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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 …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Exhilarating and Fun

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hint and Explanation: A Pin is Key Chess is a microcosm of life. The centrality of the decision-making process has resulted in the game being described as “the gymnasium of the mind” by observers as disparate as Blaise …

Hermit Crabs Prove A Low-Maintenance Pet

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ocean City, n.j. — You wouldn’t know it by the petite tank in tow, but the Merchlinsky family emerged from George’s Beach Shop on the boardwalk in this Shore town on a recent sunny day with three new …

‘Dressy’ Sweats Could Replace Skinny Jeans

Sunday, August 24, 2014

New York — It shouldn’t be hard to kill skinny jeans. After all, women love and loathe them in equal measure. Three years ago, clothing merchants tried to snuff out the trend with an innovation called flares. Women …

Smokey and Friends

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Los Angeles — After five decades in show business, the man who shaped Motown with instantly recognizable hits like My Girl and Tears of a Clown said he can’t stop writing. Smokey Robinson said he scribbles down lyrics …

Wilder Memoir: Gritty View of Prairie Life

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pierre, S.D. — Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children’s series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted Little House on the Prairie fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier …

The Charms of Cape Cod

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Cape Cod — Breathtaking beaches and classic seafood shacks. Quaint villages and postcard-perfect lighthouses. Whale watches and dune rides. Art galleries and summer theater. Cape Cod draws millions of tourists each year, including a sizable number of Connecticut …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Aug. 24-30

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Don’t Miss The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards — Welcome to television’s game of thrones — minus the gruesome carnage. Late-night funny guy Seth Meyers is our host for the annual gala that celebrates the medium’s artistic achievements while conveniently overlooking the awful fare like Naked Dating. He promises …

Potluck Planned in Weathersfield

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Weathersfield — A free potluck to celebrate land use and stewardship is set for Sept. 18, at 6 p.m., at Weathersfield Center Church. The event, hosted by the Weathersfield Land Preservation Association, is designed to encourage people to share stories about their diverse land use experiences. Land use …

To Your Good Health: Elevated White Blood Cells Sometimes Misleading

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband had his regular blood work done in 2012, and it showed that his monocytes were elevated (15 percent) and his HCT was low (39 percent). When we asked his doctor what this meant, she said, “Cancer somewhere,” and we just have to find …

Miss Manners: Let Your Guests Know Beforehand When Dinner Will Be Served

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: My mother was from the South, and accordingly she impressed upon me the fine art of entertaining guests in one’s home. I love to cook, and I truly prefer to cook dinner for friends over meeting at a restaurant. My problem is that, invariably, every …