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Cast of "Ring of Fire: the Music of Johnny Cash." (L to R, Larry Tobias, Andrew Ross Crowe, Amanda Ryan Paige, Mike Rosengarten, Chris Blisset). Photo: Brian MacDonald. "Ring of Fire" closes the season at St. Michael's Playhouse in Colchester, VT with performances July 30 through August 9.
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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

Arts & Culture
Jul 28, 2014 — For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a sandwich with a cult following. It's the Korean steak from Rhea's Market and Deli in San Francisco.
Jul 28, 2014 — Only one movie in July, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has broken the 100 million mark during its opening weekend. Box office receipts all summer have proven anemic. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with RENTRAK, talks to Audie Cornish about the box office slump.
Jul 28, 2014 — Alan Cheuse reviews A Replacement Life, Boris Fishman's humorous account of Holocaust survivors in today's New York.
Jul 28, 2014 — The transition from one part of the world to another is filled with anticipation, conflict and drama. These trips can herald life-changing transformations for families seeking out better lives.
Jul 28, 2014 — Also: an excerpt of Haruki Murakami's new book; notable books coming out this week.

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 page-turner.  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 pantries in the past two decades distracts activists and policy-makers from the root causes of hunger in the U.S.  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 Concert Hall. Todd Moe talks with Paul Wyse, a member of Crane's piano faculty, who studied under Fleisher.  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

TV Blues and a song by Hobo Jack Turner, performed by Seward Sibley

Seward Sibley from Depeyster NY is known as The Singing Marshall. Sib sings and plays old-time country and bluegrass tunes drawn from nearly eight decades of North Country...  Go to full article
The Tau Epsilon Phi frat house,  Potsdam. Some<br />say it's home to a number of ghosts.<br />

Haunted Northern New York Explores the Paranormal

Todd Moe talks with North Country author Cheri Revai, whose book, Haunted Northern New York focuses on restless spirits and haunted sites from Sackets Harbor to...  Go to full article

Theatre Review: Jitney at Syracuse Stage

JITNEY by August Wilson has settled in for a three-week run at Syracuse Stage. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has this review.  Go to full article

Taiko drumming from HOW Taiko of Nagoya, Japan

The HOW Taiko Drumming Group from Nagoya, Japan performed in St. Lawrence University's Gunnison Chapel October 24, 2002. NCPR's Joel Hurd recorded them live. We hear...  Go to full article
Stephen Holmes & Jenny Young in <i>Mary's Wedding</i>. Photo: Gordon King.

Theatre Review: Mary's Wedding at the National Arts Center, Ottawa

The National Arts Centre's Main Stage season has opened with the new play Mary's Wedding. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was in Ottawa for the second performance...  Go to full article

Theatre Review: Vermont Stage's Sylvia at FlynnSpace in Burlington

The quirky comedy Sylvia has opened Vermont Stage's season at the FlynnSpace in Burlington. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has this...  Go to full article

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