Arts & Entertainment

Young Vic at a crossroads as its audiences skew older

July 08--Singers Melissa Mino and Daniel Andrews are a lot younger than their material. Mino, 29, and Andrews, 23, were rehearsing their "love duet" last week as Casilda and Luiz in "The Gondoliers," this year's Gilbert and Sullivan operetta being staged by the Young Victorian Theatre Company and opening July 12 at Roland Park Country School. Gilbert and Sullivan may have been the Beatles of ...


'Legally Blonde' coming to stage in La Canada

July 09--The local musical theater program for children, La Canada Junior Theater, this weekend presents "Legally Blonde," which in 2007 won the Best New Musical award on Broadway. The story centers on a sorority girl, Elle Woods, who enrolls in Harvard Law School in hopes of winning back her ex-boyfriend. The La Canada production will take to the stage at Lanterman Theater, 4491 Cornishon ...


Foothills Fall Festival will be the last

July 10--MARYVILLE When country music star Tim McGraw leaves the stage at the Foothills Fall Festival on Oct. 19, the lights will go down on an event that has gone on for 15 years. Maryville city officials on Thursday announced this year's event will be the last. City Manager Greg McClain said the cost of bringing the talent to the stage had grown so much that the group had made a decision in ...


McCelvey concert series kicks off July 26

July 10--YORK -- Traditional Piedmont music will be showcased during two double-feature concerts at the McCelvey Center's Lowry Theatre, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. This summer's Grand Ole McCelvey Concert Series will highlight Carolina bluegrass, folk, hillbilly, gospel and blues talent. On July 26, local musician/musician historian Hunter Holmes will take the stage followed by the ...


This weeks local events (July 11)

July 11--THIS WEEKEND SECOND MONDAY TRADE DAYS: Friday-Sunday and Aug. 8-10, Pelham Park, Bowie. 940-872-4861. EXHIBIT BY TUAN LE: Friday to Aug. 30, West End Studio, Kemp Center for the Arts, 1300 Lamar St. Free admission. 767-2787 or kempcenter.org. SENIOR IDOL: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Red Door Senior Citizens Center, corner of Tenth and Burnett streets. Catfish lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to ...


Shelby native turned LA filmmaker screens film at Real to Reel

July 10--A Los Angeles filmmaker and Shelby native is coming to Kings Mountain this week for the Real to Reel International Film Festival for the screening of his short film "The Last Session," which will show on Saturday night. Tripp Weathers, 1988 Shelby High graduate, is the son of Henry and Jackie Weathers of Shelby, and the grandson of former Star publisher Henry Lee Weathers Sr. "The ...


Queen Latifah to star in Bessie Smith biopic, Beyonce and Jay Z in concert special on HBO

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - HBO says Beyonce and Jay Z will co-star in a concert special and Queen Latifah will play legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in a movie for the network. The music special will feature the married couple on their "On the Run Tour" performing in Paris. It will air in September. Starring Queen Latifah, "Bessie" is written and directed by filmmaker Dee Rees. Co-stars ...


German executive to be questioned in Houston in roller coaster lawsuit

July 10--FORT WORTH -- A Tarrant County judge decided Thursday that the top executive at a German company that designed the cars on the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas, where a Dallas woman was thrown to her death last year, will come to Texas to be deposed. Judge Wade Birdwell of the 342nd State District Court said lawyers for Rosa Esparza, 52, who died July 19, 2013 after ...


Where learning is fun -- Museum of Discovery and Science

July 11--Words you would not expect to make your children turn off the television: "C'mon, let's go to the science museum." And yet, the Museum of Discovery and Science in downtown Fort Lauderdale is my summer secret weapon. Forget your mental image of dusty, stagnant cavemen in dioramas. The MODS (as the cool kids call it) is -- can it be said about a museum? -- fun. This 120,000-square-foot ...


'Along a Southern Road' exhibit takes artistic look at rural South Carolina

July 11--U.S. 321 begins as a two-lane highway in Hardeeville and curves up toward Tennessee through sparsely-populated towns with names like Estill, Ulmer and McConnells, population 287. It's an alternate route to interstates in South Carolina, and its rural people and places caught the eye of landscape photographer Mark Tierney. Tierney's photographs -- available for viewing July 12-19 at ...


Fattal reflects upon an ageing world

BEIRUT: Bulky, rough-hewn and immobile. Somewhat threatening too, giving pause to anyone stepping into the gallery about going any further. Are these figures male or female? Are they gendered at all? There are no easy answers to be found in "Warriors," as this series of matte clay sculptures is titled, but they certainty impose themselves upon the venue. Arrayed along the left side of the ...


Simsbury Summer Theatre Performs Carousel

July 10--SIMSBURY -- Removed for the summer from their busy life as high school and college students, Simsbury Summer Theatre members are preparing for the production of "Carousel" at the end of the month. For six weeks, the nearly 70-member cast and crew will work late into the night at the Werner Centennial Theater on the Westminster School campus preparing for four shows on July 30 through ...


BRIEF: Take a book, leave a book

July 10--The Ellen NoËl Art Museum received a grant from the Junior League of Odessa for the "Little Free Library," which will be located in the museum's Sensory Garden. The Little Free Library is a decorative receptacle and will be filled with books for children and young adults to "take a book, leave a book." The museum is hosting an unveiling party at noon July 25. It's free and open to the ...


Queen Latifah, Beyonce and Jay Z headed to HBO

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) HBO says Beyonce and Jay Z will co-star in a concert special and Queen Latifah will play legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in a movie for the network. The music special will feature the married couple on their "On the Run Tour" performing in Paris. It will air in September. Starring Queen Latifah, "Bessie" is written and directed by filmmaker Dee Rees. Co-stars ...


TOSAC set to present 'Alice in Wonderland Jr.'

July 10--THOMASVILLE -- Thomasville On Stage And Company is set to present "Alice in Wonderland Jr." as the summer musical production of this season. Rehearsals have been under way for several weeks. Audiences may recognize a number of the performers who are becoming veterans of the Storefront Theater stage located at 117 S. Broad St. Once again, there are two casts for the summer ...


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