Life & Times

Lyme resident Maggie Finley, 13, who plays Amahl, raises her crutch during a rehearsal of the final scene of "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon, N.H., on Dec. 16, 2014. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

‘Not One Wrong Note’: Opera North Performs ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’

Thursday, December 18, 2014

It’s been more than 20 years since Opera North last staged Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors , which has become a classic …

Art Notes: Windsor Parish Weighs Selling Tooker’s Work

Thursday, December 18, 2014

For much of his long career, the artist George Tooker depicted what the poet W.H. Auden called The Age of Anxiety, painting unsettling images of …

Entertainment Highlights: Chandler Center Aims to Expand on Success of Playwriting Contest

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The first time Randolph’s Chandler Center for the Arts invited aspiring dramatists to enter plays in a writing contest, judge Richard Waterhouse found himself reading …

Recalling the Battle of the Bulge

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Hanover — During the run-up to this month’s 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge , a friend invited Bob Christie to join him at a screening of Fury, the new movie in which Brad Pitt leads …

Jackson Leaves Middle Earth Behind With Final ‘Hobbit’ Film

Saturday, December 13, 2014

London — After a long and eventful journey, The Hobbit trilogy has reached its bloody climax. Not a minute too soon for director Peter Jackson, who has been longing to unleash mayhem on Middle Earth. “It’s the first …

On Fashion: A Red Lipstick for Everyone

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New York — Color bleed be damned. There’s a red lipstick for everybody nowadays. You know how celebrity beauty guru Ted Gibson found that out? “My mother has just now been wearing red lipstick since I turned her on to it over the last two years. Before, she …

SEVCA Seeks Personal Care Items

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hartford — This holiday season, Southeastern Vermont Community Action is collecting personal care items for families in need. “A lot of people think about donating food at this time, but it turns out that one of the biggest …

Three Members Elected to Hanover Conservancy Board

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hanover — The Hanover Conservancy has elected Ann Malenka, Jay Pierson and Mary Sloat, all of Hanover, to its 13-member board of directors. Malenka, director of administration and special projects in advancement administration at Dartmouth, has “deep experience in alumni relations, fundraising and special events planning,” the conservancy …

Local Projects Receive Heritage Grants

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Conservation and preservation projects in Cornish, Sunapee and Haverhill are among 36 throughout New Hampshire that will receive grants from the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program this year. The program provides matching grants to protect and preserve …

Miss Manners: Exchanging Shopping Lists Is Not Thoughtful Giving

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: Is it possible to discourage or redirect adult relatives away from the practice of making Christmas lists? I have tried and failed — so far. At the tender age of 53, I am embarrassed to write out a “Dear Santa” letter, especially since my husband …

Two Banjos Are Better Than One

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, two banjo players equally respected in the different corners of the Americana music world, got married in 2010 and last year became first-time parents with the arrival of their son, Juno. Suddenly they …

Big Success for Author of ‘Wild’

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The big checks started coming in about nine months after Wild hit bookshelves and started its climb to the top of The New York Times best-seller’s list. To Oprah’s Book Club. And, as of this coming week, to …

Books to Buy for Fans of Felines

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Los Angeles — The felines are fighting back — on the bookshelf. Cats outnumber dogs in the U.S., but in bookstores, dog titles reign, the American Pet Products Association says. Fans insist felines are getting more popular as they ride the coattails of Internet sensations like Grumpy Cat, …