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Spring time animal planters, ceramic. "Now if it would just get warmer." Artist: Sara Lynch, Potsdam, NY
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Today's Arts Events

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Apr 22, 2014 — Alan Cheuse reviews the novel In Praise of Hatred, by Khaled Khalifa. The book, which was recently translated to English, features a young Muslim girl in 1980s Syria.
Apr 22, 2014 — NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Amy Schumer stands out by using her own sex appeal to challenge double standards about women — and, of course, she's funny.
Apr 22, 2014 — The strategy of going to the Supreme Court to challenge Proposition 8 was controversial within the gay-rights movement. Now, Jo Becker's new book is proving to be controversial as well.
Apr 22, 2014 — Comedienne and actress Margaret Cho shares some of her favorite songs for Tell Me More's series "In Your Ear."
Apr 22, 2014 — Tell Me More continues its national poetry month series "Muses and Metaphor." Regular contributors Mikki Kendall and Bridget Johnson share their Twitter poems.

Book review: "White Bread: A Social History of the Store-bought Loaf"

What item fills up an aisle at most North Country grocery stores, a food so common we don't even see it? White bread, the All-American food. Betsy Kepes has this review of Aaron Bobrow-Strain's book, "White Bread: A Social History of the Store-bought Loaf."  Go to full article
The Palace Theater in Lake Placid, late on a Saturday night. Photos: Natasha Haverty

Listen: Remembering silent film organist Jeff Barker

Jeff Barker wasn't well known in the North Country. But his music and his work as an instrument restorer brought back to life a part of the region's history.
Barker was a celebrated organ player from Manchester, England who specialized in accompanying silent movies.

For more than a decade, his performances were a big draw at the Palace Theater in Lake Placid. The silent films he accompanied were also a cornerstone of the Lake Placid Film Forum.

In 1998, Barker also led the team that restored the Palace's Robert Morton organ, which was first built in 1926. Brian Mann knew Barker for years, and learned last week that he'd passed away on New Year's Eve. He has this look back at Barker's life and his work in Lake Placid.  Go to full article
Music Director Richard Probert conducts the Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble during a rehearsal at Trinity Episcopal Church, in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards

Listen: Sackets Harbor choral group rehearses

The Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble is preparing for a spring concert in Watertown.

Joanna Richards dropped by the group's second rehearsal to learn about choral music, and to have a listen.  Go to full article
This image was part of the St. Lawrence Arts Council's Adirondack Gives campaign to raise money for a new pottery wheel.  Photo:  SLC Arts/Renee Stauffer

How one Adirondack organization is crowdfunding local nonprofits

Nonprofit groups are a big part of the North Country's economy, helping with everything from social service and health needs to job training, arts and education. But...  Go to full article
Wondering, Audrey Harradine, 2nd grade, watercolor collage, Kennedy Elementary School, Ogdensburg. Photo: Todd Moe

Pictures: Elementary art show at Ogdensburg's Remington Museum

Polar bears, landscapes and cityscapes are all part of the 31st annual Elementary Art Exhibit on display this spring at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. The...  Go to full article
Eliza Moore performing at the Parkview in Canton last month. Photo: Claire Woodcock

For musician Eliza Moore, North Country a place "to come back to"

Fiddler, singer and songwriter Eliza Moore is making a name for herself in her new home of Montreal. But Moore has spent much of her life in the North Country and still...  Go to full article

New mystery by Lake Clear author explores Adirondack great camp culture

Lake Clear author Jamie Sheffield recently published another novel in his mystery/crime series featuring protagonist Tyler Cunningham. Sheffield, who teaches at Lake Placid...  Go to full article
Image: <a href="http://www.waynegrady.ca/books/emancipation-day/">waynegrady.ca</a>

Ontario writer Wayne Grady's novel explores race, deception

Kingston writer Wayne Grady grew up in a white working class family in Windsor, Ontario. Years later, while researching his family's history, Grady discovered that his father...  Go to full article
Nancie Battaglia has been covering Olympic Games, summer and winter, since 1980.  Photo:  Nancie Battaglia

Nancie Battaglia: A photographer's Olympics

After months of anticipation, and weeks of dramatic competition, the 2014 Winter Olympic Games are officially over.

North Country athletes wrapped up their...  Go to full article
Blair McMillen. Photo:  www.blairmcmillen.com

Listen: Pianist Blair McMillen performs live at St. Lawrence University

Pianist Blair McMillen shares some of his favorite music in a solo recital tonight at 8 pm at St. Lawrence University. Hailed as one of piano's "brilliant stars" by The New...  Go to full article

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