Arts & Entertainment

Toronto Film Festival 2014: A first look

Aug. 31--It's that time again: The air's getting a little cooler, the last of the summer blockbusters are fading at the box office, and the movie world turns its attention to eastern Canada. The Toronto International Film Festival, a 10-day celebration of some of the biggest and most interesting films of the fall season, kicks off Thursday. I'll be there, keeping an eye out for the odd ...


Art Blondin, longtime Central Texas restaurateur, dies

Aug. 31--Art Blondin, longtime Central Texas restaurateur and champion of live music, has died. He was 60. An employee at Blondin's Art's Ribs & BBQ in Florence discovered Blondin's body Saturday morning at the restaurant. It wasn't known Saturday how Blondin died. Police said they don't suspect foul play. Blondin opened Artz Caboose Restaurant and Barbecue at 1120 W. Fifth St. with his wife, ...


Wildest mix yet for fair's MN Music On-a-Stick set

Aug. 31--And on the 10th day, God gave the grandstand rock 'n' roll -- and hip-hop, R & B, punk and country. For the third straight year, the State Fair welcomed the MN Music On-A-Stick concert to its main stage, featuring a wild array of left-of-center homegrown artists favored by sponsoring station 89.3 the Current. Even more than in past years, Saturday's 7,524 fans were treated to a ...


September activities calendar

Aug. 31--Ongoing For What It's Worth: paintings by Sam Barrese, on display Sept. 5-27, Marquis Art Scranton, 515 Center St.; artist reception, Sept. 5, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 1 Labor Day La Festa Italiana, Lackawanna County Courthouse Square, downtown Scranton. Visit lafestaitaliana.org. Sept. 2 The Hardcoal Chronicles 40th Anniversary 1973-2013: photography by Scott D. Herring, on display ...


Central High grad, Auburn senior developing apps for Google Glass to enable disabled

Aug. 31--He still is in college, but Central High School graduate Nick DiChiara already has been granted early access to a product that promises to change the way folks use computer technology. And here's another tidbit about this Auburn University senior that makes him shine amidst his generation: He isn't interested in producing the next popular video game. Instead, he is developing a ...


Roland-Story teacher makes music of poems

Aug. 31--Connor Koppin enjoys putting a poet's words to music. Earlier this year, the Mason City native and former All-State Choir member had one of his compositions performed at the All-State Music Festival, making him the youngest living composer to have his work showcased at the event. A few weeks ago, Koppin, 23, who now teaches vocal music at Roland-Story High School, won first place in ...


BRIEF: Residents invited to Wellington Garden Club meeting Sept. 8

Aug. 31--The Wellington Garden Club is meeting Sept. 8 at the Wellington Community Center, 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd. The club's business meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. with lunch to follow. A presentation on rare gingers and heliconia, by John Goss, starts at 12:15 p.m. Goss is the owner of J.G.'s Tropical Plants and Fine Art Photography in Vero Beach. Guests are welcome and there is no ...


Fall Arts Preview: Technology can't compete with a live performance

Aug. 31--Change is on fast-forward these days. In the first 20 or so years of my life, the main innovations in entertainment were cable TV, home video with VCRs and the compact disc. Since I moved to Lexington in 1998, home video has gone from tape to DVD to Blu-ray to streaming and downloading. CDs gave way to the iPod and iTunes to now streaming where, for a monthly fee, a variety of ...


Curtain falls on The Vintage after 6 years

Aug. 31--As vintages go, the Vintage had six very good years. The arts venue that extended creativity and imagination in a tiny downtown Scranton storefront hosted its last party Saturday night, a potluck of sorts with Marc Ciocca's political art on display and alternative music over the speakers. "An honest home for creative souls," a 6-foot chalk-written mission statement began, now awaiting ...


Performing arts center offers movies for community entertainment

Aug. 31--Five-year-old Callie Harvey drew in her breath and nearly fell out of her seat when Princess Elsa walked through the auditorium door at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. "Elsa," she whispered. "Elsa," she then screamed, trying to garner the attention of the Disney princess -- her all-time favorite princess. Callie and her parents, of Edna, joined a sold-out crowd in ...


Refugio County Museum a secret in plain sight

Aug. 31--REFUGIO -- Did you know Refugio once had a skyline of oil derricks that could be seen for miles? What about mastodons? Did you know they once roamed South Texas in cities such as Austwell? If you don't believe it, there's proof at the Refugio County Museum. The museum, which has been at 102 W. West St. since 1985, has a lot of the county's history, said museum director Bart Wales. "I ...


Exhibits: Art Windows of El Paso Airport Gallery, Main Street Mercantile, Adair Studio and Gallery

Aug. 31--East Side and Lower Valley Al Borrego Studio & Gallery: 1501C Main, San Elizario. Original works, prints and gifts by Al Borrego. Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays; noon-4 p.m. Sundays. 851-0093; AlBorrego.com. Art Windows of El Paso Airport Gallery: In the meet-greet area of El Paso International Airport, 6701 Convair. 541-4481, elpasotexas.gov/mcad. ...


Arts Digest 08.31.2014

Aug. 31--'America' winners open exhibit at International Museum Michael Kirkland, David Fickett and Nina Cobb Walker will open a joint exhibition, "Fusion," this week at the International Museum of Art. The three artists were the top winners of the museum's Fourth of July show, "Happy Birthday America." Kirkland, a retired mechanical engineer, concentrates on painting the desert Southwest in ...


Music to the People

Aug. 31--Josh Windmiller firmly believes that music brings people together. He doesn't claim to have originated that philosophy, but he's undeniably putting it into practice on a local level. Four years after starting his North Bay Hootenanny series, with live music by local bands, Windmiller now presents free concerts at five Sonoma County venues, with shows running at least weekly at each ...


Meals For The Elderly Celebrate 40 Years of Service to Local Seniors

Aug. 31--Meals For The Elderly is celebrating 40 years of feeding homebound seniors from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 19, with a birthday party reception at the San Angelo Fine Arts Museum, 1 Love St. This event is a fun way to acknowledge the incredible way the independent, locally supported charity has built a legacy of care over four decades. In 1974, founder Mary Alice Rogers decided our community ...


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