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  • Record store day: 10 of the best album covers ever

    Record store day: 10 of the best album covers ever

    In honor of Record Store Day (which I imagine the GOP wants to get rid of), I've compiled my own fairly random list of top ten album covers. The criteria was simple: I'd hang it on my wall. . . if I hung record jackets on my wall. Enjoy!

  • Coping with cedar apple rust

    Diggin' It Coping with cedar apple rust

    If an Eastern red cedar tree affects apple and crab apple trees with cedar apple rust, what are the choices for coping with the problem?

  • A Nordic feast of spring in 'Noma'

    Stir It Up! A Nordic feast of spring in 'Noma'

    Chef René Redzepi strives to revive and reinvent the distinctive tastes of Nordic cuisine through his restaurant 'Noma' and cookbook of the same name.

  • Soundgarden reunites for summer tour after 15 years

    Soundgarden reunites for summer tour after 15 years

    Soundgarden announced a summer tour that will bring the 90's grunge band back together to tour North America for the first time in 15 years.

  • The Princess of Montpensier: movie review

    The Princess of Montpensier: movie review

    'The Princess of Montpensier,' about courtly intrigue in 16th-century France, is finely drawn and slightly bland.

  • The Double Hour: movie review

    In the psychological thriller 'The Double Hour,' an ex-cop and chambermaid meet at a dating club and hit it off, only to have tragedy strike.

  • The Conspirator: movie review

    The Conspirator: movie review

    'The Conspirator' is a courtroom drama about Mary Surratt, a Confederate sympathizer accused of helping to plot Abraham Lincoln's assassination.

  • My Perestroika: movie review

    My Perestroika: movie review

    As the USSR collapses, ‘My Perestroika’ follows its upheaval on five Russian children coming of age.

  • Record Store Day: Five gems worth hunting for

    Record Store Day: Five gems worth hunting for

    Saturday is Record Store Day, an occasion to give thanks to the socially challenged luddites and misfits who are bravely and somewhat foolishly keeping the big 12-inchers alive and rotating from coast to coast! Huzzah! And Gabba Gabba Hey, y'all! I confess without shame that, many years ago as an art student, I spent most of my tuition money at one such hot, dusty vinyl den, Aron Records on Melrose Ave. in Hollywood, Calif. It was in Aron's burgeoning bins of advance DJ copies (50 cents each) that I discovered a young, wildly talented Elton John, stumbled upon the great Ry Cooder and the criminally underrated Little Feat, fell hard for Dusty Springfield, and built my voluminous Monk collection. And that was just my first semester. As you might imagine, I've unearthed a few treasures over the years at Aron, Rhino Records, and other favorite haunts. Here are five gems that you'll never see warping in the sun at a garage sale at my house.

  • If only ...

    A Christian Science perspective: Life isn't about the "if only" of the past or the future; it's actually about only now.

  • American Idol: Paul McDonald leaves, Kelly Clarkson returns

    American Idol: Paul McDonald leaves, Kelly Clarkson returns

    American Idol recap: The two remaining girls (Haley Reinhart and Lauren Alaina) avoided elimination. Idol original Kelly Clarkson sang. But the Paul McDonald American Idol Adventure is over.

  • Oranges and ambers brighten the garden

    Diggin' It Oranges and ambers brighten the garden

    Bring on the sunshine! Flowers with orange and amber blooms brighten the garden. A garden designer recommends five great plants to experiment with.

  • Jamie Oliver gets rude awakening in LA

    Jamie Oliver gets rude awakening in LA

    Jamie Oliver had smashing successes in England and Huntington, W. Va., where he has hosted his 'Food Revolution' show in past seasons. This season he's in LA, and the city has yet to embrace him. Will a dejected Jamie Oliver give up on the City of Angels?

  • All My Children and One Life to Live canceled: A viewer reflects on the loss of a constant

    All My Children and One Life to Live canceled: A viewer reflects on the loss of a constant

    After four decades on television, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" are being canceled. A long-time viewer of both blogs on the significance that TV soaps can have on viewers.

  • It's easy to grow plants from seed

    Diggin' It It's easy to grow plants from seed

    Gardeners in Southern California and elsewhere around the country will find that starting flowers and vegetables from seed is simple and offers choices of many different types of plants.

  • Coconut cloud pie

    Stir It Up! Coconut cloud pie

    A dreamy dessert made sweet with chewy, shredded coconut.

  • Chinese lamb with cumin

    Stir It Up! Chinese lamb with cumin

    Whole cumin seeds, jalapeño, red bell peppers, garlic, and onions deliver a lively taste.

  • Gala in the garden

    Diggin' It Gala in the garden

    At the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, N.C., a spring gala celebrates exciting changes at the well-known garden.

  • Fried eggs on roasted asparagus

    Stir It Up! Fried eggs on roasted asparagus

    Think of it as asparagus with a deconstructed hollandaise sauce.

  • American Idol: Yes, there's life after Pia Toscano

    American Idol: Yes, there's life after Pia Toscano

    American Idol contestants were eager to prove they earned their rightful spots in the final eight. But on Wednesday's American Idol, the closest proof was Casey Abrams's cover of a Nat King Cole song.