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The 1970s is considered one of the greatest eras for movies, with top directors like Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Sidney Pollack, and Sidney Lumet turning out classics like “Nashville,” “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II,” “The French Connection,” “Three Days of the Condor” and “Network.” But the '70s was also a period of excess and tackiness, exemplified by garish home styles...

'The Finest Hours' DVD Released

By: Tim Wood

Now you can watch the daring adventures of Bernie Webber and the crew of the CG36500 in your own home. The DVD and Blu-ray disc of the Disney Studios Film “The Finest Hour” was released on Tuesday. The disc not only includes the full theatrical version of the film detailing the rescue of the crew of the tanker Pendleton off Chatham's east coast in 1952, but many extras as well. They include “Against All Odds: The...

by Tim Wood One of Chatham's most important painters was Alice Stallknecht, whose mural “Christ Preaching to the Multitude” depicted Jesus as a modern-day fisherman standing in a dory beneath the Chatham Lighthouse bluff. When it was displayed at the First Congregational Church in 1933, it caused a sensation, both locally and nationally. Stallknecht's son, Frederick S. Wight, was also an artist of note, a...

CHATHAM ─ When it comes to the written word, Alan Pollock isn't one to shy away from a challenge. That's why when he learned that a book about Chatham needed an author, he took on the task, with gusto. The result is the engaging, interesting, and in some cases, eyebrow-raising book simply titled “Chatham,” released this week. Pollock, who has been with the Chronicle 20 years and in the news business for slig...

Back when Christine Hughes-Prince was a child growing up in the Midwest, she spent many a summer running with a gang of siblings and cousins on 17 acres at her grandparents’ house in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. “We’d play kick the can, go fishing in the brooks, swimming in the lake,” Hughes-Prince recalled recently. “We would leave the house and my parents wouldn’t know where we were until dinner tim...

Artist and author John Hutchinson of Chatham has just published his first children’s book, “Bertie’s Adventure at the Beach” (Hummingbird Publishing, 2016), a charming story illustrated by Hutchinson’s daughter Scout. Hutchinson dedicates the book to his mother, Harriet Jaqueth Fitz Hutchinson, who shared the genesis of this story with Hutchinson. He says his mother, who died in 1983, “taught me so much about ...

The Dark Side

By: Kristin Andres

For billions of years, all life has relied on nature’s predictable rhythm of day and night which plays an integral role in the life cycles of all living things. Plants and animals depend on this cycle of sunlight and darkness in reproduction, feeding, sleep, and protection from predators. At a recent talk, Dr. Doug Tallamy, entomologist at University of Delaware, shared how humans have radically disrupted this cy...

Songs Shine In Johnny Cash Bio 'Ring Of Fire'

By: Amy Tagliaferri

Johnny Cash's life was one of recovery, a bit of fame too soon, then fame transformed, all with a gripping love story. Richard Maltby, Jr. who created the Tony Award-winning "Ain't Misbehavin'," also created "Ring of Fire," a tale of the charismatic singer told only through his music. The Cape Cod Theatre Company's producing artistic director Nina Schuessler saw an opportunity to bring the production to the W...

The fourth Cape Cod Women's Music Festival is coming this Saturday, May 21, at 7 pm to the Cape Playhouse in Dennis. The festival, founded in 2012 by Harwich musician Sarah Swain, welcomes a fantastic lineup of (almost exclusively) female musicians to the stage, all to benefit the Cape Wellness Collaborative. "Music on its own is such a powerful and healing force for everyone," says Swain. "It just feels ...