The first snow just fell and we’re already looking forward to Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s next free Shakespeare on the Common. Can you blame us? The theater company announced Monday it will be doing “Twelfth Night,” The Bard’s comedy of love in disguise, for its 19th season next summer. “We wanted to bring back an audience favorite — and one of my favorite comedies,” CSC artistic director Steven Maler said in a statement. “We are eager to revisit Illyria and some of Shakespeare’s most colorful characters — Sir Toby Belch, Malvolio, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and Feste.” The dates of the show have not been announced.FULL ENTRY
You might expect a celebrated historian like Doris Kearns Goodwin to be somewhat serious and high-minded. We’re pleased to report that the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Lyndon Johnson and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt is anything but. That’s why she’s able to laugh at the author’s note in Ron Burgundy’s new faux memoir, “Let Me Off at the Top!” In the note, Will Ferrell’s alter ego in “Anchorman 2” gives Goodwin a hilarious shout-out. ““It took me eight years to write this book. The research alone — fact-checking, reading the source materials, asking questions — was endless and I didn’t care for it that much. I consulted with my dear friend and lover Doris Kearns Goodwin over many breakfasts in bed.”FULL ENTRY
The Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston marked the 30th anniversary of its Leventhal-Sidman campus on Saturday night with a benefit at the InterContinental Boston. Businessmen and philanthropists Ted Cutler and Irwin Chafetz were honored during the celebration, which drew guests such as congressman Joe Kennedy III, Mark Sokoll, president and CEO of Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston, and Barry Shrage, president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies.FULL ENTRY
The Massachusetts-made movie “American Hustle” had its big premiere in New York on Sunday, which means that local actresses Erica McDermott and Melissa McMeekin got to strut down another red carpet with their A-list costars. The friends — who played sisters in David O. Russell’s “The Fighter” — both have roles in Russell’s latest Oscar-hopeful. While the “Fighter” sisters traveled as a group during the promotion of their 2010 film, McDermott and McMeekin got to brave the limelight on their own for this premiere. “It would have been so scary to do that [first] red carpet by ourselves,” McMeekin said. “This time, it was really fun and exciting to be my own person.”FULL ENTRY
Among model train enthusiasts, George Sellios’s Franklin and South Manchester Railroad is renowned for its intricacy. Hobbyists from far and wide come to Main Street in Peabody to see Sellios’s miniature railroad, which measures 42 feet long and 25 feet wide. The other day, none other than Rod Stewart stopped by (he was in Boston to perform at TD Garden). The singer, who has an enormous model train at his house in Los Angeles, told Sellios he’s wanted to see his setup for a long time and this was his first chance. “He was super. He came running in here and gave me the biggest hug,” Sellios told us.FULL ENTRY
Pixies have a new bass player — and this one’s not named Kim. The Bay State-bred band, whose US tour stops at the Orpheum Jan. 18, has hired Paz Lenchantin to take over for the departed Kim Shattuck, who had taken over for the departed Kim Deal. Lenchantin’s resume includes stints with A Perfect Circle, Zwan, and the Entrance Band. According to a statement released by the band Monday, Lenchantin is Pixies’ “touring bassist,” suggesting that perhaps she shouldn’t make any longterm plans. Last fall, Pixies released “EP-1,” the first of what the band says will be several mini-albums.FULL ENTRY
There’s a pilot in the works based on “Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music,” the tell-all by Blair Tindall that includes a memorable cameo by Pops conductor Keith Lockhart. And the casting makes it look promising. Amazon Studios announced Thursday that the pilot, to be directed by Paul Weitz, whose credits include “About a Boy” and “Being Flynn,” will star Gael García Bernal, Malcolm McDowell, Lola Kirke, Saffron Burrows, and Bernadette Peters. The script was written by Oscar-nominee Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Alex TimbersFULL ENTRY
Secretary of State John F. Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, bookended the 2013 recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors at a dinner on Saturday night. This year’s honorees are Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine, Carlos Santana, Martina Arroyo, and Herbie Hancock. The ceremony, taped Sunday, will be broadcast Dec. 29 on CBS.FULL ENTRY
Dorchester’s own Mark Wahlberg screened his new movie, “Lone Survivor,” at Patriot Cinemas in Hingham on Sunday night. He was joined at the benefit for the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation by friends and family — including his brother and Wahlburgers partner Paul, their mom, Alma, and Pats coach Bill Belichick and player Julian Edelman, who couldn’t make the pre-party because of the game but got to Hingham in time for the film. Wahlberg allowed ticket holders to donate their seats to combat veterans from the Boston area. One of the night’s special guests was former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, whom Mark plays in the film. Wahlberg spent Sunday morning in Tewksbury hosting the 12th annual Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation Christmas party for kids.FULL ENTRY
Red Sox fan and Maine author Stephen King has joined Twitter. By Sunday afternoon, he had more than 164,000 followers and had tweeted three times. “My first tweet. No longer a virgin. Be gentle!,” he said on Friday. His second tweet was, “On Twitter at last, and can’t think of a thing to say. Some writer I turned out to be.” On Saturday, he praised the show “The Returned,” saying, “Scary and sexy. . . . That kid Victor’s giving me nightmares.” (Swann Nambotin plays Victor in the French horror series.)FULL ENTRY
“The Sing-Off,” NBC’s a cappella singing contest of which Newton’s own Sam Weisman is executive producer, is coming back to television Monday. Weisman tells us he’ll be watching from home this year because the entire series has been taped. (The show’s judges — Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman, and newcomer Jewel — will be in the audience for Monday's live episode of “The Voice,” which leads into “The Sing-Off” premiere.) The show — which exposed the Tufts Beelzebubs to the world and helped a cappella act Pentatonix make it big — features no Boston groups this year, but Weisman did tell us a local story about the season. Monday’s episode features a medley of songs by Fun., a band that’s never licensed its music for competition. . . .FULL ENTRY
Lennard Macaranas said that his getup for 92.9’s recent Ugly Sweater Party at the Whiskey Priest in Boston was inspired by actor-comedian Bob Saget because “ ‘Full House’ is Christmas. It’s always Christmas when I think of Bob Saget.” Fair enough, Lennard. Other guests at the radio station’s holiday party included Chris Delorenzo, Mike Marrkand, and Jake Rahn, who bought his sweater in the women’s department at Kmart.FULL ENTRY
There was a wrap party for Vince Vaughn’s locally-shot movie “Business Trip” on Saturday night. Guests at Chef Steve “Nookie” Postal’s Kendall Square restaurant Commonwealth for the occasion included Vaughn, screenwriter Steve Conrad, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, director Ken Scott, and producer Todd Black. . . . Strega Waterfront hosted a bunch of familiar faces over the weekend. They included TV producer Mark Burnett and his wife, actress Roma Downey, Mark Wahlberg, and Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. . . . Spotted at Phillips Old Colony House in Dorchester were Mayor-elect Marty Walsh and UMass Building Authority executive director Katherine Craven, who were honored by local nonprofit Friends for Children.FULL ENTRY
A few of the stars of the show “ ‘I Love Lucy’ Live on Stage,” which is at the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre until Dec. 22, dropped by Phillips Candy House in Dorchester the other day, and they posed for pictures reminiscent of the famous “Chocolate Factory” episode of “I Love Lucy.” Actress Sirena Irwin plays Lucy, and Dorchester’s own Carolynne Warren is Eugenia (and the understudy for Ethel).FULL ENTRY
Like so many, documentary filmmaker Rory O’Connor was saddened by the news of Nelson Mandela’s death Thursday night. But the onetime Boston and South African journalist, former editor of the Real Paper and co-director of a little-seen film called “Mandela in America,” also had one memory that made him smile: The indelible image from June 23, 1990, of Mandela onstage at the Hatch Shell on Boston’s Esplanade flanked by Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Mayor Ray Flynn.FULL ENTRY
Famed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli was in town Friday for a workshop at MIT that showcased the latest advancements for blind and visually impaired people. (Bocelli was born with poor eyesight and became blind at 12 after a soccer mishap.) The daylong event, hosted jointly by MIT and the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, included researchers from the United States and Italy as well as the MIT Fifth Sense Project, which is developing devices for blind and visually impaired people. In addition to Bocelli, Italy’s ambassador to the United States, Claudio Bisogniero, and MIT’s president, L. Rafael Reif, were also there.FULL ENTRY
The lead singer of the Hives apologized Friday for dedicating a song called “Tick Tick Boom” to the city of Boston during the band’s show at TD Garden Thursday. In a post on Facebook, Pelle Almqvist, the frontman for the Swedish band, said it was a mistake. “I wanted to dedicate a song to the Boston crowd because they had been so great throughout the show, and unfortunately ‘Tick Tick Boom’ was the next song in the set,” the singer wrote. “The tragic Boston Marathon bombing never once crossed my mind while on stage, and of course it should have. My most sincere apologies to the people of Boston for this unintentional but serious mistake.”FULL ENTRY
“Scandal” star Kerry Washington didn’t make it to the Massachusetts Conference for Women on Thursday — at least not in the flesh. She was supposed to be one of the day’s big speakers but wound up calling off her trip because of a last-minute scheduling conflict and instead spoke to conference-goers via satellite. Organizers had also booked “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts to come to Boston to interview Washington, but then Roberts also canceled at the last minute because of weather, according to conference spokeswoman Julia Wright. Both women appeared on screens in front of the crowd during the afternoon of the sold-out event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, which drew 10,000 people.FULL ENTRY
The Salem witch trials are the subject of a new HBO drama from “Weeds” and “Orange Is the New Black” creator Jenji Kohan. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kohan will executive produce the untitled project focused on the frenzy surrounding the prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in Colonial Massachusetts. Kohan will write the script with Bruce Miller and Tracy Miller. No word whether it will be shot in Salem.FULL ENTRY
Boston Conservatory student Michael Morris Jr. has never been a fan of football, but on Tuesday he was out at dusk near the Fenway to practice his throwing skills. That’s because Morris, a 19-year-old dance major, is a finalist in a Dr. Pepper-sponsored tuition contest. The soda company is bringing students to various title games around the country to see who can throw the most footballs through a two-foot hole in 30 seconds. The two top throwers will face off at halftime for $100,000 in tuition. Morris’s game is the Pac-12 Champinionship in Arizona on Saturday.FULL ENTRY
Best-selling local author Tom Perrotta talked about his books — and his upcoming HBO show — at an event for Boston Globe subscribers in Dorchester on Wednesday night. The TV adaptation of Perrotta’s suburban, apocalyptic novel “The Leftovers,” which stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, and former “Doctor Who” actor Christopher Eccleston, will premiere next summer. Perrotta said he’s been traveling between Massachusetts and Los Angeles to work on the series, which is being helmed by former “Lost” executive producer Damon Lindelof. Perrotta said, “I only went to HBO. HBO only went to Damon. So it’s kind of a dream team.” Perrotta, whose novels “Election” and “Little Children” were also adapted for screen, signed copies of his short story collection “Nine Inches,” which was released in September, after the event.FULL ENTRY
Photographer Peter Simon found himself in the frame Tuesday at the opening of an exhibit of his work at the John Varvatos boutique at Copley Place. Over the course of his 50-year career, Simon, who lives on Martha’s Vineyard, has turned his camera on everyone from rock n’ roll frontmen Mick Jagger and Robert Plant to reggae icon Bob Marley and Robert F. Kennedy. (The show of Simon’s iconic images will also travel to Varvatos’s stores in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.) Told that he looked sharper than usual, Simon confessed he was styled for the occasion by a Varvatos staffer. “My son says this sweater costs $1,000,” he said...FULL ENTRY
Patriots QB Tom Brady and his wife Gisele Bundchen are sometimes ridiculed for the size of their LA mansion. But it’s nothing compared to the behemoth abode being built by Mark Wahlberg. The Hollywood Reporter says Wahlberg has hired in-demand architect Richard Landry - he also did Brady’s place - to design a main house and guest house totaling 30,000 square feet. (That’s nearly twice the size of TB12’s crib.) The project, which is well underway, includes a home theater, wine cellar, a wood-paneled library, a putting green, and a pool with a waterfall and diving rock built into the hillside. The mammoth spread sits on six acres of prime Beverly Hills real estate.FULL ENTRY
Whatever the publicity budget is for “Anchorman 2,” it’s enough.
The hype machine that is Will Ferrell’s new movie descended upon Emerson College Wednesday as the school renamed its college of communications — for one day — in honor of the film’s fictional news anchor, Ron Burgundy.
“I’m literally in a glass case of emotion right now,” Ferrell’s alter ego said with mock elation after being introduced by Phil Glenn, Emerson’s interim dean of communications.
Speaking to students and fellow media members, Burgundy stressed the importance of good hair and hygiene while pursuing a career in journalism. Having no formal training himself beyond graduating from “Our Lady Queen of Chewbacca High School,” Burgundy had little wisdom to share with aspiring journalists.FULL ENTRY
Actors’ Shakespeare Project had is 10th anniversary gala at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge on Monday night. The night honored “luminaries” who’ve supported the organization over the years. They included: cellist Yo-Yo Ma; John P. DiGiovanni, of Trinity Property Management; actor Alvin Epstein; Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone; Faith and Glenn Parker, of the Parker Family Foundation; Lori Taylor, founding project director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project; and Klare Shaw , of Boston Public Schools. Dinner for the party was cooked by chef Brian Dandro of ArtBar.FULL ENTRY
A Kennedy kid made a big impression at a debutante ball in Paris over the weekend. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s 18-year-old daughter, Kyra LeMoyne Kennedy, made her debut at the Bal Des Debutantes in a pastel blue couture gown by Dior, black boots with matching blue toe caps, and a Kate Middleton-style blowout. Kennedy, a fashion maven, has interned at Christian Dior, and reportedly aspires to attend F.I.T. She was accompanied to the event by her dad. Also at the party were “Curb Your Enthisiasm” star (and Martha’s Vineyarder) Larry David’s daughter Romy, as well as David’s former “Curb” mate, Cheryl Hines, who arrived on the arm of Kyra’s father.FULL ENTRY
Harvard grad Rashida Jones, Burlington native Amy Poehler, and Julie Delpy — who has no big connections to Boston as far as we know (but did attend the Independent Film Festival Boston in 2012) — hung out at the 23d Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday night.FULL ENTRY
Cambridge’s Casey Affleck talked about his local accent (or lack thereof) on “Conan” on Monday night. While promoting his new film “Out of the Furnace,” Affleck said, ““I don’t have an [Boston] accent. My parents don’t have an accent. . . . Growing up, people would ask me what country I’m from. . . . I’ve always had my own strange accent.” Brookliner Conan O’Brien responded, “No one ever thinks I have a Boston accent or any kind of Massachusetts accent and then I look at home movies . . . my parents just found when I’m like 7 and . . . it’s not just a Boston accent, it’s like I’m a little Kennedy.”FULL ENTRY
TV producer Betsy Beers, who graduated from Milton Academy with Governor Deval Patrick, will pick up the Directors Guild of America’s Diversity Award with Shonda Rhimes in January. Beers and Rhimes have worked together on shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.” The two filmed a pilot around Boston in 2012, but sadly, it wasn’t picked up. . . . The Massachusetts-made movie “American Hustle” is already dominating awards season. On Tuesday, the New York Film Critics Circle named gave it honors for best picture, best screenplay, and named Jennifer Lawrence as best supporting actress. The movie was filmed around Boston last spring.FULL ENTRY
Actress Bridget Moynahan, who’s from Longmeadow, has long been a supporter of the Boston organization Jumpstart, a group that works nationally to help children from low-income communities prepare for early education. She’s been a spokesperson for the cause and attended its “Scribbles to Novels” gala at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel last year. On Tuesday, Jumpstart announced that Moynahan has joined its board of directors. Moyanahan, seen here at a recent NYC screening of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” currently stars with another Massachusetts celeb, Donnie Wahlberg, on the CBS series “Blue Bloods.”FULL ENTRY
Former Pats lineman Joe Andruzzi and his wife, Jen, joined a few other familiar faces Monday to raise money for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation’s financial assistance program for cancer patients and their families. Scott Zolak, the onetime Pats pass thrower who’s now on 98.5 The Sports Hub, emceed the event at the Putnam Club at Gillette Stadium, and the guest list included former Pats players Troy Brown, Kevin Faulk, and Matt Light, Bruins forward Milan Lucic, comedian Lenny Clarke, and Dropkick Murphys frontman Ken Casey.FULL ENTRY
Organizers of Boston Calling, the fledgling music festival held at City Hall Plaza, are adding a new wrinkle to its next installment, which takes place on Memorial Day weekend May 23, 24 and 25. In addition to Saturday and Sunday lineups, there will be music on Friday night as well, says festival cofounder Brian Appel of Crash Line Productions. He said a limited number of 3-day festival passes will be available during a special holiday presale on Friday. The list of bands performing at the next Boston Calling will not be announced for several weeks. Past performers have included Fun., The National, Passion Pit, Vampire Weekend, Kendrick Lamar, and Of Monsters and Men.FULL ENTRY
Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher is set to read to children at the Teddy Bear Tea at the Four Seasons on Wednesday afternoon. The celebrity reader on Sunday was Dan Lauria, who’s in town to star in “A Christmas Story: The Musical” at the Citi Performing Arts Center. His book of choice was “ ’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Lauria, who was in “The Wonder Years,” now stars on the TBS show “Sullivan & Son,” which is produced by Vince Vaughn, who happens to be in Boston filming the movie “Business Trip.”FULL ENTRY
Serina D’Amico got a high-five from Boston Celtics guard Phil Pressey during the team’s “Stay In School” assembly at the Eliot School in Boston on Monday. Also there to encourage the kids were player Jared Sullinger, former Celtic Dana Barros, and the team’s mascot, Lucky.FULL ENTRY
At his Sunday night show at the Wilbur Theatre, Bill Cosby opened up with a reference to the New England Patriots coming from behind to win earlier in the day, for the second week in a row, this time over Houston, 34-31.
“What was the spread in the Patriots game?” the Cos said as he took a seat wearing a navy blue UMass sweatshirt.
When someone shouted out “Seven!,” Cosby twisted his head and let out a moan.
“They didn’t cover the spread,” he said. “They didn’t cooooooooover it.”FULL ENTRY
It’s unclear who will be playing bass when Pixies return to Boston next month. The band, which got its start at UMass — or, as frontman Frank Black has sung, “the sleepy west of the woody east” — needs a bassist after Kim Shattuck was relieved of her duties. “Super disappointed to learn that my time with the Pixies ended today,” Shattuck wrote on Facebook last Friday. “Amazing experience. Looking forward to focusing my attention back on the Muffs and our upcoming new album. All the best to everyone.” Shattuck had been in Pixies for just a few months, replacing the band’s founding bassist Kim Deal, who left abruptly last fall.FULL ENTRY
Harvard Lampoon president Eric Brewster tells us that spoofing “The Hobbit” was a natural step for the humor publication. The Lampoon already mocked J. R. R. Tolkien in its popular 1969 release, “Bored of the Rings.” And with “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” in theaters next week, “The Wobbit: A Parody” is right on time. “I had a wonderful time doing this,” said Brewster, who also worked on the Lampoon’s 2012 release “The Hunger Pains.” “One of the great things about parodying ‘The Hobbit’ is making it new and relevant again.” So, how does one make the tale of Bilbo accessible to an audience in 2013? “Throw in jokes about the Kardashians,” Brewster quipped.FULL ENTRY
Shortly after the Red Sox won the World Series, the Movember Foundation — which promotes the awareness of prostate and testicular cancer — announced that it would be auctioning off David Ortiz and Shane Victorino’s facial hair for the cause. The players’ beards, which were shaved off at Gillette headquarters on Nov. 4, were almost immediately put up on eBay for a month of bidding, and on Saturday night, there were two winners. According to eBay, there were 127 bids on Victorino’s facial hair, the highest being $3,750.69. As for MVP Ortiz, his beard fetched 132 bids that maxed out at $10,877.77FULL ENTRY
Writer-actor-Newton-ite B. J. Novak was spotted around the Back Bay over the weekend. . . . “Shaun of the Dead” and “The World’s End” star Nick Frost reported on Twitter that he was at the Brattle Theatre on Sunday to watch “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” . . . Bill Cosby repped his alma mater UMass during his weekend of shows at the Wilbur Theatre. . . . American League Manager of the Year Terry Francona dined at Red Lantern on Friday night. . . . Bruin Matt Bartkowski hung with his trainer at Emerald Lounge at the Revere Hotel on Friday night. Celtic Rajon Rondo was there separately.FULL ENTRY
Gwen Stefani, Dave Grohl, Jason Bateman, and Newton-bred director Eli Roth were among the stars at a viewing party in West Hollywood for the Mass.-made movie “American Hustle” on Saturday. Stars Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, and Elisabeth Röhm, and director David O. Russell were on hand to show off the film, which they made around Boston and Natick earlier this year.FULL ENTRY
Lisa Niemi Swayze, widow of Patrick Swayze, was in Wellesley on Saturday for a book-signing at DePrisco Jewelers. The event, which marked the end of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, featured music and snacks, and copies of Lisa’s memoir, “Worth Fighting For: Love, Loss, and Moving Forward,” and the book she wrote with her husband, “The Time of My Life.” Ten percent of book sales went to the Patrick Swayze Pancreas Research Fund. Patrick Swayze died at 57 from pancreatic cancer in 2009.FULL ENTRY
To the out-of-towners who stayed at The Verve, Crowne Plaza Natick in Natick for Thanksgiving: Yes, that was Eddie Money in your hotel. Money was there to perform his big hits on Friday night.FULL ENTRY
“Chasing Life” must be pretty good. The ABC Family series, which is based in Boston and filmed its pilot episode and exterior scenes around town (and in The Boston Globe’s newsroom), just got picked up for seven more episodes before its premiere next year, according to Deadline.com. The series was originally set to film 13 episodes for its first season, so now it’ll be a big 20. The show, which is about a young reporter at a Boston newspaper who discovers she has a life-threatening illness, will be filmed in Los Angeles, but the cast — including Italia Ricci and Steven Weber — was in town in October to film outdoor scenes around Beacon Hill.FULL ENTRY
Del Frisco’s Grille had its opening party in Chestnut Hill on Wednesday night.FULL ENTRY
The line for Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan’s book signing at the Brookline Booksmith on Monday night was so long that it stretched between two floors. Rowell, a former columnist at the Omaha World-Herald, was out promoting her book “Fangirl,” while Levithan is touring with “Two Boys Kissing,” a novel that made the longlist for the National Book Award. Authors Paul Rudnick and Bill Konigsberg also read from their respective books, “Gorgeous” and “Openly Straight,” at the event. Rowell tweeted after the festivities, “I heard Tom Felton was in Boston yesterday. Think this is the 4th time I’ve shared a city with Felton.”FULL ENTRY
Celtics guard Courtney Lee, the Celtics Dancers, and the team’s mascot, Lucky, were out on Tuesday thanking fans with special prizes, including game tickets. Lee and his Celtics compatriots rewarded locals around Faneuil Hall Marketplace who happened to be wearing Celtics gear. The surprise appearance was part of the #GreenRunsDeep campaign, which aims to keep us loyal this year.FULL ENTRY
Garth Brooks isn’t ready to talk specifics about his looming comeback, but there should be more than enough music this week to sate the country superstar’s fans for a while.
Brooks was scheduled to release a new eight-disc box set Thursday, then will broadcast his Las Vegas show live on CBS on Friday night. Both are an examination of the Oklahoma singer’s musical roots with covers of songs that have influenced him.
Brooks was in Los Angeles on Tuesday to talk about both projects, and admitted he was worried about giving fans a little too much Garth.FULL ENTRY
More than 500 people attended the American India Foundation’s annual New England Gala, an always lively affair held the other night at the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel. Over the past 10 years or so, the American India Foundation has become more than a philanthropic organization, engaging with NGOs and government agencies to build opportunities for India’s poor to improve their lives.FULL ENTRY
Of course, not everyone sits down to a giant turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, and PETA and the US Postal Service are honoring a few of them with a “Vegetarian Icons” stamp sheet. There are a couple of non-meat-eating New Englanders among the VIP veggies, including New Hampshire-bred comedian Sarah Silverman and former Cambridge kid Casey Affleck. In her book, “The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee,” Silverman says she stopped eating meat at the age of 6 after seeing a turkey get killed for food. “[I]t was horrifying,” she writes. “And though I’m probably projecting, I don’t think it was in the turkey’s top-five favorite moments, either.” Other famous vegetarians featured on the new stamps include Paul McCartney, Pamela Anderson, Ricky Martin, and Joaquin Phoenix.FULL ENTRY
It’s been all Kennedy all the time on the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s death. The other day, Jack Schlossberg, Kennedy’s only grandson, presented the annual John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards during a ceremony at the Institute of Politics at Harvard. This year’s recipients are US Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), one of the first two female combat veterans to serve in Congress, and Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that connects donors with public school teachers to meet classroom needs. The New Frontier Award was created by the John F. Kennedy Library and the Institute of Politics to recognize Americans under 40 whose public service is “changing their communities and the country.”FULL ENTRY
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