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Audra McDonald honored by MIT

“If something scares me, I have to do it,” says renowned actress and singer Audra McDonald in a short video that preceded her on-stage interview on Saturday at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which has chosen McDonald as the recipient of ...

‘Top Girl’ in a man’s world

In “Top Girls,” opening April 20 at the Huntington Theatre Company, ambitious Marlene has just received a major promotion over a male colleague. To celebrate, she hosts a dinner with six famous, rule-breaking historical women. Throughout dinner the dramatically different ...

El Punto

Referred to colloquially as “El Punto,” Salem’s Point Neighborhood is only a few blocks from downtown, but those short streets feel like miles. Built originally as factory worker housing, and historically occupied by immigrants, the neighborhood has long been isolated ...

‘Get Over It!’

The New York Times best-selling author and spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant comes to Boston in her first solo tour in 18 years, called “Get Over It!: An Evening with Iyanla Vanzant.” The 17-city tour began on April 5 in ...

Heaven on Earth

A small painting by Early Renaissance artist Fra Angelico, located in a quiet corner of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, is reason enough for some visitors to frequent this palazzo on the Fenway. Viewers bask in the gilded radiance and ...

People & Place

Through the end of April, Boston photographer Robin Radin displays landscape and street scenes of Jamaica Plain in state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez’s office at the Massachusetts State House. “Landscapes and Streetscapes of Jamaica Plain” shows the dual livelihood of the ...

Melanin magic

Maurice Parent and Dawn Simmons bonded over diversity in theater and Manhattan cocktails during the 2015 production of “Saturday Night, Sunday Morning,” at Lyric Stage. Little did they know their kindred spirits would result in the creation of Boston’s newest ...

Soulful stitching: Quilts tell story of Siddi people

“Soulful Stitching” on view at the Davis Museum in Wellesley through June 10, highlights an often forgotten area of the African diaspora. “For a lot of people there’s a growing interest in the African diaspora,” says assistant curator Amanda Gilvin. ...

‘The City Different’

In Santa Fe, New Mexico, there’s more art than air, and it’s equally life sustaining. Original artwork hangs on the wall of every restaurant, hotel and even convenience store. More intriguing than the rate at which artwork permeates the culture ...

Portraits + Power

Through April 6, the Sherrill Library at Lesley University exhibits “Portraits & Power,” featuring students and local artists Mosheh Tucker and Rocky Cotard. In time for Women’s History Month, Tucker and Cotard’s works celebrate the women of color in their ...

Paving the Way

In October of 2016, the Banner talked with curator, creator and educator Catherine Morris about her dream of holding a festival that celebrates diverse artists. That dream has become a reality. BAMS Fest, short for Boston Art & Music Soul ...

Alvin Ailey still enthralling after 50 years

This year’s Alvin Ailey residency, at the Boch Center Wang Theater through March 25, culminated a series of special events by the company and the Celebrity Series to mark the 50th anniversary of its Boston debut.

Jabari Asim celebrates the African American experience

Critically acclaimed local author Jabari Asim published his ninth children’s book, “A Child’s Introduction to African American History,” in January. The publisher Black Dog & Leventhal commissioned Asim to create an overview highlighting impactful moments and stories in black history ...

‘Islandborn’ taps the immigrant imagination

Sunday afternoon, Harvard Book Store hosted Junot Díaz, renowned author, MacArthur Fellow and professor of creative writing at MIT, for a sold-out book talk at the Brattle Theatre. His subject was not one of the books that have earned him ...

Interplay of music, dance center stage for Boston Ballet’s new season

Boston Ballet opened its spring season with “Parts in Suite,” a trio of works by living choreographers who are in the vanguard of advancing ballet as a 21st-century art form. On stage through April 7 at Boston Opera House, the ...

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