FRANKLIN PARK — The Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops, in partnership with the City of Boston, teamed up for a special free concert in Boston’s Franklin Park on Sunday, Oct. 1. The concert followed a community arts festival with family-friendly activities presented by many of Boston’s major institutions and local arts organizations. Offerings include an interactive mural, instrument playground, crafts, photo booth, live animal demonstrations, and more! Led by BSO Music Director Andris…

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BOSTON — As a crowd gathered outside Boston’s City Hall today, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh recognized Sept. 5, 2017 as Pete Frates Day in Boston. Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, his family and vast collection of friends have been committed to find a cure for this devastating disease. Frates, a former Boston College baseball standout, is the force behind the Ice Bucket Challenge, which has raised millions for ALS research. This photograph…

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  BEVERLY — Max Gaudenzi‘s request is a simple one. He needs our help to get a new bed. A 21-year-old, self-described New England Patriots superfan, Max is making an appeal to raise money to get a bed that helps him sleep through the night without needed the help of his parents — or anyone else. Max has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a “disease that has slowly taken away my ability walk, feed myself, dress myself,…

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BOSTON — Publishers Lunch reported recently that Christopher Castellani, artistic director at the Boston-based GrubStreet and a Guggenheim fellow, landed a book deal with Viking. Castellani’s “Leading Men,” a book about “the tempestuous 14-year relationship between Tennessee Williams and his lover Frank Merlo, and their transformative friendship with an aspiring young Swedish actress, whom they first meet in 1953 in Italy at one of Truman Capote’s notorious parties,” was acquired by Paul Slovak at Viking, according to…

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