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“St. Regis Mt. Above Barnum Pond,” watercolor. Artist: Jacqueline Altman, Lake Placid, NY. This work will be on display at part of a solo exhibit, :Mountains and Things," opening in July at the Adirondack Artists Guild in Saranac Lake.
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Apr 23, 2014 — The Mexican-born Kenyan actress has been lauded for her looks, her impeccable fashion sense, and her humility. Now People says she's the most beautiful woman in the world.
Apr 23, 2014 — Now that it's more common to see gay characters on TV, is the medium turning to transgender people for fresh stories? NPR's Neda Ulaby looks at TV's crop of transgender and "gender fluid" characters.
Apr 23, 2014 — What hath the Bard wrought? A legacy of words and idioms you'll recognize from pop culture and even your own speech. On the occasion of his 450th birthday, Ask Me Another presents this handy glossary.
Apr 23, 2014 — Meyers left a dream job hosting Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update to take over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon. Meyers says not having a mic in hand — like he did in standup — took some adjusting.
Apr 23, 2014 — 2013 was a big year for actress and model Yaya Alafia. She starred in three films and had a baby boy. Alafia shares the songs reflecting those experiences for Tell Me More's series 'In Your Ear.'
This inmate drawing on a prison envelope is part of the "Cellblock Visions" exhibit on display at SLU's Brush Art Gallery through mid-April. Photo courtesy Phyllis Kornfeld
This inmate drawing on a prison envelope is part of the "Cellblock Visions" exhibit on display at SLU's Brush Art Gallery through mid-April. Photo courtesy Phyllis Kornfeld

In Canton, "Cellblock Visions" shows off prison inmates' art

There's an alternative art world flourishing in American prisons. "Cellblock Visions," an exhibit at the Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University this spring, features artwork by inmates from county jails to death row. Curator Phyllis Kornfeld, who has taught art courses in the prison system for more than 30 years, will give a lecture on the exhibit in Griffiths Arts Center, room 123, Tuesday at 7pm.

Todd Moe spoke with Kornfeld, who began her career teaching art in prisons in Oklahoma in 1983 (hear that interview by clicking "listen" above, or read the transcription below.) Today, she works at prisons in Massachusetts. She says even after 30 years, she finds the art created behind bars to be "fresh and amazing". Kornfeld says men and women inmates, having no previous training, turn to art for a sense of self-respect, respect for others and a way to find peace.

View pictures from the exhibit below.  Go to full article
Austin's 6th Street was closed off to cars so that the thousands of SXSW "pilgrims" could mill about. Photo: Zach Hirsch

The North Country, represented at SXSW!

Each year, thousands of people flock to Austin, Texas, for SXSW (South by Southwest), a set of music, film, and interactive festivals.

Zach Hirsch was our person on the ground for the music part. All last week, he was snapping photos, recording sounds, sampling the scene, and keeping an eye out for musicians from our region.

Zach is now safely back in the North Country, and he joined Martha Foley in the studio for a little debrief.  Go to full article
The Currys will showcase music from their new album, <i>Follow</i>, with a free concert Saturday night (7 pm) in SUNY Potsdam's Snell Music Theatre.  Photo:  The Currys

The Currys return to Potsdam for homegrown folk rock concert

The Currys: two brothers, one cousin and all musicians. The alternative folk group is releasing its first full length album this spring, and returns to Potsdam for a concert in Snell Music Theatre on Saturday night.

Highlights over the last couple of years include a tour of Ireland, a music video and lots of new music. Todd Moe spoke with Galen Curry by phone as the muscians -- including Jimmy Curry, Tommy Curry, Johnny Humphreys and Matt Kauper -- made their way east through the Rockies on their way to the North Country.  Go to full article
"Carried," by Kris Rozelle

Pictures: In Potsdam, an exhibit of mixed-media art

There's new art on display at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council's Gallery at Town Hall in Potsdam. The show merges the collage-like work by two area artists: Cheryl Mirer...  Go to full article
The cast of "The Foreigner" rehearses a scene at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek.  Photo: Our Town Theatre Group

Preview: "The Foreigner" in North Creek

Our Town Theatre Group opens its spring production of "The Foreigner" Friday night at 7:30 at Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek. The comedy, by Larry Shue, is set...  Go to full article
Natalie Cressman (courtesy nataliecressman.com)

Singer/Trombonist Natalie Cressman's first northeast tour to include stops in Burlington and Lake Placid

Still in her early 20s, Natalie Cressman already has an impressive musical resume', including a recent degree from the Manhattan School of Music and five years of touring...  Go to full article
Photo via <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153850682500702&set=a.10151455321020702.832469.566575701&type=1&theater">Clarinets for Conservation on Facebook</a>, used with permission

Tree-saving clarinetists bring mission to Saranac Lake

This evening, a quartet on a mission will play the BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake. C4C Quartet will raise money for ...  Go to full article

Singer/Trombonist Natalie Cressman to bring her band to Burlington and Lake Placid

Coming from a very musical family, a life in the arts was inevitable almost from day one for Natalie Cressman. That's why, still in her early 20s, she has a long list of...  Go to full article
Traveling John returns to Sweden next month to complete his first solo album, after traveling around America.  He spent nearly 10 years with one of Sweden's biggest pop bands.  Photo courtesy John Dunsö

North Country is an inspiration for Swedish pop singer John Duns

Like a lot of Europeans, Swedish pop singer John Duns says he's amazed at the immensity of the American landscape. Duns visited the west coast last year and is living and...  Go to full article
Rebecca Weld of Potsdam is "The Cookie Architect." Last year she sent blank, puzzle-piece-style gingerbread cookies out to a few dozen of her favorite cookiers. Each returned a fully designed cookie, and Weld built them into a <a href="http://cookieconnection.juliausher.com/blog/gingerbread-house-of-cards">Gingergread House of Cards</a> - a meta-cookie, if you will. All photos: David Sommerstein, unless indicated

Potsdam "cookie architect" makes edible art

You might remember the rise of the gourmet cupcake from several years back. Now, a new designer baking trend it involves that humblest of desserts - the cookie. Bakers around...  Go to full article

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