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Exiled group’s culture thrives in Dalai Lama’s town

Free your mind in yoga classes, Buddhist teachings and hikes to Hindu temples in India’s Dharamsala.

    Style

    HANDOUT IMAGE: Meryl Streep ventures “Into the Woods” as the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored. The humorous and heartfelt musical, a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, explores the consequences of the quests of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, and the witch who cast a spell on them. In theaters Dec. 25, 2014. ©2013 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo by: Peter Mountain/Disney Enterprises

    Sure, she can act. But can she sing?

    The acclaimed Meryl Streep turns in a credible — and moving — musical performance in Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.”

    Magazine

    MG-INMEMORIAM - ONE TIME USAGE Kadian cycling along C&O canal near Shepherdstown West Virginia (Charlie McCormick) 2009- Hi Res

    ‘Kadian Journal’: A father’s story of losing his son, 14

    How do you mourn a life, and all its beautiful promise, cut so short?

    Food

    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 17:  Chef Seng Luangrath's Laotian restaurant Thip Khao features Pork sausage with fresh finer on December 17, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Thip Khao is what Laotians call the basket of sticky rice that comes with most meals.  (Photo by Kate Patterson for The Washington Post)

    Thip Khao opens with a splash in Columbia Heights

    First Bite: Seng Luangrath’s airy pork rinds and fried quail whet the appetite for more.

    Wellness

    SLUG: FD-COOKIES09 DATE: 11-18-2009 NEG#: 210780 PHOTOG: Jonathan Ernst/FTWP LOCATION: Studio  CAPTION: Hazelnut-Chocolate Chip Graham Cracker Cookies for the 2009 holiday cookie feature.  Freelance Photo imported to Merlin on  Mon Nov 23 06:49:01 2009

    Enjoy holiday treats without guilt

    Eating cookies is a way to take in the holiday spirit. Strike a healthful balance so you can enjoy them.

    KidsPost

    WASHINGTON, DC- DECEMBER 11:  Kelly Mullen, age 5 is the winner of the Annual KidsPost wrapping paper contest. Photographed in Washington, D.C. on December 11, 2014.    (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

    Pint-size painter is this year’s gift wrap contest winner

    Five-year-old Kelly Mullen’s nature-themed design reminded judges of a winter garden.

    Advice

    Carolyn Hax: Can compliments lead to complications?

    Sure, her daughter is pretty. But mother worries about how those compliments are affecting her child.

    Reliable Source

    Emmy Rossum and latkes at the White House Hanukkah party

    The singer-actress was among the power crowd celebrating with the President (and Gwyneth Paltrow) on Wednesday night.

    Travel

    DHARAMSHALA, HIMACHAL PRADESH - DECEMBER, 01, 2014: High street in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala. Himachal Pradesh, India. (Photo by Poulomi Basu/VII Mentor/For The Washington Post)

    Exiled group’s culture thrives in Dalai Lama’s town

    Free your mind in yoga classes, Buddhist teachings and hikes to Hindu temples in India’s Dharamsala.

    Travel coverage

    Home & Garden

    Using chard in lasagna instead of noodles.

    Move over kale, chard is the new glamour crop

    Easy to grow and nutritious, this leafy green might be the next big thing.

    Fashion

    American glamour, from Halston to the Kardashians

    It’s an ineffable, impossible to define magic, but three new fashion tomes make an attempt.

    Parenting

    HANDOUT IMAGE: Stacks (JAMIE FOXX, left, on stage) listens as Annie (QUVENZHANE WALLIS) sings 'Opportunity' at a black tie event at the Guggenheim Museum in Columbia Pictures' ANNIE. © 2014 CTMG, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.  ALL IMAGES ARE PROPERTY OF SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC. FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY.  SALE, DUPLICATION OR TRANSFER OF THIS MATERIAL IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Credit: Photo by Barry Wetcher/ SO SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Annie’ and more

    This week, a modern update of the musical, plus the last chapters of “Night at the Museum” and “The Hobbit.”