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The Whiffenpoofs, practice in Barnet, Vt., recently, for their tour opening show at Dartmouth on Friday, Aug. 22. Courtesy of The Whiffenpoofs

Whiffenpoofs on World Tour

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

After giving up ice hockey for music about eight years ago, Hanover’s Jake van Leer figured he was saying goodbye to the idea of ever …

Shelburne Museum’s Exhibit Frames the Narrative of a Nation Coming of Age

Thursday, August 21, 2014

T hanks to its founder Electra Havemeyer Webb, the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vt., seven miles south of Burlington on the shores of Lake Champlain, …

Lobster, suffering an identity crisis?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lobster, you’re on a roll. Recent news reports have chronicled your rise – or fall? – citing sustainability, affordability and sheer bounty. In Maine alone, …

Ethan Allen: A Man Too Complex to Fit Into History’s Portrayals

Friday, August 15, 2014

Inventing Ethan Allen By John J. Duffy and H. Nicholas Muller III University Press of New England 304 pages, paperback, $29.95 Say what you want about Ethan Allen. Call him a hero for capturing Fort Ticonderoga. Call him …

Hoffman’s Last Role Is Taut Thriller

Saturday, August 16, 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 …

‘Boyhood’ Is an Experimental Film at Its Very Best

Saturday, August 16, 2014

In the movie Boyhood, we watch as a kid named Mason (Ellar Coltrane) grows up from a little boy into a nearly grown young man, living with his mom and sister in a series of Texas towns, solidifying …

Fan Are Hollywood Power Players

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A-list stars, directors and studio power brokers have ruled the Hollywood roost from time immemorial, but these days it’s starting to seem like there’s a new boss in town: the fan. There’s no better place to get a glimpse of the current state of fandom than at the …

From Mayberry to Ferguson, the Rise of the Modern Cop

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Last night, I tuned in to the live-stream of the events in Ferguson, Missouri, where police mounted a disproportionate and militant response to protesters who were asking for answers about the death of 18-year-old Mike Brown, who was …

‘Let’s Be Cops’ Falls Short on Zingers

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The laughs are loud, lewd and low in Let’s Be Cops, a spoof of cop “buddy pictures” that is pretty much the definition of “an August comedy.” The last month of summer is typically a dumping ground for …

French Comedy ‘Le Chef’ Absurdity Fills the Menu, Upholds Tradition

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The more seasoned of the two skillet wizards who become friends and co-workers in Le Chef is known for meals that are well-crafted but old-fashioned. That also describes this predictable French comedy, which is amiable but far from piquant. While Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno) researches new ideas for …

Book Notes: Aug. 15, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Norwich — Searching the darkness for her dogs among the apple trees near her Norwich home that night in October 2012, Lizi Boyd found her curfew-breakers ... and the raw material for her next children’s book. “Suddenly the (flash)light caught their eyes, and their bright collars, and the …

Prize-Winning Poet Still at Work

Friday, August 15, 2014

New York — He is 86 years old, his eyesight is failing and much of his recent work reads like a man saying goodbye. But W.S. Merwin continues to write poems; he cannot help himself. “I wrote the …

What Amazon’s E-Book Numbers Are and Aren’t Telling You

Friday, August 15, 2014

How much should an e-book cost? Publishers set the retail price for a current e-book, like James Patterson’s Invisible, at $14.99. That’s a lot less than a hardcover copy of the book ($25.50), but it’s still more than Amazon thinks a reader should be paying for an e-book; …