Salem museum displays paintings of Thomas Hart Benton

An artist of his time, painter Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) chronicled what it meant to be an American in the 20th century, when the nation was a democracy on the rise. Artists of all kinds were exploring the American character, ...

3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets

Directed by Marc Silver, 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets is a powerful documentary revisiting the critical issues in the landmark legal proceeding. Besides painstakingly examining the evidence, the picture devotes considerable time to humanizing Jordan Davis via a combination of home ...

Dreamgirls offers plenty drama, flash and energy

Loosely based on the story of the Supremes, Dreamgirls follows the struggles of three young black singers determined to make it big in the music industry.

Charles Floyd conducts Gospel Night at the Boston Pops

Bringing together the dual powers of the African-American gospel music tradition and a full symphony orchestra, the annual Gospel Night at the Boston Pops injected Symphony Hall with jubilation and devotion.

Drone warfare takes toll on pilot in Afghan War saga

Tom Egan (Ethan Hawke) is a U.S. fighter pilot who was grudgingly grounded to fight the War on Terrorism via drone technology. The good news was that the reassignment meant his life would no longer be in jeopardy, since he’d ...

Witherspoon, Vergara team up for a Hot Pursuit

Don’t judge a book by its cover seems to be the key message in the new comedy Hot Pursuit out now in theaters, starring Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line,” “Wild”) and Sofía Vergara (“Chef,” TV’s “Modern Family”).

Avengers: Age of Ultron

The wait is over! The most anticipated sequel from 2012’s blockbuster The Avengers is here.

Art exhibit inspired by the American South

When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South,” on view through May 10 at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, presents a sampling of works by 35 African-American artists inspired by a real or imagined American South.

Author traces family’s Nazi history in ‘My Grandfather’

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me, is an account of Jennifer Teege’s discovery researching her family’s dark past during the Holocaust.

Win a Pair of Tickets to Jesus Christ Superstar at the Strand Theatre

Tickets are on sale now for Fiddlehead Theatre Company’s modern day interpretation of the classic rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar.

The Colored Museum at The Huntington Theatre Company is satire served up with wit, insight

Delirious and at moments, devastating, the Huntington Theatre Company’s revival of “The Colored Museum,” by two-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, would be worth seeing for the verve and finesse of the cast alone. But the production, on stage ...

Book probes shifting depictions of black masculinity in Hollywood

Roland Leander Williams, Jr. who teaches English at Temple University, has written Black Male Frames: African-Americans in a Century of Hollywood Cinema, 1903-2003, which shows how black male movie characters have basically been either submissive or subversive to suit the ...

How Kosher is ‘Kosher Soul’?

‘Kosher Soul’ finds humor in fact of interracial Jewish couple.

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 ...