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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
It’s all about festivals, dance, and music this weekend. Here’s a look at what’s hot in the city!
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.
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.
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.
It's a music-filled weekend!
It’s a music-filled weekend. Here’s a look at what’s hot in the city!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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”).
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.
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.”
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.
It’s Mother’s Day weekend. Here’s a look at what’s hot in the city!
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.
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.
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.
What's Hot in the City this first weekend of May?
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.
With the classic line “Nobody puts Baby in the corner,” the film Dirty Dancing which starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey was a huge hit when it was released nationwide in theaters in 1987. Written by Eleanor Bergstein, the timeless love story of Baby (Jennifer Grey) and Johnny (Patrick Swayze) as a modern day Romeo and Juliet fighting the odds to be together became a pop culture phenomenon backed by a soundtrack steeped in catchy pop, rock, and soul music.
Cristela Alonzo will perform Saturday at the Wilbur Theater
Named as one of “Variety’s Top 10 Comics to Watch” and “One of the 50 Comedians You Should and WILL Know” by Vulture.com, Cristela Alonzo has had a whirlwind year. She is the co-creator and star of the ABC television sitcom Cristela and also serves as a co-producer and a writer on the show.
Born into a musical family, the middle of five boys and three girls in Manchester, Ga., a small town outside of Atlanta, Alexander Harris began singing gospel in his father’s church at the age of seven. The aspiring singer led the family band A7, but, it was only a matter of time that he would step out on faith and become a solo artist.
It’s weekend of comedy and music. Here’s a look at what’s hot in the city!
Known for performing various forms of dance from hip hop, mime, popping, robotics and creative dance all over the world, identical twins Billy and Bobby McClain have been entertaining audiences since they were children.
Since the release of the documentary 20 Feet From Stardom in 2013, which also won the 2014 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, Darlene Love’s life and her music have finally hit center stage.
It’s weekend of art, ballet, comedy, and music. Here’s a look at what’s hot in the city!
British director Simon Curtis’ film Woman in Gold tells the story of Gustav Klimt’s famous portrait stolen by the Nazis
Directed by Simon Curtis, Woman In Gold is the remarkable true story of Jewish immigrant Maria Altmann, starring Helen Mirren, as a young woman who was forced to flee her home with her husband Fritz, during World War II under the Nazi occupation of Vienna. Now 60 years later, after creating a whole new life in California, she begins a journey to recover her family possessions that were looted under the Nazis, including Klimt’s famous painting of her aunt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which had hung prominently in her childhood home.
Lisa Fischer at the Wilbur and City of Angels at the Lyric
Celebrate the weekend with art, music and theater!
Screenwriter Dan Fogelman discusses new role as director
Crazy, Stupid, Love, Last Trip, The Guilt Trip, Tangled, Cars 1 and 2 are just several of the films you’ve probably seen in the last few years all written by the engaging Dan Fogelman. The screenwriter now adds director to his title with the heartwarming, sometimes serious and sometimes funny dramedy, Danny Collins.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Art and Design at the Cyclorama made our hot list this week.
Jean Appolon is a renowned choreographer and master teacher based in Boston and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He has performed with the North Star Ballet Company in Fairbanks, Alaska, the Black Door Company in Miami, and the Atlantic City Ballet Company.
Sinbad first achieved notoriety in 1983 as a finalist on the television comedy competition Star Search hosted by Ed McMahon. Even though he didn’t win, it was only a matter of time before he would reappear on the national stage. Three years later in 1986, he landed on The Redd Foxx television series and in 1987 he appeared on an episode of The Cosby Show which led to a recurring role on The Cosby Show spin-off, A Different World starring Lisa Bonet. He’s been making audiences laugh ever since.
CraftBoston Spring Show and Ledesi at Wilbur tonight!
It's officially spring this weekend and regardless of the temperature outside, our What's Hot list of events will keep things warm.
MassArt program creates cultural exchange with Cuban Artists
Norberto Marrero Pírez and wife Janette Brossard, who is an artist and printmaker in her own right, recently visited the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) as part of the 2015 Master Print Series Program.
Dine Out Boston and The Colored Museum
Enjoy dining out, jazz, great theatre and music this weekend - and don't forget to turn your clocks ahead on Sunday!
My Recovers is an orthopedic soft goods designer and retailer that brings fashion to the recovery process.
Stage comedy opens Friday at the Avenue of the Arts/BU Theatre
Written by playwright and two-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe in 1986, The Colored Museum redefines what it means to be black in contemporary America through 11 humorous and often times biting satirical “exhibits.” The comedy skewers long-held stereotypes and beliefs from the fictional “celebrity slave ship” in which the Middle Passage takes place on a jet instead of a ship in Git on Board to the issue of hair and identity when an afro and a long-flowing wig come to life in The Hairpiece.
Pronounced like “hare bear,” HáRBëR Clothing is a new urban apparel line founded by three friends in their early twenties — Taylor Ross, Harry Berduo, and Luca Pignatiello — who grew up in Framingham, Mass. HaRBëR produces t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies, beanies, and baseball caps.
True Moringa was inspired by the African tree, Moringa. Founders Kwami Williams and Emily Cunningham were introduced to what was known as the "miracle tree" during a trip to northern Ghana, in 2011. Putting their engineering and business acumen to work, Williams went back to Cambridge to devise a proprietary extraction system that could be brought closer to the farmers, adding value and jobs on the ground. Soon, MoringaConnect was born. Today, MoringaConnect works with over 300 smallholder farms throughout the country to provide a stable source of income and nutrition.
Lots of Laughs and South Asian Showdown
Here’s a look at what’s hot in the city this weekend of February 27th!
Comedian Wyatt Cenac, a former writer and correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, recently starred in his second comedy special titled Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn, and will be appearing at Johnny D’s Thurdsay, Feb. 26.
Heat things up with Intimate Apparel at Lyric Stage!
Going a little stir crazy? Don’t fret. Here’s a look at what’s hot in the city this weekend!
Comedian will perform Friday at The Wilbur Theater
Known for giving relationship advice to her fans in a fun and light-hearted way, Loni Love will show that same playful spirit in her stand-up this Friday at The Wilbur.