Arts and Culture

North Country
4:03 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

A State Known For The Outdoors Wants To Show Its Other Side

Van McLeod, the commissioner of the state's Department of Cultural Resources, left, and Tai Freligh of the Division of Travel and Tourism Development met in the Littleton Opera House with those involved in the arts. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

New Hampshire officials are hoping to start showing tourists the cultural side of a state best known for outdoor activities.

Skiing. Hiking. Kayaking. Fall foliage.

All things for which the state is known.

But tourism and cultural resource officials want to broaden that and make sure tourists know more about cultural activities.

They’re holding a series of statewide meetings at cultural spots around the state. That included Tuesday morning at the Littleton Opera House. 

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Word of Mouth
11:56 am
Tue November 13, 2012

The Audio Orchard Podcast for November

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THE AUDIO ORCHARD NOVEMBER PLAYLIST

The Audio Orchard explores music being made right here in New England, and introduces you to artists that find their way here while on tour. Each month, we hand pick a variety of songs to sample. You can download this podcast here and listen at your leisure.

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Word of Mouth
9:07 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Forty Years of Free To Be...You And Me

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Forty years ago this month, the groundbreaking cultural phenomenon Free To Be…You And Me found its way into the collective subconscious of children across America.

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Word of Mouth
11:41 am
Thu November 1, 2012

A New Hampshire Comic's Quest For Laughs

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New Hampshire is better known for a tradition of community theater than for comedy.  Still, there is something of a comedy scene here…if you’re willing to look for it. Producer Adam McCune happens to be a regular at one of Manchester’s regular open-mic events, and brings us along in search of a laugh.

And check out Jay Chanoine's website here.

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Word of Mouth
11:53 am
Thu October 25, 2012

The Anthropology of Asian Food

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Jeffrey Alford is an adventurous sort. He left his Wyoming home in the late 1970's with very little money and began traveling in Asia. He funded his travels by smuggling gold and hawking jewelry before meeting another restless spirit named Naomi Duguid on a Tibetan rooftop in 1985. The two vagabonds got married, had two sons, and turned their love of Asia and its foods into a career of travel, writing and photography.

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Word of Mouth
10:43 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Lake Street Dive...Live

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Schooled in jazz and infatuated with pop… the Brooklyn based band Lake Street Dive came together at the New England Conservatory with a goal to play improvised, avant-garde country music. Think Loretta Lynn meets Ornette Coleman. Yeah, it sounded about as rough as it is to imagine.

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Word of Mouth
10:53 am
Wed October 24, 2012

What To Do Tonight: Rufus Wainwright and Bikes!

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You may have heard that the city of Concord is contemplating designs for a major overhaul of it’s downtown. Tonight, the Central New Hampshire bicycling coalition is hosting an event called Bike-toberfest at Red River Theatres in Concord. The idea is to bring people together to talk about how bike transportation could fit into the design, and to view some short films featuring bicycles.

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Word of Mouth
10:23 am
Wed October 24, 2012

John Herman gets creative...digitally

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This Saturday, Virginia will be hosting TEDx Amoskeag Millyard… a satellite TED event at the Millyard in Manchester. The theme is  co-innovation, and the presenters include thought leaders in business, education, and the arts, including our guest, John Herman.  He’s a filmmaker, stage producer, and a finalist candidate for Spaceflight, and last but not least, a full time high school English teacher.

Word of Mouth
9:40 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Ingrid Michaelson: Not Just For TV Soundtracks

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If you have never heard of Ingrid Michaelson, don’t worry… chances are you have heard her music. Whether it was during an Old Navy sweater commercial…or on TV shows like One Tree Hill, Army Wives, or most frequently, Grey’s Anatomy. Her brand of accessible and emotional indie-pop has made her music a go-to for soundtrack supervisors… and since, built her a grassroots army of fans devoted to each of her five studio albums.  Her latest is called Human Again

Ingrid + Grey's= Tears

Word of Mouth
1:01 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Susan Orlean Brings Us the Story of Rin Tin Tin

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Author, essayist, and staff writer for The New Yorker Susan Orlean takes vivid snapshots of people who live way off the beaten path.

Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Once Upon A Midnight Dreary...

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Here is Sean Hurley's unabridged reading of "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe. Enjoy!

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Word of Mouth
11:11 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Is Poe Still Scary?/Poe and the Detective Novel

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For storytellers, horror fans and high school teachers,  Poe is an American original, who shocked the genteel readers of his day with tales of premature death, torture and reanimation. But this is 2012 – the age of Twilight, The Hunger Games, The Jersey Shore and Kim Kardashian …where every chapter is a cliffhanger, and a twenty-two minute episode is considered long-form narrative.  So, The Word of Mouth team asked around… are the works of Edgar Allen Poe still scary today?

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Word of Mouth
10:01 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Poe Was Totally Steampunk

Zach is so steampunk right now
Rebecca Lavoie

One of the events that took place earlier this week at the Bosacwen Public Library was the Edgar Allan Poe Steampunk Workshop which linked Poe’s artistry to the “steam-punk” subculture that is quickly growing  among fans of fantasy fiction and Japanese animation. 

Word of Mouth
9:38 am
Thu October 11, 2012

But is Poe still scary?

These boys belong to Senior Producer Rebecca Lavoie, and they don't look scared of Poe at all.

We asked a variety of people, including Laura Knoy, Salman Rushdie, Neil Gaiman, and some adorable kids whether they think Edgar Allan Poe's work still stands up as "scary." Here's the full version of what they had to say about that...

Word of Mouth
9:32 am
Thu October 11, 2012

The Last Days of Poe/The Raven

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The last days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life are shrouded in mystery, much like his own work. And to arrive at those last fateful days, you must go back in Poe’s life to set the scene.  He was an orphan, adopted by the Allan family. He grew up well educated and well off, but once he left home for college, his relationship with his foster father grew tumultuous and he was – as they say - cut off.  Poe also had a taste for alcohol and women… and could never seem to balance the two. 

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