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Lucille Ball Comedy Festival

July 28, 2012 Wednesday through Sunday of the coming week, television personalities and fans from around the world will be convening in Jamestown for the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. more »»

Between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: The Italian reenactments

July 22, 2012 Beyond festivals (sagre) focused on food, in Italy during the summer, tourists and locals can enjoy other kind of festival, namely those devoted to reenacting the Middle Ages and Renaissance period. more »»

The bee’s knees

July 22, 2012 He’s the bee’s knees, mind your own beeswax, you’re as busy as a bee, and there can only be one queen bee are all familiar phrases. more »»

Behind the scenes with the Chautauqua Opera Company

July 21, 2012 CHAUTAUQUA — Opera is rare and precious at Chautauqua, in recent years, but fortunately, the Chautauqua Opera Company has devoted itself to producing a high quality product, leaving local fans hopin... more »»

The season of Chautauqua

July 7, 2012 CHAUTAUQUA — Welcome to catch-up day! I don't know if you've ever felt like a juggler who had too many balls in the air, but I've been feeling that way for about the past month. more »»

Lights, camera, action

June 23, 2012 CHAUTAUQUA — Tonight, for the first time in 2012, the stage of the Chautauqua Amphitheater will come alive with the first performance of the current season. more »»

Stacking up the books

May 19, 2012 This year has been quite an active one. Since it began, we’ve only dedicated one column to the literary arts. more »»

‘The Ghosts of Versailles’

May 12, 2012 NEW YORK — For the third time since the end of 2011, the name Chautauqua has been a major subject for the principal newspapers and magazines of our nation’s largest cit. more »»

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

May 5, 2012 NEW YORK CITY – Broadway is always alight, but it seems to be glowing with particular brightness right now, due to a dynamite show which has transferred from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival to th... more »»

A banquet of entertainment

April 21, 2012 Sometimes success grows from great disappointment. more »»

Box office movie review

April 14, 2012 The film industry has changed more than any other of the arts-related businesses within the past half-century. more »»

Turn the page

March 24, 2012 This year has been a busy one in the arts journalism business. more »»

Young success

March 10, 2012 The Bible says that a prophet is often without honor in his own country. Let’s hope that isn’t also true for an organist. On Friday at 8 p.m., at St. more »»

Reviewing ‘Anonymous’

February 25, 2012 This is a period in which some people proclaim themselves to be sick to death of politics, while other people are ready to punch noses — if not worse — when others don’t agree with them. more »»


February 4, 2012 It never fails to thrill me how attending events at Chautauqua Institution makes me feel connected to the great world outside our own small community. more »»

A new kind of old opera

January 27, 2012 ‘‘It’s sort of a negative image to ‘Mamma Mia. more »»

‘Love Letters’

January 14, 2012 Today, I would like to invite you to join me and a few very good friends for an experience which both entertains and inspires, and which supports young artists from our are. more »»

Pick a good flick

January 7, 2012 Why do you go to the movies? It’s a question basic to knowing if you’ll like the films we’ll be describing in this week’s colum. more »»

A look back at 2011

December 31, 2011 I hope you don’t have to delay reading today’s column, because if you do, you won’t get to it until next year. more »»

Christmas traditions

December 24, 2011 Each year, at this time of the year, I am struck by the ironies of writing this column. Early December is jammed with performances and exhibits, related closely to the coming Christmas holiday. more »»



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