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Playing the witty, rough-around-the-edges Eliza Doolittle, Emily Brockway sings about Eliza's wishes for a better life in "Wouldn't it be Loverly," during a rehearsal for Opera North's production of My Fair Lady at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hanover, N.H., on July 22, 2014.  Brockway is flanked by Cockney girls played by Caitlyn McKechney, left, and Emily Geller. 
(Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

Behind the Scenes at Opera North

Thursday, July 31, 2014

When Opera North opens its annual season on Saturday at the Lebanon Opera House with a production of Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical My Fair …

Art Notes: New Art Gallery Opens in Windsor

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Opening an art gallery carries arguably the same level of risk as opening a new restaurant: The first few years can make or break you, …

Entertainment Highlights: Iris DeMent Brings Songs Based on Anna Akhmatova’s Poems to the Upper Valley

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

After more than two decades of channeling the small-town sensibilities and soul of her Midwest home and her roots in the Mississippi Delta into songs …

Network Declares Overnight Ratings System Meaningless

Friday, July 25, 2014

New York — It’s a rite nearly as old as television: the morning after a new show premieres, network executives wait impatiently for Nielsen’s estimate of how many people watched, and rush to report the first sign of a hit. Leaders at the FX network are trying something …

Spray-cation

Friday, July 25, 2014

Getting relief from the heat and humidity earlier this week, Alexis Menard, 9, of Windsor, center, enjoys the shower of a garden hose held by Clayton Therrien, 9, of Westfield, Vt., at Menard’s home in Windsor. Josh Bailey, …

Entertainment Highlights: Anais Mitchell Workshops Her ‘Hadestown’ Song Cycle at Dartmouth

Thursday, July 24, 2014

During her concert tonight at Dartmouth’s Moore Theatre, Vermont-bred singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell expects to perform a few songs from Hadestown, her folk/rock opera that re-imagines the Greek myth of Orpheus and Euridyce, with her longtime collaborator Michael Chorney. …

Art Notes: AVA Gallery Reforms Its Juried Summer Exhibition

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

For the last 20 years the Juried exhibition at the AVA Gallery in Lebanon has been an annual summer event, a chance to take the temperature of the flourishing arts scene in the Upper Valley. This year the …

‘Weird Al’ Talks About His Weirdly Successful Week in Music

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Los Angeles — Attention pop stars: If “Weird Al” Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you’re likely his next parody conquest. Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and …

Annual Comic-Con Festival in San Diego Is Preview Heaven

Thursday, July 24, 2014

San Diego — Like Batman responding to a beaming Bat signal in the sky, fans are streaming to San Diego for the 45th annual Comic-Con pop culture extravaganza. The four-day festival celebrating film, TV, video games, comic books, …

Billy Joel to Receive Gershwin Prize

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Billy Joel, the regular guy from Long Island who insists he’s not a very good piano player, will be next recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the U.S. Library of Congress announced Tuesday. He joins good company. The previous honorees are Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir …

Book Teaches Budget Cooking

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Leanne Brown didn’t set out to write a buzz-worthy cookbook for people who want fine-dining taste on a food stamp budget. Because Good and Cheap, a beautifully photographed e-book packed with low-cost, fuss-free recipes, actually began simply as …

Sick of Weeding Yet? It’s Time to Mulch Those Garden Beds

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I love the musical Porgy and Bess, especially the song, Summertime, with its catchy refrain, “Summertime and the livin’ is easy.” Clearly Gershwin was a) not a gardener, or b) he mastered the art of mulching. Mulching makes …

Summer Crowds Flock to Alaskan ‘Hot Dog Nazi’

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Anchorage, Alaska — There’s no shortage of hot dog stands hawking that spicy, oh-so-Alaska treat, the reindeer dog, in downtown Anchorage. But only one of them has consistently long lines. M.A.’s Gourmet Dogs is owned by a guy …