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Thoughts on a local book and two recordings

August 16, 2014 The summer of 2014 has taken on the nature of a roller coaster, dodging and moving too quickly to be analyzed or to be thought about for more than a moment. more »»

‘The Ballad of Baby Doe’ to be performed twice

July 19, 2014 CHAUTAUQUA — While it may seem that the 2014 Chautauqua season is just beginning, in fact we’re nearly halfway through, and the final opera of the season will have only two performances, on Friday o... more »»

Studio Metro Underground to debut ‘7 Years’

June 7, 2014 On Friday and Saturday of the coming week, theater-goers will have the chance to see a world premiere performance of a new play, by an anonymous author from our community. more »»

Paying tribute to volunteers

May 31, 2014 Last Monday, our nation came together in celebration of the annual Memorial Day Holiday. The day is an occasion for U.S. more »»

A preview of Canada’s spring performing arts

May 17, 2014 Only a short drive from our area, there are three wonderful, world class arts festivals preparing to thrill us, entertain us, teach us, comfort us and all the many other things which the arts can do... more »»

Comments on ‘Kill Your Darlings’

May 10, 2014 Incidents have been reported back to the earliest pages of the Bible, in which certain people can be induced into taking actions which are counter to their own best interests, by people whom they... more »»

‘Critical Eye’ celebrates 34 years of examining the arts

April 5, 2014 Welcome to this week’s column as “Critical Eye” moves into our 35th year of examining the arts, locally and on a national and international scale. more »»

Arts lovers to enjoy biographical play at Jackson Center

March 22, 2014 Chautauqua County's reputation as a rich locale for lovers of theater and the arts will be growing another bump richer within the coming week. Next Saturday at the Robert H. more »»

Honoring Shirley Temple and Sid Caesar

March 1, 2014 Today, we want to remind you of the lives of two giants of popular performing arts: Shirley Temple and Sid Caesar. more »»

A focus on ‘Winks of the Critical Eye’

February 1, 2014 Almost every week, we end our column with a series of short announcements which are called “Winks of the Critical Ey. more »»

‘The Dining Room’ holds up a mirror to ourselves

January 25, 2014 It has been said for many centuries that the proper study of mankind is man, yet some people not only resist that suggestion, they positively pride themselves on a lack of self-examination. more »»

The history of Caroling at Christmas

December 21, 2013 Greetings and Merry Christmas to all of our readers. I hope as the end of 2013 approaches that all is happy and bright with you and yours. more »»

‘The Sound of Music’ was not a perfect production

December 14, 2013 The Christmas season is supposed to be one of peace on earth, good will towards mankind. Sadly, it often isn’t s. more »»

Seeing triple: Three gifts for the holiday season

December 7, 2013 BEMUS POINT — Early December is one of the busiest seasons of the year for the artistic community. more »»

A cavalcade of winks

November 23, 2013 Nearly every week, we conclude this column with a number of short pieces, which we call the Winks of the Critical Eye. more »»

Fiction isn't history. History isn't fiction -- at least it shouldn't be.

November 16, 2013 I recently attended a showing at the Reg Lenna Civic Center, of the 2013 film "Lee Daniels' The Butler. more »»

The Hollywood story of ‘Burton and Taylor’

October 19, 2013 Dominic West and Helena Bonham-Carter play Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in a new film from BBC America titled ‘‘Burton and Taylor. more »»

A great week to explore the take-home arts

October 5, 2013 FALLING FOR HAMLET I receive for review, a great many more books than we're able to write about, and I must be truthful, I often set aside books intended for audiences of which I am not a member. more »»

Willow Bay to host winged ox players production

September 14, 2013 The start-up of this year's artistic season, which often delays for a few weeks after Labor Day, has come upon us bright and early, this year. more »»



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