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Albright-Knox Art Gallery opens new exhibit

November 21, 2015 BUFFALO — Recently, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery opened a new exhibit of 40 gloriously beautiful paintings, mostly by French Impressionist painter Claude Monet. more »»

A look at books from local authors

November 14, 2015 Just a few weeks ago, I wrote a column about books — one of my favorite topics. more »»

Evening of cabaret coming to Fredonia Opera House

September 26, 2015 Chances are that unless you’ve been to Europe or at least to the night spots of New York City, you’ve never known the excitement of true cabaret. On Oct. more »»

How to squeeze six play reviews into one column

September 5, 2015 NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONT. — Most of us are prisoners of our own tastes. more »»

Three more Stratford Festival play reviews

August 28, 2015 STRATFORD, ONT. — Last week, I shared with you my experiences at the Stratford Festival in Canada. more »»

Stratford Festival is worth the trip

August 22, 2015 STRATFORD, ONTARIO — To a lover of the theater, there is no more wonderful place in the world than Stratford, Ontario, and its wonderful Stratford Festival. more »»

‘Carmina Burana’ to be performed at Chautauqua

July 10, 2015 CHAUTAUQUA — There is good news for those who love their music exciting and energetic. On July 25 and Au. more »»

Artists at Chautauqua discuss upcoming season

July 4, 2015 CHAUTAUQUA — To me, the two most important points at which to understand people are when they’re at their best and when they’re at their worst. Next Saturday at 8:15 p.m. more »»

Four play reviews from annual Shaw Festival

June 13, 2015 My life has been greatly enriched recently with success in attending the Shaw Festival earlier in their season than I usually manage to do. more »»

Susan Crossett’s new book and others reviewed

May 30, 2015 Spring has been hectic, in covering the arts of Western New York, and I have been impatiently waiting for an opportunity to share with you my thoughts on the publication of a new novel by Chautauqua... more »»

CD recording by interesting contemporary composer

May 2, 2015 Good news for readers and lovers of recorded music: this week, the Critical Eye will be examining a CD recording by a most interesting contemporary composer, plus a pair of the many books which have... more »»

New company of actors to perform ‘Reservoir Dogs’

April 25, 2015 One of the most important and most positive elements of our community in 2015 is the growing number of small theater companies. more »»

Controversies and a retirement

April 18, 2015 In recent days, a number of events have happened in our community, which are part of this column’s purview. more »»

Welcome to the 35th annual anniversary column

April 11, 2015 Greetings, gentle readers, and welcome to the 35th annual anniversary column of The Critical Eye. We’re two weeks late with this celebration since last week, we had an interview with Carol Burnett. more »»

Chautauqua opera, theater tickets on sale Monday

April 4, 2015 CHAUTAUQUA — How would you like to spend a warm summer’s evening, having a conversation with Carol Burnett? If you act promptly, you can do exactly that. more »»

‘The Big Read’ begins on Monday

March 21, 2015 There are dozens of things each of us should do to make our lives richer and better. Some of these self-improvement projects are relatively easy, while others may exceed our abilities. more »»

A quartet of recommended recordings

March 7, 2015 Nothing in the world can take the place of live performances, done with ourselves in the audience. more »»

Double treasure coming to SUNY Fredonia

February 28, 2015 Next Saturday the public is invited to King Concert Hall on the campus of the University of New York at Fredonia to enjoy a double treasure: Rachel Lee Priday is a truly lovely young woman and she i... more »»

Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special airs Sunday

February 14, 2015 Sunday at 8 p.m., the NBC Television Network will broadcast a three-hour special in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of their longest-running entertainment program: ‘‘Saturday Night Live. more »»

New biography of Robert De Niro released

February 7, 2015 Regular readers are familiar with the fact that I have a stack of books at home, which I have been sent for review. more »»



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