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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 »»

Lucille Ball Comedy Festival

July 28, 2012 Wednesday through Sunday of the coming week, television personalities and fans from around the world will be convening in Jamestown for the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. more »»

Between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: The Italian reenactments

July 22, 2012 Beyond festivals (sagre) focused on food, in Italy during the summer, tourists and locals can enjoy other kind of festival, namely those devoted to reenacting the Middle Ages and Renaissance period. more »»

The bee’s knees

July 22, 2012 He’s the bee’s knees, mind your own beeswax, you’re as busy as a bee, and there can only be one queen bee are all familiar phrases. more »»

Behind the scenes with the Chautauqua Opera Company

July 21, 2012 CHAUTAUQUA — Opera is rare and precious at Chautauqua, in recent years, but fortunately, the Chautauqua Opera Company has devoted itself to producing a high quality product, leaving local fans hopin... more »»

The season of Chautauqua

July 7, 2012 CHAUTAUQUA — Welcome to catch-up day! I don't know if you've ever felt like a juggler who had too many balls in the air, but I've been feeling that way for about the past month. more »»

Lights, camera, action

June 23, 2012 CHAUTAUQUA — Tonight, for the first time in 2012, the stage of the Chautauqua Amphitheater will come alive with the first performance of the current season. more »»

Stacking up the books

May 19, 2012 This year has been quite an active one. Since it began, we’ve only dedicated one column to the literary arts. more »»



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