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’Wet Hot American Summer’ and the rise of ‘80s and ‘90s period pieces

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, released last Friday, is a completely unnecessary but surprisingly charming prequel to the high-concept 2001 parody of classic summer camp movies from David Wain and Michael Showalter. If you like comedy, it’s a full-on talent showcase: As James Poniewozik put it in Time, “If you are an actor known for playing cameos in oddball comedies and you are not in First …

Boston Symphony Orchestra extends director's contract

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The new eight-year contract with Nelsons will run through 2022, the orchestra announced. It replaces the original five-year deal that began in September. The new deal also includes an evergreen clause that reflects a “mutual desire for a long-term commitment” that could keep Nelsons in Boston beyond 2022. “This is a significant opportunity …

new york: The Schumers call for gun control

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Comedian Amy Schumer spoke tearfully of two women who were shot to death during a screening of her movie, Trainwreck, and asked lawmakers Monday to support a gun control bill sponsored by her second cousin, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer. “I’ve thought about these victims each day since the tragedy,” she said at a …

DuBois thriller brings a gunfight to the beach

Thursday, July 23, 2015

When most people think of Hampton Beach and New Hampshire, they don’t tend to think about car chases, missing persons, gun fights, mobs or nuclear meltdowns. But in Brendan DuBois’s Lewis Cole series, that is just what readers …

Do This: Dr. John and Martin Sexton – Flying Monkey’s high-powered weekend

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Flying Monkey in Plymouth is gearing up for a heavy-hitter weekend, first with the Nite Tripper himself, Dr. John, on Friday and followed with Americana sweetheart Martin Sexton on Saturday. Nobody personifies the musical culture of New …

The Insiders: There’s live music at two locations at the same time, so you’ve got a tough choice

Thursday, July 23, 2015

It’s hard to look at all that sunshine while you’re stuck inside during the work day. You easily find yourself day dreaming about the grass between your toes and an ice cream cone in your hand, which we …

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 …