The Islamic Society of BU held a fashion show and panel discussion in Metcalf Hall Monday evening to highlight modesty, identity and public perception of Muslim-American clothing. PHOTO COURTESY ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF BU

Muslim-American women model identity, self-expression

Boston University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations and the Islamic Society of BU recently worked together to stage a panel discussion and runway show related to issues in modern Muslim-American fashion. The event, which took place Monday in Metcalf Hall, centered on themes of identity, self-expression, modesty and public perceptions of Muslim-American women. A panel discussion […]

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A man dressed in themed attire recites one of the 154 Shakespeare sonnets aloud in Harvard Square Saturday afternoon at the “Shakespeare Sonnet Slam,” which honored the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. PHOTO BY KANKANIT WIRIYASAJJA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

“Sonnet slam” celebrates 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death

William Shakespeare, renowned playwright and poet, died on April 23, 1616. Four hundred years later, a large crowd gathered Saturday in Harvard Square to read aloud all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets in honor of his life and literary legacy. The English playwright’s influence is widespread and has impacted modern culture in more than just his native country, evidenced by the Shakespeare-themed performances […]

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MEDIAGIRLS, a Boston-based nonprofit, will hold a fundraiser at the Brookline Teen Center Saturday afternoon, featuring “Survivor” contestant and BU College of Communication sophomore Julia Sokolowski. PHOTO COURTESY MONTY BRINTON/CBS

MEDIAGIRLS, Julia Sokolowski empower young women, build confidence

As much as our society may seem to love to keep damsels in distress around to remind us of outdated gender roles, organizations like MEDIAGIRLS work to empower and teach young girls about other, more positive types of media representations. In a world with a growing emphasis on a multimedia, MEDIAGIRLS plans to bring positive messages to Brookline Teen Center […]

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In partnership with the MFA, patients in the pediatrics department at Massachusetts General Hospital celebrated One Boston Day with arts and crafts. PHOTO BY ELLEN CLOUSE/DFP FILE PHOTO

Artful Healing program paints better world on One Boston Day

The second annual One Boston Day, which commemorated the anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, saw acts of kindness displayed all throughout the city that became “Boston Strong.” At Massachusetts General Hospital, what seemed like a simple day of arts and crafts for patients in the pediatrics department was part of a movement initiated by the Museum of Fine […]

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Ramón Torres Santa, a first-year graduate student in Boston University’s College of Communication, screened his 2015 short film, “Panorama,” at the Rincón International Film Festival in Puerto Rico on Friday. PHOTO COURTESY RAMON TORRES

INTERVIEW: COM grad student uses Puerto Rican background as film inspiration

For seven days each April, movie enthusiasts gather in Puerto Rico to watch comedies, documentaries and short films at the Rincón International Film Festival. Ramón Torres Santa, a filmmaker, first-year graduate student in Boston University’s College of Communication and native Puerto Rican, showed his 2015 short film “Panorama” Friday at the festival. “It’s a story about two guys talking at […]

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Artist Mark Kostabi poses with his painting at his solo exhibition opening in the Martin Lawrence Gallery Friday night. PHOTO BY KANKANIT WIRIYASAJJA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Mark Kostabi uses “art as a dialogue” through pieces at Boston gallery

Mark Kostabi, a leading artist known for his faceless figures, geometric abstractions and loud primary colors, hosted an opening reception Friday at Martin Lawrence Galleries on Newbury Street. As one of the longest-running artists at the gallery, Kostabi is a part of an elite group alongside Keith Haring and Andy Warhol, and he designed the album covers for Guns N’ […]

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Liz Munsell, assistant curator of contemporary art at the MFA, is the curator for Los Angeles-based artist Sean Townley’s most recent exhibition. PHOTO COURTESY JEFF MCLANE

INTERVIEW: MFA curator’s exhibit blends history, contemporary

The Museum of Fine Arts will open a new exhibit featuring Los Angeles-based artist Sean Townley Saturday, set to run through July 31. Called “7 Diadems/Red Ankhhafs,” the exhibition was inspired by molds that were used to conserve two ancient sculptures in the museum’s collection. Townley was one of 10 artists accepted to the School of the Museum of Fine […]

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The BU Outing Club will host its first-ever bouldering competition Friday evening at the rock wall in the Fitness and Recreation Center. PHOTO BY KANKANIT WIRIYASAJJA /DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

BU Outing Club’s bouldering competition reaches new heights

The Boston University Outing Club will host its first bouldering competition Friday to further strengthen BU’s athletic reputation. The competition will take place at the rock wall in the Fitness and Recreation Center, and anyone willing is welcome to take their interests to new heights. “I think students usually sometimes need a break from school, from the urban environment, from […]

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The BU Center for Gender, Sexuality and Activism and Students for Justice in Palestine hosted DarkMatter, the transgender South Asian performance art duo, at the #ItGetsBitter spoken word event Saturday night. PHOTO BY BRIAN SONG/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

DarkMatter poetry performance inspires, addresses social issues

At a performance Saturday in the Boston University College of Arts and Sciences, attendees were met with a creative combination of activism, spoken word poetry and neon blue lipstick. New York City-based performance art duo DarkMatter performed poetry and spoke in depth about gender identity, race and politics as a part of their #ItGetsBitter tour. The duo, both of whom […]

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A member of BU Jalwa, a co-ed dance team that practices hip-hop, Bollywood, Bhangra, contemporary and charisma dance, practices for the national competition in Ohio this weekend in the Sargent Activities Center Gym Tuesday evening. PHOTO BY BRITTANY CHANG/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

BU Jalwa dances to nationals, proves practice pays off

During the endless hours that the Boston University Jalwa team spends in practice a semester, there is always something else that its members “should” be doing — lab reports, problem sets, job applications, sleeping. But instead, they spend much of their time in practice, recovering from practice or talking about practice. After a successful season of placing in three competitions […]

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