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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OPINION: Cannabis munchies are a gift and a curse

Watch any movie with a stoner character and chances are they are depicted as spaced-out losers with no ambition. Red eyes, scraggly appearance and locked onto the couch, these cartoonish characterizations are no longer relevant — as many professionals and brilliant thinkers are consuming cannabis daily.But there is one behavior displayed by these characters that…

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10 of the coolest libraries in America

February is National Library Lover’s Month, and there are so many reasons to love your local libraries.They provide much-needed services to the communities they serve, you’ve got a world of knowledge at your fingertips and, often, they provide really cool places to hang out while you read, work or socialize.Here’s a roundup of 10 of…

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Indian Ranch launches summer concert series

WEBSTER — As might be expected given the calendar, things are astir down on the “ranch.””It’s a busy time of the year around here,” said Suzette Raun, president of Indian Ranch.The 2019 Yuengling Summer Concert Series at Indian Ranch’s outdoor amphitheater on the shores of Webster Lake got underway with a performance by country star Lee…

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Queen Latifah to headline Boston Pops July 4 concert

 The Boston Pops will embrace royalty at its annual Fourth of July concert on the Charles River Esplanade.Oscar-nominated actress and singer Queen Latifah is scheduled to join conductor Keith Lockhart and the Pops for the traditional concert and fireworks spectacular.Folk singer Arlo Guthrie and two “America’s Got Talent” contestants, Amanda Mena and the Texas Tenors,…

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Music: The sun is rising on singer/songwriter Sophie Auster

Sophie Auster seems to be poised for stardom, with the vocal ability of a jazz singer, the knack of writing music with the edginess of rock, yet the catchiness of pop and the sensuality of soul, and the look of a trend-setting fashion model. There are a spate of videos of her songs online where she…

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Valentine’s Day 2019: Two great recipes for dinner at home

Valentine’s Day is one of the few days of the year I intentionally opt out of dining out.There are good restaurant experiences to be had on Cupid’s holiday, of course. But to me, an essential part of a romantic dinner is the ability to linger over it, and that’s often challenging on such a popular…

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