Allyson Floridia

Want a scoop of — pizza?

Chocolate or vanilla? Stop that noise. Jacqueline Dole, the mastermind chef behind The Parlor Ice Cream Co. creates inventive flavors like Too Matcha Mochi, a blend of matcha tea and the Japanese rice cake mochi, and Berry Cheesy, farmers cheese mixed with jam for restaurants around Boston. The 27-...

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 8:29 PM

What to see at the Independent Film Festival

Boston’s Independent Film Festival kicks off April 27 – May 4. In this weeklong event, notable films from around the world bring together directors, producers, actors and moviegoers in an interactive experience celebrating unheard voices and innovative cinematic methods. Below are some of the...

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 12:05 AM

How to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day in Boston

On April 30, more than 400 bookstores around the world will participate in Independent Bookstore Day. In its second year, the event celebrates the bookstores and sellers who bring literature to local communities.We chat with Papercuts J.P., Porter Square Books and Trident Booksellers & Café,...

Monday, April 25, 2016, 3:00 PM

Susan Mallery wants her heroine-focused romance novels to be an escape

The New England chapter of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) — a national nonprofit that aims to advance the professional and social interests of romance writers — is hosting a conference at the Marriott in Burlington on April 29th and 30th.Aspiring (and professional) writers will have the...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 3:00 PM

'Million Dollar Listing' advice for leaving the suburbs

Got a couple of spare millions? Well, if not, you can still dream.Fredrick Eklund, Luis D. Ortiz and Ryan Serhant are back for the fifth season of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing New York.” The three realtors fight for the top New York listings and duke it out to make the biggest deals. It's...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 2:56 AM

'Outlander' star Tobias Menzies on playing the bad guy — half of the time

Season two of the Starz's romance-driven period drama "Outlander" premieres April 9 at 9 p.m. The sereies (loosely-ish) based on The New York Times' best-selling novels by Diana Gabaldon, follows Claire Randall Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) as she travels through time from 1946 to 1743. She leaves...

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 3:00 PM

Need a favor? There's an app for that.

App-based delivery service Favor picks up and delivers pretty much anything. Need laundry detergent, a roast chicken and a 12-pack of greeting cards? Favor can likely handle — well, for a fee.The Austin-based service has launched in a handful of metro areas, including Boston, Denver, Miami, and...

Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 7:45 PM

Comedian Adam Ray was 'kinda diabolical' as a 10-year-old

You may have only recently recognized him as that bad guy in “The Heat,” but Adam Ray has been a popular comedian way before making it to the big screen. Ray co-hosts the "About Last Night" podcast and has guest starred on “WORKAHOLICS” and “Arrested Development,” among others. Following the...

Friday, April 1, 2016, 12:19 AM

This smart suitcase wants to solve all your travel dilemmas

As the carousel at the airport luggage terminal begins to spin, you wait with a hundred other tired passengers for your suitcase. Your phone is dead, you’ve just gotten off a red-eye, and you want to leave as soon as possible. There it is! Just as you’ve grabbed the handle, another hand reaches out...

Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 9:10 PM

How to keep your houseplant alive

All too often, houseplants look great just long enough to make one solid appearance on Instagram. Then they suddenly begin to droop and no matter what you do, you can’t bring them back to life. But fret not — Taylor Johnston, horticulturalist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and founder of...

Thursday, March 24, 2016, 11:05 PM

'The Realish Housewives' of Boston

We all know the Bravo shows: “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Beverly Hills,” “Miami,” and so on, which we love for the shameless plot lines, and oh-no-she-didn't moments itbrings to the small screen. Now, a new parody titled, “The Realish Housewives” is bringing the dramato a stage near you.“...

Thursday, March 24, 2016, 10:18 PM

From sophomore year to 'The Sound of Music'

Maria Rainer declared "the hills are alive with the sound of music," and so begins the iconic Broadway musical you'll never get out of your head.Originally performed in 1959 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, "The Sound of Music" has since become a classic, garnering multiple reproductions, including a...

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 11:15 PM

'Easter Mysteries' brings Peter's Passion Play to the big screen

If you missed Tyler Perry's two-hour musical Easter-vaganza on Fox this weekend, don't worry — there's another opportunity for you to catch a pepped up Passion reenactment before Sunday."Easter Mysteries,” produced by Tony Award-winning Ron Simons, is a modern take on the Passion Play featuring an...

Monday, March 21, 2016, 9:40 PM

Getting Busy: The actress channels Marie Kondo in a new short for LOFT

While preparing for her role on HBO’s upcoming comedy series “Vice Principals” with Danny McBride, the 36-year-old actress also stars her second charmingly quirky video short for LOFTdebuting online today.In the short, the “Cougar Town” alumna fully preps for the spring season — testing driving...

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 7:50 PM

Five things to know about the ICA's new Walid Raad exhibit

A solo show by Lebanese artist Walid Raad debuts at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Fan Pier today. The feature is broken into two parts: "The Atlas Group" and "Scratching on Things I Could Disavow.”ICA Boston’s Curator Eva Respini describes the latter, which focuses on art in the Arab world,...

Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 8:36 PM

Boston Calling releases this May's day-by-day schedule of performers

Boston Calling is jamming out at City Hall Plaza over this year's Memorial Day weekend — May 27-29. Headlining on Friday, May 27 is singer-songwriter Sia, on Satuday, May 28, pop powerhouse Robyn and on Sunday, May 29, 2016 Grammy nominee Disclosure. Other notable performers include Sufjan Stevens...

Thursday, February 18, 2016, 8:56 PM

Is this the Fitbit for dogs?

Wonder what your pooch is up to all day? There's an app for that.WonderWoof, a Bluetooth device shaped like a bowtie, attatches to a collar and tracks your pup's every move on the WonderWoof app. Dog owners will know when their pet is running, sleeping, playing or dreaming.Betsy Fore, 29, came up...

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 3:58 AM

'Interrogating Whiteness' to discuss racial representation in theatre

It’s about being inclusive. It’s about creating a conversation. Most of all, it’s about telling stories. These are some of the most important aspects of theater according to Polly Carl, the co-creative director of ArtsEmerson and director of HowlRound.On Feb. 9, Carl joins Summer Williams, Ralph...

Friday, February 5, 2016, 12:06 AM

20 (not boring) date ideas for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching — and it's a weekend this year, so no excuses — and restaurants and floral delivery shops are booking up fast. But fret not: We've got you covered. If you want to take an alternative course with the one(s) you love, here are some awesome ideas for Feb. 14, and...

Monday, February 1, 2016, 11:17 PM

The original Pippin returns to 'Pippin'

“Pippin” is back! Even after its initial Broadway debut in 1972, a 2013 revival took home four Tony Awards and is now in the midst of a world tour. The show plays the Boston Opera House from Feb. 2 to Feb. 14, and we chatted with John Rubinstein who played Pippin in the original production and...

Friday, January 29, 2016, 11:23 PM