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Hood Museum Director Michael Taylor in June 2011, not long after he was hired. Taylor has left the Hood, a departure Dartmouth College has not explained. (Valley News - Jenna Schoenefeld)<p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Art Notes: Hood Director Departs

Thursday, March 26, 2015

In a move that has shocked the Upper Valley art community, Michael Taylor is leaving his post as director of the Hood Museum at Dartmouth …

Entertainment Highlights: This Weekend, Dancing for a Cause

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How can Upper Valley dancers and dance fans help out cancer patients this weekend? Four words: Get on your feet. On Saturday night in Plainfield, …

Borrowing, Appropriating and Stealing Are as Old as Art Itself

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blurred lines indeed. The recent verdict by a federal jury in Los Angeles may have settled one case, but it has ignited a larger debate …

The Best Of the Rest

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Valley News’ three staff photographers and intern logged many miles over the first two weeks of March covering town and school meetings across the Upper Valley. Here are a few favorites that were not part of the …

Movie Review: Who Organized This Dystopia Anyway?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

“Tell me: Do you appreciate irony?” That’s the question put to Tris (Shailene Woodley), the heroine of the latest installment in the Divergent film saga, Insurgent, by the film’s villain, Jeanine. Rendered by Kate Winslet as a caricature …

Movie Review: Even Sean Penn and a Great Cast Can’t Rescue ‘The Gunman’

Saturday, March 21, 2015

At least for an hour or so, The Gunman looks like it might be pretty good - a well-made, politically aware action thriller that makes up for its generic plotting with an outstanding cast and sharp, keenly observed …

‘Lazarus’ Is a Cut-Rate ‘Flatliners’

Saturday, March 21, 2015

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 …

With ‘Empire’ a Huge Hit, Fox Ponders Show’ s Next Season

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Los Angeles — Empire just wrapped its first season Wednesday night with its best ratings so far. Now comes the hard part for Fox: How to handle its hip-hop soap smash as it heads into Season 2? “We’re …

Theo James: ‘Insurgent’ Role Is Tough

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Los Angeles — Theo James expected his role as Four in the Divergent film series to require physical strength. He didn’t anticipate the emotional needs. In Divergent, he had to deal with father issues while in the throes of a new relationship with the film’s central hero, Tris …

Brown Left ‘Community’ To Care For Her Father

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A familiar face is missing from Community, which resurfaced this week on Yahoo Screen. Yvette Nicole Brown, who played Shirley throughout the show’s NBC run, announced last summer that she wouldn’t make the move to Yahoo. Brown said at the time that her father was ill and needed …

Cuts Likely To Shutter Vt. Law Library

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Montpelier — A nearly $500,000 cut to the Vermont Department of Libraries will likely result in the closure of the state law library. Earlier this week, the House Appropriations Committee decided to go with the governor’s recommendation to …

How a Camera Can Lead To Self-Incrimination

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Convicted felon Tyler Smith appeared on National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Preppers, brazenly shooting a gun. Kody Brown and his four wives starred on TLC’s Sister Wives knowing that polygamy was illegal. Real estate heir Robert Durst agreed to …

‘Red Army’ Tells a Secret Soviet History

Friday, March 20, 2015

Los Angeles — Gabe Polsky wouldn’t stop pestering him, so Slava Fetisov grudgingly promised 15 minutes to the American making a documentary about the Soviet Union as reflected through its dominant Red Army hockey team. When the Hall …