John Black

John Black

On March 30, 1958, Alvin Ailey led a group of young African-American modern dancers in a now-fabled performance at the 92nd Street Y in New York City that forever changed the perception of American dance.

In 1968, Celebrity Series of Boston first presented the Ailey company in what has become an annual tradition and celebration.

In 2017, the company is back in Boston for three days.


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs at the Boch Center Wang Theatre APRIL 27-30. For showtimes and tickets, click HERE.

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What's in a Name: Kashmir

It takes a lot of nerve to be in a tribute band. You not only have to sound like the band you are paying ‘tribute’ to, but you must look like them and act like them on stage.

Kashmir, who claim themselves to be “the nation’s #1 Led Zeppelin tribute show,” promise on their website that they are “the most authentic representation of Led Zeppelin on the modern national touring scene.” Along with “the most identifiable voice in rock history, Kashmir’s show features Page’s iconic double-neck guitar, Bonham’s drum solo, the stage show of the era and most importantly, the greatest hits that make up the soundtrack to peoples’ lives.”

As always, Bassist John Paul Jones is hardly mentioned.

As for the name…those who don’t know Led Zeppelin may not know it, but Kashmir is the title of one of the bands truly great songs, much more listenable these days than the ubiquitous Stairway to Heaven.

So, after taking the name, the personality and the set list of one of the greatest bands to ever take to the stage, we want to know is Kashmir close to the real thing or just hard rock wannbes? Let us know


Kashmir play The Cabot on Saturday, April 29. Showtime is 8 PM. Tickets $22.50 - $32.50 

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Memories of Elvis In Concert

Chris MacDonald’s Memories of Elvis in Concert is a dynamic full production tribute that shares the incredible story of “the shy humble country boy who became the King of Rock-n-Roll” through highlights of stages of his iconic career: the 1950s, the movies, the black leather ’68 Comeback, the white fringe 70s Concerts. With this national touring production, you are in for a big Las Vegas-style show complete with costumes and a dynamic band as Chris draws his audience in with the look, sounds, and nuances that made Elvis the King.

An accomplished and experienced entertainer, Chris has performed in Vegas, Branson and Legends in Concert. Adding to the authenticity of his tribute, Chris has the ultimate honor of being the “Only Tribute Artist hired by Elvis Presley Enterprises to perform at Graceland’s Heartbreak Hotel”. This is not a parody or overdone impersonation. It’s a fun, natural, heartfelt tribute with great music and memories celebrating the King of Rock-n-Roll”.


Chris MacDonald’s Memories of Elvis In Concert takes place at the Norwood Theatre on Saturday, April 29. Showtime is 7:30 PM. Tickets are $36-$45.

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Sarah Silverman at The Wilbur

Two-time Emmy Award winner Sarah Silverman is one of the most versatile talents in entertainment, with credits including that of actress, creator, writer, executive producer, comedian, and author. Silverman will next be seen in both The Book of Henry and The Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie, both of which are set for release later this year. Silverman also continues to lend her voice to the Emmy-nominated Fox animated series Bob’s Burgers and has a recurring role on the Golden Globe-nominated Showtime series Masters of Sex, which will return for its fourth season this year. Additionally, she is a part of JASH, a comedy collective on YouTube featuring original content by Silverman and friends Michael Cera, Tim & Eric, and Reggie Watts.

Silverman was most recently seen as the star of I Smile Back, the film adaptation of the Amy Koppelman novel. The drama premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and was later released in theaters by Broad Green Pictures. Silverman received much praise for her role as “Laney Brooks,” culminating in a 2016 Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.” Her additional film credits include Ashby, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Take This Waltz, Gravy, Peep World, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, The School of Rock, There’s Something About Mary, The Way of The Gun, and the Oscar nominated smash hit Wreck It Ralph.

On stage, Silverman continues to cement her status as a force in standup comedy. In 2013, she debuted her hourlong, critically-acclaimed HBO standup special Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles, which earned her the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special.” The special received an additional Primetime Emmy Awards nomination that year for “Outstanding Variety Special” in addition to a Writers Guild Awards nomination. In September 2014, Silverman released the special as an audio album through Sub Pop Records, which went on to receive a 2015 Grammy Awards nomination for “Best Comedy Album.” Previously, Silverman made an impressive splash with her concert-meets-comedy film Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic, which garnered major attention at the Toronto Film Festival.

In 2010, she released her first book, a memoir called The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee. The book went on to become a New York Times Bestseller.

Silverman was nominated for a 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” for her portrayal of a fictionalized version of herself in her Comedy Central series The Sarah Silverman Program. This marked Comedy Central’s first ever Emmy nomination in a scripted acting category. Silverman also received a Writers Guild Award nomination for her work on the show. In 2008, Silverman won a Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics” for her musical collaboration with Matt Damon. Additionally, she was honored with a Webby Award for “Best Actress” for her online video “The Great Schlep,” in which she persuaded young kids to encourage their grandparents in Florida to vote for President Obama prior to the 2008 Presidential Election.

Silverman has made memorable guest appearances on a number of acclaimed and notable television shows, including Monk, which earned her a 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards nomination for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.” Her additional television work includes The Good Wife, The Larry Sanders Show, Seinfeld, and Mr. Show with Bob and David. Silverman has also hosted a number of major awards shows, including the 2007 MTV Movie Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards.

Silverman grew up in New Hampshire and attended one year of New York University. In 1993 she joined Saturday Night Live as a writer and feature performer and has not stopped working since. She currently lives in Los Angeles.


Sarah Silverman is at The Wilbur Theatre Thu Apr 27 at 8 PM and Fri Apr 28 at 7:30 PM. Tickets $49-69

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It's a Boston Comedy Blowout!

The First Annual Boston Comedy Blowout will feature six of the area’s most popular and recognizable stand-up comedians: Christine Hurley (Comics Come Home), Don Gavin (Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn), Orlando Baxter (Conan), Steve Sweeney (Comics Come Home), Tony V (NESN Comedy All-Stars), and Will Noonan (Gotham Comedy Live). Each comedian is a staple performer in the Boston-area comedy scene. Aside from headlining locally, the comedians on the bill have toured and entertained both nationally and internationally.

Combining iconic headliners (Hurley, Gavin, Sweeney, Tony V) with icons-in-the-making (Baxter, Noonan) – the First Annual Boston Comedy Blowout will showcase an array of comedic talent.


The First Annual Boston Comedy Blowout comes to the Boch Center Shubert Theatre on April 29. Showtime is 8 PM. Tickets start at $29.

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A Celebration of Harvard Artists

Head to Sanders Theatre Friday night for a festive evening of dance, music, spoken word, drama and film directed by Diane Paulus '88 and honoring the talents cultivated at Harvard and their continuing journeys, featuring actors Courtney Vance ‘82 and Elizabeth Leimkuhler ’15, Academy Award-nominated composer Nick Britell ’03, former New York City Ballet principal dancer Damian Woetzel, MPA ’07, TV writer Alexis Wilkinson ’15 (Veep, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 68th Primetime Emmy Awards), members of both the Silk Road Ensemble and the Harvard Dance Project, other undergraduate performers, and more to be announced.

A Celebration of Harvard Artists takes place at Sanders Theatre on Friday, April 28. Showtime is 8:30 PM. For more information, click HERE.

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Badu at House of Blues

Erykah Badu, best known for her eccentric style and cerebral music, is a Grammy award-winning American soul singer and songwriter. Regarded as the Queen of Neo-Soul, Badu’s sound — a concoction of soul, hip-hop, and jazz — cannot be contained to a single genre. Self-described as a “mother first.” Badu is a touring artist, DJ, teacher, community activist, holistic healer, vegan, recycler, and conscious spirit. Baduizm, Badu’s highly acclaimed debut album, was released in early 1997 went triple platinum and, along with “On & On,” won Grammy Awards at the 1998 ceremony.

This spring, Badu released her fifth studio album and the second installment of a two-part New Amerykah series. New Amerykah, Part 1: Fourth World War, a concept album that was digitally produced and political in tone, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and Rolling Stone named it one of the year’s best albums. New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ahnk, which features lush live instrumentation and taps into Badu’s emotional side by thematically focusing on romance and relationships, made its debut at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. (From Erykah Badu Facebook page)

For more information, visit


Erykah Badu will be at the House of Blues Boston on April 28. Showtime is 7 PM. Tickets $65 – $79.50.

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Art in Bloom at The MFA


Enjoy exquisite art from across the MFA’s collection paired with magnificent floral interpretations created by New England-area garden clubs. Professional designers delight with creative designs in Museum entrances and walkways.


Art in Bloom launches with an Evening Preview of freshly installed arrangements on Friday, April 28 from 5 to 10 pm. Daily events include tours of flower arrangements throughout the galleries; demonstrations of floral arranging for your home; snacks and lunch among masterpieces in the European Paintings gallery; and outdoor walking tours. The popular Member Night is Saturday, April 29, and Community Day with children’s activities is Sunday, April 30. Free Ikebana demonstrations take place on Saturday from 3 to 4 pm in Remis Auditorium. Special Guided Group Tours are available beginning Friday evening.


Ariella Chezar, celebrated expert of painterly arrangements, offers Master Classes on Saturday, April 29. On April 30, Ariella presents a lecture and demonstration with techniques for creating designs that are dramatic, unexpected and even magical. Her work has appeared in numerous national publications as well as in the White House. Recently named a Top Wedding Designer by Harper’s Bazaar magazine, Ariella is the author of two best-selling books, Flowers for the Table (2002) and The Floral Workshop (2016). Book signing will take place following Master Classes and Lecture. Tickets for Ariella Chezar events are on sale now.


Special Evening Preview Friday, April 28, 5–10 pm


Michael Mann’s crime masterpiece HEAT is returning to theaters for one night only on Tuesday, May 2. Presented by Alamo Drafthouse and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the newly restored print overseen by Mann himself will be screened in more than 20 theaters across the country and feature a Livestream Q&A with Mann from the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles.

Oscar® winners Al Pacino and Robert De Niro both drive one of the most powerful and complex crime dramas of all time - four-time Oscar nominee Michael Mann’s 1995 classic HEAT.

In the wake of a precision heist of an armored van, the crew of a fierce, professional thief (De Niro) and an obsessively driven LAPD detective (Pacino) are locked in deadly opposition as they vector towards each other in Mann’s dazzling, twilight vision of Los Angeles. As the stakes escalate and their lives begin to unravel, the crew initiates its most dangerous and complex heist.

Taking inspiration from the late Chicago police detective Charlie Adamson – who killed the actual Neil McCauley in a shootout in 1963 – HEAT was the culmination of years of research by Mann resulting in its depth and range of characters and choreography of action. With its epic scale and stunning performances from Pacino, De Niro, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd, Amy Brenneman, Diane Venora, Natalie Portman and Jon Voight, HEAT is as incendiary as it was 20 years ago.


HEAT: DIRECTOR’S DEFINITIVE EDITION will be screened at The Brattle Theatre in Cambridge. Tickets can be purchased through This event is in honor of the new HEAT: DIRECTOR’S DEFINITIVE EDITION, arriving on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD May 9.


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Del’s Shandy's Back on the Shelves

Back for its fourth summer season, Narragansett’s refreshing Del’s Shandy is now on shelves to kick off summer fun. Every day is now a Rhody beach day with this thirst-quenching mash-up of New England favorites.

A fan favorite far beyond its Northeastern roots, Del’s Shandy is the highest rated major lemon shandy in America, according to BeerAdvocate users. At 4.7% ABV and 14 IBUs, this light, summertime beverage is available in six packs of 16-ounce tallboy cans ($9.99-$10.99 SRP) and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans ($13.99-$15.99 SRP). Del’s Shandy is available throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C., Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Portland, Oregon.