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'The Illusionists' is a smorgasbord of nonstop magic

“This is a magic show for people who didn’t know they liked magic shows,” Jeff Hobson explains. With seven magicians on stage — the Anti-Conjuror, the Inventor, the Deductionist, the Escapologist, the Manipulator, the Daredevil and the Trickster (himself) — he insists not to stress if you don’t...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 8:46 PM

'Voice’ alumna Rebecca Loebe returns to Boston

Rebecca Loebe— does that name ring a bell?The now Austin-based singer/songwriter made waves on the first season of "The Voice" when she performed Nirvana’s "Come As You Are," landing her a spot on Adam Levine’s team. Before that, the 33-year-old worked full-time in the music business, working at a...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 12:18 PM

The future is here: nap pods have arrived in Somerville

Finally, what you have all been waiting for: a place to nap in public now exists. You know, besides uncomfortably dozing off on the bus or subway after a long day in the cubicle. Even better: this method is legal, safe, Wi-Fi connected and most importantly, cozy as can be.Sleepbox, a startup that...

Friday, March 3, 2017, 12:30 PM

A sober Justin Bieber asked a drunk Ed Sheeran to use his mouth like a golf tee

If you’ve ever wanted to whack Justin Bieber in the face with a golf club, particularly during his endless want-to-be-a-bad-boy chapter, never fear: Ed Sheeran did just that.RELATED: Ed Sheeran gets knicked in the face by a swordIt wasn’t exactly on purpose though. Sheeran toldThe Guardianabout one...

Friday, March 3, 2017, 11:14 AM

Paris Jackson joins Gigi and Gisele at IMG Models

The daughter of the King of Pop could be the next queen of modeling. Paris Jackson, daughter of the late Michael Jackson, will model for IMG.RELATED: Paris Jackson firmly believes her father was murdered.Jackson posted a photo of herself on Instagram, thanking one of the world’s top modeling...

Friday, March 3, 2017, 10:21 AM

For the senseless and satirical, 'Wheel of Austen' arrives at ImprovBoston

Die-hard Jane Austen fans or those just looking for good laugh are invited to check out “Wheel of Austen” at ImprovBoston this month. The show, which is the brainchild of Producer Michelle Boncek and Director John Herman, features a wheel of Austen tropes, the Woodbridge family and plenty of...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 5:43 PM

Hub Theatre Company's 'Coyote on a Fence' explores remorse behind bars

Is solitary confinement a fair punishment? How about the death penalty? What if it was for a white supremacist? What if it was for someone who was wrongly convicted? The Hub Theatre Company of Boston presents “Coyote on a Fence” by Bruce Graham, a prison drama that aims to leave audiences with...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 5:00 PM

Netflix releases new '13 Reasons Why' teaser

It's been more than 10 years since the publication of Jay Asher’s "Thirteen Reasons Why," a YA novel about high school drama, the weight of careless words and the impact of suicide. Today, Netflix released a teaser of executive producer Selena Gomez’s long-awaited 13-episode adaptation of the story...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 3:50 PM

Watch "Bad Gal" Rihanna accept the Harvard University 2017 Humanitarian Award

“So I made it to Harvard,” Rihanna giggled as she accepted the university's 2017 Humanitarian of the Year award yesterday at Sanders Theatre. She continued, flipping her hair with a sassy grin, “Never thought I’d be able to say that in my life, but it feels good.”Harvard University presented the...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 12:11 PM

Science says: ghosts aren't real

Hey skeptics, you may have a point. Science has finally disputed the existence of ghosts, or human spirits lingering within the universe after the physical body dies.On his BBC Radio 4 program, “The Infinite Monkey Cage,” physicist Brian Cox explained that there is not enough...

Friday, February 24, 2017, 3:16 PM

Last night's 'Nashville' left fans wondering if the show might be cancelled again

SPOILER ALERT: If you missed the most recent episode of “Nashville,” you’re going to want to stop reading, sign out of all social media, and take cover until you have time to catch up. You aren’t ready for this twist.It’s been an emotional ride for fans of “Nashville” this past year. In May 2016,...

Friday, February 24, 2017, 12:10 PM

Attn: crazy cat ladies, you’re not as crazy as you think

A new studyfromthe University College London has found zero correlation between owning a feline friend and showing signs of psychosis. Thus, cat people can finally catch a break.Previously, research showed concern for cat ownership leading to mental health problems like schizophrenia. After all,...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 1:36 PM

Ten years ago, Britney Spears shaved her head

If Britney Spears survived 2007, then you can get through a Trump presidency.Feb. 16 marked 10 years since the day Britney shaved her head at Tarzana, Calif. salon, followed by a downward spiral that gave the paparazzi a field day — or rather, year.Since then, however, Spears has only flourished....

Friday, February 17, 2017, 12:11 PM

Hailey Knox talks Charlie Puth and her full-length album

Social media sensation Hailey Knox turns just 18 next month, but the teen singer-songwriter is spending her February on the road with husband-wife folk band, Us the Duo. She’s not rattled, though. Knox already got her first brush with fame while on tour with Charlie Puth in late 2016, and the “...

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 2:19 AM

Jason Derulo's big, big night

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, one of the country’s more prominent one-on-one mentoring programs, hosted their 18th annual Big Night Event last weekendwith Jason Derulo as the headliner.The event raised $2 million, which Rich Greif, Vice President of Marketing, Communications and...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 11:01 PM

The Independent is serving glitter cocktails for Valentine's Day

Whether you’re seeking sour, sweet or maybe even sparkly –the Independentin Union Square is your destination for Boomerang-worthy Valentine’s Day sips.The Indo's Beverage Director Lauren Vigdor created a series of clever, shimmering cocktails exclusive to this year's ode to love. Her How To Make A...

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 3:14 AM

Trying hard to be more than just a dating app, Tinder seeks your Super Bowl forecasts

Apparently, Tinder wants you to swipe right for more than just a date next Friday. This time, they'll use that oh-so-honest swipe feature to gather Super Bowl predictions via an in-app poll.While voting remains open through Sunday, the results are currently leaning greatly towards #PatriotsNation....

Friday, February 3, 2017, 10:53 PM

The Independent is serving glitter cocktails for Valentine's Day

Whether you’re seeking sour, sweet or maybe even sparkly –the Independentin Union Square is your destination for Boomerang-worthy Valentine’s Day sips.The Indo's Beverage Director Lauren Vigdor created a series of clever, shimmering cocktails exclusive to this year's ode to love. Her How To Make A...

Friday, February 3, 2017, 4:44 PM

'Cabaret' comes to Boston with as much relevance as it did 50 years ago

Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of "Cabaret"— the 1966 musical based on Christopher Isherwood’s novellas about an ignorance-is-bliss Berlin — heads to the Boston Opera House Jan. 31. To prepare for its arrival, we chat with actor Randy Harrison who plays the Emcee about his role and why "...

Thursday, February 2, 2017, 11:33 AM

While some call it overcrowding, others simply call it 'cozy'

For the second year in a row, Boston takes the cake as #1 hygge onHoneywell Heater’s Annual List of America’s Coziest Cities.What does this mean? Well, according to the space heater brand's collaboration with environmental scientist Dr. Ted Myatt: “With close proximity to a number of ski resorts in...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 10:54 PM