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Do, See, Taste

For Scotty, a home of his own

Thursday, November 27, 2014

She’d warned Scotty Reynolds to stay away from people like this, but “Mr. I Don’t Listen” ignored her, as usual. Now, here he sat, moaning about how someone he’d taken in had trashed his apartment and stolen his computer. Gayle Whitehead had been watching out for the mentally disabled man for 30 years – getting him out of scrapes, picking …

Queen of crime writing P.D. James dies at 94

Thursday, November 27, 2014

P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never accepted that crime writing …

The Insiders: Let’s light the old Christmas tree – the city tree that is.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Now if you’re reading this, we’d like to first thank you for tuning into our first post-Thanksgiving column of 2014 and in turn, it’s safe …

Jenny Offill’s ‘Dept. of Speculation’

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I would be reluctant to declare 2014 an outright bad year for popular culture. A year with Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance in Nightcrawler or the spectacular second season of The Americans is no wasteland. But it has also not been one in which I have added many books, movies, …

Music Review: Holiday albums from Idina Menzel, ‘Downton Abbey’

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Idina Menzel, ‘Holiday Wishes’ It’s fitting that Frozen star Idina Menzel would release her Christmas album in 2014. Menzel brings the soaring voice that made her famous this year in the Disney hit movie to her Christmas album, …

Breakout actress Teyonah Parris

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sometimes you see a single performance by an actor and know immediately that he is something special. But more often, when someone is working her way up through bit parts and supporting roles, the knowledge that this person really ought to be a star comes upon you slowly …

Pop culture

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Once upon a time, I would have been delighted to hear that there would be a steady supply of superhero movies at my multiplex all the way through 2019. Lately, though, I have been feeling a little Hulk-smashed, and not in a good, She-Hulk-y kind of way. Grim …

The Insiders: Burn your Turkey Day calories before you consume them with a four-mile crab walk (or run, if it’s what you’re comfortable with)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We can probably take a pretty good stab at what your afternoon is going to look like today. It will most likely include the four Fs: football, feasting, fighting with family and food coma. There is the possibility to add a fifth F, if you’d like – four …

Dimitri’s Pizza prepares, delivers turkey dinner

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pizzas, calzones, sandwiches and salads are the usual fare at Dimitri’s Pizza Restaurant in Contoocook. But this week, turkey, butternut squash and mashed potatoes are also taking up space in the pizzeria’s kitchen. Dimitri Tsihlis, one of the …

Ark., Miss. gay marriage bans struck

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Arkansas and Mississippi became the latest two states yesterday to have their gay marriage bans overturned by federal judges, but there are no rushes to the altar as both orders are on hold so the states can consider …

Lifetime’s offers fascinating glimpse into convents in ‘Becoming Nuns’

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Reality television built its success on the occasion of sin, but every so often the genre demonstrates some of its redeeming qualities, as is certainly the case with Lifetime’s The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns,” a short but intriguing docuseries …

A cup of holiday cheer

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

hether you’re having a quiet night in with family or a larger gathering with friends, holiday celebrations often call for a cocktail – sometimes simply to help you deal with those friends and family! So we’ve got you …

First woman named in charge of White House dessert

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For the first time, a female chef is in charge of dessert at the White House. Michelle Obama’s office says Susan Morrison is taking over as executive pastry chef after helping make presidential sweets for nearly two decades. Morrison will create desserts for all White House social events, …