Arts chase away those ‘lingering winter’ blues

Yeah, yeah! There was snow. There was wind. There were single-digit nights. But not all was lost. The  arts and entertainment calendar was again jam-packed.
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“America’s Got Talent” — the school edition

If you need proof that the future of the arts in good hands, look no further than your friendly, local high school musical. My family caught the absolutely amazing production of the school edition of “Les Mis” at Union-Endicott High School this past weekend. Super kudos to James Gleason and his entire team, both onstage and behind the scenes. If you’re not familiar with this Broadway blockbuster, it’s more opera than musical, with barely a spoken word. Those kids put their all into this show, and the aggregate talent was overwhelming. High schools all around the area are presenting musicals this month; go see one.
So, that’s what I did in the arts this past week: what about you? Please join in the conversation.

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Summer film fest opens with patriotic theme

Binghamton’s Summer Film Festival opened July 1 with a full evening of patriotic entertainment at The Forum in Binghamton, including an appearance by “President Thomas Jefferson”; concert briefs by the Carousel Harmony Chorus, Jill and Jake Gardner, and Claudia Kachmarik with the Robert Morton Theatre Organ; and a screening of the film version of the Broadway musical comedy 1776. Thanks to Broome County, the Binghamton City School District, the Downtown Binghamton Business Association, Newman Development Group, Security Mutual, Hinman Howard and Kattell, and others for providing this evening of entertainment. The Summer Film Festival replaces Pops in the Arena/on the Plaza, which was lost with the demise of Southern Tier Celebrates.

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