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‘Downton Abbey’ to end after upcoming 6th season

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A grand manor will close its doors to millions of weekly guests after Downton Abbey concludes next year. Producers of the popular British period drama confirmed yesterday it will end after its sixth season, scheduled to air in the United States in early 2016. The series, which airs earlier in the U.K., will have its finale this year on Christmas …

The Insiders: Spring is in full swing at the League of N.H. Craftsmen

Thursday, March 26, 2015

With the temperatures slowly rising and the snowbanks melting at a similar pace, it’s hard not to think spring. Like us, you probably have a …

Concords unite for live telecast Sunday, fundraiser to benefit Concord TV

Thursday, March 26, 2015

With a tip of the hat to other Concords around the world, ConcordTV will host its annual “Concord On Air” telecast Sunday. The fundraiser is …

The Insiders: Make sure you come see how this country music stacks up at the Audi tonight

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

We’ve spent some time covering cup stacking at the Insider (thanks Mr. Jim!), and we’re big on newspaper stacking (it’s the only way to get our paper into those little boxes downtown. We found balling them up and …

Al Pacino charms as an aging, soul-searching rocker in ‘Danny Collins’

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Channeling equal parts Tom Jones and Barry Manilow, Al Pacino delivers an impressive performance as the title character in Danny Collins, a sweet but shallow movie about a rock star who hasn’t written a song in decades but …

Jolie faced hard choices in assessing cancer risk

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Actress Angelina Jolie has ignited another worldwide conversation about cancer, revealing in the New York Times yesterday that she had undergone surgery, at age 39, to remove her ovaries and Fallopian tubes to prevent ovarian cancer. As she did 22 months ago, when she announced that she had …

For whitewater kayakers, snow on the ground is ‘water in the bank’

Monday, March 23, 2015

While the rest of us cursed this winter’s seemingly unending snowfall, they saw it as a deposit for future adventures. And when the 50-degree spring temperatures land later this week, they’ll be happy to see it accompanied by …

How 3 Broadway novices wrote ‘Something Rotten!’

Monday, March 23, 2015

It began with an intriguing premise for a musical: What would it have been like to be a fledgling playwright making a living at the same time as William Shakespeare? The result is Something Rotten! and all it …

Keeping classical cool: Oldest U.S. arts group turns 200

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Before Beyonce, there were the Beatles. Before the Beatles, there was Brahms. And before Brahms was even born, there was the Handel & Haydn Society. America’s oldest continuously operating arts organization – which introduced the nation to composers …

Author defies categorization

Sunday, March 22, 2015

There are authors who write in tidy, classifiable, immediately recognizable genres – Jane Austen, Alexandre Dumas, William Faulkner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, to name a few – and then there are those who adamantly do not. These others can …

A haunting tale

Sunday, March 22, 2015

M.J. Rose writes compelling tales with a gothic flair, and her latest novel, The Witch of Painted Sorrows, is her most heartfelt yet. Paris in 1894 is a vastly different society than what is experienced in today’s modern …

Explore Ian Fleming’s Jamaican retreat

Sunday, March 22, 2015

James Bond is a British icon, but the fictional spy hero really was born in Jamaica, just as the Caribbean island gained its independence from the waning British empire. The relationship between Bond’s author, Ian Fleming, and the …

‘Sapiens’: a struggle of morality versus existance

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Yuval Noah Harari is an emerging rock-star lecturer operating at the nexus of history and science. In a recent talk at Google on “Silicon Prophets,” he stunned the audience by convincing them that the most interesting place in …