The “Real” app allows users to connect with compatible people nearby with no gender bias or sexual pretense. PHOTO BY JUSTIN HAWK/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

It’s like Tinder, but only for platonic relationships

What if we began to swipe right on personality, instead of on pictures? While applications like Tinder and Bumble dominate the digital social scene, 19-year-old entrepreneur Ocean Pleasant said she believes creating long-lasting connections should be about more than just passion surrounding physical appearance. At a place as large as Boston University, however, it is easy to resort to superficial […]

By Yasmin Younis· · 0 comments · Features, InBusiness
Participants in the Opioid Epidemic Challenge Summit hosted by Massachusetts General Hospital and GE discuss ideas for tackling the issue of opioid addiction Friday. PHOTO BY KANKANIT WIRIYASAJJA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Opioid Challenge Summit and Hack-a-thon creates new solutions to opioid epidemic

On any given day in the United States, 78 people die from an opioid-related overdose, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. This number is only rising, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reported that the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids — mostly prescription painkillers and heroin — has increased by […]

By Allegra Peelor· · 0 comments · Catalyst, Features
"Poetry whores" sit on stage during a production put on by The Poetry Brothel. PHOTO COURTESY ROGER GORDY

Poetry Brothel brings art, character, controversy to Boston

It’s called The Poetry Brothel, but it’s not quite what you think. For the first time, the New York-based organization visited Cambridge Friday at the OBERON stage at The American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, bringing a menagerie of tarot card readers, body painters, burlesque dancers and — the heart of the show — the “poetry whores.” Despite provocative terminology, […]

By Elise Takahama· · 0 comments · Features, Impact
The Museum of Fine Arts is hosting a Ronald Reagan film series through Sept. 30 to highlight the history of the former president. PHOTO COURTESY MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

MFA Ronald Reagan Film Series provokes thoughts about the 2016 election

With Election Day rapidly approaching, the Museum of Fine Arts began a new weekly screening program Thursday to recall a certain past presidency. Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States and a highly acclaimed actor, starred in several Hollywood films before becoming president, playing roles ranging from a secret service agent to a football star. The MFA showcased these […]

By Elise Takahama· · 0 comments · Features, Impact
Savanna Tavakoli, a junior in the College of Communication, was one of two people chosen to be a Polyvore community correspondent at New York Fashion Week. PHOTO COURTESY POLYVORE

TERRIERS INBIZ: Meet the Boston University junior who reported from NYFW runway

Fifty — that’s how many internships 21-year-old Savanna Tavakoli applied for before she landed an internship at Cosmopolitan and Seventeen Magazine, two highly respected women’s fashion magazines. Last weekend, the Boston University College of Communication junior found even more success at New York Fashion Week, where she worked as a community correspondent for the popular shopping site Polyvore. Selected from […]

By Andrea Kaufman· · 0 comments · Features, InBusiness
Bringing the of Montreal show to a close, Kevin Barnes takes his final bow after the encore. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

REVIEW: of Montreal puts on a show to remember

As the crowd at Paradise Rock Club anticipated the presence of indie-pop band of Montreal Saturday night, a satanic hologram was projected onto the stage, followed by a group of figures wearing shadowy black cloaks. “What have you gotten me into?” a friend yelled from the crowd. The first note played and the darkness of the Paradise transformed into psychedelic, […]

By Kalina Newman· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
“Signs of Light” by The Head and the Heart is the indie folk band’s third album. PHOTO COURTESY WARNER BROS. RECORDS

REVIEW: “Signs of Light” shows a new side of The Head and the Heart

Origin stories don’t get much simpler than this one: a group of strangers from all ends of the country attend and play open-mic nights at Conor Byrne Pub in Seattle. They are all talented, lively musicians. Just like that, the group realized they can sing together. The Head and the Heart is formed. Of course, there are the details of selling […]

By Emma Parkinson· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
Previously a music producer for big names like CeeLo Green, songwriter Earl St. Claire is starting his career as a solo artist. PHOTO COURTESY CB PHOTOGRAPHY

INTERVIEW: Songwriter Earl St. Clair wants to wow

Earl St. Clair started out behind the scenes, writing for and working with artists like Organized Noize and CeeLo Green. Now, he’s starting to peek out from around the curtain. St. Clair’s writing credits are spread out all over. He’s the featured vocalist on Avicii’s “Pure Grinding for a Better Day” that appeared on EA’s video game “Need for Speed” in […]

By Mariel Cariker· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
Tom Hanks stars as Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger in "Sully," a drama about the airline captain who landed a plane on the Hudson River in 2009. PHOTO COURTESY WARNER BROS PICTURES

REVIEW: “Sully” reminds us of the importance of miracles

More than seven and a half years ago, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landed US Airways flight 1549 on the Hudson River after the plane’s engines failed. The emergency water landing resulted in zero casualties from any of the flight’s 150 passengers and five crew members. It was an amazing feat, but one wonders how this event could have enough drama […]

By Caroline Aaron· · 1 comment · Features, Muse
The new FX series “Atlanta” features Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry and Keith Stanfield. PHOTO COURTESY MATTHIAS CLAMER/ FX

REVIEW: Donald Glover proves himself man of many talents with “Atlanta”

Donald Glover is the Renaissance man of the 21st century. With successful ventures into online skits, TV writing, acting and rapping, Glover now adds to the list with a new project: his own television show that combines all of his previous experiences into one. “Atlanta” tells the story of two cousins navigating the rap scene of Georgia’s capital. Through an […]

By Alex Peña· · 0 comments · Features, Muse