The ‘bloody’ Impossible Burger popular in Massachusetts

Grace Taylor recently decided to test her meat-loving boyfriend by making him a veggie-based burger that looks and feels like beef, even down to the appearance of oozing blood.She grilled the patties, added all the typical toppings — including cheese, ketchup, lettuce and onions — and waited for a response.“He took some bites saying it…

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Concert review: Songwriting genius John Hiatt performs solo in Plymouth

John Hiatt’s songwriting is as universal as it gets, storytelling that is concise and relatable, emotionally resonant and yet still witty, serious at times and silly at others, but always utterly human and authentic. That’s the main reason his music strikes a chord with so many people, but his melting pot of styles is another…

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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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John Hiatt plays in Plymouth

John Hiatt’s songwriting is as universal as it gets, storytelling that is concise and relatable, emotionally resonant and yet still witty, serious at times and silly at others, but always utterly human and authentic. That’s the main reason his music strikes a chord with so many people, but his melting pot of styles is another…

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The Next Draft: Bowditch & Dewey law firm launches group catering to state’s craft beer industry

If he ever wanted to open a brewery, Robert Young would rather complete the mound of paperwork required than brew the beer.Young, who enjoys barrel-aged stouts and double dry-hopped IPAs, knows the intricacies of the state’s tangled liquor license laws. He can defend himself from intellectual property theft and negotiate the terms of a lease….

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What’s up at your local farmstands.

Editor’s Note: Welcome to Farmstand Update, a weekly roundup of what’s available from farmstands around eastern Massachusetts that runs through late October.ALLANDALE FARM — 259 Allandale Road, Brookline, 617-524-1531, allandalefarm.comOpen daily through Dec. 23 — weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5…

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Music: Son Volt heading to Boston with new album, ‘Union’

From the start, the group Son Volt has explored rock ‘n’ roll’s roots in folk, country and blues music, so in that respect their latest album “Union” is right in line with their particularly sublime blend of Americana. But the latest album is also focused on preserving another cherished tradition of American music, which is…

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SOUNDS AROUND TOWN: What entertainers told us in 2018

Another year winds down, another 52 interviews with musicians made their appearances in this column. Subjects ranged from pop culture icons (Herb Alpert) to homegrown rockers (Juliana Hatfield) to artists who have followed – then gone off on a different path – in their family’s footsteps (Joaquim Cooder). They spoke about jazz and rock and…

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The Next Draft: Brewing sustainably, through a farmer’s lens

BARRE – Phil Stevens carried firewood to a furnace, pulled open a metal door and pushed the wood inside. Wispy smoke emanated from within, partially obscuring Stevens, who wore a hat with earflaps and a quilt-lined coverall.On frigid mornings like this one, he’ll have to feed the furnace at least three times throughout the day.Nothing…

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Everything I Learned About Sex, I Learned From Black ’90s Sitcoms

I’m old enough to know quite a lot about sex. I’m also young enough to still lucidly remember my introduction to it. It wasn’t elegant, romantic, or even textbook. It was pulled clumsily from sweet fantasies and uncomfortable realities, a collision of naive yearning and rude awakenings. I was always curious about sex as a…

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FROM CHRISTOPHER’S KITCHEN: ‘An Omelette and a Glass of Wine’

An omelette to me defines “comfort.” Its warmth, mellow color and gentle texture are the food equivalent of Grandma’s old quilt. With a nod to the title of the classic Elizabeth David cookbook “An Omelette and a Glass of Wine,” these are recipes born out of my own little New England kitchen. I include some…

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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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Q&A: Bruce Springsteen photographer Barry Schneier presents in Holliston April 27

A quick flip through a new coffee table book by Holliston resident Barry Schneier, “Bruce Springsteen: Rock and Roll Future,” will give you an appreciation of some very cool photos Schneier shot on a special night in rock history – May 9, 1974, when Springsteen and that year’s version of the E Street Band opened…

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NORTH SHORE BOOK NOTES: ‘The Last Woman in the Forest’

Women. Wilderness. Danger. Three words often viewed in close proximity. If you’re playing this game of associations, you’re probably thinking grizzly bears, mountain lions or rattlesnakes.If you’re reading New Hampshire writer Diane Les Becquets’ new literary thriller, “The Last Woman in the Forest,” you know better.

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REVIEW: Durand Jones and the Indications light up Boston

There are few things more satisfying for music fans than seeing a worthy performer or band start to make serious headway in the always challenging music business. That’s why there were lots of smiles amid the return customers in the audience of Sunday night’s sold out show by Durand Jones and the Indications before about…

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Arts venues offer free and discount admission to low-income residents

 Whenever Linda Brennan visits the Boston Children’s Museum with her daughter, she shows a card at the admissions desk and the two enter for just $4. Their afternoon of fun and exploration otherwise would have cost $34, prohibitive for the Waltham single mother.“If I didn’t have the EBT discount, I wouldn’t be able to take…

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