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SideTrack: Heather McDonald, Chris Franjola and Ashley Iaconetti

Boston Herald (Entertainment) 7/15 7:00P By Olivia Vanni / Inside Track
LEFT REELING : West Coast comedians Heather McDonald and Chris Franjola were spotted having an anything-but-basic brunch together at ReelHouse on Saturday. We’re told that McDonald, who had a stand-up show at City Winery downtown later that...

Boston’s Bo Burnham graduates to directing ‘Eighth Grade’

Boston Herald (Entertainment) 7/15 7:00P By Stephen Schaefer
NEW YORK — At 27, Boston’s Bo Burnham has gone from YouTube teen prodigy to stand-up, Netflix comedy specials and now writing and directing Friday’s “Eighth Grade.” Slender and 6-foot-6, Burnham sits on a couch in the Manhattan loft of his...

Erasure goes bold with political themes

Boston Herald (Entertainment) 7/14 7:00P By Jed Gottlieb
Most people think of Erasure as a dance band. And most people’s thinking is correct: The British duo has made a 30-plus-year career out of irrepressible pop songs perfect for clubs from Boston to Berlin to Buenos Aires. But the team of singer...

Swizz Beatz mixes with venture firm

Boston Herald (Entertainment) 7/14 7:00P By Olivia Vanni / Inside Track
Kasseem Dean , aka Swizz Beatz , had big — or should we say, bigger — business in town earlier this week. We’re told that the rapper was apparently here to serve as a special guest during a private event for Boston’s own Glasswing Ventures .

Gov’t. Mule gets a kick out of revisiting classics

Boston Herald (Entertainment) 7/12 7:00P By Jed Gottlieb
Fans in Boston didn’t know what to expect from Gov’t Mule’s 2008 Halloween gig at the Orpheum. They knew Warren Haynes’ jam band did thematic shows on such big nights as Halloween and New Year’s Eve, but the group’s first set concentrated on the...

Mark Wahlberg hits hometown haunts during weekend visit

Boston Herald (Entertainment) 7/10 7:00P By Olivia Vanni / Inside Track
Mark Wahlberg has been waltzing around town — and, thanks to his social media, we know that his Boston stops haven’t been the usual suspects. The “Mile 22” actor spent this past weekend at neighborhood spots, starting with Marylou’s Coffee in...

‘Hit the Floor,’ a racy basketball dancers series, rebounds on BET

Boston Herald (Entertainment) 7/9 7:00P By Mark Perigard
It seems unfair — or maybe just premature — to be analyzing “Hit the Floor.” This is a show remaking itself. The racy serial about the fictional basketball team, the Los Angeles Devils, and their cheerleaders, the Devil Girls, created, directed,...

Martin Luther letter critical of Jews is up for auction

Boston Herald (Entertainment) 7/9 7:00P By Associated Press
BOSTON — A letter written nearly 500 years ago by Martin Luther in which he refers to Jews as "devils incarnate" during a tirade against a former ally is up for auction, but Luther scholars warn that the man responsible for the Reformation should...

SideTracks: Federico Castelluccio, Meghan Trainor... and more!

Boston Herald (Entertainment) 7/8 7:00P By Olivia Vanni / Inside Track
A BIG PIZZA PIE PARTY : Federico Castelluccio , aka Furio Giunta from HBO’s hit show “The Sopranos,” made a special pilgrimage from New Jersey to the Hub — all in the name of pizza. The actor was present for the second annual Boston Pizza...

Jenny Slate’s cool confection

Boston Herald (Entertainment) 7/8 7:00P By Olivia Vanni / Inside Track
Jenny Slate is back in the Boston area and she had to hit up a local favorite for a frozen treat. “Would never leave my hometown without a trip to the Dairy Freeze of course,” the Milton-raised actress wrote on Instagram yesterday. The caption...

WWE star comes home to boss-ton

Boston Herald (Entertainment) 7/7 7:00P By Olivia Vanni / Inside Track
Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado — or Sasha Banks , as she’s known in the wrestling ring — will be coming back to familiar territory. The Boston-raised WWE star will be tagging into town during a meet-and-greet with fans tomorrow.

Officers cop concert gig

Boston Herald (Entertainment) 7/5 7:00P By Olivia Vanni / Inside Track
Brad Paisley i s making Boston police officers Stephen McNulty and Kim Tavares an offer they can’t refuse. The local law enforcers recently belted out a cruiser-confined rendition of “God Bless America” in a viral video dubbed Cop Car Karaoke...

Singer Rachel Platten makes herself at home

Boston Herald (Entertainment) 7/4 7:00P By Olivia Vanni / Inside Track
Rachel Platten — multiplatinum singer and Newton native — was the main musical attraction during the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular last night — and the patriotic performance was a blast from the past. “I think it didn’t occur to me what a...

Spectacular return home: Singer Rachel Platten lights up the Esplanade

Boston Herald (Entertainment) 7/4 7:00P By Olivia Vanni / Inside Track
Rachel Platten multiplatinum singer and Newton native was the main musical attraction during the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular last night and the patriotic performance was a blast from the past. I think it didn t occur to me what a huge deal...

Boston Symphony heading back outdoors to Tanglewood

Boston Herald (Entertainment) 7/3 7:00P By Associated Press
BOSTON — The Boston Symphony Orchestra is returning to its seasonal home at Tanglewood. Music director Andris Nelsons will conduct works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky as the renowned orchestra kicks off its 2018 outdoor season on Friday evening at...
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