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In this Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 photo, a shopper at a J.C. Penney store, in New York, visits the Arizona brand jeans display for young men. Sales of jeans in the U.S. fell 6 percent to $16 billion during the year that ended in June, according to research firm NPD Group, while sales of yoga pants and other “active wear” climbed 7 percent to $33.6 billion. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Denim’s popularity fades

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Americans’ obsession with jeans is beginning to wear thin. Jeans long have been a go-to staple in closets across the country. After all, not many pieces of clothing are so comfortable they can be worn daily, yet versatile enough to be dressed up or down. But sales of the iconic blues fell 6 percent during the past year after decades … 0

Seasonal exhibit at Mill Brook Gallery in Concord features gallery director’s work

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pamela Tarbell might be best known for highlighting and celebrating the artwork of others through the Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Concord. But with the latest exhibition, Dancing Leaves: A Fall Celebration, some of her artwork has managed to find its way out of the shadows and into the bright lights … 0

Concord: STEP RIGHT UP

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A strong-faced woman holds a giant dead-eyed fish like a prize in her bare hands, a crisp study in black and white. In the background, spectating eyes pick up a sinister-looking man in a bear suit, watching, waiting. As if the photograph itself wasn’t darkly intriguing, it comes with a story free to … 0

EGYPT: Belly-dancing TV show suspended by religious body

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Egypt’s top religious body demanded yesterday that a new belly-dancing TV show be suspended for “corrupting morals” and serving “extremists” who could use it as a pretext to depict Egyptian society as anti-Islamic. The call by Dar al-Ifta, … 0

Sculptor Gay Haven Smith takes the toughest of materials and makes them sing

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

One thinks of the likes of granite, lead and rock as pretty tough stuff. But put them in the hands of Gary Haven Smith and they shimmy, bend and even dance to his will. The New Hampshire-based sculptor … 0

Peterborough: World of artists

Thursday, August 7, 2014

In Peterborough, supporting the arts isn’t just an idea; it’s a way of life. Through The MacDowell Colony, the nation’s first artist-residency program, Peterborough has played host to nearly 7,000 artists, including such greats as Leonard Bernstein, Aaron … 0

PHOTO: Craftsmen’s Fair

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The League of NH Craftsmen 81st annual Craftsmen’s Fair at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, with more than 200 booths, runs through Sunday, rain or shine. For more information, go to nhcrafts.org. … 0

Library to offer discounted passes for Boston Museum of Science

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Beginning today, the Concord Public Library will offer its cardholders discounted passes to the Boston Museum of Science. The pass will give the cardholder and up to three guests access to the museum and more than 700 hands-on exhibits for $10 per person. Admission to the exhibit halls … 0

McGowan exhibit finds inspiration amid the rubble of construction

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Remember how fascinating we found construction equipment as children? It was so big, loud and colorful. We loved seeing dirt pushed around, gravel dumped and holes excavated, and we mimicked that activity, complete with sound effects, in our … 0

PHOTOS: Into the ’60s with ‘Hairspray’ at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord

Friday, July 11, 2014

At their dress rehearsal on Friday afternoon, just hours before their first performance at the Capitol Center for the Arts, the young cast of the production of Hairspray showed how they went back five decades. The Broadway musical … 0

PHOTOS: The Canterbury Morris Dance team practices for a busy summer

Friday, July 4, 2014

“It’s a family thing,” said Polly Camire, while on a break from leading the Canterbury Morris dance team practice at the town’s Parish House. Both of her daughters are on the team that started more than 35 years … 0

A T. rex named Sue

Sunday, June 29, 2014

It’s not often that a young boy meets the subject of his favorite books, movies and television programs. It’s even less likely when that young boy’s obsession is a 42-foot, 7-ton beauty who’s been dead for 67 million … 1

Artist in residence chosen for White Mountains

Saturday, June 28, 2014

This year’s artist-in-residence program in the White Mountains National Forest is dedicated to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The forest and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire said poet, teacher and photographer Susie O’Keeffe has been chosen as the artist in residence … 0