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Today in History for May 23

Today is Saturday, May 23, the 144th day of 2020. There are 222 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 23, 1984, Surgeon General C. Everett Koop issued a report saying there was "very solid" evidence linking cigarette smoke to lung disease in non-smokers. On this ...

Rotations: Butch Walker, All Time Low and Miles Davis have new releases

On Georgia native Butch Walker’s stellar new album, “American Love Story,” (Ruby Red Recordings), the first track opens with the phrase, “Are we having a conversation?” different voices, same sentence, looped over and over, often overlapping with distortion. Walker has crafted a rock ...

Putting Judgment Aside in the Grocery Aisles

Dear Annie: I know that these are trying and difficult times. For most of us, we have not seen hardship like this in our lifetimes. My husband is an essential worker, and we worry daily that he could get this illness, as he and our youngest have asthma and any upper respiratory illness is ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for May 10

Every person was born to a mother, and for most, this figure was the very first teacher, the one to provide an introduction to the basics of survival. Saturn, the lessons planet, goes retrograde this Mother’s Day, suggesting that after we honor the generative energy of mothers, we take a ...

Rotations: Lucinda Williams, The Strokes, Kenny Chesney have new releases

Lucinda Williams is anything but subtle. The label-defying trobairitz sounds mad as hell on her new deceptively titled album, “Good Souls, Better Angels,” (Highway 20/Thirty Tigers). Once again, she sounds like she’s spinning out of control, yet manages to lyrically explain it like a ...

A Magical Mystery Tour from the ultimate Beatles insider

Across more than five timeworn decades, Peter Asher has enjoyed a luminous career, and has basked in the warm glow of the international spotlight. In addition to being a winner of multiple Grammy Awards, he is a noted singer, musician, writer, manager – he has managed the careers of James ...

‘The Girl with the Kitten Tattoo’

MERRIMACK – Author Linda Reilly, a long-time New Hampshire resident, is back with another cozy mystery jam-packed with cats! She’s writing about fictional cats, that is, at the High Cliff Shelter for Cats in Whisker Jog, New Hampshire. “The Girl with the Kitten Tattoo,” Reilly’s ...

New Hampshire Theatre Projects Creates Theatre for Times of Trouble

PORTSMOUTH – New Hampshire Theatre Project has been making theatre with communities for over thirty years, and now in the wake of the Covid-19 Global Pandemic they are returning to their roots to create a new work for the stage. Resident and Company Artists along with Executive Director ...

A Magical Mystery Tour from the ultimate Beatles insider

Across more than five timeworn decades, Peter Asher has enjoyed a luminous career, and has basked in the warm glow of the international spotlight. In addition to being a winner of multiple Grammy Awards, he is a noted singer, musician, writer, manager (He has managed the career of James Taylor ...

A ‘Phantom of the Opera’ contest seeks singer with style

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Lloyd Webber has launched a virtual competition that could lead to one fan singing on Broadway or the West End when musicals resume playing. The composer has invited singers to make up their own little vocal showcase at the end of the song “Think of Me” sung by ...

‘Spider-Man,’ ‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Thor’ shift release dates

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood studios are shuffling more release dates as a result of the coronavirus, including sequels to “Doctor Strange,” “Spider-Man: Far From Home” and “Into the Spider-Verse.” Late Friday, both Sony Pictures and The Walt Disney Co. announced updated ...

Annual Business in the Arts Awards Heads to the Digital Stage

MANCHESTER – As is the case with many nonprofit organizations this spring, the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts had to adapt to the ever-shifting landscape created by government restrictions related to the COVID-19 crisis. The organization decided that it was important to embrace ...

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 ...