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.

Invite only: Robert Freeman’s paintings dissect a social world

Freeman’s oil painting depict a lighthearted social activities but with a darker edge to them. The works illuminate the dynamic of exclusion and inclusion between black and white social circles.

‘Father Joseph’ documentary highlights work of Haitian priest Father Joseph Philippe

Jeff Kaufman came to Boston recently to screen his documentary “Father Joseph” at The Boston Foundation in conjunction with The Haiti Development Institute, The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, and the Raising Haiti initiative on October 7.

Company One brings feminism to the stage with ‘Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.’

The non-narrative show ses vignettes of humans and surrealism to illustrate how women are oppressed daily in work, romantic relationships and family dynamics.

Boston Ballet opens season with ‘Le Corsaire’

The Opera House performance follows the adventures of the pirate captain Conrad, who falls in love with a slave trader’s foster daughter, MEdora, and must fight various obstacles to keep her.

MFA exhibit invites visitors to linger, read and reflect

Saravejo-born artists and architectural historian Azra Aksamija explores Islam and its traditions coexisting in a multicultural society.

Artist Steve Locke’s dual exhibit confronts racial, romantic history

Locke relishes the opportunity to bring the dark secrets of human history to light in collaborative exhibitions that confront violence, racism and identity that are both past and status quo.

Omar Robinson brings a new, vibrant Hamlet to life

The Actor’s Shakespeare Project focuses on Hamlet and his family in a striking, modern twist on the classic tragedy.