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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.

Ice Sculptor Tim Linhart: Pachabel on Ice

Ice and snow sculpting are signature components of a North Country winter. The ice palace in Saranac Lake, the snow sculpting competition in St. Regis Falls make the best of the seasonal chill. As a warmer sun and longer days bid farewell to the snow, David Sommerstein brings us one last tribute to winter.

Ice sculpting is also popular in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, where David used to live. One creative sculptor crafted a quintet - three basses and two cellos - made almost entirely of ice.  Go to full article

Fourth Graders Singing the Blues

The Don Washington Blues Band along with fourth graders from Kennedy Elementary School in Ogdensburg performs an original blues tune that the students wrote and recorded for Black History Month.  Go to full article

Theatre Review: Present Laughter at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa

Noel Coward's Present Laughter, a co-production of the National Arts Centre and Citadel Theatre of Edmonton, opened February 8 in Ottawa. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was there and has this review.  Go to full article

People: Sandra Steingraber, Author of Living Downstream

David Sommerstein talks with biologist and author Sandra Steingraber. She's spent more than two decades linking rising cancer rates to pollution in our air, our water, and...  Go to full article

Zesty Cuban Jazz from Jasek Manzano

21-year-old Cuban jazz trumpeter Jasek Manzano is in the North Country on his first trip ever to the United States. He's looking to fulfill a dream of studying music at the...  Go to full article

Song: Solo trumpet improvisation by Jasek Manzano

21-year-old Cuban jazz trumpeter Jasek Manzano was in the North Country on his first trip ever to the United States and stopped into the NCPR studio on February 26, 2002....  Go to full article

Theatre Review: When We Were Singing at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa

When We Were Singing is delighting audiences at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening and has this review.  Go to full article
Joel Lipton with his Pellegrina viola

Ergonomics and Music

Todd Moe chats with violist Joel Lipton about his Pellegrina, an asymmetrical viola, designed to help prevent the onslaught of professionally related problems in the neck,...  Go to full article
Chris Shaw chats with students at Potsdam's Lawrence Elementary School

Musical Tribute to September 11 Victims

Potsdam 4th graders team up with Adirondack troubadour Chris Shaw for a musical tribute to the victims of September 11th. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

Fiddle Star Mark O'Connor in Concert Saturday Night in Potsdam

Todd Moe chats with violin and fiddle superstar Mark O'Connor for a preview of his solo recital Saturday night at Hosmer Concert Hall at the Crane School of Music.  Go to full article

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