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"Crappie Pomoxis nigromaculatus," watercolor. Artist: Judith Utter. This work will be on display at the Remington Arts Festival in Canton, NY on September 27.
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Sep 1, 2014 — The process of becoming a man isn't always an easy one, but poet Saeed Jones says that reading Real Man Adventures by T Cooper, can make the journey more joyful.
Sep 1, 2014 — Until Guardians of the Galaxy came along, this year's box office figures were the worst in years. But critic Bob Mondello says there are bound to be some fall films that get pulses pounding again.
Sep 1, 2014 — NPR's Madhulika Sikka profiles Cumming, the author of thoughtful spy sagas like A Colder War. Cumming's books provide plenty of action, but also grapple with the moral quandaries of espionage.
Sep 1, 2014 — MK Asante reads a poem composed for Morning Edition titled, "In Summer." The Baltimore-based writer says it is in tribute to Paul Laurence Dunbar, an African-American poet.
Sep 1, 2014 — And, author Kwei Quartey adds, "The police may not find you for a little while." That's why he chose to set his second Detective Inspector Dawson book in Ghana's capital.

Steely Dan Saxophonist Walt Weiskopf releases new CD

Saxophonist Walt Weiskopf has a regular, high-profile gig as the saxophonist for Steely Dan. But he's a prolific composer/arranger and forceful, innovative straight ahead jazz player. His new CD on Positone Records is "Overdrive" and he talked with Joel Hurd when Steely Dan made a stop in Ottawa on August 26, 2014.  Go to full article
Kingston's Town Crier (and Tourism Manager) Chris Whyman. Photo: Chris Whyman

Hear ye! Kingston's Town Crier wins world tournament

Kingston, Ontario has something to shout about. The city's official town crier, Chris Whyman, has taken the top spot at the World Town Crier Tournament in England.

Whyman traveled to Chester to participate in the competition, which draws dozens of town criers from around the world.

Whyman is also the honorary town crier for the annual Sackets Harbor Can Am Festival. Todd Moe spoke with him about winning his third world title.

You can also hear him cry forth his official proclamation of welcome to Kingston, Ontario.  Go to full article
Jonathan Hadley & Katy Blake  Design: Bonnie Brewer Photo: Overtime Photography

Theatre Review: "Pete 'N' Keely" at the Depot Theatre in Westport NY

The Depot Theatre has come up with the little engine that could.

The two-character musical "Pete 'n' Keely" featuring Katy Blake and Interim Artistic Director Jonathan Hadley, accompanied by the indefatigable Joe Shermann on piano and occasionally drum, never runs out of steam. A limited run, it only plays through August 31.  Go to full article
The Hyde House in Glens Falls has been an important art and cultural destination for decades. Photo: Todd Moe

Hyde Collection receives French print collection

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) A Texas law school professor has donated an extensive collection of 19th century French prints and books to a museum in upstate New York.
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Alex Poch-Goldin & Tracy Michailidis  Photo: Jay Kopinski

Theatre Review: "The Ugly One" at Thousand Islands Playhouse

"The Ugly One" by a prominent young German playwright, Marius von Mayenburg, harkens back to what I expect in the Firehall. It's new, dark, funny, and edgy.  Go to full article
Hardee T Lineham and Alex Poch-Goldin in a scene from "The Ugly One" at the Thousand Islands Playhouse.

Preview: "The Ugly One" at the Thousand Islands Playhouse

The summer theater season continues at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, Ontario with the dark comedy, "The Ugly One". Todd Moe talks with Ashlie Corcoran,...  Go to full article
Ermina Pincombe (photo by Martha Cooper, courtesy of the TAUNY archives)

Musician/educator Dave Ruch remembers Ermina Pincombe

Ermina Pincombe, a celebrated traditional musician from the Southern Adirondacks who performed music passed down to her from her parents and grandparents, passed away this...  Go to full article

Book review: "Adirondack: Life and Wildlife in the Wild, Wild East," by Edward Kanze

Writer and naturalist Edward Kanze grew up in a suburb north of New York City but now lives year-round near Saranac Lake. Our book reviewer Betsy Kepes read his new book,...  Go to full article

Screwball comedy marks leadership transition at ALCA

There's a transition going on at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake. Artistic Director Stephen Svoboda is moving on to full-time work at the AC's...  Go to full article
Woodstock, 1969. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodstock#mediaviewer/File:Woodstock_redmond_stage.JPG">Derek Redmond and Paul Campbell</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Woodstock 45th anniversary events set for weekend

BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) Events are being held this weekend in the upstate New York town that hosted the original Woodstock festival 45 years ago.  Go to full article

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