Spring Writes Celebrates The Written Word – And The Writers Who Write Them


The Spring Writes Literary Festival takes place April 28-May 1 at locations throughout Ithaca. More than 90 writers will present panels, workshops, readings, and more. The event is free and open to the public. Highlights from the weekend include:


Reading and Workshop on Speculative Fiction, Poetry Open Mic, Literary Jeopardy


Beyond the Bechtel Test, Workshop: Comedy Writing, Reading: Jewish Noir


Discussion on Genre Publishing, Discussion on Developing Characters, Reading by Razi Rumi


Click here for the full schedule and festival details. 

'Haudenosaunee Culture: Sharing the River of Life' Series Returns To The Waterman Nature Center


‘Haudenosaunee Culture: Sharing the River of Life’ is a series of presentations at the Waterman Center by speakers from the Onondaga, Mohawk and Cayuga Nations. Karen Kucharski is the project manager for the series and she joined Crystal Sarakas today to talk about the project. On Saturday, Karenlyne Hill of the Snipe Clan will talk about traditional and contemporary-style beadwork on Saturday, April 23rd at 2 p.m. Hickory Edwards of the Turtle Clan will talk about paddling and river journeys on Sunday, April 24th at 2 p.m. Both presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, visit watermancenter.org


Photo Credit: Karen Kucharski


Arts Roundup: Jazz Singer Nancy Kelly, Riverdance, and Soprano Dawn Upshaw Performs With The IC Symphony


Gannett Entertainment Editor Chris Kocher gives us the roundup of other arts events taking place over the next week. Highlights include the George Reed Jazz Scholarship Concert in Elmira, featuring jazz vocalist Nancy Kelly and awarding the jazz scholarship to Sharada Shashidhar. Also, soprano Dawn Upshaw performs with the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, and Riverdance dances through Elmira and Binghamton.  

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Singer-songwriter Matt Nakoa rocks out this weekend in Norwich


Singer-songwriter and Chenango County native Matt Nakoa and his band returns to the area this weekend for two concerts. Matt talked with Crystal Sarakas about performing with legends like Patty Larkin and Tom Rush, and embracing his rock roots for this weekend’s shows. Matt Nakoa performs Friday, April 8th in Hawley, PA, then on Saturday in Norwich, NY. Visit his website for more information.  

Arts Roundup: Moscow Festival Ballet, John Adams, and folk singer Cosy Sheridan


WSKG’s Crystal Sarakas talks with Gannett Entertainment Editor Chris Kocher about some of the other arts events taking place over the next week. Highlights include the Moscow Festival Ballet at the Anderson Center, Cosy Sheridan in Oxford, and Sam Goodyear (who is a classical music host at WSKG) performing his one-man show John Adams at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yjrooeA6_4

The Early Works Of Ansel Adams Are Highlighted In Cooperstown


Ansel Adams’ black and white photographs captured the American West with a level of sharpness and detail that seems far advanced for his time. Now, a collection of his early works will be shown at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. Michelle Murdock, Director of Exhibitions at the Fenimore Art Museum, spoke with Crystal Sarakas about Ansel Adams and his legacy. Ansel Adams: Early Works opens April 1 at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. It will be on display until September 18.

Arts Roundup: Sultans of String, Vivaldi's Four Seasons, and the Eli Young Band


Crystal Sarakas and local entertainment editor Chris Kocher talk about some of the other arts events that are coming up over the weekend. Highlights include Kansas – yes, THAT Kansas – performing at Magic City Music Hall, Sultans of String in Ithaca, and the Ely Young Band in Elmira. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8mKJL4SvpQ&spfreload=5

Arts Roundup: Bug Tussle, Psychedelic Folk Pop, And The Moscow Festival Ballet – All In One Weekend!


Crystal Sarakas and Gannett Entertainment Editor Chris Kocher talk about several arts events coming up. Highlights include Robyn Hitchcock’s performance in Ithaca, Bug Tussle in Apalachin, and the Moscow Festival Ballet in Elmira. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91CkPS8yIjM

A Retrospective Of Viggo Holm Madsen Will Be Shown At The Phelps Mansion In Binghamton


Viggo Holm Madsen: A Life of Art: A Retrospective is the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work shown together in one show, bringing together some 75 works, the majority made between the 1941 to 1991. The exhibition explores the critical if under-recognized place of Viggo Holm Madsen in the history of 20th-century art, and his extraordinary output across mediums that placed him at the center of international activity during the transformative decades of the 1940s through 1990s.Crystal Sarakas spoke with Kirk Madsen about his father’s work. Viggo Holm Madsen: A Life of Art: A Retrospective will be shown at The Phelps Museum, April 1 – 14, 2016 with an opening reception, Friday April 1st, 6 – 9pm. It is curated by Mr. Madsen’s widow, Lois Madsen and his son, Kirk Holm Madsen, both living in Binghamton.