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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 »»

Local legends

December 17, 2011 One very important way to measure a community’s health and sensibility is to make note of how the community deals with individuals within the community who are outstanding in some positive way. more »»

Special time of the year: Nutcracker returns

December 3, 2011 In just a week, local folks can see the stage of the Reg Lenna Civic Center come alive with graceful snowflakes, waltzing flowers and a sugar plum which will literally dance in your memory for days... more »»

‘Sarah’s Key’ catches the Critical Eye

November 26, 2011 It has been quite a while since we have examined the current state of the cinema in this column. more »»

It’s not goodbye

November 24, 2011 Every ending is a new beginning. I have been writing the In-town Rundown for more than five years. This will be my final Thursday column. more »»

Review: ‘Carry Each His Burden’

November 19, 2011 In the modern world, events from continents away can be just as influential on our lives as those which take place right in our own communit. more »»

Admiring the art

November 12, 2011 Lovers of painting — especially of natural art — will want to be certain to make your way to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute before Jan. 8. more »»

Metropolitan Operas now broadcast at local Opera House

October 22, 2011 The weather railed outside the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Saturday, and strong winds tried to rip the limbs from the trees, but inside, a good-sized audience was listening intently to a grand... more »»

Star power

October 15, 2011 This has been an extraordinary year. In the late spring, I had a number of deaths in my family and a number of family emergencies, which caused me to be out of town for an extended period of time. more »»

Graveyards, ghouls and foliage

October 5, 2011 Something about October and scaring the bejesus out of yourself go together as well as ghosts and graveyards. more »»



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