Tasting Season
How the state turned an annual fundraiser into a week of wine
By Susan Ware food@hippopress.com

Benjamin Franklin once said that “wine is constant proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy.”

If you are a wine drinker, the events of the next month are going to make you very happy.

People: Civil rights highlighted
By Brian Early bearly@hippopress.com

Stephen Ambra is a founding member of the New Hampshire Technical Institutes’ Film Society, which screens and discusses independent films. On Jan. 20 and Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the film society teams up with the Concord Interfaith Council and Red River Theatres to screen At the River I Stand, a movie that chronicles the last days of Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis and his involvement with the labor dispute of the sanitation workers of the city. The movie received the 1994 Erik Barnouw Award for best documentary by the Organization of American Historians. The movie is in conjunction with Red River’s monthly Community Conversation, where a film is screened and a discussion is held afterward. On Jan. 20, film times are 3 and 6 p.m. On Jan. 21, the film starts at 7 p.m. There will be a discussion following each screening. Ambra also works at NHTI at the library as the director of learning resources and as the head coach of the women’s soccer team.

Arts: Conversation starter
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

“Paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography make up “Interrupted Life: Incarcerated Mothers in the United States.” The centerpiece of the art exhibit, which has toured colleges for about two years, is about 700 small works by incarcerated women in 37 facilities across the country, said Elaine M. Rizzo, professor of criminal justice at Saint Anselm College and co-chair of the Consortium on Justice and Society at the school’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

Food: The Chef is Inn
By Linda A. Odum food@hippopress.com

For Chef Brian Woods of Colby Hill Inn in Henniker, the adrenaline rush is what’s attractive about his line of work.

“It’s the controlled chaos,” Woods said. “You control it. When you get really busy and you have to do a lot of things at once, it’s a rush.”

TV: Not so golden Globes
By Amy Diaz adiaz@hippopress.com

How underwhelming.

Sunday night’s Golden Globe reading-of-the-winners (as opposed to your standard Golden Globe awards ceremony) was a lifeless affair that actually made me miss the inane banter and the cornball jokes of award ceremonies past. Like the Super Bowl without commercials or a half-time show, the Oscars with only a list of names would be as cold and depressing an affair as its Globe precursor.

Longshots: Peyton manning the fort back home as Pats take on Chargers
by Dave Long

I want to offer my official thanks to the Colts and Chargers for wrecking the column I was going to write this week. It was about where Peyton Manning and Tom Brady stack up in the NFL and in sports in general on the all-time list of playing rivals. I love doing columns like that, but noooo, as with Indy not coming to Foxboro the timing isn’t right now.

Techie: Delete everything
By John “jaQ” Andrews  jandrews@hippopress.com

When I recently spent an inadvisable amount of money on a fancy new camera phone, I expected a learning curve.

The thing has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, TV out, even a frickin’ optical zoom lens. That’s a lot of stuff crammed into a small package.

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