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Semifinals set for N.H. Poetry Out Loud contest

Monday, March 2, 2015

High school poetry readers from across New Hampshire will compete at four Poetry Out Loud semifinal competitions this month for a chance to represent their school at the state championship. The competition encourages youth to learn about the beauty and power of language through memorization and performance of great poems. Semifinals will be held at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester today at 6:30 p.m.; Southern New Hampshire …

Missing: One Oscar gown, 6,000 pearls, worth up to $10 million

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lupita Nyong’o showed up to the Oscars this year looking like a bag of money. At least that’s what one enterprising thief saw – because Tuesday, the custom Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection gown was stolen from the actress’s hotel room at the London West Hollywood Hotel. While law enforcement put the value of the dress at $150,000, pearl experts estimated the …

Grammy winner Kathy Griffin comes to Palace Theatre

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Kathy Griffin to sass it up in Manch Vegas Grammy Award-winning comedian and entertainer Kathy Griffin will bring her signature brand of comedy to Palace Theatre in Manchester for one night only, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. Griffin gained recognition for her no-holds-barred comedy style on her reality show, Kathy Griffin: My Life …

Who’s that in a cape? New musical stars Brooklyn superheroes

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Move aside, Gotham. Brooklyn has gotten so cool these days that it now has its own group of superheroes. The original musical Brooklynite features six brand-new crusaders with superpowers protecting the borough, a mysterious substance in an asteroid, …

A king goes to the dentist

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A former circus lion named King rests sedated as a veterinarian performs dental surgery, inside a temporary refuge on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, on Friday. Vets from the Animal Defenders International are operating on lions and monkeys …

Diana Nyad turns her record swim into a 1-woman stage show

Friday, February 20, 2015

Diana Nyad, who made history as the first person to swim across the Florida Straits without a shark cage, isn’t scared of wading into another challenge – theater. The 65-year-old endurance swimmer is performing Onward! The Diana Nyad …

UNH presents world premiere of play

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

‘Keep on Walkin’,” a world premiere production presented by the University of New Hampshire’s Department of Theatre and Dance, explores the topic of how we imagine people to be before we meet them, and what our reactions are once we do. Added to the surprise of the unknown …

Winnipesaukee Playhouse presents pet-loving comedy

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The street-wise lab-poodle mix who has the title role in playwright A.R. Gurney’s canine comedy, Sylvia, will take to The Winnipesaukee Playhouse stage, played by very human actress Rachel Broadwell, for one weekend only – tonight through Sunday. The synopsis, according to the Playhouse: Empty nesters Greg and …

Warner family uses frigid weather to build gem-colored igloo

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The McInturff family first attempted to build an igloo on their front lawn last winter, but the temperate February hindered the project. But this year has been anything but mild, with plenty of snow and extra cold temperatures. …

Snow won’t stop ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Derryfield Upper School Players learned the meaning of “the show must go on” with its latest production, Beauty and the Beast. The students have been rehearsing for this weekend’s show since Jan. 1. In the last two …

‘Dottie’ takes audience into the world of dementia

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Alumnus, professional actor and creator Robin Marcotte remains loyal to Plymouth State University long after his 2000 graduation. This year, as the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at PSU recognizes the 30th year of theater as a …

Longtime Concord Community Players volunteer honored at state theater awards

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Carol Bagan, a longtime volunteer with the Community Players of Concord, was awarded the “Matty” Award for Vision and Tenacity during the New Hampshire Theatre Awards on Jan. 31. Bagan was a New York teacher when she first …

Do This: Valentine’s brings out the theme event organizer in everyone

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

It’s Valentine’s weekend, everybody. Head’s up! For those of you who haven’t been meticulously planning the perfect romantic date for weeks or those who don’t plan to go to the same place you first said “I love You” …