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"Main Street Stairway," photograph. Artist: Barry Lobdell. This work is part of a new exhibit, "12983: Exploring Saranac Lake," opening August 1 at the Adirondack Artists Guild in Saranac Lake with a reception from 5-7 pm
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Jul 30, 2014 — In London, a matinee ticket for Matilda costs about $60; in New York, it's $137. What's going on? The West End has weaker unions and subsidized theater, while Broadway has amenities.
Jul 30, 2014 — From silent stars to John Wayne to Iron Man, film critic Bob Mondello looks at the role that Hollywood has played in defining manliness, and how that definition has changed over several decades.
Jul 30, 2014 — Syfy channel has cornered the market on a new kind of film: a movie that's played completely straight, but constructed to look cheesy and easy to ridicule. The best example? Sharknado 2, the sequel to a film so bad it became huge success. Can the network strike gold twice by being stupid on purpose?
Jul 30, 2014 — Look, of course Sharknado 2 is stupid. That's not the question. The question is whether it still makes a good party game.
Jul 30, 2014 — Is Comic-Con as overwhelming as you've heard? Well ... yes and no. Mostly yes. But on the other hand, it's also completely fascinating, even to nervous first-timers.

Meet the Masters: The Redford Picnic

Redford, New York is a tiny blip on the map today but, like many Adirondack towns, it has been through periods of boom and bust. During a boom time, in the mid 1800s the Roman Catholics came together and built a church which was consecrated on August 15, 1855. Ever since then parishioners take a day in August to get together for the Redford Picnic. The event has become a fundraiser for the church and parochial school, but for the families that have been attending for generation after generation it is much more. Lamar Bliss attended last year's picnic.  Go to full article

Steve Chambers is North Country Public Radio

Steve Chambers of Ogdensburg talks about how to use color to create space, depth and life in paintings and drawings.  Go to full article

Songs: Sweet Baby Swing and Corinna performed by Pat Johnson

Canadian blues guitarist Pat Johnson was Ellen Rocco's studio guest for The Blue Note, August 19, 2003. Pat, at left, plays slide on his 1998 National Steel. Here are two numbers he played live during the show on an Oskar Graf custom steel string: his original Sweet Baby Swing, and the traditional Corinna in the Mississippi John Hurt arrangement.  Go to full article

Theatre Review: Annie Get Your Gun at Depot Theatre in Westport

A rousing production of Annie Get Your Gun is the current offering at the Depot Theatre in Westport, and runs through September 7. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng...  Go to full article
David Ludwig, Shannon McCaig, Marcia Tratt. Dan Pritchard photo.

Theatre Review: The Pirate's Perilous Daughter at 1000 Islands Playhouse, Gananoque

The Pirate's Perilous Daughter, a new musical now playing at the 1000 Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, runs through September 6. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: The Redford Carousel

In a corrugated metal shed 60 yards from the Church of the Assumption in Redford, New York sits one of the few early merry-go-rounds or carousels made by the...  Go to full article
The Bartok cottage sits on a shady slope behind a large house on Riverside Drive in Saranac Lake

Hidden History: A Visit to the Bartok Cabin

Hungarian composer Bela Bartok and his wife, Ditta, spent three summers in the Adirondacks in the mid 1940's. During their visits to Saranac Lake he composed two...  Go to full article

Preview: Potsdam Arts Series

There's a new arts series in Potsdam this summer at the gazebo in Ives Park. The series will feature local performers and musicians Thursday evenings at 7, starting tonight....  Go to full article
Valerie Boyle as Sophie Tucker.

Theatre Review: Sophie Tucker?Last of the Red Hot Mamas at St. Lawrence Stage Company in Brockville

Sophie Tucker--Last of the Red Hot Mamas opened last Thursday at the St. Lawrence Stage Company in Brockville and runs through August 16. Resident theatre critic...  Go to full article

Theatre Review: The Cripple of Inishmaan at Depot Theatre in Westport NY

The Cripple of Inishmaan, a dark comedy, runs at the Depot Theatre in Westport through Sunday, August 3. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at a recent matinee...  Go to full article

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