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Title unknown, marble sculpture (detail). Artist: Caroline Ramersdorfer. This work will be on display as part of a two-person exhibit with sculptor John Van Alstine "Confluence of Opposite II," opening September 13 at the Courthouse Gallery in Lake George, NY with a reception from 6-8 pm.
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Aug 29, 2014 — An earthquake in Napa Valley this week brought back old fears for author Gustavo Arellano. In his anxiety he's revisiting the book A Crack in the Edge of the World.
Aug 29, 2014 — The beloved Mexican actor known as Cantinflas is often referred to as the Latin Charlie Chaplin. His humor tweaked the rich and powerful. His speech was goofy and intelligent at the same time, and he made some 50 movies between 1936 and 1981. And now, a new film addresses the actor's life.
Aug 29, 2014 — The 68-year-old film director hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco for his book Carsick. He says hitchhiking is "the worst beauty regimen ever." Originally broadcast June 10.
Aug 29, 2014 — Novelist and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen writes with passion about the state he loves. His book, Bad Monkey, is an offbeat murder mystery set in Key West. Originally broadcast June 13, 2013.
Aug 29, 2014 — Pierce Brosnan has left James Bond behind, but he struggles for his footing in an action thriller he himself fought hard to bring to the screen.
Tiffan Borelli, Paul Binotto, Erik Keiser, Maggie Politi  Photo: Bonnie Brewer
Tiffan Borelli, Paul Binotto, Erik Keiser, Maggie Politi Photo: Bonnie Brewer

Theatre Review: "My Way" at the Depot Theatre in Westport

"My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra" is a lively journey through the Sinatra song-book. It runs at the Depot Theatre overlooking Lake Champlain in Westport NY through July 27.  Go to full article
Surrounded by Gerda Wikander's art, Jesse Bruchac shares new music on a  traditional Abenaki three-chamber flute at the Old Forge Libary.  Photo:  Todd Moe

A hundred years of more than books at the Old Forge Library

Poetry, music, art and cake were part of a celebration marking the centennial of the Old Forge Library yesterday. The library also threw a 100th birthday party for artist Gerda Wikander.

In February of 1914, five people gathered in Old Forge and voted to establish a free library for the use of residents of the Town of Webb.

Over the past century, the library moved several times. In 1977, it moved to the former home of Moses Cohen where it is today. It's also undergone extensive renovation and remodeling. Today, it's a state of the art literary, cultural and community gathering place.

Todd Moe attended Sunday's celebration that included Joe Bruchac reading his original poem, "Wide Branches, Deep Roots", written for the library's centennial, Native American flutist Jesse Bruchac, and lots of avid library users.  Go to full article

New York arts council launches online survey

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Do you take part in cultural events? Are they important to you?

The New York State Council on the Arts wants to know.

The council this week posted an online survey to help guide its plans and priorities over the next several years.

Survey takers are asked questions about the sort of arts, cultural and heritage events they attend and take part in. The survey is accessible through the state council's web site and takes about 10 minutes to complete.

The survey will be available to the public through Aug. 4.  Go to full article
Monique Cornett has been on assignment in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, over the last week.  Photo:  Brian Mann

NCPR intern finds memory and grief just outside Lac-Megantic disaster zone

Our Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann has been reporting in Lac-Mégantic Quebec over the last week on the one-year anniversary of that town's terrible train derailment that...  Go to full article
Julia Mackey as Jake  Photo: Tim Matheson

Theatre Review: "Jake's Gift" at the Thousand Islands Playhouse

For more than 6 years, actor/playwright Julia Mackey has been traveling across Canada to perform "Jake's Gift." Most recently the show was translated and Julia learned...  Go to full article
Lowville Band, early 1900s

An imaginary band concert, July 4, 1914

Imagine. Following the late picnic dinner with family on the green, and before the fireworks display, the bandshell next to the memorial fills with brassmen from all around....  Go to full article
"Resurrection", 91 x 70 inches, is among Tim Fortune's large watercolors on display through August 3rd at View in Old Forge.

Tim Fortune's very large watercolors on display in Old Forge

Some of Saranac Lake artist Tim Fortune's largest watercolors are on display at View in Old Forge. The show opens Saturday evening and includes wall-size paintings, some as...  Go to full article
Canton World War II navy veteran Charles Alexander will be among many vets honored tonight by the Orchestra of Northern New York. Photo: Todd Moe

ONNY to honor D-Day vets at Potsdam concert

The annual summer pops concert by the Orchestra of Northern New York will also honor North Country veterans tonight (Thursday) in Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam.
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Singer, pianist and songwriter Tony DeSare will be the featured guest artist at the All Star Big Band performance Sunday night. Photo: courtesy Norwood Village Green Concert Series

All Star Big Band at Norwood Village Green Sunday

The Norwood Village Green Concert series continues this Sunday evening with the All Star Big Band under the direction of Wally Siebel. Next Wednesday, the Susquehanna String...  Go to full article

Soundwaves concert series opens Thursday in Westport

The Village of Westport is the site for an ambitious free concert series, Soundwaves, that begins this week and runs right...  Go to full article

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