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Scott Paulson keeps the beat on a cowbell as Sharon Elementary fifth graders work through "Louie Louie" on the steel drums at the Vermont Independent School of the Arts in Sharon, Vt., Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Paulson founded the school in the Seven Stars Center building in 2002 with his wife and it now offers a wide range of private music lessons and classes in tai chi, yoga, Japanese calligraphy and hula dancing, among other subjects. 
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

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. …

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 …

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 …

Online Auction Benefits Norman Williams Library

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Woodstock — An online auction to benefit Norman Williams Public Library is underway at www.32auctions.com/nwpl. The prizes include a week in an Arizona vacation home, a week in Puerto Rico, a three-day weekend in a New York City apartment and a golf trip to Naples, Fla. Bidders can …

On Tour, Art Spiegelman Speaks Out for the ‘Wordless’ Cartoonist

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Art Spiegelman, creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning epic Maus, has been called “the father of the graphic novel.” But, as the cartoonist says in his new performance piece, he wants a paternity test. A comics scholar who has …

‘Book of Life’ Finds the Whimsy in Death

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Animation fans may face a tough choice at the multiplex this weekend. On some screens, you’ll find the whimsical, old-school animation of the stop-action feature The Boxtrolls. Set in a subterranean world, that movie tells the story of …

Movie Review: In ‘Fury,’ War Brings Out the Worst in Men

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The bloody World War II action film Fury takes its name from the sobriquet of a Sherman tank, its barrel emblazoned with — and its mission defined by — that angry word. But it’s inside the battered vehicle, …

‘Best of Me’ — More Treacle From Nicholas Sparks

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent …

‘Dreamcrushers’ Make Zonk Prizes for ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Los Angeles — Imagine getting paid to make bacon jewelry, build a nacho cheese hot tub, cover lawn chairs in sod. Five people in Los Angeles actually do. Carpenters, engineers, mad scientists — they create the zonk prizes …

A Perfect Kindness

Friday, October 17, 2014

E ldonna Edwards , the protagonist of the documentary Perfect Strangers , lives in San Luis Obispo, California, which is not only the happiest town in the U.S., but one of the friendliest — at least according to …

What Tolerating Online Harassment Costs Us

Friday, October 17, 2014

During the years that feminist video gaming critic Anita Sarkeesian has been subject to a torrent of violent harassment, one frequent response I have heard is that the threats are not “serious”; that is, the people making them do not actually intend to bomb the Game Developers Choice …

Director Brings Mexico’s Day of the Dead to His ‘Book of Life’

Friday, October 17, 2014

Face sweating, heart pounding, Jorge Gutierrez began to deliver the worst pitch of his career. It was 2012, and the Mexico City-born animator had arrayed skulls, flowers and ornate drawings around the San Fernando Valley backyard of his …

Latest Film From Lynn Shelton Opens At Hopkins Center

Friday, October 17, 2014

It’s not often that a film with such stars as Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell opens simultaneously in New York, Los Angeles and ... Hanover. But moviegoers will have the chance next Friday to check …