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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 to rack our brains for a logical answer to an illogical question by going to tonight’s debut of the Tall Granite Big …

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 point you to this week’s Insider – not because of our (implied and widely accepted) …

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 that theory, though, you can catch a real magician tonight – albeit one that won’t …

The Insiders: We think you should investigate this Hank Phillippi Ryan appearance at Gibson’s

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Of all the women we know named Hank, Hank Phillippi Ryan has to rank right at the top of the list. You may remember her from such things as your television set, because she’s the investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate. Hopefully she’s never knocked on your door …

The Insiders: Our pun game gets a little hairy ahead of today’s barbershop harmony festival

Saturday, October 4, 2014

You can’t cut hair by singing, even if all of your notes are sharp (can we all just pause for a second to acknowledge this low moment in Insider column pun usage. Okay, moving on). But that hasn’t …

The Insiders: Your pets can still go to church tomorrow, but the blessing of the animals is today

Saturday, October 4, 2014

We have no idea what your pets are like. Perhaps they get up every Sunday morning, put on their best three-piece, four-legged suit and head dutifully out to church with the rest of the neighborhood dogs and cats. It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen it. Well, …

The Insiders: Travel the world today – or at least watch films from all over it

Friday, October 3, 2014

Today, we’re going to take a little trip – to Manhattan. So we ask that you all buckle your safety belts and . . . Wait, what do you mean Manhattan is coming to us? And let us get this straight, it’s not the city, but rather the …

The Insiders: Want to know more about Mount Everest? Here’s your chance

Thursday, October 2, 2014

If you’re among the people in this world who actually seek out extreme thrills, then climbing Mount Everest has to be high on your list – if not at the top. There is, of course, the danger associated with navigating the world’s tallest mountain, and doing quite a …

The Insiders: Fall falliage? Watch men in colorful heels march down Main Street tonight

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Don’t look now, readers, but it’s October. That means all the leaves are about to turn a lovely shade of SO MUCH SNOW IN YOUR DRIVEWAY. Sorry, we fast forwarded a little bit there. There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the color, particularly the color of the …

The Insiders: Concord continues its reign as king of all walks with today’s MS Journey of Hope

Saturday, September 27, 2014

We consider Concord the international pace-setter in several categories. Hair salons. Law offices. General John Stark statues. But it’s also becoming the world’s pre-eminent locale for walks. Official walks, we mean. The first official Mayor’s Walk was less …

The Insiders: Become a detective like you read about at the library today

Saturday, September 27, 2014

If you’ve watched as many episodes of Law and Order as we have, you know certain things about the criminal justice process: Suspects love weaving recklessly through back alleys, major case breakthroughs usually follow dramatic violin interludes, and every couple of seasons you have to hire a new …

The Insiders: Buy a T-shirt and get Connolly Tough

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Going for a nice walk is considered a good thing. It allows us to get fresh air and a little exercise at the same time, something we can all agree that we need more of. But if you …

The Insiders: Mike Morin has a story to tell, so you should go listen

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

We never condone death threats or burying someone alive, but in reality sometimes those kinds of things make for a good story. Especially when they happen to the same person. And if you think those make for a good conversation starter, you should hear all of the other …

The Insiders: Launch your international square dancing career – or just do some dancing – tonight at West Congregational

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

We find we often operate better with a little instruction. Outside of the writing of this column, we mean. But we prefer to do our painting by numbers and our dancing by shapes. Squares, mostly, because rhombus dancing hasn’t taken off like we thought it might. Square dancing …

The Insiders: Check out the musical equivalent of the Fluffernutter sandwich at the Cap Center

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sometimes when two things are combined, magic happens. Like when the Monitor decided to blend Keith and Tim’s writing styles into a daily column, fireworks pretty much went off in the office (that may have just been the …