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Philly soul …

A bit of Philly soul came to Boston in the form of Boyz II Men, who brought the house down at The Wilbur.

Knock, knock ...

The 6th Annual Women in Comedy Festival showcased some of the best female comics from around the country over four hilarious days with a mix of sketch, stand-up comedy and improv.

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Comedian Bruce Bruce returns to The Wilbur stage; The Whispers perform at the Berklee Performance Center; The Sinclair presents the very talented singer and bass player Meshell Ndegeocello.

‘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.

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.

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 ...

Boston South End shop purveys homemade delicacies

When Sofi Mercedes Madison opened Olives & Grace in 2012, she intended to spread her love and respect for homemade products within the entire Boston community. As the store moves through its second year and to a new location, that ...

Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel raises funds for youth orchestra

At its fundraiser for programs to advance social change through music, the Cambridge-based Longy School of Music at Bard College chose to present an open rehearsal rather than a polished production. Conducting the rehearsal was Gustavo Dudamel, music director of ...

in the Mix: Female speaker series kicks off at Darryl’s, Harry Belafonte honored by Berklee

Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen in the South End kicked off National Women’s History Month on March 4 with the first in a month-long, female-centric speaker series. Also, Harry Belafonte, musician, songwriter, actor, and activist, was honored at a March ...

Author probes spirit of black expatriates

A book review of The Spirit of Josephine

Sweet Honey in the Rock celebrates decades of song

The concert on Sunday night at Boston Symphony Hall began with the mellifluous signing of "I’m Going to Stand," which is a fitting statement for the a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. The powerfully performing feminist group is ...

Forest Whitaker shares wit, wisdom in discussing latest film

Forest Whitaker is a distinguished artist and humanist, involved with a number of organizations for peace and also an award-winning actor. He talks to the Banner about his latest movie, "Repentance," a psychological thriller co-starring Anthony Mackie, Sanaa Lathan, Nicole ...

Luminous cast fuels "Witness Uganda" American Repertory Theater run

From the moment that Griffin Matthews steps on stage at the start of "Witness Uganda," in its world premier at the American Repertory Theater’s Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge through March 16, it becomes apparent that the show is about ...

Kevin Hart spearheads raunchy remake of ‘80s romantic romp

Loosely based on the original “About Last Night,” starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, a just-released raunchy remake of the same name is a romantic comedy ostensibly serving as a vehicle for popular comic-turned-actor Kevin Hart.