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Three local residents star in ‘A Little Bit of Ireland’ at Reagle Music Theatre in Waltham

Featuring Irish tenors, an Irish band, Irish step dancing, Irish comedy, and a glimpse into a Celtic pub, Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston’s “A Little Bit of Ireland” takes place March 16-17.Special guests are award-winning Whitman actress Jennifer Ellis, […]

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NORTH SHORE BOOK NOTES: ‘Maid’ by Stephanie Land

“Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive” By Stephanie Land. Hachette Books, New York, 2019. 288 pages. $27 The most ingenious, hardest-working, most cleverly entrepreneurial are so often the poor. They cobble together multiple low-wage jobs to pay the rent — jobs that demand complicated scheduling charts to track where to be…

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The female view of ‘Maximus’

Three authors with dynamic stories to tell will discuss a poet whose own powerful language formed much of Gloucester’s cultural identity in the last century. The three speakers are all women, and that makes a difference. They will all talk about Charles Olson, and the presentation should make for an engaging confluence of ideas. Originally…

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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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7 juicy facts about cranberries

They’re great with turkey and stuffing, baked in your morning muffin or poured as a delicious and healthy juice. A fixin’ fixture on Thanksgiving tables or strung as Christmas garland, the jolly red cranberry takes center stage at holiday time. Here are seven more juicy facts about the tart and tasty cranberry and a few…

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‘RAT’ REMEMBERED: Boston musicians reunite for throwback show in Hull

 Joe Viglione has so far racked up more arts-related careers than stage names, but there are plenty of each. The names, due to his longtime fascination with vampires, share a commonality. He’s gone by The Count, Count Joe, and Count Viglione. The careers, because his interests go in so many directions, include singer, composer, guitarist,…

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Leonard Bernstein at 100: Celebrating the Maestro’s Music

Leonard Bernstein won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and 16 Grammy Awards, and his achievements are celebrated in an exhibit curated by the Grammy Museum.Through videos of Bernstein’s performances and talks, as well as staging of his personal items and a thematic exploration of his life, “Leonard Bernstein at 100” offers an intimate look at…

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CONCERT: Rising Nashville singer from Holliston Kathleen Regan to perform Sept. 6 in Bellingham

Kathleen Regan, a 2012 graduate of Holliston High School, will return to her roots with an intimate evening of songs at Marketplace Theatre in Bellingham on Sept. 6.Since first appearing on stage at the age of 4 as Gretl Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music,” Regan has built an impressive resume of stage experience,…

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