Broome Arts Mirror

Because BAMirror has been up and running for a couple of months, Sharon Ball and I thought it was time to look at how it started, how it’s doing and, most importantly, what it can do for you. Last fall, when Sharon and I were planning the arts council’s entrance into the “blogosphere,” we envisioned your blog as an online salon, a place where people who know the arts could express their viewpoints and other people who know and/or care about the arts would be...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Brody, Tayga-Hromek, Christian, Speth"][/caption] The Novo4tet tried something new last Sunday, and it worked beautifully. The musicians sat in the middle of the beautiful Phelps Museum ballroom, surrounded by the audience and creating a theater in the round. No one was more than four rows from the musicians. I sat in the front row, and it felt as...
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“Opportunity waits behind the door numbered 213 on Binghamton’s State Street.” -- Sharon Eurich, staff writer, Press & SunBulletin (Neighbors column: Jan. 1, 2000) Ten years ago there was no monthly First Friday to perk up the life of downtown Binghamton. Gorgeous Washington Street was more of an idea than a reality, a street on which stood the city’s lone art gallery. State Street, between Lewis and Henry, was a forbidding block of empty warehouses and derelict buildings, not the area it is today with new...
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Despite reasonably mild weather, outdoor crowds were largely missing from Binghamton First Night 2010. Though some favorite entertainment groups were also missing, there were still more than enough activities and artists to fill an evening. In many parts of the US, where it once was celebrated, First Night has disappeared. Some of our distant contacts are surprised to hear we still have one in Binghamton. It’s a wholesome, fun experience for all ages, and the police and security folks deserve credit for making it a safe and orderly event. It’s a great time to sample lots of different entertainment. We hope this local tradition, like so many others such as the Spiedie Fest will not just survive but thrive.

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