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Visitors browse vendors on Main Street on the first afternoon of Market Days, Thursday, June 25, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Downtown: Many merchants performed better during earlier Market Days

Sunday, July 5, 2015

For Gretchen Peters at Puppy Love Hot Dogs, Market Days is Christmas. Intown Concord’s annual street festival is her biggest weekend of the year, and this summer, the holiday was extra festive. “I had one of my busiest Market Days events ever, those three days in June,” Peters said. She credited the cooler weather in June, as opposed to the …

’Terminator,’ ‘Magic Mike’ fizzle at July 4th box office

Sunday, July 5, 2015

July 4th went off like a dud at the box office. Anticipated new releases Magic Mike XXL and Terminator Genisys fizzled, leaving the popular holdovers Jurassic World and Inside Out to top the holiday weekend. Despite the brawny enticements of Channing Tatum and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the four-week rule of Universal’s dinosaur sensation Jurassic …

Just published: ‘Deception’ and ‘The PeaceSeeker’

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Deception Dan Lawton of Belmont recently self-published his first book, Deception. The crime-thriller is set in Topeka, Kan., somewhere Lawton has never been. When officer Billy Lewis’s father, the sheriff, is killed by a group of hitmen, Lewis seeks out revenge, money and the heart of a Cuban immigrant. Lawton is a technical …

Pixar’s newest cartoon inspired by neuroscience

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Drawing on real neuroscience and the latest psychological research, Inside Out goes where no animated film has gone before: Deep inside the workings of a young girl’s mind. The much anticipated Pixar release, the studio’s first in two …

‘The Illusionists’ to reappear on Broadway

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The magic super group The Illusionists will – poof! – reappear on Broadway this fall. Producer Simon Painter said the new edition of the touring show will include three new magicians and ups “the ante in terms of …

’Jurassic World’ bites off biggest global bow of all time

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dinosaurs are anything but extinct at the box office. Jurassic World, the fourth film in the series, became the highest global opener of all time with a staggering $511.8 million in its first days in theaters. It also …

New exhibit offers different perspective on World War II end

Sunday, June 14, 2015

As the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II approaches, a new museum exhibition provides a different perspective on the end of the conflict – one in which Japanese were the victims. That has the potential …

Barbie can rock flat shoes as part of more diverse line

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A new line of Barbie dolls has the 56-year-old fashionista rocking flat shoes for the first time. Toymaker Mattel rolled out more diverse versions of the doll from January through last week, aimed at allowing Barbie to better …

Iconic images of Vietnam War make homecoming in exhibit

Friday, June 12, 2015

HANOI, Vietnam — They were the images that communicated the horrors of war in ways words could not. They were so much more than just photographs, Vietnam’s president said on Thursday, recalling black-and-white images he said he will …

Want to understand what it means to be a woman? Look to robots

Friday, June 12, 2015

Ex Machina, a chilly, excellent debut movie from Alex Gardner about an artificial intelligence, has crystallized a growing sense in science fiction movies that the machines are rising, and that we’d better prepare ourselves for their ascendance. As my colleague Sonny Bunch noted several months ago, Ex Machina …

AP images of Vietnam War make homecoming in exhibit

Friday, June 12, 2015

They were the images that communicated the horrors of war in ways words could not. They were so much more than just photographs, Vietnam’s president said yesterday, recalling black-and-white images he said he will never forget from the …

Ray Duckler: Comedian Dave Attell lands at the Flying Monkey

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Funny man Dave Attell is walking through Times Square in Midtown Manhattan, desperate for a pair of pants that don’t make him look fat. He’s on the phone with a writer from New Hampshire, looking for some press …

The 2015 Tonys: The play’s not the thing

Monday, June 8, 2015

Bravo to the Tony voters, all 700 of them. The four productions named Sunday night as the best of the season were truly deserving. As for the awards show itself, well, everyone deserved better. The disconnect this year was especially grating. Based on the work singled out in …