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. ...Read more
It was another busy, busy week in the arts, particularly for holiday-themed events. Did you visit a gallery, catch a concert or watch a play? How were the arts part of YOUR week? Please share in the comment section....Read more
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…)...Read more
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...Read more
We're entering the holiday entertainment season, and BAMirror reviewers are going to be as busy as elves, either writing about other people's performances or participating in their own concerts and shows. Therefore, it seems like the perfect time to revive our once-regular "what did you do" Monday query. In the comment section, BAMirror readers -- and writers -- can offer a quick summary of their weekend's entertainment adventures. Over the past two weekends, I've attended the exuberant EPAC production of The Producers and Tri-Cities Opera's powerful presentation...Read more
BCAC Taps Former County Parks Director as Interim LeaderThe Broome County Arts Council’s board of directors has selected former Broome County Director of Parks, Recreation and Youth Services Arthur (Art) Garrison as the BCAC’s interim executive director. Garrison, who will begin Monday (July 24), follows Laura Knochen-Davis, who announced in April that she was stepping down. (more…)...
Executive Director Laura Knochen-Davis will be leaving the Broome County Arts Council (BCAC) as of July 28. Knochen-Davis told the arts council board of directors that she is facing some family obligations that require her complete attention. "I am disappointed not to be able to continue in my position as I was looking forward to a long relationship with the BCAC," said Knochen-Davis, who became executive director in January 2016. Since February, the BCAC has been developing an organizational strategic plan. Board President Susan Appe, Ph.D., said...Read more