BU a cappella group the BosTones perform at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella 2016 Northeast Quarterfinal Saturday night at the Tsai Performance Center. PHOTO BY NICOLAS TEPPER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

BU groups conquer International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella

The International Championship of Collegiate a cappella held its first competition in 1996, according to the Varsity Vocals website, but the group-singing phenomenon has only recently gained widespread popularity due to the release of a cappella-focused films and television shows. Now, more than 450 groups from the United States and Europe compete in the ICCA every year. Boston University a […]

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After watching a demonstration of traditional bowing and greeting, a group of young girls try on traditional Korean dresses at the free Lunar New Year Celebration at the Museum of Fine Arts Saturday afternoon. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Culture shines through at MFA’s Lunar New Year celebration

The normally quiet rotunda of the Museum of Fine Arts reverberated with hundreds of voices Saturday as guests welcomed in the Lunar New Year. The celebration was held throughout the museum, involving traditional crafts, demonstrations such as the Korean New Year greeting ceremony Sae-bae, performances and special exhibits for all ages. One of the day’s most popular events was the […]

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Amy Casher, a local jewelry maker, speaks to attendees of a SoWa First Friday event put on by the SoWa Artists Guild in the "South of Washington" area. PHOTO BY LEXI PLINE/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

First Friday celebrates local SoWa art for all audiences

The SoWa Artists Guild sponsored a First Friday event, showcasing a diverse group of artists in Boston’s South End, Friday evening. Despite the heavy snow, many artists and viewers made it out to celebrate art from nearly 80 different artists. Over the past few years, SoWa has increased the number of galleries located in the area, continuing to establish a […]

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Thanks to a Facebook listing, Moose, a stray dog who spent four-and-a-half years in a no-kill animal rescue shelter in the Caribbean, recently found a new home in the Boston area. PHOTO COURTESY LAST HOPE K9 RESCUE

Fluff piece: Rescue dog finds Boston home

As warm and fuzzy as homecoming stories tend to be, this one is sure to tug on the heartstrings just a little bit harder. Moose is a Virgin Islands rescue dog who, after nearly five years of shelter life, has finally found his forever home in Boston. Ryan Moore, the shelter manager at the St. John Animal Care Center, where […]

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Students ages 12 to 21 from the Greater Boston area perform in the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra lead by conductor and founder Benjamin Zander. PHOTO COURTESY BOSTON PHILHARMONIC YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra thrives under Benjamin Zander’s leadership

Boston Symphony Hall can seat more than 2,600 people and Friday, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will fill it for the second time. The first was last November, when the Free for All Concert Fund offered to fund a concert and give tickets away for free. Hundreds of people who had never had the opportunity to see the inside of […]

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Nine BU students volunteer for MEDIAGIRLS, an organization that aims to empower girls in the Greater Boston area by educating them about their media consumption. PHOTO COURTESY MEDIA GIRLS

MEDIAGIRLS changing way Boston’s young girls perceive media

The average teenage girl consumes between eight and 10 hours of media each day, according to the MEDIAGIRLS website. Numerous studies have linked greater media consumption with increased body dissatisfaction and disordered eating, and girls ages five to 18 are the most likely victims. MEDIAGIRLS aims to change the way young girls relate to the media they consume. By equipping […]

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Once a fire station built in 1909, Studio16 has transformed the space into a brand-new 2500 square foot, state-of-the-art photo and video production studio along the East Boston waterfront. PHOTO COURTESY WINDY FILMS

Studio16 opens doors to Boston entrepreneurs

As a vibrant, bustling hub, Boston is home to hundreds of driven entrepreneurs with business ideas that would benefit a range of people. Will Humphrey, partner and studio manager at Studio16, noticed the struggles many faced when they were trying to rent a space for those ideas to materialize. “It was sometimes really difficult for people to rent a studio […]

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Schuyler Stevens gives a free seminar at Mmmmaven, an electronic music production company and DJ school in Central Square. Stevens taught students Friday about the hardware and software used in a typical DJ setup. PHOTO BY KRISHNA SHARMA/DAILY FREE PRESS CONTRIBUTOR

Mmmmaven makes music with budding musicians

The school teamed up with disc jockey and music producer Schuyler Stevens Friday to host a walk-through of the hardware and software ubiquitous to most DJ setups. “Each ‘m’ in Mmmmaven represents four beats, and in this lab you’ll count to four until you’re blue in the face,” said David Day, executive director and co-founder of Mmmmaven, at the beginning of […]

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ArtLifting, a program that benefits homeless and disabled artists, opened a pop-up store in CambridgeSide Galleria Jan. 9, which runs through Jan. 31. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

ArtLifting creatively uplifting to low-income artists

“Buy Art, Change a Life,” is the slogan proudly declared by ArtLifting, a benefit corporation that works to sell art made by the homeless or disabled communities in order to provide members with a source of income and an outlet for creative expression. Through Jan. 31, a pop-up store inside the CambridgeSide Galleria in Cambridge will showcase original art pieces […]

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Students and faculty of Kennedy Longfellow Elementary School in Cambridge participate in the K-Lo market, a program started by the Food For Free organization which provides local families free nutritious foods. PHOTO COURTESY SASHA PURPURA

Food For Free fights poverty in new year

Food insecurity and poverty affect millions of families across the country, including members of the Greater Boston community. As of 2014, 15 percent of the population was in poverty, with children under the age of 18 making up 15.5 percent of those in poverty, according to Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. Additionally, an overwhelming […]

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