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Library honors Billy Joel with U.S. pop music prize

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Library of Congress is honoring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Librarian James Billington said yesterday the singer-songwriter, whose hits include “Piano Man” and “Uptown Girl,” will receive the prize in Washington, D.C., in November. The Gershwin Prize honors a living artist’s lifetime achievement in music. Previous recipients include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, … 0

The Insiders: You’re invited to Batman’s birthday party at Red River Theatres

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Batman is like James Bond in that he’s not actually a thing (sorry, spoiler alert). But also in the fact that in both instances, different … 0

PHOTOS: Russian ballet master visits Concord

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Over and over, Valery Lantratov strode to the front of a group of young ballet dancers, performed a combination of movements and offered corrections in … 0

Three tales of women’s struggles and secrets

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In three new summer novels by best-selling authors, women handle struggles and secrets in different ways. Shea Rigsby doesn’t just love football, she lives football. Specifically, Walker University football. In Emily Giffin’s The One and Only (Ballantine, $28), Shea recites obscure stats and cheers for the Texas team … 0

Lee objects to new biography of her by Mills

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Call in Atticus Finch. Only the scrupulously fair lawyer at the center of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, could get at the truth in the latest conflict over the reclusive author’s privacy. The clash erupted again with Tuesday’s release of The Mockingbird Next Door: … 0

Made in the shade: Plants for sun-challenged gardens

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Too much shade! It doesn’t seem possible on a hot July day, but that is the complaint of many gardeners. They just don’t get enough sun in their yards to grow the things they want to grow. Rather … 0

Ray Duckler: Bond forged years ago draws NYC man back to his 'other' family in Concord

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Read the text, from a man who once raced down a dangerous road in life faster than a New York City cabbie, and you begin to understand. “If I ever become rich beyond my wildest dreams I’ll be … 0

The Insiders: Time to spruce up your garden for our next (incognito) visit

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday is a good day to spend in your garden. And we should know – we’re outside in your garden right now. Just go to the window and, yup, that’s us waving at you. Of course, that’s not … 0

PHOTOS: Pittsfield Old Home Day Car Show

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sleek convertibles lined up with towering monster trucks for the “Off to the Races" car show at Pittsfield Old Home Day on Saturday. The variety of vehicles more than doubled last year’s turnout, which was the first time … 0

On the Move: Bird photography is a rewarding retirement hobby

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Retired and in mid-70s, clinical psychologist Udo Rauter has become an avid birder and an avid photographer of birds, two hobbies that evolved from different beginnings. Rauter was born and grew up in Germany. In his teens, when he knew nothing about photography, his father gave him his … 0

PHOTO: Market Days enters day two in Concord

Friday, July 18, 2014

T he nice weather drew happy crowds to downtown Concord yesterday for the second day of the Market Days Festival. The festival will continue through tonight. … 4

Bicycle enthusiasts to gather on Main Street to re-create historic Concord photo

Friday, July 18, 2014

While flipping through books at the Museum of New Hampshire History, Lorraine Courtney stumbled across a photo dating to about 1890 that shows a line of bicyclists posing on Main Street in Concord. They had gathered to commemorate … 4

The Insiders: We yell fire truck pull in a crowded newspaper column

Friday, July 18, 2014

All good things must come to an end, readers, so we might as well wrap up today’s column. Just kidding – we barely started it. But we’ll use it to tell you today is the final day of Market Days, and there’s tons of great stuff going on, … 0