A guide to Boston Calling

Recommended acts, what’s new this year, and a look behind the scenes at Boston’s big music festival

Annie Lennox makes art from the artifacts of her own sweet dreams

The singer is opening an exhibition at Mass MoCA that features a large earthen mound, into which she has buried about 200 mementos from her life and career.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

A Whitney Biennial that speaks in urgent whispers

Serious, subdued, and driven by artworks made by hand, this year’s installment simmers more than it boils over.

book review

And you thought xenophobic immigration policy was a new thing

Daniel Okrent’s “The Guarded Gate’’ examines how bigotry and eugenics came together in the Immigration Act of 1924.


At the Pops, Rhiannon Giddens and her very large backing band mesh beautifully

One extraordinary song followed another, with the orchestra settling comfortably into a supporting role for the singer.

music review

At House of Blues, Lizzo enthralls and embraces

The crowd was right there with her from the moment she went onstage, singing along, giving her extended ovations, and showering her with affection.

In ‘The Waverly Gallery,’ Kenneth Lonergan delves into his own family’s heartbreak

Now getting a production at Shakespeare & Company, his play is based on his grandmother’s decline into dementia.


Frowns on unreliable narrators and texting shorthand

Tayari Jones’s fourth novel is the award-winning and best-selling “An American Marriage.”

Art Review

The Leventhal map center at the BPL takes a trip out West

“America Transformed” looks at the years 1800-1862.

Four Takes

Lifetime job insecurity in the gig economy

Capsule reviews of “Temp,’’ “Raw Deal,’’ “Lab Rats,’’ and “The Forgotten Americans.’’

Movie Review

‘Booksmart’ doesn’t do it by the book — which is just right

Two studious high school seniors decide it’s time to be social in this exuberant comedy.

book review

Taut, complex tale of a WWII hero in occupied France

Julie Orringer’s new historical fiction involves a closeted journalist and his risky rescue of Nazi dissidents.


Racism at the MFA is not an isolated event. It’s a microcosm of life in America

The racism on display at the MFA for the Leadership Academy students is not an isolated event. It’s an ongoing exhibit.

TV Critic’s Corner

ABC, don’t even think about rebooting these

Wednesday’s restaging of an episode of “All in the Family” and an episode of “The Jeffersons” was a ratings success for ABC. I’m hoping the network won’t get greedy about this.

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Rediscovering the father of the new left; running a tree farm

Boston cartoonist Nick Thorkelson’s new book is “<b>Herbert </b>Marcuse: Philosopher of Utopia, A Graphic Biography”

Your guide to family entertainment

The best kid-friendly attractions in music, theater, art, dance, and television.