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The action of a Dungeon and Dragons game is interspersed with jokes and playful ribbing at Dragon Maze Gaming Center in Newport, N.H., on April 8, 2014. "We kind of make it our own within the confines of the game," said Dragon Maze co-owner Reggie DuBois, who serves as Dungeon Master to help guide the unique story that develops within each campaign. (Valley News - Will Parson)

Battling Dragons in Newport: Gamers Gather to Play, Slay ... And Stay All Day

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Newport, N.H. — Business owners usually have a pretty good idea of what time they’ll lock up shop on a given night. But not Paul …

At Another Level: Young Dancer Has Moved On From Lebanon to New York City

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Watching Theo Pilette leap, twirl and kick in midair, land with a whisper and kneel while arching backward at the Lebanon Ballet School the other …

Preserving The Fabric Of Life and Memories

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I am up at 4:30 again this morning, and the only sounds outside are my roosters crowing, a few Canada geese honking as they fly …

TV Had Its Coming Out Party 75 Years Ago at the World’s Fair

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New York — The day was bright and sunny, much like the future the 1939 World’s Fair was promising. The 35,000 guests who watched President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s opening day speech at the Court of Peace in New York City’s Flushing Meadows on April 30, 1939, were dressed …

Crystal Revives ‘700 Sundays’ on HBO for Posterity’s Sake

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Los Angeles — When he turned 65, Billy Crystal decided to reprise 700 Sundays, his Tony Award-winning 2004 one-man show. The title refers to the number of Sundays he had with his father, Jack, before he died of …

Alicia Silverstone Advocates Vegan Parenting

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New York — She’s famous as an actress for Clueless. But Alicia Silverstone is also famous for her sometimes controversial ideas about mothering, and now she’s put those philosophies down in writing in a just-published book, The Kind …

Goat Collaborative Aids Farms, Refugees

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Colchester, Vt. — A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont: refugees struggling to find the food of their homelands and farmers looking to offload unwanted livestock. The half dozen kids — …

Mother Knows Best in Disney Nature Film ‘Bears’

Thursday, April 17, 2014

For the past several years, Disneynature has marked Earth Day by releasing a documentary celebrating Mother Nature. Bears is the studio’s latest nature doc with a twist. It’s more reality show than peer-reviewed research, and like any reality …

Video: Sweet Time; Sugaring at Killam Farm in Barnard

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Steve Killam, of Barnard, has been sugaring on his farm with friends and family for decades, and the Vermont tradition provides a once-a-year setting for everyone to get together. View Valley News staff photographer Will Parson's video of the sugaring process above. ∎ Will Parson can be reached …

A Woman’s Place In the Easter Story

Friday, April 18, 2014

During four years of my life, during the Second Intifada, I lived in Jerusalem, serving as a pastor at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in the Old City, just a hundred yards from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site associated with Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. …

‘Under the Skin’: Beauty Below the Surface

Friday, April 18, 2014

One of the most astonishingly assured directorial debuts of the early 21st century was Jonathan Glazer’s Sexy Beast, a stylishly vicious crime thriller that erased any chance of Ben Kingsley being typecast as a Gandhi figure. Sexy Beast was a ramped-up, hyper-verbal explosion of Britishisms and its singular …

Stores Put Happy Spin on Sales

Friday, April 18, 2014

Philadelphia — Back in 2008, Record Store Day was launched as a hopeful holiday aiming to buck up struggling independent music retailers desperate to lure customers. The situation was dire. The Tower Records chain had closed in 2006, …

Cannes Lists Lineup Lists

Friday, April 18, 2014

Paris — David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western, and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing for top honors at next month’s Cannes Film Festival. Organizers of the ritzy Riviera …