Overlooked and awesome

Books

With upwards of a million books published in the United States each year, the percentage mentioned in reviews is a teeny, tiny representation. With 2014...

Heroin hits home

News

Steve MacKenzie is the kind of teacher who stays in touch with his former students. Walk with him through the halls of Somersworth High School...

Shooting the Pistols

Music

Ever wonder what it would have been like to hang out with Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, and the rest of the Sex Pistols in the...

Loose ends

News

Geraldine Webber’s waterfront home on Shaw Road in Portsmouth has been sold. That’s the latest development in what’s become known as the Goodwin-Webber case. Portsmouth...

Soul work

Stage

Jonathan Rockwood Hoar loves the effect theater can have on people — especially veterans. He’s the artistic director for Veterans in Performing Arts (VIPA), a...

Town files for cleanup grant

News

Berwick is moving forward with plans to clean up the former Prime Tanning property in the center of downtown. Town manager Patrick Venne says the...

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...

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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...