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Arts / Theater / Dance

Woodcarver Floyd Scholz lays the final coats of watered-down acrylic paint onto a carved raptor at his home studio in Hancock, Vt., which offers a sweeping view of nearby mountains and the town of Rochester, Vt., on November 12, 2014. 
(Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

The Souls Of Birds

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Floyd Scholz, one of the world’s leading bird carvers, lives atop a mountain in Hancock, Vt. The view from his house looks south down the narrow White River Valley. It’s the kind of panorama a hawk would have if it hitched a ride on the thermal updrafts from the nearby Green Mountains that allow raptors to soar and circle without …

An Examination Of 19th-Century Sex and Intimacy

Thursday, November 6, 2014

On stage at the Moore Theater at the Hopkins Center, Emma Orme and Max Samuels are engaged in the delicate, complicated act of undressing each other. It’s a tender, deliberate disrobing made more laborious by the fact that both actors are playing the Givings, a 19th-century couple encased in layers of clothing, and …

Theater Review: At Northern Stage, ‘Clybourne Park’ Tests Our Racial Sensitivities

Monday, November 3, 2014

Like other neighborhoods ringing urban centers, Clybourne Park in Chicago has undergone waves of change since the 1950s. It’s a white enclave near downtown that experiences the first tentative steps toward integration when an African-American family moves into the neighborhood in 1959. Over the course of 50 years, Clybourne Park undergoes so-called white …

Theater Review: A Terminal Diagnosis; Now What?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The impulse toward life is so powerful that we’ll make any bargain, make any promise, fight almost any battle to live even one more day. But what happens when you’ve been given a terminal diagnosis and think you know, more or less, when you’re going to die? How …

Entertainment Highlights: About Death, but Not Morbid

Thursday, November 7, 2013

On one hand, Kevin Fitzpatrick was drawn to direct The Shadow Box , a meditation on death in play form, because of its substance and its depth. “Our mortality is part of the human condition,” said Fitzpatrick, a …

‘God of Carnage’: Bad Things Happen to the Best Sort of Parents

Saturday, November 2, 2013

By Nicola Smith Valley News Staff Writer We’ve all met parents like Veronica and Michael Novak, and Alan and Annette Raleigh, two couples who meet to discuss a fight between their two young sons, Henry and Ben, in Yasmina Reza’s play God of Carnage , currently running at …

Entertainment Highlights: Variety Comes to the Valley

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Rusty DeWees has performed as “The Logger,” his blue collar Vermonter alter ego, for 17 years, playing shows all around the Green Mountain State, telling stories in a thick Green Mountain drawl that he wrote when was living …

‘Frankie and Johnny’ Make Passionate Theater at Shaker Bridge

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Johnny’s a guy who’s hard to love. He pushes too hard, talks too much, doesn’t take no for an answer and is a sap, to boot. Frankie, on the other hand, is all sharp elbows. She talks too little and doubts too much and tries to put as …

Art Notes: At the Hood: Natural Beauty, Political Danger

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tucked away in the Hood Museum of Art’s teaching gallery is a compact but wonderful show of paintings by Fan Tchunpi, a Chinese artist who was forced into exile by her country’s seismic political upheaval. The politics is …

‘12 Angry Men’ Still Seems Relevant in These Angry Times

Thursday, October 10, 2013

In a way, it isn’t hard to see why Twelve Angry Men, the 1957 film that earned Sidney Lumet his first Oscar nomination for best director, bombed at the box office. Twelve ordinary guys stuck in a room modeling the deliberative process isn’t exactly, I don’t know, The …

Little Lyme Color

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Artist Thomas Himsel, of Brownsburg, Ind., prepares to pack up for the morning after working on a painting near the Connecticut River in Lyme Wednesday morning. Himsel and his wife are visiting family in the area. Valley News …

Developing an Eye for Art: Artists Invite Upper Valley Residents Into Studios

Monday, October 7, 2013

Corinth — Sandy Spiegel lingered by a weaver’s loom Sunday, standing in the main room of the Corinth Town Hall. The machine was owned by a friend, Kathryn Price, who this weekend was showing off her hand-dyed and …

An Art Legacy in Public and Private Spaces

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Works of art have a way of slipping out of the public eye, of becoming forgotten. They can be like the proverbial trees that fall unattended in the forest: When you aren’t looking at a painting, does it …