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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 …

Beach Ball

Monday, July 28, 2014

Playing around sunbathers, sand castle builders and wandering ducks, Sam Flint, 9, of Sunapee, plays baseball with a group of his friends at Dewey Beach on Lake Sunapee on July 21, 2014.  (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) …

in ‘Lucy,’ Scarlett Johansson’s Powerful Mind Is Unlocked and Ready to Kill

Monday, July 28, 2014

The theme of Lucy may be the potential of the human mind, but the less time any human spends thinking about its largely nonsensical plot, the better. The slickly executed bullet-riddler about brainpower can be enjoyed only by …

Dwayne Johnson Stars in ‘Hercules’

Monday, July 28, 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 …

Online, ‘All You Need to Know’ Can Mean Quite the Opposite

Sunday, July 27, 2014

On June 9, the data-journalism website FiveThirtyEight.com published its lead story previewing the World Cup. Its first two sentences read: “All you really need to know is this: The World Cup gets underway Thursday in São Paulo, and it’s really hard to beat Brazil in Brazil.” Could “all …

Camp for Camerawork: Young Filmmakers Learn the Ropes Through CATV

Friday, July 25, 2014

On a sultry Tuesday morning in White River Junction, one teenage boy chased another teenage boy, wearing a Boston Red Sox baseball cap, at top speed down Main Street past the Hotel Coolidge, and rounded the corner into …

Cult Hit ‘Sleep Dealer’ Could Lead to a New Distribution Model

Friday, July 25, 2014

A science-fiction thriller about immigration and drone warfare sounds like a mash-up ripped from today’s headlines. Except that director Alex Rivera started writing Sleep Dealer in the late 1990s. It premiered in 2008 at the Sundance Film Festival, …

James Garner Was The Perfect Fit in ‘Rockford Files’

Thursday, July 24, 2014

If all famous lives come down in the end to the lead sentence in an obituary, James Garner was put on Earth to play Jim Rockford, the life-sized private eye hero of The Rockford Files. There was more …

‘Now It Is Coming Together’: Sculpture Marking Claremont’s 250th Anniversary Taking Shape

Friday, July 25, 2014

Claremont — When his schedule and the weather allow, sculptor Ernest Montenegro drives over to Thermacut on the Charlestown Road and prepares his work area on the pavement just outside the warehouse door. He begins by clamping a …

‘Sinister Six’ Set for 2016

Friday, July 25, 2014

Spider-Man is taking a backseat to his rogues gallery. Columbia Pictures has scheduled The Sinister Six, a spinoff movie featuring an all-star lineup of Spidey villains, for a Nov. 11, 2016, release. As part of the move, the studio has pushed The Amazing Spider-Man 3 back two years, …

FXX Touts Its New ‘Simpsons’ App

Friday, July 25, 2014

Beverly Hills, Calif. — We all know that one guy (or gal) who has an uncanny (occasionally annoying) knack for recalling lines from just about every episode of The Simpsons — of which there are currently 552 and …