What Bostonians need to know this week

JFK Library and Museum on Columbia Point.
Canadian tourists turn back from the entrance to the JFK Library and Museum on Columbia Point after reading a notice on the door that the building was closed because of the government shutdown. –John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe

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What to know this week:

The government shutdown: With no clear path to compromise in sight, President Donald Trump is suggesting the “nuclear option” to end the shutdown, which enters its third day Monday. While Gov. Charlie Baker says he doesn’t expect much disruption locally, the shutdown has resulted in the closure of some local tourist sites and parks, as well as the cancellation of a flyover during the AFC championship. More significantly, as the shutdown continues into this week, nearly half of the 2 million civilian federal workers will be barred from work. The longer the shutdown continues, the more significant the effects on everyday life and the economy are expected to be.


On to Minneapolis: Tom Brady led the Patriots on another dramatic second-half comeback, this time against the Jacksonville Jaguars, to send the team to its eighth Super Bowl appearance in the last 17 years. Chad Finn writes that Sunday’s win may be Brady’s second (or third) greatest comeback. Dave D’Onofrio has the five takeaways from the thrilling win. And Andrew Mahoney chronicles the key plays that flipped the script back in favor of the home team. Read up on the latest postgame news here.

The opponent: There will be no home-game Super Bowl for the Vikings, as the Eagles easily dispatched visiting Minnesota in the NFC Championship game Sunday, setting up a Super Bowl XXXIX rematch. And Eagles fans are feeling confident.

Here’s everything you need to know about the big game in two weeks.

The State of the Commonwealth is… Tuesday. Heading into his first reelection year, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is set to deliver his annual address to the legislature.

Awards season: Also on Tuesday, the Academy Awards will announce the nominations for this year’s Oscars. Here are four pressing questions before the nominees are released.

What you missed over the weekend:

Women’s March 2.0: Thousands of women around the world again took to the streets, one year after the historic marches following Trump’s inauguration. A march in Cambridge attracted up to 10,000 demonstrators (compared to more than 100,000 last year in Boston) and was marked by resilience and colorful anti-Trump signs. The streets were similarly crowded across the country.


Before the game: Tom Brady’s mysterious hand injury was the subject of much attention, though it didn’t seem to affect his performance. We got a clear view after the game. Also, Robert Kraft made comments suggesting there’s some tension in the Patriots locker room, calling for “everybody” to get their “egos checked in.”

Fight night in Boston: The UFC 220 card Saturday night at the TD Garden saw a bloody, heavyweight battle, a high-profile knockout, and even some successful results from locally bred fighters. In case you missed it, UFC president Dana White sat down for an interview with Boston.com to talk about what the city means to UFC, his local ties, his support for Trump, and his favorite football team, the Patriots.

Speaking of fighters: The Boston Globe‘s Annie Linskey has perhaps the most definitive piece to date on Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s lingering “Native American problem.” Despite Trump’s racially-tinged taunts, the Massachusetts Democrat still relies on family lore for her claims of Native American ancestry, which has resulted in criticism from some groups despite her efforts as a senator to address the real-life issues facing many tribes.

What’s happening in Boston:

A midweek, midwinter pick-me-up: For those willing to pay the $60 ticket price, Eataly is offering “an indulgent trip to Italy — without ever leaving Boston.” Translation: A three-hour tasting event Wednesday of artisanal cheeses and “cheese-centric bites” matched with wines and beer selected by the food emporium’s expert sommelier.

Pudding parade: After naming Mila Kunis its Woman of the Year last week, Harvard’s Hasty Pudding theatrical club will honor the actress Thursday with a customary parade through Cambridge followed by a roast. Tickets are now on sale to the public.


Somebody that you used to know (and maybe still do): Kimbra, the New Zealand artist who has quite the career beyond her cameo on Gotye’s 2011 hit song, is putting on her acclaimed show Sunday night at the Paradise Rock Club.

This week’s Patriots schedule:


This week’s Celtics schedule:

Tuesday, Jan. 23: 10:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Lakers on NBC Sports Boston and TNT

Wednesday, Jan. 24: 10:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Clippers on NBC Sports Boston and ESPN

Saturday, Jan. 27: 8:30 p.m. at the Golden State Warriors on ABC

This week’s Bruins schedule:

Tuesday, Jan. 23: 7 p.m. versus the New Jersey Devils on NESN

Thursday, Jan. 25: 7:30 p.m. at the Ottawa Senators on NESN

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