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"Main Street Stairway," photograph. Artist: Barry Lobdell. This work is part of a new exhibit, "12983: Exploring Saranac Lake," opening August 1 at the Adirondack Artists Guild in Saranac Lake with a reception from 5-7 pm
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Jul 30, 2014 — In London, a matinee ticket for Matilda costs about $60; in New York, it's $137. What's going on? The West End has weaker unions and subsidized theater, while Broadway has amenities.
Jul 30, 2014 — From silent stars to John Wayne to Iron Man, film critic Bob Mondello looks at the role that Hollywood has played in defining manliness, and how that definition has changed over several decades.
Jul 30, 2014 — Syfy channel has cornered the market on a new kind of film: a movie that's played completely straight, but constructed to look cheesy and easy to ridicule. The best example? Sharknado 2, the sequel to a film so bad it became huge success. Can the network strike gold twice by being stupid on purpose?
Jul 30, 2014 — Look, of course Sharknado 2 is stupid. That's not the question. The question is whether it still makes a good party game.
Jul 30, 2014 — Is Comic-Con as overwhelming as you've heard? Well ... yes and no. Mostly yes. But on the other hand, it's also completely fascinating, even to nervous first-timers.

Book review: "Sputnik Summer" by Paul Castellani

It's the summer of 1958 in a fictional resort town in the Adirondacks. Seventeen-year-old Kevin Boyle is itching to get out on his own but he makes a couple of bad decisions that lead to a major disaster. Betsy Kepes has this review of Paul Castellani's novel, Sputnik Summer.  Go to full article
Anne LaBastille was a celebrated Adirondack author and activist.  She passed away in 2011.

LaBastille's "Woodswoman" cabin will be preserved

The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake announced over the weekend that it will preserve the cabin built by Anne LaBastille.

LaBastille's book "Woodswoman" was published in 1976 and established her as a prominent North Country voice.

She wrote about her experiences living alone at Twitchell Lake in the western Adirondacks and about her support for conservation of wild lands in the Park.

LaBastille died in 2011 at the age of 75 after moving to Westport and then to Plattsburgh.

The Adirondack Museum now plans to bring the cabin to Blue Mountain Lake and make it a part of the museum's permanent display.  Go to full article

Preview: "Susannah" at Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake

The Seagle Music Colony's summer season continues with a production of one of the most performed American operas, Susannah. The show opens in Schroon Lake on Wednesday night. It first premiered in 1955 and the opera's music borrows heavily from Appalachian folk melodies and hymn tunes.

Todd Moe spoke with Seagle Music Colony artistic director Darren Woods, who says even though the opera was written nearly 60 years ago, it's message is still relevant today.  Go to full article
Alex Smith (courtesy www.alexsmithlonglakemusic.com)

Singer/songwriter Alex Smith wraps up American tour back home in the North Country

North Creek singer/songwriter Alex Smith has spent the last month touring the U.S. in support of his new CD, "Hamilton County." The tour concludes this weekend with dates in...  Go to full article
Julia Alvarez speaking at Lafayette College. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/lafayette-college/4727527815/"> Lafayette College<br /></a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont writer wins National Medal of the Arts

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) Novelist, poet and Middlebury College instructor Julia Alvarez has won a National Medal of the Arts.

Alvarez, who lives in Weybridge, will...  Go to full article
Warren Bain as Caliban & Nathan Carroll as Stephano.  Photo: Andrew Alexander.

Theatre Review: "The Tempest" at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

It's generally agreed by scholars that "The Tempest" is Shakespeare's last play. One can see the play as Shakespeare's farewell to the theatre, particularly Prospero's...  Go to full article
Diane Leifheit sketches Sarah Clarkin at Compass Printing in Saranac Lake. Photo:  Todd Moe

Artist, easel, pastels and lots of faces in Saranac Lake

Adirondack artist Diane Leifheit is spending a lot of time this year getting to know her neighbors in Saranac Lake. She's been drawing their portraits and talking with local...  Go to full article
Janet Marie Yeates of Northville, NY at the 2013 Morristown Plein Air event.  Photo: Morristown Public Library

Morristown Library invites artists to "plein air" event

The Morristown Public Library is inviting artists to its annual Plein Air Festival next week. Plein air means "in the open air" and is a popular summer event around the...  Go to full article
Parmalee Tolkan kneels near a hand-painted scenic backdrop in her studio in the basement of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.  She's been living in the Adirondacks and creating costumes for Broadway shows for more than 30 years.  Photo:  Todd Moe

Broadway magic created in a Lake Placid artist's studio

Hours from the lights of Broadway, an Adirondack artist has made a career of creating costumes for some of the city's biggest shows.

For more than 30 years,...  Go to full article
Mark Ellis in front of his camera obscura. Photo: Sarah Harris

Capturing the North Country, one pinhole photo at a time

Say you want to take a picture. You whip out your smart phone or your digital camera, take a bunch of shots. Maybe you add a filter or dress it up in photoshop. We've gotten...  Go to full article

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