5 things to know about the ‘Leaving Neverland’ doc detailing Michael Jackson abuse allegations

The four-hour HBO documentary detailing accusations of sexual abuse against the late pop singer Michael Jackson aired Sunday and Monday night.”Leaving Neverland” premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January, reigniting the conversation about the King of Pop’s alleged behavior with underage boys. Jackson has been accused of child sexual abuse multiple times, including an accusation…

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FOOD FOR THE BROOD: Finding new ideas for school lunch

“I’m trying to think of school lunch ideas. What have you come up with?” proffered Nicole Wood in a recent Facebook conversation this week.Ten. more moms chimed in within minutes, bemoaning some of their children’s choices as well as their own, and “shaming” themselves in frustration. Hot dogs. Nuggets. Shudder… Lunchables. Pasta. My kid doesn’t…

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Music: Lucinda Williams sill cruising 20 years after ‘Car Wheels’

It’s impossible to overstate the impact of Lucinda Williams’ 1998 album “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.” That’s the record that finally allowed her to break through to a wider audience, and it is often cited as the album that more or less established the Americana category. It also would win Williams a Grammy for…

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Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day, 4-1-19

Check out Go with the Flow and other great reader photos by following wickedlocalpix on Instagram. Your amazing image could be our next Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day. Email pictures with captions to [email protected] Originally posted 2019-04-02 00:02:58. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Danvers tribute band, Vyntyge Skynyrd, looking to expand

Lynyrd Skynyrd is known as one of the best and most tragic rock bands of all time.On Oct. 20, 1977, three of the band members, including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, died tragically in a plane crash. Although the band continued to tour after the accident, Lynyrd Skynyrd was never the same again.In honor of…

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No snitches for ‘Stitches’: Texas college sues to keep mum on Shawn Mendes contract

Have you ever wondered what Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes contractually requires before he takes the stage? One Texas university doesn’t want you to know.The University of Texas at El Paso is requesting to withhold the “Stitches” singer’s contracts for an October performance at the university, a lawsuit filed in Travis County says.Mendes, who sang with…

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Seen behind scene: What cast members of ‘Oklahoma!’ look like off stage

The cast does more than horse around in the North Shore Music Theatre’s production of the Rogers and Hammerstein classic, “Oklahoma!”The show includes plenty of singing and dancing with songs such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “I Can’t Say No,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” and,…

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MUSIC REVIEW: Standout classical CDs of 2018

 Selling recordings has never been a strength of classical music. In fact, now it’s not strength of any kind of music. But classical music ensembles have found a way — with limited pressings, direct sales from web sites, recording live performances, touring and selling disks like the entrepreneurs they are — to make the economics…

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Music: Marshall Crenshaw joins the Smithereens for Scituate show

The Smithereens had a handful of hits in the late 1980s, as their gritty power pop found an audience that appreciated their classic garage rock sound with its punky intensity. Their star had faded with the arrival of grunge, in the 1990s, but they were enjoying a nice resurgence with the original lineup in the…

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For many in state, meal time starts with their cellphone

A lot goes into ordering the perfect burrito. Especially if you have allergies, only like certain kinds of cheese or hate beans.Which is why Sarah Daly often skipped over-the-counter Mexican-style restaurants or was disappointed when her orders didn’t come out exactly right.That was, until she started using mobile apps for her lunch.“There’s a Chipotle right…

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NORTH SHORE BOOK NOTES: ‘Perfect Son’ is perfect summer thriller

British author Lauren North’s debut novel, a thriller titled “The Perfect Son,” is 368 pages of nervous anxiety packed between two covers. Right off the bat a young mother, Tess, wakes up in a hospital bed, greeted by searing pain. Despite the heavy duty painkillers, she knows that the reason for her pain is a…

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Concert review: Santana sizzles in Mansfield

Among the many reasons to celebrate this summer’s 50th anniversary of Woodstock, one of the most invigorating is the tour that proves Carlos Santana is still making exciting and even groundbreaking music in 2019.Actually Santana and his band have something else to celebrate as the current Supernatural Now tour marks the 20th anniversary of his…

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NORTH SHORE BOOK NOTES: ‘How to Be a Good Creature’

Sy Montgomery is one of us, one of those people who respects animals and who intuits the depth of their intelligence, psychology and emotional range. Despite how distraught she became when her animals died, she found perspective. In her struggles, she brings herself and her readers through the dark times. She can’t help herself. She…

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MAP: Where to find a yummy fish meal during Lent

With about six weeks of Lent, many Catholics (and other Christians) who follow the tradition of abstaining from eating meat on Fridays may be on the hunt for a good fish meal nearby. We asked around for some good go-to fish places throughout Wicked Local / Eastern Massachusetts. Here, you’ll find a map to show…

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Waltham musician Linda Marks organizes Women in Music Gathering

When the Women in Music Gathering Showcase gets going at the Burren in Somerville on Nov. 18, there will be 11 women onstage, each of them ready to perform a couple of songs, many of them ready to back up others on instruments or in voice. The event marks the first time this alliance of…

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Young guitarist Baxter Hall premieres his trio at Franklin’s Black Box

He’s only 19, but guitarist Baxter Hall has already lived an incredibly busy musical life. His accomplishments will be on full display when the Baxter Hall Trio makes their official debut at The Black Box in Franklin on May 24.A native of Jamaica Plain, who moved with his family to Millis when he was 5,…

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