The Big To-Do: Lin-Manuel Miranda, best and worst covers, and where (finally) to dine with friends
German romance / drama / fantasy “Ondine” is the story of a historian (Paula Beer) rebounding from an unfaithful ex with “a sweetly handsome professional diver,” writes Globe film critic Ty Burr in a 2.5-star review. “[T]he inevitable romantic roadblocks look like tricks, excuses for [writer-director Christian] Petzold for keeping us off balance about Ondine’s sanity and the blurry line between reality and myth.
Theo Anthony documentary “All Light, Everywhere” focuses on the creation of images, in particular the use of surveillance cameras in law enforcement. The “complex, reflexive, epistemologically dizzying” film uses “montage, collage, analogy, metaphor, ironic juxtaposition, archival quirks and philosophical reflection” to explore “the validity of images”, writes the Globe correspondent Peter Keough.
A swing and a dud from a high school football movie, “Under the stadium lights” earns 1 star for Burr, which seems a bit high for “mind-numbing drama.” Based on the 2009 Abilene (Texas) Eagles story, it “suffers from sermonical dialogue, amateur performances and a horrific racial blind spot disguised as white savior paternalism.”
NOT VERY COMICAL BANDS: A next show at Charles M. Schulz Museum does not focus on “peanuts” but on “Hagemeyer”, a comic in the workplace, unsuccessfully presented as Charlie Brown and his friends gained notoriety. The problem is basic, writes Burr: “they’re just not very funny.” The age of the characters “may explain why the ‘Hagemeyer’ comics cause more anxiety than laughter. … Bullying seems more real.
TV: Even Julianne Moore can’t save Stephen King’s miniseries “Lisey’s Story,” which prompts Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert to seek synonyms for “heavy”. The story of an author’s widow in the midst of a crisis is “beautiful, but in a music video, a woo-woo that works for maybe three minutes before it gets worse” .
Kate Winslet’s performance in “Easttown Mare” Gilbert thought of “two other Winslet TV moments that I want to highlight.” Play a version of herself in “Supplements,” the actress “is in the habit of a nun on a movie set,” shelling “dirty food for phone sex”. And as the main character of the miniseries “Mildred Pierce”, it is “unforgettable”.
Emmy Award voters choose candidates, and Gilbert has some thoughts. With many of the usual suspects on pandemic hiatus, there is “room for a lot of new names and faces” – on the ballots and your summer catch-up list. Her picks include Jason Sudeikis and “Ted Lasso”, Hailee Steinfeld and “Dickinson”, and “Hacks” and Jean Smart. The under-the-radar series “PEN15” and “P-Valley” are worth a look, as are Uzo Aduba from “In Treatment” and “Judy Davis as the One Good Thing in Netflix’s“ Ratched ”.
MUSIC: The deadline for Boston Early Music Festival is so long that even with the easing of restrictions, this year’s event is virtual – and executive director Kathleen Fay looks positively jazzy. “If I count the number of times we’ve changed our minds and changed our plans, unraveled, deconstructed and rebuilt, I wouldn’t have any more toes and fingers,” she says in a Q&A with AZ Madonna of the Globe . “But I think we’ve ended up in a really good place.”
“Subject to change,” Patrick Bryant’s WMBR show adopts a format the host calls “PatNauseam” – two hours of covers. Bryant usually starts with the original before showing how the song changes when performed by jazz improvisers, pop crooners, bluegrass pickers, indie rockers, or how it sounds in foreign languages or when it’s sampled for a hip-hop track, ”Globe correspondent Noah explains. Schaffer. “A reggae version is apparently inevitable.” Bonus track: Bryant’s the best and the worst lists, both of which include some very unexpected artists.
LOVE LETTERS: Ready for a new start? Aren’t we all? The theme for season 5 of the Love Letters Podcast, hosted by Meredith Goldstein of The Globe, is “New Beginnings”. The episodes tell stories of new, rekindled, reinvented and hopeful love. In the last opus, a guest grappling with an unexpected uncertainty seizes the day. Listen here.
VISUAL ART: The Worcester Art Museum exhibition “What the Nazis Stole from Richard Neumann (and Searching to Get It Back)” embodies “one story among thousands,” writes Globe art critic Murray Whyte. The storyteller, grandson Tom Selldorff, 93, says Neumann “really wasn’t someone to dwell on misfortune”. To reclaim the art, he says, “The real motivation was to impress my grandfather’s character on our family.”
“Inevitably, history informs all the work at least to some extent,” Globe’s Mark Feeney says of the pieces that make up “Spirit: Focus on Indigenous Art, Artists, and Issues”, at the Griffin Photography Museum. “The main objective of each of the photographers is artistic, and not argumentative or sociological, although in many cases, the argument comes right after. “
The pieces of fabric and lace in Tamara KostianovskyS new exhibit is “comfortable, soft and palpable” – hardly what you might expect in an exhibit titled “The wild heritage”. The work is “bloody but strangely appealing,” writes Globe correspondent Cate McQuaid. “Kostianovsky plays masterfully with the tension between attraction and repulsion. At the Fuller Craft Museum.
Much of the seaport is away from pedestrians, but hold on tight – the art installation on the stairs connecting Congress Street and World Trade Center Avenue worth the trip. “Looking at the design,” by Halima M., 16, South Boston, “it was like you started in one environment and ended in another,” said Kelsey Arbona of Artists for Humanity, project partner. Globe correspondent Natachi Onwuamaegbu.
EXPERIMENTAL ART: The MIT List Visual Arts Center is closed, but the exterior is open, and the “This Way” series of walks and experiences provides a framework for exploration. The participating artists “tackle a range of themes: psycho-geography, working with audiences of different abilities, the art of walking and the art-based art,” writes McQuaid. “Nine prompts, available in audio and PDF formats, will be released over the summer. “
THEATER: Arlekin Players Theater “ChekhovOS”, that Don Aucoin praised as “daring”, focuses on a video game designed by Will Brierly, who was himself an interpreter. Reading “the letters Chekhov wrote as he finished the play, I felt his sense of humor matched what I had done over the years,” he told the correspondent of Globe, Terry Byrne. “He’s not interested in goofy jokes, he quietly says it’s weird and messed up.”
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SALEM ARTS FESTIVAL: This week-end Salem Arts Festival showcases “art everywhere – in shop windows, on sidewalks, in pop-up galleries, in tent vendor stalls,” Globe correspondent Karen Campbell writes. Add in live music and other performances along with “any number of brightly dressed fairies spreading their whimsical magic” and you have what one organizer calls “a very festive community driven event”.
DANCE: November 26, Boston Ballet return to 3-D with “Nutcracker,” the kick-off of a season that “has eight world premieres, including five by female choreographers,” Campbell reported. According to art director Mikko Nissinen, “No one knows exactly how, but people are going to be bursting with positivity and openness.”
FOOD AND DINING ROOM: Restaurants that survived the pandemic are as happy to see you as you are to see them. “[W]With patience, communication and respect, we can all have amusing again – eating out together, one of the most enjoyable shared experiences in society, ”writes Devra First of the Globe. She makes an excellent list of “a few places to go that capture the pure joy of dining out.“
The too hot season to cook has arrived, which is great news for neighborhood restaurant enthusiasts and prepared salads. The countless riffs on Russian salad start with “potatoes, carrots, ham, pickles and mayonnaise,” writes former Globe Food editor Sheryl Julian, who suggests tons of variations. The result looks like “a regular potato salad you would see on any summer picnic table, but with a little more color.” When you taste it, it’s another story.
BOOKS: This month I’m working on it column examines self-help through the lens of gods. “The solution of the goddess” a new book by Lisa Marie Rankin, didn’t solve anything for Christina Tucker, who had better luck with the 1984 classic by Jean Shinoda Bolen “Goddesses in every woman.” The Seven Archetypes of Bolen form “an interesting framework for thinking about how a person moves in the world.”
LOOK AGAIN: “Life goes pretty fast”, in the words of the famous philosopher who lent his name to “Ferris Bueller Party” (real word: John Hughes). For many of us, that pithy remark hasn’t felt particularly true in the past year or so, so here’s a reality check – the movie turns 35 next week.