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Rachael Smith, playing Tracy Turnblad, in the opening scene of Hairspray during the dress rehearsal for the Broadway musical, at the Capital Center for the Arts in Concord on July 11, 2014. 

(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

PHOTOS: Into the ’60s with ‘Hairspray’ at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord

Friday, July 11, 2014

At their dress rehearsal on Friday afternoon, just hours before their first performance at the Capitol Center for the Arts, the young cast of the production of Hairspray showed how they went back five decades. The Broadway musical takes place in the 60s and addresses issues of equality and justice in energetic and humourous way. The show kicks off RB … 0

PHOTOS: The Canterbury Morris Dance team practices for a busy summer

Friday, July 4, 2014

“It’s a family thing,” said Polly Camire, while on a break from leading the Canterbury Morris dance team practice at the town’s Parish House. Both of her daughters are on the team that started more than 35 years ago, and she pointed out several other members who are from the same family. Camire … 0

A T. rex named Sue

Sunday, June 29, 2014

It’s not often that a young boy meets the subject of his favorite books, movies and television programs. It’s even less likely when that young boy’s obsession is a 42-foot, 7-ton beauty who’s been dead for 67 million years. And yet that’s exactly how my 4-year-old spent a recent Sunday afternoon: staring into … 1

At McGowan Fine Arts, experience spring ‘Thaw’ with new show

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Ah, spring. Will we ever see you again? It’s easy in the midst of this bitter winter to think the world will remain frozen forever. But “Thaw,” the exhibit which runs through March 28 at McGowan Fine Art … 0

Art center marks 75 years with student art exhibit

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Art is more than busy work for kids at the Currier Art Center, and what they produce is more than something sweet to hang on the fridge. Robert Eshoo, former director of the center, said the 75th anniversary … 0

Concord Community Players perform farcical take on classic monster movie

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Depending on whom you ask, this weekend’s Concord Community Players production of Kong’s Night Out may be described as a romp, a farce, slapstick comedy or a whole lot of monkey business. It’s also a screwball send-up of … 0

Models in Spanx kick off New York Fashion Week

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Showing their Spanx Even models love their Spanx. The global retailer GS Shop, based in Seoul, South Korea, sent the skinny ones down a runway last week in teensy boy shorts, Wonderbras and stretchy shapewear that helped make … 0

Peterborough: Loss of a legend

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Bob McQuillen, a legend in New England contra dance circles known for his rhythmic “Boom-Chuck” piano playing, his corny jokes and his infectious enthusiasm, died Tuesday surrounded by friends at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. McQuillen, 90, had … 0

New planetarium show highlights race to return to the moon

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

It’s nice to get away, but the planning and dreaming are some of the best parts. Do you want to go north? South? The Grand Canyon? Paris? If some international teams have their way, the moon may be … 0

We all fall down

Monday, February 3, 2014

Caroline Allen, 8, left, laughs as she and Aubrey Anderson, 7, goof around after collapsing on each other while trying to do an acrobatic pose during a beginners tumbling class at Capital City Dance Center on Friday, January … 0

‘LIFE’ photographer of the ’60s and ’70s shows work at St. Paul’s

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Those of a certain age will remember the powerful role that photo magazines LOOK and LIFE played in one’s view of the world and of life in America. Who can forget the iconic photo at JFK’s funeral – … 0

Concord City Auditorium filled with dance and song this weekend

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Concord City Auditorium plays host to both raucous high kicks and joyous vocal performances this weekend. Kicking off the festivities Saturday will be “The Rhythm of the Night” dance concert, which features 145 of the area’s top … 0

Artist makes Currier Museum itself part of his exhibit

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Questions, questions, questions. How does a museum decide what is worth collecting? How do these choices affect our view of history? Does an object’s perceived value change over time, and through different eyes? How are objects grouped for … 0