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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 listening pants). It’s an easy choice, really, especially when you see the menu of musical masterpieces. The Concord City Auditorium is hosting …

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. …

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: 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 …

The Insiders: The food coma can wait; stop by the “Fez”tival of Trees first

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

One of our favorite Thanksgiving week traditions that doesn’t involve stuffing our faces with delicious grub or entering into an extended food coma is the annual “Fez”tival of Trees at the Bektash Shrine Center at 189 Pembroke Road (although there are refreshments available, so the food coma could …

The Insiders: Get your moustache ready for race day this morning

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Doctors recommend getting blah blah minutes of exercise a day, and though some respected medical outlets have yet to add this additional nugget of information, we’re pretty sure we’ve read that it counts double if you exercise while wearing a mustache headband. That’s an attainable goal this morning, …

The Insiders: The Tall Granite Big Band is debuting this weekend – and it’s for a good cause

Thursday, November 20, 2014

If 17 musicians get together and no one is there to hear them play, do they make a sound? We’d assume so, but how could we really ever know – especially if each one was sworn to secrecy? Good thing all of you can prevent us from having …

The Insiders: We’re tooting our own horn – but it’s for a fantastic cause

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

We’re not usually ones to toot our own horn, which is good because neither of us has a ton of musical ability and it would probably sound like some sort of sick animal. But we can’t help but …

The Insiders: You can learn how the magic of the ‘Insider’ isn’t as cool as the magic of Andrew Pinard tonight

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Just like magic, the Insider appears in subscribers’ newspapers Tuesday and on newsstands Wednesday every week. We’d tell you how we do that, but a real magician never reveals his secrets (or the names of the circulation department employees who deliver the newspaper). If you want to test …

The Insiders: We’re not legendary guitarists, but this guy at the Capitol Center is

Sunday, November 16, 2014

One of life’s great regrets is that nobody has ever referred to either of us as a “legendary guitarist.” This, despite the fact that we have all the necessary requirements covered other than the ability to play the guitar. Well, Steve Hackett has no such regrets, earning the …

The Insiders: Calling all princesses: It’s time to gather at Red River

Friday, November 14, 2014

We’ll admit, we haven’t met any actual princesses – although we do know a few people who we think would put themselves in that category. You can see a bunch of them today, though, when the Concord Contemporary Club (a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs) …

The Insiders: Here’s some stuff to pencil in to your planner, 1997-style.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Look, we don’t pretend to know what your schedule is like. We don’t have to pretend, because we’ve already thumbed through your planner while you were reheating your lunch (forgive the reference to the archaic organizational instrument known as a “planner.” Just think of your smart phone calendar …

The Insiders: It’s a poetry polyphony throw down at Gibson’s

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

There are some things that just go together. Like peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, and books and libraries. Now you might not lump yogurt and poetry into that grouping, but tonight at Gibson’s Bookstore we’re going to make an exception. That’s because nine members of the …

The Insiders: Rake those leaves, then SNOB it up one last time

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The leaves are raked, the lawn is mowed and the trash has been taken out. Well, at least that’s what it looks like at the neighbor’s house. We’re just waiting for him to go inside so we can …

The Insiders: It’s a Sunday of songs and suspense, but not suspenseful songs

Sunday, November 2, 2014

We’ve got a Sunday of suspense and singing on tap for you today, though both aren’t happening at the same time. Turns out suspenseful singing is just a dude following you around going “dun dun dun,” and nobody wants to pay money for that. Instead, peep this week’s …