Mary Ann Nagle, owner of Phillips Candy House in Dorchester, speaks Wednesday about her famous chocolate turtles featured on Oprah’s 2015 Favorite Things List. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Phillips Candy House’s Mary Ann Nagle on chocolate and traditions

Phillips Candy House, known for its Oprah Winfrey-approved turtle baskets, is Dorchester’s very own version of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Customers visiting the shop are greeted with delightful chocolate aromas and whimsical tchotchkes from the moment they step inside. Mary Ann Nagle, the third-generation owner of Boston’s oldest chocolatier, has the passion and the charisma of Wonka, and then some. […]

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Joining Hands is a program within the Boston University Community Service Center that helps students connect with elders and people with disabilities. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY RACHEL MCLEAN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

CSC’s Joining Hands reaches out to people with disabilities

Many individuals make what activist groups consider the mistake of agreeing with seemingly harmless assumptions about those living with disabilities. Part of that comes from an unbalanced media portrayal, but what matters most to these groups are the steps to improve society’s overall perceptions of disability. One supporter of this movement is Boston University’s Joining Hands, a program that links […]

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Students for Justice in Palestine celebrated Palestinian Cultural Night Friday in the Metcalf Trustee Ballroom. PHOTO COURTESY STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE

Palestinian Cultural Night showcases unique dancing, food and lots of laughter

The Metcalf Trustee Ballroom, located on the ninth floor of 1 Silber Way, is adorned with mirrored French doors, glass chandeliers, beautiful wallpaper and a sweeping view of Boston. The ballroom was also decked in the red, green, black and white of the Palestinian flag Friday for the fifth annual Palestinian Cultural Night. Sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine, […]

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Jerry Abramson, Deputy Assistant to the President and White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs speaks to students Tuesday at the Trustees Center about how urban innovation is shaping national policy. PHOTO BY MADI GOLDMAN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Supplemental lectures enhance students’ learning

With a single glance at Boston University’s expansive calendar of events, one can be sure to find a seminar given by speakers, ranging from social advocates to CEOs to politicians. Professors are taking advantage of these ample resources in encouraging students to attend outside lectures to learn from professionals who have a career’s worth of experience. Katherine Levine Einstein, a […]

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CIRCA, Opus with the Debussy String Quartet, a group that combines acrobatics and a string quartet to the music of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, performed this weekend at the Citi Shubert Theatre. PHOTO COURTESY JUSTIN NICHOLAS

Circa’s “Opus” performance flies to astonishing heights

With poise and unbelievable strength, 14 acrobats used their bodies to twist, flip, fly and illustrate the music of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich in performances of Circa’s “Opus” Friday through Sunday at Citi Shubert Theatre. Directed by Yaron Lifschitz and presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston, “Opus” integrates music performed by the Debussy String Quartet, a group based in […]

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Nicholas Mirzoeff, professor of media, culture and communication at New York University, delivered a lecture on visual commons of the #BlackLivesMatter movement at the Harvard Art Museums Thursday. PHOTO COURTESY NICHOLAS MIRZOEFF

#BlackLivesMatter lecture urges universal freedom

Racial conversations have historically been present in the United States since the founding of our country, yet they have recently garnered more traction as a result of social media. Specifically, the mantra “Black Lives Matter” was founded after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in 2013 and the death of Michael Brown in August of 2014. The Black Lives Matter coalition […]

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“JACKED,” a graffiti art show presented by David Taylor (DS7) and Charles Win (Shread15) took place on Nov. 7 at Warehouse XI. PHOTO COURTESY OLIVIA NADEL

Graffiti makes cultural comeback at Somerville art show

One morning in April 2013, David Taylor, known as DS7, stopped by The Chelsea, a gallery that was hosting a solo show of his, to find nine of his paintings missing. Five of the paintings, which had been appraised at $4,000 each, were never seen again. Taylor eventually made reproductions of the stolen paintings, and displayed them and some of […]

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The b.good Burger Brigade Dine ’n Dash allowed runners to donate to charity and eat one meal across the four b.good locations. PHOTO BY MAE DAVIS/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

b.good v. good at promoting local food, sustainable living

Nathalie Hernandez, a sophomore at Berklee College of Music, donned her running shoes and dashed from Summer Street to Boylston Street Saturday, but she wasn’t running merely for exercise. Instead, she was helping raise money for the needy in the Burger Brigade Dine ‘n Dash, a 3.4-mile running fundraiser sponsored by b.good, a local restaurant focused on healthy eating. Hernandez […]

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The "Double Entendres” exhibit is held in the Lens Gallery from Nov. 6 to 21. PHOTO BY NICKI GITTER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Art gallery juxtaposes cultural depictions of traditional past, technological present

Would Michelangelo have posted on Instagram if he were alive today, or would Andy Warhol’s self-portraits be labeled as selfies? These are a few questions that were amusingly alluded to through artwork at the Lens Gallery in Boston’s South End on Friday. Sam Kontny, a 30-year-old artist by day and bartender by night, had his first solo gallery exhibit titled […]

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Religious organizations such as BU Hillel help to ease the transition for students wishing to celebrate holidays away from home. PHOTO COURTESY ROANOKE COLLEGE/FLICKR

Religious campus organizations support students in celebrating holidays away from home

As the weather gets cooler and tree branches become bare, the holiday season starts to arrive. Local universities and institutions have already begun to celebrate various religious holidays alongside their community members. The Museum of Fine Arts, for example, kicked off the holiday season Wednesday by hosting an evening of dances, lectures and art to celebrate Diwali, or the “Festival […]

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