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Playing the witty, rough-around-the-edges Eliza Doolittle, Emily Brockway sings about Eliza's wishes for a better life in "Wouldn't it be Loverly," during a rehearsal for Opera North's production of My Fair Lady at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hanover, N.H., on July 22, 2014.  Brockway is flanked by Cockney girls played by Caitlyn McKechney, left, and Emily Geller. 
(Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

Behind the Scenes at Opera North

Thursday, July 31, 2014

When Opera North opens its annual season on Saturday at the Lebanon Opera House with a production of Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical My Fair …

Art Notes: New Art Gallery Opens in Windsor

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Opening an art gallery carries arguably the same level of risk as opening a new restaurant: The first few years can make or break you, …

Entertainment Highlights: Iris DeMent Brings Songs Based on Anna Akhmatova’s Poems to the Upper Valley

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

After more than two decades of channeling the small-town sensibilities and soul of her Midwest home and her roots in the Mississippi Delta into songs …

Miss Manners: Using the Wrong Flatware Is Not the End of the World

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: I am looking for the correct answer to the following question: What happens if you are at a formal dinner and realize you are using the wrong piece of silverware for a given course? Gentle Reader: You go on eating. Everyone else goes on eating …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Sports, Empowerment and War

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hint and Explanation: Better than 1. ... Qxg5. The idea of sports as a form of manly empowerment is an old one. Teddy Roosevelt, a future American president of Rough Riders fame, declared in Professionalism in Sports (1890): …

Around the Remote: A World of Lies and Spies in A-Bomb Drama ‘Manhattan’

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Don’t Miss: Manhattan — This gripping and provocative new drama series is set in Los Alamos, N.M., against the backdrop of the clandestine mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb. John Benjamin Hickey ( The Big C ) shines as a self-destructive physics professor who is recruited …

Batman Still Thriving After 75 Years

Sunday, July 27, 2014

In a world filled with seemingly daily disasters and endless turmoil, it’s no wonder that superheroes are as popular as ever, from blockbuster movies all the way to the local toy shop. “When the world gets scary, superheroes’ sales go up,” says Brad Meltzer, the bestselling political-thriller author …

To Your Good Health: Is It Herpes Or An Antibiotic Allergy?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Four years ago, my husband had an abscess. What started as a boil became so deep and hard that he required general anesthesia to remove it. The wound was left open, and we had to change the packing twice a day for eight weeks. It …

On Fashion: S.C. Girl’s Barrettes Aim to Tame Bad Hair Days, Bullying

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Columbia, s.c — Gabrielle Goodwin will put a knot in your hair and your heart. The shy, humble 7-year-old Columbia girl says she likes to play tag and draw — she’s also an entrepreneur, an inventor of her very own line of hair barrettes that won’t fall out …

Study Finds That Elephants Have The Best Nose of Any Mammal

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Elephant noses might be the most discerning mammalian sniffers on the planet. According to a new study published Tuesday in Genome Research, African elephants may best humans, mice and even dogs on the measure of olfactory receptor genes. But that doesn’t mean elephants should replace canines on the …

The Nature Of Writing

Monday, July 28, 2014

Woodstock — Former Middlebury College English and Environmental Studies Professor John Elder encouraged students to see the outdoors in a new way through a workshop at the Forest Center at Marsh-Billings-Rochefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock on Friday …

WGN America’s ‘Manhattan’ Is Hard to Build, Easy to Bomb

Monday, July 28, 2014

Manhattan, a drama premiering Sunday night on the newly ambitious WGN America, valiantly tries to coax some radioactive clicks from whatever metaphorical half-life remains in the origin story of the bomb. Set in 1943 in northern New Mexico, …

‘And So It Goes’ Paints By Numbers

Monday, July 28, 2014

From its opening aerial shots of the picturesque waterfront of Bridgeport, Conn., And So It Goes feels familiar — to a fault. The late-in-life romantic comedy, starring Michael Douglas as a curmudgeonly real estate agent and Diane Keaton as the sweet-natured lounge singer who wins his heart, has …