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Do, See, Taste

‘Maze Runner’ races past ‘Tombstones’ with $32.5 M

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The young-adult adaptation The Maze Runner raced to the top of the box-office with $32.5 million, giving a budding franchise a quick start out of the gate. The 20th Century Fox release easily outpaced the $13.1 million debut of Liam Neeson’s hardboiled private eye thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones and the $11.9 million opening for the ensemble-cast dramedy This … 0

How ‘The Cosby Show’ changed the game for blacks on television

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Thirty years ago The Cosby Show changed what was possible if you were black and on television, that you didn’t have to play to type … 0

Growing possibilities

Sunday, September 21, 2014

For years I have had a bad case of pergola envy. (If you are wondering, a pergola is a garden structure that looks like an … 0

What to do along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Picture the Blue Ridge Parkway as a crooked spine running through the Appalachian Mountains. Government stewardship of public lands is splashed across the map in confusing variety – a national park at either end, national forests, historic sites, … 0

‘Golem of Hollywood’ disappoints

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The first collaboration by father-and-son Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman – The Golem of Hollywood – tries to showcase the best that each author brings to his individual novels, but, ultimately, is overwritten. A shorter, more focused story would … 0

‘The Human Age’ says there’s hope of saving the world

Sunday, September 21, 2014

In Paris, flowers, butterflies and birds live on the exterior of the Quai Branly Museum, a cultural destination that doubles as a natural ecosystem. A garden stuffed with breathing plants in the thousands, and soon to house frogs … 0

Women in politics: Gillibrand and Davis release memoirs

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Two prominent women in politics, New Yorker Kirsten Gillibrand, who replaced Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate, and Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who shot to fame in pink sneakers with an abortion-rights filibuster, are out this month … 0

On the Move: A night to care for caregivers

Sunday, September 21, 2014

On Thursday evening from 5 to 8, Service Link of Merrimack County and Community Action for Belknap and Merrimack County Elder Services will present its second annual Bowls for Care program, at the Audubon House on Silk Farm … 0

17th-century Amsterdam reimagined

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Jessie Burton’s accomplished first novel, The Miniaturist, is many things – a deftly plotted mystery, a feminist coming-of-age drama and a probing investigation of marriage. Burton evokes the sights, sounds and smells of 17th-century Amsterdam as she brings … 0

A tale of a dangerous double life

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A gent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA reads like a screenplay for a James Bond movie written by Joel and Ethan Coen. An unlikely double agent from Denmark infiltrates al-Qaida. His managers, the clandestine … 0

‘Epilogue’ lacks shape, movement, humor, appeal

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Now in his mid-30s, Will Boast has not had an easy life. When he was a boy, his parents uprooted him from his native England and moved to Wisconsin, where his father had found work as a “project … 0

The Insiders: Check out the musical equivalent of the Fluffernutter sandwich at the Cap Center

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sometimes when two things are combined, magic happens. Like when the Monitor decided to blend Keith and Tim’s writing styles into a daily column, fireworks pretty much went off in the office (that may have just been the … 0

PHOTOS: 15th annual “A Taste of Greece” Greek festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014

While DJ Meleti kept the Greek music going, visitors yesterday to the 15th annual “A Taste of Greece” Greek festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Concord danced, mingled and dined on pastries, Greek coffee and lamb … 1