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By Barb Van Atta You may not have known her name, but, for many people, Rosemarie A. Henkle was the face of a host of Broome County arts organizations. Henkle, who died Tuesday (June 9), was a dedicated volunteer who ultimately became, as her family put it, “an art and music icon for the area for over 30 years.” (more…)...
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By Lee Shepherd I’m really late coming to the table. I just discovered the Binghamton Theater Organ Society and attended a delightful evening of Charlie Chaplin films Saturday (April 13) with master theater organist Jim Ford and lecturer Joyce Jesionowski. Performing on the Robert Morton Organ at The Forum, 236 Washington St., Binghamton, Ford cleverly improvised the “soundtrack” for four films from Chaplin’s early career. According to Wilbur Dodge, organ technician, the Morton organ was reconstructed by Robert Melnyk and David Clark, using salvaged IBM parts, most of...
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By George Basler The year 1916 was a big one for Charlie Chaplin. Already famous, Chaplin became the highest paid entertainer in the world when he signed a contract with Mutual Film Corp. for the then-astounding annual salary of $670,000. Equally important: Mutual allowed the actor/director total artistic freedom to make 12 two-reel films. The result was an artistic breakthrough for the comic and budding cinematic genius. Four films from the landmark Mutual era will be shown Saturday (April 13) at The Forum in downtown Binghamton as part of...
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