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Do This: Celebrate Maxine Kumin and opera this weekend

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The life of Maxine Kumin, beloved New Hampshire icon and a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, will be honored at Gibson’s Bookstore today. Suzy Colt, Kumin’s long-time personal assistant and friend, will present a slideshow presentation of Maxine’s life, and discusses Kumin’s posthumously published memoir, The Pawnbroker’s Daughter. A selection of her works will be read by local poets to round out the evening. The event begins at 7 p.m. Opera academy In a time when many arts communities seem to be shrinking, Piccola Opera is working to promote a musical renaissance in downtown Concord. With a new studio and office on 8 N. Main St., this …

Muster Field Farm gears up for busiest weekend of the year

Thursday, August 27, 2015

If you’ve never been to Muster Field Farm Museum in North Sutton, this might be a good weekend to check it out. Saturday and Sunday just so happen to be when Muster Field has its busiest two days of the year and all thanks to the annual two-day extravaganza known as Farm Days. …

Review: ‘No Escape’ is taut but deeply troubled

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Not since Saigon in the 1970s has an American operation in Southeast Asia been as ill-conceived as No Escape, a taut, well-made and entirely dubious thriller. Where does No Escape take place? It’s about a Texas family that arrives in an unnamed Asian country only to immediately be swept up in a horribly …

UNH professor Charles Simic wins Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize for poetry

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Poet and University of New Hampshire professor Charles Simic was recently selected as the sixth winner of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. Simic, 77, is a writer who has published many books of poetry and …

In Boscawen, a farm-to-ears initiative gains traction

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Down a quiet lane in Boscawen once stood an apple orchard. But where fruit once grew, music now emanates from a farm unlike any others in the area. Internationally, the property in the rural, central New Hampshire town …

Downtown: Concord plays host to new Greek tragedy

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Two guys, sitting side by side at the bar in True Brew Barista. The scene would be completely normal on a Saturday in Concord – except for the camera and the lights and the microphones. A couple walks …

’Blunt Talk’: Patrick Stewart gets dirty, with mixed results

Sunday, August 23, 2015

‘ B lunt Talk,” which premiered Saturday on Starz, is a muddled but sometimes endearingly dirty comedy with Patrick Stewart as Walter Blunt, an unhinged, functionally alcoholic, journalistically inept host of a nightly news/talk show that bears his name. We meet Walter as he leaves a bar thoroughly …

PHOTOS: Boscawen Old Home Day 2015

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Boscawen residents celebrated Old Home Day on Saturday. …

A delicious book on the changes of food

Saturday, August 22, 2015

What’s cooking? This was not a terribly difficult question for our grandparents or great-grandparents to answer. Yet somewhere along the way in the great prosperity that came over most of North America in the post-World War II era, …

New book urges parents to let kids fail

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A new book written by a schoolteacher has a simple yet compelling message for parents: Back off. In The Gift of Failure, author Jessica Lahey pushes back against helicopter parenting, which she acknowledges having fallen victim to when …

Felicia Day embraces her geek stardom status in ‘Weird’

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Felicia Day fills her memoir with stories of her wacky childhood and a handful of bizarre circumstances that led her down the path to becoming an online media mogul. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) chronicles her …

Al Roker’s ‘The Storm of the Century’ dives into 1900 storm

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Al Roker’s new book, The Storm of the Century, reads like a blockbuster movie script, but the Today show weatherman said the drama, heartache and strife of the Great Hurricane of 1900 that hit Galveston, Texas, is all …

Son recounts his father’s struggle in new Holocaust memoir

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Holocaust memoirs published in the decades following the Nazi genocide of Europe’s Jews serve as gripping and historically necessary evidence to unimaginable personal suffering. However, few such memoirs are at once remarkable testimony and remarkable literature. But a …