Area Life

Local and organic: Bedford restaurant grows most of the food it serves

BEDFORD — Mandisa and Jeff Horn chucked their professional careers in sales and insurance for full-time work on the farm that has been in his family for four generations. They soon started selling their bounty, and not long after that, customers wanted to know how to prepare it. “I ...

Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake shine at iHeartRadio Awards

The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards started with Justin Timberlake speaking about inclusion and dedicating his award to children who feel different, and ended with a rousing performance by Bruno Mars that included crowd participation from Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Ty Dolla $ign, Heidi ...

Harry Potter play gets 11 Olivier Awards noms

LONDON (AP) — Magical adventure “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” leads the race for British theater’s Olivier Awards, with nominations in 11 categories including best new play. Jamie Parker, who plays an adult Harry in the two-part drama, is nominated for best actor, and there are ...

Grapevine

Adele announces her marriage Adele has officially announced she and longtime partner Simon Konecki are married, weeks after hinting at a wedding. She casually dropped the news while chatting with the audience at her show in Brisbane, Australia, on Saturday. She was discussing her song, ...

Going Dutch: Philly Flower Show promises to teach and awe

It is the largest and oldest flower show in the country, and scores of Blair Countians will be making the nearly four-hour trek to Philadelphia for this year’s version that will highlight the European country best known for its blooms. “Holland: Flowering the World” is the Philadelphia ...

Elvis Presley’s Graceland opens new complex

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Nearly four decades after Elvis sang his last tune, his legacy got a $45 million boost with the Thursday opening of a major new attraction at his Graceland estate — an entertainment complex that Priscilla Presley says gives “the full gamut” of the King of Rock ‘n’ ...

Railroad featured in movie chugs back to life

LOS ANGELES — Angels Flight, LA’s beloved little railroad, had its cameo in the hit musical “La La Land” and now it’s almost ready for its close-up. The narrow-gauge railroad that for more than a century hauled people 298 feet up and down the city’s steep Bunker Hill was shut down ...

Cyprus expects record number of tourists

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus expects to hit another record number of tourists this year, with visits to the east Mediter-ranean island expected to increase 5 percent over last year, a tourism official said late last week. That’s on top of a record-setting 2016, which saw almost 3.2 million ...

DC’s cherry blossoms could hit peak bloom in 2 weeks

WASHINGTON — A mild winter could mean the earliest bloom on record for Washington’s famous cherry trees, officials announced last week. National Mall and Memorial Parks Superintendent Gay Vietzke said the peak bloom is expected between March 14 and 17. The National Park Service says the ...

Travel briefs

Utah Zion closes cliffs to protect falcons SPRINGDALE, Utah — More than a dozen climbing routes on rocky cliffs in southern Utah’s Zion National Park have been temporarily closed to help protect peregrine falcons. U.S. Park Service officials closed the routes early last week on ...

Rare comic books headed to auction

HARTFORD, Conn. — By day, Jon Berk is a mild-mannered civil attorney in Connecticut. But by night (well, really during most of his spare time for the past 45 years) he is known by some as a comic book-collecting super hero. Berk’s collection of more than 18,000 books and 300 pieces of ...

Deutch carves her own path in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES — To say actress Zoey Deutch is a regular at Art’s Deli is an understatement. Sporting an oversized sweatshirt, she breezes into the restaurant, a Studio City institution since 1957, and is immediately greeted with familiar hugs from the wait staff. One chimes in that he’s ...

Garden Notes: Spade’s predecessor had long tradition in Ireland

Do you dig with your left foot? Are you a Catholic? There was a time in Ireland when people didn’t have to ask the second question. They could tell someone’s background by watching them work. If the new guy dug with his left foot, he was a Catholic. In the early 1700s, the Plantation ...

When you’re struggling to find the good, hold on to hope

It’s a big world we live in. Sometimes it can be easy to forget how big it really is because it’s easier to forget that bad things happen, or because some part of us feels powerless in trying to help sew society. It’s even easier to forget the good that’s being done in the midst of ...

Experiences: Worldwide travel influences renowed artist Chuck Olson

Artist Chuck Olson insists that his work isn’t abstract, even as some of his painted objects cannot readily be identified. But who’s to argue with the internationally renowned painter who has exhibited in Japan, France, Italy, Germany and New York City. A professor of art for 40 years and ...

The Wallers to play ‘A Night for the Mishler’ : Honoring a local gem

Since its doors opened in 1906, the historic Mishler Theatre has been home to local and international performers. Inside the walls of the building, countless children and adults have swayed and tapped their heels to musical performances, shed tears during bittersweet productions and laughed ...

Glassblowing’s gotten easier for amateurs

BOSTON — On a chilly winter morning here, two furnaces inside the Massachusetts College of Art and Design burn at upwards of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat is palpable, but it doesn’t seem to bother a group of students working nearby. They’re here learning the ancient art of ...

Artist emerges after spending week inside a rock

PARIS (AP) — A French artist has spent a week in a hard place: a rock. Abraham Poincheval emerged Wednesday from a 12-ton limestone boulder at a Paris art gallery where he has been entombed since Feb. 22. A body-shaped hole large enough to sit in was hollowed out inside the rock, and air ...

Spanish trio win acclaimed US architecture prize

The Associated Press LISBON, Portugal — A team of three Spanish architects has won the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize, with the jury praising their work for blending buildings into landscapes and connecting time and place. The award for Catalonia-based architects Rafael Aranda, Carme ...