Arts & Entertainment

Cosplay is serious fun

Aug. 31--As freewheeling as the anime festival Kumoricon may seem, it's actually a tightly organized affair and participants take it seriously, some working all year on their costumes. Many of the estimated 7,000 colorfully costumed attendees spilled onto Esther Short Park to frolic and snap photographs of each other, but inside the two neighboring hotels, 400 volunteer staffers labored over ...


Man charged in east Erie shooting death

Aug. 31--An Erie man was arraigned on homicide charges Saturday morning in the Aug. 23 shooting death of a man outside an east Erie music venue and rental hall. Dominic Diaz, 24, of the 600 block of West 18th Street, was arraigned Saturday before Erie 2nd Ward District Judge Paul Urbaniak on charges of criminal homicide, murder, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, ...


The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash., Doug Clark column

Aug. 31--Labor Day Weekend is at hand, which means my favorite annual event -- Pigout in the Park -- is once again in full swing. And I'm not saying this just because my band plays there. Well, OK, that helps a little. But having so much music and yummy vittles on one grassy venue, namely Riverfront Park, is more fun than an all-marmot rodeo. I even like the unpretentious name -- Pigout in the ...


Renowned photojournalist's work now on display

Nearly 300 pictures taken by renowned Japanese photographer Akihiko Okamura are now on display at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, chronicling a career that initially drew international attention for his coverage of the Vietnam War half a century ago. Okamura, a former medical student, started his career as a photo journalist in Thailand in 1962 at the age of 33, after drifting ...


Educator profile: Walt Thomas

Aug. 31--Walt Thomas is a career technical education teacher at the Montgomery Technical Education Center, in the advertising and design technology program. His inspiration came from the 1960s to early 1970s TV show "Bewitched," in which the character Darrin Stevens was a commercial artist for an advertising firm. "And he used graphic design at the time, which was all done by hand, to solve ...


Cool Jobs: For Yelp Indy manager, every day an adventure

Aug. 31--Brittany Smith is a connector and a promoter. As the senior community manager for Yelp Indy, Smith's job includes planning and hosting events, creating social media campaigns and partnering with festivals and community events to promote the businesses represented by Yelp. Yelp Indy is part of a national brand that connects consumers to local businesses through its smartphone app and ...


Pasco man who rode carousel as a child back in saddle as attraction prepares to open in Kennewick

Aug. 31--KENNEWICK -- Riding on a horse on Kennewick's Gesa Carousel of Dreams, James Chicouris went back in time. As the carousel spun, the 87-year-old Pasco man leaned back like he was on a bucking bronco and pretended to lasso a steer while his horse gently moved up and down. "This brings back memories," Chicouris said. A lifetime ago, in 1936, Chicouris was one of many children who rode on ...


Gulf Coast Jam heats up

Aug. 31--PANAMA CITY BEACH -- Vendors lined the field at Frank Brown Park on Saturday, advertising merchandise and giveaways as country music fans at the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam milled about and staked out seats to hear Laura Bell Bundy, Casey James, Lonestar, Big and Rich and Dierks Bentley. Event promoter Dave Trepanier estimated 14,000 people showed up Friday night to hear headliner Carrie ...


BRIEF: It's time for Boulder fashionistas to strut their stuff

Aug. 31--Several newer shops on the west end of Pearl (Fjallraven, Goorin Bros. Hat Shop, Earthbound Trading Co. and the longer-standing Shoe Fly) are organizing a block party "sidewalk jam," with live music, sweets and giveaways. "One of the best comments we hear after this event ... is they discover shops they've walked by 100 times," Takata-Smith says. Anna Salim, event director, recommends ...


The art of compromise

Aug. 31--It was in the late '90s that Cardinal's artistic director Randy White first moved to New York from Vancouver. A friend recommended White to a theater company in upstate New York to direct a play. When the theater company offered White a job directing "1776," he admitted having to lean over and whisper to his wife, "What's '1776'?" "I was so eager to work that I took it on," White ...


Pakistani artist in the running for Grand Prize of Signature Art Prize 2014 for the Third Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation today announced the 15 finalists of the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014. Now in its third instalment, the prize spotlights the most compelling contemporary artworks created by artists in the Asia Pacific region over the last three years. Selected by a panel of five eminent judges from around the region, the ...


2014 Labor Day Capitol Concert

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 -- The Capitol Police issued the following news release: The Labor Day Capitol Concert will take place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. The National Symphony Orchestra will be performing. The concert dress rehearsal for this event is on Sunday, August 31, 2014 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Gates will open to the public at 3:00 p.m. ...


Turkish investors ready to help Iran boost tourism infrastructures

Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 31 By Fatih Karimov - Trend: A delegation of Turkish investors met with director of Iran's cultural heritage and tourism organization, Masoud Soltanifar, and voiced their readiness to invest in Iran's tourism sector. The Turkish investors said they were particularly interested in building hotels in Iran, the IRNA news agency reported on August 31. According to a crash ...


Flynn's federal gambling trial delayed for plea negotiations

Aug. 31--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The trial of Larry Flynn, who faces charges of operating an illegal gambling business, will be delayed, according to papers filed in federal court. No new date has been set for his trial, but public court documents said Flynn's lawyers are engaged in plea bargain negotiations with federal prosecutors. According to statements made in court, Flynn, who operated the ...


Arabesque artists to dazzle at Royal Opera House Muscat

Muscat: For Arabs and non-Arabs alike, the lineup of Arabesque concerts and events in the 2014-2015 season at the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) is sure to charm and delight. The concerts include annual favourites such as the Military Music of Oman, regional stars like Hussain Al Jassmi, and popular artists returning to the ROHM, like Egyptian composer and pianist Omar Khairat, who last ...


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