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SCENE & HERD: Editor’s picks for week of Nov. 8

Have a merry holiday with Vintage Theatre’s Mary Poppins Mary Poppins is a quaint story of a father projecting his own worries about his finances...

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Review: A new collection of essays by Jonathan Franzen

"Every one of us is now in the position of the indigenous Americans when the Europeans arrived with guns and smallpox: our world is poised to change vastly, unpredictably, and mostly for the worse," he writes. "I don't have any hope that we can stop the change from coming. My only hope is that we can accept the reality in time to prepare for it humanely."

Give the gift of no-plastic sipping straws for the holidays

If you want to feel better about yourself and your holiday gift choices, and to urge someone on your list to give up plastic because they seem not ready for the #NoStrawChallenge, look for these options:

Gene-edited food is coming, but will shoppers buy?

"If the consumer sees the benefit, I think they'll embrace the products and worry less about the technology," said Dan Voytas, a University of Minnesota professor and chief science officer for Calyxt Inc., which edited soybeans to make the oil heart-healthy.

To cut back on single-use plastics, ‘refuse, rethink, reuse’

"We produce around 407 million tons of plastics a year globally," says Kera Abraham Panni, conservation and science outreach manager at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is trying to spread the word about plastics that pollute oceans. "Of that, only 9 percent is recycled."

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Review: Smashing Pumpkins’ album is shiny and oh so bright

It's no question The Smashing Pumpkins has had a tumultuous past. Multiple iterations, breakups and solo careers later, three founding members of the 90's Chicago-rooted rockers — Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin — are back to release their first collaborative album in 18 years, "SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN."

That's Weird

Transatlantic budget flying gets a reality check

"It simply costs more than $99 to fly between continents and Wow air has not found ways around it," said Kristjan Sigurjonsson, editor of local travel news site Turisti.

2018 COLORADO SKI PREVIEW: It’s all downhill from here

AURORA | Colorado skiers have a host of reasons to smile wide about the upcoming...

Cuban dancers return to island that once spurned them

"Happiness, happiness. I just don't have any other words," Sarabia's brother and fellow dance star Daniel told The Associated Press after a rehearsal of the "Grand Pas Classique." ''This is something big. Global stars have come but even more important are those of us who've left. This is my audience, my Cuban audience."

Win Free Passes to Loveland Basin Ski Area

Sentinel Colorado and Loveland Ski Area are offering two lucky winners a pair of day passes...

Basking in the Tuscan Sun

At first, I wasn't sure what part of Italy I would travel. The last time I was there was in 1998. But when my sister and brother-in-law invited me for a one-week stay at a villa in Cortona in Tuscany, I knew my plans were set.