Almanac

Mohawk Valley Almanac for January 2023

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By Roger Chambers | Utica Phoenix Columnist  Life is nearly “back to normal” as the surge of Thanksgiving to New Year’s travel to pre-Covid levels continues. Public theater, musical concerts, and sporting extravaganzas have returned....

Letter to the Editor: We Deserve a Functioning Government

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Editor, I don’t know about you, but as I watched the disfunction of the GOP Congress as they elected their Speaker, I saw only one thing besides their rush to dismantle all the protections and...
Tár

Film Review: ‘Tár’

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It seems odd to say, but necessary to, that “Tár” is not a film about music. Sure, there are orchestral rehearsals speckled throughout, which boom with loudness, tempo, and awesomeness. Lydia muses over sheet...

The Heat Beat: The Music of Phoenix Radio and Beyond: Five favorite songs about...

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By Jess Szabo | Arts Writer  January always marks a new beginning, beyond just marking a new year on the calendar.  It is of course a time when we traditionally make resolutions and set new...
Art of Being Yourself

Column: ‘The Art of Being Yourself’

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By Arpit Nayak | Contributor  In the human heart and mind are among the most important things. We often talk about the things that shape our minds and spirit and discuss the changes for betterment....
UPD

Local: Linwood Place Police Standoff Resolved in Peaceful Surrender

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Police contact Buddhist Monk to counsel agitated neighbor Linwood Place, Utica NY—Our neighbor 'Joe' was arrested peacefully the evening of January 2, 2023. The stand-off began with a domestic dispute call from 1115 Linwood Place,...

Feature: The Ins and Outs of Tutoring — Is it Right for You?

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Adult students, and some parents visiting their child’s online or offline school, may see tutoring services offered through the school. Those who do not have tutoring offered through their own, or their child’s, school...

Editorial: The November Elections and Weakening of Democracy

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By Roger Chambers | Columnist  In the short book “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century,” Timothy Snyder outlines tactics used by would-be autocrats to overturn a popularly elected democracy. These trends were frequently...

Legal Myths & Reality: October

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This is a continuing discussion of Legal Myths and Reality, because those informed are always the most successful. MYTH: The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights were the result of purely imaginative thinking by the...

Voices of Polonia: Krzysztof Kieślowski, Polish Screenwriter and Director

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Krzysztof Kieślowski, (June 7th, 1941-March 13, 1966) was a Polish film director and screen writer. He is known internationally for “Dekalog” (1989), “The Double Life of Veronique” (1991), and “The Three Colours” trilogy (1993-1994)....