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Singing to the sky
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Singing to the sky
On Thursday, May 24, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum hosted Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell for “Community Sings: Singing in the African American Tradition.” Part of the RISE Music Series, the free event allowed community members to join Barnwell in singing songs from the African tradition, beginning with West African chants and moving chronologically through Gospel.
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‘The Plague’
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‘The Plague’
Praxis Stage pushed the theatrical envelope once again with the U.S. premiere of “The Plague,” adapted by Neil Bartlett from Albert Camus’ novel “La Peste.” As in the original, the updated version features the spread of a plague, which leads to the quarantine of a nondescript city from the rest of the world. The study of humanity dealing with a crisis serves as an elegant allegory for the present day.
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Eclipse
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Eclipse
Now that New York City’s Met Gala is out of the way, get ready for fashion slayage Boston style at Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s 111th student fashion show. In two shows on Saturday, May 19, “Eclipse: The 2018 MassArt Fashion Show” will feature original designs by seniors as well as select sophomores and juniors.
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Step Afrika! takes on the Great Migration
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Step Afrika! takes on the Great Migration
A great American epic with movement and rhythm at its core, Lawrence’s “Migration Series” inspired the dance company Step Afrika! to create “The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence,” a multimedia production that incorporates dance, live and recorded music and projections of Lawrence’s paintings.
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Loud and proud: Harvard’s Kuumba Singers celebrate black theater
Harvard University’s Kuumba Singers kicked off their 48th Annual Dean Archie C. Epps Spring Concert on Saturday night with a lively mash-up of “Get Ready” and “Dancing in the Streets” from “Motown the Musical.” Dancing down the Sanders Theater’s aisles and onto the stage, the performers radiated joy.
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‘A Rose Out of Concrete’
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‘A Rose Out of Concrete’
The Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s 2018 “Limitless” spring dance concert ran last weekend with a special twist. The program of five modern dance pieces included a multidisciplinary, Afrofuturistic project made in collaboration with pop icon Nona Hendryx, music producer and 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Hank Shocklee and Boston Conservatory hip-hop teacher Duane Lee Holland Jr.
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Salem State actors seamlessly execute challenging societal critique in ‘Free Man of Color’
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Salem State actors seamlessly execute challenging societal critique in ‘Free Man of Color’
The Salem State University Theatre Department does not mess around. Its production of “A Free Man of Color,” running through April 29 at the Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, has it all. The romping satire features dramatic fight scenes, a chase montage, hip-hop dance interludes and a wardrobe Louis XVI would envy, to name only a few of its charms.
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Returning WWII vets forge unlikely friendship across color line in ‘Mudbound’
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Returning WWII vets forge unlikely friendship across color line in ‘Mudbound’
“Mudbound” is a searing Southern saga based on Hillary Jordan's best-selling, first novel of the same name. The movie marks the sophomore offering from director Dee Rees, who made her impressive debut with “Pariah” in 2011. Here, she coaxes a career performance out of Mary J. Blige, who might very well be remembered come awards season.
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Huntington Theatre Co. brings Molière’s ‘Tartuffe’ into 21st century
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Huntington Theatre Co. brings Molière’s ‘Tartuffe’ into 21st century
The Huntington Theatre Company is presenting an exuberant and stylish production of “Tartuffe,” a 17th-century farce by by Molière, one of France’s greatest dramatists. On stage through Dec. 10 at the Avenue of the Arts/Huntington Avenue Theatre in Boston, the production turns this tale of a wily con artist posing as a holy man into a buoyant contemporary comedy.
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Wellesley College production of Studs Terkel's ‘Working’ reinforces age-old truths
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Wellesley College production of Studs Terkel's ‘Working’ reinforces age-old truths
The Wellesley Repertory Theatre at Wellesley College wrapped up an all-female production of “Working” by Studs Terkel, adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso. Based on Terkel’s book of interviews with Americans about their jobs, the musical reveals that though titles may change, the attitude towards working remains the same.
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Zeitgeist Stage production gives world issues a personal identity
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Zeitgeist Stage production gives world issues a personal identity
From the very first moments, Zeitgeist Stage’s production of “Faceless” puts the audience in an awkward position of both judge and jury. The show follows the trial of Susie Glenn, a white Muslim convert accused of terrorism, prosecuted by Clare Fahti, a black Muslim lawyer. The case that unfolds mirrors the frightening state of the United States today and asks the audience to render a verdict on what it means to be American.
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Codeblack Films’ Quincy C. Newell pens inspirational book
Newell’s book covers lessons the author learned growing up without a feather and how he has used those lessons as a guide to becoming a man. A husband and a father to four children, he began writing the book two years ago because he wanted to make sure his son Taja would have a document to remember him by.
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