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Steve McQueen’s ‘Ashes’ haunts Institute of Contemporary Art

The stunning visual exploration follows the life of a carefree young fisherman named Ashes and the unexpected and jarring fate that awaits him. McQueen layers the film with commentary on globalism, the economy and the way bodies can be defined ...

Documentary fleshes out James Baldwin’s unfinished ‘Remember This House’

When novelist/social critic James Baldwin passed away in 1987, he left behind an unfinished opus entitled “Remember This House.” The 30-page manuscript assessed the plight of African Americans in the United States while specifically reflecting upon the assassinations of three ...

Company One Theatre’s ‘REALLY’ confronts grief, relationships

In the intimate, touching play, a mother and girlfriend struggle to come to terms with the death of a young photographer.

Driver personifies poetry in motion in introspective film ‘Paterson’

Paterson (Adam Driver) is stuck in a rut. By day, the municipal bus driver repeatedly negotiates his way around a boring route around the New Jersey city which shares his name. After hours, he hangs out at a dingy, neighborhood ...

Militaristic Haitian past plays out in paintings

Five powerful paintings by artist Marilene Phipps-Kettlewell reflect the scars on Haiti and its people left by the violent rule of President François Duvalier (Papa Doc).

Ibsen’s classic ‘A Doll’s House’ on stage through Feb. 5

A scathing portrayal of the Helmers and their toxic compromises, the play premiered in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Dec. 21, 1879 and brought Ibsen international fame. Since its debut, the play has been published in 78 languages and remains on stage ...

‘Thurgood’ paints stunning portrait of legal giant

Earlier this month, the New Repertory Theatre launched its “Prophetic Portrait” series of historical figures with “Thurgood,” a one-man show by George Stevens Jr. and directed by Benny Sato Ambush. It features Johnny Lee Davenport as the legendary Supreme Court ...

Marie-Claude Mendy brings Senegal to Boston

Mendy’s goal was to bring the simple, but powerful taste of Africa to the cold Northeast. The restaurant decor is that of a moody, trendy nightspot, with a subtle nod to Senegal.

Khabeer Sultan deconstructs the stereotype of the black man

Sultan’s poignant black-and-white portraits of men of color reveal the complex individuals underneath the stereotype.

‘The Bounce Back’ a delightful romantic romp

Shemar Moore, Bill Bellamy, Marta Cross, Filly Brown and Nadja Alaya star in "The Bounce Back," opening Dec. 9

Peabody Essex Museum presents closet staples as artwork

The vibrant, extensive exhibit looks at the creation and style of shoes from both design and historical perspectives. Many of the pieces reflect the use of clothing and footwear to restrict and control women; others reveal artistry often neglected in ...

‘Showin up and showin out’: Napoleon Jones-Henderson exhibit calls for compassion

Napoleon Jones-Henderson returns to Roxbury Community College with the exhibit “Showin Up and Showin Out: The Past, Present, and Future,” on view at the Resnikoff Gallery through November 30. Jones-Henderson is well-known for his sculptural installations of painted ceramic tiles. ...

Unfinished business: Kara Walker’s artwork deals with arenas of race, gender and identity

Renowned contemporary artist Kara Walker is known for elegant, provocative murals that employ hand-cut stencils to render the persistent legacy of slavery. She casts her silhouetted figures in violent or sexual scenes that evoke unfinished business in the arenas of ...

Play examines relationship of Mary Todd Lincoln, dressmaker

In Bad Habit Productions’ “How Soft the Lining,” a small but powerful cast explores the relationship between Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley, her dressmaker. In performance through November 20 at Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, the show ...

‘Top Eye Open’ on stage at Hibernian Hall through Nov. 19

The play explores the Fugitive Slave Law through the story of the first man in Boston to be arrested under it.

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