Arts & Entertainment

Eminent conductor Lorin Maazel dies at 84

July 14--Lorin Maazel, an unusually brilliant conductor with an extraordinary mind, uncanny technique and an ability to sculpt performances of remarkable expressive beauty, died Sunday at the age of 84 in Virginia. A statement released by the Castleton Festival, which he and his wife, Dietlinde Turban Maazel, founded at their expansive, idyllic country estate, attributed the cause of death to ...


Vilas Park slide was gift and work of tradesmen

July 14--An enduring Madison mystery has been solved: Who built the Old-Woman-in-a-Shoe playground slide at Vilas Park, why, and when? The slide, featured last week in the State Journal series "Madison in 100 Objects," is a familiar attraction, but no one knew its history. City parks, newspaper and museum archives revealed nothing. There are no markings on the slide to suggest its origin. The ...


Mark Twain Noe painting on display in Greencastle

July 14--GREENCASTLE -- A rare painting by Mark Twain Noe will be on display in Greencastle. Brad Smith, an art collector and owner of BBS Jewelers in Greencastle, plans to begin showing the work at his store beginning Tuesday. Smith acquired "Shank Residence" at a recent auction. He said he was drawn to it mostly because of the artist, but also because of the local subject matter. "It's ...


World's smelliest flower soon to bloom at Loxahatchee nursery

July 14--LOXAHATCHEE -- This is really going to stink. Sometime in the next week, the world's largest -- and smelliest -- flower is expected to bloom at Robert Saporito's Tropical Bamboo Nursery and Gardens in Loxahatchee. Saporito expects his rare amorphophallus titanum to top out at about 6 feet when it's blood-red spathe begins unfolding, enveloping everyone within smelling distance in ...


Video game and animation design program a success story at Oklahoma university

July 13--Associate professor Jeff Price's office isn't an arcade, but it is a monument of sorts to video games. Price is the director of the gaming and animation program at Oklahoma Christian University. He started it five years ago with 15 students. Next fall there will be six times as many students in the program. The Princeton Review recently named the program one of the best in the ...


Neil Young cancels show in Israel due to conflict

Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young canceled his upcoming concert in Tel Aviv due to ongoing fighting between Israel and Hamas. Over the past six days, Israel launched some 1,320 airstrikes against Gaza, resulting in the deaths of at least 168 people, including 27 children. Hamas has likewise fired rockets at Israel. The hostilities has caused Young to cancel his show Thursday. "It is with ...


Superwoman returns Horlick raises funds for films

City "superwoman" turned movie mogul Nicola Horlick is planning to raise a $250m (pounds 146m) war chest to finance Hollywood film projects. With her new vehicle, Glentham Capital, the former star fund manager has switched her investment focus from the stock market to the film industry and now spends her time reading film scripts rather than company reports. "I have not suddenly become ...


Voodoo won't save Haiti, says cardinal: Traditional faith 'offers no real solutions for the poor' It is a big social problem for us, says new prelate

Haiti's first Roman Catholic cardinal has described voodoo as a "big social problem" for his desperately poor country, arguing that the religion offers "magic" but no real solutions to a population deprived of justice and a political voice. Chibly Langlois, who was made a cardinal by Pope Francis in February, linked Haiti's belief system to its chronic political problems, which he says force ...


BRIEF: Blue Mondays concert series returns to Hennepin Park Gazebo

July 13--IT ALL BEGINS TONIGHT -- a chance to experience blues at its finest in the intimate, outdoor concert setting of Hennepin Park Gazebo in Lewiston. Recipient of Blues Beat Magazine's prestigious "Muddy" Award, Blue Monday is back for its 20th year. A popular blues venue in Western New York, Blue Monday attracts a faithful following of blues lovers from all over the region. The Lewiston ...


A new vision for Firestone Live

July 13--As Firestone Live celebrates its 21st anniversary as a downtown Orlando nightspot, owner Jan Harrold is looking toward the club's future. Harrold is investing $1.5 million in the converted auto garage built in 1928. He hopes the improvements, which include state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, will result in a new identity for Firestone as a venue that focuses on touring ...


A true California adventure: One family, four West Coast amusement parks

July 13--ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Taking the kids to Mount Rainier National Park for their first hike is tradition for many families. It seems just as much of a tradition to pack the kids in the family vehicle, or hop on a plane, and make the trek to Disneyland. With two children of our own, my wife and I knew the trip would come one day. So we waited until our son and daughter got older, we saved ...


Multiplex reach quarter finals

Dubai: Strong favourites Multiplex International recorded an easy eight-wicket victory against Dubai Municipality to storm into the quarter-finals of the 13th Dulsco Ramadan Cricket Tournament, organised by Dubai Cricket Council in association with Dulsco Sports Club at the Zabeel Park Cricket Ground, Dubai. After Dubai Municipality has posted 154 for 8 in the allotted 20 overs, Multiplex ...


Mini gallery spruces up walls

July 13--Just down a resident hall at Forrest Manor Nursing Center in Dewey, a small but vibrant display of landscape paintings spruce up the walls near Dorothy Hallaway's room. The mini art gallery was created by Hallaway, a lifelong artist who moved into the facility about two months ago. "The administrator mentioned that I could hang paintings up on the wall, so I have my own private ...


All-Star Game concert review: Imagine Dragons were out of their league

July 13--If Major League Baseball wanted Saturday's All-Star Game concert at TCF Bank Stadium to feature a safe, middle-of-the-road, soft-serve-vanilla rock band you can bring home to Mom -- and to corporate sponsors -- then it scored a home run with Imagine Dragons. However, if MLB wanted a concert experience that represents the high level of talent as the All-Star Game itself and will long ...


Madison in 100 objects: Mt. Zion choir robe

July 13--They pour into the aisles from the back of the church, draped in blue and gold, clapping and swaying, defying you to stay seated. The robe is their calling card, a shimmery warning to life's troubles: You're done. You don't have a shot here. The gospel choir at Mt. Zion Baptist Church is far from the only attraction at the city's largest historically black church, but it's the one you ...


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