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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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Spring Haiku Challenge

The kanji character "haru" means spring. It's time again for the annual NCPR Spring Haiku challenge. Join the hundreds who have sniffed out the season of new growth and put it all into a very few words

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Arts & Culture
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 31, 2014 — More young adults and teens are swapping sun tanning and sightseeing on vacations for working in orphanages, building schools and teaching English abroad.
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.
2 of the 10 bronze bells in Gunnison Chapel (above). Elizabeth Teczar, head bell ringer, at the carrillon in the chapel belfry (below).
2 of the 10 bronze bells in Gunnison Chapel (above). Elizabeth Teczar, head bell ringer, at the carrillon in the chapel belfry (below).

Hitting a High Note: SLU's Musical Tower

Bells have a long and distinguished past. Today the music of the carillon rings from belfries around the world, especially during the Holidays. You'll find them in city halls, churches and on college campuses. For nearly 80 years, music from a set of bells in St. Lawrence University's chapel has been a weekday tradition. The Bacheller Memorial Chimes in Gunnison Chapel are played, by hand, five days a week and for special occasions. Todd Moe visited the school's belltower for an up-close concert.  Go to full article

Holiday music from Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm

Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm brought holiday cheer to the NCPR on December 12, 2003. Martha, aka the Adirondack Harper, has a new cd of holiday music called For The Love Of A Baby. Here is some of that music, played live in the NCPR studio.

Playlist:
Oh Come Little Children, J. Shulz
White Christmas, Irving Berlin
We Three Kings, John H. Hopkins, Jr.
Jingle Bells, James Pierpoint
Silent Night, Franz Gruber  Go to full article

State to Return Mohawk Wampum Belt

The State Museum in Albany will return a more than 200 year-old wampum belt to the Akwesasne Mohawks. The Board of Regents, which oversees the museum, approved the move yesterday. The artifact may document a founding moment in the history of the Mohawk community that straddles the international border near Massena. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article
David Pamperin

Blue Mt. Lake: Adirondack Museum Hires New Director

The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mt. Lake has hired a new director. David Pamperin will take over in mid-January. He comes from Wisconsin, where he ran a system of historical...  Go to full article

Books: A Fountain Filled with Blood

Mystery writer Julia Spencer-Fleming is out with a new novel set in the southern Adirondacks. A Fountain Filled with Blood is the second in her Reverend Clare...  Go to full article

Theatre Review: A Child's Christmas in Wales at Vermont Stage in Burlington

A new adaptation of A Child's Christmas in Wales runs at Vermont Stage in Burlington through December 14. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng attended opening night...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: Regional Humor

Guest writers Tim Brookes and Joe Connelly join hosts Chris Robinson and Ellen Rocco and callers to talk about humor writing by regional authors. What to read: "A Hell of...  Go to full article

Handsome Molly and Six Quarts in the Bottom of the Buggy performed by Don Woodcock and Patrick Russell

Patrick Russell and Don Woodcock were Barb Heller's guests on String Fever. Patrick, on guitar, is from Tennessee, and has been stationed at Fort Drum with the US...  Go to full article

Books: Drugs, Labor and Colonial Expansion

Are you drinking that third cup of coffee in the morning because you want to savor the taste, or because the caffeine is a way to make you a more productive member of the...  Go to full article
Aura Carcueva, Denis Akiyama. Photo: David Hawe.

Theatre Review: Tiger of Malaya at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa

The world premiere of Tiger of Malaya has opened the Studio Series at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and runs through December 6. Resident theatre critic Connie...  Go to full article

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