On the Job: I got out of the office and tried a few random jobs around Concord
Oct02

On the Job: I got out of the office and tried a few random jobs around Concord

I love my job here at the Insider. After all, what’s not to love? I get to spend my days talking to interesting people in the community, writing about concerts and other fun family events, and I even get to eat good food and drink nice beers every once in a while. But, like anything else you’ve done for weeks and months and years on end, it loses some of the excitement factor after a little while. That’s why I decided to get out of...

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Author and musician Robert Hunter to play, discuss book at Gibson’s Bookstore
Oct02

Author and musician Robert Hunter to play, discuss book at Gibson’s Bookstore

Gibson’s Bookstore is no stranger to hosting author events – the independent bookseller usually never even goes a week without having an author in to talk about his or her work. But it’s rare to have a 2-in-1 show there, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen next Tuesday (Oct. 9) when Robert Hunter comes to town. Hunter is a musician from Nashville who has also written a novel. He’s in the middle of a 50-state tour (he’s already...

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NHTI to host Manhattan Short Film Festival this weekend
Oct02

NHTI to host Manhattan Short Film Festival this weekend

This weekend – Friday through Sunday – NHTI, Concord’s Community College, will join venues around the globe in hosting the 21st Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival, a worldwide competition to select the best short films of 2018. Throughout the week, theaters in more than 350 cinemas across six continents will be screening the nine finalists in this yearlong competition. Every viewer will have the opportunity to rate the nine films,...

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Centerpoint Church to celebrate 200 years in Concord with block party
Oct02

Centerpoint Church to celebrate 200 years in Concord with block party

Ever since Concord celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2015, it seems like there’s always some group or institution that has a big milestone celebration every time you turn around. This weekend, it’s Centerpoint Church’s turn – the downtown staple will turn 200 this weekend, and everyone’s invited to the party. Centerpoint Church is the one right across from the YMCA on North State Street. It’s been around since 1818, and it doesn’t...

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Entertainment: All the live music, theater and movies we could find
Oct02

Entertainment: All the live music, theater and movies we could find

In the week ahead, there are some concerts here and there as well as a selection of films at Red River Theatres. Also, a play recounting Orson Welles’s famous stunt in 1938, called Invasion From Mars!, will make its Hatbox Theatre debut this weekend. Here’s what we found:   Music Tuesday Scott Solsky at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Comedy at Area 23 at 9 p.m., sign-ups start at 8:30. Wednesday Joel Cage at...

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Bulletin Board: Concord Community Concert Association to kick off 88th year
Oct02

Bulletin Board: Concord Community Concert Association to kick off 88th year

Retirement: The Next Chapter Contemplating retirement or looking to re-energize your retirement plans? Check out the four-week Retirement: The Next Chapter program at Center for Health Promotion in Concord. Sessions are held Oct. 2, 16, 30 and Nov. 30 – from 6 to 7:30 p.m. – at 43 S. Main St. The price for the four-part series is $75 for AARP members and $90 for non-members. Registration is required by calling 230-7300. All workshops...

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Art work of Brenda Wilbert to be displayed at Red River Theatres
Oct02

Art work of Brenda Wilbert to be displayed at Red River Theatres

Artist Brenda Wilbert, who was featured in the Insider recently when she had an exhibit at NHTI, is back in the news again, and for all the same reasons – she has another exhibit up in Concord, with an opening reception, to boot. Her exhibit of mixed media collages will be on display at Red River Theatres until Oct. 30. There will be an opening reception on Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the theater. It will be a free event that...

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Instagram: A sensational shot of fog over the South End
Oct02

Instagram: A sensational shot of fog over the South End

While creeping around Instagram last week, we came across an account with the handle @jeand1825 and decided to poke around the account for a minute. It turns out this might be the most “lit” Concord-centric Instagram account there is – just take a look at this shot, for example. This was taken in the South End of Concord near the field by South Concord Meadows off Birch Street on Sept. 22 at sunrise via drone, called the DJI Mavic...

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Stick it to the man by checking out some banned books at Concord Public Library
Oct02

Stick it to the man by checking out some banned books at Concord Public Library

Catcher in the Rye. American Psycho. 1984. Lolita. Harry Potter (yes, that Harry Potter). What do they all have in common? These books, among many, many others, have all been either banned or “challenged” in various communities – mostly schools and libraries – at some point in time. Censorship has gone on pretty much since the beginning of time, and at one point or another, the aforementioned books were the targets of parents,...

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Tasty Brews: Stoneface Porter at the Red Blazer
Oct02

Tasty Brews: Stoneface Porter at the Red Blazer

I have to confess – ever since my trusty old colleague Tim turned me on to IPAs a couple years ago, they’ve basically been the only kinds of beers I’ve tried since then. What can I say, I like hops I guess. But I realize not everybody does. In fact, I know a lot of people who actually hate IPAs – I used to be one of them. Since we are an equal opportunity publication, I decided to get off the IPA train for once and get back to my...

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Concord native to visit Gibson’s Bookstore
Oct02

Concord native to visit Gibson’s Bookstore

For some reason, unbeknownst to her, Meredith Tate just can’t seem to stick with a genre when it comes to her writing. The Concord native’s second published book, Freedom Trials, is a young-adult sci-fi thriller that is scheduled to be released Oct. 9 and will be the featured book event at Gibson’s Bookstore on Saturday. It’s vastly different than both her debut work, Missing Pieces (adult dystopian romance) and The Red Labyrinth, a...

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On the Road: Concord’s Always an Adventure group took us to the Isle of Wight
Oct02

On the Road: Concord’s Always an Adventure group took us to the Isle of Wight

In June, 21 members of Concord’s Always an Adventure group took a trip to the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England. The group was kind enough to bring a copy of the Insider with them for their seven-day guided walking tour. Thanks for bringing us along, gang – we needed the exercise anyway. Are you going somewhere exotic or even just pretty cool? If so, bring a copy of your favorite Insider edition (as hard as it is to...

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Missed Connections: Looking for love in Concord through Craigslist 
Oct02

Missed Connections: Looking for love in Concord through Craigslist 

August was kind of a hectic month at the Insider, and in all the hubbub surrounding Tim’s departure, we somehow let the ever-popular Missed Connections feature fall through the cracks. Luckily, there were still plenty of entries on there dating back to mid-August, including what could be a first – someone replying to a post with a post of their own, and in very short order. We’ve printed them here – completely unedited, of course –...

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Book of the Week: ‘Lost for Words’
Oct02

Book of the Week: ‘Lost for Words’

The Lost for Words Bookshop Stephanie Butland 2017, 352 pages Fiction Loveday Cardew is not afraid to say what she thinks to people, and she often does just that. She likes books more than people and has the first lines of some of her favorite books as tattoos. She doesn’t let anyone too close, usually. Loveday’s childhood was a happy one at first, but her dad lost his job, and things began to change for the worse. Now Loveday is a...

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This Week in Concord History
Oct02

This Week in Concord History

Oct. 2, 1856: Near the end of his term, President Franklin Pierce visits Concord to stump for James Buchanan, the Democrat nominated to succeed him. Pierce is greeted with a great parade and reception downtown. A fine horseman, he himself rides in the procession down Main Street. Oct. 2, 1918: Two Concord troops – Marine Lt. Paul Corriveau and Pvt. Herbert C. Drew – die in France on the same day. Corriveau is killed in action; Drew...

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