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“Subtle Toad Nightmare,” poetry postcard. Poet: Harold Porr. Calligraphy and illustration: Bob Woods.
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Today's Arts Events

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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.

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 two numbers he played live during the show on an Oskar Graf custom steel string: his original Sweet Baby Swing, and the traditional Corinna in the Mississippi John Hurt arrangement.  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 drove down for a Saturday matinee and has this review.  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 took in a recent matinee and has this review.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: The Redford Carousel

In a corrugated metal shed 60 yards from the Church of the Assumption in Redford, New York sits one of the few early merry-go-rounds or carousels made by the...  Go to full article
The Bartok cottage sits on a shady slope behind a large house on Riverside Drive in Saranac Lake

Hidden History: A Visit to the Bartok Cabin

Hungarian composer Bela Bartok and his wife, Ditta, spent three summers in the Adirondacks in the mid 1940's. During their visits to Saranac Lake he composed two...  Go to full article

Preview: Potsdam Arts Series

There's a new arts series in Potsdam this summer at the gazebo in Ives Park. The series will feature local performers and musicians Thursday evenings at 7, starting tonight....  Go to full article
Valerie Boyle as Sophie Tucker.

Theatre Review: Sophie Tucker?Last of the Red Hot Mamas at St. Lawrence Stage Company in Brockville

Sophie Tucker--Last of the Red Hot Mamas opened last Thursday at the St. Lawrence Stage Company in Brockville and runs through August 16. Resident theatre critic...  Go to full article

Theatre Review: The Cripple of Inishmaan at Depot Theatre in Westport NY

The Cripple of Inishmaan, a dark comedy, runs at the Depot Theatre in Westport through Sunday, August 3. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at a recent matinee...  Go to full article
Clayton Opera House interior (Courtesy of Thousands Islands Museum)

Clayton Opera House Celebrates Centennial

A celebration surrounding the historic Clayton Opera House takes place this weekend. It's the centennial of the Opera House, at one time the largest stage in Jefferson...  Go to full article

Music Fills the Hills: The Seagle Music Colony

For nearly 90 years, the Seagle Music Colony in the eastern Adirondacks has offered talented young singers a secluded summer haven to polish their skills. The seven-week...  Go to full article

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