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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.
Paul Rainville and Douglas Campbell in <i>Swan Song</i>. Jason Machinski Photography
Paul Rainville and Douglas Campbell in Swan Song. Jason Machinski Photography

Theatre Review: The Vaudevilles of Chekhov at the NAC in Ottawa

The National Arts Centre's English Theatre is closing their season with The Vaudevilles of Chekhov, which runs until June 7. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has this review.  Go to full article
<i>Easter Monday</i> cast/crew. (l-r) Director Michael Montel, Bob Pettee (Mack), Playwright Hal Corley, Molly Pietz (Adela) and Jordan Glaski (Billy)

Preview: Easter Monday at Pendragon

Ever the champion of new plays, Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake presents the world premiere of the play Easter Monday by Hal Corley this weekend. Todd Moe chats with Hal Corley and Director Michael Montel.  Go to full article

PBS Series Profiles Adirondack Communities

Two Plattsburgh-area veterans of public television have filmed an eight-part series called Hidden Adirondacks, which premiered on more than 100 PBS stations nationwide recently. Jody Tosti talks with executive producer John Campbell about the series.  Go to full article
Laurel Paetz, Matthew Gibson, Peter Galvin and Kathryn MacKay. Photo Dan Pritchard.

Theatre Review: Noises Off at 1000 Islands Playhouse in Gananoque

The 1000 Islands Playhouse in Gananoque has opened their 2003 season with the comedy Noises Off, which runs through June 14. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was...  Go to full article

Seagle Colony Breaks Ground for New Space

The Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake breaks ground on a new building Friday afternoon. Since 1915, the Seagle Colony has offered talented young singers a secluded summer...  Go to full article
Don Washington, guitar and vocals, teaches music at Morristown Central School

Songs: A blues set by the Don Washington Band

The Don Washington Band cooled out the NCPR studio May 13, 2003. The bluesman and his band are regular guests on The Blue Note. Hear three songs from their live set:...  Go to full article
Elizabeth Franz in the Syracuse Stage premiere of <i>such small hands</i>.

Theatre Review: such small hands World Premiere at Syracuse Stage

The world premiere of such small hands by Tina Howe opened at Syracuse Stage May 2 and runs through May 25. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening and...  Go to full article

Going Local in a Global Economy

Martha Foley talks with Michael Shuman, author of Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age, businessman Bob Penski, and arts advocate Hillary...  Go to full article

Preview: GRP's Evening of One-Acts

The Grasse River Players, a community theatre group in Canton, presents an evening of three one-act comedies this Friday and Saturday night at the SUNY Canton Student Center...  Go to full article
NCPR's Todd Moe as the Mikado (Dick Bitely photo)

Preview: The Mikado

The Crane School of Music's Opera Ensemble and Orchestra presents the classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, The Mikado, tonight through Sunday afternoon in the Snell...  Go to full article

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