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In the Mix 08/29/2013

“In the MIX” looks at the recent Jay Z and Justin Timberlake concert, the 2013 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, the Pomodoro restaurant and several upcoming music events around Boston.

Restaurant GEM glimmers in Downtown Crossing

Big Night Entertainment Group has brought high-end venues like Shrine, Red Lantern and Empire to the city’s most high-traffic neighborhoods. One of the group’s latest projects is GEM Restaurant & Lounge, located just outside of Beacon Hill. The vamp-style supper ...

Two-time Oscar-nominee talks about his latest film Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’

Lee Daniels is best known for directing and producing the Academy Award-winning film Precious which was nominated for a half-dozen Oscars in 2010, including his two for Best Picture and Best Director. Now he talks about his latest movie Lee ...

On the Go with Ato Essandoh!

After hypnotizing audiences as D’Artagnan, the slave who was mauled to death by dogs in Django Unchained, Ato Essandoh now stars as Dr. Matthew Freeman in the second season of BBC America’s highest-rated series premiere ever, Copper. Born in Schenectady, ...

In the Mix: The Rise of Ryan Coogler

Born and raised in Oakland, Calif., Ryan Coogler has been on a whirlwind schedule since his debut film Fruitvale Station, starring Michael B. Jordan, was selected for the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab in 2012.

A Heart to Heart with movie star, comedian Kevin Hart

Born in Philadelphia on July 6, 1980, Kevin Hart is one of the most versatile comedic actors in both television and film. He’s recently delivered memorable performances in Think Like a Man, which grossed over $90 million in theaters, as ...

Conversation in modern art

The pleasures of art and its power to bear witness animate the exhibition of African American art on display through September 2 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. Entitled "In Conversation: Modern African American Art," this vibrant sampling ...

Precision, musicianship anchor Bruno Mars show in Boston

In the minds of cynical critics, pop artists can get a bad rap as the manufactured puppets of the music business. But at the TD Banknorth Garden last month Bruno Mars showed during the third date on his Moonshine Jungle ...

In the Mix

East Meets West … with a critique of Ming Tsai’s Blue Dragon restaurant in Fort Point Channel. Summertime Fun … with a movie review of The Way Way Back, written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, and starring ...

Fan of Fana: Talking with South African actor Fana Mokoena

Veteran South African actor Fana Mokoena garnered worldwide acclaim for his powerful portrayal of General Augustin Bizimungu opposite Oscar-nominees Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo in Hotel Rwanda. He talks about his latest movie director Marc Forster’s World War Z opposite ...

The Roxbury International Film Festival hosts its 15th annual celebration of indie filmmakers of color

The Roxbury International Film Festival (RIFF) celebrates its 15th anniversary over four days (beginning Thursday, June 27), with an array of features, documentaries, shorts and youth-produced works.

The Beehive Brings Bohemia to the South End

The Beehive, which sits unobtrusively in the South End, reflects the eclectic nature of La Ruche [“the beehive”] an early 20th Century French artistic haven. La Ruche was a retreat for idealist thinkers and artisans of varying cultures and backgrounds. ...

Neo soul icon D’Angelo captivates eclectic House of Blues crowd

Some artists need slick marketing campaigns and smoke and mirrors effects to succeed. Others thrive based solely on raw talent. D’Angelo falls into the latter category. At the House of Blues last Tuesday, the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist dubbed “R&B Jesus” ...

Huntington Theatre's ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’ presents witty, poignant tale of two women

The Huntington Theatre Company production of Gina Gionfriddo’s smart and poignant comedy, “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” on stage at the Boston Center for the Arts through June 30, brings out the play’s fast-paced wit and, along with the humor, its touch ...

The-Dream’s “IV Play” is versatile, visionary R&B

The-Dream may not have the star power or name recognition of some of his R&B contemporaries. He’s spent a good chunk of his career in the shadows creating hits for the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey and ...