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With her upcoming tour, Rina Sawayama is reclaiming creative control of her story

The singer launches her “Hold the Girl: Reloaded” North American tour with a date at Mass MoCA June 9.

Hang on to your fedoras. ‘Noir City: Boston’ is headed to the Brattle Theatre

Hard-boiled classics from 1948 fill a dark and thrilling bill next weekend.


Kaija Langley, author of verse novel ‘The Order of Things,’ has built a writing career in the margins of a busy life

Langley's lyrical and emotionally powerful novel-in-verse is about April, an 11-year-old aspiring drummer, whose best friend Zee, a violin prodigy, dies of sudden cardiac arrest. It’s an uplifting tale of grief, courage, and community that she views as “a conversation-starter to help kids and adults navigate the emotional terrain of grief.”

Children’s book contemplates animals and eternity; Boston Public Library presents special exhibit for Pride Month; program encourages students to write to their favorite authors

The latest news on authors and books from around the region.


Author readings around Boston June 4-10

All author appearances are in person and free unless otherwise noted.


Local bestsellers for the week ended May 28

Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.


WJIB’s Bob Bittner was always an easy listen

Bittner, who died May 26, was the owner, operator, and sole on-air voice of Cambridge radio station WJIB and its "Memories Stations" affiliates. He ran no ads, played his own records, and was a soothing presence on the airwaves.

The stage is theirs: At a majority of Boston-area theaters, women leaders have taken charge

The changes at the top portend greater diversity, onstage and off.

What changes will the BSO’s new president Chad Smith bring to Boston?

The orchestra has chosen Chad Smith, a well-regarded leader, as its next president. What changes might he bring to Boston?

A symphony of typewriters? These machines are the offbeat instrument of choice for the Boston Typewriter Orchestra.

The group sways to the sound, a hum of clicking keys and shifting carriage returns, as they bang intently on their old-fashioned machines.

Odie Henderson Review | ★★★

‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’: Something’s gonna change his world

The sequel to 2018's “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” takes you right to the edge.

Odie Henderson Review | ★★

‘The Boogeyman’: You’ve seen what’s hidden under this bed before

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stream this Stephen King short story adaptation at 2 a.m. with a few friends.


In Lyric Stage’s ‘Rooted,’ a tree grows on Clarendon Street

Deborah Zoe Laufer's play centers on a recluse who lives inside a treehouse where she studies plants, the waitress sister who supports her, and an intrusion from the outside world that upends their lives.

Dance Preview

As a ballet school turns 10, its former students flock home to dance and celebrate

Alexandra Koltun defected to the US and a starring career in ballet; then she focused her Russian-style training on students seeking to follow in her footsteps.


In conclusion, ‘Barry’ lacked resonance almost until the end

Even Sunday’s series finale seemed to lack sense, that is until the final moments.


In a sweet finale, ‘Ted Lasso’ has the last word on toxic masculinity

Often set in a men’s locker room, the series portrayed the many pitfalls of male ego. The finale pointed a way forward.