Alice Walker reflects on a life of writing

Alice Walker has been defined as one of the key international writers of the 20th century. She made history as the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction as well as the National Book Award in 1983 ...

Luciana Souza revels in bossa nova during show at Harvard

Luciana Souza, who performed to an enthusiastic audience at Harvard University’s Sanders Theater last Saturday night, is perhaps bossa nova’s reigning queen — a brilliant interpreter of rhythm, tune and vocal phrasing.

in the Mix

Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan’s soft-touch delivery mixed with his everyman persona has helped him rise to the top in the world of comedy. Headlining The Wilbur for seven sold-out shows Gaffigan, in preparation for taping his upcoming special, discussed one ...

ArtsEmerson play a compelling story of colonialism

A troupe of six young actors decides to stage a theatrical presentation — not quite a play — about a little known historical event: the extermination of a tribe in Namibia by the country’s German occupiers.

Musical adaptation carries on weighty legacy of ‘The Color Purple’

Celie, the lead character in the musical "The Color Purple," which is playing in Boston at the Speakeasy Theater until Feb. 8, is stuck throughout most of her life in a suffocating reality. She comes from an uncomfortable past — ...

Gabrielle Union thrives in ‘Being Mary Jane’

Gabrielle Union might as well be a unicorn or a leprechaun or some other mythical creature. She is stunning and petite and warm and kind — all things that actresses of her stature and beauty aren’t supposed to be. And ...

American Repertory Theater’s ‘The Heart of Robin Hood’ adds romance to classic tale

A state of wonder sets in even before the actors appear in the deliriously enjoyable American Repertory Theater production of “The Heart of Robin Hood” at the Loeb Drama Center in Harvard Square through January 19th.

Roxbury R&B artist Lovely Hoffman lead in SpeakEasy’s ‘Color Purple’ Musical

When Roxbury native Lovely Hoffman walked into the first audition for the upcoming musical “The Color Purple” back in June, she went in without any expectations for the role she would play.

Millenium Choir lauds Christmas with harmonic gospel style

Glorifying God as well as the power of the African American gospel music tradition, the New England Conservatory Millennium Choir captivated its audience on Friday night at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston with a high-spirited celebration of the Christmas ...

In The Mix 12/19/2013

Upcoming Social events in and around Boston

Annual art exhibit unites Boston South End neighborhood

United South End Settlements aims to bring together South End artists, reflect diversity and increase access to art in the neighborhood with its fifth annual Community Colors exhibit. The exhibit is being displayed at the Harriet Tubman House on Columbus ...

Boston’s ‘Black Nativity’ four-decade run is a holiday treasure

"Black Nativity," Langston Hughes’ 1961 musical and theatrical treatment about the birth of Jesus Christ, is an American masterpiece. The play has become a holiday staple in Boston.

Black Nativity’ director Kasi Lemmons pays homage to Langston Hughes

A proven talent as an actress, writer and director, Kasi Lemmons continues to tantalize creatively with her thought-provoking body of work. Her work as an actress includes roles in "Silence of the Lambs" opposite Jodie Foster, and Spike Lee’s "School ...

Mary J. Blige delivers lackluster effort with holiday album

Mary J. Blige is not what she used to be. Over the two decades that she has been performing urban American music, Blige has gradually retreated from the edgy inner-city grooves of the neo-soul sound most popular in the middle-to-late ...

Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker comes to The Strand

The 26th annual production of Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker is ending its tour in Dorchester.