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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 …

PHOTOS: “9 to 5 – The Musical” to open at Concord City Auditorium

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Community Players of Concord’s production of the Broadway hit “9 to 5 – The Musical” opened at the Concord City Auditorium last night. The story centers around three female secretaries, their womanizing department executive, and what happens …

More Cosby shows canceled as women allege assault

Friday, November 21, 2014

Stage performances by Bill Cosby in Las Vegas, Illinois and Arizona have been canceled as more women come forward accusing the entertainer of sexually assaulting them many years ago. Officials at the Treasure Island hotel and casino on …

Concord event marks day for remembering those who lost their lives because of their gender identity

Thursday, November 20, 2014

They were hoping to send a simple message: We’re here for you. The team at the Concord Feminist Health Center was pleasantly surprised, then, when more than 40 people heeded their invitation to a candlelight vigil for Transgender …

Thanksgiving getaway: 46.3 million to hit the road

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The good news for Thanksgiving travelers: The price of gas is at five-year lows. The bad news: A lot more people will be on the road. During the long holiday weekend, 46.3 million Americans are expected to go …

The Insiders: The Tall Granite Big Band is debuting this weekend – and it’s for a good cause

Thursday, November 20, 2014

If 17 musicians get together and no one is there to hear them play, do they make a sound? We’d assume so, but how could we really ever know – especially if each one was sworn to secrecy? Good thing all of you can prevent us from having …

PHOTOS: Cooks in training

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Children from Head 2 Toe Learning Center in Concord visited Merrimack Valley High School’s all-grades elective “food choices” class yesterday to help make garlic Parmesan pasta. …

The Insiders: We’re tooting our own horn – but it’s for a fantastic cause

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

We’re not usually ones to toot our own horn, which is good because neither of us has a ton of musical ability and it would probably sound like some sort of sick animal. But we can’t help but …

At NEC’s downtown Concord location, an invitation to jam

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Open mic opportunities abound in Concord, but with clanking glasses, spilled food and happy chatter, the music can be relegated to background noise. And sometimes, that might be a good thing. But Larry Taylor, director of New England …

Comedian Morgan was in coma after crash

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan was in a coma for days with a traumatic brain injury after a highway crash in which his van was struck from behind by a Wal-Mart truck five months ago, according to his lawyer. Morgan, …

Television / Movies: Have ‘Daily Show’ vets surpassed ‘SNL’?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

As Foxcatcher hits theaters tomorrow, everyone is buzzing about Steve Carell’s big dramatic debut, not to mention his prosthetic nose (which is how you know this role has Oscar potential). He plays the real-life character of John du …