Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
3:50 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

The Real Dead Poets Society

Walter Skold in the "Poemobile".
Sean Hurley

Since 2009, Walter Skold has been traveling the country visiting the graves of deceased poets. Skold, from Freeport Maine, is the founder of the Dead Poets Society of America, He recently came to New Hampshire to find two graves and to participate in the Dead Poets Remembrance Day at Gibson's Bookstore in Concord.  NHPR's Sean Hurley reports.  

In the bright leaves of the Hopkinton Cemetery, Walter Skold sets a movie camera on a tripod and begins to film the gravestone of the poet Joel Oppenheimer.

"I found this one in 3 minutes and 58 seconds today!"

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Arts & Culture
10:56 am
Fri October 24, 2014

NH This Weekend: Get The Spirit

Credit Yahoo Voices, via intownconcord.org

With a week to go until Halloween, Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has plenty of suggestions to get you in the spirit.

For the kids, there's the Halloween Howl in downtown Concord, and the Science-themed Not-So-Spooky Spectacular at the Children's Museum in Dover.

For some spirited history, try Ghost Encounters at Canterbury Shaker Village.

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Arts & Culture
9:53 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Got (Local) Garlic?

Credit Henry Homeyer

Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer gave us some homework last week; he told us to get some garlic- to plant.  

You wrote this week that this is the time for planting garlic.  Is it easy to grow?

It’s the easiest crop that I grow. I plant it, I mulch it, I harvest it. It’s as simple as that.

Where can you get seed garlic?

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Arts & Culture
7:48 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

From GOP Jack-O'-Lanterns To A Marriage Proposal: The Pumpkins Of Keene, 2014

Melanie Plenda for NHPR

Before riots overshadowed the festivities in Keene Saturday, thousands gathered in the city's downtown for the annual spectacle of thousands of jack-o'-lanterns lining Main Street.

Click above to see a gallery of some of the pumpkins, which include corporate-sponsored carvings, political messages, and yes, at least one marriage proposal. 

Arts & Culture
3:40 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

The Beethoven Machine: Can A Computer Compose The Music Of The Future?

Composer Greg Wilder
Sean Hurley

What will the music of the future sound like? New Hampshire Composer Greg Wilder doesn't know yet, but as NHPR's Sean Hurley reports, the Warren resident is hoping to build the machine that writes it.

Greg Wilder and his wife Alison Conard are composers and computer programmers. Together in their log home in Warren they design websites for artists.

But music is at the heart of everything they do and music is the first thing Greg Wilder can remember.

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Arts & Culture
3:09 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

'Dracula' Reflects Dancer's Journey From War-Torn Hungary To Prima Ballerina

Publicity still for Toth's production of 'Dracula'
Credit Courtesy Northeastern Ballet Theatre

Wolfeboro ballet instructor Edra Toth knows what it feels like to be misunderstood.

On Saturday night, her nonprofit Northeast Ballet Theater will present Dracula, a ballet written by Toth. In it, Toth’s dance ensemble will illustrate the truth about Dracula – or, more accurately, the original historical figure he’s based on, a militant ruler named Vlad Tepes.

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Arts & Culture
10:42 am
Thu October 16, 2014

New Hampshire Film Festival Is Bigger, Broader This Year

The 14th annual New Hampshire Film Festival kicks off in Portsmouth. Nicole Gregg is the Director of the event and spoke with us about how it’s grown and what to expect this weekend.

How does this festival compare to prior years?

This year we expect our highest number of filmmakers in attendance…

With over a hundred films, what are some you’re most excited about?

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Arts & Culture
10:22 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Got Bulbs?

Credit Henry Homeyer

Ever plant some bulbs in the fall and wonder where they went come spring?   Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer has tips for planting those bulbs- and tells us why daffodils are a sure bet.

Henry, what bulbs do you like?

I love all the spring flowering bulbs: tulips, crocus, but I mostly plant daffodils.

Why?

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Arts & Culture
10:29 am
Tue October 7, 2014

It's Still Not Too Late To Plant For Fall

Credit Henry Homeyer

Gardening Guy and Cornish Flats resident Henry Homeyer says it’s not too late to plant for fall color.

 

We are in the peak of fall foliage season in New Hampshire. What are some of your favorite bright colored trees and shrubs?

Well obviously sugar maple is the best; that’s what everyone travels here to see. It’s kind of big to plant in your yard… but there are a lot of smaller things that people can plant as well.

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Arts & Culture
5:30 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Autumn Is The Perfect Time For Planting Trees

Credit Henry Homeyer

Fall is here and Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer tells us why he feels this is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs in the yard.

Why not plant in the spring?

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Arts & Culture
10:25 am
Fri September 19, 2014

N.H. This Weekend: Men (Both In & Out Of Kilts)

Credit nhscot.org

Grab your kilt and head for Loon Mountain this weekend; Hippo Editor Amy Diaz details the NH Highland Games, and The Palace’s production of The Full Monty. Here’s  the big reveal.

Let’s begin with the Highland Games…

It’s a huge celebration of Scottish culture and history… everything from music and dance to heavy athletics.

How many people come to this each year?

This is Scotland’s moment… they get between 21,000 and 23,00 over the weekend.

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Arts & Culture
10:30 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Fall In The Garden

Credit Henry Homeyer

With fall around the corner, it’s a good time to evaluate the growing season just past- and plan ahead for next year. Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer offers some tips.

How did your garden do this year?

My garden did great this year- it was a little cool, but we had plenty of sunshine and plenty of rain. I grew corn for the first time in many years and it did really well.

What should gardeners be doing in the vegetable garden now?

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Arts & Culture
8:54 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Inside J.D. Salinger's House

The loft Salinger slept in when he first moved in.
Sean Hurley

J.D. Salinger was famously private - and his privacy was often famously invaded - by photographers, journalist, curiosity seekers, film makers. 

That Salinger lived in Cornish is well known.  Less well known is that Salinger had two homes in Cornish.  The first house he lived in for 14 years sits on the hill behind the second.  It recently came on the market and I went to talk to its owner about her home - and about her long time neighbor, J.D. Salinger.

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Arts & Culture
9:36 am
Fri September 12, 2014

N.H. This Weekend: The Granite State's Comicon Is On

It’s a weekend to geek out at Granite State Comicon. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us why it’s especially worthy for Game of Thrones fans.

Like many comicon events, Granite State Comicon has become much more than just an event for comic fans…

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

'Tis The Season of Mums and Kale

Decorative kale
Credit Henry Homeyer

Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer talks about mums, decorative kale and cabbage, and preparing for fall.

Fall is on the way… what are you doing to prepare?

Summer flowers that are looking tired can be made to look pretty darn good in the fall… I cut them back right about now… I give them some liquid fertilizer and they’ll re-bloom nicely in two or three weeks.

Are there fall plants we should consider buying now?  

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