What’s happening in the arts world

This week's picks from Globe critics.

Ty Burr

What an old cassette tape taught me about how we keep our loved ones alive in the 21st century

Almost 30 years later, Globe film critic and columnist Ty Burr digitized a conversation on cassette with his mother, hearing her voice for the first time since she died.

Inch by inch, the MFA reenters a changed world

The museum is reopening — and changing — at its own pace.

A James Comey dramatization for not now

"The Comey Rules" tells its story — one of the more important political stories of the century so far — without the benefit of perspective.


Alan Arkin bows out of ‘The Kominsky Method’

Despite having received two Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations for the show, he has chosen to be written off of its third and final season.

HomeFront: Return of the MFA, Aaron Sorkin, ‘Fargo,’ and Shakespeare

The Globe's picks for staying entertained any day of the week.


‘Just Like You,’ the new Nick Hornby novel, tackles romance, race, and politics

The novel is a charming, funny, touching, and relevant comedy.


Marilynne Robinson continues her ‘Gilead’ series and gives Jack his say

“Jack” is suffused with the virtues that make Robinson one of our greatest thinkers on matters of spirituality, love, and family.


Historian Jill Lepore tracks the rise of data science in US politics

“If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future” has been longlisted for the National Book Award in nonfiction.

Local bestsellers for the week ending September 20

The New England Indie Bestseller List based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.

Virtual author readings from September 27 - October 3

All these events take place online; visit the venue website for more information

In Boston theater, a growing group of Black leaders have a decisive role at a pivotal time

In the last few years, more Black people have been appointed to top positions at formerly white-led institutions. The impact and insight of these leaders may be especially crucial now.

Confronting and solving problems on screen at GlobeDocs 2020

From the feminist pioneers in “9to5: The Story of a Movement,” to the teenage survivors of the 2018 Parkland, Fla., shooting in “Us Kids,” to the closing night screening, "City Hall," the festival's films offer hope at a time when we need it most.

Errol Morris is a ‘character,’ not the storyteller, in ‘A Wilderness of Error’

The FX docu-series based on the Cambridge filmmaker's book is its own dissection of the Jeffrey MacDonald "Fatal Vision" murder case.


With ‘The Glorias,’ Julie Taymor makes a road-trip movie about Gloria Steinem

To achieve the effect of telling Steinem’s story, Taymor turned to four actresses to play the activist at different stages of her life.