ImprovBoston debuted a comedy show that explores the dark side of the Disney universe this past Saturday in Cambridge. PHOTO COURTESY MARISSA KENNEDY

PREVIEW: Disney sketch comedy show promises to hilariously ruin childhoods

It’s 2016 and Simba and Nala’s marriage is falling apart. Ariel is getting an intervention. Hercules is making his musical debut in a condom commercial. Wait, what? Part of Your World, a Disney-themed sketch comedy troupe, reimagines and spoofs what happened to your favorite Disney characters in a new show called “Part of Your World II: Straight to DVD.” The […]

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“#8Nights8Windows” is Boston’s first Jewish public art project, showcasing eight works of art during the eight nights of Hanukkah. PHOTO BY BETSEY GOLDWASSER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

#8Nights8Windows puts artistic Hanukkah festivities on display

Lanterns lit up the windows at the Pavement Coffeehouse on Gainsborough Street Monday evening. People of all backgrounds from around Boston gathered to create their own lights and take part in the celebration of Hanukkah as part of the interactive display, “We Are the Shamash.” This is only one of eight pieces making up an art exhibit that’s lighting up […]

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Boston University graduate Nicole Trilivas published a book titled “Girls Who Travel,” which was released Dec. 1. PHOTO COURTESY PIXABAY

INTERVIEW: BU grad Nicole Trilivas on writing, adventures in “Girls Who Travel”

Boston University graduate Nicole Trilivas’s debut novel “Girls Who Travel” provides readers with the ability to feel like adventurous explorers while lounging on the couch in pajamas. The novel follows the story of a “free-spirited backpacker” named Kika Shores. “She’s one of those itchy-footed girls who is constantly asked where she’s going next and when she’ll finally settle down,” Trilivas […]

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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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