Life & Times

"Rhonda and Her Recycling Robo-Octopus," a snow sculpture made by a team representing Vermont, took the top prize at the International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, Colo., last weekend. (Courtesy photograph)

A Fleeting Art Form

Saturday, February 6, 2016

In 1998, Adrian Tans was living in Burlington and joined with a group of friends for a snow sculpture contest in one of the city’s …

Movie Review: Genre Mashup of ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Doesn’t Mesh

Friday, February 5, 2016

The latest incarnation of Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet is a most accomplished young woman. She’s studious, spunky, quick-witted and multilingual. And you should see the …

New Technology Brings Earliest Recorded Sounds Back to Life

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Until 2008, it was an article of faith that Thomas Edison was the first person to record sound, when, in 1877, he recited Mary Had …

Movie Review: ‘Hail, Caesar!’ Is a Loopy Love Letter to Old Hollywood

Saturday, February 6, 2016

It’s fitting that Hail, Caesar! is arriving just in time for Valentine’s Day. This big box of creamy bonbons is a rapturous love letter: a loopy, affectionately jaundiced portrait of Hollywood’s Golden Age at precisely the moment that …

Politicians Strive to Speak Meaninglessly About Culture

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The presidential campaign trail always intersects with pop culture, and the 2016 race has been no exception. Scott Walker tried to use the unofficial Star Wars holiday May 4th to bolster his flagging presidential campaign. Hillary Clinton snuck into Chipotle for a burrito bowl and campaigned with Girls …

Samantha Bee’s ‘Full Frontal’ on TBS Ready to Cause a Buzz

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Los Angeles — After a day of dutifully answering reporters’ questions about her new TBS show, Full Frontal, Samantha Bee confesses to an urgent desire. “I want a ponytail so badly. I want my hair out of my …

CDC: Drinking Presents Serious Problem for Women During Pregnancy

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Consuming small amounts of alcohol normally doesn’t carry a dire warning, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says millions of women could be putting their developing babies at risk because of their drinking habits. An estimated 3.3 million women who drink are sexually active but not …

Anniversary Trip

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Garrett Hubert, of Newport, is the first to carry the torch during the 30-mile run, roller-ski and ski relay to Newport from Hanover on Friday. A relay team re-enacted the solo trip John McCrillis took in 1916 when …

Essay: Two Current Films Capture the Nation’s Noisy Outrage and Quiet Competence

Friday, February 5, 2016

In a period of topsy-turvy politics and widespread anxiety about the country’s future, two of the films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, Spotlight and The Big Short , speak loudly and carry big sticks, …

Documentary On Climate Aims to Make A Difference

Friday, February 5, 2016

Park City, Utah — Josh Fox has gotten bad news. And it’s not that he, like, got a parking ticket or forgot to pay a bill. This is dire stuff: The major cities on the East Coast will …

Actress Pivots From ‘Downton’ to Jane Austen With Zombies

Friday, February 5, 2016

You might not recognize Lily James without the corset. The young British actress with the lilting voice has made a name for herself in recent period dramas like Downton Abbey (playing spirited cousin Rose) and War and Peace …

Valley Parents: After Getting Sober, Brandy Cheney Counsels Young People

Friday, February 5, 2016

Springfield, Vt. — The turning point for Brandy Cheney came on a summer night in 2014, when she hopped into her car to pick up a relative, even though she was intoxicated. The Bellows Falls police pulled her …

Valley Parents: Upper Valley Support Groups for Substance Abuse Issues

Friday, February 5, 2016

When it comes to support for substance abuse issues, no one has to go it alone in the Upper Valley. Below is a list of support groups, nonprofit organizations and help lines located in the area. If there …