Broome Arts Mirror

In case you didn't catch the front-page news in Sunday's Press & Sun-Bulletin (Jan. 14), here's a link to Chris Kocher's in-depth Q&A with the Broome County Arts Council's new executive director, Nancy Barno Reynolds. We here at BAMirror also plan on asking Nancy a few things; if you have questions to pose to her, please put them in the comments section of this post.  ...
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By George Basler Some sad news came in over the holidays: The Art Mission and Theater gave up the ghost after showing independent films in downtown Binghamton for the past 10 years. I can’t say I was totally surprised. Sometimes I wondered how the place hung on for so long as it had, given the movie market here in Binghamton. Nonetheless, it was disheartening for me as a movie buff. Some of my friends would put the theater down, comparing it unfavorably to Cinemapolis, an independent movie house...
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Reviewed by George Basler Watching a performance of A Christmas Carol at the Cider Mill Stage in Endicott is a little like sharing a bowl of Christmas punch with an old friend whom you haven’t seen in a while. First performed in 1979, John Bielenberg’s adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic is more than a stage production. It’s a holiday tradition that has played to thousands of patrons over the years. After a one-year absence, it’s back at the Cider Mill this year thanks to Brad Morgan,...
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Commentary by Chris Bahr It is hard to know where to begin when you are seeing an exhibition as comprehensive as "50 Years/50 Highlights," the Binghamton University Art Museum's 50th anniversary exhibition. The exhibit, which opened earlier this fall, is a very-well-done curatorial as well as being reminiscent of the art history survey class I took years ago. My recent visit was like walking through the pages of Janson's History of Art book, annotated. (more…)...
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My Thanksgiving weekend (not spent locally) was full of food, family and home viewing of 2016 movies that I missed in both first and second run (Loving, A United Kingdom). But what about you? Did you attend (or perform in) a concert or play? Did you visit a museum? Did you paint a picture? How were the arts part of your Thanksgiving weekend?

-- Barb Van Atta

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By George Basler Seamus Lucason had never been in Binghamton before last weekend. What drew him here was the opportunity to see one of his plays performed for the first time. The Irish playwright, whose works have been produced in both Ireland and America, made the five-hour drive from Boston to be at KNOW Theatre’s Playwrights and Artists Festival for the play’s debut. “What it means for me is the chance to see what works, and what doesn’t work,” he said. Lucason is one of six playwrights featured...
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