|Hugh Masekela, Grammy award-winning South African trumpeter and musician, performs April 21 at Berklee. (Brett Rubin photo)|
CNN news anchor Don Lemon was in town to speak to Emerson College students in celebration of African American Heritage Month at the Paramount Theatre. The 47-year-old (whose birthday was March 1) talked about “how old he was” and all that he had accomplished, which he was very grateful for.
His primary motivational message that night encouraged students to “not be afraid to fail” in life. He reminded the audience that “no one has broken barriers, no one has started revolutions by playing it safe.”
Words to remember indeed.
Just over a year and half old, The Cottage restaurant in Chestnut Hill is a gem of a place. From the exterior it resembles a lot of restaurants that are sleek and modern in look and feel, but once you step inside you’ve entered a place of serenity painted in soft white-washed walls with warm lights throughout. You almost expect to hear rolling waves in the distance with the smell of an ocean breeze wafting through the windows. The Cottage is a beautiful space with a mid-sized bar area with white plush high-back chairs.
Once settled in, it was all about the food. Dinner was their crispy calamari and curried slaw with fresno chilies on top, which was a nice surprise. The calamari was breaded very lightly, so you didn’t get “that weighed down feeling.”
Accompanying the calamari was a garlicky remoulade which added zing. In addition to the calamari was a tasting of the eggplant fries, which were really good. The eggplant was breaded very lightly with a side of lemon-tarragon dipping sauce that didn’t overpower the fries or your senses.
And, dinner wouldn’t be complete without an amazing dessert of heavenly chocolate flourless soufflé topped with crème fraiche. It was so light and smooth and just melted in your mouth. And it’s accompanied by a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream with hot fudge. Absolutely divine!
The Color of Film Collaborative presents Dinner & A Movie this Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m. featuring the film “The 1st Grader” at the Haley House Bakery Café in Roxbury. Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/335469.
The Huntington Theatre Company at the BU Theatre presents Lorraine Hansberry’s timeless classic “A Raisin in the Sun,” March 8 through April 7. Tickets are available at www.huntingtontheatre.org.
World Music/CRASHarts presents Juan de Marcos & the Afro-Cuban All Stars this Saturday, March 9 at 8 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center. Tickets are $48, $42, $37 or $30 and can be purchased at www.WorldMusic.org.
This Sunday, RiRi, better known as Rihanna, along with opening act A$AP Rocky hit the TD Garden with her Diamonds World Tour at 7:30 p.m.
It’s a bit of old school hip-hop at The Wilbur with Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick performing on Friday, March 29 at 8 p.m.
The Agganis Arena presents Alicia Keys’ “Set the World on Fire Tour” on Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com.
Hugh Masekela brings his legendary trumpet to the Berklee Performance Center on Sunday April 21. Tickets available at www.worldmusic.org.
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Move over boys, there’s a new radio station in town, and it’s called Hot 96.9FM. And one of the best things about it is it’s being helmed by the one and only, Pebbles. She recently joined the station after being a staple part of JAM’N 94.5. To celebrate the launch of her new morning show, the station held a “ladies night” with the advance movie screening of “Safe Haven.” Attendees were fêted with appetizers and cocktails before the screening in the fabulous Lux Level of the Showcase Cinema at Legacy Place, with complimentary popcorn waiting for each guest at plush seats. And after the film, the audience received a box of chocolates in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. The night couldn’t have been any sweeter. More »
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” is an incredible whirlwind of a movie about loss, hope and resilience all reflected in a 6-year-old force of nature named Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis), who lives with her tough but loving father Wink (Dwight Henry) in an isolated bayou community in Louisiana. When Wink succumbs to a mysterious illness, the fierce and determined girl is forced to search for help for her ailing father outside the comfort and familiarity of the “Bathtub.” But Hushpuppy’s search is hindered by a hurricane threatening all who live in the remote isle of the “Bathtub.” More »
I so wanted to love this movie for a variety of reasons. First, it’s the solo directorial debut of Allen Hughes (of “Menace II Society” and “Dead Presidents” fame). It’s a crime thriller with a great cast (Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones and the always magnificent Jeffrey Wright), with action and a good premise. “Broken City” is about political corruption and ex-cop Billy Taggart (Walhberg), who is hired by Mayor Nicholas Hostetler, played by Crowe, to look into whether his wife Cathleen (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is having an affair during his re-election campaign, only to be double-crossed and then framed by the Mayor. More »