Clear
70°
Clear
Hi 77° | Lo 46°

A&E

Brittany Spaulding trims the hair on Guiness to get her ready for the Hopkinton Fair this weekend.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Generations of fairgoers look forward to another year of the Hopkinton State Fair

Friday, September 4, 2015

Guinness the Holstein yearling stood calmly in dairy farmer Tom Marston’s barn for her pre-Hopkinton State Fair beautification treatment. The cow had resisted being brought into the barn at first, but settled in Wednesday afternoon as Marston’s son Ben and Ben’s girlfriend, Brittany Spaulding, slowly and carefully ran clippers through her black fur. The clumps of fuzz fell little by …

Bartending author surprised book recalled due to sexual drink names

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Massachusetts author of a bartending manual was “extremely surprised” to learn his books had been recalled from New Hampshire state liquor stores over concerns that some drink names were too sexually explicit.  “We’ve worked with states, big states, and we’ve never had a problem like this,” said Stephen Kittredge Cunningham, who wrote …

Drive in to nostalgia

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The memories linger. I was in the backseat of my parents’ car, nighttime enveloping us outside and in. A glowing rectangle out front stood dozens of feet high, and tinny sound streamed in from a metal box next to the driver’s side window. We were at the drive-in. It was an Indiana Jones …

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 …

Tornado tragedies

Saturday, August 22, 2015

As a massive tornado approached their Oklahoma house in 2013, an elderly couple named Jerrie and Hemant Bhondem had little time to prepare. Hemant’s osteoporosis prevented him from making it down into a storm shelter, so the two …

World Cup soccer star Carli Lloyd has book deal

Saturday, August 22, 2015

World Cup soccer star Carli Lloyd, whose three goals in the 2015 final led the U.S. to a 5-2 victory over Japan, has a book deal. The 33-year-old Lloyd is working on a memoir that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt …