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Visitors browse vendors on Main Street on the first afternoon of Market Days, Thursday, June 25, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Downtown: Many merchants performed better during earlier Market Days

Sunday, July 5, 2015

For Gretchen Peters at Puppy Love Hot Dogs, Market Days is Christmas. Intown Concord’s annual street festival is her biggest weekend of the year, and this summer, the holiday was extra festive. “I had one of my busiest Market Days events ever, those three days in June,” Peters said. She credited the cooler weather in June, as opposed to the …

’Terminator,’ ‘Magic Mike’ fizzle at July 4th box office

Sunday, July 5, 2015

July 4th went off like a dud at the box office. Anticipated new releases Magic Mike XXL and Terminator Genisys fizzled, leaving the popular holdovers Jurassic World and Inside Out to top the holiday weekend. Despite the brawny enticements of Channing Tatum and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the four-week rule of Universal’s dinosaur sensation Jurassic …

Just published: ‘Deception’ and ‘The PeaceSeeker’

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Deception Dan Lawton of Belmont recently self-published his first book, Deception. The crime-thriller is set in Topeka, Kan., somewhere Lawton has never been. When officer Billy Lewis’s father, the sheriff, is killed by a group of hitmen, Lewis seeks out revenge, money and the heart of a Cuban immigrant. Lawton is a technical …

Chicago: Thousands truckin’ for final Grateful Dead shows

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Grateful Dead is closing the lid on its storied half-century of concerts this weekend in Chicago, where a museum has captured the band’s prankster heart by displaying its artifacts, skeletons-and-roses iconography included, in the shadow of a …

The Insiders: It’s almost time to celebrate America’s independence so rest up

Friday, July 3, 2015

We hope that most of you are rereading this in your swim suit and arm floaties as you ramp up to celebrate America’s independence. It’s never too early to get ready, especially when arm floaties are involved. And …

PHOTOS: American flag flies for the Fourth

Thursday, July 2, 2015

An American flag is suspended between two cranes over the Route 3A bridge replacement construction site at Exit 12 of Interstate 93 in Concord on Thursday. …

Book suggestions to keep you reading all summer long

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Suggestions from Katharine Nevins of MainStreet BookEnds in Warner will keep you reading great books all summer long. The Truth According to Us By Annie Barrows – $28 From the co-author of the perfect book The Guernsey Literary …

The Insiders: Go to Gibson’s tonight for this novel discussion and maybe find a quote from us on a book jacket

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

You know you’ve officially arrived when you’re a person quoted on a book jacket. It’s an even bigger representation of said arrival when the quote is actually printed on the book jacket and not just scribbled there with …

Will the Deerfield Fair be short-circuited?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Deerfield Fair, which began taking shape in the 19th century and has been a New England staple since 1924, has problems. That was made clear in a video posted on the town’s website, which showed the June …

How much ‘Terminator’ does the world really need?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The future, as the Terminator movies keep telling us, is not yet written. But the screenplay of the seventh installment in the sci-fi franchise apparently is. Wait a minute, you say. Aren’t we only up to five? Technically, yes. Terminator Genisys, which officially opened Wednesday – in the …

The Insiders: It’s the first day of July and St. Paul’s is hosting a blood drive

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In case it slipped your mind, let us be the first to officially welcome you to July. We’re expecting it to be quite a month ’cause things can really get crazy as the summer fun sets in. But …

Misty Copeland named first black female principal at ABT

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born dancer who has become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and a rare celebrity in that field, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday – the first African-American ballerina to …

Chris Squire, bassist of progressive rock band Yes, dies

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Chris Squire, the bassist and co-founder of the progressive rock band Yes who recently announced he had leukemia, has died, according to a statement from his band members on Sunday. He was 67. The band posted a statement …