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What's Hot in the City this Valentine's Weekend?

Celebrate love and art this weekend at the MFA on Friday night with Love Letters advice columnist Meredith Goldstein, Green Porno with Isabella Rossellini at ArtsEmerson, and ease on down the yellow brick road with The Wiz at the Strand ...

Suzan-Lori Parks chronicles odyssey of ex-slave in ‘Father’ play

With her latest play, “Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3),” playwright Suzan-Lori Parks presents the first segment of a three-part epic based on the Civil War and the fortunes of a slave who comes to ...

Branford Marsalis warms crowd with a hot set at Harvard’s Sanders Theater

Branford Marsalis opened his extraordinary 90-minute set at Harvard’s Sanders Theater last week with grumbling, complaint and a decidedly off-balanced gait.

Mark Morris Dance Group performs at Institute of Contemporary Art

Last week, the Mark Morris Dance Group performed five nights in the intimate setting of the Institute of Contemporary Art’s 325-seat theater.

Kevin Hart is the best man in The Wedding Ringer

Kevin Hart is a star and The Wedding Ringer is another film that further cements his abilities and talents to make audiences laugh.

Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba match wits in No Good Deed

An attorney and her two young kids find themselves in the clutches of a desperate maniac until the protective mother’s maternal and survival instincts kick into high gear.

Joaquin Phoenix plays pothead private eye in hippie-era whodunit

Inherent Vice, a surreal whodunit far more concerned with recreating the feel of the post-Sixties’ daze of free-flowing drugs than with crafting a compelling crime thriller.

Cicely Tyson’s ‘Bountiful’ performance a delight

As delicate and strong as the actor in its lead role, Cicely Tyson, the wondrous Broadway production of Horton Foote’s classic American play, “Trip to Bountiful” is on stage through December 7 at the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

Area 4, Bogie’s Place serve up simple, delicious food

From Area 4 in Kendall Square to Bogie’s Place in Downtown Boston, Boston and Cambridge’s bursting culinary scene offers a vast array of options for every palate taste.

Conceptual artist Jonas riveting in Reanimation

Reanimation, a performance and film by renowned conceptual artist Joan Jonas, is an hour-long work of music, movement and video that conjures an actual phenomenon: an endangered Arctic, where loss of snow and ice from global warming threatens ancient habitats.

‘Whiplash’ spins tale of abusive music teacher

Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) gets more than he bargained for when he enters the hallowed halls of mythical Shaffer Conservatory, ending up under the thumb of Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an impatient perfectionist with a twisted teaching method.

The Chew’s Carla Hall shares views on food and cooking

Known for her colorful eyeglass frames, curly hair and love of comfort food, Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s popular lifestyle series, The Chew will be at Lekker Home this Saturday promoting her latest cookbook, Carla’s Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from ...

Goya exhibit portrays best, worst of human nature

The magnificent exhibition of works by Francesco Goya (1746-1828) at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston through January 19 draws the viewer into the artist’s world — which is not so different from ours.

ArtsEmerson’s ‘King Lear’ an engaging production

ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage presented ‘King Lear’ at the Emerson/Paramount Mainstage in Boston through October 23. Joseph Marcell played the lead role with a touring troupe of another revered company, Shakespeare’s Globe, of London.

‘St. Vincent’ director finds perfect cast for first film

Actor Joseph Marcell keeps his Lear at a high pitch from the start in this engaging if uneven production of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, an exploration of the human capacity for truth, loyalty and love as well as blindness, betrayal, and ...