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It’s been a long week of blurry Super Bowl photo talk and 4-inch iPhone rumors, but the wonderful weekend is here at last. And for those of you who find yourself looking for something to do on a lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoon, we’ve put together a great list of new apps and games to check out.

Folks in the market for a new and innovative news app will want to check out Quartz. Brought to you by the publication of the same name, Quartz keeps you up-to-date on current events using a method I’ve never seen before: texting. No, it doesn’t actually text you, but the app is designed to look like a messaging app. So you’re essentially sent “texts” of headlines or news snippets, and then given the option to respond for more details or a new story. You’ll also receive photos, GIFs, web links and push notifications. This all combines to make a news app that presents articles in an extremely digestible format. This app is available for free.

Anchor is an interesting new application that allows you to easily broadcast short audio clips to the world. I look at it as kind of like a Vine-type app for podcasts. Users can post an audio recording of up to 2-minutes, and others can post a one-minute response. All of this then gets stitched together for anyone to listen to, and the end result is something akin to public radio or a community podcast. While the idea of listening to you and your friends debate the latest Star Wars movie may not sound appealing, Anchor has organized its more learned users and topics to help you discover intelligent, educational and entertaining conversations. This app is available for free.

I included Fetch by Microsoft’s Garage division in this week’s roundup because it seemed like a fun/silly app to play around with on a Saturday afternoon. Its purpose is pretty straightforward: take a picture, or load in a previous photo, of a dog and this app will identify what breed it is. Obviously, accuracy will be hit-or-miss depending on photo quality and other factors, but for what it’s worth, it correctly identified my dog Jaxx as a labrador retriever. Don’t have a dog? That’s ok, use Fetch to take a photo of yourself or a friend, and laugh at the results. This app is available for free.


I imagine that Bkstg is what Apple was going for when it introduced Connect for Apple Music last summer. To be fair, I haven’t played with the app much, but it’s being marketed as a way to “get closer to the musicians you love.” Features include real time content, photos and videos from artists and their entourages; exclusive backstage content, merch, tickets, meet and greets, and more; and the ability to search nearby and trending hashtags to get in on the conversations with like-minded fans. This app is available for free.

This game really needs no introduction. Final Fantasy is easily one of the most popular gaming franchises in history, and episode IX is largely thought to be the series’ highpoint. The story follows a talented young thief named Zidane Tribal, who joins with others to defeat Queen Brahne of Alexandria, the one responsible for starting the great war. The mobile port includes “high-definition movies and character models,” autosave, achievements, and a collection of “game boosters” that let you cheat your way through the story. This game is available for $16.99 (for a limited time).

Prism is described as a “visually stunning journey through a microcosmic galaxy.” That’s a fancy way of saying this is space-themed geometric puzzler with gorgeous graphics. In the game, players are tasked with touching shapes and patterns to unfold sacred geometry and reach the ethereal soul. Each of the 13 levels is a push and pull of cinematic design, mythology, and intuitive touch exploration. And as an interesting side-note, all of the art, code, sound effects and the zen-like soundtrack were created by a single developer: Clint Siu. This game is available for $2.99.

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10 Free Things to Do with Family and Friends This Weekend History trails, Faneuil Hall, the Boston Harborwalk, and more

Commencement is just days away. Chances are, this year’s graduates have family and friends arriving in town soon to help mark the big day. Looking for fun things to do with them while they’re in town? We’ve put together a list of great walking tours and places to visit in and around the city that celebrate Boston’s rich history and architecture. Best of all, they’re free.

The Freedom Trail is a great way to explore Boston history. The 2.5-mile red brick path winds through downtown Boston and takes visitors to 16 of the city’s most historic sites, among them the Granary Burying Ground—the final resting place of three of the signers of the Declaration of Independence—and the Bunker Hill Monument, in Charlestown. Guests can pay to take a guided tour of the Freedom Trail with a National Park Service ranger or take a free self-guided tour. Download a map of the Freedom Trail here. And remember to wear comfortable shoes.

Self-guided tours of the Freedom Trail begin at the Boston Common, 139 Tremont St. Find more information here. Take an MBTA Green Line trolley to Park Street.

This fascinating self-guided walking tour gives visitors a glimpse of what life was like for the city’s African American community from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Between 1800 and 1900, most of Boston’s African American residents lived on the north slope of Beacon Hill. The 1.5-mile tour takes visitors to 14 locations where they lived, worshiped, and attended school. Included are stops on the Underground Railroad. By the end of the American Revolution, Boston had more free black people than slaves, and the city’s free black community led the nation in the movement to end slavery and gain equality.

Find a map of the Black Heritage Trail and more information about the self-guided tour here. Take an MBTA Green Line trolley to Park Street.

Starting in the mid-19th century, Boston became home to tens of thousands of Irish immigrants fleeing the Irish famine. Their arrival reshaped the city’s politics and cultural life. The Irish Heritage Trail, created by the Boston Irish Tourism Association in 2000, pays tribute to the accomplishments of some of Boston’s most prominent Irish-American citizens, such as President John F. Kennedy (Hon.’55) and former Boston mayors Michael J. Curley and Kevin White (Hon.’74). The self-guided tour has 20 stops, from the Rose Kennedy Garden along the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway to Boston City Hall and Fenway Park.

Find a map for the Irish Heritage Trail here or pick one up at the Visitor Information Center at 139 Tremont St. on the Boston Common, near the Park Street MBTA station.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market

Built in 1742, Faneuil Hall has served as a meeting hall for residents for nearly 300 years. The marketplace was expanded in 1826 to include Quincy Market. Faneuil Hall has been called the cradle of liberty—it was here in 1764 that colonists protested the Sugar Act of 1764 and demanded “no taxation without representation.” Over the centuries, such notable speakers as Samuel Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Senator Edward Kennedy (Hon.’70), and President Bill Clinton have delivered speeches there. By the early 20th century, the marketplace had largely fallen into disrepair and was nearly torn down in the 1970s. But Kevin White (Hon.’74), mayor at the time, and several prominent businessmen and architects saved the complex from the wrecking ball. In 1976, the market reopened as a complex of restaurants, shops, and pushcarts featuring handmade crafts. Today, it is one of Boston’s most popular tourist attractions. People from around the world visit, dining on classic local fare like oysters, lobster rolls, clam chowder, Boston cream pie, Boston baked beans, and Indian pudding and shopping at the area’s dozens of stores. Street performers offer a never-ending array of entertainment as well.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market, 4 South Market St., are open from 10 am to 9 pm Monday through Saturday and 11 am to 7 pm Sunday. Take an MBTA Green Line trolley to Government Center.

Copley Square

One of Boston’s most vibrant areas, Copley Square is steeped in history, surrounded by the Old South Church (1873), Trinity Church (1877), the Boston Public Library (1895), and the John Hancock Tower (1976), the tallest building in New England. It’s also within walking distance of some of the city’s best shopping: Copley Place, the Prudential Center, and Newbury Street. Be sure to stop by the Pru’s Skywalk Observatory, a sky-high vantage point offering breathtaking 360 degree views of the city.

Copley Square is bound by the intersections of Boylston Street, Clarendon Street, St. James Avenue, and Dartmouth Street. Take an MBTA Green Line trolley to Copley Square.

America’s oldest public park, the Boston Common was created in 1634. Colonial militia trained to fight in the American Revolution here, British Redcoats used it as their encampment from 1768 to 1776, and abolitionists held rallies here in the years leading up to and during the Civil War. Today, the park includes ballfields, a carousel, and a frog pond that’s a spray pool in the summer and a skating rink in the winter.

Adjacent to the common is the Boston Public Garden, home to the world-renowned Swan Boats. Established in 1837, the park was the nation’s first public botanical garden. It is still celebrated for its flowerbeds and specimen trees. It also inspired the classic children’s book by Robert McCloskey, Make Way for Ducklings, which is commemorated by a sculpture of the duck family by a BU alum, Nancy Schӧn (DGE’48). The Public Garden contains more than 80 species of plants and the lamplit bridge above the lagoon is one of the most famous scenes in Boston and has been the backdrop for many a wedding party.

The Boston Common is at 139 Tremont Street and the Boston Public Garden at 4 Charles Street. Take an MBTA Green Line trolley to Park Street.

This little-known museum offers a fascinating overview of Massachusetts history. A series of exhibitions highlight information about the men and women who helped shape the commonwealth from 1630 to the 1920s. Priceless documents on display include the Puritan Settlement, the Massachusetts Constitution, and the Townshend Acts, a series of British Acts of Parliament taxing the colonists, passed during 1767 and 1768, that met with resistance and eventually resulted in the Boston Massacre of 1770.

The Commonwealth Museum, 220 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester, on the UMass Boston campus, is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday and 9 am to 3 pm on weekends, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Find more information here. Take an MBTA Red Line train to the JFK/UMass stop.

Boston Harborwalk

On a nice day, there’s no better way to explore this area of the city than by taking a stroll along the Boston Harborwalk. The 43-mile path, stretching from lower Dorchester to East Boston, connects Boston’s waterfront neighborhoods to one another and to Boston Harbor. Several inland trails and parks are also connected to the Harborwalk, among them the Emerald Necklace, the Charles River Esplanade, and the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The path has stunning views of Boston Harbor and the city skyline. Weather permitting, visitors can even bring swimsuits, sunscreen, and umbrellas to lounge in the sun on one of the nine public beaches along the Harborwalk as well. It’s an ideal outing for those looking to get away from city congestion.

Find a map and more information here. Take an MBTA Green Line trolley to Government Center and walk about 10 minutes.

The 281-acre Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, in Boston’s Jamaica Plain, is North America’s oldest public arboretum. It was established on an old farmstead left to Harvard College by Boston merchant Benjamin Bussey in 1872 for the scientific study of trees, and funded under the will of New Bedford businessman James Arnold, who left money for an arboretum. In 1882 the land was deeded by Harvard to the city of Boston and is operated by Harvard under a 1,000-year lease. Today, a leading educational and scientific institution and a National Historic Landmark, it is part of Boston’s meandering chain of ponds, forests, and fields known as the Emerald Necklace, a park system designed by 19th-century landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, best known for creating New York City’s Central Park. The arboretum is at its best in May and June, when its famous azalea border, rhododendron dell, and world-class lilac collection (179 different varieties) come into bloom.

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Take an MBTA Orange Line train to Forest Hills.

Looking to explore someplace beyond Boston? Head over to  Harvard Square in Cambridge, one of the area’s most popular tourist destinations. You’ll find  great options for dining, shopping, and sightseeing. The main draw is stately Harvard Yard, the heart of Harvard University. But you’ll also find dozens of restaurants, like the popular Felipe’s Taqueria (with a rooftop bar) and the locally famous Pinocchio’s Pizza, serving up Sicilian-style pizza to Harvard students for over three decades. Museum lovers will want to check out the world-class Harvard Art Museums, free to college students with a valid ID and to those under 18.

Find more information about Harvard Square here. Take an MBTA Red Line train to Harvard Square.

Senior Abigail Freeman can be reached at [email protected].

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Erie, Scrollback, Signal, And Other Jailbreak Tweaks To Check Out This Weekend

While there’s been some turbulence in the jailbreak community as of late following the archival of the ModMyi and ZodTTD/MacCiti repositories, the BigBoss repository continues to serve the community by hosting a plethora of new jailbreak tweak releases.

In this roundup, we’ll discuss all this past week’s tweak releases. As we do every weekend, we’ll start by showcasing our favorite jailbreak tweaks of the week, and then we’ll outline the rest afterward.

Our favorite releases this week Erie – FREE

Erie is a jailbreak tweak that generates haptic feedback whenever you press your device’s hardware buttons.

Out of the box, Erie supports the Home, sleep, and volume buttons, but can also provide haptic feedback whenever you use the Touch ID sensor to authenticate something.

As the developer notes, the haptic feedback added to your Home button feels a lot like using the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, albeit slightly different.

If you like haptic feedback, then Erie might be for you. You can learn more about the tweak from our full review, where we discuss the tweak in-depth.

ScrollBack – FREE

ScrollBack is an exceptional jailbreak tweak that lets you get back to your previous spot on a page after accidentally ‘returning to the top’ with the Status Bar tap gesture.

To get back to your place, all you have to do is tap on the Status Bar a second time immediately after the accidental tap, as illustrated by the animated GIF above.

Because I do this by accident quite frequently, I firmly believe Apple should put a feature like this in iOS by default, just to make things easier.

If you’re interested in learning more about ScrollBack and why it’s such an important staple, read our full review.

Signal – FREE

The Signal jailbreak tweak is a blast from the past; it lets you customize both your cellular service indicator and carrier name.

Apart from spoofing your cellular service to make it look like you have more signal strength than you really do, you could also use this tweak to make it look like your Wi-Fi-only iPad or iPod touch has cellular service.

As a bonus, I’ve always liked being able to change my carrier name, but there aren’t too many free jailbreak tweaks these days that support this function on iOS 10.

If you’re interested in messing around with your device’s carrier and cellular information, we’d recommend Signal. You can read our full review to learn more about how it works.

Other releases this week

DopeSettings: Adds hilarious labels to your Settings app’s individual cells (free via BigBoss repo – review)

KillinAppsScreenshot: Disables those bothersome screenshot-sharing banners in several of your apps (free via BigBoss repo – review)

MaskYOOXPreviews: Hides the background preview images in the YOOX app’s menu (free via CydiaGeek’s repo)

MayBank jailbreak detection bypass: Lets you circumvent jailbreak detection in the MayBank mobile app (free via BigBoss repo)

sysnet: Get your system and network information with ease (free via BigBoss repo & open source on GitHub)

WeChatLock: Easily lock your WeChat app (free via BigBoss repo)

That just about wraps things up for this week’s roundup, but remember to stay tuned to iDB for all the latest jailbreak news and announcements as they surface.

In the meantime, check out last week’s jailbreak tweak roundup just in case you missed anything special from last week. We also have a plethora of dedicated roundups that can help you find new tweaks for tricking out your jailbroken iOS 10 device below:

Bu Track & Field To Compete In Patriot League Indoor Championships This Weekend

BU Track & Field to Compete in Patriot League Indoor Championships This Weekend Team unity and added depth pushing the Terriers forward

Senior Lovie Burleson (CGS, CAS) will be one of the women’s track and field team’s top competitors during this weekend’s Patriot League Championships. Photos by BU Athletics

When Jordan Coverson was in South Carolina visiting family during intersession, a stranger noticed her BU T-shirt and came over to talk to her. Learning she was also a BU student-athlete, senior Coverson (Sargent), one of BU’s track and field captains, asked her: “Oh, what sports team are you on?”

“I’m on the track team,” replied freshman distance runner Kalie Mathis (CAS).

“The BU track team?” Coverson asked. “Are you sure?”

It’s rare that two athletes on the same team don’t know each other. But considering that there are 91 student-athletes on BU’s track and field teams—40 on the men’s team and 51 on the women’s—it’s not so surprising.

Such a sizable roster is rarely an issue, since most events, barring relay, are performed individually. But that changes when athletes compete this weekend in the 2023 Patriot League Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Championships, where each individual performance counts toward a combined team score. The championships begin Saturday at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis.

“In track and field, your whole team can be not that great, but you as an individual can go to the national championships, be an All-American, and possibly even be a national champion, without any of the rest of your team ever being there,” BU track and field and cross country director Robyne Johnson says. “So it’s a challenge to feel like a team on all occasions.

“But the beautiful thing that I see this year is that everybody wants to know everybody,” she adds. “Everybody’s encouraged by all aspects of the team getting better.”

That collegiality has motivated both teams this season, says sophomore sprinter Nikolas Smith (ENG): “It’s good to have that foundation, built from just being friends with people, so when it comes to crunch time, you’re going out there and putting your best foot forward and working as hard as you can for your friends, for your teammates.”

Last season’s indoor Patriot League Championships results were disappointing for both sides: a fourth-place finish for the women and fifth place for the men. Those results were a stark departure from their first few years in the Patriot League, which BU joined in 2013. The men finished in the top-three three years in a row, and the women captured two Patriot League championships and were two-time runners-up during their first four years in the conference.

Senior jumper Lovie Burleson (CGS, CAS) says last season’s struggle is now fueling the Terriers. “Last year, we dealt with a lot of injuries on both sides. We’re definitely more confident this time around, and we’re definitely taking what happened last year as a motivation to do better this time around.” Burleson was named the Patriot League Indoor Player of the Year in 2023.

Some injury bugs continue to plague the Terriers, but Johnson is confident the teams are still in position to compete for the top of the podium. “The team we have moving forward is in a good position to do better than we did last year,” she says. “I think we’re just in a better place with how healthy we are, and our mind-set is focused on being a lot better than we were last year. All our kids are focused on wanting to be better.”

Also contributing to the teams’ confidence is the arrival of two new assistant coaches, Jarred Rome and Dan Lefever. Rome, whose specialty is in throws, and Lefever, whose is jumps and multis, have added depth across the board this year.

Throwers credit two-time Olympian Rome, who has coached several national champions at the Division 2 level, with helping them become better athletes.

“He’s had a huge impact,” says senior Sarah Cicchetti (Questrom), who broke the school’s 31-year-old weight throw record in December, then broke it again in January. “He knows so much about the events, and not just the technical aspects, but also how to get ready for meets and how to compete… For the first time in my tenure, we have throwers going into the Patriot League Championships in top slots.”

As the assistant coach for jumps and combined events, Lefever brings extensive experience working at big programs, like Stanford and Missouri, to guide the Terrier athletes. “Coach Lefever has done an absolutely great job,” Johnson says. “He’s brought our multis and our vaulters to a place they weren’t last year….He’s very dedicated, very structured. And the kids have really benefited from that.”

“Those added points make a huge difference,” says junior sprinter Leah Fowlkes (Questrom). “A lot of pressure used to be on the sprinters to score, but now we have some extra help.”

While Johnson believes the Terriers are the best team in the conference, she says that what counts is how they perform on game day. “You can talk a lot, but if you can’t do it on the day, it is what it is. You’ve got to put up or shut up,” she says.

“We always want to win, and we’re just gonna keep moving towards that goal.”

The BU track and field teams will compete in the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships tomorrow, Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17, at the Wesley A. Brown Field House, 71 Prince George St., Annapolis, Md. Saturday’s events begin at 9 am and Sunday’s at 10:30 am. The awards ceremony is Sunday at 5 pm. Sunday’s events will be streamed on the Patriot League Network.

Senior Jonathan Chang (COM) can be reached at [email protected]; follow him on Twitter at @jonathanychang.

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Samsung Syncmaster Sa550 Full Review And Final Impressions

To start off I would like to address a question that I’ve been asked countless times.  “Does the monitor get that nasty yellow tint?” As I’ve mentioned in my first impressions, I have had no problems with any yellow tinting. My brother’s iMac has a slight yellow tint problem so no worries guys (and girls ;D ) I know what I’m talking about here.  If I open a blank word document and maximize it, it looks white as snow. (Without that yellow stuff you find time to time!)

Samsung SyncMaster SA550 With brightness max

The monitor has a refresh rate of 2ms and to this day I have not noticed once any ghosting problems.  But I have noticed some pixilation lag which I mentioned below in the Macbook Section; it’s more likely to be a graphics card issue rather than a monitor one though.

The LED backlit display has a crisp resolution of 1920×1080 and it is simply a pleasure to work on. ( As cliché as that sounds!) In my first impressions I said that the colors aren’t as vibrant than glossy monitors, while that may be true, I’ve noticed I’ve been watching more movies on this monitor than my glossy Macbook Pro’s. Not just because of size but I have noticed that after a long period of watching movies or shows on any glossy monitor my eyes start to hurt a bit. (My friends HP monitor) But with the Samsung, while it isn’t the most vibrant, it is a great companion monitor to watch movies on.  And I do watch plenty of movies! And whether I’m watching DVDs or simply watching youtube videos the Samsung SA550 gets the job done right.

When it comes to doing work such as photo/video editing this monitor is A-MA-ZING.  I can’t go back to editing on my Macbook Pro’s glossy monitor after using the Samsung for so long– again not because of size—but rather the colors aren’t as accurate. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Mac guy and I love the Macbook Pro but when it comes to work the Samsung attached to it just blows it out the water.  At first glance, there isn’t much about the Samsung that separates it from your typical glossy.  However, I do a lot of photo editing and I’ve edited the same picture on the Samsung, the Macbook Pro, and the iMac. Once I’ve actually printed out the photo, I can easily say that the Samsung had the much more accurate colors; hence my opinion that the Samsung was the best to edit photos on.

NOTE: I am using an HDMI cable with this monitor which is NOT included in the box. Definitely get an HDMI cable if you’re planning to get this monitor for the best results.

I understand that looks don’t change but I had to bring it up again. As with a lot of new products that you buy the first impressions are always, “This machine looks incredible”. However about a few weeks later the looks seem to lose its lust. And I usually fall victim to this of course. However when it comes to this monitor I must say that it has not lost its appeal. It just sits nice and sleek next to my Macbook Pro and I CONSTANTLY get reminded by friends and family of how “Pro” it looks.

Setting up the monitor is a breeze. It has a few pieces that pop together in place. (Pieces are pretty much self-explanatory) The entire feeling hallow argument that I stated in my first impressions actually no longer bother me at all. I go to electronic stores often and I can say that as of 2011 a lot, if not all Samsung monitors, have the same hallowed feel to it.

Keep in mind that the actual display is plastic. (Including the what looks like a glass border around the display)

I stated in my first impressions that I didn’t like how the touch sensitive buttons felt unresponsive. I’ve tried tampering with it daily JUST to see if my opinions on it would change: it hasn’t.  I really never need to use them but for the sake of having my final impressions of it I had to give it some time.  I like physical buttons like my friends HP monitor. It feel faster to navigate through menus on my friends HP monitor with the physical buttons. On my Samsung I feel as if I have to be gentle with it to get the touch sensitive buttons to register. While not a huge deal it does slow you down. And of course I’m sure a lot of us won’t be changing the monitors’ settings hourly so it wouldn’t be a big deal regardless.

I think this monitor is a great deal. While it is a tad bit pricey at about 250 dollars, you do get what you pay for.  I know you can find many monitors online for a great bargain but don’t stump this monitor out yet. It’s hard to explain but you won’t notice how nice this monitor really is until you’ve used it for a long period of time and then try out another.  You not only appreciate it more but you also  really get the sense just how nice and accurate colors are. Thumbs up to Samsung!

Note: When using it in mirrored mode I did notice the resolution didn’t fit the Samsung’s monitor well.  So I had to use it in clamshell mode. Simply close your Macbook and use a mouse or keyboard to wake the machine up. (While the lid is still closed) And there you have it; the Macbook Pro on your Samsung SA550 with the monitors crisp maxed out resolution.

For those curious about the actual performance of this monitor being attached to the baseline 2011 Macbook Pro 13” look no further.  A lot of people have asked me whether the Intel HD 3000 was capable enough to run an external monitor smoothly. And my answer?  It works PERFECETLY fine when doing your basic task.  No lag, no ghosting, nothing.  However, I have noticed when I am doing work in Adobe Illustrator the Samsung Monitor pixelates. When I hover over the dock, a simple task such as adding a watermark to our TechShift pictures will cause the monitor to pixelate for a moment, which gets pretty annoying quickly.  (ONLY THE DOCK GETS PIXELATED) And yes, without the monitor there is no lag or pixilation with any of my software.

If you’re not on a tight budget then this monitor is definitely worth considering.  There isn’t too much to complain about. It is able to connect to a computer or laptop just fine. It’s built, while it’s not the best,  isn’t too far behind from what other monitors have to offer. I have enjoyed watching movies and videos on this monitor but I’ve even more so enjoyed more editing on it. And, while the touch sensitive buttons aren’t my ideal, at the end of the day I must consider that this product is a monitor and it does exactly what it needs to do without any compromise to the actual display. So if you’re in the market, check out the Samsung SyncMaster SA550. The TechShift team and I definitely recommend it.

Patriots Day Weekend In And Around Town

Patriots Day Weekend in and around Town 121st Boston Marathon and much more

Patriots Day—the annual state holiday that takes place on the third Monday of April to commemorate the Colonial patriots who fought in the first battles of the Revolutionary War, in Concord and Lexington—will be celebrated on Monday. In keeping with tradition, the Boston Marathon, marking its 121st year, is run on Patriots Day.

While navigating the area can be challenging with tens of thousands of runners and tourists in town for the Marathon, the city will be bustling with events designed to get you out to enjoy the spring weather: from improv comedy to a world-class film festival to a walking art tour. And there’s lots going on this weekend on campus, too.

Any events we’ve missed? Let us know in the Comment section below.

Friday, April 14

This 10-day annual festival draws science lovers of all ages from throughout the Boston area. Featuring performances, demonstrations, hands-on interactive events, and workshops, it’s a must for anyone interested in science, technology, math, art, and engineering. The festival kicks off on Friday, April 14, and runs through Sunday, April 23. This year, the festival will explore questions currently in the headlines, such as what’s behind “fake news” and the ways journalists are grappling with climate change. You’ll also learn about the search for intelligent life in the universe, and what zebrafish can teach us about cancer. On Saturday, April 15, be sure to stop by the Science Carnival and Robot Zoo expo, which gives kids and adults a chance to explore, learn, and build things.

The 11th annual Cambridge Science Festival runs Friday, April 14, through Sunday, April 23, at venues in and around Cambridge. Most events are free; some cost from $10 to $20. Find a full schedule and ticket information here.

The Carnival and Robot Zoo is free and open to the public on Saturday, April 15, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Field House and Cambridge Public Library, Broadway and Ellery Streets, Cambridge. Find more information here.

You’ve never seen comedy improv like this before. Hosted by Catalyst Comedy, Boston’s Unscripted Musical Project (B.U.M.P.) is a completely improvised one-act performance with characters, plots, and even musical numbers dictated by audience suggestions. With an all-star cast of talented New England singer-comedians and musicians,  you will laugh all evening.

The Boston Unscripted Musical Project is at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, April 14, at the Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Somerville; there will be two other performances, May 12 and 26. Tickets run from $10 to $20. Find ticket information here.

With dozens of feature films and documentaries, and more than 100 screenings, this five-day film festival is rare chance to view the work of some of the world’s most accomplished independent filmmakers. The many countries represented: Brazil, Canada, Cuba, England, Ireland, Israel, Italy, and Mauritius.

The Boston International Film Festival runs through Monday, April 17. Tickets range from $12 for individual sessions to $75 for all screenings. Find more information on ticket prices and availability here. Screenings are at different times; find a schedule here. Sessions are at AMC Loews Theatres, the Paramount, and BPE Studios. Find directions and locations here.

This annual three-day “community-based and volunteer-run festival” showcases work by underrepresented women in art and music from around the world. There are performances by more than two dozen musicians, interactive workshops Saturday, and a flea market Sunday. All proceeds support Girls Rock Campaign Boston, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls through music, and Rosie’s Place, the first women’s shelter in the United States, whose programs offers support to 12,000 women a year t. With artists and fun interactive workshops, the festival is not one to miss.

Ladyfest Boston 2023 runs from Friday, April 14, to Sunday, April 16, at the Cambridge YMCA, 820 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Tickets are $15 per day or $35 for a three-day pass. Find a schedule of events here.

Experience the rich musical culture of the Nile Basin in a special concert by the Nile Project, a unique collaboration of 11 musicians from nations bordering the Nile River who produce melodies and rhythms from each of their unique backgrounds. The goal is to “educate, inspire, and empower the citizens of the Nile Basin to foster the sustainability of the Nile River ecosystem” through music. It promises to be an unforgettable evening.

The Nile Project concert is Friday, April 14, at 7 p.m. at BU Central, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave.; free and open to  the BU community. For more information, contact Marié Abe at [email protected].

Saturday, April 15

If you’re not one of the estimated 30,000 running in Monday’s Boston Marathon, but would still like to get in a spring run, here’s your chance. The Hub on the Run Tour is a relaxed 45- to 60-minute run around the city guided by local volunteers from Achilles International Boston, a nonprofit that partners able-bodied runners with athletes with disabilities. You’ll get to see some of the city’s most historic sights while burning off calories.

The Hub on the Run Free Tour is Saturday, April 15, and Sunday, April 16, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Runners will gather at the Boston Marathon adidas RunBase, 855 Boylston St., Boston.

This second annual dance event commemorates the April 5, 1968, concert that James Brown performed at the Boston Garden the night after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. (GRS’55, Hon.’59) . The long-planned concert was nearly canceled after a night of social unrest in several US cities. But Brown went on and the concert was broadcast live on the local PBS station—a move credited with avoiding more unrest. Boston Blend brings together dancers and musicians with backgrounds in blues, swing, and more for an afternoon and evening of dance classes, performances, dancing, and a soul food buffet. Classes will be offered in blues and urban ballroom dancing and Chicago Style Stepping, or Steppin’.

Boston Blend 2023 is Saturday, April 15, 12:30 to 11:30 p.m. Dance classes will be held at the Dance Union, 16 Bow St., Somerville, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.; $40. The gala is at the Cambridge Masonic Temple, 1950 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 6:30 to 11:30 p.m., $35. Tickets for the soul food buffet only are $15. You can Purchase tickets to all three events for $80. Register here.

Ever wonder what engineers do in their down time? Here’s your chance to find out. This talent showcase will include performances by a host of BU engineering students, including student bands, solo performers, stand-up comedians, magicians, and more. The goal is to highlight the relationship between creativity and engineering, and there will be displays of art and engineering designs by ENG students.

Engineers Got Talent is Saturday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. at BU Central, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave.; free and open to the public.

Slow Children at Play Sketch Comedy

Looking for a few laughs this weekend? Catch a free performance of Slow Children at Play, BU’s premier sketch comedy group. Featuring a rotating cast of some of BU’s funniest undergraduates, the evening guarantees plenty of laughs.

Slow Children at Play Sketch Comedy is Saturday, April 15, from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Comm Ave.; free and open to students with a valid BU ID.

Sunday, April 16 Easter Brunch, BU Dining Halls

Enjoy a traditional Easter brunch in BU’s three dining halls from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You’ll find all your favorite weekly brunch items, plus painted eggs, carved roast beef, and plenty of chocolate, naturally. For the latest details about the brunch, follow Dining Services on Twitter, @BUDiningService.

BU Dining Services Easter Brunch is at Marciano Commons, Warren Towers, and West Campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those who live on campus can use meals, guest meals, dining, and convenience points ($9.20) or pay with cash or credit card ($11.55).

Feel like seeing some art, but don’t want to spend the day inside a museum? Join the Boston Street Art and Graffiti Walking Tour. Guided by an expert, you’ll see some of the city’s best street art, including installations by Shepard Fairey, El Mac, and Jef Aerosol at Northeastern, several large-scale murals by Boston’s big wall crews, and a mural used to announce the track list for Justin Bieber’s latest album. Wear comfortable walking shoes as the tour covers three miles over two-and-a-half hours, ending in Jamaica Plain. A #39 bus or an MBTA Orange Line train will take you back to Boston after the tour ends.

The Boston Street Art and Graffiti Walking Tour starts at 1 p.m. at Starbucks, 273 Huntington Ave., Boston, and ends at Canary Square, 435 South Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain, at 3:30 p.m.; cost, $27.49. Find more information here.

Hosted by the BU African Students Organization, this show celebrates African culture through performance art, music, and fashion. The show’s name and theme, Alafiya, means “wellness” in Yoruba, a Nigerian language. It includes traditional Nigerian food like jollof rice and beef suya, a fashion show of work by designers from BU and the greater Boston area, performances by local area African dance groups, spoken word performances, and a keynote speaker discussing African empowerment. The evening concludes with an after-party, with a DJ playing modern and traditional African music.

The Alafiya Cultural Show is Sunday, April 16, in the Metcalf Ballroom, George Sherman Union second floor, 775 Commonwealth Ave., from 6:30 p.m. to midnight; free and open to all BU students.

Monday, April 17 (Marathon Monday)

Launched in 1897 (with 18 participants), the Boston Marathon is not only one of the world’s most storied road racing events and the world’s oldest annual marathon, but also the most widely watched sporting event in New England. This year, an estimated 30,000 runners are expected to compete. It begins in Hopkinton, Mass., and ends 26.2 miles later in Copley Square. With a sunny, warm day forecast for Monday, the spectator count is expected to top out at about a million.

The Boston Marathon is Monday, April 17; it begins at about 8:50 a.m. Hopkinton and passes through Kenmore Square before finishing on Boylston Street in Copley Square. Find a course map here. Security will be tight. Find a full list of spectator policies and restrictions here.

Lauren Frias can be reached at [email protected].

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