Life & Times

John Graham works to edit his dissertation on traditional music of Georgia at the Howe Library in Hanover, N.H., on March 31, 2015. Graham says he often listens to a variety of music while polishing the more tedious aspects of his work, including the music he is studing. 
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A Solitary Quest

Saturday, April 25, 2015

John Graham can count on the fingers of one hand how many American academics have immersed themselves in studying the liturgical chant music of the …

Iraqi Boy’s Dream of Becoming Dancer Defied Threats, Borders

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Amman, Jordan — As a boy in pre-war Baghdad, Adil Faraj dreamed of becoming a dancer, inspired by a Michael Jackson performance he watched on …

‘Adaline’ Is a Love Story for the Ages

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hollywood long ago ceded “love that stands the test of time” to the realm of science fiction and fantasy, so The Age of Adaline falls …

Too Many Good Books, Movies and Shows? Just Hit Delete

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The first step in addressing a problem is recognizing there is a problem, and because I recognized I had a problem I went to see Sue Becker. I drove out to her home in Downers Grove, Ill., and she met me at the front door. She was polite …

Prancing Elites Dance Troupe Is the Star of New Oxygen Series

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Prancing Elites are unlike most dance teams. The troupe, from Mobile, Ala., consists of five black, gay and gender nonconforming dancers who compete in a style of dance called J-Setting, a lead-and-follow form of hip-hop mixed with cheerleader-like movements. Their stories come to television on Oxygen’s 12-episode …

Spray the Ice Away

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Moses Delphia, who works for the Town of Hanover, uses hot water to melt away remaining ice and wash away salt on the Ledyard Bridge on Monday. Delphia said the job is an annual end-of-winter ritual and an …

Pope Plans Cuba Visit

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Havana — Pope Francis has added a stop in Cuba to his planned trip to the United States this September, a visit that will highlight his role as a peace-broker between the two countries and offer a boost to their efforts to mend relations after 50 years of …

Swing for the Fences

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Frank Loveland, 13, left, swings at a pitch thrown by his friend Dylan Moody A’ness, 12, while Dylan’s younger brother Rowan, 5, right, watches the boys play home run derby in a Thetford field on Tuesday. The boys …

Cooking Under Pressure

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

My mother never spent much time in the kitchen, much less slaving over a stove. She had four sons, a husband and her own life to manage. However, she put food on the table every night on time. …

Raise Your Glass: A Great Bargain Wine From South Africa

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Wolftrap Red Blend, 2013 Western Cape of Good Hope, South Africa $7.98 to 9.99 Last week, I heard a wine expert say that the best way for a regular wine drinker to become knowledgeable is to try …

Dijon Mustard Amps Up The Flavor of Chicken

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

One of my pantry staples for adding flavor, but not fat and calories, is Dijon mustard. I’m never without it. Dijon mustard is a kitchen workhorse. Having a bottle or jar on hand is a quick route to an easy meal. You can use Dijon to make a …

Notes From The Garden: Parsnips and Sorrel Are Early Garden Treats to Harvest Now

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

On April 15 — tax day — I celebrated getting my taxes done by eating my first food of the spring from my vegetable garden. Just a day or two after the snow melted I dug into the …

Hop Center Director to Retire

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hanover — The director of Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts announced his coming retirement Monday. Almost as soon as Jeff James started telling people in his broad network of performing-arts and collegiate fund-raising professionals of his departure …