Amanda McCarthy duos for hometown show
On a Thursday afternoon in late October, Amanda McCarthy played a set at Bobby’s Idle Hour, a no-nonsense bar nestled at the edge of Nashville’s Music Row. The busy performer had another gig scheduled later that evening, but this one was special, marking the Continue reading “Nashville bond”
Local music news & events
• Song Circle: A series focused on singer-songwriters, Come On Up To The House has a trio of luminaries: Mark Erelli, Jesse Dee and Ali McGuirk. Erelli’s latest is the poignant “You’re Gonna Wanna Remember This,” a co-write with Lori McKenna. Dee is inspired by Continue reading “The Music Roundup 22/12/01”
Cate Blanchett, Noémie Merlant.
Lydia Tár (Blanchett) is the conductor of a symphony in Berlin. She has professional success; a large apartment; a child with her wife and the symphony’s first violinist, Sharon (Nina Hoss); a book about to hit shelves, and a much-awaited recording of a Mahler Continue reading “At the Sofaplex 22/12/01”
The Menu (R)
Diners at an exclusive, multi-thousand-dollar-per-diner restaurant realize their evening is about more than foams and locally sourced seafood in The Menu, a thriller that’s probably more cute than clever but does leave you hungry for a really good [spoiler alert].
Let’s just say the food item in question Continue reading “The Menu (R)”
Our Missing Hearts, by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press, 352 pages)
Celeste Ng’s latest novel is a depressing dive into a dystopian society, but I had high hopes for it when I found a handwritten note tucked inside the copy I picked up from the library that said, “It is Continue reading “Our Missing Hearts, by Celeste Ng”
Monster Magnet, Test Patterns: Vol. 1 (God Unknown Records)
Holy cats, a new Monster Magnet album, folks — there’s a jolt to the brain, isn’t it? They suddenly showed up from out of nowhere — a.k.a. Red Bank, New Jersey — working a noise rock angle that was, and I Continue reading “Album Reviews 22/12/01”
Over the next month, odds are likely that you will be hosting or attending a gathering where you are requested to bring an appetizer to share. There are bound to be an assortment of dips and charcuterie trays. Why not make something simple, different and utterly memorable? Let me introduce Continue reading “Rosemary Mixed Nuts”
Christina Wormell of Hillsborough is the owner of Queen of Tarts Pâtisserie (find her on Facebook and Instagram @queenoftartspatisserie), specializing in French cookies, breads, éclairs and other pastries and baked goods in a variety of rotating seasonal flavors. Originally from Maine, Wormell attended New England College in Henniker, and left Continue reading “In the kitchen with Christina Wormell”
Made in New England Expo returns
New England-based businesses will gather at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown’s Expo Center on Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, to showcase and sell their products at the Made in New England Expo.
“The goal … is to shine a light on Continue reading “Cheeses, spices and teas”
Smokin’ Spank’s food trailer rolls into Litchfield
Kevin Anctil of Litchfield grew up on family-owned farmland in Lewiston, Maine, where his late grandfather was revered in the community for his barbecued chicken. Several Sundays out of the year, Armand Anctil would purchase a batch of chickens from a local processing Continue reading “Peace, love and barbecue”