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Do, See, Taste

Fans go wild over 88-second ‘Star Wars VII’ trailer

Saturday, November 29, 2014

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a helmetless storm trooper appeared in frame, panicked and sweaty in the middle of vast desert landscape, kicking off the first official look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens. After months of leaked images and idle speculation around director J.J. Abrams’ film, Disney and Lucasfilm yesterday debuted an 88-second teaser …

PHOTOS: Astronaut character visits McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Visitors to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center last Saturday got to see an usual sight – a walking, talking astronaut. While the astronaut was really volunteer …

Concord Christmas tree lighting

Saturday, November 29, 2014

New York City: A push to restore Houdini gravesite

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Nestled next to the late Lewins, Blums and Levys in a spooky old cemetery in New York City lies the final resting place of America’s most legendary magician, interred under a granite monument that bears his stage name …

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 …

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 was second-class literature. James, who has died aged 94, is best known as …

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 to assume that third turkey sandwich didn’t put you in a food coma that will keep you out of commission through the weekend. …

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 …