Off the Vine: Too much wine not that good a thing

The last time I checked, the Olympics did not include events such as downing a bottle of wine in record time. Sure it’s delicious, pairs well with a wide variety of foods and makes getting together with family and friends extra special. I totally agree with all of that. But one fact must never be…

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ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: Going for Baroque as festival winds down

“That city is unique, and so particular,” mandolinist Avi Avital says about Venice. “Vivaldi lived there, and they live there. They understand the culture and dialect—even the weather. It all matters when we play Vivaldi.” Avital is talking about the Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon’s esteemed early music ensemble. Avital and the orchestra have paired…

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Athletic Brewing offers non-alcoholic craft options

Sometimes you want a beer, but you don’t want to consume alcohol.Options for non-alcoholic beers in the U.S. have always been relatively limited – mostly poor imitations of mass-produced lagers.Athletic Brewing Company is hoping to change that. The Stratford, Connecticut-based brewery only brews non-alcoholic beers. Co-founder Bill Shufelt assures you – these aren’t the non-alcoholic…

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Cape Ann Museum exhibit honors 75th anniversary of Virginia Lee Burton’s ‘The Little House’

It’s taken six years and a team of collaborators that stretches from Gloucester to Tokyo. But at last, Virginia Lee Burton’s “Little House” has come home to the North Shore.The Cape Ann Museum is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the publication of Burton’s children’s book “The Little House” with an exhibit that will feature drawings,…

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The brilliant Bernadette Peters headlines Boston Pops on Opening Night

When it comes to assembling a set list for her concerts, Broadway legend Bernadette Peters need look no further than the scores of the many hit musicals she’s done.That lofty list now includes “Hello, Dolly!” – revived in 2017–2018 with Bette Midler, and subsequently Peters, in the role of matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi.“I’m going to…

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Papa John’s is putting chicken and waffles on a pizza

You know that scene in Jurassic Park when Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm has an existential crisis about what’s going down at the park?”Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should,” he says.He was actually probably talking about this new Papa John’s product. The…

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Off the Vine: Wine, weed vie for consumer dollars

The so-called booze-and-buzz mentality is about to undergo major changes, especially with the legalization of pot, and that may have negative repercussions for the wine industry. At least that’s how it appears to some Californians, especially those rooted in the wine business. Wineries from such venerable regions as Sonoma and Napa Valley are concerned that…

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Music: Punk trio Potty Mouth talk ‘Snafu’

Potty Mouth is the punk rock band bred on the mean streets…er, check that, leafy byways, of Northampton, and nurtured in the unforgiving tumult and chaos..oh, OK, the bucolic academic solitude, of Smith College. But however uncommon their origin story is, the all-female trio has injected a bracing shot of impertinence into the music scene, which…

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SOUNDS AROUND TOWN: Why does Texas singer-songwriter Scott Mulvahill play the bass?

You can hear pop and jazz and blues, along with nods to a few other genres of music in Scott Mulvahill’s album “Himalayas.” Released last fall, the songs on it make up a large portion of the shows that Mulvahill is currently doing on a busy tour.The singer and writer and multi-instrumentalist – who sticks…

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Sideman Zachariah Hickman takes center stage at Passim

Ask Zachariah Hickman a straightforward question, and you get an honest answer. The host of, performer in, and creator of the upcoming “Songs and Strings” shows at Club Passim on Oct. 9 and 10, is best known as a bass man – both double and electric – and often picks away on an acoustic guitar…

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The Next Draft: Stone Cow Brewery, Buck’s Whiskey and Burger Bar team up to recycle plastic craft beer holders

At first, I rationalized my hoarding of plastic craft beer holders as a convenient way to travel with cans.Anyone who has purchased a four-pack or six-pack from a brewery knows what I’m talking about: Thicker and sturdier than typical plastic rings, the holders come in all colors and sometimes induce the wrath of beer drinkers…

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Newton’s Highland Jazz series winds down its celebrated run

Highland Jazz, the long-running community-based jazz series that started, appropriate to its name, in Newton Highlands in 1983, and has moved around to various venues, is closing up shop with a final show on March 31 at Newton South High School, its home for the past 15 years. It’ll be a triple headliner concert, with…

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Blues bash: Coco Montoya, Tinsley Ellis to play at Spire Center

 One of the best kept secrets in the music world is that this weekend’s swing through the region by the “Titans of Blues” tour just might be one of the hottest, most dynamic rock shows of the year. The tour includes two headliners who’ve made their reputations bringing blues into the contemporary realm, mixing in plenty…

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This Texas principal reads children’s books live on Facebook for her students

Studies show reading at home directly correlates to children’s success at school. Children who are read to frequently are more likely to recognize letters of the alphabet, count to 20 or higher, write their own names, read or pretend to read.One Texas principal wants to make sure all students get a bedtime story.Every Tuesday at…

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THE BEER NUT: Get a piece of Redemption Rock

Ever wanted to invest in a brewery, but didn’t think you had the money to do so? Redemption Rock Brewing Company is giving a chance.The Worcester brewery that hopes to open its Shrewsbury Street taproom in January has started a crowdfunding campaign through WeFunder.com. So far, they have raised more than $23,000.WeFunder is a different…

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