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Jose Mateo tackles taboo conversation of race in dance

On Sunday, March 19, the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre hosted its third “Talk About Dance” panel discussion in a series that focuses on race and racism in the dance community. Moderated by Klare Shaw, national director of programs at Liberty ...

Suzan-Lori Parks’ play, ‘Topdog/Underdog,’ delivers tough truths

In her brilliant, Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Parks creates two characters that have been dealt a poor hand. She turns three-card monte into a metaphor for the struggle of Booth and his older brother, Lincoln, for power and self-esteem. It is ...

Feminist posters tout equality

“Women’s Rights are Human Rights,” on display at Northeastern’s 360 Gallery through April 17, provides a heart-wrenching look at present-day gender politics. The 44-poster exhibit, curated by Elizabeth Resnick, professor emerita of graphic design at the Massachusetts College of Art ...

‘Precious Little’ combines drama and droll humor

Madeleine George’s beautifully written play combines droll humor and drama as it follows Brodie into new, uncharted terrain of the heart.

Star-studded: ‘Family’ exhibit celebrates black tenacity

Giovanni DeCunto’s crafts his portraits of African American icons with a fascinating blend of techniques.

‘Grand Concourse’ characters embody the human condition

Four soup kitchen workers test, tempt and care for each other in a play that questions what it takes to lead a good life.

Past and present fight for control in Boston Ballet's ‘Artifact’

Boston Ballet’s “Artifact” delivers a chilling and refreshingly contemporary performance.

Steve McQueen’s ‘Ashes’ haunts Institute of Contemporary Art

The stunning visual exploration follows the life of a carefree young fisherman named Ashes and the unexpected and jarring fate that awaits him. McQueen layers the film with commentary on globalism, the economy and the way bodies can be defined ...

Documentary fleshes out James Baldwin’s unfinished ‘Remember This House’

When novelist/social critic James Baldwin passed away in 1987, he left behind an unfinished opus entitled “Remember This House.” The 30-page manuscript assessed the plight of African Americans in the United States while specifically reflecting upon the assassinations of three ...

Company One Theatre’s ‘REALLY’ confronts grief, relationships

In the intimate, touching play, a mother and girlfriend struggle to come to terms with the death of a young photographer.

Driver personifies poetry in motion in introspective film ‘Paterson’

Paterson (Adam Driver) is stuck in a rut. By day, the municipal bus driver repeatedly negotiates his way around a boring route around the New Jersey city which shares his name. After hours, he hangs out at a dingy, neighborhood ...

Militaristic Haitian past plays out in paintings

Five powerful paintings by artist Marilene Phipps-Kettlewell reflect the scars on Haiti and its people left by the violent rule of President François Duvalier (Papa Doc).

Ibsen’s classic ‘A Doll’s House’ on stage through Feb. 5

A scathing portrayal of the Helmers and their toxic compromises, the play premiered in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Dec. 21, 1879 and brought Ibsen international fame. Since its debut, the play has been published in 78 languages and remains on stage ...

‘Thurgood’ paints stunning portrait of legal giant

Earlier this month, the New Repertory Theatre launched its “Prophetic Portrait” series of historical figures with “Thurgood,” a one-man show by George Stevens Jr. and directed by Benny Sato Ambush. It features Johnny Lee Davenport as the legendary Supreme Court ...

Marie-Claude Mendy brings Senegal to Boston

Mendy’s goal was to bring the simple, but powerful taste of Africa to the cold Northeast. The restaurant decor is that of a moody, trendy nightspot, with a subtle nod to Senegal.