The second edition of ‘Globe Live’ promises laughs and insights

BOSTON, MA - 10/17/2017: A behind the view , dress rehearsal for Globe Live( David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION:LIFESTYLE TOPIC GlobeLive
Boston Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert at a dress rehearsal for the second edition of 'Globe Live.' –David L Ryan/Globe Staff

Boston Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert has been a fan of Joni Mitchell since the 1970s, when the prolific singer-songwriter moved past her early folk beginnings into more sophisticated jazz-influenced fare, like her eighth studio album, Hejira. So when Gilbert had a chance to interview Mitchell in 1991, he was, as he put it, “out of my mind with excitement.”

As it turned out, “out of my mind” was the operative phrase for Gilbert during his question-and-answer session with the artist. He said it was a 90-minute saga in which he managed to break “every single rule of professional interviewing.”

Gilbert’s ordeal is just one of the narratives set for the second edition of “Globe Live,” a storytelling night taking place Oct. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Center.


For the first edition of “Globe Live” back in May, a sold-out crowd listened to compelling and humorous stories from Globe journalists. Deputy Washington bureau chief Matt Viser shared insight into his conversations with Donald Trump. Reporter Sacha Pfeiffer talked about being portrayed by Rachel McAdams in the Oscar-winning film Spotlight.

The second edition of “Globe Live” will again feature more than a dozen Globe journalists, including deputy city editor Mike Bello and columnist Yvonne Abraham (on bad Yelp reviews of Boston landmarks), and columnist Kevin Cullen (on what the late Globe foreign correspondent Elizabeth Neuffer taught him about humanity), plus a video starring Love Letters writer Meredith Goldstein and her work husband, Mark Shanahan, who refuses to read her column.

Tickets can be purchased from the Paramount Center box office or on the theater’s website.

Gilbert, for one, is hoping the performance will be therapeutic.

“At ‘Globe Live,’ I will relive the awfulness of that interview,” Gilbert said. “Relive and, I hope, exorcise.”