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Springtime and our fancy turns to food, especially the seasonal kind. (We are tired of eating oranges and out-of-season empire apples.) We know your summer calendar will fill up fast, so with that in mind, here are some local food and drink experiences to make plans for that highlight the season’s bounty: The gastro pub at Becker Farms/Becker Brewing (3724 Quaker …

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As much as we would love to visit California wineries and winery restaurants, it's easy to forget we have lovely world-class wineries just across the border, where our neighbors to the north offer a more wallet-friendly (and convenient) experience. If you are like us and your world revolves around food and drink, we cannot stress enough that if you haven't been to Cana…

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NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – The family dynamic has changed among some recent travelers to Clifton Hill.Blame the Niagara Brewing Co., which opened earlier this summer between the Rainforest Cafe and the Guinness Book of World Records Museum in the heart of the kitschy tourist district.“When a family sees we’re here, the mom and the dad have a discussion at the door. Then t…

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The search for the Shaw Festival's new artistic director is over. Tim Carroll, a British theater and opera director best known for his boundary -breaking productions of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" and "Richard III" on London's West End and on Broadway, will succeed longtime artistic director Jackie Maxwell on Dec. 1, 2016. Carroll's appointment comes after a yearlong…

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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – Canadian director Peter Hinton, whose retina-burning productions of “Cabaret” and “Lady Windemere’s Fan” at the Shaw Festival in recent seasons have raised the institution’s already sky-high bar for visual allure, has been let loose on George Bernard Shaw’s most popular play, “Pygmalion.”This is risky business for the Shaw Fe…

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Deranged pirates. Young lovers. Big spenders. You'll find all these seemingly disparate characters and many more at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., now  well into its 53rd season. All 10 productions, from well-worn classics like George Bernard Shaw's "You Never Can Tell" to jarring contemporary shows like Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls" and Tony Kushne…

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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – More money, more problems. More independence, more happiness.At least that’s the way it went for Kate (Moya O’Connell), the charming if smarmy main character in J.M. Barrie’s “The Twelve-Pound Look,” a seemingly weightless one-act in the Court House Theatre that sent the chattering crowd out into the drizzle with huge grins on their …

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The Thursday Theater Roundup features current productions that received three or more stars from our reviewers. Here are this week's picks: "Romeo and Juliet," through July 11 in Delaware Park in a Shakespeare in Delaware Park production. ★★★ At the Shaw Festival "Peter and the Starcatcher," through Nov. 1 in the Royal George Theatre. ★★★★ "You Never Ca…

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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – The opening scene of the Shaw Festival’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s “The Lady From the Sea,” now in the Court House Theatre, is a thing of terrifying beauty.As the lights go up on an enormous rock formation at the center of the stage, a naked form pulls herself up from the water with noticeable effort. The distorted drone of Asessand…

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Every summer, the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., takes another tentative step away from the work of George Bernard Shaw, the prolific Irish playwright, thinker and provocateur whose imposing bronze statue seems to glower at theatergoers as they shuffle past its Queen Street pedestal. § But intellectually, as new plays by the likes of Tony Kushner, Caryl Chu…

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As the Shaw Festival’s current season enters its final months, the repertory company in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., has nailed down plans for next summer that include productions of the musical “Sweet Charity” and the popular George Bernard Shaw play “Pygmalion.” Morris Panych, who directed this summer’s thoroughly wacky production of “Arms and the Man” on …

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From the first moments of the Shaw Festival’s production of Edward Bond’s bleak but hilarious 1973 play “The Sea,” you can tell this is not going to be your typical Shaw Fest comedy of manners. A woman enters the stage holding a metal thunder sheet advertising the “The East Anglia Amateur Theatrical Society,” occasionally shaking it in a disaffected way so tha…

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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – It was another luxurious afternoon in the country, where members of a well-dressed society extolled the virtues of their estate, the flaws of their politics and the errors of their humanity. All with a polite chortle, a pronounced gasp and one subversive declaration of independence.The Shaw Festival’s propensity for meta-commentary…

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Chances are you’ve never heard of playwright St. John Emile Clavering Hankin or his Edwardian comedy of manners “The Charity that Began at Home.”And why should you have? It’s a nearly forgotten, intermittently clever curiosity from the early 20th century that lampoons rich folks’ warped ideas of philanthropy. There are funnier send-ups of…

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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – One of the most reliable pleasures of making the 45-minute drive from Buffalo to Niagara-on-the-Lake each spring is to find out what strange new dream Morris Panych and Ken MacDonald have conjured for their nearly perennial Shaw Festival production.The Toronto-based director-designer team has produced some of the Shaw’s most visual…