The color of life: Stephen Hamilton revives African textile traditions

Artist Stephen Hamilton worked with Boston teenagers for four months, teaching them West African dyeing, weaving and embellish processes. Their 30-foot-tall textile mural hands in the polished lobby of 290 Congress Street.

City of Boston’s art initiative “To Immigrants, With Love”

The City of Boston’s art initiative, “To Immigrants With Love,” celebrates local immigrant stories via murals in Roslindale and East Boston.

5 questions: Freddy Cole

Freddy Cole’s vocals — suave, elegant, formidable, sometimes spoken and articulate — make him the most respected lyrical storyteller in jazz.

Paula Dofat of ‘Step’ discusses her journey and passion for education

Paula Dofat, director of college counseling at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, is one of the subjects of “Step,” the uplifting and feel-good movie of the summer. Dofat considers her own unconventional path of attending six different colleges ...

Photographer Robin Radin turns her lens on Franklin Park

The pieces, printed old-school with selenium-toned gelatin silver plates, have a moody, cinematic quality and show Boston’s Franklin Park as it almost never is: empty.

Films highlight America’s history of resistance

The MIT List Visual Arts Center will be screening its “List Projects: Civil Disobedience” through Oct. 29. As advertised, the exhibit presents “a program of documentaries, news footage, citizen journalism and artist’s films featuring moments of political resistance and public ...

Garden variety: Use any kind of green to make a pesto recipe

In Genoa, Italy, the birthplace of pesto, it goes without saying that the sauce is made with basil. Genoese basil, to be exact.

Take the ‘A’ train to Dudley

This Saturday, August 5, jazz vocalist Patrice Williamson and pianist George W. Russell Jr. will hit the stage with other local talent for the second annual Dudley Jazz Festival. Held at Mary Hannon Park in Dorchester from 12-6 p.m., the ...

Q&A: Regina Hall stars in ‘Girls Trip’

Hall plays alongside Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish in an over-the-top comedy she says is about sisterhood, friendship and being true to who you are.

French spa town features pure water and culinary delights

Once landed in Geneva, my option to exit the airport on the border of France instead of Switzerland seemed logical, as Evian was my final destination. Alas, it was not France, but through the Switzerland exit where I began my ...

Big Brother is watching: Mills Gallery features chilling utopia images

The contemporary exhibit articulates utopian dreams with underlying feelings of foreboding.

‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ offers hope, possible solutions to climate crisis

The dramatic follow-up on “An Inconvenient Truth” follows former Vice President Al Gore as he crisscrosses the globe, training an army of climate champions.

Beauty herself is black: A diverse cast joins the Bard for ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Brandon Green, the production’s Benvolio, says he hopes having more black actors on stage will bring a new layer of gravity to the work.

Pickling primer: Take a deeper dive into preserving ripe produce

Pickling can happen any time there are ripe veggies for the picking. Today we sit squarely in the cucumber times, which last all summer long. Beans are upon us, too. Soon it will be time for pickling small batches of ...

Melissa Etheridge, Joss Stone electrify audience at 38th annual Montreal International Jazz Festival

Etheridge, who hadn’t performed at the Montreal International Jazz festival in 28 years, more than made up for the lost time during her electrifying nearly two-hour performance.