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Sharing one final column

April 16, 2016 I have some news to share with you this morning. Today is April 16, 2016, and today’s Critical Eye is the final column which you and I will be sharing together. more »»

The powers of the president to be discussed

April 9, 2016 On Thursday at 7 p.m., the Robert H. Jackson Center, in downtown Jamestown, invites the public to attend a program dealing with the powers of the president of the United State. more »»

County cultural community loses major figure

April 2, 2016 Sometimes fate deals me some kind cards, instead of only the harsh ones. more »»

Looking back at 36 years of column writing

March 26, 2016 In the recent production at Jamestown Community College of Beth Henley’s play “Crimes of the Heart,” one of the characters tries to celebrate her own birthday by cramming one of those small, lighted... more »»

Dozens of arts scene possibilities this spring

March 19, 2016 Just as a bear arises from a long winter’s sleep, around this time of year, the western New York arts scene re-awakens and begins to vibrate with new ideas and activities. more »»

Next wave of British invaders arrives next weekend

March 12, 2016 At the eastern end of Third Street, directly across from the Jamestown Post Office, is located a hot bed of experimentation in the theater. more »»

Recent interesting reads

March 5, 2016 On Feb. 10, Jamestown’s Robert H. Jackson Center held its annual celebration of Justice Jackson’s birth, which took place in Warren County, just across the state line. more »»

‘St. Matthew Passion’ coming to King Concert Hall

February 27, 2016 Some of the most thrilling and emotionally evocative music in all of western culture is coming to western New York in the very near future. On March 9, at 7 p.m. more »»

Young playwrights blossom at Chautauqua

February 20, 2016 CHAUTAUQUA — Many people refer to Chautauqua Institution as a “Brigadoon:” a community which comes to life for only a very short while, and then vanishes, until its next awakening. more »»

The Jamestown Concert Association

February 13, 2016 It never fails to impress me how our local arts organizations have divvied up the areas of the arts in which they specialize, and they manage to do it while cooperating and avoiding fierce... more »»

Reviews of two locally written books

February 6, 2016 One large change has taken place in the writing of this column in recent years: self publishing has meant that vastly more people who live within our publication area are publishing books. more »»

More than a little bit about ‘Hamlet’

January 30, 2016 Many people have opinions, of course, but a great many will say that an actor has achieved an undeniable success when he has triumphed as the title character of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet. more »»

The ‘Winks’ of the Critical Eye

January 23, 2016 Welcome readers! This week, I’d like to share with you a larger than usual number of the short, arts-related announcements which we call ‘‘The Winks of the Critical Eye. more »»

A history lesson on the Jamestown Concert Association

January 16, 2016 The year 1943 was not a happy, nor a prosperous one for the people of Jamestown. The last vestiges of the Great Depression were still lingering in the air. more »»

‘Woman in Gold’ built around a true story

January 9, 2016 No less an expert on evil than Adolf Hitler once said, ‘‘If you take a people’s art away from them, you take away their sense of themselves, and then you can mold them into whatever it serves you to... more »»

Good reads

January 2, 2016 Good morning, and welcome to our first Critical Eye of 2016. Speaking as a person who still thinks of 2015 as ‘‘the new year,’’ I find myself accepting the change and moving forward. more »»

Looking back fondly at 2015

December 26, 2015 This is our final column in the calendar year of 2015, so let’s begin by wishing you Happy New Year! May 2016 be filled with happiness and success, for each and every one of you. more »»

Christmas symbols and practices

December 19, 2015 This is our last column before Christmas, and I wish that you will have joy on Dec. 25, whether you celebrate that day as a religious holiday or not. more »»

Final performance of ‘Nutcracker’ this afternoon

December 12, 2015 I hope you’re a morning reader of this column. If you are, you just have time to make it to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts by 2 p.m. more »»

‘Lulu’ production was a source of rich inspiration

December 5, 2015 Very few things in this life are entirely good, or entirely bad. more »»

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 »»



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