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The Insiders: Looks like winter’s naming rights are still up for grabs; turns out Frostiana is this concert at St. Paul’s School

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Given the Weather Channel’s new penchant for naming winter storms in order to strike greater levels of fear into you (coming up next, a live update on Winter Storm Death Claw!), we first thought Frostiana was just a regal moniker given to the entire winter season this year. But it’s actually a 20th century choral piece by Randall Thompson, and …

The Insiders: We can’t invite you to our dance party, but Let’s Dance certainly can

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

We can’t tell you how many times our brainstorming sessions for this column have devolved into dance parties. What can we say, we’re slaves to the rhythm. One lesson we’ve learned from the experience, though: It’s extremely difficult to type a coherent column while doing the Carlton. Our bosses weren’t particularly enthused with …

The Insiders: The grass is bluer with this concert at the Audi tonight

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

There isn’t any grass visible anywhere in these parts right now (it’s still uncertain whether any will become visible before the end of 2015), so if we told you the grass was actually blue under there, it’s possible you might believe us. We’d still be lying, though. However, the grass really will be …

The Insiders: Do your running on Super Bowl Sunday sans helmet with NHTI

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The big day is finally here, everyone. It’s Super Bowl Sunday, when two weeks of blah blah blahing about football is replaced with actual football. (We did a quick Google search and discovered that this column is the only story in an American newspaper not to discuss deflated …

The Insiders: Celebrate Flashback Friday with Beethoven at the Music School

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Just like those Folgers coffee commercials (remember when those were a thing??!!), we’ve secretly replaced the “B” in #FBF (flashback Friday) with Beethoven this evening. That’s about as flashbacky as you can get! Pianist Gregg Pauley is presenting the fifth of nine concerts in his Beethoven Project tonight …

The Insiders: Dance like nobody’s watching, even though other people at Let’s Dance will be

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Our knowledge of the dancing world is admittedly limited, and not just because we have two left feet (between the two of us, we mean). We hear things like Merengue and Paso Doble and think one of them is a pie and the other is movie villain. Turns …

The Insiders: Come for the science and stay for the, um, science (and the fun!) with The Amazing Nano Brothers

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Nothing gets a party started quite like nanoscale science and technology, amirite? We’re talking molecules and probe microscopy and probably some other kinds of scopys – you know, the kind of stuff that just screams FUN! And you think we’re being sarcastic – we’re actually just describing this …

The Insiders: Go to these events today and we promise not to give you any homework

Saturday, January 24, 2015

We’re going old school today in the most literal sense. Well, maybe not the absolute literal sense – we’re not moving into a tiny schoolhouse and slapping you across the knuckles with a ruler. But we’re throwing it back to the days when you used to review what …

The Insiders: We’ve got three words for you, mac and cheese

Friday, January 23, 2015

There’s a lot you can do with macaroni and cheese. In addition to using just about any kind of cheese imaginable, you can add bacon, ham or pulled pork. You can even throw in some veggies if you’re into that kind of thing. And don’t forget to check …

The Insiders: It’s late January and cold, and that means it’s Black Ice hockey time

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It’s a little hard to admit this, having lived in New Hampshire for approximately 97 percent of our lives, but we can’t skate. Ice, roller, you name it and we can’t do it. So it’s probably a good thing that we didn’t sign up for the fifth annual …

The Insiders: McGowan Fine Art proves ice isn’t the only thing blooming at this time of year

Thursday, January 22, 2015

If you’ve been out tending to your garden lately, you’ve probably noticed this year’s crop of ice has really been growing nicely. You’re also probably really cold. There’s just not a lot in bloom at this time of year – unless you hit up McGowan Fine Art for …

The Insiders: Sing aloud or read aloud, it’s your choice

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

We know it’s a scary thought, but it’s finally time. You’ve been sitting on that poetry you wrote that one time for way too long, and now the world needs to hear it. Your mirror and cat are no longer an acceptable audience, and like us, they would …

The Insiders: They don’t sell the legs diamond at Jared, so you’ll have to go to Red River

Sunday, January 18, 2015

If you have a TV, you’ve probably heard of diamonds. There are, um, a few commercials featuring the jewels out there (GO AWAY JARED). And what’s up with the people who name them? Chocolate diamonds? Sounds like they’d go great with some peanut butter. Anyway, you’ve probably never …

The Insiders: You can’t be first to the moon, but you can be one of the first to check out this Concord Chorale concert

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Being the first one to stuff is fun. Take the moon, for instance – that’s the kind of stuff MTV award statues are made of. You probably won’t get bronzed into figurine form if you go to the Concord Chorale concert tonight, but you will be among the …

The Insiders: Let’s make this the best birthday Concord has ever seen

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

There’s nothing better than a rocking birthday celebration. We just threw a huge one a few months back to mark eight years of the Insider. You should have come, there was cake, cookies and lots of autographs. Boy, did we feel important. But when it’s a really special …