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Do, See, Taste

Not your average cookout: Competitors prepare for intense showdown at Monadnock Up In Smoke BBQ-Beer Festival

Friday, May 29, 2015

Jayna Todisco Coulon spent the last week gearing up for a big showdown, with the fierceness and discipline you’d expect from any seasoned competitor. She’s practiced her technique over and over, paid special attention to making sure she has the right gear she needs, and she’ll have her eye on the top prize heading into this weekend. “It’s just like …

The Insiders: Dances like the ones you’ll see tonight from the Concord Dance Academy are numbered. Like, literally.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

We feel confident at this stage of our lives saying we’ve nailed the skills necessary for paint-by-numbers, so we’re pretty much professional artists now. Our …

Do this weekend: Bret Michaels, Ryan Montbleau and ‘Legally Blonde: the Musical’

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Head to the beach, no matter what the weather. This weekend the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom is host two stalwarts of the rock-n-roll genre: Eddie …

The Insiders: Today is for grilling, tomorrow is for holiday parading

Saturday, May 23, 2015

It’s Memorial Day weekend, which you probably figured out Friday afternoon when it took you three hours to move 11 inches on the highway. Today, we celebrate burgers. But tomorrow, we celebrate the holiday itself by honoring those who died serving in our military, and Concord does its …

Andrew Gross delivers with ‘One Mile Under’

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Detective Ty Hauck returns from a hiatus to tackle a personal case in Andrew Gross’ latest mystery, One Mile Under. Dani Whalen knows the Roaring Fork River like the back of her hand, and she enjoys taking tourists …

Narrative of ‘Adult Onset’ feels intensely personal

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ann-Marie MacDonald’s latest novel, Adult Onset, tracks a week in the life of Mary Rose MacKinnon. A famous author of YA novels, Mary Rose is stalled on starting the last book of a popular trilogy and taking care …

Memoir recounts days in mental asylum

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Barbara Taylor was a promising young historian when madness struck. She wound up at Friern Mental Hospital, an institution outside London. Friern was once the largest asylum for the mentally ill in Europe, and it looked the part: …

Funny lady: Madeline Kahn biography looks beyond the laughs

Saturday, May 23, 2015

She was delightful in Paper Moon and Blazing Saddles, then uproarious as the monster’s tuneful bride in Young Frankenstein. Yet Madeline Kahn often didn’t seem to appreciate her comedic talent, even though it kept her close to the …

Wright brothers taught the world to fly

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Wilbur Wright played the harmonica, Orville the violin. There were two older Wright brothers, Reuchlin and Lorin, and a younger sister, Katharine, a graduate of Oberlin College and a high school Latin teacher. She and the younger two …

Black holes have fascinated for centuries

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Who doesn’t love black holes, the most mythical creatures in the physics pantheon? They’ve been posited as the basis of time machines, as gateways to other universes and as the seeds from which baby universes are born. These …

MacDowell colony launches diversity fellowship

Saturday, May 23, 2015

One of the country’s oldest artist colonies is starting a fellowship dedicated to literary diversity. The MacDowell Colony, chaired by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, announced Monday that it had acquired funding for a fellowship to be awarded to writers from “populations across racial and cultural boundaries.” The …

TLC pulls Duggar family series amid misconduct reports

Saturday, May 23, 2015

TLC pulled the reality series 19 Kids and Counting from its schedule yesterday, a move that follows reports of sexual misconduct allegations against one of the stars, Josh Duggar, stemming from when he was a juvenile. In a …

Review: Whitesnake delves deep into Purple past on new album

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Who says you can’t go home? David Coverdale delves deep into his Deep Purple background on the new Whitesnake album, which re-does songs from his tenure fronting the legendary classic rock outfit. The Purple Album begins with a …