The Wicked Queer, an LGBT film festival, features 29 independent films screened at seven theaters across the city. The Boston festival began Thursday and runs until Sunday. GRAPHIC BY RACHEL CHMIELINSKI/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Rebranded Wicked Queer film festival emphasizes shift in LGBT dialogue

Boston’s annual LGBT film festival is back, and this time, it’s Wicked Queer. The festival, which began Thursday and runs through April 10, has played under a wide range of titles throughout its history. Known as the Boston LGBT Film Festival until 2015 — and before that, the long-winded Boston Gay and Lesbian Film and Video Festival — the event […]

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Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir react to the ice sculptures modeled after them. PHOTO COURTESY BRIAN BABINEAU/TD GARDEN

INTERVIEW: Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir axel for joy over World Figure Skating Championships

In celebration of this year’s International Skating Union World Figure Skating Championships, NBC figure skating analysts Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir arrived in Boston to unveil their very own ice sculptures Thursday at the Frost Ice Loft in Faneuil Hall, a fitting welcome for two who have spent so much time on the ice. It wasn’t the first time Boston has had […]

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The Filharmonic, the Los Angeles-based a cappella group that played Manila Envy in “Pitch Perfect 2,” will perform at Boston College Friday night. PHOTO COURTESY JORDAN ABRANTES

The Filharmonic fuses a cappella with Filipino heritage

The Filharmonic, a Los Angeles-based a cappella group that played the ensemble “Manila Envy” in “Pitch Perfect 2,” will perform Friday at Boston College. The group keeps in touch with its members’ shared Filipino heritage while performing pop hits using just their voices. The group originally caught the attention of the president of The Philippine Society of Boston College, BC […]

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Kameel Nasr will host a reading and signing of his new book “The Museum Heist” at the Harvard Coop in Cambridge Wednesday at 7 p.m. PHOTO COURTESY GULOTTA COMMUNICATIONS

INTERVIEW: Author Kameel Nasr on career, fictionalizing Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum robbery

Frustrated by the cold-case status of what was arguably the greatest art robbery in history, author Kameel Nasr decided to create a fictional tale of what he believes happened at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 in his newest book, “The Museum Heist.” Although the book was released in August 2015, Nasr is now advertising it around Boston, the […]

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Members of Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts speak at a symposium on Thursday at the New England School of Law after the screening of the short film “Solitary Voices,” which raises awareness about issues surrounding solitary confinement. PHOTO BY BRIGID KING/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Symposium voices concern, highlights dangers of solitary confinement

As part of a weeklong call to action on current solitary confinement laws in Massachusetts, Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts hosted a symposium on solitary confinement Thursday afternoon at the New England School of Law. The symposium consisted of two panels as well as a viewing of the new short film “Solitary Voices” in front of approximately 65 people. PLS […]

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A discussion entitled “Ending Poverty by 2030: Fantasy or Attainable Goal?” was held Thursday night at the BU School of Medicine as part of the BU Program For Global Health Storytelling. PHOTO BY ELLEN CLOUSE/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

“Global Health Storytelling” discussion illustrates power of art to fight poverty

Public health, journalism and the arts are often regarded as relatively separate fields, but a talk on global poverty Thursday night at the Boston University School of Medicine illustrated how these fields, as well as humanity as a whole, are more intertwined than one might believe. “Ending Poverty by 2030: Fantasy or Attainable Goal?” was the latest of BU’s annual […]

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Heather Woods and her husband perform an impromptu set at the Power of Disbelief concert. PHOTO BY BRIAN SONG/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

“The Power of Disbelief” concert sparks gender representation conversation

Hailey Magee, a 22-year-old rising singer-songwriter, is a fighter. Her passion for sharing stories through her music has always driven her to take chances and put herself out there, but she recently realized there was an obstacle in her path. Though the Boston music scene is a unique place to explore the musical world, it has become blatantly obvious to […]

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A representative from Endurance Pilates and Yoga gives out Athleta gift cards to attendees of the “Ride to Benefit 50 Legs” on Saturday afternoon. PHOTO BY BRIGID KING/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

The Handle Bar viciously cycles for 50 Legs charity

Twenty bikes filled The Handle Bar Indoor Cycling Studio in Cambridge Saturday to pedal toward raising money for 50 Legs, an organization that provides amputees in need with prosthetic limbs. While pop music played in the background and sweat dripped from riders’ faces, there was a certain similarity that these two organizations shared — positive thinking and perseverance. 50 Legs, […]

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The Brookline Arts Center hosted the gallery opening for “Conceptual Clay, Hot Art” Friday evening, featuring conceptual clay works by Massachusetts-based ceramic artists. PHOTO COURTESY NET JOE/PANORAMIO

“Conceptual Clay, Hot Art” molds ceramic art landscape

Ceramics have historically been used in domestic settings for practical uses such as cooking. But in its new gallery, “Conceptual Clay, Hot Art,” the Brookline Arts Center showcases more artistic uses of the medium. “The Brookline Arts Center invited Massachusetts based ceramic artists to submit their most conceptual works in clay” for the show, according to its website. The gallery opened […]

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College of Communication professor Patrice Oppliger speaks about the effects of aggressive female characters in television shows in her talk “Mean Girls, Stealth Girls, Sidekicks, and Targets: A Thematic Analysis of Female Characters in Tweencoms,” held in COM Wednesday afternoon.

“Tweencoms” reinforce queen bee, wannabe sterotypes

Remember when Harper from “Wizards of Waverly Place” was a total doormat to her manipulative “BFF” Alex? Let’s not forget that one episode of “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” when rich girl London loses a bet to be nice to her “friend” Maddie, the candy counter employee, for one single day. Even sweet, wholesome Miley from “Hannah Montana” […]

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