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The Insiders: Get off the couch and help out a couple worthwhile causes today

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Happy August everyone. It’s hard to believe that July is over and September is not far away, but let’s enjoy the time we have with the eighth month of the year while it’s here. Now we have a couple of worthwhile causes for you to support this weekend. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Eagle Square, Bryce’s Day …

Wild animals, bouncy house and dunking booth today will benefit Concord 10-year-old with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Friday, July 31, 2015

Even though Bryce Haines has Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he’s a pretty upbeat kid. The 10-year-old could only go to part of a recent basketball camp with Concord native Matt Bonner, rather than spend the whole day on the court. But he told his mom, Jaryn, he was just excited to be there with his …

Shrug it off - Jon Stewart would want it that way

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Nothing comes to an end in television without a silly but also meaningful grieving process. The longer the run and more devoted the fan base, the louder the wails. This Thursday’s end of Jon Stewart’s incomparable, culturally significant run as the host of Comedy Central’s Daily Show cuts deeper than the usual sign-off. Even though the 52-year-old host announced his departure nearly six …

The Insiders: Hit up this blood drive today – there might be cookies!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

We’d be willing to bet that the Red Cross’s favorite part of a blood drive is the blood. It’s probably not the drive, anyway. There’s absolutely no question which part is our favorite, though – it’s when they …

8-Bit Icons: A look at the video games of ‘Pixels’

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Q*bert is ready for his close-up. After bringing Harry Potter and Mrs. Doubtfire to life on the big screen, Chris Columbus’s latest film sees the director inserting classic video game characters into the real world. Pixels follows a …

PHOTOS: Lakeside music in Wolfeboro

Monday, July 20, 2015

The threat of rain didn’t stop about a hundred audience members from enjoying live music at Cate Park in Wolfeboro on Saturday evening with Lake Winnipesaukee in the background. The free performance by the a cappella group Tuckermans …

‘Ant-Man’ and ‘Trainwreck’ debut

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Marvel’s Ant-Man punched above its weight at the weekend box office, debuting with an estimated $58 million, while Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck also opened strongly with $30.2 million. The result for Ant-Man didn’t match some of Marvel’s better known …

Trendy but calm: Adult coloring books selling like crazy

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Adult coloring books are giving Harper Lee a run for the money on best-seller lists this summer. Dover Publications has sold more than 3 million adult coloring books with titles like Flower Fashion Fantasies. Quarto Publishing will have …

The Insiders: Carve out some time to spy these sculptures. But first: bacon!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

While looking for fun stuff to do today, we plugged in the old Google machine and discovered that Sunday is National Flitch Day. That probably means nothing to you, unless your name happens to be Ebenezer Flitch. But …

‘The Fixer’ is another worthwhile novel from Joseph Finder

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Joseph Finder takes a familiar story and gives it a unique spin in his latest page-turner, The Fixer. Finder crafts tales that force his characters to step outside their comfort zone and confront their fears if they are …

Musical duo will have new biography in 2018

Saturday, July 18, 2015

A biography of Rodgers and Hammerstein, written with the cooperation of the late Broadway team’s publishing arm, will be come out in 2018. Henry Holt and Company announced Monday that Todd S. Purdum’s book, Rogers and Hammerstein, also …

Bush biography forgets nothing

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Some Washington memoirs come out too soon. Written when the relevant administrations are still in office and before the authors, fresh from their awkward farewell gatherings, have fully processed the events they’re describing, these books are great for …

HOPE: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Many middle-class parents today look back on our free-range childhoods with amazement. Did our moms really kick us out the door, telling us to be home only for dinner or when it got dark? Did we really ride …