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FILE - In this July 10, 2015 file photo, Michael Cudlitz attends "The Walking Dead" panel on day 2 of Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif. Cudlitz’s character Abraham Ford is known for his bright red hair and that distinctive handlebar mustache.  In fact, the actor said his facial hair has so captivated fans of the zombie apocalypse drama they’ve even created a Twitter account for it.  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, FIle)

Cudlitz’s ‘Walking Dead’ mustache has its own Twitter handle

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

On The Walking Dead, Michael Cudlitz’s character, Abraham Ford, is known for his bright red hair and distinctive handlebar mustache. His facial hair has so captivated fans of the zombie apocalypse drama that they’ve even created an off-color Twitter account for it at @CudlitzStache. “They play with it and they play with the fact that we don’t acknowledge it,” Cudlitz …

’How to Be Single’ is raunchy, rote and not terribly romantic

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dakota Johnson makes for an oddly recessive heroine in How to Be Single, an earnest but awkwardly misshapen attempt to reconcile the archaic conventions of …

A few theater numbers worth checking out

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

There are a few theater productions of note this weekend (and next), from high school to community level. If you’re looking for a romantic evening …

‘Bad News’ a testament to author’s bravery

Sunday, January 31, 2016

In Bad News, Anjan Sundaram writes that a story’s first paragraph should “contain the essential information and grab the reader, yet be brief.” His own first sentence does just that: “I felt swallowed by the wide road, the …

Carol Goodman delivers thrilling ‘River Road’

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Grief can not only emotionally paralyze a person, making that individual retreat from relationships, but it also can make that person vulnerable to manipulation by others, as Carol Goodman shows in her intense River Road. Creative writing professor …

On my nightstand: ‘Angel of Light’ bursting with frantic energy

Sunday, January 31, 2016

I used to read a lot of Joyce Carol Oates’s novels many years ago. When I recently picked up her Angel of Light novel (1981), I knew I was in for a whirlwind experience and I certainly wasn’t …

For the world’s most scrutinized body, changes for Barbie

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Barbie’s got a brand new bod. Mattel, the maker of the iconic plastic doll, said it will begin selling Barbies in three new body types – curvy, tall and petite. She’ll also be available in seven skin tones, …

How to build on a fitness routine

Sunday, January 31, 2016

In this era of CrossFitters, SoulCyclists and yogis, as well as barre, Zumba and Insanity devotees, people often focus on one – and only one – fitness format. So what exactly are you getting if you are doing …

Adult coloring is one of the latest self-care crazes

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Slide over kiddos, you’re going to have to share those crayons. Adult coloring books have been around for a while, but in 2015 the fad skyrocketed and looks to continue doing so into the new year. Part creative …

Treasure hunter disappears searching for $2 million in gold

Friday, January 29, 2016

An antiquities dealer who inspired tens of thousands to search the Rocky Mountains for $2 million in hidden treasure now leads an increasingly desperate mission to find one of his fans. Forrest Fenn has been flying out in …

Hopkinton students head west in Rodgers and Hammerstein musical ‘Oklahoma!’

Thursday, January 28, 2016

It’s the turn of the century – 1906 to be exact – and the western Indians territories are filling up with farmers and ranchers from the east. Oklahoma isn’t yet a state. So sets the stage for Rogers …

Broadway and Hollywood mix for hybrid musical ‘Grease: Live’

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Fox is gearing up to give Broadway a serious dose of the Hollywood treatment. Grease: Live, airing Sunday at 7 p.m., goes beyond other made-for-TV live musicals such as The Sound of Music and The Wiz, both of …

Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament returns to White Park

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hockey players will lace up Friday for the sixth annual Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament in Concord. Despite warmer-than-usual temperatures this week, parks and recreation Director David Gill said White Park’s pond has about 8 inches of solid …