Life & Times

"Rhonda and Her Recycling Robo-Octopus," a snow sculpture made by a team representing Vermont, took the top prize at the International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, Colo., last weekend. (Courtesy photograph)

A Fleeting Art Form

Saturday, February 6, 2016

In 1998, Adrian Tans was living in Burlington and joined with a group of friends for a snow sculpture contest in one of the city’s …

Movie Review: Genre Mashup of ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Doesn’t Mesh

Friday, February 5, 2016

The latest incarnation of Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet is a most accomplished young woman. She’s studious, spunky, quick-witted and multilingual. And you should see the …

New Technology Brings Earliest Recorded Sounds Back to Life

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Until 2008, it was an article of faith that Thomas Edison was the first person to record sound, when, in 1877, he recited Mary Had …

Heat, Electric Assistance Is Available

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Tri-County Community Action Program is accepting applications for heating fuel and electric assistance programs. The New Hampshire fuel assistance program provides grants to income-eligible renters and homeowners to help cover the costs of their heating bills. The year-round electric assistance program can provide discounts on monthly electric bills. …

Writing a Career Through Letters

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Laguna Beach, Calif. — The evolution of Denny Freidenrich has taken more than 40 years. He’s been a political assistant, fundraiser, public relations man, marketing whiz and a campaign consultant, but if you ask him what he is, …

Charlie Puth: ’Tween Idol and Music Nerd

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The shrieking of little girls filled the air at Staples Center in Los Angeles when Charlie Puth took the stage last month. A baby-faced pop singer best known for See You Again, his chart-topping duet with rapper Wiz …

How a Dog Became Internet Famous

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Los Angeles — Rafael Mantesso turned 30 in an empty Brazilian apartment after divorce left every wall, floor, closet and shelf bare. The only things he had left were his cellphone and a pit bull named Jimmy Choo …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for Jan. 31-Feb. 6

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Don’t Miss Grease: Live — We’ve got chills, and they’re multiplying for this exuberant musical that whisks viewers back to Rydell High and rekindles the romance between Sandy (Julianne Hough) and Danny (Aaron Tveit). With a cast that includes Vanessa Hudgens, Keke Palmer and Carly Rae Jepsen, this …

On Fashion: The Casual-Friday Look That Presidential Candidates Can’t Get Enough Of

Sunday, January 31, 2016

When the men of the 2016 presidential campaign are not in the traditional power uniform of dark suit and red or blue tie, they are pulling on zip-collar sweaters. They are not all wearing the exact same sweater — but they might as well be. They are stuck …

To Your Good Health: Cheap Screenings Must Be Weighed Against Benefit

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: Two years ago, I took advantage of our local $99 low-dose CT scan for smokers at high risk of lung cancer (I certainly fit the criteria). Still smoking, I had the scan, and it was reported to me that they had “seen something” and wanted …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: It Was Time for Chess

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hint and Explanation: Simplify In general, art, music, sports, or literature reflect the culture that spawns them. Looking back, we can see this was no less true of chess as the 19th century came to an end. Russian chess, as exemplified in the games of Mikhail Chigorin, who …

Our Travel Memories Can Be Defined by Stunning Colors

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Vacation souvenirs take the form of so much more than T-shirts, shot glasses and snow globes. Travel sends us home with an expanded palate and a refocused palette. I owe my love of olives to the street markets …

Norwich Historical Society to Offer Workshops, Book Discussions on Family and Town History

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Norwich — The Norwich Historical Society will host a series of book discussions and hands-on workshops exploring personal, family and town history. Bringing History to Life opens with a workshop about researching the history of your house on Feb. 7. Using multiple research resources, historians Sarah Rooker and …