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The Insiders: Listen to this music so you don’t have to listen to people tell you what to do

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sunday is the day for pretending you can’t hear your loved ones when they try to give you chores to do. And a great way to not hear them is to put music in your ears so there’s no room for any other yapping. Well, there’s plenty of music in town today, just looking for ear holes to climb into and chores to put off. Merrimack Music on Sundays has …

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 …

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: Here’s how not to be a huge jerk while returning all your Christmas gifts

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy National Return Stuff Day! That’s not a real recognized holiday – yet – but anyone who has ever worked in retail will tell you it might as well be. Today is the day that 50 percent of all Christmas shopping gets done all over again when people …

The Insiders: Throw on those Santa jammies and a movie cause it’s Christmas Eve

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

So this is it. One final day before Santa pushes that big round belly down your chimney and the clock is ticking. Tick-tock, tick-tock. If you’re like us, there’s lots to do. You’ve got to wrap those last-minute presents that are still on your to-do list to buy. …

The Insiders: Enjoy tons of great holiday music today, no helmet required

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The way we see it, there’s two ways you can tackle today: put on full football pads and a helmet and brave the shopping centers, or put on your listening pants and hear some relaxing holiday music (If you are doing some shopping, we could use some new …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …