Gates’ genealogical explorations distilled in ‘Finding your roots’

Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr’s research of celebrities genetic roots makes for interesting reading in Finding Your Roots.

Football drama When The Game Stands Tall conveys important life lessons

When The Game Stands Tall tells inspirational story of redemption through football.

Newport Jazz Festival celebrates 60th anniversary

Newport lineup reflects depth of jazz music as festival marks 60th anniversary.

Impressive lineup of US, international bands featured at 2014 Montreal jazz festival

An abundance of talent and a richness of music from burgeoning artists prevailed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Singer Meshell Ndegeocello draws from eclectic influences

In Cambridge for a gig, singer/basist Meshell Ndegeocello discusses the varied influences on her soul-infused music

Well fed at Grass Fed ...

Described as a "burger joint with strong values," the Jamaica Plain burger joint Grass Fed offers delicious burgers, a variety of fries (from truffle-Parmesan to beet fries), onion rings, hot dogs, and sandwiches.

Chef John Verlinden cooks up a treat with new Cuban cookbook

John Verlinden or "Chef Johnny" as he’s known from his days as the proprietor of Boston’s first Cuban-American restaurant, Mucho Gusto Café & Collectibles, has recently written the cookbook, "To Cook is to Love." As he states right up front, ...

African American viewers missing in U.S. art scene

If you go to Kara Walker’s new exhibit, "A Subtlety," at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, a lot will overwhelm you. You’ll likely wait outside in a line that snakes down Kent Street, across from rowhouses that were once ...

Throwback to the ‘90s …

Treach and Kay Gee from Naughty by Nature and the man of the hour Ja Rule turned it up at the jam-packed House of Blues for HOT 96.9’s Throwback Party.

A Night of Dance …

It was a feast for the eyes as Boston Ballet’s dancers took to the stage in the program "Pricked."

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.

Coming up …

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.