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Signs of Winter

Monday, December 22, 2014

Signs of avian feeding are plentiful if you take the time to look for them, and many of these signs are created by species of …

‘Oh, the Wonder’: In Meriden Church, a Christmas Tree Reaches to the Heavens

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Meriden — About five years ago, as an appreciative new member of the Meriden Congregational Church, Shawn Rogers wanted to pitch in somehow. It wasn’t …

Nature Has a Tornado Detector

Monday, December 22, 2014

Los Angeles — Ornithologist Henry Streby was happy enough that a song bird weighing less than two nickels managed to carry a tiny electronic sensor …

‘Culture’ Was Big in 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster’s 2014 word of the year: culture. The word joins Oxford Dictionaries’ “vape,” …

Top Words From 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

Culture Nostalgia Insidious Legacy Feminism Je ne sais quoi Innovation Surreptitious Autonomy Morbidity — Merriam-Webster …

Craig Ferguson Ends 10 Years as Host of ‘Late Late Show’

Friday, December 19, 2014

New York — It’s not such a great day, America — not for fans of Craig Ferguson. Ferguson, television’s kinetic Scottish cutup, on Friday brings to a close his decade-long run as host of CBS’ The Late Late …

Upper Valley Scrabblers

Friday, December 19, 2014

Maureen Bogosian, of Weathersfield, makes a move while playing a game of Scrabble against BJ Premore, of Lebanon, at the weekly meeting of the Upper Valley Scrabble Club at Tip Top Pottery in White River Junction on Monday. …

Hacking Has Firms On Alert

Friday, December 19, 2014

Atlanta — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. …

‘Not One Wrong Note’: Opera North Performs ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’

Thursday, December 18, 2014

It’s been more than 20 years since Opera North last staged Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors , which has become a classic of the holiday season, along with Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Johann Strauss’s Die …

Art Notes: Windsor Parish Weighs Selling Tooker’s Work

Thursday, December 18, 2014

For much of his long career, the artist George Tooker depicted what the poet W.H. Auden called The Age of Anxiety, painting unsettling images of 20th century women and men trapped in bureaucratic mazes and indifferent institutions with …

Entertainment Highlights: Chandler Center Aims to Expand on Success of Playwriting Contest

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The first time Randolph’s Chandler Center for the Arts invited aspiring dramatists to enter plays in a writing contest, judge Richard Waterhouse found himself reading 17 scripts in search of five finalists. “It was a big surprise,” Waterhouse, a director-actor-producer who lives in Newbury, Vt., said this week. …

‘The Interview’ Is Now ‘The Fiasco’

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Americans may think of James Franco and Seth Rogen as simply the latest in a long line of silver screen stoners, but the story surrounding their latest caper, The Interview, has been a study in escalating gravity. Now, …

Letterman Pulls Curtain on ‘Late Show’ Holiday Tradition

Thursday, December 18, 2014

New York — With the curtain soon to fall on David Letterman’s late-night television career, the end comes Friday for an odd and emotional holiday tradition that involves comic Jay Thomas, the Lone Ranger, a giant meatball and, …