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Weekender A&E

Amythyst Kiah sparkles on the Americana scene

SARANAC LAKE — Amythyst Kiah wants to make music for everyone. She sees how genres and the history of music recording have separated people, and she wants to help change that. “It’s best when you take what’s bothering you and put it into music so that the listener can feel like ...

Why I love those little plastic rectangles

What’s my favorite way to listen to music? Streaming opens up whole new worlds of sonic discovery, and records have exquisite sound quality, but in all honesty, I prefer cassette tapes. You know, those things teenagers in ’80s movies would make for each other as a sign of ...

Thank you, electrical line crew

A few years ago, the frost line went so deep that water pipes in homes across the Adirondacks were freezing in the middle of winter. Thankfully my house was without water for only a few days. As soon as our water came back on, we had neighbors showering at our house and taking buckets of water ...

Root Shock returns to The Waterhole

SARANAC LAKE — Root Shock returns to The Waterhole Saturday. Conscious, soulful, uplifting, even healing—that’s how many fans have described the band’s infectious sound and energy. With a reputation like that, it’s unsurprising that this group is indebted to reggae, a class ...

Review: ‘Finding Chika’ is bittersweet memoir of family

“Finding Chika: a little girl, an earthquake, and the making of a family” (Harper), by Mitch Albom The author of “Tuesdays with Morrie” has a new memoir in which he again shares lessons learned from someone dear to him who dies. This time, though, instead of an old professor, ...

Leeks: the subtle onion

The trees are bare and snowflakes are blowing in the wind. Winter is on the way. One of the few things left to be harvested before the ground freezes are leeks. These alliums add their distinctive, delicate flavor to all types of culinary delights — soups, stir-fries, salads, and egg ...

Syrian refugee turns to food to rebuild his life in U.S.

NEW YORK — When he came to the United States as a refugee from Syria during that country’s bloody civil war, there was a lot Diaa Alhanoun didn’t know, starting with English. There was one thing he was fairly certain of, though — whatever else the future held in store for him and ...

‘Goodness and humor’ celebrated as ‘Sesame Street’ turns 50

NEW YORK — Fifty years ago, beloved entertainer Carol Burnett appeared on the very first broadcast of a quirky TV program that featured a bunch of furry puppets. Blink and you might miss it, but Burnett followed a cartoon about a witch called Wanda, which was loaded with words ...

The Kingdom Choir to perform at LPCA Friday

(Editor's note: This has been changed to reflect that the concert has been moved from St. Bernard's Church in Saranac Lake to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts in Lake Placid.) -- LAKE PLACID — In these challenging times, we could all stand to put a little extra joy in our ...

Drumstick roll … Wing Wars XII is Sunday

LAKE PLACID — Wing Wars XII will take place Sunday, Nov. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. at High Peak Resort’s ballroom. Fans of chicken wings are invited to come hungry to enjoy some of the best wings in the region while raising funds for North Country Life Flight. Chefs are busy honing their ...

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ remains timeless

SARANAC LAKE — Many kids often want to “fit in,” but what’s so special about being just like everyone else? Students at Saranac Lake High School will demonstrate the importance of individuality when they perform the young adults’ sci-fi “A Wrinkle in Time” Friday and ...

Pumpkins, sweets, spookiness and costumes

It’s that time of year. Autumn’s red turned first to gold and now, to gray. The earth goes to sleep for the long winter. It is the time we think of death, as trees shed leaves for their winter slumber, bears hibernate, and spring bulbs sleep in the ground preparing for spring’s ...

Get ready for winter with ski swap and kids’ ski passport program

Winter comes every year whether I’m ready for it or not and I never seem to be ready. It has nothing to do with not enjoying the snow. It’s because I haven’t crossed off all the autumn tasks from my list. I can always use one more day to try to accomplish my “to- do” list, but my ...

Beware the group

I’ve never liked groups much. Yes, clubs, bands and sports teams are fun and can teach discipline and amazing life lessons, but groups have the potential to limit individuality and create dangerous groupthink. This weekend, the students at Saranac Lake High School will perform the ...

Cue the violins: Iva Bittova is back

SARANAC LAKE — Czech violin/vocalist Iva Bittova is returning to Saranac Lake. This time she will be paired with local cellist Esther Rogers Baker at Lake Flower Landing. On the program will be the US premiere of Vladimir Godar’s Sunicko, selections from Leos Janacek and Bela ...

Artists’ Guild photo exhibit to celebrate the art of film

SARANAC LAKE — Film is NOT dead. As a matter of fact, it is very much alive at the Adirondack Artists Guild this coming month with an exhibit by photographer Mark Kurtz. Although he does his commercial work in the digital format, most of Kurtz’s fine art photography is shot on ...

Raucous crowd cheers Ice Palace movie

LAKE PLACID — Hundreds of happy Saranac Lakers packed the Palace Theatre’s big room Sunday night for the world premiere of “Ice Palace: a Love Letter,” a documentary made during the 2016 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. They applauded thunderously, hooted and hollered and gave ...

LP Film Festival ends on high notes

LAKE PLACID — October 25 will now be known as Russell Banks Day. For this year’s Lake Placid Film Festival, the Adirondack Film Society held a tribute gala, honoring the Keene-based author and festival and society co-founder Russell Banks Friday at the High Peaks Resort. “It’s ...