Three comedy shows celebrate New Year’s Eve
Most years Headliners Comedy Club is a many-headed monster on New Year’s Eve, with shows all over New England. 2020, however, is anything but normal. Maine has a 9 p.m. curfew, and performances are banned in Massachusetts. New Hampshire is still on, though Continue reading “Ring in 2021 with laughter”
Local music news & events
• Holiday green: Trying to make the best of the worst year ever, Celtic Thunder will air its annual Christmas concert online. The show, filmed in front of a live audience in Poughkeepsie, New York, is presented by the Capitol Center and will be available Continue reading “The Music Roundup 20/12/24”
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square (TV-PG)
Dolly Parton, Christine Baranski.
Dolly Parton is an angel and Christine Baranski is a lady-Scrooge in this Netflix Christmas movie that isn’t nearly as fun as that description would indicate. Regina (Baranski) is a rich lady who somehow owns the entirety of her Continue reading “At the Sofaplex 20/12/24”
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (R)
The late Chadwick Boseman probably secures his Oscar with Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a new Netflix movie, adapted from a play by August Wilson, which also features a standout performance by Viola Davis.
The bulk of this movie’s action is centered around Ma Rainey (Davis), Continue reading “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (R), Freaky (R), Godmothered (PG)”
Perestroika in Paris, by Jane Smiley (Knopf, 288 pages)
My daughter asked what I was reading this week, and I struggled to explain. “It’s a novel about a racehorse who escapes from her stall” — eyebrows raised — “and wanders around Paris” — slight smirk — “and becomes friends Continue reading “Perestroika in Paris, by Jane Smiley”
H.P. Lovecraft (read by Andrew Leman), The Festival (Cadabra Records)
I’d be more than happy to make part of this space’s regular praxis reviews of horror-story readings, but my PR feed is like a box of chocolates, usually composed of gross strawberry-coconut bonbons, of course, and almost never cool caramel-cookie-filled Continue reading “Album Reviews 20/12/24”
Do you remember reading those Choose Your Own Adventure books when you were a kid?
You’d get to a turning point in a story, then find instructions like:
“To poke the sleeping bear with a stick, turn to page 130.
To run away from the sleeping bear as fast as Continue reading “An adventure in sesame: Drinks with John Fladd”
Athanasios Sioras is the owner of Ya Mas Greek Taverna & Bar (125 Bridge St., Pelham, 635-4230, yamasgreektaverna.com), which opened in late August in the former space of Dimitriou’s, an eatery that was owned and operated by Sioras’s uncle. Ya Mas, which means “cheers,” according Sioras, features an authentic Greek Continue reading “Athanasios Sioras”
A look at the holiday indulgence that is the Yule log
Growing up in Québec, Nathalie Hirte of Litchfield doesn’t remember a Christmas when her mother, Agnès Boucher, didn’t make bûche de Noël, more commonly known here as a Yule log. The chocolate sponge cake, rolled with a jam or Continue reading “Yule love it!”
News from the local food scene
• Concord winter market moves online: The Downtown Concord Winter Farmers Market has transitioned to an online-only ordering model until further notice, according to a press release. Each week you can pre-order your market items online at harvesttomarket.com and pick them up at 7 Continue reading “The Weekly Dish 20/12/24”