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NBCUniversal and Comcast Xfinity will coordinate a guest lecture from Kenan Thompson at one American college or university. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

INTERVIEW: Kenan Thompson on what’s up with comedy

Kenan Thompson, better known for being a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” and an unfortunate patron at Good Burger, is trying his hand at teaching. Later this fall, Thompson is teaming up with NBCUniversal and Comcast Xfinity to give a special guest lecture at a to-be-determined college. In typical comedian fashion, Thompson plans to improvise his lecture, though it […]

by Sonia Rao· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
“Scream Queens,” a comedy-horror series about a sorority, premiered Tuesday on Fox. PHOTO COURTESY FOX

REVIEW: “Scream Queens” is your new guilty pleasure show

If the new Fox television series “Scream Queens” were a person, it would be Taylor Swift. It’s genre-hopping, cliched, well-marketed and, most of all, you love to hate it. The show begins by introducing the sisters and prospective members of Kappa Kappa Tau, a top-tier sorority at the fictional Wallace University. The only problem? The house is haunted by a […]

by J.D. Capelouto· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
Boston-based bands Dirty Bangs (pictured) and Grey Season will be performing at Boston Calling Music Festival this weekend. PHOTO COURTESY DIRTY BANGS

Local bands Grey Season and Dirty Bangs amp up for Boston Calling

About a week after performing at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, last March, two Boston area bands each received an interesting email. One was addressed to the members of Dirty Bangs, and the other was to Grey Season. The first was from the coordinators of one of the city’s most popular music festivals, and the second was from Michael Marotta, […]

by Olivia Nadel· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
Attorney General Maura Healey is evaluating the legality of DraftKings, a website that awards cash prizes for playing daily fantasy sports. PHOTO COURTESY ANDREW DUPONT/FLICKR

Legality of fantasy sports website DraftKings questioned

Though the daily fantasy sports empire has dramatically increased its presence around the country, Boston has a hometown connection to the industry through local provider DraftKings. Despite the popularity of DraftKings, which was founded in 2012, the legal status of daily fantasy sports-based websites may soon be changing in Massachusetts, according to the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. […]

by Michael Joscelyn· · 0 comments · Features, InBusiness
“Art in the Square,” housed in Chestnut Hill Square, is a free exhibit celebrating women empowerment by featuring artwork from local and international artists. PHOTO COURTESY LESLIE MEDALIE/LEARY PUBLIC RELATIONS

“Art in the Square” paints empowering, global portraits of women

Empowering women by showcasing the artwork of local and international female artists, Chestnut Hill Square mall premiered “Art in the Square,” a free, self-guided art exhibition in Chestnut Hill on Sept. 17. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, proceeds from the exhibit will be donated to the Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center and Surgical Pavilion in Needham. Chestnut Hill […]

by Shanee Abouzaglo· · 0 comments · Features, Spotlight
Boston Calling will be held in City Hall Plaza from Sept. 25 through Sept. 27. PHOTO BY ALEXANDRA WIMLEY/DFP FILE PHOTO

INTERVIEW: Boston Calling organizer on literally setting the stage

Friday evening, thousands of city residents and college students will flood Boston City Hall Plaza as folk singer Gregory Alan Isakov kicks off the performances of this fall’s edition of Boston Calling, the city’s premier music festival. The festival’s organizers, however, won’t be as quick to celebrate. “No high fives until the last piece of equipment leaves the plaza,” said […]

by J.D. Capelouto· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
Following The Department of Veteran Affairs and Boston University’s study regarding NFL players testing positive for brain disease, Boston University athletics is taking precautions to protect student athletes. PHOTO BY ANN SINGER/DFP FILE PHOTO

BU athletes and staff approach concussions head on

At the beginning of the month, the NCAA Injury Surveillance Program published data on sports-related concussions that occurred between the 2009-2010 and 2013-2014 academic years. The data stated that approximately 6.2 percent of all injuries reported to the program were concussions, and while this percentage seems relatively low at first glance, a more recent study indicated that this particular injury […]

by Sonia Rao· · 0 comments · Catalyst, Features
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Monday “Women Entrepreneurs Boston,” a City of Boston initiative that will advance Boston’s women in business. PHOTO COURTESY DAWN ARLOTTA/CDC

Walsh enacts advancement program for female entrepreneurs

Over the past several years, colleges and universities have increased their focus on supporting female entrepreneurship and providing resources for women in business. But with an initiative launched Monday by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s office, the female entrepreneurship network is growing stronger beyond just the academic circuit. Women Entrepreneurs Boston, referred to shortly as WE BOS, is the city’s new […]

by Felicia Gans· · 0 comments · Features, InBusiness
The Black Market, a one-day marketplace featuring over 90 vendors, was held in the Cambridge Community Center on Sunday. PHOTO BY OLIVIA NADEL/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Boston area artists and community go indie at Black Market

Crowds walked through the gymnasium-turned-market as the $1 donations were accepted at the door. Using two actual turntables, a DJ played old western music with no laptop in sight. Everyone from college students to entire families looked around and browsed. This was the scene at the Black Market, hosted Sunday by Boston Hassle and Ignore Rock’n’Roll Heroes at the Cambridge […]

by Steve Friedman· · 0 comments · Features, Spotlight
According to a recent study, breast cancer has been found to be the leading cancer in females in Sub-Saharan Africa. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Strikingly high proportions of breast cancer found in Sub-Saharan Africa

American Cancer Society epidemiologist Farhad Islami Gomeshtapeh and his team of researchers found high proportions of advanced breast cancers among women in Côte d’Ivoire and the Republic of Congo, findings they compiled in a study released Thursday. The study concluded that the large majority of breast cancer cases in Sub-Saharan Africa are only detected after they become advanced. This research […]

by Blake Snelling· · 1 comment · Catalyst, Features