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Ian Tewksbury and the rest of the cast rehearse the song "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" for this year's First Congregational Church Variety Show titled “Cruisin’ and Croonin,’” at Hopkinton High School on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

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. Every other year, the members of First Congregational Church put on a performance that runs for three nights, brings out hundreds of …

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 in a row, and the coffee shop/music bar was named the second-best live music venue …

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 home. There were a number of smaller, regional awards programs: the Connecticut Music Awards, the …

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 …

Petit Papillon Ballet Theatre Co. to help us find the ‘Lost Princess of Oz’

Thursday, March 19, 2015

There are some things Patricia Walker feels very strongly about. The artistic director of Petit Papillon Ballet Theatre Co. believes in showcasing her dancers’ talents with a production rather than with recitals, she believes in camaraderie and cooperation …

John Stark Stage Co. presents ‘Crucible’ this weekend

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The John Stark Regional High School Stage Co. has decided to dramatize the Salem Witch Trials with a stage production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible this weekend. Shows will be tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets …

Red Guard propaganda to papal portrait: An artist profile

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Artist Shen Jiawei’s paintings of Chinese soldiers during the Cultural Revolution were so popular with Mao’s regime that 250,000 copies of his most famous work were made into propaganda posters and distributed throughout the country. Four decades later, …

The Scene: An island story in the midst of winter

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Pembroke Academy students put on Once on this Island, Jr. last Friday. They were a part of the Community Players of Concord Children’s Theatre Project will held a week of rehersals during winter vacation. Once on this Island …