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SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW
Bill Burr will be the first comic to headline a show at Fenway Park when he performs there Aug. 21.

10 comedy shows to make summer even brighter

This season's packed lineup of comedy shows includes the likes of Kevin Hart, Chris Gethard, Wanda Sykes, and Bill Burr, who'll be the first comic to headline Fenway Park.

Summer Arts Preview
Liz Lerman's "Wicked Bodies" will be performed in a site-specific work as part of this summer's Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.

Celebrating 90 years, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival reopens its newly renovated theater to a host of performances

The Pillow’s opening gala in the updated Ted Shawn Theatre kicks off a full season of performances, both indoors and out.

SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW
Wilco will be one of the headliners at this summer's Beach Road Weekend festival on Martha's Vineyard. Frontman Jeff Tweedy and drummer Glenn Kotche are shown performing with the band at Leader Bank Pavilion in Boston in 2021.

Beach Road Weekend puts Martha’s Vineyard on the summer festival map

This year’s festival features the Avett Brothers, Beck, and Wilco as headliners, along with performances by Khruangbin, Guster, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Lucinda Williams, and Emmylou Harris.

SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW
Chelsey Green and her band The Green Project will headline the second day of this year's Cambridge Jazz Festival.

After a two-year layoff, the Cambridge Jazz Festival returns with twice as much in store

A second day of live music has been added to this year's free festival July 30-31, featuring Chelsey Green and Eguie Castrillo, among other artists.

SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW
Playwright Anne Undeland

Gloucester Stage goes ‘Between the Sheets’ with a play about a lovesick Edith Wharton

Massachusetts playwright Anne Undeland's “Mr. Fullerton, Between the Sheets” was inspired by the letters between Wharton and her lover, Morton Fullerton.

SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW
An iconic sign — "Musicians at Play" — signals to visitors they have arrived at Marlboro Music, a celebrated summer destination for chamber music.

10 places to hear classical music with a view

From the Cape to the Berkshires and Vermont, concerts head for the hills.

SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW
Randy Newman performs at the 2021 Newport Folk Festival.

No matter what kind of music you like, there’s a festival for you this summer

Whether you're a fan of indie, folk, reggae, jazz, or hip-hop, New England has you covered.

SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW
The John Doe Folk Trio. From left: Kevin Smith, Doe, Conrad Choucroun.

John Doe’s latest foray into folk music isn’t quite the way Woody might have done it

The X founder and frontman comes to Passim for two shows in June with the John Doe Folk Trio, but he hasn't permanently traded rock for the coffeehouse.


SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW
An iconic sign — "Musicians at Play" — signals to visitors they have arrived at Marlboro Music, a celebrated summer destination for chamber music.

10 places to hear classical music with a view

From the Cape to the Berkshires and Vermont, concerts head for the hills.

From left: Melody Buyukozer Dawkins, a researcher with Slover Linett, joined arts leaders Doneeca Thurston, executive director of Lynn Museum/LynnArts; Marquis Victor, founder and executive director of Elevated Thought; and Catherine T. Morris, founder and artistic director of BAMS Fest, to discuss the survey on Wednesday at the Boston Public Library.

Mass. residents both value the arts and see racism in them, new survey shows

In the Barr Foundation-funded study, 8,000 people also weighed in on what arts organizations must do now.

BOOK REVIEW

‘Either/Or’: When the college novel deserves a second look

It can be difficult to find a funny and smart literary novel that’s also full of heart, but New Yorker staff writer Elif Batuman’s 2017 novel, “The Idiot,” nailed it. Can a sequel be as good?

BIBLIOPHILES
Peter Swanson is best known for his psychological suspense novels "The Kind Worth Killing" and 'Her Every Fear." His most recent novel is "Nine Lives."

Peter Swanson: reading scary books at a young age

Peter Swanson found inspiration for his new book, “Nine Lives,” in one of his all-time favorite mysteries, Agatha Christie’s classic “And Then There Were None.” Swanson talked with the Globe about what else he likes to read.

BOOK REVIEW
Author Nell Zink.

Young love is in bloom in ‘Avalon’

Bran, the narrator of Nell Zink’s new novel, wastes no time in announcing herself as something of an unreliable narrator. “I have trouble recounting my childhood in chronological order,” she confesses.

MUSIC REVIEW
Roger Daltrey (left) and  Pete Townshend led the Who in concert at the TD Garden.

The Who strike a familiar chord at TD Garden

The band's setlist largely mirrored the one from their 2019 Fenway Park show, but unlike that concert, they were held back by a muddy sound mix.

New England Literary News
Marshall Smith, founder of the Brookline Booksmith, died earlier this month at age 90.

An anthology of New England food writing, a tribute to a pathbreaking bookseller, and new poetry

A weekly roundup of all the region's best bookish news.

A$AP Rocky and Rihanna posed for a picture as they celebrate her beauty brands Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin in February in Los Angeles.

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky reportedly welcome baby boy in LA

People magazine, citing an unnamed source, said A$AP Rocky and Rihanna, 34, are home in Los Angeles with the baby, their first.