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Franklin sisters beat out the competition for ‘Annie’

Recess is usually the top priority on the minds of most middle schoolers, but not for this motivated Massachusetts family. Meet Franklin natives Katie and Amanda Wylie, a pair of up-and-coming performers who beat out hundreds of young girls to land roles as orphans in the national tour for “...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 2:36pm

Magic meets day drinking at this Harry Potter convention

It’s been nearly two decades since J.K. Rowling first introduced us to the world of witchcraft and wizardry, but thanks to the never-ending output of films, spinoffs, plays and more, Harry Potter mania is still as fervent as ever. Although Muggles can’t get Ph.D.s in potions from...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 3:47pm

Keith Lockhart on why the Boston Pops are more important now than ever

For over a century, the Boston Pops have enchanted music lovers of all ages with their ability to combine orchestral classics with modern tastes. Thanks to upcoming performances by a “Hamilton” favorite and other superstars like Queen Latifah and Ben Folds, this season is shaping up to...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 1:20pm

Dennis Lehane on missing Boston, Megyn Kelly and more

"Mystic River" and "Gone Baby Gone" author Dennis Lehane has mastered the art of crafting a story set in the Boston area. However, for his upcoming 14th novel, "Since We Fell," the acclaimed author is trying something a little different. In Lehane's latest...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 8:57am

McDonald’s brings 'crafted' recipes to Massachusetts

The culinary world is obsessed with all things craft these days, and now McDonald’s is getting in on the movement with its new “signature” sandwich series. The famed fast-food joint is looking to revamp its menu to meet the needs of hungry Millennials, which is why it’s...

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 1:32pm

Celebrate 'Star Wars' day in NYC and May the 4th be with you

Hey “Star Wars” fans: May the Fourth be with you! Playing on “May the Force be with you,” a phrase first spoken in “Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope,” the biggest holiday of the year for franchise fans means lots of cool “Star Wars”-themed things...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 6:54pm

The jokes on Big Papi at this star-studded roast

David Ortiz has one more big event planned before wrapping up his seemingly never-ending retirement tour. Big Papi and his pals are taking over the House of Blues this summer for a night of laughs, partying and more for a once-in-a-lifetime roast that you won’t be able to catch on Comedy...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 4:27pm

Bowl with 'Brady Bunch' star Christopher Knight

Peter Brady, a.k.a. “Brady Bunch” icon Christopher Knight, returns to the Boston area this week to host the 9thannual Journey Forward Vegas Casino Night. The star-studded event, which also features an appearance by Bay State boxing legend Micky Ward, is the biggest fundraiser of the...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 2:21pm

Celebrate May the 4th with these ‘Star Wars’ events

Calling all Rebel scum and scruffy-looking nerf herders: you’re favorite holiday has returned. While the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is still many months away, fans can get their fix of this far, far away galaxy right here in Boston for the annual May the 4th celebration...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 1:58pm

Going ‘Big’ with Jay Oakerson in Boston

It’s a pretty good time to be Big Jay Oakerson these days.   The Philadelphia native is packing in comedy clubs across the country thanks to his packed schedule of touring, radio shows and other projects. In addition to hosting the insanely popular “Legion of Skanks”...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 1:25pm

Pedro Martinez is ready to feast with fans at Fenway Park

For more than one generation of Red Sox fans, there's no dream more thrilling than catching a few moments with legendary ace Pedro Martinez. In their eyes, the pitcher owns Fenway Park in a way even John Henry never could, and on Saturday, at a special charity event Martinez is putting on at...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 11:05am

Get gold medal fit with Aly Raisman in Boston this weekend

Take your workouts up a notch and help out a good cause at the Jimmy Fund Fit Fest this weekend. The Boston-based non-profit organization is once again teaming up with Reebok for a full day of fun and exercises to help out the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Those breaking a sweat are in for a treat...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 4:33pm

5 spicy margaritas to sip in Boston for Cinco de Mayo

Put a spicy twist on your Cinco de Mayo celebration by trying one of these drinks with kick. Since sipping on tequila wasn’t already painful enough, local margarita masters are dialing up the Scoville scale with their cocktail creations. Here are five you have to try this weekend. 1. Lolita...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 1:14pm

Things to do in Boston this weekend

MUSIC The Marriage of Figaro This weekend is your last chance to see Boston Lyric Opera’s latest production of this beloved Mozart opera, in which the titular everyman hero must stop his own boss, Almaviva, from snatching away his wife-to-be, Susanna. Can a guy get a break? The music is...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 12:19pm

Hitting the high notes with Lea Michele

Whether she's on the stage, screen or anywhere in between, Lea Michele knows how to shine brightly. Following the release of her second album, “Places,” earlier this spring, we caught up with the actress and singer to chat about her upcoming show in Boston at the Boch Center...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 11:20am

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at these authentic Mexican restaurants

While Cinco de Mayo is a real, albeit mostly insignificant, celebration in Mexico, it’s taken on a life of its own in America. But instead of using the day as an excuse to dump tequila over your head and scream the lyrics to “La Bamba”—hey, we’ve all been there—...

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 4:42pm

Tom Cotter’s got talent

New England’s Tom Cotter is back at his old stomping grounds for a pair of nights in the Seaport this weekend. The "America’s Got Talent" alum is ready to get rowdy with local comedy fans, and can’t wait to be back in Patriots nation.  "I love...

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 6:06pm

Concerts in the Courtyard returns to the MFA this summer

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is here to spice up your Wednesday nights this summer. The MFA announced earlier this week that its popular Concerts in the Courtyard series will be back in 2017. The weekly outdoor music bashes are set to return on July 5 with a performance by Buffy Sainte-Marie...

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 1:20pm

Foxtrot over to the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party on Castle Hill

Summer is sadly still a few months away, but you may want to get a head start on fine-tuning your foxtrot. Boston Swing Central and the Trustees of Reservations are bringing the popular Roaring Twenties Lawn Party back to Castle Hill at the Crane Estate this August. Two days of flapper fun are in...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 4:41pm

Things to do in Boston this weekend

THEATER The Gift Horse New Repertory Theater presents this play from Lydia R. Diamond (“Smart People”, “Stick Fly”) about Ruth, a teacher and artist compelled to finally confront the dark past she’s been avoiding for many years. We travel back and forth with her in...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 4:39pm