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Colette Greenstein

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What's Hot in the City August 27-30th

It’s a festival and music-filled weekend in and around the city. Here’s a look at what’s hot!

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Erica Ash’s passion for acting leads to TV success

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.

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What's Hot in the City August 21st weekend

It’s a festival and music-filled weekend in and around the city. Here’s a look at what’s hot!

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Actor Jessie T. Usher proud of his role on ‘Survivor’s Remorse’

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.”

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The Nightly Show ‘icing on the cake’ for Jordan Carlos

“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.

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What's Hot in the City August 14th weekend

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.

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What's Hot in the City August 7th weekend

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.

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Kinky Boots’ Kyle Taylor Parker living out his Broadway dreams

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.

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Alicia Olatuja

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.

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What's Hot in the City - July 30th - August 2, 2015

A music-filled weekend in Boston sounds sublime! Here’s a look at what’s hot in the city!

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Laurence Pierce creates conversation through art

Drawings on display at Strand Theatre through Friday, July 31

A lifelong artist and director of the AfricanWinter Gallery in Dorchester, Laurence Pierce has more time to devote to his art these days. A former teacher and art specialist at the Head Start Program at Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury, Pierce considers himself a professional artist now that he’s retired.

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Comedian Sasheer Zamata talks about her Saturday Night Live

Sasheer Zamata, who returns to SNL for her second season this September, will be performing stand-up comedy at Laugh Boston on Sunday, August 9. She recently spoke to the Banner about SNL’s 40th Anniversary celebration, meeting Beyoncé and how she went from improv to stand-up.

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What's Hot in the City July 24th weekend

Franklin Park Art Groove and Floetry reunion at Wilbur

Tonight at 7 p.m. (Thursday) the Pop Up: Franklin Park Art Grove Kick-Off Party celebrates the first annual Art Grove at Samson.

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Floetry ‘Says Yes’ to reunion

R&B duo will perform at the Wilbur Theatre

On July 24, fans once again can enjoy the art of the English neo soul duo Floetry, performing together after disbanding several years ago. That surely will please those who have connected to their music and experiences on deep and emotional levels. That bond was on display recently in a performance that seemingly transcended thunderstorms, as Floetry — a.k.a. Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart — closed out the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans over the Fourth of July weekend.

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Nnenna Freelon returns home to perform at Cambridge Jazz Festival

It’s a homecoming of sorts for jazz singer Nnenna Freelon. The world-renowned composer, arranger, producer and actress, who was born and raised in Cambridge, performs at the second annual Cambridge Jazz Festival this Sunday, July 26 at University Park on Sidney Street, near MIT.

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What's Hot in the City - July 17th

ArtsEmerson presents Son of Man at Hibernian Hall

Music and the arts take center stage. Here’s a look at what’s hot in the city!

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Outside the box returns after a year hiatus

The music and arts festival runs through July 19

After making a splash in 2013, the Outside The Box Music & Arts festival took a year off in 2014 to “find the right formula,” says festival founder, philanthropist and arts enthusiast Ted Cutler in a recent conversation with the Banner.

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What’s cooking

ChopChop Magazine makes a difference in children’s lives

An award-winning writer of 22 cookbooks, Sally Sampson in 2010 founded the nonprofit organization ChopChopKids, with a mission to inspire and teach kids to cook real food with their families. The organization publishes quarterly its namesake magazine, ChopChop: The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families, which now is in its fifth year.

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Practice makes perfect

Entrepreneur aims to level playing field with PracticeGigs platform

Born out of frustration and a desire to excel at tennis, Toni Oloko founded PracticeGigs, a “peer-to-peer learning marketplace” that enables tennis players to develop their skills by connecting, practicing, and playing with more advance tennis players.

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What's Hot in the City this weekend!

Outside the Box starts Tuesday and Jamaica Plain Porchfest

Music and the arts take center stage. Here’s a look at what’s hot in the city!

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Montreal embraces Festival De Jazz

From jazz and blues to pop and hip-hop and everything in between, last week’s 36th annual Montréal Jazz Festival offered a wide range of music for jazz aficionados, music lovers and festival-goers alike. With more than 35 shows a day, a plethora of music was on tap throughout downtown Montréal.

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What's Hot in the City this July 4th weekend?

Boston Calling Block Party in Dewey Square

Music galore this 4th July weekend.

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Haley House to open new pizza restaurant – Dudley Dough

In ten short years, Haley House Bakery Café in Dudley Square has become an institution and a cultural gem. It opened its doors in 2005 as an expanded site for Haley House’s Bakery Training Program, which had outgrown its home in the organization’s South End soup kitchen. Now Haley House is going to open new pizza restaurant — Dudley Dough — in the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building.

Behind-the-scenes with Bravo TV’s Married to Medicine

The show’s Dr. Simone Whitmore completed her residency in Boston

“You’re either a doctor or married to a doctor” is the premise of Bravo’s Atlanta-based reality series, Married to Medicine, now in its third season. However, each of the six women—Dr. Jacqueline Walters, Dr. Simone Whitmore, Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Toya Bush-Harris, Quad Webb-Lunceford, and Lisa Nicole Cloud—all are accomplished in their own right.

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Somi’s album, The Lagos Music Salon, transcends geography

Jazz vocalist and songwriter Somi didn’t intend to write an album when she left New York for Lagos, Nigeria in 2011. “I think people assumed that I moved there specifically to go and write. I think I wanted a change. I had gone through some big personal changes and shifts in my life that can get quite sobering. I lost my father,” says the East African chanteuse by phone to the Banner.

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What's Hot in the City this first weekend of summer?

Closing weekend of Roxbury Int Film Festival and Boston Jerkfest top our What's Hot list.

Boston Jerkfest and Rum & Brew taking place in the South End this weekend and Roxbury International Film Festival have their closing day screening featuring hip-hop documentary Shake the Dust.

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Montreal International Jazz Festival will be held June 26-July 5

Celebrating its 36th anniversary this year from June 26 to July 5, the Festival was named the “world’s largest jazz festival” in the Guinness Book of Records in 2004. The long-running music celebration, which is presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan, is set in the heart of downtown Montreal and features a rich catalog of musicians performing across multiple indoor and outdoor stages, theaters, clubs and concert halls.

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What's Hot in the City this June 19th weekend?

Opening night of Roxbury International Film Festival!

It’s all about film festivals, comedy, and music for Father’s Day weekend. Here’s a look at what’s hot in the city!

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Dope’s Shameik Moore discusses starring film role

Directed and written by Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood, Brown Sugar), Dope (which opens in theaters on Friday) is the coming-of-age tale of Inglewood, Calif. high school senior Malcolm (played by Shameik Moore), who lives and breathes ’90s hip hop and culture and hopes to one day attend Harvard. His bandmates Jib and Diggy are played by Tony Revolori of The Grand Budapest Hotel and Kiersey Clemons from the Amazon series Transparent. a fan of ’90s hip hop in real life, the Atlanta native’s showbiz career began in 2011 with appearances on Tyler Perry’s House of Pain and BET’s scripted series Reed Between The Lines. In 2012, Moore made his film debut in the Queen Latifah/Dolly Parton film Joyful Noise, and a year later, he became a series regular on the teen live-action sketch comedy series, Incredible Crew created and produced by Nick Cannon.

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Coming-of-age film’s actors reflect on their roles

Based on the book of the same name by author Jesse Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl tells the poignant, sweet and refreshingly honest coming-of-age story about high school senior Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann), who has pretty much “flown under the radar” throughout his high school years by not drawing attention to himself and consciously avoiding any meaningful or deep friendships. His one friend and constant companion Earl Jackson (R.J. Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, describes him more as a “co-worker” than a best friend.

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Melissa McCarthy brings the laughs in espionage caper Spy

Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig reteam for the comedy/action caper Spy out now in theaters. The actress and director who previously worked together on the comedies Bridesmaids in 2011 and The Heat in 2013 have partnered for their third comedy, and it’s so worth the wait.

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What's Hot in the City this week in Boston

It’s all about festivals, dance, and music this weekend. Here’s a look at what’s hot in the city!

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Black mountaineer and hip hop docs anchor Roxbury International Film Festival

Anchored by the black mountaineering documentary, An American Ascent, along with Shake the Dust, a hip hop documentary, the Roxbury International Film Festival (RIFF) returns for its 17th year on Wednesday, June 17 and runs thru Sunday, June 28 at the Museum of Fine Arts.

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World-renowned trumpeter and composer discusses music

In addition to the release of his new album, Breathless, trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard was recently named as a visiting scholar by Berklee College of Music where he’ll work with students in the Jazz Composition department this fall. Blanchard will also work in the Film Scoring and Brass departments, and for the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.

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Kemp Agboh discusses ‘Power’

TV series starts on Saturday

Kemp Agboh talks about the origin behind Power, on casting Omari Hardwick, and the true meaning of the word diversity.

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What's Hot in the City this May 30th weekend?

It's a music-filled weekend!

It’s a music-filled weekend. Here’s a look at what’s hot in the city!

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Celebration of cultures, languages at core of ArtsEmerson’s 2015/16 season

Fourteen productions, a celebration of Latino theatre, the return of a South African theater company, Isango Ensemble, a greater female presence on stage and unique voices from artists around the globe are just some of the highlights in the 2015/2016 ArtsEmerson season: The World On Stage.

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Director Brett Haley discusses second film I’ll See You in My Dreams

Shot over 18 days, I’ll See You in My Dreams is a heartwarming, at times funny and bittersweet film starring Blythe Danner as a widow in her seventies who discovers that life can begin again at any age.

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Master drummer Leon Mobley to perform at Boston Calling

Mobley, who has been a member of Ben Harper’s band, The Innocent Criminals since 1993, will be in Boston on Saturday performing with Harper and the other members at Boston Calling.

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What's Hot in the City this May 15th weekend?

Lawn on D is back!

It’s a weekend filled with live performances from music and dance to comedy. Here’s a look at what’s hot in the city!

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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”).

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Express yourself

Art and commerce empower teens in Artists for Humanity

For almost 25 years, Artists for Humanity (AFH) has led the way in empowering and employing Boston teens (between the ages of 14 and 18) by offering a platform to express themselves via an intensive program of arts, creativity and enterprise.

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Empowering the next generation

Youth Design creates transformative experience for teens

Founded in 2003 by Denise Korn, Youth Design’s mission is “to empower talented urban youth to pursue higher education and a promising career by engaging the professional design community to mentor, educate, train and employ the next generation.”

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Merging arenas

Post Game Fashion looks to be a game changer in fashion, sports arena

David Beckham. Russell Westbrook. Cristiano Ronaldo. What do they have in common? Not only are they all respected and talented athletes but all three have entered into the highly competitive world of fashion with their own clothing lines, endorsement deals and/or partnerships.

What's Hot in the City this Mother's Day Weekend?

It’s Mother’s Day weekend. Here’s a look at what’s hot in the city!

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Nick Kroll leads ensemble comedy Adult Beginners

Known for his colorful and crazy characters ‘Fabrice Fabrice’ and ‘Bobby Bottleservice’ on his Comedy Central television series Kroll Show, comedian, actor, writer and producer, Nick Kroll makes the transition to leading man in the film Adult Beginners.

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Awareness through art

Colombian-Belgian artist focuses on environmental issues

Colombian-Belgian painter and sculptor, Geneviève Maquinay and French Brazilian designer Anne Fontaine share a common passion for nature and the environment. Both women teamed up to protect and restore the Brazilian Atlantic forest through the annual celebration of Forest Day 2015 or Mata Atlântica Day, which was held last month.

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Finding her voice

Shea Rose takes control of he music and her message

Since graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2011, Shea Rose has transformed from student and emerging artist to performer, fashionista, philanthropist and now businesswoman.

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What's Hot in the City this first weekend of May?

What's Hot in the City this first weekend of May?

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Program gives young teens a voice

All-girl theater troupe, The Arts Effect NYC, to perform at MIT

The idea behind the All-Girl Theater Company (which is part of The Arts Effect NYC), is to bring girls together once a week to train together and on top of that to explore their world through theater; address any challenges that they face in their lives through the theater arts as a way of telling their story. The organization serves girls ranging in age from 9-18 years old.

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