Gugu Mbatha-Raw revels in her role as historical figure Dido Elizabeth Belle

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who divides her time between L.A. and London, spoke to the Banner about playing the title character in "Belle," a biopic about Dido Elizabeth Belle, the orphaned offspring of an African slave and a British ship captain who ...

Alvin Ailey dance company a soulful elegance on stage

No dance company is better at combining lyrical precision, soul, elegance and verve than the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, here last week for its annual four-day visit thanks to the Celebrity Series of Boston, which has brought the company ...

‘Belle’ misses chance to examine historic event in battle against British slavery

Worlds seem to collide in "Belle," which is the latest in a series of movies about slavery released to American audiences in recent years.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston turns focus on Latin America with contemporary art exhibit

Real-world experiences that provoke humor, anger and grief mingle with such art world preoccupations as form, material and aesthetic trends in a bracing exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, "Permission to be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from ...

What's Hot in the city this first week of May

From concerts theatre and comedy shows around the city, there’s a lot to keep you busy this week. Here’s a look at what’s hot!

Robert Battle showcases artistic vision in Boston with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Robert Battle, the artistic director for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, is pensive and soft-spoken. He is also leader of one of the most dynamic and recognized cultural institutions in the world.

Taraji P. Henson swings big with ‘From the Rough’

Taraji P. Henson talks about her new film, "From the Rough," an inspirational biopic where she portrays Catana Starks, the African-American trailblazer who became the first female to coach an NCAA Division 1 men’s team when she accepted the reins ...

Forgiveness, redemption drive "The Railway Man"

“The Railway Man” is the extraordinary true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, survives, is rescued, but is haunted by his ...

Marlon Wayans weighs in on “Haunted House 2"

Marlon Wayans spoke to the Banner about his latest film, "A Haunted House 2," a sequel spoofing the "Paranormal Activity" franchise.

What's Hot in the City this week of April 21st

From concerts to theatre around the city, there’s a lot to keep you busy and warm this week.

Brian Carpenter’s orchestra evokes early years of jazz

Jazz music was birthed by Buddy Bolden in Congo Square, New Orleans in the early 1900s, when his boisterous cornet blazed beyond any known measure or velocity.

‘The Talk’ star Aisha Tyler lets loose on her career

One of the busiest actors working in Hollywood today is the super smart, funny, and multi-talented Aisha Tyler. She’s seen daily around the country as a co-host on CBS’ Emmy nominated “The Talk,” voices the sexy superspy Lana on FX’s ...

What' Hot in the City

What's hot in the city this second week of April.

Composer Maria Schneider swings into Hub with band

Hang gliding over Rio; listening to birds singing; and gazing across wind-swept prairies are all experiences that jazz composer and big band leader Maria Schneider turns into music with her 18-member band, the Maria Schneider Orchestra. Its signature sound — ...

In The Mix

The world of sports and music came together in support of Jaden’s Ladder annual fundraiser “Bright Lights, Big City Black & White Gala,” held in the ballroom of the Ritz Carlton Hotel. NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk, former NBA ...