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Review: Craig Johnson mystery involving art creates art, too

In “Next to Last Stand,” the 16th book in Craig Johnson’s popular mystery series, Absaroka County Sheriff Walt Longmire is feeling his age. He’s not sure he even wants to stand for reelection. However, a good mystery can always get the veteran lawman’s heart pumping again. He finds ...

‘I Am Woman’ singer Helen Reddy, ‘70s hitmaker, dies at 78

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Helen Reddy, who shot to stardom in the 1970s with her rousing feminist anthem “I Am Woman” and recorded a string of other hits, has died. She was 78. Reddy’s children Traci and Jordan announced that the actor-singer died Tuesday in Los Angeles. “She was a ...

Country star and hit Elvis songwriter Mac Davis dies at 78

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Country star Mac Davis, who launched his career crafting the Elvis hits “A Little Less Conversation” and “In the Ghetto,” and whose own hits include “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me,” has died. He was 78. His longtime manager Jim Morey said in a press ...

Rotations: Stones, the Dead, Fleetwood Mac offer early album reissues

The Rolling Stones have rereleased their 1973 album, “Goats Head Soup” (Polydor), as a deluxe boxed set featuring a newly remastered stereo mix by Giles Martin, son of famed Beatles producer George Martin. The boxed treatment also includes rarities and outtakes as well as alternative mixes ...

The lasting legacy of a dustbowl balladeer

Once, a long time ago, I read in some obscure music publication that Bob Dylan once said that had there been no Woody Guthrie, there never would have been a Bob Dylan. Lofty praise, indeed, coming from a Nobel laureate, and the poet of his times. The enigmatic Dylan’s public admiration for ...

Rage is an intimate and revealing political Tour De Force

From the opening pages of veteran political reporter Bob Woodward’s book, Rage, President Donald Trump, through his own words, is seen as being totally in lockstep with the inflated image of himself that he, alone, has created. If one thinks that, in the wake of the Mueller report, the ...

Rotations: Metallica, Ronnie Earl, Susanne Vega have new music offerings

Listening to Metallica’s reunion with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra on “S&M2” (Blackened Recordings, Inc.), is both rousing and redundant. On its own merit, the new “S&M” is thrilling, thrashing and thoroughly enjoyable. It would be great if they weren’t rehashing the ...

Remote iron melt set at held by Andres Institute

BROOKLINE – Being asked to be president of the Andres Institute of Art, 98 Route 13, completely caught seasoned veteran and strong proponent of the arts, Gail Bloom, off guard. “It was a surprise,” she said with a laugh. “I moved up here from the Leominster/Fitchburg area about two ...

Chris Frantz writes memoir, ‘Remain in Love’

Chris Frantz, the enthusiastic drummer in the post-punk band Talking Heads, writes in his new book, “In 1991 David sneaked out of Talking Heads.” That’s how Franz describes mercurial lead singer David Byrne’s departure from the band. Other members of the group, Franz and his now-wife, ...

Book review: Ayad Akhtar’s ‘fever dream’ of a fallen America

“Homeland Elegies,” by Ayad Akhtar – (Little, Brown and Company) An elegy is a mournful poem expressing regret for something lost. Ayad Akhtar’s brilliant new novel, “Homeland Elegies,” mourns an America that has lost its way in the half century since it welcomed his parents’ ...

Margaret Atwood honored with Dayton Literary Peace Prize

CINCINNATI (AP) — Margaret Atwood, whose sweeping body of work includes "The Handmaid's Tale," a depiction of a nightmarish totalitarian future for the United States, is this year's winner of a lifetime achievement award that celebrates literature's power to foster peace, social justice and ...

MLK’s dream still lives on in Dion’s poignant song

Be it in the safe haven of our homes, our minds, or both of these snug places, most of us tend to hold onto various mementos, far away images, and odd and ends that preserve our indelible memories of long ago. They are forever etched in each of us. Our humanness tethers us to these adult ...

Review: Book looks at what it means to be white in America

“Just Us: An American Conversation,” by Claudia Rankine (Greywolf Press) The African American man whose beating by Los Angeles Police ignited civil upheaval in 1992 famously said later: “Can’t we all just get along?” The answer to Rodney King’s question, which has taken on ...

Pants-splitting riffs from SNL’s ‘Weekend Update’ co-host

Just imagine stepping into a confessional and rattling off jokes, one-liners and zingers. That is “A Very Punchable Face.” Colin Jost, the Harvard grad, “Saturday Night Live” head-writer and co-host of “Weekend Update” unloads story after story about everything from rowing crew ...

Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru adds third week of shows

BOSTON – By overwhelming demand, Jurassic Quest has added a third week of dates from Wednesday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, September 20. Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru will now take place in the Gillette Stadium parking lot beginning this weekend and going through Sunday, Sept. 20. With the ...

Rotations: Allman Betts Band, Morrisette, MPG have new CDs

Tie-dyed summer rocking is abound with the Allman Betts Band’s new album, “Bless Your Heart” (BMG). Group namesakes Devon Allman and Duane Betts ably carry the baton with 13 new tracks that prove that lightning can strike twice. (Their 2019 record, “Down to the River,” blew the ...

Art museum accused of racism names 1st director of inclusion

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, one of the most prestigious art institutions in the world, has appointed its first director of belonging and inclusion — the latest in a series of efforts to make amends for allegations of racism. The museum on Thursday named Rosa Rodriguez-Williams to the ...

Nashua Reads author Jamie Ford to host virtual library event

The Friends of the Nashua Public Library will present author Jamie Ford in Beyond the Book, a virtual event on Sunday, October 11, at 2 p.m. He is the author of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” the 2020 selection of the Nashua Reads: One City, One Book program. Jamie will be ...

Music world to conductor Seiji Ozawa: Happy 85th birthday

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Symphony Orchestra is asking the music world to help it celebrate former conductor Seiji Ozawa's 85th birthday Tuesday. The orchestra is encouraging fans to honor his birthday on social media with the hashtag #happybirthdayseiji. As part of the celebration, Mayor ...