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This image released by Center Stage shows Mitchell Brunings during a performance of the musical "Marley." (Richard Anderson/Center Stage via AP)

Bob Marley musical tries to help heal an uneasy Baltimore

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Most theater professionals like to say that whatever they’re working on is very relevant to what’s going on in the real world. That was not possibly more true than in Baltimore this spring. The city’s flagship theater, Center Stage, debuted a musical about reggae icon and civil rights activist Bob Marley during the city’s spasm of violence and peaceful protests …

Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell together again for new album

Monday, May 25, 2015

Even though the server got his order wrong, Rodney Crowell waits patiently for his egg-white omelet. He chats with Emmylou Harris as she picks at her grapefruit, revealing his easygoing nature and their comfort with each other. But more than having similar personalities, it’s evident they share the same sense of values. Friends …

Civil War-era music returns to its roots in New Hampshire

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Civil War-era music arranged for one of the Union Army’s best regimental bands is returning to its roots. The Third Regiment Band of the New Hampshire Volunteers, largely recruited from Penacook, was one of hundreds of bands mustered during the war to entertain troops and carry stretchers as needed. Most of its members …

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 …