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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2008 file photo, Amy Winehouse performs at the V Festival in Essex, England, after which, according to her father, Mitch Winehouse, she will play one more gig before taking an extended break from playing live after Sept. 6. The documentary film, “Amy,” looks at the talent and career of Winehouse, and how fame and her battle with bulimia, depression and addiction contributed to her death at age 27. The film is in theaters now. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

Hollywood takes on troubled minds with summer slate of films

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The 1941 film The Wolf Man presents Larry Talbot’s transformation from man to wolf as a form of schizophrenia. So little was known about mental illnesses then, the explanation may have seemed plausible. Hollywood has come a long way since portraying someone with mental illness as a monster, instead bringing characters to the big screen whose mental struggles look more like the ones experienced by many people in everyday life. The industry’s more realistic approach to such conditions is on abundant display this summer. At least half a dozen recent releases reflect nuanced characters, both real and fictional, facing mental illness. Among the conditions on …

PHOTOS: National Night Out 2015 in Concord

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Concord Police Department hosted National Night Out at Rollins Park Tuesday evening. …

The Insiders: Today seems like a good day for bettering oneself, no? And for beer

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Don’t look now, but it’s cinco de agosto, a holiday marked by not even being a real thing! A quick Google search does reveal that Aug. 5 is apparently celebrated in some pretty unique ways, though. For instance, holidayinsights.com says today is “work like a dog day,” which doesn’t sound like a lot …

’Wet Hot American Summer’ and the rise of ‘80s and ‘90s period pieces

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, released last Friday, is a completely unnecessary but surprisingly charming prequel to the high-concept 2001 parody of classic summer camp movies from David Wain and Michael Showalter. If you like comedy, it’s a full-on talent showcase: As James Poniewozik …

Boston Symphony Orchestra extends director's contract

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The new eight-year contract with Nelsons will run through 2022, the orchestra announced. It replaces the original five-year deal that began in September. The new deal also includes an evergreen clause that reflects a “mutual desire for a …

new york: The Schumers call for gun control

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Comedian Amy Schumer spoke tearfully of two women who were shot to death during a screening of her movie, Trainwreck, and asked lawmakers Monday to support a gun control bill sponsored by her second cousin, U.S. Sen. Chuck …

Annual Craftsmen’s Fair starts 9-day run

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The 82nd annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair – billed as the nation’s oldest continuously running crafts fair – is underway at the Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury. The fair runs Aug. 1-9 and features the work of more than 350 craftsmen. It attracts upwards of 30,000 …

The Insiders: Read this column, but probably don’t suggest it at tomorrow’s Gibson’s Book Club planning event

Saturday, August 1, 2015

It’s a pretty rewarding feeling to be on the ground floor of something wildly successful. That’s why we opened a new business called “Wildly Successful” and built it entirely on one level. That way everyone gets to experience it! You can have a similar experience tomorrow night without …

‘The Girl With Seven Names’ reveals complexities of freedom

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Escaping North Korea was the easy part. In her memoir, The Girl With Seven Names, Hyeonseo Lee, as she is called today, takes us on her gripping journey from the Ryanggang Province of North Korea where dustless portraits …

‘The Redeemers’ showcases author’s storytelling abilities

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The sense of justice and righteousness that Sheriff Quinn Colson has brought to his tenure in Mississippi’s Tibbehah County is drawing to a close in Ace Atkins’ gripping new novel, The Redeemers. But the fifth installment in this …

Native American boy finds strength, courage in family

Saturday, August 1, 2015

What would it feel like to be an 8-year-old boy suddenly separated from your family? The scariness of the situation is clear and immediate in Chickadee, which is set in 1866 in the territory that is now Minnesota. …

Petri is genuinely weird

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Usually when people tell you they had an awkward adolescence, they’re exaggerating to make themselves relatable. (See: interviews with supermodels.) But Alexandra Petri, a Washington Post columnist, was – and continues to be – supremely, cringingly, legitimately weird. …

Humanity strips all bare

Saturday, August 1, 2015

“The naked and the nude,” Robert Graves observed, “stand as wide apart as love from lies.” That slippery distinction could be the epigraph for Lisa Glatt’s sly new book, The Nakeds. Glatt, a poet whose most recent novel …