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Proposed racing museum in Loudon plans for ground-breaking

Sunday, August 30, 2015

As plans for a motorsports museum in New Hampshire formed in recent years, the collection of vehicles and memorabilia for the not-yet-built facility accumulated. “People are literally coming to us saying, ‘Can I get my car in your museum?’ ” Dick Berggren, Racing History Preservation Group president and a longtime NASCAR pit reporter, said by phone from New England Dragway …

‘Compton’ tops box office for 3rd week; ‘War Room’ surprises

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Christian drama War Room made a surprise bid for the box-office lead, Zac Efron’s music drama We Are Your Friends fell completely flat and the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton keeps chugging along. Universal’s Straight Outta Compton topped the box office for the third-straight week with $13.2 million at North American theaters …

Novelist imagines the life of Pissarro’s mother

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Midway through Alice Hoffman’s latest novel, the mother of the great impressionist painter Camille Pissarro takes her 2-week-old son into the forest to find a medicine man she hopes can cure him of the malady that has kept him from eating or sleeping since birth. The herbalist, who lives in a shack the …

African American and space histories mingle

Saturday, August 15, 2015

On April 12, 1961, Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in outer space. The timing was significant because the Russians had accomplished something the United States had not. Indeed, they were far ahead of us in …

Unspeakable acts

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Why do we spend good money to read horror stories, watch horror movies and climb aboard amusement-park rides that will have us howling with fear? Presumably for the thrill of facing danger and surviving. As Winston Churchill said, …

A lost love is rediscovered

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Nina George’s international best-seller The Little Paris Bookshop looks like a triumph of the confectioner’s art: pink, glossy, garlanded with icing rosettes in the form of admiring blurbs from readers and authors. It’s oozing with the sort of …

Stoddard tracks the steel industry

Saturday, August 15, 2015

When romantic poets speak of the sublime, they are usually thinking of Mont Blanc or the Simplon Passor other ­awe-inspiring natural vistas. The term sublime, after all, suggests a combination of power and magnificence, touched with terror or …

Book is soundtrack of female power

Saturday, August 15, 2015

When I was 12, I was riddled with angst and the overwhelming feeling that no one could possibly vocalize the cocktail of emotions that powered my preteen existence. My dad sensed that – was it the pouting, the …

The story of America’s deadliest cook

Saturday, August 15, 2015

There’s some irony to the title of Susan Campbell Bartoletti’s new book Terrible Typhoid Mary. As this engaging account makes clear, Mary Mallon (1869-1938) was hardly a “terrible” person, either before or after she became known in the …

The Insiders: Catch some basketball, beats, Bonners and booms at Rock On Fest today

Saturday, August 15, 2015

If we were going to map out a pretty perfect summer Saturday, it would probably include basketball, some cool live music, fireworks, all-you-can-eat tacos and the Bonner brothers. Well, if you can live without the tacos, we’ve actually …

The Insiders: Hit happy hour if you want to, but then kick the weekend off for realz with this Nevers Band show

Thursday, August 13, 2015

If you’re like us, you kick off the weekend by sliding life-like mannequins into your office chair around 2:30 in the afternoon and heading for the nearest happy hour (Bonus tip: Sell the ruse extra hard by playing …

Do this: Head to the theater this weekend

Thursday, August 13, 2015

This is the weekend to enjoy some local theater. There’s quite a selection of shows for you to choose from – including an irreverent comedy, a musical that brings a board game to life and an adaptation of …

Martin to be honored at Bluegrass Awards

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Movie star, comedian and Grammy-winning musician Steve Martin will be honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association with a distinguished achievement award. The association announced special awards recipients and nominees Wednesday for the International Bluegrass Music Awards, which …