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Recluse comes to regret bringing good samaritan home in ‘Black Butterfly’

“Black Butterfly” is an English-language remake of French film “Papillon Noir” (2008). Directed by Brian Goodman, this compelling suspense thriller slowly ratchets up the tension only to unravel during the denouement thanks to a humdinger of a twist.

Isolated teen falls for her next-door neighbor in ‘Everything, Everything’

Maddy Whittier’s been stuck inside a hermetically-sealed house since being diagnosed with a rare disease at the age of 3, shortly after her father and brother’s untimely deaths in a terrible car crash.

Border hopping: Artist Alida Cervantes confronts Mexico’s past and present

Many pieces include one nude figure confronted by or juxtaposed next to a clothed one, begging the question, who has the control? Gender isn’t the only factor at play; race and class are also components in the dance for social ...

Alvin Ailey puts on emotional show at Wang Theatre

The Alvin Ailey Dance Company turns 60 next year and its five shows last week, presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston, gave ample proof that its legacy is alive and well. At its Friday night show at the Boch ...

‘Objects of Witness and Resistance’ small MFA exhibit speaks to cultural crises worldwide

The MFA is showing a small collection of objects and art that bear witness to efforts to erase, displace and silence people.

‘Matisse in the Studio’ MFA exhibit focuses on artist’s ‘working library’ of artifacts

The fascinating exhibition on view through July 9 at the Museum of fine Arts Boston explores the artist through his life-long relationship with a collection of objects — mainly African, Islamic and Asian artifacts.

WWI saga revolves around love triangle in the midst of ethnic cleansing

The Promise is a riveting docudrama that chronicles an extraordinary exhibition of heroism in the face of a complete collapse of civilization.

Darkness exposed: Mark Bradford shines the spotlight on racist comedy

Through July 30, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is displaying Mark Bradford’s heart-wrenching video installation “Spiderman.” The six-minute piece offers the visual of a red spotlight on the floor accompanied by an audio track and running text of Bradford’s ...

1696 Heritage Group rewrites Newport’s Gilded Age African American History

Books and movies frequently illustrate the Gilded Age in Newport, Rhode Island with lavish mansions, summering Vanderbilts and champagne-littered parties. It’s the lifestyles of the white, rich and famous. History gurus Theresa Guzman and Keith Stokes created the 1696 Heritage ...

Seacoast scavenger: A road-trip guide to the coastline arts scene

Along the New England seacoast lies a cultural font of African American history and art.

‘Life’ an outer space screamfest

The ship's crew in "Life" finds themselves in a desperate race against time to return to Earth before the mushrooming monster devours them all, one-by-one.

Jose Mateo tackles taboo conversation of race in dance

On Sunday, March 19, the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre hosted its third “Talk About Dance” panel discussion in a series that focuses on race and racism in the dance community. Moderated by Klare Shaw, national director of programs at Liberty ...

Suzan-Lori Parks’ play, ‘Topdog/Underdog,’ delivers tough truths

In her brilliant, Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Parks creates two characters that have been dealt a poor hand. She turns three-card monte into a metaphor for the struggle of Booth and his older brother, Lincoln, for power and self-esteem. It is ...

Feminist posters tout equality

“Women’s Rights are Human Rights,” on display at Northeastern’s 360 Gallery through April 17, provides a heart-wrenching look at present-day gender politics. The 44-poster exhibit, curated by Elizabeth Resnick, professor emerita of graphic design at the Massachusetts College of Art ...

‘Precious Little’ combines drama and droll humor

Madeleine George’s beautifully written play combines droll humor and drama as it follows Brodie into new, uncharted terrain of the heart.