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Artist Coralea "Corky" Wennberg stands among her "River Paintings" at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H., on Oct. 21, 2014. Wennberg's paintings will be on display through Nov. 14. (

Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

Art Notes: Time With the River; Coralea Wennberg’s Paintings of the Connecticut at AVA

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The artist Coralea Wennberg, whose show of vibrant landscape paintings is currently on view at the AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, began her …

A Film and Concert to Honor Ruby Dee

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis were married for 57 years, and in that time they forged an extraordinary union that fused both art …

Entertainment Highlights: Symphony Or Solo, Carpenter Does It All

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Last weekend, Mary Chapin Carpenter was performing her hits in movie-soundtrack style with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in the capital city of Canada’s Alberta province. …

Shatner, Director Meet About ‘Star Trek’ Role

Thursday, October 23, 2014

New York — Star Trek may be the next frontier for William Shatner, again. Shatner, who played the original James T. Kirk, says he’s meeting soon with Roberto Orci, who’s directing Star Trek 3, to discuss reprising his Kirk in the rebooted franchise. “I had a talk with …

Breakout Star Bethenny Frankel Returns to ‘Real Housewives’

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Listen, the only reason any smart person goes on a reality TV show is as a stepping stone to ... a career much better than being a reality TV star. It’s a long shot, but for years, hopefuls have at least been able to look to the shining …

Fresh Beets: They’re Fine Pickled, but Eat Them Now for The Best Flavor

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Shortly after my father’s family moved south from Ohio to Atlanta, a woman who was helping out with the cooking was overheard telling a friend over the back fence about the oddities of the northerner’s culinary habits. “They …

A Hearty Red, Perfect for Fall

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Domaine Bousquet 2013 Mendoza Argentina Malbec $8.99 As the temperatures have receded, the red wine season is upon us , and one of my favorites is Malbec. It’s a flinty wine, high in tannins, produced from gritty deep purple grapes grown at 4,000 to 5,000 feet above sea …

Brassicas From the Garden Go Straight to the Table

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

At this time of year I eat one of the “three B’s” from my garden every day: broccoli, Brussels sprouts or kale. All right, don’t get on my case. I know kale doesn’t start with a B. But …

America to Coffee Potato Chips: ‘No Thanks’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New York — America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay’s potato chips. Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out the coffee-flavored chips and the two …

‘Finding Your Roots’ Explores High-Profile Family Histories

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Those who develop a strong interest in their forebears tend to do so later in life. But that was not the way for Henry Louis Gates Jr. The Ivy League professor, whose fascinating genealogical show Finding Your Roots …

Arts Program Aims to Grow

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The founders of Vermont Independent School of the Arts at the Seven Stars Center in Sharon may be on the brink of realizing their dream. If all goes as planned, the 14-year-old nonprofit center and school, which has …

Young Writers Address Feminism and a Haunting Scenario

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on web sites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, …

Indian Schools Struggle With Aged Buildings, Few Resources

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Winslow, Ariz. — On a desert outpost miles from the closest paved road, Navajo students at the Little Singer Community School gleefully taste traditional fry bread during the school’s heritage week. “It reminds us of the Native American …