The Podcast Garage celebrates a year
Podcasts made at the Garage include Heidi Legg’s “The Editorial,” which features interviews with visionaries; Larry Cohen’s “Ringler Radio”; Lucas Spivey’s “Culture Hustlers,” and the Rev. Jeffrey Brown’s “The Courage to Listen.”
Toni Morrison, Joan Didion among those in PEN online archive
PEN America has assembled more than 1,500 hours of audio and visual material for a digital archive featuring many of the world’s leading writers and public thinkers of the past half-century.
Esperanza Spalding is a Harvard professor
The school announced this week that the 32-year-old Spalding was named a Professor of the Practice.
Judd Apatow says hi to local kids
The “Knocked Up” director donated to the new Shout Syndicate.
Chrissy Teigen joins the ranks of those blocked by Donald Trump on Twitter
Apparently, it took the model tweeting “no one likes you” to get blocked by the President of the United States.
Nat Faxon leads voice cast of new Matt Groening show
The Manchester-by-the-Sea native voices an elf on “Disenchantment,’’ which debuts on Netflix next year.
Dick Lehr writes YA novel inspired by Shawn Drumgold case
Lehr, who teaches journalism at Boston University, wrote a novel inspired by the case of Shawn Drumgold, who spent 14 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit.
Musicians donate time, talent to benefit ALS ONE
Marshfield musician-producer Brian Stratton is behind a new charity CD.
Refunds available for Linkin Park show at Xfinity Center
Live Nation says ticket holders can get money back at the point of purchase.
Arcade Fire e-mails fans a dress code
It’s not clear if the strict rules — no shorts or tank tops allowed — will be enforced when the band plays TD Garden Sept. 15.
Belichick and Beatty make the scene on Nantucket
The Patriots coach and the 14-time Academy Award nominee were at separate events on the island over the weekend.
Maria Menounos reflects on brain tumor surgery
In an interview with NBC’s Megyn Kelly, the TV host and Medford native said her initial reaction to the diagnosis was not what she expected.
Don’t count Affleck out of Batman role
Appearing at Comic-Con in San Diego, the actor said Warner Bros. executives have told him that they want him to stay on.
Someone is asking $500 for a mousepad signed by Tom Brady’s better half
The seller calls Gisele Bundchen a “money-making machine” and says buying this not-quite-one-of-a-kind mousepad is a “smart investment move.”
Is Ben Affleck done as Batman?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is “working on plans to usher [Affleck] out” as the Caped Crusader.
Recovered mantelpiece makes its way from Tuscany to the MFA
Boston interior designer Heidi Pribell found “a diamond in the rough.”
Boston stars in trailer for ‘Proud Mary’
The film was shot in the area and is about a hit woman who works for a Boston-based organized crime clan.
Marco Rubio suggests Tom Brady be given a job...in Brazil
The Florida senator knows the Dolphins can’t beat Brady and the Patriots.
Mayor declares Monday to be Judd Apatow Day in Boston
You’ve got to admit Mayor Martin Walsh has the proclamation thing down.
Heartbreakers guitarist takes stage in Somerville club
Mike Campbell joined local Grateful Dead tribute band Bearly Dead during a cover of the Dead song, “Loser.”
HUBweek preview party an artistic success
HUBweek hosted a few hundred people Wednesday night at Coppersmith in South Boston to start the countdown to this year’s festival.
Aly Raisman, mattress maker support local homeless shelter
The 23-year-old gymnast, who became a brand ambassador for Leesa after last year’s Olympics, was on hand for the company’s donation to Heading Home.
Explosive exposé says former Tufts doctor led secret life
An LA Times piece alleges that Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito, founding director of the New England Eye Center at Tufts Medical School, led a double life while dean of USC’s Keck School of Medicine.
Romeo & Juliet . . . & Wally at Fenway Park
Stars of Free Shakespeare on the Common production take in a ballgame
Movie about Ruth Bader Ginsburg gets its lead
Natalie Portman pulled out of the biopic she had been attached to since 2015 and now Felicity Jones will portray RBG.
Decades-old quip by Ben Affleck causing him some trouble today
Director Kevin Smith said he recalled Affleck saying that kissing another man is the “greatest acting challenge an actor can ever face.”
Grateful Dead photographer Herb Greene has nothing but love for MFA’s ‘Summer of Love’
When he was in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in 1967, he never imagined the photos he was taking would someday be in a museum.
New novel (and big movie) keep Susanna Fogel busy
The New England native’s humorous novel is out Tuesday
Actress Mindy Kaling is pregnant
E! News reports that Kaling is having a baby, which one unnamed friend described as “an unexpected surprise.”
Chris Evans trolls Ann Coulter on Twitter over airline saga
Of the more than 5,000 replies Coulter received, the most popular came from actor and Sudbury native Chris Evans.
SI ranks the most fashionable athletes and Tom Brady doesn’t crack the Top 10
In fact, Brady is No. 12, behind Russell Westbrook — who nabbed the top spot — and Serena Williams, Roger Federer, and LeBron James.
ESPY winner Bob Hurley holds court at Roxbury Latin School
The legendary high school basketball coach was in town for a camp.
Danny Amendola signs a modeling contract
The Patriots receiver is the first pro athlete inked by Ford Models.
Taking to Back Bay streets to celebrate Bastille Day
About 2,000 people packing Marlborough Street for the French Cultural Center’s annual Bastille Day Street Festival.
Nantucket Comedy Festival wraps up over the weekend
The 10th annual event’s Patron Party took place Friday night.
Lauper brings Maine senator onstage and says she’s her ‘hero’
Friday night, Cyndi Lauper brought a surprising guest onstage — none other than Susan Collins.
Two Boston-area men have a time on ‘The Gong Show’
John Higby, who still calls the Bay State home, and Mark Wilder, a Needham native now based in San Louis Obispo, Calif., showed off their unique talents on the variety show.
Damon’s ‘Downsizing’ to open Venice Film Festival
The opening spot has featured some serious awards-season contenders such as “La La Land,” “Birdman,” and “Gravity.”