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Weekender A&E

An eye for the abstract

SARANAC LAKE — When Carl Rubino was about 5 years old, growing up in Manhattan, his mother put him on the couch and played symphonic music on the family phonograph. She told him if he closed his eyes he could see the music. “I don’t remember what I saw, but I remember that even now ...

Those whacky ‘Norwegians’

UPPER JAY — Uffda! Get ready for a tale of betrayal, murder and the 1991 World Series. The Recovery Lounge will host a production of C. Denby Swanson’s “The Norwegians” this week. The play follows two scorned women living in Minnesota — Olive from Texas and Betty from Kentucky ...

Adirondack Youth Choir to be formed in July, to perform in August

SARANAC LAKE — Young singers in the Adirondacks will have a new opportunity to participate in choral music during the summer break. Conductor and educator Barbara Tagg returns to the Adirondacks to begin the Adirondack Youth Choir, comprised of students ages 10 to 16 who will rehearse ...

How comics get journalism wrong

Comic books and their Hollywood equivalents just do not understand journalism. Last week, I talked about one of my favorite films, “Ace in the Hole,” which follows an unethical writer played by Kirk Douglas who makes the news instead of reporting it and ultimately gets a man killed. ...

Winter warmups: Chili is a versatile, spicy stew

You may have heard that this was the warmest January in recorded history and that the temperature in Antarctica reached a record 67 degrees. It is true. Winters are not as cold as they used to be. We have not had 40 below for many years. But in the past few weeks, temps have dipped below zero ...

There is an art to toasting nuts, and here’s how to do it

I sometimes joke and say that as a Southern cook, I use pecans like other chefs use salt and pepper. That is to say, on just about everything. I love pecans and every other nut because they add a crunchy texture and an earthy sweet — nuttier — flavor to food. Most of the time, I lightly ...

Tupper Lake Brew-Ski celebrates microbreweries

There are so many microbreweries located around the Adirondacks and more popping up every day. Though I like to visit because the beer is delicious, I really enjoy the various breweries' connections to their neighborhoods. Each place is different. Some breweries offer a larger public house and ...

‘Painting Churches’ is compelling family portrait at BluSeed

SARANAC LAKE —The Adirondack Stage Rats examine the issue of family in their latest production of “Painting Churches” at BluSeed Studios. When advancing age and illness forces Fanny and Gardner Church to leave their Beacon Hill brownstone, daughter Mags makes a last visit to help ...

Love and sorrow for Big Tupper

TUPPER LAKE — Love was in the air on Valentine’s Day at the Tupper Arts Center. More than 50 people milled around the new exhibit, studying photos of skiers for faces they recognized, sharing stories from their childhoods on the mountain and speaking sorrowfully of the love they have ...

‘Popcorn Falls’ has kernel of truth

SARANAC LAKE — You have no cash, your moneymaker is gone, and your home is about to be filled with human excrement. What do you do? Put on a show, of course. Pendragon Theatre will produce the comedy “Popcorn Falls” throughout the rest of the month. “Popcorn Falls” is one of ...

Memories of skiing Big Tupper

TUPPER LAKE — For those who love skiing, photography or history, Tupper Arts has a Valentine’s Day event to satisfy. The photo exhibit “Thru the Lens of Kathleen Bigrow: Ski Big Tupper” will be on display through the spring and opens Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. It features over 100 photos ...

Kirk Douglas plays his cards wrong in ‘Ace in the Hole’

Kirk Douglas died recently at the insane age of 103. He’s played Spartacus, Vincent Van Gogh and Ulysses (Odysseus), but the role I love him most for is Chuck Tatum in the 1951 film “Ace in the Hole.” If you hate journalists or operate a fake Facebook account specifically for trolling ...

Artisan bread at the Winter Market

“Give us this day our daily bread” — Matthew 6:11, Luke 11:13 Bread is known as “the staff of life” because it’s a dietary staple in much of the western world. We eat it daily — and we take it for granted. It is our oldest processed food. In many European and ...

Lake Placid’s Toboggan Chute opens for season

We have been waiting for the Lake Placid Toboggan Chute to open. It’s a winter highlight for my family and one of our “go-to” winter activities for visiting family and friends. Sliding down an icy ramp onto a frozen Mirror Lake is not something people get to do everywhere. It is unusual ...

Wanna judge a food contest? Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour is just the ticket

LONG LAKE — If you’ve ever wanted to judge a food contest, while sampling the restaurants of Long Lake, now’s your chance. It’s time for the Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour. The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department and area restaurants open the doors for the return of ...

Library Lunch series features ‘Finding True North’ author

SARANAC LAKE — The next Library Lunch presentation will feature a True North story. In 1968, Fran and Jay Yardley, a young couple with a pioneering spirit, moved to a remote corner of the Adirondacks to revive the long abandoned but historic Bartlett Carry Club, with its 1,000 acres and 37 ...

Trestle Street fills up as it fills a demand

SARANAC LAKE — Dave Filsinger says his art and music space is gaining the attention and variation he hoped it would, and a lot of that is because of local support and donations. “I think the community felt they had a need and they responded,” he said. “Beyond just coming in here ...

Schools team up to stage play about community garden

LAKE PLACID — “Seedfolks” is coming to Lake Placid Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. The play is a collaboration between students of North Country School and Northwood School, both in Lake Placid. “Seedfolks” is based on the novel of the same name by Paul ...

Rotary Club show is full of surprises

SARANAC LAKE — The annual Winter Carnival has lots of traditions — the Ice Palace, the Gala Parade, a week’s worth of music at the Waterhole, and the Rotary Club Show. “It’s an evening of good family fun,” said local Rotary Club President Hannah Hanford. “It’s part of the ...