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Aug 1, 2014 — Nearly a dozen notebooks and journals by the author, who fought in the British Army during the war, are being released to coincide with the centenary of the start of the conflict.
Aug 1, 2014 — The newest Marvel comic adaptation features five motley warriors, including a raccoon and a tree, against an armada of space villains. The big-budget effects-laden movie is light and funny.
Aug 1, 2014 — Academy Award-winning makeup artist Dick Smith has died at age 92. In a career that spanned more than six decades, Smith was responsible for bringing some of Hollywood's most iconic characters to life. Ari Shapiro speaks with Sue Cabral-Ebert, the president of the Make Up and Hair Stylists Guild, about Smith's legendary career.
Aug 1, 2014 — Critic Bob Mondello says Calvary, a darkly comic new film about a tough old Irish priest threatened with murder by an angry parishioner, is "bleak and corrosively funny in about equal measure."
Aug 1, 2014 — Researchers have mapped the travels of 150,000 artists, politicians and religious leaders over the past 2,000 years. The videos reveal how cultural achievements ebb and flow across the U.S and Europe.
Alison Deon as Gwendolen  Photo: Jay Kopenski
Alison Deon as Gwendolen Photo: Jay Kopenski

Theatre Review: "The Importance of Being Earnest" at the 1000 Islands Playhouse

Oscar Wilde, (1854-1900), had a diverse literary output, but his greatest talent was writing a series of popular comedies. "The Importance of Being Earnest" appeared in 1895 and has retained its popularity ever since.  Go to full article
Wild Center visitors Manny and Betsy, use watercolors, brushes and sponges to paint trees in the open studio art space at the "Moments" exhibit. Photo: Todd Moe

Art in the park: when nature meets art at the Wild Center

Visitors to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake this summer are being encouraged to pick up a paintbrush or camera and capture a moment in the natural world. It's part of a multimedia exhibit that includes videos, photographs, original art by renowned watercolorist Allen Blagden and an interactive studio space for creating new art.

Todd Moe visits the new "Moments" exhibit at Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, and talks with curator Caroline Welsh about using art to better understand nature and the environment.  Go to full article
Sabrina Jones translates the history and statistics of America's era of mass incarceration into a graphic, sometimes claustrophobic story. Image: Sabrina Jones

A graphic account of America's love affair with prisons

One of the most complicated issues to talk about, here in the North Country and across the US, is our nation's massive prison system. America incarcerates far more individuals than any other nation on earth, far outstripping countries like China and Russia. It's a thorny topic that tangles up everything from race relations to small-town economies to our ideas about justice and drug addiction.

Sabrina Jones is a political artist who spends each summer in Saratoga County and she'll speak tonight at at 7:30 pm at Bluseed Studio in Saranac Lake. Jones uses comic books to capture the complicated, painful history of America's four-decade long era of mass incarceration.  Go to full article
Allen Blagden traveled to the Wild Center to paint the resident porcupine Stickley especially for the "Moments" exhibit.  Photo: Wild Center

Watercolorist Allen Blagden inspires "Moments" exhibit in Tupper Lake

The art of one of the nation's best watercolorists is on display at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. It's part of the inspiration for the "Moments, Reimagining Nature through...  Go to full article
The Brass Firemen. Photo courtesy Norwood Village Green Concert Series

Norwood Village Green Concert Series wraps up this weekend

The Norwood Village Green Concert Series concludes its season with concerts by North Country musicians tonight (Thursday) and Sunday.

Barb Heller talks with series...  Go to full article

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...  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...  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...  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

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