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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.

Meet the Masters: Tupper Lake Synagogue

The Jewish Synagogue in Tupper Lake had been closed up for decades when a summer resident asked to take a look inside. What she found was a national treasure and she did the work to get it recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. Long-time residents whose fathers had built the structure came together with others to restore it for their community. It's the story of one building and four women. Lamar Bliss reports.  Go to full article
Tim Fortune at work in Saranac Lake

In Saranac Lake?s Art Scene, A Rash of Art Theft

Each summer, Saranac Lake's art scene comes alive, with gallery walks and concerts and new shows. But this season, the village has also seen a rash of art theft. Three big landscapes painted by native artist Tim Fortune have been stolen while on display in public places around the village. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Heuvelton Historians Work to Save Long-Forgotten Music Hall

A group of residents and historians in Heuvelton is doing its part to preserve a small part of St. Lawrence County's history. The centerpiece of their work is Pickens Hall, one of the oldest buildings in the village. And the building's restoration has sparked a renewed interest in the career of Bessie Abott, a granddaughter of the original owner of Pickens Hall. Bessie took the opera world by storm in the early 1900's. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article
The Edwards Opera House is on the second floor of the Town Hall. It retains a handpainted Victorian theatre backdrop (below) and original interior woodwork.

Restoring the Past: The Edwards Opera House

Old opera houses are hot in the North Country. Clayton, Heuvelton and now Edwards have rediscovered the elaborate stages of their pasts. The Edwards Arts Council has begun...  Go to full article

An Intimate Evening with Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States

Poet laureate Billy Collins came to the Thousand Islands to read his poetry, take audience questions, and sign books in the century-old Clayton Opera House. About 200 people...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: The Redford Picnic

Redford, New York is a tiny blip on the map today but, like many Adirondack towns, it has been through periods of boom and bust. During a boom time, in the mid 1800s the...  Go to full article

Steve Chambers is North Country Public Radio

Steve Chambers of Ogdensburg talks about how to use color to create space, depth and life in paintings and drawings.  Go to full article

Songs: Sweet Baby Swing and Corinna performed by Pat Johnson

Canadian blues guitarist Pat Johnson was Ellen Rocco's studio guest for The Blue Note, August 19, 2003. Pat, at left, plays slide on his 1998 National Steel. Here are...  Go to full article

Theatre Review: Annie Get Your Gun at Depot Theatre in Westport

A rousing production of Annie Get Your Gun is the current offering at the Depot Theatre in Westport, and runs through September 7. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng...  Go to full article
David Ludwig, Shannon McCaig, Marcia Tratt. Dan Pritchard photo.

Theatre Review: The Pirate's Perilous Daughter at 1000 Islands Playhouse, Gananoque

The Pirate's Perilous Daughter, a new musical now playing at the 1000 Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, runs through September 6. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng...  Go to full article

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