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Art Notes: The Pilgrims to perform ‘last’ show Saturday in Hanover
04-10-2024 5:01 PM

By ALEX HANSON

The journalism and the arts can meet at a fraught crossroads. One relies on facts and on creating an account as close to the truth as possible in the time available. The other is interested in truths that are more personal, less grounded, and time...

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Art Notes: We the People opens big musical Friday night
04-03-2024 5:31 PM

By ALEX HANSON

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — In its relatively short history, We the People Theatre has specialized in sweeping musical theater projects, starting with productions of “1776” and “Working.” The coronavirus pandemic put an end to the company’s momentum,...


Art Notes: Longtime Lebanon photographer ‘doesn’t want that kind of exposure’
02-21-2024 10:01 PM

By ALEX HANSON

Larry Vanier started taking photographs as a hobby. He already enjoyed hiking and being outdoors, so it was natural to him to start taking a camera along.This was in the 1970s and early ’80s, the apex of film photography. The Upper Valley had a robust...


Art Notes: Upper Valley filmmaker’s debut premiering at WRIF festival
02-14-2024 9:01 PM

By ALEX HANSON

Loren David Howard started making movies the way a lot of teens do, by recording concerts his dad took him to and making videos of friends out skateboarding.He didn’t expect to make much out of it, but after a school counselor advised him to think...


Art Notes: Weekend performances to benefit Junction Dance Festival
02-07-2024 9:01 PM

By ERIC SUTPHIN

The wheels are in motion for the third edition of the Junction Dance Festival (TJDF), planned for July. The festival was founded by choreographer Elizabeth Kurylo, affectionately known in the dance community as Babette.“We are promoting artists from...


Art Notes: Lebanon Opera House, Chandler Music Hall reopen following renovations
01-31-2024 9:46 PM

By ALEX HANSON

A pair of the most venerable and active Upper Valley performance venues, Lebanon Opera House and Randolph’s Chandler Music Hall, are reopening in the next week after renovations.The opera house, which will reopen with a refreshed lobby and new seats...


Art Notes: Real-life couple brings a ‘cosmic love story’ to life at Northern Stage
01-24-2024 9:00 PM

By ALEX HANSON

Some partnerships seem destined from the start. A pair of elementary school friends who get married out of college and stay together forever, or Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, to consider just two scenarios.But most people in enduring relationships...


Art Notes: Upper Valley arts offer to brighten winter nights
01-10-2024 9:00 PM

By ALEX HANSON

On the cultural calendar, September tends to be the biggest month. Summer is over, kids are back in school and theater, visual art and music are all ascendant.But January is a close second, and looking at the events coming at us in the next few weeks,...


Art Notes: Actor Dan Butler revives a 30-year-old play about gay life
12-07-2023 1:48 AM

By ALEX HANSON

There is something humbling, and a bit exciting, about seeing one’s work turn into a period piece during one’s lifetime. It’s a reflection not on the work but on the pace of change.Thirty years ago, life was very different for LGBTQ Americans. “Don’t...


Art Notes: Upper Valley artist takes side step to painting
11-30-2023 3:07 AM

By ALEX HANSON

As much as anyone in the Upper Valley, Matt Mazur has always seemed to me to lead a life of fluid creativity.He knew he wanted to be an artist from an early age, and since 2001 he has played in multiple bands, produced “Oh You!” a long-running zine,...


Art Notes: Parish Players awaits ticket sales proceeds from online vendor
11-10-2023 3:34 AM

By ALEX HANSON

For a small community theater, Parish Players has had some pretty big shows over the last year.Last fall, a production of “The Play That Goes Wrong,” filled the house, as did the annual festival of 10-minute plays in February. And in April, a...


Art Notes: Upper Valley offers varied entertainment options
10-13-2023 8:01 PM

By ALEX HANSON

The sheer number of options is going to pose problems for people who want to be entertained away from their streaming services this weekend. You’re going to have to make some decisions, people.The good thing, I guess, is that the quantity is matched...


Art Notes: In Thetford, from blank page to play in 24 hours
09-21-2023 9:27 AM

By ALEX HANSON

At 7 on Friday evening, a group of six would-be playwrights will receive writing prompts and then spend the night in the library at Thetford Academy, churning out short plays.At 5 the next morning, they’ll hand off their finished plays to directors,...


Art Notes: Western Terrestrials came home to record new album
09-13-2023 6:24 PM

By ALEX HANSON

The Western Terrestrials laid down the tracks for the band’s first two records in Nashville. That’s where country and Americana bands go to find the experts in their field.And those two records, “The Clearlake Conspiracy,” released in 2019, and “Back...


Art Notes: Family makes new home for art in Windsor
08-31-2023 4:47 PM

By ALEX HANSON

For a long time, Angie Follensbee-Hall carried in the back of her mind the idea of opening an art gallery with a studio attached.She saw it as a place where she could both make and show her art work, which consists of her own handmade paper combined...


Art Notes: Nexus Festival reaching out to families
08-09-2023 8:42 PM

By ALEX HANSON

In planning this year’s Nexus Festival, Lebanon Opera House Executive Director Joe Clifford wanted to expand the roster of Upper Valley-based acts and the offerings for children and family.When the free, three-day festival kicks off on Friday,...


Art Notes: Lebanon Opera House to close for renovations ahead of 100th birthday
08-03-2023 11:36 PM

By ALEX HANSON

On Aug. 14, Lebanon Opera House will close down for five months of renovation in advance of the hall’s centenary next year.The project, for which the nonprofit that runs the opera house plans to raise $4.2 million, is the first major update for the...


Art Notes: Local productions of a national scale
07-26-2023 4:56 PM

By ALEX HANSON

Floating out there on the internet is a Broadway World interview with Kennedy Caughell.Conducted just before the national tour of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” began a four-day run in Thousand Oaks, Calif., the interview recounts how much...


Art Notes: What Doth Life to hold benefit concert for farmers
07-19-2023 10:24 PM

By ALEX HANSON

The musicians of What Doth Life, the Windsor-based recording consortium, continue to surprise.For well over a decade, a group of rockers who grew up together and still live in Windsor has been recording its own songs under multiple band names. If...


Art Notes: Mix of circus and opera remains unique to Opera North
07-05-2023 4:32 PM

By ALEX HANSON

It’s been five years since Opera North first united opera with the circus arts. The productions, performed under a tent at Blow-Me-Down Farm in Cornish, show no signs of letting up.“The fun part is to create a new concept every year,” Evans Haile,...


Art Notes: Sculpturefest marks 35 years of art in a Woodstock pasture
06-29-2023 11:53 PM

By ALEX HANSON

Around 40 years or so ago, Charlet Davenport was serving on the Vermont Arts Council.She was still a new resident, having moved to the state with her husband, Peter, in 1962. (She’s still a newcomer even now, she said.) At the time, AVA Gallery was...

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