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Chris Smither has performed with, and had his music performed by, folk and blues icons, including Bonnie Raitt. Courtesy photograph

Entertainment Highlights: Singer-Songwriter Will Share His Musical Journey, in Haverhill

Thursday, April 17, 2014

C hris Smither swears he won’t be looking ahead to next week’s appearances in his childhood home of New Orleans during his Saturday night concert …

Video: Sweet Time; Sugaring at Killam Farm in Barnard

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Steve Killam of Barnard, has been sugaring on his farm with friends and family for decades, and the Vermont tradition provides a once-a-year setting for …

Photos: Readable, Edible Books at Baker Library

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dartmouth students, from left, Cindy Sun and Vivian Chen, and Mimi Curphy, a retired Dartmouth College library employee, look over an edible book creation called …

Fort at No. 4 Plans Two Archeology Talks

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Charlestown — The Fort at No. 4 will host two archaeology talks this month. The events, set for April 19 and April 26, at 6:30 p.m., are part of New Hampshire Archaeology Month. On Saturday, Kris Damon will present “Historical Archaeology in New England,” a look at local …

Miss Manners: Change the Subject to Silence Guest

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: I am a political appointee. At a dinner party recently where I was a guest, one of the other guests asked about a controversial policy issue relevant to my agency. I attempted to answer factually, but this seemed to inflame the guest further (she had …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: How Computers Influence Play

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hint and Explanation: Sacrifice and Mate Sports and games, including chess, reflect life. In particular, they reflect combat and struggle. Contemporary sports seem to have turned up the intensity a notch. Football is a prime example. Players are …

Around the Remote: ‘Fargo’ Goes From Movie to TV Series

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Don’t Miss: Fargo — This instantly addictive 10-part drama series captures the spirit of the beloved 1996 Coen Brothers cult hit, but presents an all-new “true crime” story with new characters. Among them is Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton), a mysterious and manipulative drifter who lures hapless small-town …

To Your Good Health: Teeth Grinding Is Common in the Elderly

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My mother-in-law is 95 and lives in a nursing home. Sometimes when we visit, I can barely stand to be in her presence because she savagely grinds her teeth, making an awful grating, creaking noise. Could there be some medical reason for this? — L.D. …

Volunteers Rally Around Fort at No. 4

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Charlestown — The Fort at No. 4 living history museum is preparing to open for its fifth season since closing in 2009 due to financial hardships. Its finances still aren’t that healthy, but it’s running on a new business model: relying on volunteers. The museum, a reconstruction of …

Imagining Adeline: Family Diary Inspires Plainfield Woman’s Novel

Friday, April 11, 2014

In 2009, Helen Taylor Davidson of Plainfield sat down with the diary of her great-grandmother Adeline Elizabeth Hoe with the intent of transcribing it. That would have been ambitious enough, but she went a step further. She dove …

The Real Colbert May Be What Late-Night TV Really Needs

Saturday, April 12, 2014

CBS put a swift end to speculation and announced Thursday that Stephen Colbert will take over as host of the network’s Late Show sometime next year when longtime host David Letterman retires. It’s a five-year contract. It’s also …

Rock Hall Welcomes KISS, Nirvana and More

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony may well go into the books for its “Who’d have thought?” surrealistic moments. Yusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, nailed one at the beginning of his acceptance …

Sports a Good Fit for Kevin Costner

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kevin Costner plays a pro football general manager in Draft Day, the latest entry in the actor’s long association with sports on film. Bull Durham was a benchmark for Costner as an actor who fits seamlessly into Hollywood’s musings on baseball. He cemented his role as baseball’s everyman …