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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 »»

Chautauqua resident receives Kennedy Center Honors

January 3, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Just a month ago, one of our neighbors had a very grand weekend. For well over 20 years, Patricia McBride has had a home at Chautauqua, with her husband, Jean-Pierre Bonnefou. more »»

‘The Column Before Christmas’

December 20, 2014 I don’t know about you, but for me, 2014 has passed like a whirlwind, leaving me writing ‘‘The Column Before Christmas,’’ when it feels as though last spring should be just arriving. more »»

Two area programs are bridging the gap

November 29, 2014 MAYVILLE — Scien-tists tell us there are many areas in which a person can be gifted. Some people remember many facts, and can organize them into useful patterns. more »»

Radio personality Jim Roselle pens book

November 15, 2014 A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was delighted to learn that Jim Roselle, radio personality on WJTN, had written a book about his 60-year career of broadcasting, in the role of something of a big... more »»

JCC Uncommoners presents ‘Les Miserables’

November 8, 2014 Last night, if all has gone according to plan, the Uncommoners of James-town Community College opened their latest musical production: the gigantic and challenging musical version of the novel which... more »»

Hysteria keeping ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ out of Fredonia Opera House

November 1, 2014 Would you like a serving of truth with your art? Many people would not. more »»

A look at books available on the market today

October 25, 2014 The book is still the core of civilization. more »»

‘Souvenir’ based on life of Florence Foster Jenkins

October 4, 2014 PITTSBURGH — Some readers have accused me of only liking heavy, classical performances. more »»

Fall season heating up throughout the region

September 20, 2014 Cold and rain seem to be the order of the day for weather, at least at the time of this writing. But the fall season for the arts is just heating up, and there’s plenty of heat to go around. more »»



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