Backstories & Sidebars

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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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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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...
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By Barb Van Atta Even the most empathetic person cannot truly know how the recipient of prejudicial remarks feels. And sometimes efforts at understanding, no matter how well-meaning, come off as insensitive. That point was hammered home to us at Broome Arts Mirror yesterday (May 17) through responses to our review of SRO Underground’s production of Avenue Q. Here on the blog -- and in emails and on Facebook -- cast members and their supporters took reviewer George Basler to task for opining that the production lacked...
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By George Basler Stephen Sondheim is not a big opera fan. That’s one discovery I made while attending an appearance by Sondheim last weekend at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown. The renowned composer was interviewed by Jamie Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein’s daughter. The two have known each other from the time Jamie, now 63, was a child. Sondheim, of course, worked with her father on the groundbreaking Broadway classic West Side Story. The question-and-answer session, which drew a capacity audience, dovetailed with the Glimmerglass staging of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd as...
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