A spirited holiday

Lifestyle

We’re going to go out on a limb here and predict that at nearly every Yankee Swap, there’s at least one bottle of booze. It’s...

Eight-Bit Junkyard

Film

Battletoads (Rare, 1991) Dear Santa: With Christmas right around the corner, I need to get something off my chest. I cheated. Plain and simple. Twenty-three...

Comedy and concert

Stage

Above, Dan Blakeslee (photo by Michael Winters) A night of local comedy and concert, Welcome to 39, is set for Friday, Dec. 19, at 1130ft...

Now Hear This

Music

“Scatter the Remains,” Guy Capecelatro III  Burst and Bloom Records File under: Bedroom Folk, Pop, Americana Sounds like: Damien Jurado, Unbunny, and Magnolia Electric Co....

Making some noise

News

Striking New England FairPoint workers marked 50 days without a new contract by holding a rally in Market Square in Portsmouth on Dec. 5. The...

It’s a dysfunctional life

Film

There’s no lack of holiday movies whose log lines are stuffed with words like “heartwarming” and “family-friendly.” But where among the chestnuts and mistletoe are...

Cold comforts

Music

Winter hasn’t officially begun yet, but the earth that so politely conceded under our feet only weeks ago is already icebound and resistant. The colder,...

Building community

News

When Jonathan Blakeslee was living in Portland, Ore. in the late 1990s, he watched as Alberta Street transformed from a run-down, working-class neighborhood, with nothing...

Video Vault

Film

“Twins of Evil” (Hammer Films, 1971) Starring: Madeleine and Mary Collinson, Peter Cushing, David Warbeck, and Damien Thomas Director: John Hough The plot: Recently orphaned teenage...

Setting limits

Lifestyle

Commercial fishermen in New Hampshire were dealt a heavy blow last month when the New England Fisheries Management Council imposed strict new “emergency” regulations on...

All together now

News

Inspired by the West End (see story on page 6), businesses on the south side of the Sagamore Creek Bridge in Portsmouth are also banding...

More than models

Art

Snap Shot” is Nancy Grace Horton’s ode to beauty and power. In the photograph, there’s the natural luxury suggested by vintage fur, the bold independence...

Cut and paste community

Books

When Sam Paolini returned to her hometown of Brentwood after dropping out of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010, she felt inspired...

Bird by bird

Outdoor

When it comes to counting birds, Len Medlock’s philosophy is simple: Every chickadee is important. Medlock is one of New Hampshire’s 21 coordinators for the...

Christmas steals the stage

Stage

Although there are a few non-Christmas shows in theaters, most area stages are currently consumed with holiday cheer. The most prevalent show, of course, is...

Lighting the grill

Lifestyle

If you’ve driven through the area known as Foyes Corner in Rye over the last year or so, you’ve surely noticed the immense building going...

The show goes on

Stage

The Seacoast Repertory Theatre is “out of immediate danger,” but interim managing director Kathleen Cavalaro says the theater still needs to raise funds to secure...

Seacoast swells

Outdoor

Don’t let the frigid water fool you; the New Hampshire coast offers some world-class surfing. And fall and winter, when storms blow in big swells,...

The Babadook

Film

2014, Not Rated, 94 minutes The Babadook” is a very silly name for a very serious movie. This debut feature from Australian director Jennifer Kent...

Now Read This

Books

“Let’s Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain” by Alan Light The title alone was enough to make me read the book, but...

Food for fines

Lifestyle

For the next week, you can make your overdue-book fines disappear while also helping those in need. Portsmouth Public Library is offering its Food for...

Squeezed

News

prospective middle-class homeowners.  Editor’s note:  The Seacoast is one of the best places a person could live. But it isn’t cheap. Luxury condos and large-scale...