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Preview: All things clay in Jay this weekend

Norte Maar makes its return to the North Country this summer with a big exhibition of works in clay this weekend in Jay. Curated by ceramicist Jackie Sabourin, "The Jay Invitational of Clay" will include a selection of works in clay from the functional to the fanciful by local, regional and internationally recognized artists.

Norte Maar was founded in 2004 by curator Jason Andrew and choreographer Julia K. Gleich as an advocate and presenter of visual, literary and performing arts in the North Country.

Todd Moe spoke with Jason Andrew about Norte Maar's tenth anniversary and "The Jay Invitational of Clay" that kicks off on Friday night.  Go to full article
Sultans of String (courtesy sultansofstring.com)

Sultans of String perform in Norwood this week

Sultans of String are a Canadian band with musical influences from across the globe, and they're bringing their unique music to the Norwood Village Green Concert Series this Thursday. Joel Hurd tells us more.  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
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...  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...  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
"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
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
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

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