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BOOKS

Local bestsellers for the week ended Sept. 25

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

A new hall of fame at the Wang brings Boston’s musical history into view

Spread out over four floors of the theater, including backstage, the new Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame features photographs, memorabilia, video monitors, sculptures, and rotating exhibits celebrating music of all kinds.

To celebrate ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ release, book a stay at ‘The Hocus Pocus Cottage’ in Danvers

A new Airbnb listing for a spooky cottage in Danvers will go for $31 to one lucky renter

New MIT Museum glimpses the future and examines school’s past

The 56,000-square-foot museum, which opens this weekend, has scientific marvels, a monstrous "mermaid," and a message for the general public. "We want people to feel that this is their museum," says director John Durant.

Losing his vision has opened Mark Erelli’s eyes

Diagnosed two years ago with a progressive retinal disease, the singer-songwriter is composing the most intimate songs of his career — "songs I could only write once I realized what I was losing."

MOVIE REVIEW | ★★★

When Bobby met Aaron: ‘Bros’ is a meet cute that hits the mark

Billy Eichner and Luke Macfarlane crack the rom-com pantheon as opposites who attract.

PHOTOGRAPHY REVIEW

When the camera has an imperial power

‘Power and Perspective: Early Photography in China,’ at the Peabody Essex Museum, looks at the relationship between documentation and domination.

Julia Adolphe doesn’t want to be your tortured artist

The composer, whose "Makeshift Castle" is being performed by the BSO this weekend, hosts a YouTube video series on mental health and creativity called "LooseLeaf NoteBook."


Rock lifer Eric Ambel has been making some local connections

The multi-instrumentalist and producer has been working with a couple of names familiar to Boston audiences in Ward Hayden and Sarah Borges. He and Borges are now touring together, with a date Saturday at Atwood's.

BOOKINGS

Author readings around Boston Oct. 2-8

All author appearances are virtual and free unless otherwise noted.

TELEVISION REVIEW

Fresh blood brings new life to ‘Interview with the Vampire’

Anne Rice’s complex, sensual creatures have survived the transition to TV intact, while the AMC series alters specifics of the novel’s story line in ways that wind up working spectacularly well.

DANCE

‘Emotive Land’ brings dance to the Charles River through augmented reality

The Click's new project uses a new app to combine tech and dance for an interactive tour of the Charles River.

Morgan Talty wins New England Book Award for ‘Night of the Living Rez’

The book is the debut story collection from the 31-year-old author, a member of the Penobscot Nation who teaches at the University of Maine.

TV CRITIC'S CORNER

‘Bridgerton’ prequel on tap for 2023

“Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story” will be about the Queen’s marriage to King George. India Amarteifio will play the young Queen Charlotte, and Corey Mylchreest will play the young King George.

How Ata Kak’s long-forgotten ‘Awesome Tape’ turned into an awesome tour 30 years later

A cassette by the Ghanaian singer, which no one bought when it was originally released, was rediscovered by an American blogger who posted the music online, then searched for eight years for the man who made it.

MOVIE REVIEW

‘The Greatest Beer Run Ever’: It’s a strange brew

Zac Efron and Russell Crowe star in this-based-on-fact story about a man on a suds-driven mission in Vietnam in 1968.