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AURORE EATON
One of the most beautiful and evocative sculptures in New Hampshire doesn't reside within the walls of a museum.
MARK HAYWARD
Unless yesterday's storm totally botched your Thanksgiving plans, most of us are going to sit down to a meal we've experienced for decades.
EDITORIAL
Editor's note: The following is a brief excerpt from Daniel Webster's famous 1821 speech on Thanksgiving. Enjoy.
DAVID M. SHRIBMAN
The real hero of Thanksgiving may be a former congressman from New Hampshire whose speech two centuries after the Mayflower landed at Plymouth seared the word “Pilgrims” into the American...
GEORGE WILL
We are an entertaining country, at least.
JOHN STOSSEL
Be thankful for what you have -- property, and the right to it.
EDITORIAL
Take some Thanksgiving time to consider what it means to be American.
CHARLES M. ARLINGHAUS
Gimmicks are a bad way of balancing the budget.
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Gary Aubin, a FairPoint supervisor, works to splice back phone and DSL lines at 196 River Road in Manchester in this file photo.

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0 Vt. Fairpoint strikers fare better than Maine, NH counterparts

0 NH author Jodi Picoult: 'It's really hard to love America sometimes'

0 Charges dropped against man shot by police who was arrested in NH

0 HuffPo: Boomerang UFO zigzags over NH

0 Laconia expects new technology from Manchester firm in plow trucks to result in significant savings

0 Mother of Epsom teen killed during late night chase sues town, police department

0 What are the most expensive housing markets in the Granite State?

0 Report: Apple to use sapphire made in China after failed partnership with NH firm

0 Manchester incident leads Belknap County to re-indict 20-year-old on gun charge

0 Racing lawnmowers on NH's frozen lakes and ponds

0 Costs add up during Hampton fire chief's suspension

0 Republicans shouldn't take midterms rout as mandate because NH reelected Democrats says Bloomberg wonk

0 Drug-maker Merck to build biomass heating plant for Jaffrey facility in 2015

0 Mass. man held for kidnapping charges in Portsmouth

0 Claremont grand jury extended for dispatcher accused of sexual assault

0 Ayotte, Shaheen take on VA over speeding benefits to vets

0 Ex-Timberlane teacher, coach convicted for child porn out of prison early

0 Hiking once saved this Cambodian refugee's life — and now it's his therapy

0 Portsmouth budget set to surpass $100M

0 Trial date set for former UNH hockey coach accused of assaulting player

0 Boys & Girls Club plans to merge into Concord clubs

0 COAST bus route costly, but also a lifeline for Exeter woman

0 Keene man arraigned in Brattleboro sex case

0 The Federalist - Drew Cline: How dare the royals give American media a dress code

Dave Solomon's Power Plays: Who knew what and when in PSNH scrubber case?

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Does it really matter what was said or more to the point, what was not said, back in July 2008?

Mitt Romney is out front, but says he's not running again

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Mitt Romney may need to be more Shermanesque. There's no clear Republican presidential front-runner for 2016 — except, maybe, Romney.

Frisella Fine Art Studio hosts its eighth anniversary open house, featuring work by Robin Frisella, Doreen Boissonneault, Randy Knowles, Debby Frisella, Josee Severino and Steffen Poltak, from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The “Home for the Holidays” exhibition will run through Saturday, Dec. 27. Shown above is Frisella's “Holiday Warmth” and, at right, “Brain Pouter” by Poltak. For more information, visit www.FrisellaFineArt.com.

Frisella Fine Art Studio in Candia to hold open house

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Frisella Fine Art Studio, 26 Old Manchester Road, Candia, hosts its eighth anniversary open house, featuring work by Robin Frisella, Doreen Boissonneault, Randy Knowles, Debby Frisella, Josee Severino and Steffen Poltak, from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Audrey Severn of Londonderry (shown here) is one of three talented youths who will portray the pivotal role of Clara in New England Dance Ensemble's production this year of “The Nutcracker.” Sharing the spotlight will be Victoria Indelicato of Windham and Sophia Coakley of Dracut, Mass.

Ballet superstar Misty Copeland joins local dancers in Nutcracker

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Londonderry Middle School eighth grader Audrey Severn has worked up the “Nutcracker” ranks, from her debut as a baby mouse to sharing the stage this year with ballet star Misty Copeland in the New England Dance Ensemble (NEDE) holiday classic.

Dirty Deeds, an AC/DC tribute band whose name is a nod to one of the rock group's biggest hits, takes over the Rochester Opera House in City Hall, 31 Wakefield St., at 8 p.m. Saturday.

AC/DC Tribute Band to rock Rochester Opera House

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Dirty Deeds, an AC/DC tribute band whose name is a nod to one of the rock group's biggest hits, takes over the Rochester Opera House in City Hall, 31 Wakefield St., at 8 p.m. Saturday.

“Memorial (ghost/embers),” which includes sculptural elements, projection, soundscape, video and text, centers on two headless figures rising from a bed of black stones, in which are embedded burned books. Documentary footage of a 1982 fire that burned a New England church is projected onto a single unburned book. A soundscape mixes the sound of fire, ticking of a clock, dripping water, acappella singing and piano music.

Memorial recalls church fire, while calling to mind those lost to AIDS

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"Memorial (ghost/embers),” which recalls an arsonist's fire at a New England church and calls to mind those lost to AIDS, will go on display at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery on Wyman Way at Keene State College next month.

Photo courtesy of Perry Smith Photography



Actresses Ansley Berg (at left in the mirror) and Sarah Gontarski star in “A Shayna Maidel,” the story of two woman who share a genealogy but have lived very different lives since World War II ripped their family apart.

Reunion of sisters mirrors impact of WWII

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The plan was for the whole family to flee their native Poland.

John McLaughlin Williams, a conductor as well as violin soloist, pianist and chamber musician, is as at home with popular fare as he is with classic repertoire. For example, he conducted R&B superstars Al Jarreau, Brian McKnight and The Winans in “Christmas Glory,” a gospel Christmas concert for the FOX and UPN networks, and led the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in traditional pieces as well as original arrangements for blues legend Thornetta Davis.

Grammy-winning conductor at helm of 'Nutcracker' orchestra

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Grammy Award-winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams will lead the orchestra for Southern New Hampshire Dance Theatre's holiday classic “The Nutcracker” in six Thanksgiving weekend shows at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester.

The Puddle Dock skating pond is shown here in a conceptual drawing of the project.

Strawbery Banke glides into the season on Seacoast

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Puddle Dock Pond at the 10-acre Strawbery Banke Museum glides into the season with outdoor skating beginning Monday, Dec. 1.

UNH ensembles to perform in Dec. 2 show

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The University Of New Hampshire Department Of Music presents the UNH Concert Choir, conducted by William Kempster, and the UNH Symphony Orchestra, led by David Upham, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Johnson Theater of the Paul Creative Arts Center on campus.

Harper and the Minstrel, a duo that plays medieval, renaissance and baroque works, will perform at the Nashua Public Library during the Winter Holiday Stroll on Saturday.

Nashua strolls into winter Saturday

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The Winter Holiday Stroll meanders into the season — and the downtown area — from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

It's musical war, from Bon Jovi to Billy Joel. Dueling Pianos, a request-oriented, interactive sing-along with two performers as ringmasters, takes over the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $19 and $23 and available by calling the box office at 225-1111 or visiting ccanh.com.

It's musical war when the Dueling Pianos come to Concord

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It's musical war, from Bon Jovi to Billy Joel. Dueling Pianos, a request-oriented, interactive sing-along with two performers as ringmasters, takes over the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Author chats about 'A Piano in Every Room'

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Rosamond van der Linde will be reading excerpts of her book, “A Piano In Every Room,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Cook Memorial Library, 93 Main St.

Cher performs during her “Dressed To Kill” tour opener at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Ariz., last spring.

Cher cancels rescheduled dates on 'Dressed to Kill' tour

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Cher has announced the cancellation of all remaining dates on her “Dressed To Kill (D2K)” concert tour, including the previously rescheduled Jan. 5 show at the Verizon Wireless Arena in downtown Manchester, Liz Rosenberg Media confirmed in a written statement.

Christmas Festival planned in Salem

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St. Joseph Regional Catholic School will host its sixth annual Christmas Festival on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NH Philharmonic pops into action

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The New Hampshire Philharmonic, led by Mark Latham and joined by the Pinkerton Academy student choir, serves up some Holiday Pops at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra (shown here in a previous production) returns to “The Christmas Attic,” part of its holiday triology, for inspiration for this year's cross-country tour.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Manchester

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to its holiday roots with a new production that coincides with its re-release of “The Christmas Attic” rock opera.

The Celtic Tenors

Classically trained trio brings crossover success to Concord

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The Celtic Tenors, a classically trained trio whose mix of Celtic, operatic, folk and pop elements have made it a crossover global hit, plays the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Terri Clark

Country's award-winning Terri Clark talks record-making process

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With a dedicated following in both the United States and her native Canada, country artist Terri Clark turned to some of her fans — 1,099, judging from the final tally posted on the PledgeMusic website — to help her finance her latest project.

Start weekend with a chuckle or two at Tupelo

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When a close friend celebrated her 50th birthday, Jeanne Sullivan said she began giving some serious thought to her friend's suggestion of creating a “bucket list.”

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