Arts & Culture

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The year is 1842, and Christopher Robinson, a poor young man living with his family on an island just north of Scotland, has just been accused of stealing his father’s small savings. The real culprit is his brother, who has just fled their small town. As Christopher chases his brother, we encounter a world in which there is a vast difference between the haves and the have-nots, and a cast of characters seeking opportunities for better lives.

Photo by Jamie Murray

To hear Paul Violette of the New Hampshire Telephone Museum tell the story, anyone who thinks today’s communication technology is far beyond the old telephone system doesn’t understand how it all works.

“Most people feel like if they have a cell phone or a smart phone that it’s totally wireless. It’s not true. It’s not wall-to-wall coverage,” he said.

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  Jane Chu, the nation’s top arts leader, was in New Hampshire this week.

Chu is chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. Her visit to the Granite State comes as the organization celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

NHPR Morning Edition producer Michael Brindley caught up with Chu during her visit to the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester.

As you’re going around talking to people, what are you learning about the arts here in New Hampshire?

Next week Dartmouth College will showcase the work of its digital artists, from animators and game designers to those developing interactive pieces and even fashion.

Lorie Loeb is a professor in Dartmouth’s Computer Science department and director of its digital arts program. She joined Weekend Edition with a preview of the 4th annual Digital Arts Exhibition, known as DAX. It takes place Tuesday, April 28th from 7-10 pm.

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There is a theme to New Hampshire This Weekend; Hippo Editor Amy Diaz offers a slate of events that celebrate hobbies.

For those who are just wild about scrapbookn’, there’s the CKC Manchester Scrapbook Convention Friday and Saturday.

Here Comes Mud Season

Apr 10, 2015
Sean Hurley

On March 20th, winter officially came to an end and spring began.  But in between winter and spring, as NHPR's Sean Hurley reflects, it's mud season.

Courtesy/Alyssa Grenning

A new home for 3S Artspace in Portsmouth opens this week.

The renovated facility will feature a music venue, an art gallery, artist studios, and a restaurant.

Chris Greiner is executive of director of 3S Artspace.

He joined Morning Edition to talk about the new facility.

You’ve talked about this new art space filling a unique niche that’s lacking on the Seacoast. Many already see the area as having a rich arts and culture scene, so what do mean by that?

Ever fantasized about living on a lush tropical island?  Would you settle for a long cold winter on a rugged rock 6 miles off the coast of Portsmouth?  For the last 18 years, photographer Alexandra De Steiguer has done just that as the lone winter caretaker of Star Island.  NHPR's Sean Hurley paid her a visit and sends us this.

On our first attempt to leave the harbor for Star Island, the muffler was frozen and the Miss Julie, a 29 foot lobster boat, wouldn't start.  

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  Hippo Editor Amy Diaz joins Morning Edition to discuss some of the events in store for Granite Staters this weekend and beyond. 

Glitz & Glam

Still Life With Shovel

Feb 16, 2015
Lois Hurley

As we dig out from yet another winter storm, NHPR's Sean Hurley reflects on his life so far as a snow shoveler.  

The snow falls.  The storm ends and starts again.  I plant my shovel in the snow pile like a flag on the moon of winter.  Take my boots off, put them back on again. The plows shudder by and shudder by...on snow chained tires and spitting sand and I have no plans to lean the shovel in its summer spot behind the house.

I remember shoveling the family driveway in the blizzard of 78.  I was 11 years old and knew I was shoveling legendary snow.

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Most people in New Hampshire associate Laconia with the annual summer Motorcycle Week Rally.

But another event, equally important to the city’s history, takes place this weekend.

The 83rd Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby has been around almost as long at Bike Week.

Trail Boss Jim Lyman, whose grandfather helped start the local sled dog derby in 1929, says Laconia’s sled dog event is one of the oldest in the country with ties back to the modern origin of the sport.

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  Hippo Editor Amy Diaz joins Morning Edition to discuss some of the activities in store for the hot and steamy Valentine's Weekend, which forecasters predict will be anything but hot or steamy.

Lets embrace the cold...

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Create an album in twenty-eight days - that's the idea behind the RPM Challenge. Those taking part have to create ten songs, or thirty-five minutes of original material, all of which has to be written and recorded during the month of February. 

Library of Congress

A writer and community activist in New Hampshire will be honored today by the Martin Luther King Coalition.

JerriAnne Boggis is being recognized for her work to tell the often little known stories of African Americans in the state. Boggins is an activist and the director for the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail. She says on this holiday, she hopes Granite Staters will remember Dr. King’s ideals – and his actions.

Jack Rodolico

 In 2015, the City of Concord will honor its 250th anniversary. 

For centuries, the Merrimack River made Concord a prime location for Native Americans first, then European settlers later.

And in the 1800s, the city was famous for Concord Coaches – horse-drawn buggies that were manufactured to-order for customers around the world.

It’s Christmas cookie time. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us about two big cookie tours in the Granite State- and how you (and the kids) can be the architect of your very own gingerbread village.

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us how to get some holiday spirit in New Hampshire this weekend.

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz profiles two art events this weekend: M.C. Escher: Reality and Illusion- at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester and Objects in Motion: Survey of Work by Kim Bernard at McIninch Art Gallery at SNHU.

Sean Hurley

When you sit down to eat, you probably don’t think much about hand-eye coordination. Try eating without being able to see, though, and that changes.  I recently ate a meal blindfolded at an event held by the NH Association for the Blind at Giuseppe’s restaurant in Meredith.

There’s a non-profit organization in Portsmouth with the aim of bringing veterans from all branches of the U.S. Military into the performing arts, both on and off the stage.  Jonathan Rockwood Hoar is the Artistic Director of Veterans In Performing Arts. He spoke with Morning Edition about how it started and what it has meant for those who participate.

Two annual events take place this weekend; Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us about NH Open Doors and the S.N.O.B. Film Festival in Concord.

The cold weather is coming... and Hippo Editor Amy Diaz is thinking about getting outside before it does. This weekend is a good opportunity to see some nature at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, Beaver Brook Nature Center in Hollis, or Amoskeag Fishways in Manchester.

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Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer talks about “the three B’s” of cold weather crops in his garden: Broccoli, Brussel sprouts… and kale.

Kale? That starts with a ‘K’.

Well, it’s a brassica; the family that includes those plus cabbage, cauliflower and more. They’re all good cold weather crops and very healthy and tasty.

What makes them so healthy?

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.  

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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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.

Got (Local) Garlic?

Oct 21, 2014
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?

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.

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.

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?

Got Bulbs?

Oct 15, 2014
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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