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Do, See, Taste

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, television series or albums to my personal canon of the culture I …

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 …

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 …

The Insiders: The food coma can wait; stop by the “Fez”tival of Trees first

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

One of our favorite Thanksgiving week traditions that doesn’t involve stuffing our faces with delicious grub or entering into an extended food coma is the annual “Fez”tival of Trees at the Bektash Shrine Center at 189 Pembroke Road (although there are refreshments available, so the food coma could …

PHOTOS: Food donations in Concord

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Volunteers from the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and employees of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Concord unloaded boxes of food at the Boys & Girls Club on Bradley Street in Concord yesterday morning. Food for 400 …

Review: ‘A Delicate Balance’ still a bracing brew

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Whoever has to restock and refill the onstage bar at the new Broadway revival of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance has their work cut out for them. In this still-stunning Albee play with a cast to stand up …

In Serial podcast, a lesson on looking past first judgments

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Serial podcast is a narrative about a narrative. That narrative, told incrementally in weekly installments as part of a spinoff project from the team at the weekly public radio show This American Life, is about a murder …

Riveting series looks forward, back

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Better flavor, higher price tag when it comes to local turkeys in New Hampshire

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Inside the bed of a Chevy pickup truck, 25 broad-breasted white turkeys gobbled loudly, their all-too-familiar fate a few hours away. The flock was part of a larger group of 65 turkeys hatched, cared for, well-fed and generally …

‘41’: George W.’s ‘love story’

Sunday, November 23, 2014

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States, is the only commander in chief in modern times who has declined to write a memoir. Now George W. Bush, the 43rd president, strides into the void …

Three treasure-houses for young readers

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Here are three books young readers – from wannabe explorers to budding logophiles – will enjoy: Keep digging Is any childhood truly complete without at least one shovel-wielding foray into shoulder-deep dirt? Typically, the preferred destination is the …

‘Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered’ reveals the woman behind the smile

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile has captivated audiences for centuries, inspiring songs, poetry and film. But little is known about the woman behind what may be the world’s most famous painting. The consensus among art researchers and historians …

‘Falling From Horses’ lacks tension

Sunday, November 23, 2014

“No animals were harmed in the making of this film.” If you see that disclaimer at the end of a movie, you know it was made after 1980. That’s when the Screen Actors Guild finally negotiated a contract …