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This image provided by Monuments Men Foundation shows a painting titled Madonna and Child, a 19th century oil on copper work that portrays Queen Victoria and her daughter Princess Victoria. The painting, one of five missing since World War II, are being returned to collections in Germany at the behest of the heirs of their American acquirers. It had been in a castle near Frankfurt that was confiscated by the U.S. military in 1945 and turned into an officers' club. They were purchased by an American woman who was serving in Germany as a librarian in the U.S. Special Services after the war, said the Monuments Men Foundation. (Anna Bottinelli/Monuments Men Foundation via AP)

5 WWII paintings returned

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Five paintings missing since World War II are being returned to collections in Germany at the behest of the heirs of their American acquirers. The paintings, including three won by an American GI in a poker game, were turned over to the German government Tuesday. Their return was organized by the State Department and the Monuments Men Foundation, which promotes the work of those who protected cultural works during the war and seeks to track down and repatriate objects that went missing. The three paintings won by the GI in the poker game, stored in a potassium mine for safekeeping during the war and then …

Art with a Capitol A: Concord High photographer gets Congressional honor

Saturday, May 2, 2015

After winning the Congressional Art Competition, a Concord High School senior’s artwork will be on display at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Hope Morrison was honored last night by U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, who assembled a committee that chose Morrison’s photo out of 39 entries from across Kuster’s district. Morrison, who is …

‘Miss Saigon’ cast up to challenge

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Concord High School’s production of Miss Saigon is all about challenges. Miss Saigon is the story of the romance between an American soldier named Chris (Rowan Ferrier) and a Vietnamese girl named Kim (Hannah Matillano) in Saigon during the ending days of the Vietnam War. Chris meets Kim at a bar run by …

Entertainment or bust!: New London shares stage with pro actors

Thursday, April 23, 2015

It’s risky to venture beyond the familiar to seek a more satisfying life, and there’s no guarantee of happiness when you do. But there’s no happiness in staying where you don’t quite belong, either. The Northern New England …

Hopkinton Variety Show has entertained the community for 30 years and counting

Thursday, April 16, 2015

This week, Hopkinton High School’s auditorium will be transformed into the deck of a cruise ship, the backdrop for a lot of singing, dancing and laughter. Welcome to Hopkinton’s Variety Show, a community tradition going back three decades. …

Concord’s True Brew music scene: Live, local, original

Thursday, April 16, 2015

If you like good local music, a nice espresso and a hearty stout, True Brew Barista in downtown Concord is the place for you. The Hippo has named True Brew the Best Bar for Live Music three years …

Local artists nominated for New England Music Awards

Thursday, April 16, 2015

New England’s top musicians, songwriters and producers will be recognized Saturday at the New England Music Awards. Those who attend will hear Latin, rock, country, folk, pop, hip hop, reggae and more by artists who call New England …

Review: Vanessa Hudgens does well, but can’t save ‘Gigi’

Friday, April 10, 2015

Whoever decides to revive Gigi these days gets a great score by the songwriters behind My Fair Lady and an immediate problem. It’s a little girl problem. The Alan Jay Lerner-Frederick Loewe 1973 stage adaptation of their beloved, …

Runner’s art recaptures Boston Marathon’s joy and whimsy

Sunday, April 5, 2015

With her running shoes and her paintbrush, Hope Phelan is trying to recapture the joy and whimsy of the Boston Marathon. An artist and a competitive distance runner, Phelan has created a series of paintings that celebrate the …

Time to see if these paint bars can really make me an artist

Sunday, April 5, 2015

We sat on our tall stools, blank canvases at the ready and eyes turned to instructor Kristy Ellsworth. Ellsworth swooped her brush across her canvas with ease, so we eyed our blue and white blobs of paint. “Remember, …

Teach children about the great outdoors

Friday, April 3, 2015

Growing up WILD and Project Learning Tree, two award-winning resources to get children outdoors, will be partnering to offer workshops across the state. The four-hour sessions will be April 11 in Bartlett, April 25 in Wilmot and May 9 in Holderness. Additional classes can be schedule for groups …

Bill Clinton’s ‘flaws’ the subject of off-Broadway musical

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Clintons are going back to the White House this spring – onstage, that is. Clinton the Musical, the brainchild of two Australian brothers, makes its off-Broadway debut in April with a hysterical premise and a gentle look …

How 3 Broadway novices wrote ‘Something Rotten!’

Monday, March 23, 2015

It began with an intriguing premise for a musical: What would it have been like to be a fledgling playwright making a living at the same time as William Shakespeare? The result is Something Rotten! and all it …