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Crossover country superstar Kenny Rogers dies at 81

Arts and Entertainment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kenny Rogers, the smooth, Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country and pop with such hits as “Lucille,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” and embraced his persona as “The Gambler” on records and on TV, died Friday night. He was 81. He ...

Granite Game Summit kicks off Friday in Nashua

Arts and Entertainment

Back in the days before cell phones and video games, people used to gather around and compete against each other over board games. From the kiddie set that were playing with Chutes and Ladders to those more enamored of the complex machinations of Risk, these games encouraged intense interaction ...

Chocolate, Wine & Cheese Festival on tap for Friday

Arts and Entertainment

When it comes to decadent luxury, you really have to work at surpassing the gustatory pleasures of fine wine, aged cheese and artisan chocolate. Attendees at the Chocolate, Wine & Cheese Festival will have ample opportunity to savor all three when they gather at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua ...

French fries – or in England, chips – originated in Belgium

Recipes

A number of years ago, my girlfriend had the opportunity to travel to London, with her sister and brother-in-law. One night, they were relaxing in a pub over some drinks, when the sister decided to go to the bar and get some chips. “Sorry, love. The kitchen’s closed,” the bartender ...

‘Jingle Jangle’: Folk-Rock Memories of The Byrds

Arts and Entertainment

For so many people, myself included, the emotional pull of music is often intoxicating. For in its unique way, music has the magic power to catalogue so many of the salient points, watershed moments, and marking posts of our lives. Hearing an old song can, in an instant, bring a laser-sharp ...

FILM GAGS: The worst of 2019

Arts and Entertainment

Two thousand nineteen offered some historically great films: “1917,” “The Irishman,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and “Marriage Story,” to name a few. The reality is that for every great film made, there are dozens worthy of rotten tomatoes. Endless remakes, reboots and ...

US drinking more now than before Prohibition

Food and Drink

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans are drinking more now than when Prohibition was enacted. What’s more, it’s been rising for two decades, and it’s not clear when it will fall again. That’s the picture painted by federal health statistics, which show a rise in per-person consumption and ...

Thunberg ‘surprised’ to be Time Person of the Year

Arts and Entertainment

MADRID (AP) — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg said she was surprised and honored Wednesday to be named Time’s youngest Person of the Year, while adding that others in the global movement she helped inspire deserve to share the accolade. The 16-year-old Swede has become the face of ...

Under pressure, Hallmark pulls gay-themed wedding ads

Arts and Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — Under pressure from a conservative advocacy group, The Hallmark Channel has pulled ads for a wedding-planning website that featured same-sex couples, including two brides kissing. The family-friendly network, which is in the midst of its heavily watched holiday programming, ...

Brown in Artist of the Month

Arts and Entertainment

NASHUA – College student Grace Brown has been named the Mayor’s Office Artist of the Month for October, November and December. Brown wrote: My name is Grace Brown, and I’m currently a student at Plymouth State University, majoring in art history. My interest in the arts started in ...

Tajci, Waking Up in America, at Nashua High School North

Arts and Entertainment

NASHUA – The Nashua Community Concert Association will present “Waking Up in America,” a musical cabaret-style show of the American Songbook. Featuring Tatiana “Tajci” Cameron; her sister, Los Angeles-based actress/singer Sanya Mateyas; and keyboardist extraordinaire Brian Hanson, ...

Sauerkraut roots is in ancient China

Arts and Entertainment

The onset of fall brings with it the flavors of Oktoberfest – bratwurst, knockwurst, German beer, and of course, sauerkraut. This last comestible is so ubiquitous that one would suppose the Germans invented it. One would be wrong. Sauerkraut actually has its roots in ancient China, where ...