Big Picture: Writers worth seeing this spring

The New York State Writers Institute recently released its spring schedule, but in thinking about writers coming to the region this spring, my first thought goes to Darin Strauss. His books include the memoir “Half of Life” (2010), in which he recounts how he killed a classmate in a car accident and its aftermath, whichContinue reading “Big Picture: Writers worth seeing this spring”

Big Picture: Notes on how to be a critic

Happy New Year! 2012 looks to be an exciting year in arts and entertainment for the Capital Region, with events such as the Broadway musical “Memphis” in April at Proctors in Schenectady, Roger Waters “The Wall” in June at Times Union Center in Albany, the release sometime in late summer or fall of the filmed-in-Schenectady “TheContinue reading “Big Picture: Notes on how to be a critic”

Big Picture: Chance to share stories truly a gift

As the year winds down, I and the arts and entertainment team at the Times Union have been looking back on the highlights of 2011. The thought exercise offers a reminder that the greater Capital Region offers a wonderful breadth and depth of cultural opportunities in dance, classical music, opera, literature, theater, visual arts, jazzContinue reading “Big Picture: Chance to share stories truly a gift”