Remember records? Of course you do. Happily, vinyl is still spinning its way into the hands of music lovers—whether they’re 16 or 60—today. April 18 is Record Store Day—a global celebration of independent record stores, where vinyl is still king—and the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, 46, is this year’s official ambassador. (Head to recordstoreday.com to find a participating shop near you.)
“Growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, my local record stores were magical, mysterious places that I spent all of my spare time (and money) in, finding what was to eventually become the soundtrack of my life,” Grohl says.
Here are some spin-tastic ideas on how to crank up the volume on Record Store Day.
Crosley Cruiser, $98, urbanoutfitters.com
This portable vintage-inspired record player comes in a faux-leather briefcase and has a built-in speaker.
Studebaker Wooden Turntable, $85, amazon.com
With warm, nostalgic looks, it has three speeds, an AM-FM radio and jacks in the back to add external speakers for more oomph.
Numark iDJ Live Turntable, $65, amazon.com
For the budding DJ: It works with the iPad and iPhone to spin, scratch and mix tunes digitally.
You Spin Me
Dozens of artists are releasing limited-edition vinyl for Record Store Day. Here are a few of our favorites:
“The Night We Called It a Day”
Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.
Wake Up to Find Out
“Purple Haze”/ “Freedom”
The Family Way: Original Soundtrack Recording
The Grass Is Blue
Songs for Young Lovers
Lee Ann Womack
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While the Average Joe may be able to compost or recycle to try to help save the earth, celebrities have a few advantages when it comes to trying to make a difference. Here are how some stars are using their power for good and making a change:
Architecture is one of Brad Pitt’s passions. His Make It Right organization (makeitright.org), which built 150 sustainable homes in post-Hurricane Katrina Louisiana, is now partnering with Native American tribes to build 20 green homes for low-income residents in Montana.
The Rizzoli & Isles actress teamed up with ethical lifestyle accessories brand Red Earth (redearthshop.com) to debut her collection of African-made, hand-cast, recycled aluminum and brass jewelry, debuting in time for Earth Day on April 22. Click here to read an interview with Harmon.
In 1998, the five-time Academy Award nominee created the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (leonardodicaprio.com) dedicated to protecting Earth’s remaining wild places and wildlife, with a focus on renewable energy sources, rainforests, oceans and access to clean water.
The veteran actor has devoted a large portion of his life to the environment, including founding the Sundance Preserve to protect the North Fork Canyon in Utah, serving as a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council (nrdc.org) since 1974 and producing The Green, a block of Sundance Channel programming that tackles issues such as solar energy and wilderness preservation.
The former James Bond star, who was inducted into the Environmental Hall of Fame (environmentalhalloffame.net) for his work against illegal whale hunting and for wetlands protection, has served on the boards of the Natural Resources Defense Council (nrdc.org), California Coastal Protection Network (coastaladvocates.com) and Sea Shepherd (seashepherd.org).
The Brazilian supermodel makes fashion eco-friendly. Her Ipanema Gisele Bundchen line of sandals and flip flops, produced in Brazil, is manufactured without the use of rubber from the Amazon rainforest—and made using at least 30 percent recycled materials, with 99 percent of all factory waste recycled or reused.
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Earth Day is the perfect time to try to turn over a new leaf and try to preserve the world we live in. Try our Earth Day splurges—from chocolate that supports conservation to eco-friendly gadget covers.
Read and Seed (From $2 • bloomin.com)
Don’t toss it, plant it! After Bloomin seed paper—100 percent biodegradable and embedded with seeds—serves its purpose as stationery, invitations or your grocery list, plant it and watch your garden grow.
Keep it Clean (From $10 • waterbobble.com)
The carbon filter in this BPA-free, customizable Bobble water bottle turns water from public fountains or spigots into clean drinking water—and each one keeps 300 single-serve plastic bottles out of the landfill.
Golf Green ($40 • dixongolf.com)
Turn your green time even greener with the Dixon Earth golf ball, a high-performance, organic golf ball made of rock salt rather than earth-unfriendly heavy metals like lead, tungsten and titanium. Plus, the company will plant a tree for each Dixon Earth product sold online.
Power Up ($79 • us.waka-waka.com)
Share the sun this Earth Day with a WakaWaka Power+ compact solar charger that can power up phones or small electronic devices in just a few hours to provide up to 150 hours of safe, sustainable energy. Major feel-good bonus: For every purchase, the company gives a charger to one of the 1.2 billion people worldwide with no access to electricity.
Get the Goods (Free • itunes.apple.com)
The free GoodGuide app (for both iOS and Android) makes it easy to find out whether products are safe, healthy, green and socially responsible.
Rare Treat (From $10 • chocolatebar.com)
Endangered Species Chocolate donates 10 percent of profits to organizations that support species conservation, habitat preservation and humanitarian efforts.
Smooth Move (From $7 • lushusa.com)
Smell good while doing good with Lush’s Charity Pot body lotion. All proceeds (minus taxes) are donated to grassroots environmental, animal welfare and human rights organizations.
Soften Up ($17 • nelliesallnatural.com)
Replace dryer sheets and fabric softeners with this natural alternative. Nellie’s PVC-free eco dryer balls are toxic-free, eco-friendly and guaranteed to last up to two years.
Under Cover ($15 • amazon.com)
The exclusive FELTtech Sleeve material is made completely from recycled bottles. From laptop to Kindle, the cases are made to fit all your gadgets.View the original at Parade or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+
This land is your land, this land is my land: In honor of Earth Day this Wednesday, check out 50 cool eco-friendly things Americans are doing, from the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters.
At Munford Elementary School (a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School), it’s easy being green: Kids enter the school through a “cave,” complete with stalactites, trees “grow” from the walls and one wing is dubbed “Where the Wild Things Are” while another is “The Main Stream.” The cafeteria walls are painted with murals of the surrounding Talladega National Forest, and students can look at local fish inside a 250-gallon aquarium.
Art students at Kodiak High School have created a massive octopus sculpture, dubbed “Ophelia,” out of marine debris (from plastic bottles and grocery bags to fishing nets and cigarette lighters). The goal: to generate public awareness of the hazardous debris, which collects on beaches and in huge floating whirlpools in the middle of oceans.
Talk about taking one for the team: The National League’s Arizona Diamondbacks have a 17,000-square-foot solar canopy at Phoenix’s Chase Field that generates enough electricity to power the lights for 11 games. The team also has a “Break a Bat, Plant a Tree” initiative providing desert-adapted shade trees in area parks, uses recyclable and compostable cutlery and plates and team members and concessions staff wear shirts made from recycled plastic bottles. The team also closes its retractable roof during the day to keep its electric costs down and distributes its media guides on digital thumb drives.
In response to the devastating April 2013 tornadoes, the towns of Vilonia and Mayflower each distributed 5,000 new trees—redbud, white oak, pecan, hickory, white oak, crabapple, red mulberry, pin oak, cherry-bark oak and willow oak— under a multi-year campaign sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Arkansas Forestry Commission.
Bea Johnson of Mill Valley, Calif, and her family live a no-waste life. Follow how they only produce a quart of waste a year at zerowastehome.blogspot.com. And read more here.
Fort Collins has ratified the most ambitious eco-plan of any city in the country. Under the city’s Climate Action Plan, approved in March, this Front Range city, home to Colorado State University, would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 percent in 15 years and would be totally carbon neutral by 2050.
The USDA estimates that 70 percent of food products sold in supermarkets contain genetically modified (GMO) ingredients. Connecticut’s legislature made food history when it signed the nation’s first GMO labeling bill in 2013; the only catch: It won’t take effect until a combination of Northeastern states adding up to 20 million residents pass similar legislation.
When Washington’s troops crossed the Delaware, little could they have imagined that 240 years later, 94 percent of Delaware’s waterways would be too polluted to support fish and wildlife, and 86 percent of the state’s rivers would be unswimmable. But now, through the Delaware Nature Society’s Stream Watch program, everyday citizens of the First State are fighting back by helping test water samples throughout the state.
This puts a whole new spin on NASCAR: Not only does the Daytona Beach-based sport work out of two LEED-certified office buildings, its cars also use a renewable fuel (blended with 15 percent ethanol made from American-grown corn) that emits 20 percent less greenhouse gases than unleaded gas, plants 10 trees for each green flag that drops during races and recycles about 121,000 tires each year.
As a farmer, Eric Wagoner questioned how to get locally grown food to customers. His solution: because he was also a web developer, in 2002 he whipped up a website for Atlanta-area customers. Called Locally Grown (locallygrown.net), it became the world’s first online farmers’ market, and has since spread to more than 100 communities throughout the country.
Jim B. in Palm Desert, California, writes:
You once answered a question about why the events of our youth are so vividly remembered. I have a high school reunion coming up, and I’d like to quote your words on the subject. Can you repeat them?
A reader asked, “Why is it that our high school experiences occupy such a prominent place in our memories?”
I replied, “During high school, we develop the most vigorous adult bodies we will ever have. At the same time, we possess the least amount of sense we will ever have. This combination produces many memorable moments!”
Don’t toss it—eat it! The best way to minimize food waste—and stretch your budget—is to use everything. Next time you have beets, don’t toss those pretty stems. Put them to use in this simple recipe from chef Clayton Chapman of the Grey Plume in Omaha, Neb. It demonstrates root-to-leaf cooking at its best.View the original at Parade or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+
The former Gossip Girl TV star, 27, shares Earth Day plans for her chic website, preserve.us, which celebrates American artisans and their products. Her next film is Lionsgate’s romantic drama The Age of Adaline, opening April 24.
What was the inspiration behind Preserve?
“Mainly my mom. She’s someone who could create a magical moment out of anything.”
How do you keep the site eco- friendly?
“It’s very important to us to be conscious in our selections. We’re doing an exclusive collection for Earth Day with Amour Vert. For every shirt you buy from them, they plant a tree. They are doing everything they can to reduce their carbon footprint.”
What do you do in your personal life to protect the planet?
“My husband [Ryan Reynolds] turned a car that wasn’t supposed to be electric into an electric car by putting a thousand-pound battery in the trunk. He’s dangerously eco. Our homes are solar, we have the compost in the garden and we do all the smaller things, like turning off lights in the house—things I didn’t do growing up that I have learned to be aware of.”
The Age of Adaline is a love story but more than that. How would you describe it?
“It’s about the relationship between love and time—and the beauty and tragedy in that.”
What does it take these days to make you want to take a role?
“It sure takes a lot, especially now that I’ve got a baby [born in December]. It has to be a film that creatively inspires me.”
Star Wars fans rejoiced at the familiar sound of Mark Hamill’s voice. Hamill’s monologue introduces the trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens (set to release on December 18), which gives a second glimpse into the film’s action-packed adventures.
Seamlessly blending the old with the new, Hamill’s monologue acts as a nod to his iconic Return of the Jedi speech about the intense power of the force in his family. As Darth Vader’s destroyed helmet glides across the screen as a reminder of the past, the symbolic passing of the lightsaber shows a new era has begun.
New faces such as John Boyega and Daisy Ridley are introduced while original cast members deliver a nostalgic message. Revered Han Solo and Chewbacca appear, and Han recites a sentiment felt by fans across the world: “Chewie, we’re home.”
The continuation of the Star Wars series (Episode VII, if you’re counting) assures the return of the original cast, including Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Harrison Ford as Han Solo and many others.View the original at Parade or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+
Last season on Broadway, actor Bryce Pinkham dazzled audiences in the musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. The murderous role earned him a Tony nomination (along with a Tony award for the show.) This year he’s in an altogether different role and earning more praise in the critically lauded Broadway revival of The Heidi Chronicles. In Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Heidi (Elisabeth Moss) and her friends Scoop (Jason Biggs) and Peter Patrone (Pinkham’s character) struggle to make the right choices as they navigate entry into adulthood and beyond. As Pinkham explains, “Peter is there so we can watch Heidi discover what it means to have it all.” Pinkham, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama shared 11 cool things that we might not know about him. From a unique impersonation to a wacky back stage ritual to the phenomenal not-for-profit for Malagasy kids that he co-founded, click through the next pages to learn all 11. To learn more about the Heidi Chronicles visit, www.theheidichroniclesonbroadway.com.