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Irish fiddler Liz Carroll headlines Sunday’s New World Festival in Randolph with performances at 4 and 10 p.m. in Chandler Music Hall.

A Young New World

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Aside from the sheer need — artistic, karmic, intestinal, commercial — to play the fiddle, Liz Carroll goes to music festivals to reassure herself that …

Artist From Power-Broker Family Wields Power Tools

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Washington — Emilie Brzezinski knows more than most political wives about power tools. She owns six chainsaws. All made by Stihl. And all designed for …

Time for Some Emmy Reform

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The only thing to do after the prime-time Emmys are over (quick, before everyone conveniently forgets who won what) is to gripe about the shut-outs …

Amazon Seeks to Reach More Viewers With ‘Hand of God’

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Los Angeles — Dana Delany had an urge. While playing the take-no-prisoners wife of a law-bending judge in the upcoming Amazon pilot Hand of God, an indecent inclination by the veteran actress conflicted with the instincts she’d developed …

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Preserving the Harvest

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It might seem surprising to pair peach and tomato, but jazzed up with coriander seed and lime, dashed with sweet and hot chili peppers and tangy with red onion, this two-fruit salsa is just looking for a dance …

Before Winter, Get Vegetables Into the Freezer

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer is nearly over. Those big yellow school buses are beginning their morning ambles and cool nights call for blankets on the bed. It’s time for me to get serious about putting up veggies for the winter. With the exception of lettuce, most vegetables can be saved for …

Made at Home, Cured Salmon Is Less Costly

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The trouble with cured salmon? We tend to treat it like, well... a treat. Cured salmon — with all its rich, salty, savory, lusciously fatty goodness — too often is relegated to the breakfast or brunch table, and …

A Visit to the Birthplace of Buffalo Wings

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Buffalo, n.y. — Credit for the classic Buffalo wing goes to Teressa Bellissimo, who developed the dish in the kitchen of the Anchor Bar in 1964. Fifty years later, the Main Street eatery remains a must-see for countless …

California’s Record Three-Year Drought Takes Toll on Honey Production

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Los Banos, Calif. — California’s record drought hasn’t been sweet to honeybees, and it’s creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers. The state is traditionally one of the country’s largest honey producers, with abundant crops and …

Despite Revolutionary TV, Emmys Are Trapped in a 2011 Rerun

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

If you believe everything written lately about television by its critics and outspoken fans, the shows have never been better, especially the newer ones. But if you watched Monday night’s 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, you saw that the medium is stuck in a loop where it’s always the …

Summer Journal: The Tranquility of the Night Sky

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I grew up in cities where the night sky is blotted out by the sheer wattage radiating from the urban grid. The web of city lights, with its dusky violet hues, has its own vitality but it’s not …

Study Finds Combining Vaccines Boosts Polio Immunity

Monday, August 25, 2014

Washington — New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world’s most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who’ve already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity. World Health Organization (WHO) officials said …