Fredi Walker-Browne originated the role of ‘JoAnne Jefferson’ in Jonathan Larson’s 1996 Tony Award-winning musical “Rent.” Twenty years later, Rent’s anniversary is celebrated with Fiddlehead Theatre Company’s production of the iconic musical and a free seminar called “Storytelling for Actors” presented by Walker-Browne.
This Saturday former Saturday Night Live cast member Ana Gasteyer performs in concert at Sanders Theatre as part of the Celebrity Series of Boston. Her upcoming performance is described as “evoking the swagger of an era when a lady ruled a nightclub and an audience knew they were in for a good time.”
Known for giving a real, oftentimes raw, and a “no-holds barred” perspective on relationships in his standup, Corey Holcomb brings the truth in the battle between the sexes in his latest comedy special taping “Book Of Coreythians” on Friday at The Wilbur.
One of Gabrielle McClinton’s biggest dreams — appearing on Broadway — materialized in 2013 when McClinton starred as the Leading Player in the Tony® Award-winning musical revival “Pippin” under the direction of Tony® Award-winning director Diane Paulus. “Pippin,” which originally premiered on Broadway in 1972 with Ben Vereen as the Leading Player, tells the story of Pippin, a young prince, who’s on a journey to find meaning in his life.
In Kirsten Greenidge’s Obie Award-winning play ‘Milk Like Sugar,’ which is set to premiere on January 29 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, she once again touches upon the intersection of race and class through three teenage girls — Annie (Jasmine Carmichael), Talisha (Shazi Raja) and Margie (Carolina Sanchez) — who enter into a “pregnancy pact.”
Winner of the Europa Cinemas Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and a 2015 Golden Globe nominee in the category of Best Foreign-Language Film (it lost to Hungary’s “Son of Saul” this past Monday), “Mustang” is a captivating and beautifully written and directed film that tells the story of five modern-day teenage sisters living with their grandmother in the remote village of Inebolu in northern Turkey, who are imprisoned by their family for what they believe is sexually-illicit behavior on the part of the girls.
No stranger to playing meaty roles or tackling the Bard, Shirine Babb is set to star as Jory in the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced, opening on Friday at the Avenue of the Arts/BU Theatre.
For comedian Deon Cole, success is all about having your own perspective or “putting your own spin on everything that you do.”
On Christmas Day, the movie-going public will see Will Poulter co-staring in the biggest film of his career to-date, The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. Poulter plays Jim Bridger, the real-life frontiersman, trapper, scout, and guide who explored and trapped in the western part of the U.S. in the 1800’s.
Mass. Conference for Women hits milestone
Attracting nearly 10,000 women, The Massachusetts Conference for Women was held on Thursday, December 10 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The one-day event, which has grown in size and scope, since it was first held in 2005, featured 100 speakers and more than 30 workshops and seminars on the topics of leadership, career advancement and transitions, business and entrepreneurship, personal empowerment and finance, and more.
In 2014, Dashon Burton performed for the first time with Boston Baroque in Handel’s Messiah. He returns for a second year on Friday and Saturday as a guest soloist with the nationally-renowned orchestra. Under the direction of Martin Pearlman, the Boston Baroque presents its 34th annual performance of Handel's Messiah at The New England Conservatory of Music’s Jordan Hall.
Shrewsbury High School was the setting where Kira Cowan and Jared Troilo first met and musical theater was where they became partners both on-and-off the stage. The couple, who recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary, collaborate for the first time as husband and wife in Fiddlehead Theater Company’s musical adaptation of the Disney classic “The Little Mermaid.”
In typical Rocky fashion, “Creed” is much more than a boxing movie. Yes, there are the boxing matches and the grueling workouts, but more importantly the film explores a new chapter in the Rocky saga with Jordan in the starring role of Adonis Johnson, a young boxer who never knew his father, world heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed — and is struggling to define himself while living up to his father’s legacy.
An artist and arts administrator for more than 30 years both in the United States and in Greece, Pares Mallis is the founder, organizer and curator of ART 100 BOSTON — a platform featuring original and contemporary artwork from local artists. After a successful debut in December 2014 with 50 artists and 300 works of art, the exhibition returns to the Piano Craft Gallery in the South End, December 4-19, featuring more than 400 original pieces of art by 68 artists primarily from the Greater Boston area.
From October 30 to November 8, ArtsEmerson in conjunction with Future Boston Alliance presented The Obsessive Residency with acclaimed novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and artist Walter Mosley, as part of its second Public Dialogue Series titled “Naming Ourselves: Provocative Conversations on Identity and Representation.” The residency was sponsored by the Fresh Sound Foundation.
The critically-acclaimed South African company, which made its U.S. debut in 2014 with Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute, wraps up its run of its two reimagined classics — “uCarmen” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” — this weekend at the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre.
Memphis-born playwright Katori Hall puts the focus on seven black women in a Memphis beauty parlor/ boarding house during the final days of World War II in “Saturday Night/Sunday Morning,” now playing at the Lyric Stage in Boston.
Bronx-born actress and singer Jeannette Bayardelle, who performed her one-woman play “SHIDA” last November at the American Repertory Theatre, is back in the Bay State in the role of Deloris Van Cartier in the five-time Tony®-nominated musical “Sister Act.” The musical is playing through Sunday at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly.
“I still want to bring great stories to the screen. I still want to bring great historical stories; great stories featuring African American icons. I still want to do that. It’s been my passion my whole life, my whole adult life,” says Remember the Titans award-winning screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard.
The Lizt Alfonso Dance Company makes its Boston debut with its production Cuba Vibra this Saturday and Sunday at the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre. Set to Cuban music and dance from the 1950s to present-day, 18 dancers will take over the stage performing a seamless fusion of dances, including ballet, flamenco, cha-cha, rumba, conga, salsa, and more.
Ten-time Grammy Award winner Chaka Khan (“I’m Every Woman,” “Ain’t Nobody,” “Do You Love What You Feel”) performs at The Dimock Center’s annual black tie gala Steppin’ Out on Saturday, November 7 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. This year, the multicultural event celebrates and supports Dimock’s mission to restore, transform, and uplift with a goal of increasing access to substance abuse treatment.
The Haitian-born author Edwidge Danticat, who came to prominence in 1994 with the mesmerizing “Breath, Eyes, Memory,” will appear at the Boston Book Festival, which begins Oct. 23.
Actor Leon Robinson, a storyteller at heart
Actor Leon Robinson, a storyteller at heart
Born in Malaysia’s capital of Kuala Lumpur, Yuna was exposed not only to Malay music but also to American pop, rock, blues, and jazz. Her musical idols also included No Doubt, Nirvana, Lauryn Hill, Aaliyah and Janet Jackson.
For actor and dancer Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva, who was born in the town of Manatí on the northern coast of Puerto Rico, the role of Bernardo in the musical “West Side Story” really resonates for a couple of reasons.
Production runs through Oct. 18 at Emerson College
“Mr. Joy,” the one-woman play written by playwright and ArtsEmerson Artist-in-Residence Daniel Beaty and starring Tangela Large brings nine different characters to life.
Television personality, tool expert and avid do-it-yourselfer Chris Grundy, who hosted the first-ever interactive home-building television series “Giveaway Blog Cabin” for the DIY Network from 2012 through 2015, has been tapped to co-host the new travel series “50/50” with world traveler Samantha Brown. The series premiered on the Travel Channel on Sunday, Oct. 4.
Celebrated rapper, songwriter, MC and activist Che “Rhymefest” Smith returns to the spotlight with a heartwarming and sometimes raw documentary “In My Father’s House,” which details his reunion with his estranged father Brian, an alcoholic living on the streets.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”) hits the screen again with the heartwarming and inspirational documentary “He Named Me Malala,” about Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who won last year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Through the film Malala and her family are able to share their story with the world in their own voices.
Three women known as KING performed a heady blend of R&B and soul music to a sold-out audience in the classical setting as part of the RISE music series.
It’s a homecoming of sorts for musical group KING who perform on Thursday at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s new music series RISE. KING is comprised of twin sisters Paris and Amber Strother and vocalist Anita Bias. Paris, who is a pianist, keyboardist and composer, initially met Bias at the Berklee College of Music when they were both students at the internationally-renowned music college. “Having gone to school there, I always loved the city,” says Paris of her time in Boston.
Shea Rose and Simone Scazzocchio at Gardner Museum Thursday night.
Anjelah Johnson never intended to be a comedian. She wanted to be an actress, “but the comedy doors were the ones that were opening and the acting doors weren’t really moving too much,” she says.
Music, dance and comedy take center stage in the city. Here’s a look at what’s hot!
Singer, songwriter and pianist Avery*Sunshine believes in gratitude. She radiates a warmth and positivity that makes you feel like she is giving you a hug. The vocalist opens for Gregory Porter this Saturday at the Berklee Performance Center, and spoke with the Banner as she was clothes shopping with her son before heading out on tour.
It’s a comedy and music-filled weekend in and around the city. Here’s a look at what’s hot!
In August 2013, Gibson founded Kyu Mélange (pronounced Q-Mey-Longe), which is a “purpose driven fashion and lifestyle company” offering multi-functional, hand-crafted, unisex leather bags, clutches and accessories, sourced from around the globe. (“Kyu” means “progress” in Japanese and “mélange” means “mixture” in French.)
Known for weaving gospel, jazz and pop to country and blues into her music, Lizz Wright has continued that tradition on her newest album, Freedom & Surrender, which she considers a reflection of where she currently is in her life.
Entrepreneur’s latest venture links beauticians, clients
BeautyLynk offers hair and makeup services to women who have a variety of hair textures and come from different ethnic backgrounds. Customers can either be matched with a beauty professional by reviewing their profiles on the website or call or email BeautyLynk to speak to a representative.
It’s a weekend filled with art, dance and music in and around the city. Here’s a look at what’s hot!
It’s a festival and music-filled weekend in and around the city. Here’s a look at what’s hot!
Stars in “Survivor’s Remorse”, “Real Husbands of Hollywood” and upcoming “Shades of Blue”
One-time pre-med Erica Ash student has hit it big in TV. Ash “Survivor’s Remorse” and “Real Husbands of Hollywood” and will appear in NBC’s “Shades of Blue”, which comes out in Fall 2016. On a recent promotional tour for “Survivor’s Remorse,” Erica Ash discusses trusting her instincts, loving her work, balancing three shows and what’s in store for M-Chuck on the second season.
It’s a festival and music-filled weekend in and around the city. Here’s a look at what’s hot!
2014 was a game-changer for actor Jessie T. Usher. Early in the year, he had a supporting role as high school football player Tayshon Lanear opposite Jim Caviezel in the film “When the Game Stands Tall” and by October he was starring in the Starz-scripted, LeBron James executive-produced dramedy “Survivor’s Remorse.”
“It never ceases to amaze me that that is a possibility for my job,” says Jordan Carlos of writing for Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. Carlos, who was slipping in subtle and funny one-liners throughout a recent chat with the Banner, is thrilled to be working on the network’s late night show.
Brew at the Zoo and Kinky Boots tops our list
Beer tasting at Franklin Park Zoo this weekend! This is a great opportunity to sample beer from local breweries.
Music takes center stage this weekend. Here’s a look at what’s hot!
Tonight (Thursday), saxophonist Elan Trotman performs at Scullers Jazz Club at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Show: $25; Dinner & Show: $65; www.scullersjazz.com.
After seeing the musical Annie at the age of five, Kyle Taylor Parker knew he wanted to be an actor. It was the first show that the Milwaukee native saw and absolutely fell in love with. His teachers noticed the burgeoning entertainer’s gift at a young age and encouraged his mother to nurture his talent. Now in his 20s, Parker is living out his dream as an actor, singer and dancer. He currently stars as Lola the British drag queen in the national touring production of the 2013 Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots. The tour lands in Boston this Tuesday, August 11 and runs through August 30 at the Boston Opera House.
Vocalist’s music transcends languages
With her breathtaking solo during the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir’s performance of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” classically trained mezzo-soprano Alicia Olatuja enchanted the millions who attended President Obama’s second Inauguration in 2013 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as well as all those who watched from the comfort and warmth of their homes.
A music-filled weekend in Boston sounds sublime! Here’s a look at what’s hot in the city!