Category Archives: The Arts

‘Steel Magnolias’: The hearts of the south

By Janelle Faignant THE ARTS For these ladies, beauty is more than skin deep. In a town where you don’t leave the house without full hair and make-up, and Lycra…

Finding the humanity in ‘Sweeney Todd’

By Janelle Faignant THE ARTS The dark and rainy streets of London make the perfect setting for Stephen Sondheim’s haunting tale of revenge, “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet…

Bluegrass Gospel Project says farewell

By Art Edelstein THE ARTS A band that originally formed for a single concert but then went on to a 16-year career, including seven albums, is calling it quits. The…

Leahy & MacMaster: Marriage of fiddles and love

Janelle Faignant THE ARTS Even though they’ve been playing music all their lives and have been married for over a decade, fiddle stars Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy never recorded…

Leo Kottke and Keller Williams: ‘Shut the Folk Up and Listen’

By George V. Nostrand Staff Writer Given a slightly longer deadline, I could easily write separate books on the careers and technical wizardry of guitar legends Leo Kottke and Keller…

New book teaches harmony singing to kids

By Art Edelstein THE ARTS There was a time when American songs were regularly taught in public schools across the country. Even in cities like New York and its environs,…

‘Hard-Edge Cool’: The Routhiers, abstract and geometric

By Mary Gow The Arts Brilliant eclipsing circles of Max Bill to Josef Albers’ chromatic nested rectangles to Richard Anuszkiewicz’s almost oscillating Op Art — geometric abstraction is bold, vibrant,…

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Welcome (back)… to The Machine

By George V. Nostrand Correspondent No doubt about it — Rutland loves a good tribute band. In recent years, tribute bands of all shapes and sizes have brought various shows…

‘Winter as Prism or Prison’ exhibit opens at Compass Center

Barn on the Hill by Lowell Snowdon Klock The conflicting emotions of how people feel about the winter season was the spark for the juried exhibit, “Winter as Prism or…

‘The Nutcracker’ comes to life with local dancers

By Patricia Minichiello Correspondent What’s unique about the Albany Berkshire Ballet’s production of the timeless ballet, “The Nutcracker,” is that local children perform in every show. The group visits seven…