Arts & Entertainment

Movies coming back to Ritz? Developer inspecting historic city theater

Sept. 23--NATCHEZ -- The glitz may be finally coming back to the Ritz Theater on Commerce Street, nearly 50 years after the movie went dark. Charlie Watzke, a developer who specializes in restoring historic movie theaters and drive-in theaters, hopes to be in Natchez soon to begin restoration of the historic Commerce Street theater. "I hope to be working on it by the first of the year," Watzke ...


Fall Concerts at the Freer and Sackler Galleries Feature Music from Japan, Java, China and the Middle East

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 -- The Smithsonian Institution issued the following news release: The fall season of concerts at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art, feature a two-day festival of West Javanese music and dance, two concerts of new and traditional music for Japanese and Chinese instruments, jazz arrangements of classic Arab songs, ...


National Portrait Gallery Commissions Cuban American Artist to Create a Large-Scale Landscape Portrait for the National Mall

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 -- The Smithsonian Institution issued the following news release: The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery has commissioned a grand landscape portrait from Cuban American urban artist, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, to be placed temporarily on the National Mall; it will be open to the public Oct. 4 through Oct. 31. For the work titled "Out of Many, One," the English ...


ClearTV Ltd. assembles a substantial online syndication network for its TVChannels4U business unit

BURBANK, California, Sept. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ClearTV (CLTV:F) is experiencing exponential growth in scaling the TVChannels4u on-line syndication platform and recently added a wide variety of new publishing deals covering several genres. The 252 new publishing partners across expanding vertical categories rolling out on TVChannels4u include: news and information, entertainment and ...


With help from city, Brew and View film series draws a crowd to midtown

Sept. 23--Every other Sunday, a film unknown in New Mexico quietly premieres to an eager audience in central Santa Fe. Wes Sheridan and Jesse Fisher, who along with Jackie Munro started the film series, said they created the Santa Fe Brew and View at Duel Brewery to offer different films to residents and to provide an alternative to the city's limited selection of nightlife options. "The ...


Overcoming turmoil, Met opera opens season

NEW YORK (AP) After a summer of uncertainty, the sounds of discord gave way to joyful music-making as the Metropolitan Opera opened its season Monday night with a sparkling new production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro." Just two months ago, it looked as though the season might not open at all, since the financially struggling company had threatened to lock out its unions unless they ...


IU Cinema Brings Filmmaker Bill Morrison Back to Bloomington for Lecture, Documentary Screening

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Sept. 22 -- Indiana University-Bloomington issued the following news release: Experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison will speak at Indiana University on Sept. 26, just weeks before his mid-career retrospective opens at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. His visit to IU Cinema is part of the Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture Series and also will include a special ...


Lakeport Legacies to Feature Discussion of Historic Properties, Tourism in Southeast Arkansas

JONESBORO, Ark., Sept. 22 -- Arkansas State University issued the following news release: Dr. John Kyle Day, an associate professor of history in the school of social and behavioral sciences at the University of Arkansas-Monticello, is the featured speaker for the Lakeport Legacies, a monthly history talk series, Thursday, Sept. 25, at Lakeport Plantation, 61 Hwy. 142, Lake Village. His talk ...


'Fertile Ground': Oakland Museum, SFMOMA team up on landmark exhibit

Sept. 22--Forget the familiar image of the solitary artist, tortured by a stare down with a waiting canvas. More often than not, art -- truly influential creativity that spurs shifts in social and artistic movements -- emerges from communities. Whether from friendships (and friendly rivalries) with other artists, relationships with generous patrons, organized schools or geographical ...


BRIEF: Rock-reggae band Pepper to play CU's Homecoming concert

Sept. 22--Pepper, a rock-reggae band from Hawaii, will perform at the University of Colorado's Homecoming concert at Balch Fieldhouse on Oct. 22, the CU Program Council announced Monday. The concert, which is open to the public, will begin at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Students may purchase tickets at a discounted price of $22; non-students will pay $30. Anyone attending the concert will be ...


Dubai reveals sustainable Real Estate City plans

The real estate unit of Dubai Government has unveiled plans to build the world's first property-related city, along the same lines as Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City. Work on what is being dubbed The Perfect City, which will include a 500-metre canal, will begin in early 2015 and is expected to be completed by 2021. The city will feature 75% green space and include 20,000 trees, which ...


Between the lines: Joan Didion gets an honor she deserves

Sept. 22--Fifth-generation Californian, novelist and essayist Joan Didion, who was born and raised in Sacramento, will be inducted into the California Hall of Fame on Oct. 1. She and six other prominent Californians ("represent the very best of California," said Gov. Jerry Brown in a statement. An exhibit of the inductees' "personal artifacts highlighting their lives and achievements" will be ...


Charlotte approves tax break for software company

Sept. 23--The Charlotte City Council approved a tax break Monday night for AvidXchange, a software company that plans to expand and add 394 new jobs in the city over three years. The tax break, known as a business investment grant, would refund the company 90 percent of its property taxes for five years based on how much it invests in the city. The combined city and county refund is expected ...


BRIEF: Public radio show host in Norfolk on Wednesday

Sept. 22--Editor's note: An earlier version of this story had the incorrect name for Fred Child. NORFOLK Fred Child, host of American Public Media's "Performance Today," will kick off this season's Norfolk Society of Arts lecture series at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Child's free talk will take place in Kaufman Theatre at the Chrysler Museum of Art, 1 Memorial Place. His topic is "Driving People to ...


BRIEF: Bargain Hunter: Enjoy cocktails, complimentary small plates and live music at Hotel Casa Del Mar's oceanview lounge, Terrazza, for 'Spirited Thursdays'

Sept. 22--Casa del Mar in Santa Monica puts a new twist on the traditional happy hour with "Spirited Thursdays," 6 to 9 p.m. every Thursday. Listen to live music at the hotel's new seaside lounge, Terrazza, while enjoying curated boutique wines, craft beers or spirits and a menu that changes weekly. Order a specialty drink ($12-$16), and you'll receive a complimentary small plate pairing. Casa ...


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