Arts & Entertainment

Fighting militancy through peace festival

In a bid to encourage violence-hit people from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and adjoining tribal areas of combating the growing trend of militancy with cultural events and constructive debates, the South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP-Pakistan) arranged a colourful Peace Festival in Peshawar. The peace festival, first ever of its kind in last two years, was attended by people from different walks of ...


'Sesame Street' brings special show Keesler's kids in Biloxi

Sept. 20--BILOXI -- Giggles and singing reverberated from Keesler Air Force Base's theater Friday, as military members' children were treated to a special "Sesame Street" production. Geared toward military families, "Sesame Street" favorites Elmo, Grover and Cookie Monster were joined by a tour-only character named Katie for two free shows on the base. What makes Katie special and relatable to ...


Museum discount for low-income Pennsylvanians

Sept. 20--Low-income Pennsylvania residents will be able to gain low-cost admission to 17 of the region's biggest and most popular museums and cultural sites, thanks to a program to be announced Tuesday. The program, dubbed ACCESS Admission, will provide $2 admission for all holders of Pennsylvania ACCESS cards, electronic cards used for dispensing Medicaid benefits, food stamps, and other ...


Revel's power plant warns it faces bankruptcy

Sept. 20--The owners of the $129 million utility plant that heats and cools the shuttered Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City warned in a court filing Friday that the plant itself might have to file for bankruptcy. ACR Energy Partners L.L.C., a joint venture of South Jersey Industries Inc. of Folsom, N.J., and DCO Energy L.L.C. of Mays Landing, N.J., has been paid just $2.35 million of the ...


Merced Sun-Star (Merced, Calif.) Valerie Bender column

Sept. 20--I promised you in my first column that the Merced Sun-Star would begin to re-establish itself as a partner with the community and I am pleased to say we are well on our way. It's vitally important not only to our success, but also to the success of Merced County that we help carry the voice of the people. We've done that in many ways. For starters, eight local nonprofits have been ...


'Once' Canadian stars to visit characters' homelands ahead of February opening

TORONTO - Ian Lake and Trish Lindstrom are pulling out their songbooks and suitcases to prepare for their starring roles in an all-Canadian production of the smash musical "Once." Earlier this week, Mirvish Productions announced the Stratford Festival actors will play the leads of Guy, an Irish musician who has lost his love and inspiration, and Girl, a Czech immigrant who reignites his ...


BRIEF: Partnership Brings Cherokee History To Tulsa's Gilcrease

Sept. 20--The Cherokee Nation and Gilcrease Museum of Tulsa partnered to create a special Cherokee exhibition that will display an estimated 100 items from Cherokee history at the museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road in Tulsa. The "Emergence of the Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory" exhibit shares the story of Cherokees leading up to their forced removal, called the Trail of Tears. The ...


Circus trainer caring, wary

Sept. 20--STOCKTON -- Alexander Lacey may seem relaxed, but his darting eyes say otherwise. It takes a special kind of courage to turn your back on three full-grown Indian tigers, each equipped with 5-inch claws and teeth specially designed for ripping through flesh. For Lacey, however, a renowned big cat trainer making his second American appearance with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ...


Shakespeare Festival announces 2015 show

Sept. 20--Shakespeare Festival St. Louis will mark its 15th anniversary next summer with the story of the original power couple, "Antony and Cleopatra." "We wanted a big show for the anniversary season, and this one fits the bill," said Bruce Longworth, the festival's interim artistic director. Rick Dildine, who became the festival's artistic and executive director in 2009, has left for a new ...


Review: "Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s"

Sept. 20--New York in the 1980s was vibrant, dangerous and chaotic -- the perfect petri dish in which street-smart artists could launch their careers. They flocked to the city and staked out SoHo. Artist Robert Longo remembers, "The atmosphere in SoHo was almost like a street fight. Artists should have been wearing leather jackets with the name of their gallery on the back and walking around ...


New MACC exhibit shows making of tequila through photos

Sept. 20-- When the master distiller of Tequila Don Julio invited professional photographer Joel Salcido to photograph the bulls at his friend's ranch in Mexico -- an animal that Salcido had already captured in Spain -- he realized there was something else he needed to shoot, something about which he knew very little: tequila and how it's made. So he showed up at the Don Julio distillery ...


Concert review: PSO shows no rust in opening weekend

Sept. 20--It was a bit risky for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to open its classical subscription season with a piece called "Rusty Air in Carolina" by composer-of-the-year Mason Bates. The title invites characterization of the orchestra as "rusty" -- should it have applied. Instead, the PSO, conducted by music director Manfred Honeck, took a hint from the final work of the concert, ...


Caravan du Nord to kick off in Austin Sept. 26

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The fourth annual Caravan du Nord, a traveling showcase of Minnesota music, kicks off in Austin on Sept. 26. The special day of programming will feature free artist workshops, networking opportunities and an evening concert featuring singer-songwriter John Mark Nelson and his new band, Minneapolis blues outfit Alex Rossi & Root City, and Austin duo Bracken & Stowell. The ...


SAIC Announces Robert Storr as Guest Speaker at Annual Literary Lions Luncheon

CHICAGO, Sept. 19 -- School of the Art Institute of Chicago issued the following news release: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), one of the nation's leading art and design schools, announced Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale University School of Art, will deliver the guest lecture on Oct. 7 at the second annual Literary Lions Luncheon where the Jean Goldman Book Prize will be ...


NU's Niagara Global Tourism Institute opens doors at Power City Building

Sept. 20--Niagara University and several community partners have cut the ribbon on a new tourism industry initiative. Officials from the university, state and city were joined by tourism industry and community leaders in celebrating the opening of the Niagara Global Tourism Institute during a press event at the downtown office Friday afternoon. The new program is a partnership between the NU's ...


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