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Playing the witty, rough-around-the-edges Eliza Doolittle, Emily Brockway sings about Eliza's wishes for a better life in "Wouldn't it be Loverly," during a rehearsal for Opera North's production of My Fair Lady at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hanover, N.H., on July 22, 2014.  Brockway is flanked by Cockney girls played by Caitlyn McKechney, left, and Emily Geller. 
(Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

Behind the Scenes at Opera North

Thursday, July 31, 2014

When Opera North opens its annual season on Saturday at the Lebanon Opera House with a production of Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical My Fair …

Art Notes: New Art Gallery Opens in Windsor

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Opening an art gallery carries arguably the same level of risk as opening a new restaurant: The first few years can make or break you, …

Entertainment Highlights: Iris DeMent Brings Songs Based on Anna Akhmatova’s Poems to the Upper Valley

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

After more than two decades of channeling the small-town sensibilities and soul of her Midwest home and her roots in the Mississippi Delta into songs …

For Tickets and Information

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Opera North’s production of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady opens Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and continues on Aug. 8, 13, 16 and 19. Verdi’s La Traviata opens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., and continues on Aug. 9, 15 and 20. Kurt Weill’s Street Scene opens on Tuesday, Aug. …

Tomato Season: Serve Them Up In a Salad

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

At the peak of ripeness, an in-season tomato is one of the things that makes life worth living. Happily, that season is nigh upon us. And this recipe is my ode to that summer tomato. All kinds of …

Preserve Them for Winter

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This has been, knock on wood, a great year for tomatoes. I planted my seeds indoors earlier than I usually do, which meant that my plants went into the ground earlier, and bigger. And there were no late frosts, so I’m eating tomatoes earlier than most years. Cherry …

Could Common Ground on GMOs Save Our Depleted Oceans?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Scientists at DuPont have genetically modified a yeast to produce a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid, essential to human health and previously available in meaningful quantity only from marine sources. In other words, they can create in the lab something that, up until now, we’ve had to harvest wild …

Rhode Island Town Declares War on Shave Ice

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Westerly, r.i. — A $3 cup of shave ice is at the center of a dispute between street vendors trying to stay in business in this beach town and town officials who say the vendors cause traffic congestion …

Up, Up and Away

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Theo Merryweather, 5, of Brooklyn, N.Y., pretends to be a superhero on Tuesday while his cousins and friends did yoga outside at the home his family is renting in Hartland Four Corners on Tuesday. Valley News — Ariana …

Summer Journal: A Path Leads to Many Answers

Monday, July 28, 2014

To: The nine 8th- and 9th-g raders-to-be from Rivendell Academy who are surveying hikers on the Appalachian Trail, as part of their work at summer school. From: David Corriveau Re: The notebook you left at Hexacuba Shelter, asking …

River Valley Community College to Present Award to Hypertherm Exec

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Claremont — For her years of support of efforts to train and employ graduates of River Valley Community College in Claremont, and to generally widen access to job training, the school will confer its Walter R. Peterson Award on Hypertherm’s Barbara Couch. Couch, Hypertherm’s vice president of corporate …

Allergy Therapies Multiply

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Asha Patel knows more about what goes into your lungs than you do. Every weekday at 8 a.m., the researcher climbs onto the roof of Allegheny General Hospital, in Pittsburgh, to check a machine called a Burkard Spore …

Scarlett Johansson Uses More Than 10 Percent of Her Brain, Just Like Everyone Else

Sunday, July 27, 2014

It’s a common conversation starter to assert that we only use 10 percent of our brains. In Lucy, the newly-released thriller about a woman forced to work as a drug mule for the Taiwanese mob, Professor Norman lectures, …