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Cast of "Harvey" (l to r): Cassidy Dermott, Leslie Dame, Josie Good and John Liebetrau as Elwood. "Harvey" by Mary Chase opens tonight with a performance at 8 pm at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake.
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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

Today's Arts Events

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Jul 31, 2014 — The drama War Story is trying to wrap itself around both a personal story of a traumatized journalist and some larger social issues. Despite a strong central performance, it succeeds only partially.
Jul 31, 2014 — The very prolific James Franco directs a Cormac McCarthy adaptation that struggles to overcome a repulsive main character with whom it's almost impossible to empathize.
Jul 31, 2014 — The eight-part drama that begins Thursday stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a British baroness with an Israeli passport. She's a fearless actor in a show full of kidnappings, seductions and betrayals.
Jul 31, 2014 — Fame knows no geographic bounds in this game about celebrity-city name mashups. In what Florida city does the singer of "Nasty" hang out? That's "Janet Jacksonville."
Jul 31, 2014 — We're spotlighting both the most common and least common English letters in this game — E and Z. Every clue points to a word or phrase containing "E-E-Z" spelled consecutively. Easy!

Readers & Writers: Poet Afua Cooper

Tonight's guest is Afro-Caribbean poet Afua Cooper, author of Utterances and Incantations: 12 Female Dub Poets From the Black Diaspora, and numerous other works of poetry and non-fiction. Chris Robinson and Eve Stoddard host.  Go to full article

Tug Hill Inspires Essences of the North Country

The music of Cape Vincent composer Augusta Cecconi-Bates explores the textures and seasons of the North Country and the Tug Hill in particular. Todd Moe talks with Cecconi-Bates about her latest cd, Essences of the North Country.  Go to full article

Theatre Preview: Holiday Performances

NCPR theatre critic Connie Meng previews some holiday performances coming in December: Angel Square at the NAC in Ottawa, Really Rosie at Syracuse Stage, and A Christmas Carol at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake.  Go to full article

Theatre Review: Candida, at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa

A lively production of Candida opened last Thursday at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening and has this review....  Go to full article

A Washtub Bass Revival in Potsdam: Good, Clean, Musical Fun

Take a bucket, some string, a stick and what have you got? A homemade musical instrument! Todd Moe visits a washtub bass building workshop.  Go to full article
The Prescott Windmill. In 1873 it was converted into a lighthouse, and today it's a National Historic Site.

Guns Across the River: The Story of the Forgotten "Alamo of the North"

In November of 1838, there was a little known attack on Prescott, Ontario. A group of mostly New Yorkers, known as the Hunter Patriots, landed at Windmill Point, across from...  Go to full article

Commentary: Book Endings

Commentator Paul Willcott offers his thoughts on one of life's painful but little recognized experiences, coming to the end of an absorbing novel, the kind called a...  Go to full article
Janet Poppendieck signs a book at SUNY Potsdam.

Anti-Hunger Efforts: Rethinking the Soup Kitchen

David Sommerstein talks with Janet Poppendieck, author of Sweet Charity: Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement. She says the growth of soup kitchens and food...  Go to full article

Preview: Leon Fleisher Recital in Potsdam

One of the legends of 20th century music visits the Crane School of Music this weekend. Renowned pianist Leon Fleisher will give a recital Saturday night at 7:30 in Hosmer...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Janisse Ray, Ecology of a Cracker Chidhood

This month's guest is Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Chidhood, described as a "seamless interweaving of personal memoir and natural history." Ellen Rocco...  Go to full article

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