Arts / Theater / Dance

"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 lakeside parks. It was a lark, but to their surprise, their sculpture of, as Tans described it, “a goddess riding a tortoise out toward Lake Champlain,” took second place. When the first-place team opted not to attend the national competition, the debutants headed west and learned from veteran teams of snow carvers from around the country. “The Alaskans, we just watched out of the corner of our eye,” Tans said. The Alaskan team sculpted a bird in a cage, a …

Theater Review: ‘Mad Love’ Exposes 20-Somethings Stumbling Toward Intimacy

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The sharpest comedy has a way of slicing into meaty issues, and Mad Love, by Hanover playwright Marisa Smith, deftly carves up love, sex, dating and commitment in the Internet age. Now in a world premiere production at Northern Stage’s Barrette Center for the Arts, Mad Love follows four young people negotiating their personal barriers to authentic intimacy — some self-made, some circumstantial. …

Hanover Playwright’s New Show Opens at Northern Stage

Thursday, January 28, 2016

White River Junction — Somewhere between portraying Emily in a Hanover High School production of Our Town in the 1970s and playing parts in John Sayles movies in the early and mid-1980s, Marisa Smith realized that she could live without acting out someone else’s words and vision on stage or screen. “I enjoyed it, but …

‘The Power of Voice’ Confronts Abuse

Saturday, April 5, 2014

If silence and shame are the weapons of someone committing acts of domestic and sexual violence, then the chorus of voices telling their stories at the Lebanon Opera House Thursday evening in “Unedited Voices of the Upper Valley” …

Entertainment Highlights: Parish Players Stress Diversity in Women’s Stories

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Until she started navigating through the Louise Erdrich short story that she’ll perform in the Parish Players’ upcoming production, “Women’s Briefs,” Victoria Wrong Traudt always considered herself “more of a nonfiction reader.” Then she found herself inhabiting the …

‘Unedited Voices of the Upper Valley’ Adresses Sexual and Domestic Violence

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Finding ways to stem the tide of domestic and sexual violence is the mission of the Lebanon non profit organization WISE. But one of the obstacles faced by people who work on these issues is that numerous misconceptions still exist about where and how often domestic and sexual …

‘The Other Place’: Coming Unmoored in a Storm-Tossed Life

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sharr White’s play The Other Place , which runs at Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield through April 13, is an ingeniously framed mystery, but not in a whodunit, dead-body-in-a-locked-room way. The mystery lies in that most elusive of entities, the human mind. How do we remember, and how …

Sitcom Star Turns to Theater

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

London — Martha Plimpton is an American in London, grappling with all that ails the United States. The Emmy Award-winning star of hit TV sitcom Raising Hope is making her West End stage debut in Jon Robin Baitz’s …

The Winners: ‘Valley News’ Photo Contest

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Selection Process: A panel of Valley News judges looked at 597 entries for this year’s Valley News Amateur Photography Contest, narrowing them down to 24 finalists. The finalists were displayed at the HomeLife Expo at Leverone Field …

Spreading Some Joy on International Happiness Day

Friday, March 21, 2014

Dancers from Dancers’ Corner in White River Junction perform a routine to the song Happy by Pharrell Williams outside the cancer center infusion area at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon on Thursday. The performance was a part of …

Hunger Cabaret Returns To Thetford

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Over the past decade, Steve LeBlanc has participated in plenty of cabaret shows around the Upper Valley. Generally, they were small affairs, and the groups putting them on often petered out. So when putting together his first annual …

Art Notes: Interesting ‘Faces’ at the Library

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

There’s something a bit unnerving about “Faces,” an exhibition of paintings by Kristin McLane Kehler in the Ledyard Gallery at Hanover’s Howe Library. As the title indicates, the exhibition consists entirely of dozens of faces, painted in a …

‘Good People’ Is Great Theater

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Margie Walsh seems as tough as the neighborhood she comes from: South Boston, or Southie. Pugnacious, sometimes crude, a chip on her shoulder, always ready with a “What’s it to you?” verbal challenge. For decades, Southie has been the home of working class Irish, a neighborhood of triple-deckers …