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Ian Tewksbury and the rest of the cast rehearse the song "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" for this year's First Congregational Church Variety Show titled “Cruisin’ and Croonin,’” at Hopkinton High School on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Hopkinton Variety Show has entertained the community for 30 years and counting

Thursday, April 16, 2015

This week, Hopkinton High School’s auditorium will be transformed into the deck of a cruise ship, the backdrop for a lot of singing, dancing and laughter. Welcome to Hopkinton’s Variety Show, a community tradition going back three decades. Every other year, the members of First Congregational Church put on a performance that runs for three nights, brings out hundreds of …

Concord’s True Brew music scene: Live, local, original

Thursday, April 16, 2015

If you like good local music, a nice espresso and a hearty stout, True Brew Barista in downtown Concord is the place for you. The Hippo has named True Brew the Best Bar for Live Music three years in a row, and the coffee shop/music bar was named the second-best live music venue …

Local artists nominated for New England Music Awards

Thursday, April 16, 2015

New England’s top musicians, songwriters and producers will be recognized Saturday at the New England Music Awards. Those who attend will hear Latin, rock, country, folk, pop, hip hop, reggae and more by artists who call New England home. There were a number of smaller, regional awards programs: the Connecticut Music Awards, the …

Photographer documents his avian encounters

Thursday, December 11, 2014

David Lipsy walked slowly across the marsh toward a dot huddled in the distance, expecting any moment for it to become a dot no longer on the ground but a dot headed skyward, vanished. But as he got …

PHOTOS: Interpreting ‘Blue Cathedral’

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Y esterday, Concord Community Music School students contributed to the “Drawn to the Music” program, a yearly collaboration between students from across the state and the New Hampshire Philharmonic. This year, children were tasked with creating drawings depicting …

Pantone picks Marsala as top color of the new year

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Let’s hear it for Marsala, the wine-influenced, red-kissed color of 2015, as chosen by Pantone. “Hardy, robust, satisfying, fulfilling. At the same time there’s a certain glamour that’s attached to this color,” offered Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of …

Musical take on dePaola’s holiday tale tours the area

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

You know it’s shaping up to be a rough day when Elvis, the queen and Elton John tell you you’re dirty, you’re poor, and to go away. Unless you’re the first family of Christmas, Mary and Joseph. Then …

Review: ‘A Delicate Balance’ still a bracing brew

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Whoever has to restock and refill the onstage bar at the new Broadway revival of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance has their work cut out for them. In this still-stunning Albee play with a cast to stand up …

PHOTOS: “9 to 5 – The Musical” to open at Concord City Auditorium

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Community Players of Concord’s production of the Broadway hit “9 to 5 – The Musical” opened at the Concord City Auditorium last night. The story centers around three female secretaries, their womanizing department executive, and what happens …

Deadpan comedian Steven Wright brings ‘jokes, jokes, jokes’ to Capitol Center

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Steven Wright doesn’t think he’s special. He just talks that way. But the fact remains this slow-talking veteran comedian, who’s elevated deadpan to an art, has built a decades-long career on the way he talks and his singularly …

Review: Sting’s ‘The Last Ship’ is thrilling stuff

Monday, October 27, 2014

You may be tempted upon leaving Sting’s Broadway musical The Last Ship to head straight to a pub to drain a pint and sing some sea shanties. Or maybe go weld something. Or do both. Such are the …

'6X6' show challenges dozens of artists to contain visions in a small, square space

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

When artists from across the country decided to donate a “little” something to the North Country Studio Workshops, no one anticipated how big that gesture would turn out to be. “It’s already been a very huge success,” said …

Tory Burch book gives look at what inspires her

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tory Burch’s new book is all about color, a compilation of the influences that inspire her, from people to music to art to culture to travel to home design. “It’s this eclectic mix, and that’s really what our …