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The Cult deftly climbs new heights on ‘Hidden City’

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Cult has had its ups and downs over the more than 30 years since its debut. Hidden City shows the band climbing new heights. Led by mystically inclined singer and lyricist Ian Astbury and down-to-earth, riff generating guitarist Billy Duffy, the band’s 10th album, Hidden City, rocks fiercely but leaves room for both a heavy heart and a light touch. Samples of the rip-roaring drive include opening cut “Dark …

Jimmy Tingle brings presidential primary comedy show to Concord

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Jimmy Tingle has never held an elected office. He’s not a Democratic nor a Republican. But he wants your vote in the 2016 presidential election. Tingle boasts more than 30 years of comedic experience, contributing to The Tonight Show, Larry King’s Weekend, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and more. He jokes that he …

Local Model T club aids Affleck film

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Members of the Central N.H. Model T Club joined other New England Model T clubs for a drive into the past. Specifically, the 1920s in Boston. The car clubs volunteered their vehicles and, in some cases, themselves for the filming of Ben Affleck’s upcoming film, Live by Night. The film tells the story …

Actor David McCallum pens entertaining debut novel

Sunday, January 17, 2016

David McCallum – yes, actor David McCallum of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and NCIS fame – confidently embarks on a second career in his highly entertaining debut that mixes the espionage novel with the mystery thriller. McCallum, 82, …

‘Olive Kitteridge’ author publishes new novel with peculiar voice

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The narrator of My Name is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout’s new novel, has a peculiar voice for a twice-married, successful writer and mother of two grown daughters. She sounds like a little girl. Indeed, readers may wonder at …

Children’s books on class and Winnie the Pooh win prizes

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Matt de la Pena’s and Christian Robinson’s Last Stop on Market Street nearly made history twice Monday. The illustrated exploration of race and class through the eyes of a boy and his grandmother won the Newbery Medal for …

Surreal novel ‘Beatlebone’ blends reality, fantasy surrounding John Lennon

Sunday, January 17, 2016

This extraordinary book is at once so brilliant and so deeply flawed that it presents an enjoyably knotty conundrum for a reviewer. Kevin Barry’s Beatlebone is a strange, intense and slightly incoherent extended fantasy about two months that …

‘Red Icon’ plays with theme of faith vs. skepticism

Sunday, January 17, 2016

As the cold nights of winter close in, Sam Eastland’s Red Icon is one of the best thrillers a fan can pick up from the bedside table. Comforter drawn up, the reader follows Inspector Pekkala, “the Emerald Eye,” …

2016 Oscar nominations: The snubs and the surprises

Saturday, January 16, 2016

You can’t talk about awards nominations without getting up in arms about who got shafted and which contenders no one saw coming. So let’s get down to business. Snub: “Carol” Todd Haynes’s movie got six nominations, so it’s …

Alan Rickman, star of stage and ‘Harry Potter,’ dies at 69

Thursday, January 14, 2016

British actor Alan Rickman, a classically trained stage star and sensual screen villain in the Harry Potter saga and other films, has died. He was 69. Rickman’s family said the actor died early Thursday in London after a …

PHOTOS: Artist-in-residence at Henniker Community School

Thursday, January 14, 2016

As part of an artist-in-residence program, sixth-grade students at Henniker Community School worked with area artists while learning about India. Jasmine Shah of the Aangikam Dance Academy in Nashua taught different dance styles from India. Storyteller Simon Brooks …

Once again, lack of diversity bemoaned in Oscar slate

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A year after host Neil Patrick Harris quipped that the Oscars were honoring Hollywood’s “best and whitest,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled yet another all-white slate of acting nominees Thursday, prompting a dismayed revival …

Audience members in for a treat with Concord High’s Dessert Theatre

Thursday, January 14, 2016

When audience members gather to see the Concord High School Drama Club’s latest production this weekend, they won’t only be watching high school students perform. Among the 65 actors slated to appear during Dessert Theatre, a musical revue, …