The Imitation Game reveals one man’s secrets

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game.

History celebrates heroes with brushstrokes of bravery, valor and humility. Behind familiar images that preserve moments in time are unsung heroes we may easily forget. Looking beyond popular notions of bravery can reveal people who make real differences despite the personal challenges they ...

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Rough trails, primitive camping in New Hampshire

The Appalachian Mountain Club's Carter Notch Hut. —Rob McWilliams photo

I reached Perkins Notch two hours before sunset. To get there I’d climbed a 2,500-foot ridge, dropped 1,000 feet down the other side into a forested valley, forded the same river back and forth more times than I can remember, sunk above my ankles in mud, crawled under fallen tree trunks, and ...

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In ‘War’ – families put up a good fight

Tonya Pinkins and Trezana Beverley in War. (Photo © Joan Marcus, 2014.)

Here’s a world premiere that belies the negativity associated with plays presented first time out. It’s written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and there’s a lot going for his brand new War. The title is a great hook because it refers to two types of wars. First it refers to World War II and more ...

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Tradition: It’s A Wonderful Life, and more

It's A Wonderful Life.

There’s something for everyone this weekend as movies — new and familiar — help us count the days until the year-end holidays. The weekend menu offers a balance of familiar and lesser-known titles. Check these out. From Here to Eternity (1953) Of the films that highlight the attack on Pearl ...

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In praise of pumpkins

Celebrate with pumpkins.

“For pottage and puddings and custards and pies Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies, We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon, If it were not for pumpkins we should be undoon.” —Pilgrim Verse circa 1633 Surely the Pilgrims gave great praise and thanksgiving for pumpkins! In a ...

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2014 Mini Cooper S Hardtop: Charming, with some drawbacks

2014 Mini Cooper S Hardtop

The holy trinity of fun retro minicars – the Fiat 500, Volkswagen New Beetle and the Mini Cooper – evoke memories of small, fuel-efficient, versatile cars designed to serve working-class families. The modern versions remain small and easy on gasoline, but versatile, they’re not. Many Americans ...

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Best tenors ever lent to a comedy

The cast of Lend Me A Tenor.

Little Theatre, Town Players of Newtown: The Cleveland Grand Opera has sold out the house because the world-renowned tenor Tito Merelli is scheduled to perform. Saunders, the general manager has taken care of everything, including assigning Max to Merelli to make sure the tenor doesn’t drink or ...

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