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Erich Bergen will emcee the 11th annual Music Heals the Soul fund-raiser.

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Break out the show tunes

The concert and dinner benefit the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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Zach Burrus (and Ernie the Dalmatian) 

Ernie was too busy for interviews, so instead we spoke with his owner, 33-year-old Boston resident Zach Burrus.

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Practical magic

Natural cleaning products made for the modern home

The Muraka's bedroom, below the sea.

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A hotel in the Maldives lets you sleep underwater — for $50,000 a night

The experience of sleeping 16.4 feet below sea level can be yours — beginning at $50,000 per night before taxes.

Choose from several versions of hummus at the Humaari pop-up at Wink & Nod, including the sauteed beef.

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Tavern Road chef Louis DiBiccari is now behind a hummus-centric pop-up

At Wink & Nod in the South End, Humaari showcases tahini and more.

The vegan leather pant from Brass.

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Corporate wear at entry-level prices

Longtime friends Jay Adams and Katie Demo launched Brass in 2014 with five basic, affordable dress styles.

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Tables: Whole Heart Provisions comes to Central Square, and trumpets and hip-hop fold into the Tapestry

Plus, kosher favorite Inna’s Kitchen returns to Newton this summer.

Guests go behind the scenes at a Kentucky horse farm.

Trendspotting

Tourists getting to participate in VIP experiences they once could only imagine

If you have the money to make it happen, it can happen: dinner at Hemingway’s table in the Ernest Hemingway House in Key West, private after-hours tours of the Sistine Chapel and the Louvre, glimpses of the insides of the fashion houses of Milan and Paris.

The Four Columns Inn has hosted celebrities, including Nicole Kidman and Mick Jagger.

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Treats and retreats at the Four Columns Inn in Newfane, Vt.

Set on 138-acres, Four Columns Inn opened in 1960, first as a guesthouse and then as a lodge, now it’s completely refurbished, with 15 luxuriously appointed rooms, a private home that sleeps nine, a restaurant, spa, fitness center, outdoor pool, and gorgeous, landscaped grounds.

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‘John’ is really good for her but her heart belongs to Rafael

My parents adore John, but those who know a different side of me (best friend, sister, etc.) think I’m settling.

An exhibit at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw details the Polish government’s anti-Semitic campaign in 1968 that led to the expulsion of 13,000 Polish Jews.

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Essay: ‘Nothing but growth’ and optimism

My recent visit to Warsaw convinced me that Poland’s tiny Jewish enclave will succeed in renewing the spirit if not the numbers of what was once the world’s biggest and most flourishing Jewish community.

Travel Troubleshooter

Flying in circles with Air Canada and LIAT. Will this case ever be resolved?

When Michelle Frederick’s flight from St. Vincent to Port of Spain, Trinidad, is two hours late, it threatens to delay her return home by a week. Thank goodness LIAT has offered to refund her ticket. Now, if it would only do what it says.

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news — and gadgets — you can use.

The new owners of the boxy home with floor-to-ceiling windows have restored the shading structure that gives the building its name.

The Umbrella House in Sarasota opens for monthly tours

Once described by Architectural Digest as “one of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-20th century,” the boxy home with floor-to-ceiling windows home has been under a renewed spotlight since the new owners restored the shading structure that gives the building its name.

Christie Prades on South Beach in Miami.

In the VIP Lounge with Christie Prades

We caught up with Prades, who is playing the role of Gloria Estefan in the national tour of “On Your Feet!” at the Boston Opera House through April 29, to talk about all things travel.

Love Letters

My homesick boyfriend said he was moving out, so I gave him a shove

I was hurt when he said he was returning to his old job back home. Now I worry I forced him out.

Get two-for-one fajitas at Olde Magoun’s Saloon on Saturday.

Dinner with friends gets tricky when you don’t have the same ‘economic bandwidth’

A budget doesn’t have to kill your social life if you address the issue early.

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Welcome spring with the Chrysanthemum Cocktail

It’s uncommon because it isn’t built on a standard base spirit (ie: whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, brandy, tequila). Instead, dry vermouth stands in as the foundation.

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Cerise Cassée is aged to perfection: Sour in one sip and sweeter in the next

When brewmaster Will Meyers says his latest Cambridge Brewing Co. beer has been sitting in a basement for 14 years in 15 French oak wine barrels, I trust he knows what he’s doing.

Trump builds on Obama opioid policy

It’s a rare instance in which fractious Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together.

Chefs are cycling to end childhood hunger — and you can help

On April 19, join chef Tony Maws and others at a pop-up bar event from 8-10 p.m. at the Kirkland Tap & Trotter in Somerville.

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Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Try this big, golden cake of rice with a little ham and cheese tucked inside

Need a home for leftover white rice, a few cooked vegetables, a little ragu, tail ends of cheese, or a last slice of deli ham? It can all go into this crispy rice cake.

The Captain’s platter at Captain’s Table & Take Away

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In baked fish with buttery crumbs, there’s nothing to detract from the briny ocean taste

Haddock baked with crumbs is too plain to reach the iconic status of lobster roll, or even fish chowder, but it’s a favorite among New Englanders.

You don’t have to wait for iced tea anymore

Takeya, a California company that specializes in insulated water bottles, recently introduced the Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker that quickly brews hot tea and then chills it in seconds.

Handy, helpful husband invents Rapid Slicer

The device that lets you cut about two-dozen cherry tomatoes, olives, grapes, and other small fruits at one time and in seconds.

Ice lollipop molds mean making your own ice cream truck treats

Make a fudgy popsicle, or spike a concoction for a boozy adult treat.

Jennifer Thomas of Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca

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Getting Salty with Jennifer Thomas of Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca

The GM at Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca since August 2017 stayed on after owner Mario Batali stepped away from his restaurants amid sexual misconduct allegations.

Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Ask Amy

Big Sister worries about preteen’s media choices

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Ask Amy

Partner’s sister insists on family exclusion

Advice from Amy Dickinson

From left: Wally the Green Monster, Blake Swihart, Maggie, and Brock Holt at the Jimmy Fund Clinic.

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Sox players swing by Jimmy Fund Clinic with pizza, cheer

Red Sox players brought pizza and ice cream to the Dana-Farber Jimmy Fund Clinic for One Boston Day.

Angelique Kidjo at Sanders Theatre on Friday.

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Harvard names Angelique Kidjo as 2018 Jazz Master

The Grammy winner was also part of a town hall at Harvard’s Kennedy School which focused on girls’ lives internationally.

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jessica Kensky greets Mark Wahlberg at the Boston premiere of “Patriots Day” on Dec. 14, 2016. Kensky's husband, Patrick Downes, also a bombing survivor, is behind on the left.

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Mark Wahlberg promotes book about Marathon bombing survivor and her rescue dog

Jessica Kensky and her husband, Patrick Downes, were both depicted in Wahlberg’s 2016 movie “Patriots Day.”

Tom Brady celebrates at his charity football game in support of Best Buddies in 2015 at Harvard Stadium.

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Brady in Qatar for Best Buddies

The Patriots quarterback has been a longtime supporter of the organization that supports people with developmental disabilities

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Barbara Bush is in ‘failing health,’ won’t seek additional medical treatment

The former first lady, 92, “will instead focus on comfort care,” a family spokesman said.

Reader prom takes a novel approach to helping others

Instead of gym teachers and parent volunteers, attendees will mingle with bestselling authors, illustrators, and local writers.

The Gardens Estate is co-owned by Julie Moir Messervy in Saxtons River, Vt. “Preserving large properties in Vermont is hard work,” Messervy said.

Marrying love and preservation?

An MIT-born startup aims to connect property owners with couples looking for a rural wedding venue, with a goal of protecting open space.

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Through Rough Seas

Robert, the passenger on our 41-foot yacht, was screaming. “We’re going to die! What’s wrong with you two? Why are you smiling? We’re all going to die!”

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A traveling executive gets a place in the city that works when family tags along, too

She wanted her pied-a-terre in Boston to feel like her own, but to comfortably accommodate visits from the whole gang.

Reenactors take aim on the Battle Green in Lexington.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of April 16-22

Patriots Day events, the Folk & Americana Music Series, April school vacation week ideas, and more.

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Advice: When are you allowed to spoil a surprise party?

I know mom would hate it, but her friend wants to throw her a party and keep it secret.

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A social media hiatus can make you feel cut off from reality. But not for long

How we can connect in meaningful ways in a wired world

Manager Erin Barry removes cupcakes from a pan at Magnolia Bakery.

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Sweets and the city: A visit to Magnolia Bakery

What it’s like to visit Magnolia Bakery at Faneuil Hall.

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Don’t knock the Naukabout

The beer company’s brewery and tap room are now open in Mashpee, on a property that once housed the Flume restaurant.

The de Magistris brothers, who own Il Casale in Belmont.

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A birthday bash for Belmont’s Il Casale

Chef Dante de Magistris runs the busy neighborhood restaurant with his brothers Damian and Filippo.

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Dynamic duo

The brains behind Proenza Schouler hit Saks to celebrate their label’s anniversary.