’ continues, with Kimmel, other hosts mocking Trump’s latest election-related moves

Here’s a look at the jokes doled out by Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night.

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Unmoved by the end of ‘The Undoing’

We finally found out who murdered the young mother whose body was discovered by her son. But it was a trick ending in some ways.

Elliot Page, Oscar-nominated ‘Juno’ star, announces he is transgender

Page, a 33-year-old Canadian actor and producer, is also known for roles in the movies “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Inception,” as well as the recent Netflix series “Umbrella Academy.”

Mark Shanahan

What’s with those multiplying monoliths?

Some are thinking “2001: A Space Odyssey.” I’m thinking, “The Simpsons.”

BOOKS

Reading books about the natural world

Critically acclaimed writer Lydia Millet combines family dysfunction, runaway kids, and a hurricane-fueled apocalypse in her ultra-dark comedy “The Children’s Bible,” a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award.

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A modern chapter for ceramic storytelling

A delightful show at Concord Center for the Visual Arts assembles some of the region’s best ceramic storytellers.

USS Constitution Museum temporarily closes, again, due to coronavirus

“It seems like the right thing to do,” said Museum president and CEO Anne Grimes Rand.

COMFORT ZONE

‘Game Change’ co-author John Heilemann planning an inside account of the 2020 race

The new book draws on Heilemann's three decades of experience observing and covering Joe Biden.

COMFORT ZONE

Grammy nominee Alastair Moock wonders why artists of color in children’s music have been overlooked again

The Boston singer/songwriter is among an all-white group of nominees for best children's-music album. He has a problem with that.

COMFORT ZONE

With its headliners and stand-up competition, a virtual Boston Comedy Festival will keep the laughs coming

This year's online festival includes returnees Judah Friedlander, Lewis Black, Bethany Van Delft, and Dan Boulger.

Raising a glass to the Pogues’ Shane MacGowan

Julien Temple’s kinetic and reflective documentary called “Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan” can be streamed via the Brattle Theatre, starting Nov. 27.

MOVIES

Doc Talk: dilatory dictator, fighting city hall, initial COVID-19 response

A look at “Waiting for Fidel (1974),” “Mayor,” and "76 Days."