‘Wish I Was Here’ Creator and Star Zach Braff Shines Light on Latest Film

The ethereal music, relatable characters, and perfectly cast actors were all elements that writer-director-star Zach Braff intended to present in “Wish I Was Here,’’ and the film’s creator is proud of the final product. Braff, 39, first delved into writing, directing, and acting in 2004’s “Garden State,’’ a poetic tale of a 20-something struggling actor named Andrew Largeman who was working through family issues while trying to find himself. Essences of Andrew Largeman’s character ring through

James DiSabatino: King of Cheese

Behind wire-trimmed lenses, set in licorice-black frames – standard hipster issue – James DiSabatino’s eyes turned up at the corners. His lips, highlighted by a manicured auburn beard, followed suit. DiSabatino paused mid-sentence to watch a pair of customers step up to the counter of Roxy’s Grilled Cheese for what appeared to be the first time. One woman, with the excitement of a schoolgirl at a Taylor Swift concert, exclaimed, “Oh! They have tomato soup!”

The 9 Types of Travelers You'll Meet in Providence

It took two trips -- one in the winter, one in the summer -- to sell me on the charms of Providence. Then, GQ's "Coolest City" superlative sealed the deal. Cobblestone sidewalks with room to breathe, you say? Move over, Boston. A 5-star restaurant that actually has available reservations on a Friday night? See ya later, Manhattan. With its history, culinary prowess, proximity to a major airport and small size, Providence, like its bigger (and more crowded) siblings, Boston and New York, is the ideal city for a "weekend whenever" trip -- no matter your locale.

Amy Poehler Takes Home the Pudding (Pot) as Hasty Woman of the Year

Amy Poehler won the pudding on Thursday — the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ pudding pot, that is. The Burlington native who ironically devoted a chunk of her memoir Yes Please to the feeling of yearning for what she describes as “the pudding’’ (awards that she has been nominated for) before awards shows, was recognized as the theater organization’s Woman of the Year with a parade, roast, and press conference in her honor. The festivities began with a short parade on Massachusetts Avenue, running

TIME Passes Up Woman for Person of the Year — Again

Early on Dec. 10, TIME magazine announced its person of the year: the Ebola fighters. The magazine’s eight finalists for the 2014 title were announced on Dec. 8 and nominees included the Ferguson protestors and Russian president Vladimir Putin, but pop-country songstress Taylor Swift was the only woman to make the list as an individual. The TIME tradition of naming a person who has been the most influential in the news for good or for ill of the year began in 1927 and the magazine has included

The Kirkland Tap & Trotter’s Banana Split Breaks All the Rules

If you’re looking for a poetic story behind chef Tony Maws’s incredible banana split at The Kirkland Tap & Trotter, you won’t get one. Maws, the chef and owner of Cambridge’s award-winning Craigie on Main, simply added the classic frozen dessert to the menu shortly after opening the Tap & Trotter in Somerville about a year ago. Which is not to say the sundae was an afterthought. “We certainly didn’t invent the banana split, but we loved the idea of the banana split,’’ Maws told Boston.com. In

Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart Is a Mashed Potato Master

Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart says Thanksgiving is all about getting his family together and making memories, but the Brookline resident is also looking forward to preparing his signature contribution: mashed potatoes. “I’m a mashed potato expert,’’ Lockhart said. “There’s a couple directions to go. One of them is a whole lot of cream or cream and butter—kind of a double threat. I’ve been making them with truffles recently, too, which is a fun way to go.’’ Other things on the Lockhart f

Covering the Marathon Bombing: Our Newsroom vs. ‘The Newsroom’

On April 15, 2013, a pair of bombs detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon—a horrific act that would change our city forever. On Sunday night, 573 days after the bombings, the season premiere of the HBO drama “The Newsroom’’ took on the events of that day—or, more specifically, how the news media covered the attacks and their aftermath, from the explosions on Boylston Street to the discovery of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspected bomber, hiding out in a boat in Watertown.

7 Chowders You Can Get in Boston, Not From Legal Sea Foods

It may be sacrilege to say this in Boston, but there are places other than Legal Sea Foods to get chowder. Some of these places are probably right in your backyard, some of them are a drive (and potentially a tank of gas) away, and one requires you to stop at the grocery store to pick it up—but trust us, it’s not from a can. There are times when sitting down to devour a bowl of chowder just isn’t an option, like during a jam-packed work day or on a whirlwind bar crawl. If you happen to work in

Guitarist Jimmy Page Talks Berklee Honor, Boston Memories

In January, 1969, Jimmy Page played a show at the Boston Tea Party with his then-recently formed band, Led Zeppelin — an evening he remembers vividly. On Friday night, Page was at a much bigger venue, the Agganis Arena, where Berklee College of Music students performed songs from his arsenal of music as part of a weekend celebrating his life’s work. Saturday he’ll receive an honorary doctorate during the 2014 Berklee commencement ceremonies (one of four musicians bestowed with the degree).

What you can expect to see in St. Louis

Boston.com’s Emily Wright visited St. Louis and snapped some shots of what you can expect if you visit the area this weekend for a World Series game. After the first game ended, there was a rousing round of applause from somewhere in The Flying Saucer. It happened to belong to a trio of visiting Maine residents who were there on business, but supporting the Sox nonetheless. From left: Mary Withee of Hamden, Maine, and Amy Rydzewski and Devon Richards, both of Portland, Maine.