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The VIP Lounge with Rufus Wainwright

The Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and composer is bringing his “All These Poses Anniversary Tour 2018” to the Emerson Colonial Theatre on Dec. 5.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a medieval German town that is also headquarters for Käthe Wohlfahrt, world-renowned sellers of traditional and modern Christmas decorations, ornaments, and gifts.

Where Christmas is always in the air

It’s hard not to be merry in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, where embracing the Christmas spirit is a year-round attraction.

Travel Troubleshooter

Am I owed anything for a canceled TripAdvisor vacation rental?

After Marvin Herman’s TripAdvisor vacation rental is canceled, he can’t find a suitable replacement. Does TripAdvisor owe him anything?

“All Aboard: Trains at Science Park” is showing at the Museum of Science, Boston, through Jan. 6.

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news you can use.

Boaters take a test spin of a rented Le Boat cruiser around the basin above the main Rideau Canal lock at Smiths Falls, Ontario.

Don’t hit the loon! DYI cruising on Canada’s Rideau Canal

Rental company Le Boat launched its first North American outpost on the Rideau Canal at Smiths Falls, Ontario, a town settled by Loyalists after the American Revolution.

In Rockport, a wreath hangs on the famous red-painted fishing shack, known as Motif No. 1.

Turn holiday shopping into a little getaway gift for yourself

This year, get in the spirit of gift-giving with a holiday shopping getaway to a classic New England town, where you’ll find local, one-of-a-kind stores in festive holiday settings.

The Treasury at Petra in Jordan is among the popular travel destinations for empty nesters.

Empty nesters are flying the coop, and here’s where they’re going

Taking a trip to a place you’ve long dreamed about is one way to kick off the next phase of your life.

This Mexico City-to-Boston flight was a rarity: a nearly empty plane.

As passenger rates increase, empty airline seats are becoming a rare and beautiful thing of the past

An ode to the disappearing empty airplane seat. Over the past 15 years, planes have gone from 70 percent full to 85 percent full.

A Pakistani shopkeeper cleans toilets inside his shop in Lahore on Monday on World Toilet Day.

World Toilet Day highlights global sanitation crisis

Poor countries around the world are facing a dangerous shortage of toilets that puts millions of live at risk, according to campaigners marking World Toilet Day.

11/03/2012 WATERTOWN, MA Reporter Sheryl Julian (cq) prepares gravy at her home in Watertown. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Ruin your turkey? A great gravy will save the day

Ladle a spoonful of golden, flavorful gravy on overcooked meat, let it seep into the flesh, and suddenly you and the bird both look brilliant.

Mini madeleines baked in a Silpat molded sheet pan, one of the pans in the new collection of bakeware.

Silpat is thinking small (and it’s a big success)

Its new collection of lightweight bakeware for small pastries — mini muffins and fluted cakes, small loaves and madeleines — can come in handy if you’re hosting a brunch.

Handy poke bowls for those on the go

The single-serve kits come with salt-cured and cold-smoked cubes of salmon or sashimi-grade ahi tuna and a pouch of cooked rice.

Dorie Greenspan will be in Boston in early December.

Celebrated author Dorie Greenspan will be in Boston Dec. 2-4 to talk about ‘Everyday Dorie’

In her new book, “Everyday Dorie,” the author celebrates what she calls “elbows-on-the-table” meals that put people at ease and make them want to linger and share stories.

Love Letters

He says we can’t overcome the distance

Our feelings toward one another feel very mutual, yet he continues to stay firm about not being able to handle distance.

Ask Amy

Grandfather’s death leaves many open questions

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Brian Hillmer

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Brian Hillmer, executive chef at Jamaica Plain’s Community Servings

For years, he ran culinary programs for giants like Legal Sea Foods, Tavern in the Square, and Not Your Average Joe’s. This fall, he switched gears.

By the Glass

Pour these lively American wines for the big feast

When selecting wine for the Thanksgiving table, think lively and bright. Three American producers certainly do. They’re dialed in to what your guests will be craving on the day of the big feast.

Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Nov. 19-25

Mike Epps at the Wilbur, Echo & the Bunnymen at the Orpheum, Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction at MIT’s museum, and more.

Connections | Magazine

My dad lived to 101, and as I grow older, I try to keep learning from him

Now that I am beginning to experience glimpses of the aging process, I feel the need to tell him what I’m going through.

love letters

Sharing friends with my ex

Unfortunately, what I initially loved about this has led to some social consequences post-breakup.

Oprah Winfrey (left) and UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney chatted Thursday at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.

NAMES

Oprah Winfrey raises more than $3m for UMass Lowell scholarships

Winfrey commanded the stage all night long, speaking with UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, and offering uplifting words and humorous anecdotes.

Stan Lee, left, creator of

COMMENTARY | JENEÉ OSTERHELDT

Stan Lee knew representation was a modern marvel

Stan Lee understood the superpower of representation and used his heroes to hold space for others.

When your little sister is a psycho

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s rich, dark debut recalls “Arsenic and Old Lace” — only in Nigeria

James Brown and his band at the Sugar Shack on Boylston Street in 1971.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

A history of Boston in flyers and posters and W.E.B. Du Bois’s data visualization

Boston music journalist Brian Coleman’s new book, “Buy Me, Boston,’’ is a kind of time capsule.

10/20/2018 Wellesley Ma- Yeimy Garcia (cq) is a working mother. She is photographed at her home in Wellesley with her family. Her husband Ronald Li (cq) and her son Oliver Li (cq) both at left. Jonathan Wiggs /Globe Staff Reporter:Topic:

Top Places to Work

How employers are responding to working moms’ needs

Supportive companies can take some of the struggle out of balancing job and family.

Amy Schumer

NAMES

Amy Schumer cancels Dallas show, is hospitalized for nausea

The comedian-actress says she’s been hospitalized for severe second-trimester nausea and apologized to fans in Dallas for canceling a stand-up show.

Déjà vu all over again: 1968 Harvard-Yale game

The surprising resonance of a legendary game in a troubled, riven time.

Jacques Pépin

Tables

Shojo is landing at Logan

Framingham-based Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers will open a bar at North Station/TD Garden’s commuter platform — and other restaurant news you can use.

Travelers filled the terminal at South Station.

travel

Thanksgiving travel season is looking to be really, really busy

Millions of people will be on the roads and in the air. If you’re going to be one of them, there are ways to be smart about it.

US officials report a record number of tick diseases

U.S. health officials say a record number of tick-borne diseases were reported last year.

The “Mortadella Head” sandwich with potato chips and giadiniera.

Quick Bite

At Mortadella Head, you can go wild

The new Davis Square restaurant is a quasi-Italian venture from Boston Burger Company’s Charles Sillari and Sebastian Fricia.

15names -- Roxane Gay, best-selling author, addresses the crowd at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Champions for Change Gala. (Laura Carmer)

Names

Roxane Gay helps Boston Area Rape Crisis Center mark 45th year of service

The best-selling author was the keynote speaker at the Champions for Change Gala & Auction over the weekend.

WOBURN, MA - 10/25/2018: JB Simon wears a bowtie. After Reveneer relaxed their dress code, a handful of employees started

Top Places to Work

As casual dress takes over Boston offices, could ‘Formal Thursday’ become a thing?

Work attire is getting more casual. (Sweatpants, really?) But that doesn’t mean you can’t get dressed up once in a while.

Love Letters

From living together to long-distance

We’ve been through a lot and truly make each other happy when we’re together, but the distance has brought new problems to this relationship and has made me see a different side of him.

This year’s top gear for the slopes

Get out a pencil and your wish list and read on.

Gavin Lee in Pompeii.

The VIP Lounge | Gavin Lee

The VIP Lounge with Gavin Lee (a.k.a. the Grinch)

Lee will play the lead in “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical,” coming to the Wang Nov. 28 through Dec. 9.

Ask Amy

Want to break up? Some people just can’t take a hint

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Love Letters

Keeping our relationship going after college has been tough

Now that we’ve graduated, he seems to be putting distance between us. Can love last at 22?

Atsuko Toko Fish wearing the Order of the RisingSun, Gold Rays with Rosette, which she received at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Nov. 7.

NAMES

Atsuko Toko Fish receives prestigious award from emperor of Japan

Fish was honored for her advancement of women’s leadership in Japan.

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2018, file photo, an employee at a medical marijuana cultivator works on topping a marijuana plant, in Eastlake, Ohio. Missouri joined the long list of states allowing medical marijuana, but it'll likely be late next year at the earliest before people with serious ailments will be able to obtain it. Amendment 2, approved Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, requires the state to begin accepting patient applications by early June, and to begin accepting applications for dispensaries by early August. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)

Medical marijuana dispensary opens in Buffalo

Medical marijuana has been legal in New York state since 2016, but only in a non-smokable form and only for select conditions.

Hotel Concord

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news you can use.

The end might be near for unexpected rental car costs

Car rental companies are moving from a business model that too often relied on deception to one of full transparency. The progress is slow — sometimes agonizingly slow — but it’s measurable. It could soon put car rental businesses in the enviable position of setting an example for the rest of the travel industry.

Turkey trots to flock to

Flock to these Thanksgiving Day road races and prep for the big meal by burning off some calories and paying it forward, too.

Office workers scuffling at work. Vector illustration

Miss Conduct

Advice: My boss gets upset when we disagree

What can I do to keep a difference of opinion from escalating?

A Juul Labs Inc. e-cigarette, USB charger and flavored pods.

Juul halts store sales of some flavored e-cigarettes

The nation’s leading e-cigarette maker says it has halted store sales of some flavors to deter use by kids.

Special report

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/12/13/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/wiggs_ticks_97462[1].jpg Bitten by Uncertainty: A Globe report on Lyme disease in the Northeast

In 2013, the Globe took an in-depth look at the disease, the patients, the debate, and the science.

PODCAST

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/10/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/17169_LL_Podcast_HP_Episode_4_Tease%20(1).png The Love Letters podcast: Ditch the ex’s T-shirt, or wear it?

After a breakup, is it better to hold onto relics from the relationship, or to dump them?

Listen:   Apple Podcasts   |   Stitcher   |   RadioPublic

 

Dining Out

Dining Out reviews

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/05/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/dining_out_90.jpg Where should you eat this week?

Check out the Globe’s reviews of dozens of Boston-area restaurants.

Design New England

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An architect turns his old barn in Newport, Rhode Island, into a light-filled multipurpose haven for family and guests.