Conscious Cook: Singing the praises of strawberries

“Strawberries! Fruit from the heart.” — Anthony T. Hinks I spied a roadside sign today, hand lettered, with two glorious words: Fresh Strawberries! Ahhh, luscious, local strawberries, one of the most fabulous seasonal ingredients ever created, with a spectacular scent and such sublime flavor. A conscious cook’s dream ingredient! Bursting with brightness, strawberries are a …

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Movie Menu: Blazing Saddles, Father of the Bride, Jurassic Park and more

Like to watch the work of creative film directors? This weekend, take a look at some classics from some celebrated movie makers. Here’s what’s showing on broadcast and cable stations. Dark Passage (1947) Delmer Daves celebrates the subtleties of black-and-white film noir in this thriller about a man who will do almost anything to prove …

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Reel Dad: Bening in The Seagull shines but the movie stalls

Some plays should stay in the theater. While Annette Bening delivers yet another award-worthy performance, and Saoirse Ronan continues her delightful career, this film adaptation of Anton Chekov’s classic play lacks the needed visual variety to successfully transition from stage to screen. While the words and characters work in a theatrical setting, the reality of …

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Curtain Call: Theater Barn goes True West in riveting performance

Theater Barn, Ridgefield: Having always been fascinated by “absent” characters, those that are pivotal to a play but are never seen on stage, and equally fascinated by the relationship of fathers and sons, in a most unlikely alliance, I thought about Eugene O’Neill and Tennessee Williams as I watched Sam Shepard’s masterpiece “True West.” Currently …

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How Sweet it is

Matthew Sweet first gained prominence in the budding Athens, Ga., music scene in the ’80s, and the singer/songwriter found even greater success with the release of his third album, Girlfriend, in 1991. That record was a staple on radio at the time and helped establish Sweet as the king of jangly guitar power pop. Over …

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