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Weekend Plans: Jan. 17-20

Thursday ‘Fun Home’ Based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel, this Tony Award-winning play is a memoir of childhood, secrets that shaped her life and stories from the family’s funeral home business. Baltimore Center Stage, through Feb. 24. Tickets start at $20. centerstage.org Friday Baltimore County Restaurant Week Baltimore County Restaurant …

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Quiet house, full heart

My social media feed is filled with sad posts from parents who have taken their children back to college after winter break. My own daughter returned to Temple University this past weekend. Our cat, sensing that one of us would soon be gone, did what he always does in these …

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Oysters + Beer: Watch and See

A brown-speckled egg may be ruling the internet right now, but an eight-minute video about Maryland oysters and beer are what you need to whet your appetite today. Created by local filmmakers Mark Burchick and Jena Richardson and chock full of shell shots of everybody’s favorite bivalve, this short film …

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Snow’s coming? Check out this ice.

In one corner of the showroom at Samuelson’s Diamonds stands a display case with some pretty cool family mementos: A diamond cutter, a manual cash register that still works and a matchbook/cigar cutter from the bar that owner Ron Samuelson’s great-grandfather ran decades ago. The Samuelson family has been linked …

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Weekend Plans: Jan. 10-13

Thursday Skatefest Enjoy winter’s best sport and support the Special Olympics of Maryland. Pandora Ice Rink, 6-8 p.m., $5 for admission and skate rental. innerharboricerink.org     Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops Story This documentary tells the story of three African-American musicians coming of age …

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Food News: Milk Makes a Comeback?

(Family Features) Three of the most popular and health-promoting eating plans of the moment – the Mediterranean Diet, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Diet and Flexitarian Diet – all include dairy milk as an important component, and according to a study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, …

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A New Type of Pain Management

University of Maryland researchers are piloting a trial to treat neuropathic pain, or pain caused by nerve damage or a malfunctioning nervous system. Recently they used an MRI-guided focused ultrasound to treat a Missouri woman whose hip pain was so severe she couldn’t get out of bed. Doctors couldn’t figure …

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Got a Post-Holiday Hangover?

January is a month filled with potential. Can you feel it? Our motivations are high and our accountability even higher. Maybe this is the month you’re finally going to clean out your closet. Or maybe you’re going gluten-free, sugar-free, caffeine-free, you-name-it-free. Whatever your intentions, the New Year is an invitation …

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Weekend Plans: Jan 3-6

Thursday Carter Roach & Hiro Hubbard Art Show An exhibit of sculptures and paintings from local artists Carter Roach and Hiro Hubbard opens with a reception, featuring music from The Adventures of Matte Black. Expect both colorful and surreal, making this show a great way to start the weekend. Alchemy …

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Green Belt

Standing at the top of a towering sand dune more reminiscent of Scotland than Central Florida — yes, Central Florida! — my hands are sweaty and knees shaky as winds wallop my face. Below me, undulating terrain punctuated with sparkling lakes and acres of waving prairie grasses create such an …

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New Year, New Hopes

It’s a new year and a chance for a do-over. A chance to get some things right and not repeat past missteps. Those are a few things I like about a new year. There are a few habits I would like to change and I say that every year. I …

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Weekend Plans: Dec. 27-30

Thursday Squeeze In One More Vegan Drink for 2018 Tots and warm sake will sate the appetite on this plant-based night of clean and virtuous eating. It may be healthy, but hey, who says it can’t be fun and festive? Sticky Rice in Fells Point, 7-9 p.m. bmoresticky.com Friday WWE …

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Small Acts of Goodness

Ezekiel is on his way to retrieve clothes he left drying on the porch of an abandoned house in Baltimore. “With all this rain, they were pretty wet,” he says. But on his way there he finds an unexpected offer — a free haircut.  It’s a rare treat for the …

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Movie Review: ‘Second Act’

As I reclined in the comfy oversized leather chair, popcorn in hand, to check out a special screening of Jennifer Lopez’s new movie, “Second Act,” I wasn’t sure to expect of this Christmas release. Would it be a comedy? Pure romance? All drama? I quickly discovered it was a good …

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Zen Zone

Last year, I started meditating … a lot. Two times a day to be exact, once in the morning and again in the evening. Timers were set, candles were lit, and while I didn’t quite reach enlightenment, I did experience some serious feel-good side effects. I did a combination of …

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