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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 …

Entertainment Highlights: For Her Act, Comedian Paula Poundstone Still Banks on Life’s Travails

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Answering the phone at her home in California at 9:15 one morning this week, Paula Poundstone didn’t miss a beat at the opening question: Whether she was rising earlier than usual, for a traveling comedian used to late …

Theater Review: Production of ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’ Shows Admirable Restraint

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Early on opening night of the Parish Players’ production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Kay Morton dashed any concerns about just how long the next three hours — not to mention the next three weekends — with …

Shaker Bridge Opens Season With a Sharp Take on Feminism

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello fellow Upper Valley 40-somethings. Have I got a date night suggestion for you. Rapture, Blister, Burn, Gina Gionfriddo’s 2012 play, now in production at Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield, is all about the painful reassessment of life at the dawn of middle age, in this case, 42. …

Art Notes: Long River Studios Shows the Colorful Cut-Paper Collages of Carol Santa Maria

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The artist C.A. Santa Maria lived in Mexico for 20 years, so it’s not a surprise that the vibrancy of its culture found its way into her paper collages that David Celone, the owner of Long River Studios …

Potter Spinoff Trilogy Planned

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The upcoming Harry Potter spinoff film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will be the first in a trilogy. The movies will be directed by Potter veteran David Yates, who directed the latter four films in the eight-part franchise, and will reunite the filmmaking team of David …

Australian Wins Booker Prize

Thursday, October 16, 2014

London — Australian novelist Richard Flanagan won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, a novel based on his father’s experience as a prisoner of war in World War II. Flanagan, whose father …

A Little Help

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ryan Barrows, 9, grimaces as he works to lift a pole saw to cut a sapling at his home in Hartland. Bill Barrows, Ryan’s father, who was supervising nearby, said “Ryan is my little helper ... he likes …

A Cajun in New England

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Shayne Brunet found out pretty quickly that crawfish weren’t a big hit in New England. Shortly after arriving in Vermont with her family, Brunet, who is from New Orleans, where cooking and eating food is a love affair, …

Notes From the Garden: Now Is the Time to Plant Garlic

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Garlic is one of those magical ingredients that give foods depth of flavor and the richness of another world. Italian food, French food, Indian food, these all include liberal use of garlic. Why the English decided on fish and chips and boiled dinners as their staples is a …

Famous Chefs Lead a Charge Toward Vegetable-Centered Fast Food

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Never mind that his latest restaurant, the over-the-top Bazaar Meat in Las Vegas, is a temple to suckling pig and foie gras. José Andrés would like you to consider, for a moment, the vegetable. Settled into a corner …