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Movie Review: ‘Hobbit’ wraps with Middle-earth melee

Thursday, December 18, 2014

With a sum total of 1,032 minutes, Peter Jackson’s six J.R.R. Tolkien films have earned more than $5 billion worldwide. They have made New Zealand synonymous with Middle-earth. And they have slaughtered enough orcs to constitute genocide. The sheer size of Jackson’s accomplishment – a majestic, fully realized fantasy world, from its lush landscapes down to its hairy feet – …

Movie Review: ‘Night at the Museum’ bids farewell to Williams

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Take heed: There are at least two acutely sad moments involving Robin Williams’s Teddy Roosevelt in the latest Night at the Museum. The movie, subtitled …

Holiday pops show serves up a variety-style twis

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jazz lovers, rejoice! Your holiday season is about to get a bit brighter with a dose of world-class jazz – right here in Concord. The …

On our minds: Top 10 topics on Facebook in 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

What’s popular? Facebook has a good gauge based on what people type into the box that says, “What’s on your mind?” On Tuesday, the company released top 10 lists for 2014, based on the number of posts, comments, likes, photos and videos shared. Around the world: 1. World …

Study: Excessive drinkers are not always alcoholics

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Drinking excessively can cause serious health risks and is responsible for an average of 88,000 U.S. deaths every year. But the vast majority of excessive drinkers are not alcoholics, according to new government data. Nine out of 10 excessive drinkers are not dependent on alcohol, revealed a study …

Travel Talk: Take a look at the travel trends for 2015

Sunday, December 14, 2014

I’m a research nut. I love delving into facts and figures and trying to mine nuggets that will help us be smarter about everything from grocery shopping to (of course!) travel. So when I found that Expedia, in …

Lincoln museum to mark anniversaries with exhibits

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum will mark the 150th anniversary of the 16th president’s death – and its own 10th anniversary – with a host of new exhibits and activities next year. New digital features will give visitors immediate access to photographs and documents with a …

The Insiders: Are you feeling potlucky, punk? Then stop by the Audi

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Things get busy this time of year. There are only 10 shopping days left until Christmas, which means you only have nine left to waste, so the pace of life understandably quickens. That makes it hard to find the motivation to make dinner after really busy days. Well, …

Weather porn? Storms take over evening news

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The correspondent most frequently seen on either ABC, CBS or NBC’s evening newscasts this year doesn’t work out of the White House or some overseas trouble zone. It’s Ginger Zee, ABC’s chief meteorologist. Weather is a big element …

One last chance to indulge in sequential date frenzy - this century, anyway

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A skim of your calendar or a glance at the corner of your computer screen or a mention from a clever pal: “Oh, Saturday is 12/13/14.” “Oh, cool.” No, no, this is more than cool. It’s the very last sequential day of the century. We are already out …

PHOTOS: Annual performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Concord City Auditorium

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Young ballet dancers from Turning Pointe Center of Dance dressed in tutus and ballet slippers last night for a dress rehearsal of the classic holiday ballet The Nutcracker. The annual performance from the Pembroke dance school is today …

The Insiders: Cookie walks are the best kind of walks (Note: not a medical statement.)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

We like cookies. Do you like cookies? That’s not a real question. Since you’re a human person, we know the answer is yes. Well, just like exercise is so highly recommended they invented official walks to encourage it, they’ve done the same with cookies! And there are three …

The Insiders: Don’t miss this performance of the 12 Days of Christmas

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Now if we went purely by the lyrics of the holiday song, we can’t officially begin the Christmas celebration until Sunday because of the whole 12-day rule. But what’s the fun in that? Plus if we wait till then, we’d all be missing out on tonight’s performance of …