Arts & Culture

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• You can also find art exhibits, book readings, live music and more on our Public Events Calendar.

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Word of Mouth
9:45 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Dusting Off The Classics: Why You Should Revisit Your High School Reading List

Credit David Masters via flickr Creative Commons

Kevin Smokler is setting out to resurrect America’s long-ago encounters. Works such as The Great Gatsby, Fahrenheit 451 and Bartleby: The Scrivener, skimmed and discarded by 15 year-old high school hands in days of yore, are being taken off the shelf, dusted off, and re-explored by the same pair of older, more experienced eyes. By compiling a list of fifty high school “classics”, Kevin spent ten months re-reading the stories that have become distant, unquestionable deities in the eyes of many middle-aged Americans. What he found was profound; and in some ways, unexpected. Kevin, now 39, amassed his thoughts and findings in his new book Practical Classics: Fifty Reasons to Reread Fifty Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School.

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Word of Mouth
12:59 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Heather Maloney

Credit Zach Nugent / NHPR

Heather Maloney's music has been described as “adventurous folk", pushing the boundaries of the folk genre with lush, full-band arrangements and playful vocal runs. Heather visited the NHPR studios last week to play a few songs and chat with producer Zach Nugent about music, spirituality, and being partial to ramblers.  She will be playing at The Big Room in Barrington New Hampshire on April 20th and at The Music Hall in Portsmouth on May 17th.

Check out our extended version of Heather's music and conversation.

Word of Mouth
11:38 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Zero-Waste Home

Credit via zerowastehome.blogspot.com

Many of us have good intentions when it comes to reducing household waste – but too often those canvas totes get left in the closet, food scraps avoid the compost pile, and product packaging fills the trash-bag.  One head of household has found the motivation and creativity needed to take home-waste reduction to a whole other level.  Bea  Johnson is the blogger behind Zero-Waste Home, and now author of a book by the same name. She and her family produce only one quart of garbage per year.

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Word of Mouth
2:15 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

I Saw The Sign: The Old-Fashioned Art Of Sign-Painting

Credit Photo By Stephanie Booth, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Hand-painted signs once dotted the landscape. They brought color, style, and distinction to stores and products, and were the nation’s first form of advertising…and today, with computer graphics and large-scale printing available for cheap, they are pretty much going the way of the horse and buggy… But a number of hand-painting holdouts are sticking with brushes – and are the subject of Sign Painters, a new documentary film about the craft directed by Sam Macon and Faythe Levine.  

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Word of Mouth
11:16 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Cloud Cult: Musicians On A Mission

Credit Cody York via cloudcult.com

You may know the band cloud cult from an animated commercial that aired during the Super Bowl a few years ago. In exchange for the work, e-Surance helped fund some of the band's costs for greening the recording of album. The fact that Cloud Cult chooses deals like that--writes heart-warming songs, and travels across the country to perform for good causes--may have you wondering if they are for real. But doing good and staying positive are deeply embedded in the DNA of Cloud Cult. This evening the band will perform a live acoustic set during a yoga class at the At Om Yoga studio in Concord. It’s a benefit for a local child with pediatric cancer. I talked with Craig Minowa, singer, guitarist, and leader of Cloud Cult before they headed to New Hampshire and can say that the whole kind-hearted thing is not just PR. In fact, I told him that they are just about the least cynical indie band I can think of.

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Word of Mouth
6:00 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Arts On Trial

Credit afsart via flickr Creative Commons

Throughout history, pieces of art – and their creators, have been hauled into the courtroom. They stood accused of obscenity, extramarital dalliances, societal intermingling, and blasphemy – among other equally verbose charges. Government agencies championed their prosecution as a righteous public service – but maybe they just needed to gain a little sense of humor. Regardless, these pieces of art fought the law. Here to discuss whether the law won is Clay Wirestone, arts editor for the Concord Monitor and author of an article in an upcoming issue of Mental Floss called, “Arts on trial.”

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Word of Mouth
1:48 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Word Of Mouth 04.06.2013

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We bring you a collection of tasty segments we know you'll love, using the powers of public radio telepathy. 

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Word of Mouth
12:56 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Revisiting The Central Park Five

Credit IFC Films

Central Park was New York City’s place of refuge and openness until April 19, 1989 when a woman was brutally assaulted and left for dead. Author Sarah Burns turned her research about the event into a documentary film detailing the racially charged convictions of five black and Latino youth. They were exonerated over a decade later when another man confessed to committing the crime.

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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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Word of Mouth
1:00 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

So Long Zach, And Good Luck

Zach in all his skating glory.
Credit Jimmy MacElroy

You may have heard the news on the show today that our Arts & Culture Producer, Zach Nugent will be leaving our team to join the touring cast of Disney on Ice. We are so sad to be losing such a talented member of our team, but we fully support Zach and his quest to follow his dream.

Zach was scouted for the cast during a recent interview he did with a New Hampshire native, who is also a member of the cast. Unbeknownst to Zach, the producers were incredibly interested in his abilities and only agreed to the interview so they could witness his talent in person. Take a listen to a bit of audio Zach captured after Disney on Ice's Kaitlyn DeRoy saw one of his signature moves up close and personal.

Listen for Kaitlyn's reaction!

The rest, as they say, is history.

Zach, we will miss you terribly and wish you the best of luck as you capture the dream.

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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
9:42 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Howard Fishman

Credit via howardfishman.com

Howard Fishman is no stranger to the diverse potential of musical genres. His first project, The Howard Fishman Quartet, captured the New York City music scene. The group has released three eponymous quartet volumes since its inception in 1999. After several live and studio albums, he diversified further by helming a brass band echoing hints of bluegrass and New Orleans street music in 2008. This was followed by an original theater work, “We Are Destroyed”. His most recent endeavor consists of a concept album, “No Further Instructions,” which illuminates the traversement of Romania and Eastern Europe.

Howard will appear at the Portsmouth Music Hall tomorrow night, and the Stone Arts Church in Bellows Falls, Vermont on Saturday.

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