The band names Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and California Honeydrops offer no clues to the style of music they perform — horn-driven swing and infectious rhythm-and-blues/soul, respectively — but both suggest an easygoing, fun vibe for their audiences.
Those who’ve ever wondered what the animated television series “The Simpsons” would look like after 75 years — I know, a pressing question — “Mr. Burns — a Post-Electric Play” offers some answers.
Texas country singer-songwriter Josh Grider returns to his former musical stomping grounds of Waco Saturday night to open for Josh Abbott and his band at The Backyard in what Grider jokingly refers to as “a night of two Joshes.”
Atlanta-based comic, rapper and online personality DC Young Fly headlines shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday at the Waco Hippodrome, 724 Austin Ave.
A goofy sense of inconsequentiality is an underappreciated trait in comedies. There’s an abiding charm to movies so low in their stakes and so loose in their order that they feel as if at any moment they might fall apart. Films like “Caddyshack” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” are good examples, but outside of the loose absurdities of some of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s films (“Step Brothers,” ‘’Anchorman”) most of today’s big-screen comedies are more conceptually tidy.
If you’ve ever walked into a store and were embarrassed to tell the salesperson your real size, or entered the gym locker room and wanted to hide, you’re part of the target audience for Amy Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty.” Whatever age or gender you happen to be.
The Art Center of Waco moved a major step closer to a downtown home this week with the completed purchase of a South Eighth Street property and building.
“Color Me You,” the indie film with China Spring’s Kaley Caperton Melcer as its lead, arrives in Waco this week with a five-day run that starts Sunday at the Waco Hippodrome. Color her happy.
Usually paired with smaller companions like Kevin Hart or Moana, Dwayne Johnson is for once the diminutive one in “Rampage,” a hopelessly bland and bizarrely self-serious monster movie.
Viewers may be forgiven for being confused by Wes Anderson’s movies. Constructed with dollhouse fastidiousness, their hyper-symmetrical, squared-off tableaus dressed with gorgeous textures and color palettes — and their clipped dialogue delivered with deadpan sincerity — they depict a universe with only glancing resemblance to the real world.
Texas country singer Cody Johnson looks at Saturday’s concert at the Extraco Events Center where he’s headlining a lineup of Mark Chesnutt, William Michael Morgan and Shotgun Rider, and thinks how far he’s come in Waco.
In many performing art circles, the year 2018 has special meaning. This would have been the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, one of the most important and celebrated musicians in American history.
Nashville country singer Maggie Rose has been playing and performing for more than 10 years, but Thursday night marks something new: her first show in Waco.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Last October, Jason Aldean was in a Las Vegas hospital visiting some of the victims injured in a mass shooting at a country music festival a week earlier. On that Sunday afternoon, the country star turned to his longtime manager, Clarence Spalding.
For those who can’t get enough anniversary coverage of the Branch Davidian raid, siege and fire, the Smithsonian Channel offers up one more documentary look.
Let’s start with a popcorn warning. If you’re bringing your usual tub of multiplex popcorn into ”A Quiet Place,” just be aware that you’ll be hearing every single crunch.
The teen sex comedy, a dude-fest if there ever was one, gets a very overdue and very funny update in Kay Cannon’s “Blockers,” a gleeful, gross-out farce about the absurdities of gender bias.
Neck flexibility exercises may help an anticipated 50,000 fans prepare for this weekend’s Heart of Texas Airshow at Texas State Technical College, which promises plenty to look at on land and in the air.
Art gets an additional tea Saturday as the annual Art on Elm arts festival adds an Elm Tea Fest, complete with an afternoon tea party.
Gaetano Donizetti’s 1840 comic opera “The Daughter of the Regiment” returns to a Waco stage Friday and Saturday as McLennan Opera’s spring production.
The audience at the Waco Symphony Orchestra’s season-closing April 12 concert at Waco Hall likely will recognize the music, passages from more than a dozen movie themes and soundtracks.
Navy Band Southwest's pop/rock ensemble The Destroyers plays a free Navy Week concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, at the Waco Hippodrome, 724 Austin Ave. Tickets required for seating, available at wacohippodrome.com/events.
“Why can’t we go backward for once?” wonders the protagonist of “Ready Player One” shortly before gunning his “Back to the Future” DeLorean in reverse. “Really put the pedal to the metal.”
David Rovics sings to educate, motivate and entertain, all during the same show or rally, but, then, that’s what an activist folksinger does.
Performer Johnny Lovett wants to save the sounds of country music’s greats and the vault is his voice.
Spring weather is bringing more than flowers and Waco music fans might want to stock up on insect repellent with regional and national acts scheduled for outdoor night concerts, many set along the Brazos River’s stretch through Waco.
Several years ago, I team-taught an interdisciplinary class with the subtitle of “the city and the soul.” One of the points that we sought to make to the students was that politics — at least how classical philosophers understood it — involved far more than just the ordering of material goods, the structure of the state, and questions of representation. Politics involved creating a civic arrangement that would contribute to the individual citizen’s soul flourishing.
With a 2018-19 season lineup that includes Broadway shows like “Mamma Mia!” and “Newsies,” the Waco Civic Theatre doesn’t expect any potential theatergoers to stay home because of unfamiliarity with what’s on stage.
“Paul, Apostle of Christ” comes from Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Affirm label, an offshoot that has produced such Christian-themed dramas as “Heaven is for Real,” “Soul Surfer” and “Risen.” Less interested in blunt proselytizing than more open-ended explorations of faith and its challenges, Affirm films have gratifyingly avoided the kind of pietistic Sunday-school pageantry that characterizes so many motion pictures of the genre.
Attendance and community support of last year’s Deep in the Heart Film Festival helped earn the festival a standard in the movie world: a sequel.
Austin singer-songwriter and Waco native Jaimee Harris is quick to talk in a phone interview after arriving in Michigan hours earlier for a show that night.
Violinist Simone Porter has another musical instrument in mind when talking about the concerto she’ll perform with the Waco Symphony Orchestra on Saturday: the human voice.
Swords swing, lines sing and swashes get buckled in Waco Civic Theatre’s production of “The Three Musketeers” that opens a two-weekend run on Friday night.
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Baylor University art students show their eye and talent in the 2018 Baylor Art Student Exhibition, which opens a month-long run on Thursday at Baylor’s Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center.
There are big celebrations going on right now in the music world as a major anniversary rolls around. Composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born 333 years ago this week in the little town of Eisenach, Germany. Of that event, columnist and Bach aficionado William F. Buckley Jr. said Bach’s birth was “as though God had decided to clear his throat to remind the world of his existence.”
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This year’s Brazos Nights concert series continues its long-running musical diversity, with announced acts representing jazz, vintage Tejano, rhythm-and-blues, soul, blues and rock — in only four bands.
Texas singer-songwriters Jack Ingram and Hayes Carll team up Tuesday night for a joint acoustic concert at the Waco Hippodrome and if the past is any predictor, it’ll be a show on their own terms and in their own voices. They come to Waco after a similar show at Hank’s Texas Grill in McKinney on Sunday.
Romeo wears tennis shoes in Baylor Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” but that’s not an invented insult to give to Tybalt, who’s in a Dolce and Gabbana-inspired jacket. There’s an electric guitar or two as well, and costume designs that mix Italian Renaissance accents with lines from contemporary Italian haute couture.
Part of the beauty of jazz improvisation lies the serendipity of the unexpected. In the case of singer Tyrha Lindsey and the Waco Jazz Orchestra, the unexpected led to her appearance as guest vocalist for Saturday’s WJO concert at the Waco Hippodrome.
Americana singer-songwriter Dan Layus can measure the distance between his solo career and when he was frontman for the indie rock band Augustana in years, but in distance as well.
Texas singer-songwriters Adrian Johnston, Jackie Darlene and Waco’s Holly Tucker join for a Girls Raised In Texas concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Waco Hippodrome, 724 Austin Ave. $10.
There’s really no way art can be reduced to mere numbers. It’s too complex and humanistic an endeavor to be accurately quantified, even though so many facets of our lives are these days.
The first feature from writer-director Cory Finley, “Thoroughbreds” is a darkly comic tale — shot through with the hard-boiled fatalism of film noir — about two teenage girls in an affluent Connecticut suburb of New York.
When Texas country singers Holly Tucker, Adrian Johnston and Jackie Darlene step out on stage at the Waco Hippodrome March 15, they’re also sticking their (collective) foot in the door.
Unlike many classical musicians, an organist can’t travel with his or her instrument, but has to perform on someone else’s. At the same time, it takes an organist’s individual talent and interpretation to bring that instrument to life, notes Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs.
A B-24 bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter plane from World War II are among the five aircraft visiting the Texas State Technical College airport Monday through March 15 for the Wings of Freedom Tour. The show is held noon to 5 p.m. Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9:30 a.m. to noon March 15 at the Waco Jet Center, 7511 Karl May Drive. The Wings of Freedom Tour also will feature B-17 and B-25 bombers plus a Vietnam War-era Huey helicopter with private flights offered before and after the show. Admission is $15, $5 for children 11 and younger, with flights at $100 to $450 per person. Call 800-568-8924 for information.