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2:38 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

For Artist, 'Draw New Hampshire' A Trip Down Memory Lane

Isles of Shoals from Rye
Sue Anne Bottomley

New Hampshire is already small, but for artist Sue Anne Bottomley, everyone's practically a neighbor.

Or they are since the New London woman spent the last two years visiting each town with the goal of drawing pictures of all of them. Bottomley has produced a blog called Colorful Journey where she displays her drawings and tells each town's tales.

Bouncing beside her grandpa down rutted dirt roads  in his old  Chevy pickup truck, a 5-year-old, Sue Anne Bottomley discovered New Hampshire.

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Arts & Culture
1:43 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

The Audio Orchard for May

1.Vampire Weekend, Diane Young

New Album: Modern Vampires of the City

May 15, Agganis Arena, Boston, MA

2.Iron and Wine, Grace for Saints and Ramblers

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Arts & Culture
12:53 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Darlingside

Credit Logan Shannon

VIDEO: The New England based band Darlingside has long been a favorite here at Word of Mouth, so on their recent visit to a song writing and music business summit at the Concord Community Music School, we invited them to play a few tunes live in Studio D. Afterwards producer Zach Nugent sat down to chat with guitarist Don Mitchell and drummer and Concord area native son Sam Kapala.

Production help from Logan Shannon and Taylor Quimby

"Blow the House Down"

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

NH this Weekend: Made in NH

Credit Hippo

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz previews the Made in NH Expo and a new exhibit at the Currier Museum of Art- "Crafting Settlement".

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Arts & Culture
3:38 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Tasting China's Most Expensive Teas

Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

In China, early April is prime time for tea picking.

In New Hampshire, the Confucius Institute a partnership between the University of New Hampshire and Chengdu University in China — honored the season this week with a tea sampling at the UNH-Manchester campus.

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Arts & Culture
8:48 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

The Audio Orchard Podcast for April

1. Generationals, Ten-Twenty-Ten

April 24, State Theatre, Portland, ME

2. Alice Smith, Fool For You

April 9, Brighton Music Hall, Allston, MA

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Arts & Culture
12:00 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Capturing Love: N.H. Photographer Writes The Book On Same Sex Wedding Photography

Thea Dodds

In 2005, photographer Thea Dodds was hired to shoot a wedding in Massachusetts. She spoke to the prospective bride on the phone and drove down to meet the happy couple.

Dodds: I went and met them and it was two women (laughs). So I didn’t even know before I met them that it was a same-sex wedding.

That two-brides no groom job led to other same-sex weddings. And as she gained more experience, Dodds began to realize that she was falling into the same trap.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Waking Up the Ball Park

Credit Rick Ganley / NHPR

Late season snow won't stop the New Hampshire Fisher Cats from 'working on the show'.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

N.H. Jews Go Online For Ancient Passover Ritual

Matzo is eaten during Passover, rather than leavened bread.
Credit Ron Almog (http://www.flickr.com/people/ronalmog/) / Flickr

 

   Passover begins at sundown on Monday.  One of this holiday's many traditions includes selling all bread products in a Jewish household to a non-Jew.  These days, families don’t even have to venture from their computers to accomplish that ancient ritual.

During the week of Passover, practicing Jews don’t eat Chametz.  Which is, more or less, anything  made from grain that has been in contact with water for more than 18 minutes -- like bread, or cereal. What Jews eat instead, is matzo – unleavened crackers that symbolize freedom of Jews from slavery in Egypt.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

NH this Weekend: Tap the Sap

Credit NH Maple Producers Association

It's Maple Weekend in the Granite State.  More than 110 farms and sugar shacks will be open to the public with demonstrations of syrup production, maple products to taste and buy, and hands-on activities. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has some highlights.

Find a participating sugar shack near you

Want to tap your own? Read up on the basics of D.I.Y. maple tappin'

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Arts & Culture
3:43 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

This Weekend's Arts and Culture Scene

You can treat yourself or another person to a random act of kindness this weekend. there are plenty of things happening around the state worth checking out.

Bring the little ones to Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln to see three-time Grammy-winner Tom Chapin. He’s sure to play some funny, family-friendly cuts from his new album, Give Peas A Chance, about healthy eating and green living.

And if the snowy spring has got you down, check out the feel good, Tony Award-winning musical from 1961, Bye Bye Birdie. Performed by the Anselmian Abbey Players this weekend at The Dana Center in Manchester …Or for something a little more biblical, head on over to the Palace Theatre to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s pop classic, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Also this weekend, the Annual Spring Craft and Specialty Food Fair is on at Rockingham Park in Salem… offering a range from pottery to specialty dog treats to make everyone happy…including those of the four-legged variety.

And, it’s NH Maple Weekend…with more than 100 sugarhouses open statewide, all offering samples, some with pancakes to eat, entertainment to enjoy and animals to pet.

Arts & Culture
3:43 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

This Weekend's Arts Scene

You can treat yourself or another person to a random act of kindness this weekend. there are plenty of things happening around the state worth checking out.

Bring the little ones to Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln to see three-time Grammy-winner Tom Chapin. He’s sure to play some funny, family-friendly cuts from his new album, Give Peas A Chance, about healthy eating and green living.

And if the snowy spring has got you down, check out the feel good, Tony Award-winning musical from 1961, Bye Bye Birdie. Performed by the Anselmian Abbey Players this weekend at The Dana Center in Manchester …Or for something a little more biblical, head on over to the Palace Theatre to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s pop classic, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Also this weekend, the Annual Spring Craft and Specialty Food Fair is on at Rockingham Park in Salem… offering a range from pottery to specialty dog treats to make everyone happy…including those of the four-legged variety.

And, it’s NH Maple Weekend…with more than 100 sugarhouses open statewide, all offering samples, some with pancakes to eat, entertainment to enjoy and animals to pet.

Word of Mouth
2:12 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Dinosaur Day Unearths The Latest In Paleontology

Cliff the Triceratops wants YOU to learn about dinosaurs!
Credit via the Museum of Science website

Love dinosaurs?  Want to learn more about the latest in paleontology?

This Saturday, the Museum of Science, Boston offers dinosaur enthusiasts the rare opportunity to hear first-hand from paleontologists from around the U.S. about their research and theories.  Dinosaur Day begins at 10 am, with presentations and panel discussions throughout the afternoon. The not yet annual event, will focus on the Ceratopsidae family—frilled and horned dinosaurs—much like “Cliff”, the 65-million-year-old Triceratops fossil currently on-loan at the Museum.

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Arts & Culture
2:25 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Dartmouth Murals Become National Historic Landmark

Eli Burakian/Dartmouth College

A set of murals at Dartmouth College by the Mexican artist Jose Clemente Orozco has been named a national historic landmark.

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Arts & Culture
10:24 am
Fri March 15, 2013

NH this Weekend: Battles & Bubble Hockey

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz joins Morning Edition to talk about three 'battles' in Manchester this weekend.

Battle of the Bands at the Palace Theater

6th Annual CHaD Battle of the Badges All-Star Hockey Championship

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Fri March 15, 2013

How To Make Furniture Sexy (And Other Lessons From An Artist)

Vivian Beer works on her Anchored Candy series
Emily Corwin NHPR

The New Hampshire Furniture Masters are featuring the work of three female furniture makers through April 9, in Concord.  This story features one of the artists, at her workshop in Manchester.  

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Arts & Culture
5:16 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Traveling Auschwitz-Birkenau Exhibit Stops In N.H.

Kathy Preston regularly tells her story to 8th grade classes learning about the Holocaust
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

A new exhibit that takes a closer look at what happened at a notorious Nazi death camp opened at the New Hampshire State Library today.

The exhibit, which is traveling the country on loan from Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, includes a set of 31 posters featuring photos of the horrific conditions at the death camp. 

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Arts & Culture
4:03 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

The Audio Orchard Podcast for March

1. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, We The Common (For Valerie Bolden)

March 24, The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA

2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, So Good At Being In Trouble

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Arts & Culture
2:20 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

This Weekend's Arts Scene

Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell performs at The Music Hall in Portsmouth Friday night, accompanied by pianist Sam Haywood

If you’re feeling Shakespearean, the Keene State College Theatre Department performs The Tempest this weekend at the Redfern Arts Center

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre perform at the Hopkins Center in Dartmouth through the weekend; the San Francisco Chronicle referred to a company production as “spectacular dancing that thrills you to your marrow”.  The program includes Ailey’s signature work, “Revelations.”

And right here in Concord…jazz pianist and composer Pamela Hines will be playing at the Purple Pit.

Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Museum Of The White Mountains Opens

Thomas Cole's "Morning Mist Rising" on display at the Musuem of the White Mountains
Sean Hurley for NHPR

The Museum of the White Mountains had its Grand Opening this past weekend in Plymouth. Correspondent Sean Hurley spoke with Director Catherine Amidon and sends us this story.

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Arts & Culture
9:24 am
Fri February 22, 2013

NH this Weekend: Dinos!

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has declared this Dinosaur Weekend in New Hampshire. She tells us about two museum events to take us back- way back- to the world of the dinos.

Dinosaurs! At the SEE Science Center

(read the Hippo story on this exhibit here)

Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney at New Hampshire Institute of Art

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Arts & Culture
7:15 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Listening For The Elusive Sound Of Ice Chimes

Dartmouth students take a quick look a Ice Chimes on their way to class
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

This year, the Dartmouth College campus has become temporary home for a mixed-media menagerie called Ice Chimes.  And the 20-foot tall pagoda-like structure outside the Life Sciences building gets a lot of curious stares from students.

Ice Chimes is supposed to be interactive.  But it isn’t exactly intuitive.

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Arts & Culture
9:30 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Nordic Skating On The Connecticut River

Jamie Hess & Sean Hurley

This is the time of year many of us love to head out on the ice to do some fishing or play a pick-up game of hockey with the kids. NHPR's Sean Hurley decided to try something a little different - he went Nordic.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

NH this Weekend: Unusual Valentine's

Credit Nils Geylen, via Flickr Creative Commons

If the usual just won't do this weekend, here are some events in the area for you and yours that may help Cupid hit the mark.  Maybe you'd like to find love with chocolate among the stacks of books at the Pelham Public Library.    Strap on some snowshoes for a Valentine's Hike at Maple Hill Farm in Hollis, go solo for a Ladies Night with a screening of Clueless, or

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Arts & Culture
6:00 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

A Walk In The Woods

Trail beside Smarts Brook
Sean Hurley for NHPR

Sometimes, to make a surprising discovery, all you've got to do is strap on your snowshoes and step outside. That was the case when correspondent Sean Hurley ventured out to some familiar trails this past week:

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Arts & Culture
1:01 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

This Week's New Hampshire Arts Scene

The Saint Anselm Abbey Players say this weekend's highly original one act play festival never fails to delight. The festival features three one-act experimental plays directed by students including "Here She Is!" by Joyce Carol Oates, "Wasp" by comedian Steve Martin and "November" written and directed by Saint Anselm senior Matthew Hurd.

Maine painter Meghan Howland has an exhibition in Rochester this weekend.  You can visit the downtown gallery where a few of Meghan’s painting are hanging.

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Arts & Culture
8:00 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino Warms Up New Hampshire

It’s not often you get to hear authentic world music in New Hampshire, especially in the dead of winter. But on February 6th at the Spaulding Auditorium in Hanover, the southern Italian band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino will be bringing their high energy pizzica tarantata music and dance.  Leading a new wave of young Italian artists reinventing and invigorating traditional Italian music, CGS includes six singers/musicians and a dancer.

I think it would be impossible not to have fun at a show like this:

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Arts & Culture
4:15 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

This Week's New Hampshire Arts Scene

Opening this weekend is the exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor. It features the work of over 30 different master craftsmen from as far back as the 1200s.

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Arts & Culture
9:46 am
Fri February 1, 2013

NH this Weekend: Ice Bars, Ice Hockey, and Samurais

Amy Diaz talks with Rick Ganley about the Ice Bar at Bedford Village Inn, the Pond Hockey Classic in Meredith, and Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armour at the Currier.

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Arts & Culture
5:17 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

This Weekend's Arts Scene

We start off the weekend with a critically acclaimed documentary that has no dialogue, narrative, or text. The film is Samsara, filmed over five years in twenty five different countries; it’s a combination of music and imagery full of life and culture from all over the world.  The film will be playing Friday, January 25 at Dartmouth’s Spaulding Theater.

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