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Reading to beat the heat

June 1, 2013 It has been many weeks since I’ve used the literary arts as a subject matter. more »»

Festivals return as summer nears

May 25, 2013 Spring is nearly over, and it's time for arts lovers to shift into the summer mode of operation. more »»

Everyone wins at the “Theatre for a Cause”

May 4, 2013 Opportunities to do a good deed, while having a good time, are rare and much to be valued. During the coming week, people in Jamestown are going to have just that opportunit. more »»

Buffalo Philharmonic takes center stage

April 27, 2013 BUFFALO — Perhaps the highest honor in American classical music is an invitation to perform at New York City's revered Carnegie Hall. more »»

Paying tribute

April 13, 2013 For the second consecutive week, the Critical Eye finds itself paying tribute to an important member of the arts community who has left us, on a permanent basis. more »»

“First Lady Suite”

March 9, 2013 BUFFALO — The Gospel according to Mark, in the Bible, famously says, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown, and among his own relatives, and in his own househol. more »»

Taking advantage of technology in the winter

February 22, 2013 As winter moves into its final month — at least officially — it's a great time to take advantage of the miracles of modern technology, and to watch films at home. more »»

Scandinavian heritage

February 9, 2013 It would be difficult to live in our small corner of New York state without soon learning how strongly our way of life has been shaped by the history and culture of the Scandinavian countries. more »»

“Follow your dream, but watch your back”

February 2, 2013 This has been a recurrent motto for the television series "Smash," which will be debuting its second season with a two-hour episode on Tuesday of the coming week. more »»

Back in time

January 26, 2013 Sometimes even the most talented, most prepared team in football needs to punt the ball. more »»

Books from the stack

January 12, 2013 This week, the Critical Eye gets to do some serious readin. more »»

Spirit of the season

December 22, 2012 The Christmas season, or the season of whatever holiday you celebrate at this time of the year, is traditionally one of joy. more »»

Examining leadership

November 24, 2012 Here we sit, on a cusp, between an election and the holiday season. This seemed like an excellent week for an examination of leadership, as shown on television, and in great book. more »»

Bridging the gap

November 17, 2012 We have written often, in the past year, about the 1891 Fredonia Opera House's capacity to present music and theater in high definition presentations which enable local audiences to experience live,... more »»

Rising stars

October 20, 2012 The quality of students in all of the arts who spend their summers at Chautauqua Institution has elevated the professional programs at the Institution to a major force in the international arts... more »»

A new venture

September 8, 2012 Good news! A new theatrical organization is making its first venture onto local stages. The Winged Ox Players -- founded by members of St. more »»

Holding on to an arts-filled summer

September 1, 2012 The calendar says it's still summer, but you and I know, we're really on the skids, on our way to autumn. more »»

Stratford Shakespeare Festival

August 25, 2012 STRATFORD. ONT. – The Stratford Shakespeare Festival crowns the artistic summer, the way a cake with candles crowns a birthday part. more »»

The Shaw Festival

August 18, 2012 NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONT. ä One of the highlights of any summer, for a lover of fine theater, is a visit to the Shaw Festival. more »»

Loaded with talent

August 12, 2012 CHAUTAUQUA — This week, I have two complimentary purposes in writing the column. more »»



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