SOUNDS AROUND TOWN: Opera del West celebrates Bernstein’s 100th in a trio of shows

In 2006, Eve Budnick – then a vocal coach at University of Connecticut – and Rebecca Grimes – one of her students doing a doctorate there – realized that they were both making drives from their homes in MetroWest to school. They got to talking. They also shared an interest in opera, and over many…

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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: Vibraphone virtuoso Joe Locke touring new album in Boston

Jazz vibraphonist Joe Locke tackles big concepts with his music, so it’s not surprising that he describes his latest work, “Subtle Disguise,” as the “total expression of who I am as a musician and human being.” It also probably unavoidable that such an admittedly autobiographical concept would also touch upon life in America in 2018.Those…

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How to stop anxious lip biting

Many people bite their lip when they are anxious or uncomfortable, which can result in redness and sores on the lips. In extreme cases this is called body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB). This habit can have a negative impact on a person’s daily life. Treatments include behavioral therapy. Learn more here. Originally posted 2018-08-03 22:58:53. Republished…

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What are some foods to ease your anxiety?

Food plays a vital role in nutrition and keeping the mind in its healthiest state. People respond in a variety of ways to different foods, but there are some foods that are known to reduce anxiety. These include eggs, brazil nuts, fatty-fish, yogurt, and dark chocolate. Learn more about anxiety-reducing foods here. Originally posted 2018-08-03…

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Music: Marcia Ball still shines bright

Earlier this year the Texas state Legislature voted Marcia Ball the official 2018 Texas State Musician and in October she’ll be inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame along with Los Lobos and Ray Charles. It is heady stuff, but it’s not like she’s an overnight sensation as Ball is also celebrating her 50th…

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Danvers a cappella group Falconize takes flight for Spain’s International A Cappella Festival

The furthest Falconize has ever gone was New York City. But now, the Danvers High School a cappella group is spreading its wings and taking flight overseas for the International A Cappella Festival in Spain.The weeklong festival takes place June 16-23, 2019 in Pamplona, Spain and is incredibly competitive to get into. Groups applied by…

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Does Dr. Ablow treat adolescents and children, too?

Dr. Ablow treats patients of all ages, but patients younger than 12-years-of-age must be seen face-to-face in one of his offices. The post Does Dr. Ablow treat adolescents and children, too? appeared first on Dr. Keith Ablow. Originally posted 2018-08-03 22:01:06. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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What tests are used to diagnose COPD?

As well as carrying out a physical examination and gathering a person’s medical history, doctors typically order one or more tests to diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These tests may include pulmonary function tests, blood tests, and imaging tests. Learn more here. Originally posted 2018-10-16 00:06:14. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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How to remove cortisol from the body naturally

Cortisol is necessary for many bodily functions, including the stress response and regulating sleep. High cortisol levels may raise blood pressure and affect mood. It is possible to lower cortisol by making some lifestyle changes, such as eating a more healthful diet and getting better sleep. Learn more here. Originally posted 2018-08-03 22:58:55. Republished by…

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NORTH SHORE BOOK NOTES:

A new Tana French novel is cause for celebration and “The Witch Elm” is 509 pages of delicious reading. French outsmarts at every twist. She sets scenes and instills moods in beautiful sentences you want to linger over. Best of all, she gives her characters, each with his or her unique point of view, the…

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How to stop shivering

Shivering usually occurs when a person is too cold, but there are other possible causes. These include fever, stress, low blood sugar, and anxiety. Shivering generally resolves on its own, but treatment may be necessary for some underlying causes. Here, learn more about the causes of shivering and when to see a doctor. Originally posted…

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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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