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Making Culture in New York's Capital Region

The vibrant creative energy of New York’s Capital Region is put on full display in this new and sweeping compendium of profiles written by Joseph Dalton for the Times Union. Along with local musicians, actors and painters, Dalton also introduces important patrons and producers plus a senior architect, a tattoo artist and a piano tuner. This new collection tells us what’s happening and who’s making it happen. Joseph Dalton has contributed arts news and criticism to the Times Union since 2002. His work has received awards from ASCAP and the Associated Press. 

"Joseph Dalton profiles artists with verve, insight and an open heart.Immersing yourself in the pages of this new collection is like being given a backstage pass to the creative process."

— Paul Grondahl, author, journalist and director of the New York State Writers Institute

"I've always been amazed by the breadth of Dalton’s curiosity and passion, from painters to composers to actors, from the old school to the cutting edge, from high art to pop culture, from Doc Severinsen to Laurie Anderson."

— Greg Haymes, music critic and founder of



“Dozens of lively, inspiring profiles of musicians, visual artists, and other luminaries.”– Chronogram “Dalton is an enthusiastic, astute follower of the region’s arts scene, and a wonderful writer as well.”– The Saratogian  “What Dalton does in these collected stories is bring culture to life.”– Times Union


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