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"Crappie Pomoxis nigromaculatus," watercolor. Artist: Judith Utter. This work will be on display at the Remington Arts Festival in Canton, NY on September 27.
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Today's Arts Events

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Sep 1, 2014 — The process of becoming a man isn't always an easy one, but poet Saeed Jones says that reading Real Man Adventures by T Cooper, can make the journey more joyful.
Sep 1, 2014 — Until Guardians of the Galaxy came along, this year's box office figures were the worst in years. But critic Bob Mondello says there are bound to be some fall films that get pulses pounding again.
Sep 1, 2014 — NPR's Madhulika Sikka profiles Cumming, the author of thoughtful spy sagas like A Colder War. Cumming's books provide plenty of action, but also grapple with the moral quandaries of espionage.
Sep 1, 2014 — MK Asante reads a poem composed for Morning Edition titled, "In Summer." The Baltimore-based writer says it is in tribute to Paul Laurence Dunbar, an African-American poet.
Sep 1, 2014 — And, author Kwei Quartey adds, "The police may not find you for a little while." That's why he chose to set his second Detective Inspector Dawson book in Ghana's capital.

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 raising money to restore its historic opera hall, on the second floor of the Edwards Town Hall. Built in 1896, after a fire destroyed much of downtown Edwards, the opera house is in surprisingly good shape. There's a bluegrass benefit concert Saturday night at 7pm in the historic opera house. Todd Moe toured it with the Edwards Arts Council's Bridget Clark.  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 gathered in the bunting-decked hall to attend the reading, presented here in full, exclusively from NCPR Online.  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

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

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