You can buy green doughnuts at Krispy Kreme for St. Patrick’s Day

If you want to go all-out on St. Patrick’s Day this year, make sure your breakfast is colored green, too.Krispy Kreme is selling green doughnuts for the holiday, so if you forget to wear green, you can just bring your friends and family green doughnuts to avoid getting pinched. Why do people wear green on St….

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OFF THE VINE: Time to stop playing ‘What’s my Wine’

Back in the 1950’s a television game show titled “What’s My Line” featured celebrity panelists questioning contestants in order to determine what exactly they did for a living. An extremely laborious exercise, if you ask me.So, what does all this have to do with wine? Recently I overheard a customer ask a wine store clerk,…

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Music: Americana sound rings true for Lola Kirke in cross-country tour

Lola Kirke grew up as the daughter of famous, successful parents, and she’s already carved out her own lustrous career acting in both films and TV. But this winter Kirke is driving cross-country in a van and playing small venue shows like any other struggling musician, and as far as she’s concerned that’s bliss.Kirke, 28,…

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8 places to get farm fresh ice cream in Massachusetts

Ice cream is a special part of summer. Few things are better than a cone at the end of a warm day. But not just any ice cream will do — summer calls for ice cream directly from the farm. Here are eight spots in Massachusetts to get farm fresh ice cream. Rice Fruit Farm Ice CreamLocation:…

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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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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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24 actors who have unmistakable voices

My wife Beverly has many skills. For example, she can juggle three bowling balls blindfolded while standing on one foot.OK, maybe not. But what she can do is identify the voices of actors and actresses when they’re peddling products on television. I have a feeling she’s not the only person with this skill. Watch enough…

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SOUNDS AROUND TOWN: Trace Bundy brings innovative acoustic stylings to TCAN

There are, no doubt, uncountable ways to play the guitar. Colorado-based Trace Bundy, who will be plying his trade at The Center for Arts in Natick on March 28, has found a unique approach, mixing together a bit of fakery (he has false fingernails), some re-imagined tools of the trade (he uses some unusual capos…

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Music Scene: Jay Miller picks his favorite albums of the year

ED. NOTE: suggested photos at carlaryder.com, kerripowers.com, jaypsarosmusic.com, yeproc.com (Alvin/Gilmore)It’s that time of year again, when everybody comes up with their Best of 2018 lists, and as usual we will start by advising that we don’t get to hear everything that is released. Consequently, our collection of 2018 favorites may be even more eclectic and…

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Music: Austin’s Black Joe Lewis and Honeybears bring punked-up blues to Boston

Black Joe Lewis brings a primal power to his rock and blues that is exceedingly rare these days. While he’s cited Howlin’ Wolf and James Brown as two major influences, and they certainly are, we’d add the late Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, another guitarslinger whose raw passion and ‘swing for the fences’ vocal style was unforgettable.Black…

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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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NORTH SHORE BOOK NOTES: ‘Dear America’ by Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas writes in his new memoir, “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen,” that he’s trapped. He’s “stuck” in a purgatory where he can’t vote, hold a job, travel, drive, own a home. He can and does pay taxes and Social Security. Originally posted 2018-10-09 00:08:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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SOUND AROUND TOWN: Porch Party Mamas rockin’ roots at Amazing Things

There’s going to be a lot of singing and a lot of playing, on many different instruments and in many musical genres when the rootsy Porch Party Mamas return to Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham on May 4.The truly democratic quintet – that’s not a political term; it’s about equality within the band –…

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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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Meet Framingham’s own ‘Tom Sawyer,’ author C.D. Peterson

As he walked to his favorite fishing hole, his spotted pointer by his side and stick pole in hand, a young C.D. Peterson met a writer for Ford Times magazine. It was the early 1940s, and the resulting article – topped with the headline “Meet Tom Sawyer” – told the story of a boy growing…

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Music: Three chances to hear Matt Andersen’s booming vocals

Matt Andersen is kind of a living testament to the basis of rock ‘n’ roll, which is to say the skillful blending of many North American roots music forms into something new and exciting. He’s also a prime example of that old music business standby, the “overnight sensation” who’s been laboring at his craft for…

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Concert preview: October promises big names and a few dummies

 The Mouse That RoaredModest Mouse, Oct. 5, Worcester Palladium, Worcester; and Oct. 6, The Grand Theater at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Conn.Here’s some good news for people who like “Good News for People Who Love Bad News,” the breakthrough album from Modest Mouse. Those quirky Issaquah, Washington’s indie rockers (now residing in Portland, Oregon) are coming to…

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Country strong: Kenny Chesney – and friends – host a bash at Gillette

 Nobody said Kenny Chesney wasn’t energetic. Bobbing around on stage Friday night, the 50-year-old’s age didn’t show as he clapped, screamed and skipped from one side of the stage to the other. While his energy fed into the crowd and his band jammed to some of the biggest hits of the genre, one thing did suffer:…

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‘Born in the USA’ at 35: In praise of Springsteen’s blockbuster

It’s Bruce Springsteen’s biggest seller, but it sometimes gets short shrift from diehard fans. On its 35th anniversary, we argue that writing off BITUSA is a big mistake. Originally posted 2019-06-04 12:09:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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