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The Insiders: Cross the Nutcracker off your holiday to-do list

Thursday, December 18, 2014

There are just certain things you must do during the holiday season. Making a gingerbread house and then eating the entire thing in one sitting is No. 1 on our list. Dressing up like an elf and doing a one-man caroling routine around the neighborhood is another, as is writing at least 17 different letters to Santa to see which one he chooses. But if your list is a little …

The Insiders: Music and art in one place? You got to check this out

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

If you haven’t noticed, we’re pretty big fans of music and art. Like screaming as the tour bus passes by kind of fans. But we’re sad to report that we’re not all that good at either one of them, which is why when we heard that the Concord Community Music School was holding an Integrated Arts Recital featuring its piano department students, you …

The Insiders: Your Christmas shopping (for us) can wait, there’s magic at Red River tonight

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

We could tell you to go to a dozen places in Concord today (to pick up our dry cleaning, to grab us a coffee, to head to the office so we don’t have to), but you know what you really should be doing: Christmas shopping! We’ve just emailed you a list of all the stuff we really want this year, in case you …

The Insiders: Are you feeling potlucky, punk? Then stop by the Audi

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Things get busy this time of year. There are only 10 shopping days left until Christmas, which means you only have nine left to waste, so the pace of life understandably quickens. That makes it hard to find the motivation to make dinner after really busy days. Well, …

The Insiders: Cookie walks are the best kind of walks (Note: not a medical statement.)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

We like cookies. Do you like cookies? That’s not a real question. Since you’re a human person, we know the answer is yes. Well, just like exercise is so highly recommended they invented official walks to encourage it, they’ve done the same with cookies! And there are three …

The Insiders: Don’t miss this performance of the 12 Days of Christmas

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Now if we went purely by the lyrics of the holiday song, we can’t officially begin the Christmas celebration until Sunday because of the whole 12-day rule. But what’s the fun in that? Plus if we wait till then, we’d all be missing out on tonight’s performance of …

The Insiders: Check out the creative space of a real, live artist

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

If you’re walking down South Main Street right now, there’s a chance that Melissa Anne Miller is watching you. But don’t worry, it’s purely in an observing, information gathering kind of way. You see, the longtime artist is well-known for her scenes around the city, and you just …

The Insiders: Today is one of those days that’s actually a day

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Thanks to the internet, it seems like every day is some kind of day now. For instance, according to holidayinsights.com, today is both Letter Writing Day and National Cotton Candy Day, a pair of “holidays” we recommend celebrating separately in order to prevent a sticky correspondence epidemic. But …

The Insiders: It’s time to do some bargain shopping at the annual ski and skate sale

Saturday, December 6, 2014

We’re big on getting great deals. Like free cookies, cheap day-old doughnuts and inexpensive winter gear. And while we can’t promise the first two things will happen today, the last one sure can. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Green Street Community Center will be open for …

The Insiders: Stay up past your bedtime and check out Midnight Merriment

Thursday, December 4, 2014

We all have different ways to kick off the holiday season. Many put up the family Christmas tree, others decorate the front yard with inflatable snowmen and reindeer, while some bake cookies that look like their favorite Insider staff member. But Intown Concord has something else in mind, …

The Insiders: Hear the words written by a writer tonight at Red River

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

As far as we can tell, Donald Hall really likes words. At least we hope that’s the case because if not, he’s been fooling people for a really long time with his lifetime of putting them together in carefully crafted ways for others to enjoy. Kind of like …

The Insiders: Your goods may be canned, but your laughter won’t be at Concord High tonight

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

We prefer our donated foods canned and our laughter anything but, which is the combination you’ll find tonight at 7 at Concord High School. Concord High’s Save Our Cold Kids Club – delightfully acronymed SOCK – is bringing professional comedian Jim Colliton to the stage along with several …

The Insiders: The tenor of your evening will change for the better at the Cap Center tonight

Saturday, November 29, 2014

You may have noticed from listening to your car radio only about eight songs exist. But you may have also noticed that it’s officially Christmas music time. That used to become official the minute Thanksgiving was over, but lately it seems like anytime after Halloween is becoming fair …

The Insiders: Let’s light the old Christmas tree – the city tree that is.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Now if you’re reading this, we’d like to first thank you for tuning into our first post-Thanksgiving column of 2014 and in turn, it’s safe to assume that third turkey sandwich didn’t put you in a food coma that will keep you out of commission through the weekend. …

The Insiders: Burn your Turkey Day calories before you consume them with a four-mile crab walk (or run, if it’s what you’re comfortable with)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We can probably take a pretty good stab at what your afternoon is going to look like today. It will most likely include the four Fs: football, feasting, fighting with family and food coma. There is the possibility to add a fifth F, if you’d like – four …