Arts & Entertainment

Live Music Going Strong In Fort Smith Area

Sept. 14--"Songs of Innocence," U2's new, suprise album released exclusively to iTunes, is adding to the popular theory that CDs will disappear from stores in a few, short years. Despite the world's ongoing gravitation to digital, online music over the physical CD form, people still thrive on the physical aspect of live concerts, said Jeremy Richey, sales director for the Fort Smith Convention ...


Marshals Museum Officials Gear Up For Groundbreaking Ceremony

Sept. 14--On Sept. 24, officials with the U.S. Marshals Museum will break ground on the estimated $50 million museum project in a ceremony that will be in commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the creation of the U.S. Marshals Service. "It's exhilarating that we're to the point we can do this," Board Chairman Jim Spears said of the event. "It's an emotional high for us to do this. It's ...


Leaders in Construction UAE: Philippe Dessoy

Belgium-based contractor Besix Group has added to its Middle East project portfolio with a hat-trick of UAE awards, general manager Philippe Dessoy told Construction Week. Through its wholly-owned local subsidiary Six Construct, Dessoy said Besix had picked up an AED250mn-300mn ($68mn-$81mn) contract to build a Legoland at the Dubai Parks & Resorts project in Jebel Ali that is being developed ...


Charley Pride concert attracts hundreds to Oxford County Fair

Sept. 14--OXFORD -- Several hundred people of all ages sat or stood in the rain for hours on Saturday evening waiting for country music legend Charley Pride to perform at the Oxford County Fair. Pride last performed at Oxford Plains Speedway with Tammy Wynette and Eddy Raven in 1982. Many in the crowd said they had heard of Pride but didn't know who he was. Several others could only think of a ...


Ben Harper (and his mom) wow Green Music Center crowd

Sept. 14--Ben Harper can drive a song home, but he's at his best when he lets his music lift off gently from the stage and float softly down over the audience, enveloping his listeners in subtle words and genuine emotions. Accompanying himself on guitar, alone onstage, Harper put on a stunning concert Saturday in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center for 3,250 fans, almost filling the hall and ...


UNCG quilt show honors grad's 'contribution to the art world'

Sept. 14--GREENSBORO -- Gwendolyn Ann Magee's beautifully stitched quilts often depict ugly truths. "Stony the Road We Trod" shows the feet of slaves, bound in chains. "Blood of the Slaughtered" portrays the horror of lynching. Yet others convey hope and inspiration. lif Magee Full of the Hope.jpg Full of the Hope: Full of the Hope, 2002. Gwendolyn A. Magee. Pieced, quilted, stitched, and ...


Chautauqua: Revisiting the cultural event of the early 20th century

Sept. 14--People will have the chance to go back in time to the cultural hub of the early 20th century on Thursday. As part of the Ames Historical Society's Gallery Talks at the Octagon Center for the Arts this fall, attendees will transport back to the summer's of Chautauqua week, which took place in Ames between 1904 and 1926. Lead by Charles Kniker, retired professor of education at Iowa ...


'Guitarpalooza' finale, auction coming up Sept. 20

Sept. 14--HENDERSON -- If you didn't see them earlier this summer at Kyndle's Annual Celebration, you may have seen one -- or more -- very artfully decorated guitars displayed in downtown windows this summer. They look like works of art because they are. And they were created for Saturday's "Guitarpalooza Finale and Celebration" fundraising event to be hosted by Henderson Regional Hospital ...


Woodturners to show off love of craft at fundraiser

Sept. 14--JULIETTE -- For men like Don Yost, once you learn the craft of woodturning, you never want to stop doing it. "If you want to get addicted to something, this is something good to do it," said Yost, 74, who worked as a troubleshooter for Central Georgia EMC. Yost would often be so wound up returning from 2 a.m. calls to repair downed power lines and other issues that he would come home ...


No death knell: Pittsburgh symphony and opera strive to attract newcomers

Sept. 14--On a Thursday evening in May, a couple hundred patrons dressed in jeans or formal wear filed into the ornate lobby of Heinz Hall. They weren't there for a Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert. They were there for happy hour. It was nothing fancy: Guests sampled snacks provided by Downtown restaurants and sipped wine as the White Tie Group, a jazz band made up of symphony musicians, ...


Homelessness, poverty recurrent themes at this year's Toronto film fest

TORONTO - A poverty-ridden America mired in unemployment and despair was on stark display at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, where movie-makers and actors speculated that cinema is finally catching up with reality. "It does seem like there's some undercurrent of filmmakers trying to portray the world that we're living in," "Nightcrawler" director Dan Gilroy said in an ...


Saturday concert will celebrate 100 years of musical heritage at Asbury United Methodist Church

Sept. 14--WATERTOWN -- The organ at Asbury United Methodist Church, which has been a key part of the church's musical heritage, takes center stage Saturday as the church presents a 100th anniversary concert. The excellent acoustics of the church, a prominent landmark at 327 Franklin St. known for its signature red roof, has attracted a multitude of guest vocalists and musicians over the ...


Art season kicks off with Regions exhibition

Sept. 14--It has heralded the arrival of the local art season for the past 48 years, and for artists, art lovers and those just beginning to explore visual art, the opening reception for the Montgomery Art Guild and Regions Bank Art Exhibition has become a tradition that cannot be missed. This year, the event is from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Regions Bank lobby in the RSA tower on Monroe ...


Abu Dhabi Festival announces headline artists for 2015

ABU DHABI, 14th September, 2014 (WAM) -- With a ground-breaking series of concerts, performances and exhibitions, Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) today announced the first two headline acts to grace the U.A.E. capital at the Abu Dhabi Festival 2015 (ADF15). Consolidating Abu Dhabi Festival as an international cultural platform, ADF15 will welcome one of the world's most successful ...


Artists, music showcased at 27th Cooper Young Festival

Sept. 14--Mild weather fuels attendance at popular Midtown event The weather cooperated Saturday, for a strong turnout at the 27th annual Cooper-Young Festival. "It's a really great crowd and a great vibe," said June Hurt, of the Cooper-Young Community Association. There were three stages with live music and more than 400 vendors with booths along about four blocks of Cooper Street, near its ...


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