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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN The Huntington News, April 18, 2013

Compiled by Sara Tucker, News Staff 

Entry of the Week: Saturday, April 20
This weekend, Northeastern will celebrate Holi, a traditionally Hindu festival that involves throwing colored powder at friends in a celebration of spring. Come out to Centennial Commons this weekend for Holi, hosted by NU UTSAV, Northeastern’s South Asian Organization. Although traditionally religious, as the event is popular around the world and universities and organizations host it. Wear something white that you don’t mind getting colorful because powder will be flying in the quad. Free white shirts will be given out to the first 200 undergraduates to show their Husky ID at the event. The rain date is Sunday, April 21. Centennial Commons; 1 p.m.; free; calendar.northeastern.edu.

Thursday, April 18 
Emerson College’s Department of Visual and Media Arts will host a debut of two short films directed by its students. The films, titled “I Fell Silent” and “The Swimmer,” are each 30 minutes long and free to the public. “I Fell Silent” tells the story of a little boy with a quiet life and a big imagination whose family throws his routine off course when the holidays arrive. “The Swimmer” focuses on a young boy who is just beginning swimming lessons. He meets an older girl at the pool who is training for the Olympics and the two become friends. 559 Washington St.; 7 p.m.; free; emerson.edu/academics/departments.

Friday, April 19
Friday is the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence, during which individuals or groups can take a vow of silence to show their support for gay rights. In honor of the occasion, NU Pride will host “SHOUT! Day of Silence Spoken Word Event.” Speakers like Thea Hillman, Shadowboxers Anonymous and several community members will speak about living life as a homosexual. The event will take place in Centennial Commons, but will be moved to afterHOURS in the event of rain. Centennial Commons; 6 p.m.; free; nupride.wordpress.com.

Sunday, April 21
From costume contests to guest speakers to a film festival, the Boston Comic Con has a little something for everyone, for those who like to dress up like their favorite superhero, or are just a fan of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Guests will range from hardcore fans to those who have never even picked up a comic. The convention will fill the Hynes Convention Center all weekend, and a list of events can be seen in the schedule online. Some of the goings-on are the unveiling of new projects, comic auctions, Q&As and trivia. Celebrity guests include Lauren Cohan of “The Walking Dead” and Jason David Frank of “Power Rangers.” 900 Boylston St.; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; $25; bostoncomiccon.com.

Monday, April 22
The Coolidge Corner Theatre will present another Science on Screen film. At these events, the theater shows a film and then a guest speaker explains the science related to the events in the film. Monday’s film is “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” which recounts the story of a man who falls into a coma after a massive stroke. When he wakes up, he finds that he cannot speak or move anything but his left eye, and his doctors diagnose him with locked-in syndrome. He is aided by a speech therapist and eventually begins to learn to communicate through patterns of blinks, and then begins the dictation of his memoir. The guest speaker is a Boston University professor, Frank Guenther, who will discuss locked-in syndrome and its modern day effects on patients. 290 Harvard St., Brookline; 7 p.m.; $7.25; coolidge.org.

Tuesday, April 23
Rap artists Fabolous and Pusha-T will perform at the Wilbur Theatre. Each has performed with popular artists like Kanye West and Chris Brown, and now the two are coming together for their Life Is So Exciting tour. Fabolous’ first big hits, “Young’n (Holla Back)” and “Can’t Deny It” came out in 2001 and landed him a record deal with Diddy’s Circo Management company. He has released a number of popular songs since then, including “You Be Killin Em” and “Ready.” Pusha-T has been on the rap scene since the late 90s and has worked with many hip-hop artists for collaborations like “Trouble On My Mind” and “The Morning.” 246 Tremont St.; 8 p.m.; $35; thewilburtheatre.com.

Wednesday, April 24 
The 11th annual Independent Film Festival at the Somerville Theatre opens tonight with the film, “The Spectacular Now,” scheduled to be released Aug. 2.  The festival offers the chance to see the film, starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller, early. The film tells the story of a high school party boy, Sutter (Teller), who drinks alcohol at all hours and has no ideas about his future. He wakes up after a particularly rough night with Aimee (Woodley) looking down at him. She’s not his usual type, but there is definitely something between them. “The Spectacular Now” is the night’s only film, and tickets can be purchased online or at the theatre. 55 Davis Square, Somerville; 7:30 p.m.; $15; iffboston.org.

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