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BU Organizes Group Healing Session In Response to One Direction’s Zayn Malik
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A few days ago, news broke that rocked the world – Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction. Fans around the globe reacted to the heartbreaking news in a variety of ways, many crying for hours on end with tubs of ice cream. Noticing the need for people to take care of their emotional well-being, students at Boston University’s Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Activism (CGSA) decided to step in and plan Self Care Sunday: One Direction Feeling Sesh and Hemp Jewelry Making this Sunday, March 29.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Returns to Boston
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Seeing the Alvin Ailey company for the first time a decade and a half ago changed my perspective on modern dance and the arts. In the years since, I’ve tried to make it a point to see their productions whenever they come to town. I’m especially excited for this year’s run, as I had dancer, choreographer, and company veteran Matthew Rushing in studio to talk about the Alvin Ailey experience, life in dance, and ODETTA–his tribute to the legendary folk singer and civil rights activist Odetta Holmes. Click here for tickets and information, and click through to hear my chat with Matthew. More

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Boston’s First Annual Big Hat Brunch: ‘A Chance For Women to Celebrate Women’
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As the coordinator of Boston’s 1st annual Big Hat Brunch, Cheryl Crawford seemingly has her hands full. From appointing vendors to selecting the catering to booking speakers, Crawford plays a vital part in every single detail of the historic event. But looking ahead to this particular Saturday afternoon, March 28, nervousness succumbs to excitement as she whimsically recalls how the brunch actually came together. More

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Berklee Students Will Celebrate Bach’s 330th Birthday With Free South Station Concert
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March 21 is the 330th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, and students from Berklee College of Music will be celebrating by giving a free concert in South Station. From 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. the chamber orchestra and choir will play Bach favorites under the station’s schedule board, including the Concerto for Two Violins in D minor and the Sonata for Solo Flute in A minor. More

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Annual Great American Beer Festival Brings Attracts Craft Beer Enthusiasts And Brewers From Around The Country
10 of the Weirdest Brews at 2015 Extreme Beer Fest
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There’s going to be no better place than Boston this weekend to illustrate how “weird” has become the new “normal” in the beer world. At Beer Advocate’s 12th annual Extreme Beer Fest, there’ll be more than enough coffee-chocolate pale ales, chili stouts, and blueberry Berliner Weisses to shake a stick at. More

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True Life: I Was a Bartender In Southie During the St. Paddy’s Day Parade
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When you’re a bartender in Southie on the day of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, it’s a bizarre love-hate experience that’s not dissimilar to everyone’s feelings toward their parents. It’s kind of awesome, but it’s also damaging to your heart. More

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Irish Chef Oliver Dunne Serves St. Patrick’s Day Dinner in Boston
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The Met Back Bay hosts Michelin-starred, award winning Irish chef Oliver Dunne for an over-the-top, four-course St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Chef Oliver owns Bon Appetit in Malahide, Ireland and Cleaver East in Dublin. Cleaver East is in The Clarence Hotel, which is owned by Bono & The Edge of U2. And yes, Oliver is as cool as he sounds. Listen. More