Arts & Life

11:02am

Mon March 25, 2013
The Salt

Spanish Town To Host Its First Seder In More Than 500 Years

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 1:39 pm

A view of the medieval town of Ribadavia, in Galicia, in the north of Spain.
José Antonio Gil Martínez/via Flickr

Jews all over the world are gathering around dinner tables Monday night to celebrate the first night of Passover, one of the most important festivals of the Jewish calendar. And in the small, northern Spanish town of Ribadavia, Spanish, American and Israeli Jews are coming together to conduct the first Seder there in more than 500 years.

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3:01pm

Sun March 24, 2013
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Chris O'Dowd Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 7:41 am

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in a scene from the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing.
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3:01pm

Sun March 24, 2013
Author Interviews

For Toms River, An Imperfect Salvation

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 12:03 pm

Mel Evans AP

In 1953, the Swiss chemical company Ciba came to Toms River, N.J. By all accounts, the community was delighted to have it. The chemical plant for manufacturing textile dye brought jobs and tax revenue to the small town on the Jersey shore. The company invested in the town's hospital and donated land for a golf course.

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9:59am

Sun March 24, 2013
The Salt

Backyard Chickens: Cute, Trendy Spreaders Of Salmonella

Backyard chickens can be a great hobby. They can also spread disease.
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Backyard chickens have become a coveted suburban accessory, one that packages cuteness, convenience and local food production in one fluffy feathered package.

But animal husbandry can be a nasty business, a fact that's often glossed over by poultry partisans like Martha Stewart and New Yorker writer Susan Orlean.

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7:37am

Sun March 24, 2013
Remembrances

Raising A Glass To Jim Barrett, Who Put American Wine On The Map

Originally published on Sat March 23, 2013 4:34 pm

Jim Barrett, owner of Chateau Montelena in Napa Valley, holds a bottle of the 1973 chardonnay that won the 1976 Paris Tasting, in 1996. Barrett died Thursday at 86.
Eric Risberg AP

If you've ever had a glass of California chardonnay that was not from a box, you can give a toast of thanks to Jim Barrett. The 86-year-old vintner passed away last week, after an interesting and varied life that left a lasting legacy in American wine production.

"The guy went from being an attorney to being on a submarine in the Korean War to owning one of the best American wineries," says Scott Wilson, one of the 3 Wine Guys, a podcasting trio of wine experts. "I mean it's a pretty amazing life."

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