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Arts and Entertainment

Crossover country superstar Kenny Rogers dies at 81

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

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

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 ...

Even in the midst of a very cold New Hampshire winter, hope springs eternal

“Look what just bloomed: New arrivals for spring!” read the email’s subject line. It was an ad from my favorite clothing store announcing the release of their new spring collection. Despite my better judgment, I spent a good hour browsing pastel T-shirts, cropped pants and flowy chiffon ...

‘A new day’: Harvey Weinstein convicted, led away in cuffs

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape and sexual assault against two women and led off to prison in handcuffs Monday in what his foes hailed as a landmark moment for the legal system and a long-overdue reckoning for the man vilified as the biggest ...

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

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 ...

Winter Psychic Fair to bring mediums, mystics and metaphysics to the Gate City

NASHUA – As the mundane reality of winter continues to oppress, any form of escape is welcome. On Saturday, local residents will have a chance to engage in a much more magical realm, as the Winter Psychic Fair takes off at the Hampton Inn in Nashua from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. An array of ...

Brad Pitt, ‘Parasite’ win early at 92nd Academy Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 92nd Academy Awards have started off on script: Brad Pitt won his first acting Oscar for his performance in “Once Upon on a Time ... In Hollywood” and Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” took best original screenplay. Few categories were more certain coming into ...

If the $6.5M hat isn’t Lincoln’s, why not ask for a refund?

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — In 2007, Springfield’s gleaming new shrine to Abraham Lincoln was open, but it lacked touchstone pieces to show off, so organizers paid $6.5 million for the most symbolic Lincoln artifact available: one of the 16th president’s stovepipe hats. A dozen years and ...

FILM GAGS: The worst of 2019

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 ...

Thunberg ‘surprised’ to be Time Person of the Year

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

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, ...

War epic ‘Midway’ bests ‘Doctor Sleep’ at the box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Despite a fresh injection of four big movies into the marketplace including a Stephen King adaptation, a World War II epic, a glossy, holiday-themed romantic comedy and a family friendly comedy, audiences largely stayed away from theaters this weekend and the North American ...

‘Goodness and humor’ celebrated as ‘Sesame Street’ turns 50

‘NEW YORK (AP) – Fifty years ago, beloved entertainer Carol Burnett appeared on the very first broadcast of a quirky TV program that featured a bunch of furry puppets. “Wow, Wanda the Witch is weird,” Burnett commented. And then – poof – she was gone. That show was “Sesame ...

Brown in Artist of the Month

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 ...

Liverpool and all the world: A special place where it comes alive

Having family scattered all over England, across the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to have made the trip across the pond many times. I’ve seen a great deal of the country, and had the opportunity to take-in its lush rolling countryside, and walk through the pages of its history. ...

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

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

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 ...

Historical Society sets open house

MILFORD – Humphrey Moore was the first settled pastor in Milford. He was a farmer, author, abolitionist and legislator. His importance and contributions to the history of Milford will be the subject of discussion with the Rev. Dr. Alex Gondola during the November open house. Gondola is ...

First Baptist Church Vendor Fair slated

Come do your Christmas shopping early at the First Baptist Church of Nashua’s Venor Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 2. Vendors include Arbonne, 31, Slime Madness, Damsel in Defense, Health Spray Line, Lularoe, Heavenly Goddess, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Farmasi, Park Lane, Kwilliams, ...